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Posted: 5/31/2003 11:07:34 AM EDT
It looks like we're sitting this one out. Time for the frogs to get their asses handed to them... AGAIN. [url]http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/05/31/MN281492.DTL[/url] U.N. peacekeepers dispatched to Congo Emily Wax, Washington Post Saturday, May 31, 2003 Nairobi, Kenya -- After weeks of negotiations, the U.N. Security Council on Friday approved deployment of French-led international troops to chaotic Democratic Republic of the Congo, where ethnic massacres have claimed more than 400 lives and made 300,000 homeless in the latest phase of a war that seems to have no end. With a mandate to try to prevent more bloodshed, as many as 1,400 troops will be dispatched to the town of Bunia in Congo's Ituri region. The troops, mostly from France but from other countries as well, are expected to start arriving next week and stay until Sept. 1, according to a U.N. announcements. Reports of massacres, widespread rape and cannibalism have been emanating from Bunia since late last year, particularly after neighboring Uganda pulled out of Congo this month as part of a peace plan aimed at ending the country's nearly five-year-old civil war. The resulting power vacuum enflamed long- standing ethnic and economic tensions between the region's Hema and Lendu tribes. U.N. spokeswoman Hua Jiang said Red Cross officials had counted 415 bodies around Bunia as of Friday morning. The rebel Union of Congolese Patriots, made up of Hema fighters, has taken control of the town. U.N. officials said Bunia was calm but volatile, with many of its 250,000 people fleeing or taking shelter in the U.N. compound or camps near the airport. Ugandan involvement in northeastern Congo was just one facet of the complex conflict commonly referred to as Africa's first world war. Since August 1998, when rebels backed by Rwanda and Uganda launched an armed campaign aimed at toppling then-President Laurent Kabila, more than a half-dozen nations have been involved on both sides. The war has left Congo divided roughly in half, with the rebels controlling the east and north and the government holding the south and west. Foreign troops have been withdrawn under a peace plan reached in April 1999, but efforts by various Congolese factions to assemble a transitional government have been fitful. A key factor in the continued bloodshed has been the falling out between former allies Uganda and Rwanda, and the recent fighting in the northeast has been attributed in part to that split. Though Lendu and Hema farmers have long fought over land, violence between the two tribes has been exacerbated by Ugandan and Rwandan support. Analysts say that solving the problems in the northeast is essential to ending a war that has claimed an estimated 3 million lives across Congo. "Someone once said that as long as there is conflict in the Ituri district, there will be no peace in the Congo," Sergio Viera de Mello, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said last week. "I think sending an international force is the only solution. . . . I find it outrageous that in 2003, we can allow people to be butchered without responding forcefully." The stakes for the new peacekeeping force are high. The area around Bunia is extremely dangerous, despite the presence of more than 600 U.N. peacekeepers already deployed under the terms of the Congo peace plan. French leadership of the new, larger force carries political risks in a region where France is still widely distrusted for its past support of a Rwandan dictatorship led by ethnic Hutu extremists who slaughtered more than a half-million Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994. The current Rwandan government, which toppled the Hutu dictatorship, has warned against a French-only force in northeastern Congo. "I will say it bluntly: The French had an internal debate over this because of their history in the region and because from a political point of view, everything that goes wrong, every massacre, everything will be put on their backs," Fabienne Hara, co-director of the Africa program for the Brussels- based International Crisis Group, said recently. "Politically, it's full of mines everywhere. But with all of the people dying, frankly, I would welcome it."
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 11:30:44 AM EDT
Africa = lost cause
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 11:38:52 AM EDT
Remember the opening scene in We Were Soldiers....
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 11:43:41 AM EDT
That place is a shit hole
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 12:48:12 PM EDT
Woo hoo! The French are coming to save the day! I was seriously hoping this would happen, so the French can show the world again how moral and principled they are compared to the ugly Americans. Like the Belgian NGO woman said, the French where the enablers of the first massive genocide in 1994. They knew it full well too, but figured because its in Africa no one would really care. And they were right. The idea that the amoral and cynical French coming back should be a terrifying prospect for all unarmed human beings in the region.
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 5:22:46 PM EDT
They will end up being in involved in combat, then they will pull out and run home like cowards. CRC
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 5:44:16 PM EDT
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"Bon jour! Remember us? We were the guys who made sure the Hutus wouldn't be stopped. And know why? Because they spoke French and the Ugandans spoke English! Are we great or what?" [img]http://www.specialoperations.com/Foreign/France/Foreign_Legion/French_Foreign_legion.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 6:07:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven: "Bon jour! Remember us? We were the guys who made sure the Hutus wouldn't be stopped. And know why? Because they spoke French and the Ugandans spoke English! Are we great or what?" [url]http://www.specialoperations.com/Foreign/France/Foreign_Legion/French_Foreign_legion.jpg[/url]
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What is that thing?
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 6:11:59 PM EDT
Ze French rifle, the FAMAS. I guess the perspective and small stature of the soldier exagerrate its size.
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 7:55:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/31/2003 7:58:50 PM EDT by MonkeyGrip]
Where's Mike Hoar, Bob Denard, and "Black" Jaques Schrame with 5 Commando (the Wild Geese), and 6 and 10 Comando now when we need them? I can't help it. I'm just finishing Mike Hoare's book "Congo Mercenary" about taking back the Congo from the human liver eating, nun (and priest) raping "Simbas" in 1965. [url]http://home.att.net/~jbaugher4/a26_30.html[/url] [url]http://history.acusd.edu/gen/20th/LBJ/lbj-congo.html[/url] Oh. Nice avatar of Ranma.
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 8:15:00 PM EDT
"Widespread rape and cannibalism" Sounds like a fun place. What the hell are the frenchy's gonna do with 1500 troops in a place the size of the congo?
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 8:18:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By byron2112: "Widespread rape and cannibalism" Sounds like a fun place. What the hell are the frenchy's gonna do with 1500 troops in a place the size of the congo?
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Due to budget cutbacks the couldn't afford to surrender, errrr deploy a larger force.
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 9:58:49 PM EDT
"Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa" by Keith B. Richburg Everything you need to know about Africa. (Be advised: Read it on an empty stomach.) cynic p.s. Is there pool started on how long it will take before we send troops to bolster the French/UN?
Link Posted: 5/31/2003 10:23:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/1/2003 7:05:18 AM EDT
WTF!!!! look at that pic. They are our equals? Giving rim jobs to cows is pretty sick!! let alone an infant. These people are disgusting![puke]
Link Posted: 6/1/2003 7:30:53 AM EDT
Let me get this straight. African Blacks are still enslaving, and even EATING each other, killing each other by the millions, and American Blacks want "Reparations" from us for bringing them here.....
Link Posted: 6/1/2003 8:42:24 AM EDT
Why bother ? [:\]
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