Major resource grab is on the way in Africa under “humanitarian” cover, as evident by the recent media hype about the rogue rebel leader Joseph Kony as the new bogeyman in the jungle, and the imminent need to neutralize him by invading Congo. Those who count on Russia and China as a counter-weight to western imperialism will be very disappointing to discover that these powers support the UN invasion. It remains to be seen what they were promised in return…
- 3,000 UN troops are being deployed to the central African nation
- It is the first time that the UN will be in direct control of a fighting force
- Even normally-reluctant Russia and China voted in favour of the action
- Mineral-rich Congo has been wracked by years of civil war
- Conflict was originally sparked by the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda
The UN is about to go to war for the first time in its history after the Security Council voted unanimously to intervene to fight rebels in the Congo.Around 3,000 UN troops wearing the blue insignia, are being deployed to the central African nation which has been wracked by years of civil war and lawlessness. The UN has led a 14-year-long peacekeeping in a bid to end the ethic conflict which was sparked by the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda when thousands of Hutus fled into the Congo to evade justice.
Much of the fighting is now over the country’s natural resources which include large quantities of gold, copper, diamonds, and coltan (a mineral used in cell phones).According to the organisation World Without Genocide, the violence has killed as many as 5.4 million people making it the world’s bloodiest conflict since World War II.
The use of child soldiers in the conflict is also said to be common and in many areas armed gangs are free to roam at will terrorising local populations. But until now the conflict has been largely ignored by the outside world. It will be the first time that the UN itself will be in direct control of a fighting force, responsible for the tactics on the ground, troop deployments and air strikes.