Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Is the US blocking MONUC's Request?

Anthony Gambino, former peace corps volunteer and USAID mission director in the Congo, says in a Huffington Post editorial published today that he has heard reports that the US is "taking the lead" in resisting MONUC's request for additional troops. This would not be the first time the US has squelched greater UN involvement in African tragedies. (See genocide, Rwanda.)
Gambino points out that the troops will give MONUC the enhanced capacity necessary to launch surprise attacks on concentrations of rebel militias, disrupt their operations, deny them access to mining sites, and protect concentrations of civilians in both urban and rural areas. He reiterates the argument from his Council on Foreign Relations report, that only MONUC has the potential to bring security to the region.

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