Shame On Africa
by Gary K. Busch
Sources inside Abidjan report that the Ouattara troops gathered outside the city in anticipation of the ‘big push’ about 1400 hours Zulu. They started to move into the approaches to Cocody, Youpougon and Plateau and were met with stiff resistance. In Abobo there was internecine fighting between various elements of pro-Ouattara forces. The push into Cocody and the Presidential residence was stopped in its tracks by the pro-Gbagbo defenders. The UN helicopters flying over the area reported this to the UN/Force Licorne headquarters. Choi panicked and contacted Ban Ki-Moon who cleared the way for an active attack by the UN and French forces by air, using the missiles the French had just delivered to Abidjan Airport. In the last few days France has brought into the Abidjan Aiport that it occupied a wide range of heavy air to ground missiles for its own helicopters and the Mil-24 helicopters of the UN. These began by bombing the two ammunition stores of the Gbagbo forces and shelling the Presidential Palace. The reluctant Ouarttara forces roused themselves to follow up on this attack and proceeded back to the front lines following the helicopter routes. They were resisted by soldiers and by hundreds of unarmed civilians who tried to block their way. The Ouattara forces, the UN and the French shot at them indiscriminately leaving the approaches littered with bodies, especially in Youpougon.
Where does it say that the UN has the right to make war on a sovereign country? Who gave the French the mandate to bomb and strafe the city and the Presidential Palace? Worst of all, why are Obama and Hilary Clinton cheering on the sidelines in support of such reprehensible acts? Why isn’t the Christian Right in the US standing up to complain as Christians are being slaughtered by Muslims with US and UN support? How is the suppression of a free and democratic people in the interests of the US or the West in general? This is yet another disaster in progress. Shame on the UN; shame on France; shame on the African countries who stood by and allowed this to happen without a murmur; and disgust for the current US administration.
It’s over. Spoke to Abidjan. At 1530 hours Zulu the Gbagbo defenders were told to stand down. The reports of the rebels taking the palace is pure fantasy. It was the French closing in with helicopters and heavy armour, after dropping over fifty missiles on the Presidential Palace. The defender refused to quit. The rebel troops of Ouattara ran away after each battle and it took the French/UN helicopters and heavy armoured vehicles to dislodge the members of FANCI in combat. No-one ran; they stood their ground and continued the fight. President Gbagbo ordered his men to put down their weapons and to return to their homes. Now they are discussing how to end this. It is a tragedy, but a man-made tragedy of French greed and UN spinelessness. A shabby affair that will grow worse as people learn what really happened.