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Getting the Band Back Together

Has it been 20 years since Rwanda? Rwanda, I said. Ruh-WAN-duh. Where the Hulus and Tweeties massacred each other for fun and profit.

Oh, come on, they made a movie about it. Don Cheadle looked very concerned about the whole thing.

What’d I tell you?

Anyway, it’s back. (It never really went away.)

Drive north from the capital, and you soon discover why relief workers call the Central African Republic a post-apocalyptic country. After a year of mass murder, the villages are abandoned and the roads eerily empty and desolate.

The checkpoints are controlled by cold-eyed men from largely Christian militias who brandish knives, machetes, swords and other crude weapons. Occasionally, a decrepit taxi comes barrelling down the road, ludicrously overloaded with 15 or 20 refugees, some piled on the roof. At times, a slow-moving convoy appears – busloads of terrified Muslims, with an escort of heavily armed peacekeepers to protect them from slaughter.

They represent 15 per cent of the country’s 4.5 million people, but even where they were a substantial minority, almost all Muslims have been killed or forced to flee. The last ones in the impoverished town of Boali were removed a month ago, and a local administrator admits it is still too dangerous for her Muslim husband and children to visit, let alone come back for good.

Last year, when largely Muslim rebel forces seized power, it was the Christians who fled for their lives even though the two communities had lived peacefully side by side for decades.

A horrifyingly bureaucratic term, “ethno-religious cleansing,” has been invented to describe the massacres in the CAR. While experts argue over whether it qualifies as genocide, those inside the country know only that the killing is endless. In the capital, Bangui, bodies still pile up in the morgues, mosques and streets.

What began as a political struggle has become sectarian. “One group is trying to exterminate the other,” says Dr. Jean Chrysostome Gody, director of Bangui’s pediatric hospital. “It’s about extreme brutal revenge. They are trying to eradicate a race.”

This wasn’t supposed to happen. “Never again,” the world said after 800,000 died in Rwanda. Yet two decades later – Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the 100-day carnage – the killing continues. It continues in terrible wars such as the conflict in Syria, but also much closer to the scene of the tragedy that shocked the world in 1994.

Tens of thousands have been butchered in the CAR as well as its neighbour to the east, South Sudan, where a few months ago a dispute between the president and vice-president erupted into mass bloodshed.

Here, when we have a dispute between the prez and the vice-prez, we just call Biden an idiot and move on. Much more civilized.

And they haven’t even mentioned Darfur! Sorry, keep it down. The whole issue upsets Mia Farrow more than her ex-husband molesting her children. Remember the vlog she kept during her “fast” (it seemed tortuously slow) for Darfur? I haven’t heard such kvetching since my father-in-law’s last gout attack.

Where was I?

Oh yes, genocide! Or, it will be when the “experts” get around to saying it is.

And you know what else the article neglects to mention? Congo! Congo, I said. KON-go. As in:

Bongo, bongo, bongo I don’t want to leave the congo
Oh no no no no no
Bingle, bangle, bungle I’m so happy in the jungle I refuse to go

When you Google “Congo war”, it asks you which one. It turns out I mean the Second Congo War, “the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War II” (bet they don’t refuse to go now).

World War II, I said. They made plenty of movies about that.

But not about the Second Congo War, curiously. Maybe that’s why no one mentions it. I used to bring it up here from time to time, but it upset the women and children. The 100 days of killing in Rwanda was like a bad afternoon in Congo; the agony of Darf—sorry, Mia, Darwin, Australia—could barely fit into a commercial break after a touchdown for the Kinshasa Lions.

I’m sorry I have no lessons to draw, no morals to share. Mankind never ceases to amaze with its ability to inflict unspeakable misery on itself. In Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe. We had our own bout of “ethno-religious cleansing” with regard to the Native Americans. Though they gave as good as they got sometimes, especially to each other.

Read up on the Inca Empire some day:

“For as is well known to all, not a single village of the highlands or the plains failed to pay the tribute levied on it by those who were in charge of these matters. There were even provinces where, when the natives alleged that they were unable to pay their tribute, the Inca ordered that each inhabitant should be obliged to turn in every four months a large quill full of live lice, which was the Inca’s way of teaching and accustoming them to pay tribute”.

Never got caught with a live louse or a dead girl, the Incas used to say.

But here I am bumming you all out on this splendid New England spring day. Time for me to go work the garden, tend to a little life, instead of death.

We who have that choice should choose wisely.


A Measure Long Overdue

This is one government fiat we wholly support:

Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, its health minister has said.

Bats, a local delicacy, appeared to be the “main agents” for the Ebola outbreak in the south, Rene Lamah said.

