Want To See a “Humanitarian Crisis?” Look at the Ivory Coast
March 30, 2011
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As mentioned before, the US isn’t being consistent when it comes to intervening in places around the world. I actually understood when the President said we needed to intercede to prevent a mass slaughter, as Libya’s military was moving to kill the occupants of an entire city. But such brutality is not unique to Libya. Look at the Ivory Coast.
Laurent Gbagbo is the president of the Ivory Coast. Or was. Elections were held in November and he lost. But he won’t give up power. Further, he kicked out the UN peacekeepers. But it gets worse. Forces loyal to him have attacked folks who dare to protest. DeWayne Wickham, writing for USA Today, describes the situation:
Nearly 500 people have been killed by forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, the Ivory Coast president who lost a re-election bid in November but refuses to give up control. Many more people have been wounded in the fighting spawned by Gbagbo’s refusal to leave office. An estimated 500,000 have been displaced, and 90,000 more have fled the West African country, according to the Associated Press.
Evidently, we are refraining from getting involved and waiting for the African Union to step into the situation. But why wait? If we are into the whole thing of stopping killing on humanitarian grounds, shouldn’t we just jump right in along with the UN?
Something just doesn’t jive.