Okay, watch everyone as Zack, who speaks out against French bashing at every opportunity, bashes the French!
This is all France's fault. And Belgium's, too. With a little bit of CIA connivance, too. King Leopold of Belgium spent decades with the Congo as his personal property, and totally raped the place. Millions dead, resources trashed, and unlike some of the other colonies, barely any attempt to build an infrastructure, civil service, or educated elite. So Belgium pulled out and left the country totally unprepared for self-governance. Then Belgium and the CIA helped assassinate Patrice Lumumba for being left-leaning and installed Mobutu, who spent thirty years plundering the country some more.
Enter France. In next door neighbor Rwanda, France supported the Francophone Hutu government against the English-speaking Tutsi rebels, even when the Hutus committed the worst act of genocide since the Holocaust. Worse still, when the Tutsis came and kicked the Hutu government out, the French sent troops in to help the Hutu leadership escape into neighboring Congo (then called Zaire). The Hutu genocidaires promptly set up shop in the sprawling UN-administered refugee camps, stole food from their own people and launched cross-border killing raids into Rwanda. They also terrorized the local Tutsi who'd been living in the Congo for generations, the banyamulenge (literally-- "people of the mountains"). The new Tutsi-dominated Rwandan government got sick of this, and repeatedly told France to stop rearming the Hutu and the UN to get them out of the refugee camps. France and the UN did nothing, so Rwanda and its ally Uganda, backed by the local Tutsis, crossed the border to forcibly evict the Hutu genocidaires.
But in doing so, they discovered that Mobutu's army was amazingly week, so they found a Congolese front man (an ex diamond smuggler named Laurent Kabila) and drove 900 miles across the country in a matter of weeks with light infantry alone, overthrowing Mobutu and setting up Kabila in his place.
Unfortunately, Kabila turns out to be corrupt as well, so he turns against his former allies and ANOTHER war breaks out. This one draws in Uganda, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Chad, and Namibia, as well as three seperate rebel factions and numerous unaffiliated tribal militias (including the mai mai, brutal killers who wear faucets around their necks because they think they're protected by magic that turns bullets that hit them into water). Kabila is assassinated and his son takes over, old friends Rwanda and Uganda turn against each other, multiple foreign armies use the war as an excuse to loot the country of diamonds, gold, lumber, and coltan, a rare mineral used in your cel phone, what few roads and ferries exist break down, and warfare, starvation, and disease kill millions, while the world yawns and looks the other way.
So maybe it's not ALL France's fault. But the current situation did start because they thought it would be cool to give refuge to a bunch of genocidal killers.
P.S. And don't get me started on Madeline Albright and her sabotage of all efforts to stop the Rwandan genocide. See, and y'all thought I just hated the Bush Administration's foreign policy team.
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We shall harness for God the energies of Love.
Then, for the second time in the history of the world,
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