Thursday, December 11, 2008

An Eloquent Plea for Action

Anthony Gambino published an eloquent plea for action on behalf of the Congo in today's Huffington Post. The New York Times story on the Kiwanja massacre--and even more powerfully, the video that accompanies it--teaches three lessons, Gambino says:
#1: The massacre was committed in cold blood by Laurent Nkunda's CNDP troops, led by an indicted war criminal, Bosco Ntaganda, who is Mr. Nkunda's chief of staff. #2: The UN peacekeeping force, MONUC, was only a mile away, but was under-equipped, understaffed, and simply incapable of responding either to prevent or disrupt this disaster. #3: The Congolese Army, which had held the village of Kiwanja before Nkunda's forces arrived, ran away when attacked by Nkunda's forces.
Only the international community can prevent the reoccurrence of such massacres, Gambino says, and only the EU has the capacity to act Right Now.

Watch the video, read the editorial, and act.

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