Sixty-two people have now been killed by the virus in Guinea, with suspected cases reported in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

People who eat the animals often boil them into a sort of spicy pepper soup, our correspondent says. The soup is sold in village stores where people gather to drink alcohol.

Other ways of preparing the bats to eat include drying them over a fire.

That would be my preferred method—if I ate bat. But there’d have to a whole lotta alcohol first.

It’s not just for breakfast anymore.


So Gay

We won’t lift a finger (with good reason, albeit) to save Crimea from being re-absorbed into a renascent Soviet Union, and we’re happy to see Afghanistan and Iraq sink back into the lake of fire that is modern Islamism—but touch not a hair on that gay head!

The Ugandan president committed to meeting with American “experts” on homosexuality to try to change his mind about the Anti-Homosexuality Act signed into law last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a forum at the State Department moderated by BuzzFeed.

Museveni claimed to have signed the law, which imposes up to a lifetime prison sentence for homosexuality, after being convinced no one is “born gay.”

We’re going to airlift the “experts” (the 77th Fighting Minnellis) and drop them with rainbow colored parachutes. They’ll close on Kampala singing “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles.

But those experts might want to take a little detour across Araby and the rest of Islam—where homosexuality is forbidden, denied, and punished by death—on the way to Uganda.

Oh yeah, they could start right here, in black churches across America:

A coalition of African-American civil rights leaders and pastors announced a campaign to gather 1 million signatures to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder for attempting to undermine states’ authority to “coerce states to fall in line with same-sex marriage.”

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) is calling for Holder’s impeachment for “attempting to impose ‘same-sex marriage’ throughout the nation despite federal law, rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, and state constitutional amendments to the contrary,” reads the online petition.

As of this writing, the effort shows 27,453 signatures—less than 3% of the hoped for total. So yes, maybe matters overseas demand our attention first.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, who’s accused Tony Blair of a plan to impose homosexuality throughout the Commonwealth; or Kenya’s Daniel arap Moi, who attacked the “gay scourge” sweeping Africa; or Zambia’s Frederick Chiluba, who has said gays do not have “a right to be abnormal”; or Namibia’s Sam Nujoma, who accused African homosexuals of being closet “Europeans” trying to destroy his country through the spread of “gayism”; or Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, who proposed the arrest of all homosexuals, though he subsequently moderated his position and called for a return to the good old days when “these few individuals were either ignored or speared and killed by their parents”.

With all of this gay-bashing occurring all over Africa, why the sudden dispatch of “experts” (Queer Eye for the Bantu Guy) to Uganda?

[D]oes the fabulously “tailored approach” (as Rush pointed out yesterday) only extend to places that are 84 per cent Christian?

Ohhhhh. Why didn’t you say so? Muslims and African despots can lop off any offending protuberances they wish without a peep from us. But let a Christian nation pass a law that criminalizes “gayness” (even unto death), and we send in the pastel green berets.

Quite right, carry on. But we couldn’t appear more limp-wristed ourselves if we were auditioning for a Broadway-bound revival of The Boys in the Band.


In Other Atrocities…

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At least 100 villagers have been killed in Nigeria’s central Kaduna state in attacks linked to disputes between ethnic groups, officials say.

Heavily armed men entered three villages in the Kaura district in the south of the state.

It is not clear who was behind the attacks, but residents blame members of the mainly Muslim Fulani tribe.

Most of those killed in the villages of Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwan Gata and Chenshyi, had been so badly burned they could not be identified, he told the BBC. Houses were destroyed by fire and food supplies looted.

The unrest is not connected with the continuing Islamist insurgency carried out by the Boko Haram group, which wants to impose Sharia law in the north.

The attacks in Kaduna came only a day after reports emerged of 69 people being killed over several days in northern Katsina state when dozens of armed men arrived in villages on motorbikes.

Violence in that area has also been blamed on Fulani attacking local farmers from the Muslim Hausa ethnic group, rather than the Christian community.

We look upon this savagery and are rightly horrified. But I expect it has been rather typical of human behavior over the millennia. God bless us for evolving to the point that we no longer find it acceptable.

Most of us, that is.


Mecca, We Have a Problem

Boko Haram, man. What are you gonna do?

Suspected Islamic militants killed 43 students in a pre-dawn attack Tuesday on a northeast Nigerian college, survivors said.

The terrorists, thought to be from Boko Haram, set a locked hostel on fire, before shooting and slitting the throats of those who tried to climb out the windows. Some were burned alive.

Adamu Garba said he and other teachers who ran away through the bush estimate 40 students died in the assault that began around 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Federal Government College at Buni Yadi.

