Sunday, May 1, 2011

The french intervention in Cote d'Ivoire

An editorial of the French newspaper Liberation has been quoted a lot recently(here in the New York Times for instance), but makes quite an unfounded statement:
Mais, même encadrée par une résolution de l’ONU et soutenue par les pays de la région, cette mission de la France s’apparente aux interventions d’antan et risque d’être vue comme telle par les jeunes Africains entrés dans l’histoire.
 I do not think there is debate on the second part ("risks" shows that there is some uncertainty, but the perception of a French imperialist intervention is a possibility). The first part is simply not true. Not only was there a resolution, as it is mentioned, but France intervened directly in response to the letter sent by the UN Secretary General using this resolution to ask for French intervention. Not that this letter was ambiguous:
Je vous ecris en reference au paragraphe 6 de la resolution 1975(2011)(...) [I]l est pour moi urgent de lancer les operations militaires necessaires pour mettre hors d'etat de nuire les armes lourdes qui sont utilisees contre les populations civiles et les casques bleus.
So it might be perceived as a similar operation as in the past, but I am not sure that it is like past interventions, which I think is part of the statement in the editorial.

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