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Messenger: Eleazar1234 Sent: 11/24/2008 4:01:54 PM

How Babylon Fuels Africa's Bloodiest War

What is rarely mentioned is the great global heist of Congo's resources

By Johann Hari

October 30, 2008 "The Independent" -- The deadliest war since Adolf Hitler marched across Europe is starting again – and you are almost certainly carrying a blood-soaked chunk of the slaughter in your pocket. When we glance at the holocaust in Congo, with 5.4 million dead, the clich้s of Africa reporting tumble out: this is a "tribal conflict" in "the Heart of Darkness". It isn't. The United Nations investigation found it was a war led by "armies of business" to seize the metals that make our 21st-century society zing and bling. The war in Congo is a war about you.

Every day I think about the people I met in the war zones of eastern Congo when I reported from there. The wards were filled with women who had been gang-raped by the militias and shot in the vagina. The battalions of child soldiers – drugged, dazed 13-year-olds who had been made to kill members of their own families so they couldn't try to escape and go home. But oddly, as I watch the war starting again on CNN, I find myself thinking about a woman I met who had, by Congolese standards, not suffered in extremis.

I was driving back to Goma from a diamond mine one day when my car got a puncture. As I waited for it to be fixed, I stood by the roadside and watched the great trails of women who stagger along every road in eastern Congo, carrying all their belongings on their backs in mighty crippling heaps. I stopped a 27 -year-old woman called Marie-Jean Bisimwa, who had four little children toddling along beside her. She told me she was lucky. Yes, her village had been burned out. Yes, she had lost her husband somewhere in the chaos. Yes, her sister had been raped and gone insane. But she and her kids were alive.

I gave her a lift, and it was only after a few hours of chat along on cratered roads that I noticed there was something strange about Marie-Jean's children. They were slumped forward, their gazes fixed in front of them. They didn't look around, or speak, or smile. "I haven't ever been able to feed them," she said. "Because of the war."

Their brains hadn't developed; they never would now. "Will they get better?" she asked. I left her in a village on the outskirts of Goma, and her kids stumbled after her, expressionless.

There are two stories about how this war began – the official story, and the true story. The official story is that after the Rwandan genocide, the Hutu mass murderers fled across the border into Congo. The Rwandan government chased after them. But it's a lie. How do we know? The Rwandan government didn't go to where the Hutu genocidaires were, at least not at first. They went to where Congo's natural resources were – and began to pillage them. They even told their troops to work with any Hutus they came across. Congo is the richest country in the world for gold, diamonds, coltan, cassiterite, and more. Everybody wanted a slice – so six other countries invaded.

These resources were not being stolen to for use in Africa. They were seized so they could be sold on to us. The more we bought, the more the invaders stole – and slaughtered. The rise of mobile phones caused a surge in deaths, because the coltan they contain is found primarily in Congo. The UN named the international corporations it believed were involved: Anglo-America, Standard Chartered Bank, De Beers and more than 100 others. (They all deny the charges.) But instead of stopping these corporations, our governments demanded that the UN stop criticising them.

There were times when the fighting flagged. In 2003, a peace deal was finally brokered by the UN and the international armies withdrew. Many continued to work via proxy militias – but the carnage waned somewhat. Until now. As with the first war, there is a cover-story, and the truth. A Congolese militia leader called Laurent Nkunda – backed by Rwanda – claims he needs to protect the local Tutsi population from the same Hutu genocidaires who have been hiding out in the jungles of eastern Congo since 1994. That's why he is seizing Congolese military bases and is poised to march on Goma.

It is a lie. Fran็ois Grignon, Africa Director of the International Crisis Group, tells me the truth: "Nkunda is being funded by Rwandan businessmen so they can retain control of the mines in North Kivu. This is the absolute core of the conflict. What we are seeing now is beneficiaries of the illegal war economy fighting to maintain their right to exploit."

At the moment, Rwandan business interests make a fortune from the mines they illegally seized during the war. The global coltan price has collapsed, so now they focus hungrily on cassiterite, which is used to make tin cans and other consumer disposables. As the war began to wane, they faced losing their control to the elected Congolese government – so they have given it another bloody kick-start.

Yet the debate about Congo in the West – when it exists at all – focuses on our inability to provide a decent bandage, without mentioning that we are causing the wound. It's true the 17,000 UN forces in the country are abysmally failing to protect the civilian population, and urgently need to be super-charged. But it is even more important to stop fuelling the war in the first place by buying blood-soaked natural resources. Nkunda only has enough guns and grenades to take on the Congolese army and the UN because we buy his loot. We need to prosecute the corporations buying them for abetting crimes against humanity, and introduce a global coltan-tax to pay for a substantial peacekeeping force. To get there, we need to build an international system that values the lives of black people more than it values profit.

