Tuesday, December 09, 2003

One Perspective on the Ivory Coast -  

Damned if you do and damned if you don't seems to be the message this of Jeremy Kahn piece describing the French intervention in the Ivory Coast. The gist, that somehow the whole situation would have been improved if the French would have let the two sides kill each other a little longer (so that they would both be convinced they were out of miltary options), seems at best sketchy and at worst deeply offensive. To me it seems reasonable that the French would assume that the inhabitants of the Ivory Coast might be able to find a way to live in peace without first killing off a generation.

That said, I think the rest of the report is informative about the situation on the ground and well worth reading.

Also see the diary Jeremy is keeping this week in Slate on his travels in the Cote d'Ivoire.
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