Human Rights Watch has offered testimony that Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese army general sought on an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court, is involved in the assassination of at least eight people.
The United States has strategic and mining interests in the Congo and until the American people demand that our government do something to actually promote human rights there, the ongoing abuses will continue.
In 1974, the DRC hosted a match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Ali defeated an established opponent running out of ideas and ways to win. This is perhaps a foretaste of how our politics may develop in the coming months.
Frustration in the face of this humanitarian tragedy is understandable. Where is SOS Hillary Clinton in the face of this, especially after her courageous meetings with Congolese President Joseph Kabila?
Reported have said that joint military operations between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been a catastrophic failure. Now satellite imagery of the Busurungi area in North Kivu clearly shows burned villages.
The world will never dispatch a savior to Congo who, like the paraplegic Marine Jake in the James Cameron epic Avatar, will damn self-serving interests and decide to protect a unique world and complicated society.
Kabila's army is committing a majority of the atrocities, and Hillary is going to be face to face with the butcher. Can Clinton offer a moral compass in this humanitarian tragedy, or will we once again turn our back on humanity?
How involved was the United States State Department in the destabilization of the Kivu provinces in eastern DRC? Did our State Department officials become "terrorists" in the eyes of a revolutionary movement in Congo?
Nkunda is a militant revolutionary in the tradition of, say, a George Washington, or Fidel Castro; men with visions of unity and independence for their countries and peoples whose methods were indeed martial.