Thursday, 9 January 2014

While South Sudan burns, France considers sending troops to CAR

While South Sudan burns from an upsurge in internal fighting between rebels groups siding with opposing current South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and the former now dismissed VP Riek Machar, France is considering sending troops to the Central African Republic. Only two years old, the independent nation of South Sudan is experiencing political violence and vendettas that has forced ordinary South Sudanese to seek refuge away from their hometowns and regions. Violence against civilians continues despite regional intervention from a peace deal brokered by Ethiopia and the wider African Union. US troops have evacuated American citizens from the country the previous weeks. While the world scratches its head over why South Sudan is in the current quagmire, solutions to restore stability and normalcy does not pop up on the media's radar or Western leaders' lips.

Central African Republic interim leader Michael Djotodia is now facing pressure to step down as leader for failure to halt the insistent war. Both South Sudanese and Central African citizens have become cannon folder for the rebels and ignored by the politicians who are concerned more with their own survival and safety. Both countries understand what Syria is currently experiencing with the exception that the rebels are not relying on wahhabism or Saudi Arabia at least not at the moment to reach a war of attrition against South Sudanese or Central African governments. France is considering building a coalition of EU troops to assist it in halting the rebels in CAR. The last time a coalition of the willing was set up in Iraq, Mali or Libya, NATO bombings occurred attacking not only politicians and military but critical civilian infrastructure such as housing, hospitals, schools and roads and electrical infrastructure. Civilians in each country were not spared from the bombardment or collective punishment aimed at weakening the rebels than removing the rebels. France faces a similar quagmire as the U.S. did in Iraq. Sending NATO read Western troops into a country where the people do not want Western intervention.

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