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Interesting news item:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/03/19/news/germ.php

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The conservative government of Chancellor Angela Merkel was under fire Sunday both from the left and from its own coalition partners over its tentative proposal to lead a European Union military mission to Congo to provide security for presidential and parliamentary elections in June.
 
"Without an overall concept, and this is apparently lacking in Berlin as well as Brussels, it is irresponsible to send German troops to Congo," Guido Westerwelle, leader of the liberal Free Democrats, said in an interview with the newspaper Die Welt.
 
Germany was to hold a meeting Monday of European defense officials to find out which countries are prepared to join the EU mission, which was requested several months ago by the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan. He said 16,700 peacekeepers already in the country needed support to provide security during the campaign leading to the parliamentary elections.
 
Since the request, the EU's military planners have become embroiled in disputes over the mandate, the logistics and in which country the military planning would be prepared.
 
Germany, which has reluctantly agreed in principle to take over the lead of the 1,500-strong mission, said it would only do so only if other EU countries participated, if the mission were under a UN mandate and if the goals of the mission were clearly established.
 
Seven of the 25 EU countries have signaled that they might be prepared to join the mission. They include France, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Austria.

I would love to see this happen on the general principle that European countries pulling their opwn weight internationally when it comes to soldiers and peace keeping operations.

I am very skeptical that this will actually happen. No one on board yet.

European countries: "We could do that..."

Anybody else: "Really?"

European countries: "Well...maybe...I mean...you don't actually expect US to actually send TROOPS and DO something, do you?"

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Germany is becoming less fearful of its post war reputation and French grips on German foreign policy. Germany has in essence created a Fourth Reich in economic terms. It is the heart of the european economic system and is begining to feel that political and diplomatic intervention is rightfully theirs if they choose to exercise such rights.

The intersting thing will be what Germany does if it turns out to be the lead nation in an intervention into the Congo. The best thing that could happen is that the Congo is stabalized under an EU banner, and Belgium is given some form of colonial mandate.

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quote:
and Belgium is given some form of colonial mandate.
HAH!
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Ivan

inspite of King Leopolds brutality in the Congo when it was his personal possession, far more people have died and suffered since Belgium sent the Congo on its own way.

The genocide and ethnic cleansing, disease, famine, and criminality of the "government" is simply of such magnitude that for all intents Congo must be recognized for what it has become. A region of monumental human suffering devoid of social systems and government.

Exactly how would you solve the problem? Divide the nation into war lordships?

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I would give SAfr the mandate, alone.
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As idealistic as Fr. Merkel's idea is, even a democraticly elected government is unlikely to be a great improvement, unless Germany is willing to spend a couple of billion EUR and a few generations educating the people of the Congo and taking other measures to eliminate the culture of tribalism and corruption that has plagued post-colonial Africa, the effect will be limited.
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That's why I recommend SAfr. They're just the Namib away. And, for divisionists, such as myself, I would definitely encourage a separate Katanga; it's a festering sore.
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South Africa has neither the money nor the inclination to deal with the Congo, having as they do a plague on their hands and populace still scarred by years of oppression and a corrupt, essentially one-party state (ANC worked under Mandela, but no longer.)
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