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nalnn Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:38 AM
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Ivory Coast: French forces take over Abidjan airport
Source: BBC News

A French military spokesman told the BBC there was a security vacuum as forces formerly loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo changed sides.

Fighting continues between Mr Gbagbo's troops and supporters of his rival, UN-recognised President Alassane Ouattara.

The city's pro-Gbagbo TV station called for people to mobilise against the French '"occupation".

Mr Ouattara's forces are reported to be planning a further advance towards the presidential palace and have imposed a curfew on the city.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12950467



Hmmm. It appears someone is doing something there. I hope it will be enough and I hope it will be carried through.

At it's core, this is a French fight, I don't have a problem with U.S. logistical support , maybe even some air strikes. The people of Ivory Coast deserve the help.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:11 AM
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1. ttt
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nalnn Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:03 PM
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3. Wait...What?
what does "ttt" mean?
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 10:01 AM
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8. to the top
kicking the thread...
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nalnn Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 10:20 AM
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9. Oh!
Thanks for the info :)
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:19 AM
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2. I think the French want their oil.
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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:13 PM
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4. Yeah, they're there to help
France has absolutely no financial interests in the Ivory Coast whatsoever.

The key difference between imperialism and humanitarian missions seems to rest on the person describing it.
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nalnn Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:37 PM
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5. Historically
The French have had a long relationship with Ivory Coast. It was part of their empire in Africa so relationship might not be the right word.

Whatever ties that bind those two nations are more legitimate than those between Ivory Coast and any other nation I could think of. I could be wrong though. I'm not to sure about a country going back to bail out a former colony however France seems to have a habit of it (see Algeria). Guilt for deeds past perhaps? I dunno.
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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:36 AM
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6. I don't know if you really want to reference imperial oppression as a "tie"
that makes France uniquely suited to intervene in the domestic politics of the Ivory Coast.
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nalnn Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 09:32 AM
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7. That's what I meant
When I referenced their 'relationship', I was saying that that's the only thing they have in common. It's not pretty, but there it is.

Should France intervene? I don't know. Somebody should though. What's going on over there is, in a word, senseless.
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