Congo: All the Creeps Are Cheering
Things are happening fast in Eastern Congo. Strange things. Strangest of all, a United Nations combat force has actually engaged in combat. And won.
The UN’s "Intervention Brigade," made up of troops from South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania, went into the sanctuaries of the M23 militia in Kivu, up against the lakes where Congo meets Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, and kicked some "rebel" ass. At least that’s the official story.
The real news is not so cheerful. Yes, the UN did create an effective combat force that went in and blasted M23 out of Kivu Province in Eastern Congo. This was the UN’s New Model Army, with a license to kill, instead of the usual UN license to duck, whimper and complain. Within a few days, the Intervention Brigade pushed into Kivu Province from the North, West, and South, and quickly overran M23’s bases. It wasn’t very difficult; M23 never had more than 6,000 men, and the community they drew from, the Congolese Tutsi known as Banyamulenge, are one of the smallest groups in Kivu, with way less than 100,000 people—maybe as few as 55,000. That means they’re less than 4% of the Kivu population. M23 was never the biggest, or the most savage militia in Kivu. Eastern Congo has dozens of so-called "rebel" groups...
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