I think that my over whelming reaction to the newest humanitarian disaster in the Congo is very sadly that that it is just “more of the same old stuff” on a continent where disarray and disaster is the way of life rather than the exception. I have found it extremely difficult to become even interested enough to comment There is just no possibility of solving that continents myriad problems and I really think that the last thing that should be done is to send in British or French troops.
The Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown disclosed that contingency plans were being prepared for the deployment of a European Union force, including a British contingent. However, with UK forces already stretched fighting on two fronts in Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr Miliband was quick to pour cold water on the suggestion that British troops could soon be caught up in a new overseas entanglement.
Meanwhile, aid agencies warned that the situation on the ground was deteriorating as tens of thousands fled to escape the fighting and the threat of rape and murder by the various armed groups across the eastern Congo.
“The humanitarian situation here is completely out of control,” said Alpha Sankoh, ActionAid’s country director in the Congo. “Refugees are being targeted before our very eyes – we cannot allow this to continue. The protection of women and children is paramount – particularly as so many are on the move seeking safety.”
The UN already has a presence in the area and all they have managed to do is prove just how impotent they are. with very limited resources and very restricted rules of engagement they have always just been a show piece, window dressing for the benefit of the media. The reality is that on a social level most of Africa is a basket case with the most common foundation stones for the nations are thuggery and self interest. Frankly all efforts to broker peace seem as effective as treating gangrene with brown paper and vinegar.
There are times when no matter how dire the need that we do the people no great service by intervening especially when we do intervene, as we did in Rwanda, the end result was still unspeakable brutality and murder. All that we achieve is a measure of blame for the resulting failure. The days of colonialism are well and truly over and there comes a time when we in the west have to say that peace and prosperity in Africa is no longer our burden.
Until next time Comrades