It is a co-ed school about 45 miles south of Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, and difficult to communicate with because extremists last year destroyed the cell phone tower there.

A senior medical source at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Yobe’s capital Damaturu said the gunmen only targeted male students and that female students were ‘spared’.

Tuesday’s attack brings the toll from killings blamed on Boko Haram to more than 300 this month alone.

It is the first reported in Yobe state and the first school attack reported this year by suspected fighters of the terrorist network of Boko Haram – the nickname that means Western education is forbidden.

Like Horton the elephant, they say what they mean and mean what they say.


NFL: Uganda?

Maybe Richie Incognito can get a job with the Kampala Straight Men:

A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday’s signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked “a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights” and warned that Washington could cut aid to the government of the East African nation.

Few Ugandans identify themselves as gay, and the tabloid’s publication of alleged homosexuals recalled a similar list published in 2011 by a now-defunct tabloid that called for the execution of gays. A Ugandan judge later condemned the outing of homosexuals in a country where gays face severe discrimination, saying it amounted to an invasion of privacy. A prominent Ugandan gay activist was killed after that list came out, and activists said at the time that they believed David Kato was targeted because of his work promoting gay rights in Uganda.

The new law punishes gay sex with up to life in jail — a measure criticized as draconian in a country where homosexuality already had been criminalized. The bill originally proposed the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults and acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV.

Sorry for asking, but doesn’t jail time just exacerbate the problem?

Anyhow, who can disagree with John Kerry (this time)?

“Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values,” Kerry said in a statement.

Just one point, Mr. Secretary: Arabs use just such hateful and inciting language toward Jews. All the time. When will that internal review commence?


Please Let This Undocumented Immigrant Come Out of the Shadows

Oh dear, that’s gotta be racist somehow.

And I tried so hard to be sensitive!

The [Zimbabwe] state-controlled newspaper, The Herald, reported that Reynolds was arrested Monday for allegedly possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws.

Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.

Another source told the paper Reynolds had filmed more than 100 videos, and shot 2,000 nude pictures of at least 10 different women on various occasions. The paper also said he owes more than $24,000 in unpaid hotel bills.

The Herald reported Reynolds entered Zimbabwe last year, purporting to be a middleman for foreign investors in the tourism industry.

He was just filming the naked women and stiffing hotels (or the other way around) that Zimbabweans couldn’t be bothered to rape statutorily. Maybe if he had an anchor child (as if he hasn’t had dozens already).

I’m sorry, I’m making a mess of this very serious story about yet another Democrat public servant who made some unwise choices.

But that campaign slogan is just so unfortunate!


The G-ddamn Bill and [Bleep]-ing Melinda Gates Foundation

Somewhere, that great eugenicist, Margaret Sanger is smiling:

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, former vice president Al Gore asserted that it’s crucial for global philanthropists to impose “fertility management” on Africa. No one called that racist.

Gore, who apparently mismanaged his fertility by having four children, praised the “wonderful work’ of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: “Depressing the rate of child mortality, educating girls, empowering women and making fertility management ubiquitously available — so women can chose how many children and the spacing of children — is crucial to the future shape of human civilization.”

He warned, “Africa is projected to have more people than China and India by mid-century — more than China and India combined by end of the century, and this is one of the causal factors that must be addressed.”

Should we file this perilous prediction under Global Warming or Mini Ice Age? Future Shock or Imminent Pandemic?

But it is that cold, clinical expression, “fertility management”, that freezes the blood. Mark Steyn for the kill:

In the midst of death there is life – or there is until Al Gore shows up. The former vice-president took part in one of those interminable Davos snoozefests on climate change. There were the usual not so subtle hints to get in line: “We need,” he said, “to put a price on denial in politics.” From my own experience, the price – at least in terms of legal bills – is already quite steep, but no doubt more can be done. Gore’s other big idea was a call for “fertility management” in the Third World – ie, he wants rich white people to ensure that blacks breed less. Is there nothing environmentalism can’t make respectable?

Liberalism makes so many evils respectable: antisemitism, racism, infanticide, eugenics, class war, intimidation, hate speech and bullying. You know: pretty much everything we were taught was wrong.

PS: I don’t think Al Gore “mismanaged his fertility”: I respect him for having four children. He knew he could provide for them, and that they would every chance to thrive in the world. Why not? If many Africans (and Indians and Chinese and Haitians and Russians) cannot provide for their children, I’m not asking for them to have more. But the story of human existence is not solely one of passels of offspring with straight teeth and clear complexions. The far, far, far more common story is one of breeding in number in the hope that enough offspring will survive propagate the species and to care for the previous generation(s). It’s not how we like to think of ourselves, but it is the main plot line of our tale.

