May 31, 2004


Should the United Nations take over in Iraq? Hell yes! Just look at how well the UN is doing in the Ivory Coast, where UN strategies have brought rebels and loyalists together as one:

Thousands of supporters of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo rallied on Saturday to demand United Nations peacekeepers disarm rebel fighters or leave the West African country.

Some 20,000 pro-Gbagbo militants crammed into the country's largest stadium in the main city Abidjan wearing mock blue helmets like those worn by U.N. soldiers and T-shirts bearing the motto "Disarmament or Nothing".

Meanwhile, in the rebel camp:

Sympathy for France and the United Nations was also absent at a parallel protest by the rebels in their stronghold Bouake, Ivory Coast's second city 350 km (220 miles) north of Abidjan.

"I appeal to the U.N., France, and all the international community to stop sitting on the fence when they know who the problem is in Ivory Coast," rebel leader Guillaume Soro told a stadium packed with thousands of his supporters.

"One minute the French are in one camp, the next minute they're in another."

Yep. They’ll do that.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 31, 2004 06:52 AM

"One minute the French are in one camp, the next minute they're in another."

Say, doesn't that sound like John Kerry.....?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 31, 2004 at 08:52 AM

I think the French strategy is simple. Whatever system which keeps the cocoa going will do.

Its all about Chocolate!

Posted by: Rob at May 31, 2004 at 09:22 AM

Chirac lied ! Africans died !

Posted by: Jono at May 31, 2004 at 10:46 AM

What? The UN taking sides and making judgements and meteing out justic? That could, you know, destabilize the international community and make life harder for Europeans and American doves. Maintain that status quo, Kofi!!!!

Posted by: Sortelli at May 31, 2004 at 11:07 AM


President Laurent Gbagbo: We demand that the UN UNilaterally withdraw from our country! No more blood for cocoa!

Rebel Leader Guillame Soro: yes! now they have let the cat out of the Gbagbo, we are UNited with our mortal enemies in our determination to see the end of this brutal occupation!

French Leader Jacques Chirac: Oooh la la! What a dilemma! What would Foucalt do in such a situation?

Posted by: TimT at May 31, 2004 at 11:39 AM

The real JeffS

It could be...He looks french.

Posted by: Mike H. at May 31, 2004 at 01:48 PM

Mike, my next question is.....which came first, Kerry learning to be French, or the French learning to be Kerry?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 31, 2004 at 03:05 PM

No blood for cocoa!

Posted by: Donnah at May 31, 2004 at 03:47 PM

What has to happen before the UN is disbanded?

Posted by: Chris Josephson at May 31, 2004 at 04:57 PM