Monday, May 09, 2005

Le pays maudit

Things are not going very well in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, particularly in the eastern part of the country.

Chaos. Brutality. The meddling of foreign countries. Just like in the 1960s.

There's even been an apparent resurgence of secessionist rumblings in the mineral rich Katanga province. The attempted secession of Katanga in the 40 years ago caused much instability in the country.

In fact, one of those arrested and accused of plotting the province's breaking away was none other than André Tshombe, son of the infamous 60s Katanga secessionist leader Moïses.

I wonder if it might be better to break up the DRC into multiple countries. As politically incorrect as it may be, the fact of the matter is that the DRC is enormous, approximately the size of western Europe (which is over a dozen countries). Given its insane post-independence history, which was not helped by its even more destructive experience with brutal Belgian colonialism, it's worth exploring if smaller units might be actually be able to be governed. It may not be politically correct to ask the question, but given the nightmarish situation in the eastern DRC, perhaps non-traditional solutions need to be considered.

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