U.S. Military Aircraft to Aid Central African Republic Mission

Barbara Starr, CNN, December 9, 2013

American military aircraft will fly African and European peacekeepers to the Central African Republic, which is in the midst of a bloody internal conflict between various proclaimed Christian and Muslim militias and other rebel factions.

The decision announced the Pentagon was followed by a statement from President Barack Obama, who called on the country’s citizens to reject violence and urged the transitional government to join “respected leaders” in Muslim and Christian communities in calling for “calm and peace.”

“Individuals who are engaging in violence must be held accountable in accordance with the law. Meanwhile, as forces from other African countries and France work to restore security, the United States will support their efforts to protect civilians,” Obama said.

Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog said “the United States is joining the international community” in aiding the peackeeping effort “because of our belief that immediate action is required to avert a humanitarian and human rights catastrophe.”

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Left uncontrolled, militia groups are uniting along religious lines. Christian vigilante groups have formed to battle Seleka, the predominantly Muslim coalition behind the President’s removal.

More than 400,000 people—nearly 10% of the population—have been internally displaced, according to the United Nations.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution last week authorizing military intervention by an African Union-led force backed by French troops to protect civilians, restore humanitarian access and stabilize the country.

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Violence on the ground, which has included machetes, knives, rifles and grenades, will be a “big factor” in any U.S. operation, a U.S. official told CNN.

“It’s a concern,” the official said.

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  • It’s hot spot policing on a global scale.

    Sorry, you have to be a St. Louisan and well versed in local affairs to get the gag.

    Needless to say, get ready for the refugees, resettled in a Section 8 apartment complex near you.

    And also…I tend to think the whole Christian vs Muslim thing is just a convenient front for the combatants for the reasons that blacks have fought and killed other blacks in Africa since the eighth day of creation. Just your usual tribal warfare.

    • Puggg

      Yeah, seriously, what’s the difference? St. Louis sends more squad cars to whatever black neighborhood because its blacks are acting up, America sends more airplanes to the Central Afri-Can’t Republic because its blacks are acting up.

      It’s like no matter where they are they’ll throw tantrums like 10 year olds.

  • SirMe

    Christian vs Muslim?? or Africans vs Africans???

  • Spartacus

    Doesn’t news like this make you giggle ?

  • IstvanIN

    Let them hatchet it out among themselves. There will either be a winner or they will decide to split the country. But no American or European help is warranted.

  • mikebowen55

    This is not a legitimate function of government. I couldn’t care less about this worthless African hell hole and I’m sure I am not alone

    • Sick of it

      Meanwhile, “our” government won’t defend our borders.

  • me

    If it isn’t religion, it’s tribalism. If it isn’t ignorance, it’s boredom. If it isn’t poverty, it’s racism. There’s always an excuse for Black ‘behavior’, aka ‘chimpouts’. Africa will remain unstable, unproductive, blighted, and at war because it is the very nature of the people that dwell there. How much more time, money, resources, blood, sweat, tears, and lives do the White nations have to waste in the continent of Africa before people wake up? Misplaced altruism from White countries is enabling African nations to continue with their boring and savage habits. Time to stop rescuing these countries in Africa, and let them take responsibility for their own actions. Anyway, White countries do not owe Black countries ANYTHING.

  • Spartacus

    If only they had more youth centers…

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “More than 400,000 people—nearly 10% of the population—have been internally displaced, according to the United Nations.”

    These people will be coming soon to a neighborhood near you. I can already hear the volags revving up the resettlement paperwork with grins on their faces.

  • Alexandra1973

    If it’s Catholics vs. Muslims I wouldn’t interfere.

    Now if the Christians in question were actually saved, Bible-believing Christians, I’d actually try to create some kind of safety zone for them–note I didn’t say bring them here.

  • Alexandra1973

    I thought that’s how you stopped five black guys from raping a white women. Could work, though….

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    “American planes bomb the Christians and protect the Muslims” – Anything less would be racist.