Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Columnist off mark on Africa
TO NEW ERA EDITORS:
Syndicated columnist Michael Gerson, who wrote, "Africa's vacuums of sovereignty,'' Feb. 5, seems to have little awareness of the Democratic Republic of Congo's drama, hence his inaccurate and misinforming comments.
Rwandan and Ugandan forces, with U.S. intelligence and logical support, invaded the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996 for a well-documented hidden agenda.
As for the United Nations' peacekeeping interventions in the country, they have always been trivial, superficial and inane since the 1960s.
On the other hand, from 1996 on, Congolese women are raped en masse by armed militias from Rwanda and Uganda.
Now, as the Cold War is over, in the absence of al-Qaida and radical Islamists in the country, Gerson's column becomes the only make-believe alibi for legitimizing the dreadful role and responsibility of neocolonialism, imperialism and militarism in the ongoing horrific Congolese tragedy since 1996.
"Conflict in the DRC has resulted in more than five million deaths since 1998. No other conflict or act of violence since World War II has come anywhere close to taking so many lives.'' (Johnnie Carson, U.S. assistant secretary of State.)
As a matter of fact, "Each gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed and those who are cold and are not clothed'' (Dwight D. Eisenhower.)