Thursday, May 7, 2009

Yesterday's Enemy

...may well be tomorrow's friend...

...or a double-dealing traitor.

Which of these it will be, in the case of the Kivu Amnesty, remains to be seen.

Declaring L. Nkunda to be outside the amnesty is a good start at recognizing how bad the rebels have been, but allowing J. B. Ntaganda (wanted ICC fugitive on war-crimes charges) to remain a General and head of the (now integrated into the national army; FARDC) CNDP soldiers is a less promising turn of events.

Still, co-opting renegades to fight other rebels (the Hutu-based insurgency) is a longstanding tradition in a part of the world where allegiances are regularly bought and sold.


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