What to make of M23 defeat to FARDC?

Kambale Musavuli, spokesperson of Friends of the Congo, Herman Cohen former US ambassador, and Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society speak on the micro of Mike Hanna of Aljazeera.

In the video clip, Herman Cohen, former US Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs explains the American opposition to strong sanctions for Rwanda and Uganda for their role in the destabilization of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, apparently because their economic performance has been so good. In other terms, they can be rewarded and left off the hook for their crimes.

This tells to any victim of these leaders in the Great Lakes region who seeks justice that they will have to do it against the will of the Americans. Those that the looting and plundering of Congolese resources and the accompanying crimes have benefited in Washington and other western concerned capitals don’t want any justice which would investigate their agents presidents Joweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

On the other hand, Richard Dowden highlights the make up of M23. It consists of Tutsis with close connections with the Tutsi leadership in Rwanda. They are natural allies. They are not entirely accepted by the people of Eastern Congo. They are like an alien group in some ways. Such assessment from that speaker about M23 and the Tutsis it seemed to fight for is understandable in the sense that it is difficult for a community not to see as aliens a group of people who commit war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of genocide nature if brought in front of a court against their members.


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