Saturday, April 02, 2011

"We're Shocked"

Where is the Obama Doctrine when you need it? Ivory Coast conflict intensifies amid reports of a massacre - The Washington Post

At least it isn't the UN this time, but the Red Cross.
“We are shocked by the brutality and scale of this act,” said Dominique Liengme, the Red Cross’s representative in Ivory Coast.
800 people had been killed in "inter-communal" violence. Whatever that means.

What exactly are they surprised about? That "War is Hell?"
Estimates of the dead in the contested town of Duekoue were hard to pin down, with figures ranging from more than 300 to 1,000 people killed. The International Committee of the Red Cross said that more than 800 civilians had been killed in “intercommunal” violence in the town, where tens of thousands of Ivorian civilians have been displaced by fighting between the forces of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of a November election, and Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to step down.
So shouldn't NATO or the UN or somebody be shelling the Ivorian troops, or the other troops or somebody?

Oh yeah, I forgot... There is no oil in the Ivory Coast. Maybe it also doesn't help that it would be hard to choose sides.
Hamadoun Toure, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Abidjan, said there was evidence that Ouattara’s forces were responsible for the deaths of at least 230 civilians and Gbagbo’s fighters for at least 100.
Shelling both sides is right out, so I guess shelling neither side is a "measured response." Or maybe it's just that no one in Washington cares. (No oil, no cruise-missiles.)

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