Friday, January 30, 2009

Will the New Administration Understand What's Happening in Congo?

I'm not optimistic. With Susan Rice at the UN, and now--apparently--Samantha Power as the director for multilateral affairs at the National Security Council, the top people in the Obama administration who are likely to take an interest in Africa will probably renew the old Clinton policy of viewing the entire region through the prism of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. That means bending over backward to give the current Rwandan government the benefit of every doubt, while at the same time feeling little sense of urgency about the situation in the Congo because it doesn't fit under the rubric of genocide--no matter how many people are dying there.

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