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General Laurent Nkunda
posted by Pseudology (8 comments total)
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is a Tutsi warlord in Katanga
who was recently interviewed
by the Huffington Post. The BBC
believe he is nothing more than your standard African rebel with a long list of atrocities to his name. An opinion supported by the UN and some human rights groups. The War Nerd
has come to his defense
, however, suggesting that he's just angered the UN by refusing to disarm and allow the Hutu "refugees" from the Rwandan Genocide to terrorize the lands under his control.Previously
The lack of information makes it difficult to decide which side I'd rather be cheering on but the concept of government control in any part of the Congo, especially Katanga, is nothing more than a bad joke and any foreign military aid that has ever been sent there was sent with the sole purpose of making sure that the mines stay operational. There is no reason to believe that the newly elected government (A Congolese election has also always been a bit of a joke) will provide any better management of the region.
The general could also be full of shit, though. If he brings the rule of law to the places he occupies, even if it's marshal law, it would be a welcome improvement to the anarchy that he replaces (military feudalism > Congolese Anarchy).