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