Yet another dictator, this time in Africa’s Ivory Coast is at war with his own people. Laurent Gbagbo lost in a recent election to Alassane Ouattara. Gbagbo has refused to recognize the election results, even though the international community says the election was legitimate. Ouattara’s supporters are in violent revolt against Gbagbo.
The French military says UN and French peacekeepers have seized the airport in the capitol city of Abidjan. Fighting continues in the capitol, with Outtara forces apparently gaining the edge.
Earlier today, a thousand bodies were found in the city of Duekoue after it had fallen to forces of Alassane Quattara. Some were hacked to death with machetes.
Where’s the U.S. on this civil war? From “The Australian” newspaper:
With reports emerging across the country of summary executions, massacres, rapes and serious human rights abuses, Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said that America was “deeply concerned” about the situation in the West African country, once one of the most prosperous on the continent.
There seems to be no threat to U.S. national interests from this dust-up in the Ivory Coast. The French are on the ground there. Despite the new Obama interest in intervening for humanitarian reasons (Libya), would it be too much to ask for the U.S. to just stay out of this one? U.S. resources are already stretched to the max.
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