World View: Bodies Pile Up in Central African Republic as French Arrive

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  • Bodies pile up in Central African Republic as French arrive
  • Biden in S. Korea rejects China's air defense zone (ADIZ)
  • 'Al-Qaeda in Syria' has become official

Bodies pile up in Central African Republic as French arrive

French troops in armored vehicle in Bangui on Friday (Reuters)
French troops in armored vehicle in Bangui on Friday (Reuters)

Hundreds of bodies are littering the streets of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, as French troops began to arrive on Friday in the former colony. France's deployment was sped up out of fear that the situation would completely spiral out of control. Some 400,000 people have already fled their homes to escape the fighting. 

The violence began last year when a Muslim group of militias called Séléka staged a coup, installed a new president, and then continued attacking Christians. The Christians have now formed their own "anti-Balaka" militias. 

The French troops, along with troops from the African Union, are patrolling in Bangui, but there are no troops to control fighting in other towns. According to the CIA Factbook, the religious breakdown of C.A.R. is: indigenous beliefs 35%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%. Reuters

Biden in S. Korea rejects China's air defense zone (ADIZ)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in statements made during a visit to South Korea on Friday, said that America always keeps its promises, and that the U.S. was rejecting China's announced air defense identification zone (ADIZ): 

I want to make one thing absolutely clear. President Obama's decision to rebalance to the Pacific basin is not in question... 

The United States never says anything it does not do. [It has] never been a good bet to bet against America ... and America will continue to place its bet on South Korea.

This is kind of laughable, in view of President Obama's huge flip-flops in the Mideast, which many people are describing as outsourcing America's foreign policy to Russia's president Vladimir Putin. 

In a later statement, Biden said: 

I was very clear we do not recognize the zone. It will have no effect on America's operations. Just ask my general. None. Zero.

Some Koreans are expressing concerns that the U.S. is softening its position on the issue. 

In another statement, Biden said that the U.S. would not tolerate a nuclear North Korea. Once again, this is laughable, since North Korea has been "nuclear" for several years. 

In the meantime, the South Koreans have taken their own steps: They're expanding their own ADIZ, and they're refusing to recognize China's demands, sending warplanes and airlines into China's ADIZ without notifying China's military. Yonhap (Seoul) and VOA

'Al-Qaeda in Syria' has become official

Ayman al-Zawahiri and the main al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan-Pakistan is declaring that Jabhat Al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda linked group in Syria, is now an official part of al-Qaeda's global network. Concurrently, al-Zawahiri is sending cadres of operatives to Syria to offer ideological guidance, military expertise and training, organizational consultation, and so forth. 

For months I've been reporting that Syria has become a magnet for Sunni jihadists from regions as far away as Pakistan, Algeria, and Dagestan. This is the next step in that process, as Syria and Iraq become a major center for jihadist activity in the Mideast. 

Once again, I have to identify where the fault lies. Syria's Shia/Alawite president Bashar al-Assad is a genocidal monster who has used heavy weapons and even chemical weapons to kill hundreds of thousands of Sunni women, children, and other civilians, and has driven millions of people from their homes. Russia and Iran are actively contributing to this genocide by supplying weapons and soldiers to al-Assad. This has been an absolutely disastrous policy by Russia and Iran, with the full support and cooperation of President Barack Obama. Memri and Reuters

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Central African Republic, Bangui, France, Séléka, anti-Balaka, China, Air Defense Identification Zone, ADIZ, Joe Biden, North Korea, South Korea, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda in Syria, Jabhat Al-Nusra, Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Iran 

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