America Needs To Stop Intervening

February 7, 2009 at 5:20 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Chalk this up as another failed intervention.

The American military helped plan and pay for a recent attack on a notorious Ugandan rebel group, but the offensive went awry, scattering fighters who carried out a wave of massacres as they fled, killing as many as 900 civilians.

The operation was led by Uganda and aimed to crush the Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal rebel group that had been hiding out in a Congolese national park, rebuffing efforts to sign a peace treaty. But the rebel leaders escaped, breaking their fighters into small groups that continue to ransack town after town in northeastern Congo, hacking, burning, shooting and clubbing to death anyone in their way.

So let’s count the ways. Afghanistan. Iraq. Somalia. Uganda. How many others am I missing?

Maybe the Americans should start teaching people how to live together in peace instead of teaching people how to better kill each other. I’m just taking a guess, but methinks that will probably be more effective at getting people to live together who otherwise have irreconcilable differences.

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