President Obama: What about the Ivory Coast? By George Cook AAreports.com
Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I fully support President Obama and will work my behind off to help him get re-elected. But that does not mean that I can't question his administrations's policies or some of the choices they make. Okay now back to the topic at hand.
For weeks now forces loyal to the UN-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, and supporters of incumbent Laurent Gbagbo have waged a battle for control of the Ivory Coast. Thousands of innocents are now stuck in the middle. Many have been killed.
While the United States has sent planes to bomb Kadafy's forces in Libya to save thousands of lives but so far the United States has only expressed "deep concern" about the violence in the Ivory Coast.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. is "deeply concerned" about the situation in the Ivory Coast and reports of human rights abuses and a massacre of more than 1,000 people.
In a statement Sunday, Clinton called on Laurent Gbagbo, the entrenched incumbent who lost a November vote, to step down immediately. She also says forces loyal to the internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara must respect the rules of war and stop attacks on civilians.
President Obama has set a precedent by bombing Libya when it comes to the US protecting human life.
The US went into Libya to stop the potential massacre of thousands which I support as being the right thing to do. But in the Ivory Coast The International Committee of the Red Cross reports that 800 bodies have been found in the western Ivory Coast town of Duekoue alone.
There is no potential, thousands are being killed. When will we go help them?
I know that the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) troops are there, but what good are they. The UN should stand for Useless Nations and the AU for Also Useless.
They have stood by not only when Gbagbo’s forces have committed atrocities but when Liberian mercenaries have rampaged, raped, and pillaged their way through towns in the Ivory Coast. This can not be allowed to continue.
If the US is the moral and righteous country that we claim to be we can no longer allow this blood shed to continue.
President Obama please help these people who only want the same thing that we as Americans cherish. The right to democracy, peace and freedom.
George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50