Somewhere out there – lost in the great global heist of Congo's resources – are Marie-Jean and her children, limping along the road once more, carrying everything they own on their backs. They will probably never use a coltan-filled mobile phone, a cassiterite-smelted can of beans, or a gold necklace – but they may yet die for one.

Messenger: Ark I Sent: 11/25/2008 11:54:55 PM

I know that babylon is the cause of the war and is the cause of the war in many other places past and present, and will be the cause of more wars. I also know that babylon will not change their ways, but will continue until their time is done.

So that is why I chose to speak to the only people who can stop the war in the Congo. And I have no excuse for them no matter what their situation. Look at the Man in the video at the beginning of this reasoning, who took in that family even though he was suffering himself. He said that he can't send them away, he didn't say won't, but can't. It is against his Irits to do that. In all places, whether in poverty, war or wealth, some deal with righteousness and others wickedness.

So in honour of the Man and Woman in the Congo like that Man, I speak to those who live contrary, because if they lived like that Man, babylon would not have been able to do this thing to them.

Ark I

Itinual Praises unto Jah RasTafarI Haile Selassie I Menen I

Messenger: FarI-Sight Sent: 11/26/2008 6:48:58 AM

Identify and Treat the cause and not the symptom is a principle of Natural Medicine that can be applied to many areas of life.

Ras Kebre said it right and nailed it.

Identify the Root: The White Supremacist Instigators who have created the situation and perpetuate it for their own gain

Once the cause if eliminated, IN TIME, the symptoms will alleviate. So in time, the Africans who are in self-conflict and been dehumanised will see their Self in the ones they are killing and refrain.
Those who will turn to the Right will and those who will choose to remain filthy will do so too.

I also take the stand of Ras Kebre and I dont blame the poor as it solves nothing.

Many of us know nothing of being in such desperate, hard situation, and may say we wont do this and that but when put in such position will do whatever it takes to survive, as it takes a strong will to survive and to cope with the hardships life throw at us, yet everyone come to fulfill their cup, who is born wicked to be wicked and who is born righteous to be righteous.

Poverty can turn honest people into thieves, woman of principle into a prositute, a sound man to an insane lunatic, just as one who is drowing can drown the one who tries to save him, just cos he is struggling for his life and cannot cope, not because he is a murderer at heart.

Food for thought... Hail the Immaculate Indwelling Intelligence vibrating within all, governing and directing upon His mercy throne on the heart drum, HOLY EMPEROR SELASSIE I JAH RASTAFARI!!

Messenger: Ark I Sent: 11/26/2008 9:43:43 AM

If somebody is at risk of freezing to death in the cold of winter. Should they wait till spring and hope that they survive until then, or should they go inside and take shelter?

If somebody keeps on getting sick with viruses, should they wait until the viruses are gone and hope they survive until then, or should they build up their immunity so the viruses don't affect them?

About the principle of Natural Medicine, if somebody is having a problem because they are eating something that is affecting them, do they continue to eat it until they rid the world of that thing they shouldn't eat, or do they stop eating it.

And about blame, usually when people blame, they put blame towards one person or group, when the reality is in most situations the fault is spread out to many different people or groups. The fault might belong more to one person or group than another, but the problem can be stopped at many different places.

Also, I didn't speak about what I would do in that situation because I am not in that situation. I spoke of what the Man in the video did in that situation.

Ark I

Itinual Praises unto Jah RasTafarI Haile Selassie I

Messenger: Ark I Sent: 11/26/2008 10:33:34 AM

Another thing I would like to say. Those men in the news article that Eleazar posted, the people who gang-raped those women and shot them in the vagina. How can that action be blamed on anybody but themselves, doing that had nothing to do with their survival, it was their own personal wickedness that did that.

Ark I

Itinual Praises unto Jah RasTafarI Haile Selassie I Menen I

Messenger: Ark I Sent: 11/27/2008 12:11:45 AM

babylon is manipulating people and using people to cause wars within countries and are doing this to weaken the nations and put them in a position where they have to depend on babylon. And when a nation depends on babylon, they have to give more for less, as I reasoned before.

The point of why I put the focus elsewhere when I reasoned this time is because Babylon will not stop until their time is done, I and I all know that. Can the people in the Congo survive that long? The people in places of war must find other ways to stop it, because the longer it goes on, the weaker the nation becomes.

What I am saying is not just about the Congo, it is about all nations who are being manipulated by Babylon to cause war or separation amongst themselves. It has happened to many nations in past decades and long before. Until babylon time is done, the only way for a nation to protect themselves from babylon's poison is to learn to work together and not let babylon convince them of separation and war. I know that this is much easier said than done, but it just seems to I that babylon stopping their manipulation and world control is less likely to happen for some time to come.

Ark I

Itinual Praises unto Jah RasTafarI Haile Selassie I Menen I

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