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The Collapse of the Congo

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Jason Stearns talks about the brutal war that has raged in Congo since 1996, costing millions of lives. Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa tells the story of this misunderstood and overlooked conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. He spoke with key architects of the war that became as great a disaster as—and was a direct consequence of—the genocide in Rwanda.

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Comments [6]

Claude B. Ikoki

As I listen to this, I am going to write to the author of this book to denounce his will to fuzzify the true history of the Congo with white lies that we were accustomed to in the past, but now are totally challenged by blatant evidence provided by many in the US and elsewhere. Actually, in Europe we knew the truth about the Congo long ago. The people in the US would not because it's a US engineered tragedy, not because it is a complex issue. It's a very simple history.

The Holocaust of the Congolese people is a planned project by the CIA, the Pentagon and the Zionist groups in the US, Europe and Israel, each with its respective agenda, to take over the Great Lakes region and its minerals. Which are mainly in the Eastern part of the country. There are over 250 tribes in Congo and only one in Rwanda (not two as you thought), it's really amazing to observe that Congolese are not fighting each other in the rest of the country, except where the Rwandans are involved with only one ethnic tribe and its two wings of social type. There are no mess in the Congo. it's a lie.

The same pattern of destruction and manipulation for natural resources is still unfolding today as I'm writing this in Libya, and even Ivory Coast. With the same lies and mystifications on the shameful motives.

What this author is selling in this book is exactly the version they wanted the world to believe about the tragedy. The version of a messed up Congo that forced Kagame to 'intervene'.

We know who engineered that mess since 1960, profited from that 'intervention' and how it ended.

Congo has not collapsed and will never collapse.

Apr. 07 2011 03:51 PM
Claude B. Ikoki

As I listen to this, I am going to write to write to the author of this book to denounce his will to fuzzify the true history of the Congo with white lies that we were accustomed to in the past, but now are totally challenged by blatant evidence provided by many in the US and elsewhere. Actually, in Europe we knew the truth about the Congo long ago. The people in the US would not because it's a US engineered tragedy, not because it is a complex issue. It's a very simple history.

The Holocaust of the Congolese people is a planned project by the CIA, the Pentagon and the Zionist groups in the US, Europe and Israel, each with its respective agenda, to take over the Great Lakes region and its minerals. Which are mainly in the Eastern part of the country. There are over 250 tribes in Congo and only one in Rwanda (not two as you thought), it's a really amazing to observe that Congolese are not fighting each other in the rest of the country, except where the Rwandans are involved with only one ethnic tribe and its two wings of social type. There are no mess in the Congo. it's a lie.

The same pattern of destruction and manipulation for natural resources is still unfolding today as I'm writing this in Libya, and even Ivory Coast. With the same lies and mystifications on the shameful motives.

What this author is selling in this book is exactly the version they wanted the world to believe about the tragedy. The version of a messed up Congo that forced Kagame to 'intervene'.

We know who engineered that mess since 1960, profited from that 'intervention' and how it ended.

Congo has not collapsed and will never collapse.

Apr. 07 2011 03:45 PM
Sasha Lezhnev

For more info on what Apple, HP, and other companies have done, as well as on-the-ground perspectives, see www.enoughproject.org

Apr. 07 2011 09:43 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Jason from Brooklyn, there are movements to boycott cell phones & other electronics made with conflict minerals. I couldn't find the info on a quick search, but if you have more time, maybe you can.

Apr. 06 2011 12:52 PM

Thank you for writing about the complexity of this situation. I lived for two years in what was then Haut-Zaire as a Peace Corps volunteer. Our training was in Bukavu. Even then it was a beautiful but desperately crowed and poor place. There simply wasn't enough food available for the number of people living there. I cannot (or perhaps because of the dear friends I made there dont' want to) imagine what it must have looked like with the influx of refugees from Rwanda.

Apr. 06 2011 12:22 PM
Jason from Brooklyn

What about the huge mining interests in the Congo? Do Western companies that use Rare Earth Metals in their products have blood on their hands?

Apr. 06 2011 12:17 PM

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