Sunday, April 03, 2011

President Obama: What about the Ivory Coast?

President Obama: What about the Ivory Coast? By George Cook

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 Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50


Carolyn said...

When has the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT gave a rats ass about the AFRICAN PEOPLE? I bet if there was some oil or anything profitable, the USA wouldn't hesitate to disarm. BUT since it's only people killing innocent people, it really doesn't matter. NOT !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Do you really think this is a black/white thing? Wake up! This is a Muslim/Christian thing! And who do you think Obama and the United Nations are supporting? Christians? No! Open your eyes and look past the color of your skin. Americans don't want to see thousands of people being massacred - black or white. It's the Muslim leadership ordering the massacres, and Obama is leading the way telling the world that they should be allowed to take over.