Tuesday, 11 March 2014

How does the curve in the “C” make the difference between the Central African Republic and the Crimea?

Last week, Monday 3 March, The Washington Post ran an editorial on the events in the Crimea. Here it likens Russia’s current policy on the peninsular to that of a 19th century conqueror-state. Surprisingly, the editorial does not mention the contemporary world’s lead “19th century-style” invader: FranceIn the past four years, France has invaded Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and the Central African Republic and co-led the invasion of Libya.

France’s invasion of the CAR is in fact ongoing. This is its second attack and occupation of the country within 11 years and its 52nd invasion of an African state since 1960. It is not inconceivable that before the Crimea affair is resolved, another African country could well be in the sights of yet another of Paris’s now customary invasion of African lands. This it launches through its unrestrained access to the gargantuan financial resources lodged in the Paris bourse by the so-called francophonie African states (http://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/herbert-ekwe-ekwe-franca-invasao-como.html)

But why the brouhaha, no, major international crisis over Russia in the Crimea but none whatsoever over France in the CAR? Maybe the answers to this can’t be found, easily, within the turgid discourses of international politics. Perhaps I should pop across to the calligraphy department next block and have a word with colleagues there for a solution on this: it just could be that the answer lies with the difference(s) in the shape of the letter “C” in the name “Crimea” and the “C” in “Central African Republic”.

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