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Giving Africa a Bad Name

No offense to the great and noble continent, but that’s hard to do:

A man who ate another man’s flesh in the Central African Republic has told the BBC he was seeking “revenge” for the murder of family members.

Ouandja Magloire, who calls himself “Mad Dog”, was in a Christian mob who attacked a Muslim in the capital.

He said he had been “angry” because Muslims killed his pregnant wife, his sister-in-law and her baby.

Oh well, as long as he had a reason.

Again, I don’t wish to offend our Central African readers (however spurious such a notion might be), but let’s look at a map:

Central African Republic, DR Congo, South Sudan—and who but Bill Clinton can forget Rwanda and Burundi? Millions and millions of deaths; many more miserable and displaced. The heart of Africa is not healthy.

I would go so far as to say: one more genocidal war and Africa moves into Europe’s league. They have been warned.


When Algerian Eye is Smiling…

Move over, Mullah Dadullah.

We have another badass di tutti badasses:

Handsome devil:

The State Department says the Africa-based Murabitoun terror group, led by Algerian Mokhtar Belmokhtar, poses the “greatest near-term threat to U.S. and Western interests” in the Sahel region of Africa, The New York Times reported.

Belmokhtar is described as “adventurous,” “reckless” and with a “penchant for carrying out headline-grabbing attacks against Western interests,” according to the Times.

The notorious Belmokhtar who lost an eye to shrapnel, fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan and returned to Algeria in the 1990s where he became a leader of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

He broke with the al-Qaida affiliate in 2012 to form the Mulathameen Battalion. Over the years, Belmokhtar has been behind the kidnapping of a Canadian diplomat, the attack on an Algerian gas plant that killed 38 civilians, among them three Americans, and other deadly attacks in Mali and Niger.

This new Al Murabitoun group “concerns us more than any in the region,” a State Department source told the Times.

No decision on targeting Belmokhtar militarily has yet been made by the Obama administration, the Times reported.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported that the reward for Belmokhtar stands at $5 million. His precise whereabouts are not known.

How much for his other eye?

PS: Do he and Mullah Omar share a pair of sunglasses?


Enough With the Racism Already!

I am outraged! I am offended!! I am… what the…?

[T]he ad is not referring to some Americans’ stubborn distrust of Obama’s assertion that he’s actually Christian. The campaign’s creative director, Abolaji Alausa of Nigerian agency Noah’s Ark, explained his Obama-Islam connection to Business Insider in an email.

“Simply put, the bleaching power of Hypo has a force that attracts the most unlikely characters to love wearing white regardless of their strong social beliefs,” he wrote.

The “Damn good whites” slogan is meant to hit as the punchline, whether it’s referring to America’s uneasy relationship with much of the Muslim world or the fight waged against apartheid by South African civil rights leader Desmond Tutu, whom Hypo dressed up a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Oh no they di-unt!

Oh yes they did:

Alausa said the idea behind the campaign was a simple one Nigerians would understand, and it’s based off of the bleach brand’s association with the color white.

“…In every part of the world, white signifies peace, and it’s not any different in the minds of Nigerians, therefore our primary audience understood the message of putting hate aside despite our different beliefs,” he wrote.

Hey, he said it, not me.


“Unbelievable” Savagery?

This post at National Review Online makes for grisly reading… but unbelievable?

The Unbelievable Savagery of the Kenya Mall Terrorists

How can something that has become so routine be considered unbelievable?

After Beslan? After Itamar? After Aesha Mohammadzai After seemingly countless terror attacks over decades?

Up to and including today!

Suspected Islamist gunmen have attacked a college in north-eastern Nigeria, killing up to 50 students.

The students were shot dead as they slept in their dormitory at the College of Agriculture in Yobe state.

Not to mention the atrocities Muslim leaders have imposed on their enemies and subjects since time immemorial.

Up to and including today!

At least 14 people, including 10 students, were killed when a Syrian fighter jet bombed a high school in northern Syria, opposition activists said.

Dozens of others were wounded at the High School of Commerce, which is located in a rebel-controlled area of Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

The death is expected to rise due to the seriousness of the injuries, the opposition activists said.

Graphic amateur video posted by activists showed dismembered body parts strewn across the high school. Blood was spattered on the sidewalk and the walls of the building.

Seen one dismembered body part, seen ‘em all, I say. To say that this behavior is unbelievable is itself unbelievable. What planet do you live on? It happens every day across the Muslim world, most often to Muslims themselves. (Though al-Shebaab is doing its best to limit collateral jihad to infidels only.)


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