It seems that oftentimes countries that are always a mess tend to blame European/U.S. colonizers for their current situations. Is that a fair assessment of the situation or is it largely irrelevant? Counties tend to need to defend themselves so it's hard to argue that a country was doing well until they were colonized. If they were doing well they would have been able to resist colonization. The U.S. and European nations were under attack at various times and had to defend themselves. Other countries were attacked, colonized, later resisted and are now doing well. Is the colonial history of a country that has never done well since the end of the colonial period really a large factor for their current situation? Venezuela has oil and is a mess. Argentina, which is a great country (potentially) is always a mess. Mexico never really improves its situation. Most of Central America is a mess. Actually, most of the world is a mess.