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If Libya, Why Not Cote D’Ivoire?

I heard this last night:

To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.

And thought about this.

Up to one million people have fled Ivory Coast to safer areas amid fears of an all-out civil war, the UN refugee agency has said.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other aid agencies said they have been unable to access the country’s west due to the fighting in the capital and other areas.

It cited estimates of between 700,000 and one million people displaced, largely from the city of Abidjan, including the heavily-populated districts of Abobo, Adjamame, Williamsville and Yopougon.

“The massive displacement in Abidjan and elsewhere is being fuelled by fears of all-out war,” Melissa Fleming, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on Friday said in Geneva.

I am not saying that American military assets should be used to protect civilians in Cote D’Ivoire.  But I am saying that the international community needs to step up its response to an impending atrocity there.  Quickly.
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  • Ckrazycool

    kanye said it the best us dont care about black people

  • Harveysmith

    Please also think about what is happening in Madagascar.

    “Recent statistics indicate that since the coup d’état poverty has increased by about 9 percent, meaning that roughly 1.8 million people are newly poor. Government funding for health dropped from $8 per person in 2008 to $2 per person in 2010. Greatly diminished government funding in the education sector has effectively meant the demise of free primary school education.”

    “The Rajoelina regime has suppressed a wide range of freedoms, including the rights of free expression and assembly. According to the U.S. State Department, Amnesty International, and various press accounts, it has forcibly dispersed public demonstrations, shot peaceful protesters, shut down dozens of independent radio stations, tampered with the independence of the judiciary and harassed and detained advocates of constitutional democracy. The longer Rajoelina and his administration remain at Madagascar’s helm, the deeper the island’s economic, humanitarian, and environmental disaster could become.”

  • Guest

    The poorest Madagascar will be the most dangerous the indian ocean will be .

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