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Eastern Congo Destabilization: A Brutish empire attack on nation building

Posted by seumasach on October 31, 2008

 

October 31, 2008 (LPAC)–The London-based Brutish imperial financial cartel has renewed a revolt in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of its overall strategy to eliminate nation-states in Africa. Goma, a provincial capital in eastern Congo, has been surrounded by anti-government rebels, who have announced that their goal is to sabotage a large cooperative Congo-China agreement, which will greatly benefit Congo, unless the deal is sabotaged. In the last few days alone, thousands of civilians fled Goma, after seeing UN peacekeepers moving out their civilian personnel as the rebels advanced. Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda’s troops are well-trained and well-armed. They employ hit-and-run tactics, and use the population as a shield. Nkunda has long been receiving support via Rwanda, according to reports.

The Brutish now face fewer impediments for this kind of destabilizing activity in Africa, since the removal from office of former South African President Thabo Mbeki on Sept. 20. Mbeki had a strategic perspective of preventing the Brutish financial cartel from using whipped up conflicts in the continent to carry out its goal of implementing a genocidal Dark Age in Africa. Under Mbeki, South African peacekeeping troops had been involved in several African countries, and Mbeki himself, or South African mediators, had intervened in other conflicts throughout the continent.

Since the invasions of eastern Congo by rebels backed by Rwanda and Uganda began in the 1990s, the region has been controlled by foreign anti-government militias. Nkunda controls an area rich in natural resources. Nkunda gets his funds by running illegal mining operations in the region, and the stolen minerals are then smuggled into Rwanda, as well as Uganda and Burundi, according to reports, for illegal marketing. The province has five key mineral resources: coltan, diamonds, copper, cobalt, and gold. In this Dark Ages scenario, the resource-strapped government often loses control of the troops it sends to attempt to regain control of the area. Some of these troops have reportedly been corrupted by the minerals cartel, and also get involved in illegal mining activities.

The rebel leader, Nkunda, was formerly a general in the Democratic Republic of Congo army. He must think he has a pretty good future by making the region ungovernable, so that he can carry out rogue mining operations (in which people work in hideous conditions). He claims to have turned down a $2.5 million offer from the government, in return for going into exile.

In August he broke a January ceasefire, and resumed fighting, leading to the besieging of Goma yesterday. He is demanding direct talks with the government about ending the fighting, and about his objections to the $9 billion joint venture between China and Congo. In return for copper and cobalt, China is to provide $6 billion worth of road construction, two hydroelectric dams, and hospitals and schools, in addition to rail connections to southern Africa, and a railroad between Katanga province and Matadi, Congo’s port on the Atlantic. Another $3 billion is to be invested primarily in developing new mining areas

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