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The inhumanity of man

Posted By Rumbold On 5th October, 2007 @ 2:28 pm In Current affairs, The World | 3 Comments

Johann Hari [1] reports on a little-known conflict in the centre of Africa (I had never heard anything about it). The article is a long one (6,000 words), but well worth reading.

“For forty years, the French government has been fighting a secret war in the dead-centre of Africa, hidden not only from the French people and parliament, but from the world. It has led the French to slaughter democrats, install dictator after dictator - and even to fund and fuel the most vicious genocide since the Nazis. Today, this war is so vicious that thousands are even fleeing across the border from the Central African Republic [CAR] into Darfur - seeking sanctuary on the world’s most notorious killing fields.

This neo-imperial war reached its psychotic apogee in 1994, when the French government used CAR as a base to fund and fuel the Rwandan genocide, the most bloody since the death of Adolf Hitler. Vincent Mounie is a leading figure in Sur Vie, a French organisation monitoring their government’s actions in Africa. He explains: “The French were totally complicit in the genocide. There were French troops there before, during and after the genocide, backing the most extreme Hutu forces as they murdered the Tutsis. You know the identity cards that divided the Rwandan population into Hutus and Tutsis in preparation for the slaughter? They were printed in Paris.”"


3 Comments To "The inhumanity of man"

#1 Comment By AsifB On 5th October, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

Variations of French /Belgian mendacity in the 90s Central African genocides have doen the rounds for a while. This is a new one ( I had thought the worst thing Mitterrand did was murder those Greenpeace hippies) and does make you think.

Doesn’t shed as much light on the Great Congo War as I’d like to know - some say 4 million people have died in the last decade in DRC

#2 Comment By Tim Worstall On 5th October, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

“You know the identity cards that divided the Rwandan population into Hutus and Tutsis in preparation for the slaughter? They were printed in Paris.”

Tsk, very sloppy. Tribal identification was on ID cards from the days of Belgian colonialism onwards.

#3 Comment By Arif On 7th October, 2007 @ 9:42 am

Very important article. Thank you for flagging it up, Rumbold. I think that understanding geopolitics would be much more straightforward if the media was more explicit in using the colonial model. Being more open about which area is a sphere of interest for which country for what resources, and which other great powers are fighting for it. When I read more detailed analyses of issues in the news, modern colonial relations seem to help make sense of so many humanitarian and human rights “disasters” presented with confusion by the mass media.


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