Friday, February 13, 2009

Step Two: Dispose of the Overseers

Step One was re-entering the Congo. Step Two is disposing of the overseers. Today, Rwanda's government-sponsored newspaper published an editorial calling for MONUC to start winding down its operations, since its mission has been accomplished. "There is little or no work left again for UN peacekeepers in DRC. If anybody claims there is, it will no longer be worth the huge budget in billions that is allocated to that mission."

Rwanda clearly doesn't want MONUC glancing over its shoulder as it settles back into the Kivus, siphons off the region's mineral wealth, and eliminates the opposition.

Step Three will be fashioning an excuse to stay in the Kivus beyond the end of February. They're already working on it.

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