Rwandan War Criminals Defeated in Congo, But AFRICOM Riding High

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:25
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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The military defeat of Rwandan-backed “rebels” in the eastern Congo is good news for a people who have suffered the worst genocide since World War Two. But will there be justice for the six million dead? “The United States would not relish a series of trials in which its own role in the slaughter of millions would be revealed in embarrassing detail.”

 

Rwandan War Criminals Defeated in Congo, But AFRICOM Riding High

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. has no intention of allowing anything approximating justice to break out in central Africa.”

After 17 years and the death of six million Congolese, the United States has finally shifted gears in its efforts to dominate central Africa. Earlier this year, Washington cut off military aid to Rwanda, which, along with Uganda, another U.S. ally, has been looting and terrorizing the mineral-rich eastern Congo since 1996. All those years, U.S. Democratic and Republican administrations have lavished arms and money on the two client states, and protected them from sanction by international forums and courts. The genocide in the Congo was central to U.S. policy in the region. While 8 percent of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s population was dying, Rwanda and Ugandan soldiers and thugs got rich acting as middlemen, funneling Congo’s precious minerals to multinational corporations. Meanwhile, both Rwanda and Uganda supplied soldiers to every U.S.-approved military mission on the continent, acting as America’s mercenaries in Africa.

So, why did the U.S. alter its policy? First, international pressure finally made it untenable for Washington to continue deploying its Black henchmen to destabilize central Africa. President Obama appointed former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, a liberal by American standards, as his emissary to the Great Lakes region of Africa, and halted delivery of weapons to Rwanda. The Americans allowed the United Nations to form a special, 3,000-man intervention brigade empowered to use force against the so-called rebel group M23, which is actually led by the Tutsi-dominated government of Rwanda. This week, UN intervention forces backed up the Congolese army defeated the M23, sending its remnants fleeing across the Rwandan and Ugandan borders. The “rebels” announced they would end their insurgency.

Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame cannot be expected to turn on his own men.”

However, Rwanda has pulled these tricks before, and has never acknowledged that M23 is its own creation, or that many of the fighters’ top officers are, in fact, members of the Rwandan armed forces. According to Friends of Congo, the Washington-based advocacy group, there is only one way to ensure that M23 will not resurface by some other name, and that is to bring these genocidal criminals to trial. However, this would require that Rwanda turn them over to the Democratic Republic of Congo or some international authority. Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame cannot be expected to turn on his own men, and the United States would not relish a series of trials in which its own role in the slaughter of millions would be revealed in embarrassing detail.

Therefore, although Washington has put distance between itself and Rwanda, the U.S. has no intention of allowing anything approximating justice to break out in central Africa. The U.S. military command, AFRICOM, has grown by leaps and bounds under President Obama – who has permanently stationed a brigade of U.S. troops in Africa – and the reinforced United Nations military presence in the region does exactly what the United States tells it to. And finally, at the end of the day, the Rwandan and Ugandan regimes understand that they are only cogs in the imperial machine, and must do as they are told. The U.S. empire is alive and growing in central Africa.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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THE PARTICIPATING AFRICAN ELITES ARE THE PROBLEM

Submitted by akechlo on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 21:27.

Please, spare some time with two cups of coffee and watch this depressing video. The video gives its viewer the inside look at the real reasons behind what is happening in Congo. The video is in French, but the ENGLISH CAPTION version pops up at the bottom of the screen  while the speakers talk.

Laurent Desire Kabila was used and brutally discarded before the Kagame and Museveni took over Congo from Mobutu. This was an elaborate plot hatched to overthrow Mobutu and replace him with  reliable caretaker proxy of the Congolese minerals on behalf of  international interests. That is Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

As long as the African elites allow indigineous African young men from their own territories to be deployed as camouflage for the shameless non-stop exploitation of Congolese minerals while their fellow citizens are being slaughtered by the millions, no one will stop the carnage until either (a) the minerals have dried up or (b) there are no Congolese left to slaughter! Do not forget, African elites including African Union are  participating in this carnage using African young men. The know very well that the only people being slaughtered are poor and defenseless African citizens! The rest of the world whose interests are being served is silent! Here is the video:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAF9lyhWBDc

Great post.Thank you..

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Bottomline is the government

Submitted by jason spark on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 13:27.

Bottomline is the government military will be the one who will rule. Plaques

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