From I Hate The Media
As you may have read the not so small African country CÃ´te d’Ivoire or the “Ivory Coast” is experiencing a dirty little war following a 2010 election in which the incumbent ruler Laurent Gbagbo lost to challenger Alassane Ouattara but has called the election a fraud and refused to step down. Now under the useless supervision of the French and the U.N. the two sides are battling it out to control this nation of 21 million people who have no oil.
They have cocoa.
There have been massacres of civilians that Human Rights Watch blames mostly on ousted president Laurent Gbagbo with also some incidents of civilian deaths attributed to the newly recognized president Alassane Ouattara
The vast majority of abuses documented by Human Rights Watch were perpetrated by forces loyal to Gbagbo against real or perceived Ouattara supporters, notably members of political parties allied to Ouattara, as well as West African immigrants and Muslims. The documented abuses include targeted killings, enforced disappearances, politically motivated rapes, and unlawful use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators. These abuses, committed over a four-month period by security forces under the control of Gbagbo and militias loyal to him, may rise to the level of crimes against humanity as defined by the Rome Statute, which created the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Human Rights Watch has also documented extrajudicial executions by Ouattara’s forces against alleged pro-Gbagbo supporters and combatants detained in Ouattara territory since the Forces Nouvelles gained effective control of parts of Abidjan in late February. Human Rights Watch documented 11 such cases from both witnesses and perpetrators–including three detainees who were burned alive and another four whose throats were slit, acts amounting to war crimes under international humanitarian law. Credible reports indicate the death toll may be higher.
Gbagbo lost but he just won’t go, and forces loyal to him and paid mercenaries are taking it out on the civilians with reports of as many as 1,000 murdered in just the last few days.
JOHANNESBURG — Unknown attackers wielding machetes and guns killed more than 1,000 civilians in the neighborhood of an Ivory Coast town controlled by forces fighting to install the internationally recognized president, the Catholic charity Caritas told The Associated Press Saturday.
Well…since we now have the Obama Doctrine which is the policy of intervention before the mass graves are discovered, the President felt compelled to weigh in on the subject.
He weighed in like a feather in the wind.
In his little speech he offers the “Ivorians” no help. He does not condemn the violence forcefully or Laurent Gbagbo by name or call for him to step down. He does not call for the French who have thousands of troops there to intervene militarily. He doesn’t even mention them or the damn U.N. who is supposed to be supervising this whole mess.
It seems both parties are at fault and they should all just have a beer summit. His whole speech gives one the feeling that he was talking about some little fence dispute between neighbors, and it had no mention of the genocide that as we all know concerns the President greatly.
As the world waits for some red meat from Obama with regard to foreign policy, the President serves up rice cakes.
No blood for cocoa I guess.