Also illustrated by the Boer War is that while European
states were quite unwilling to go to war against each other over
African territories--the French and British seemed near to blows
over the Fashoda Incident in 1898--the powers had no difficulties
slaughtering African populations for their own national benefit.
This disparity, furthermore, could not derive simply from European
racial superiority because, as in the case of the Afrikaners, the
British fought whites of European descent who also maintained rabid
racist policies toward the black majority. How is it that Britain
could not conceive of war against France in Africa--as if Africa
was not worth a war--but it was quite easy for Cecil Rhodes to
demand the conquering of the South African population already in
place even before England officially came to Cape Colony?