What couldn’t go wrong?

Toronto Star - - CANADA -

Re Why we stayed out of Congo, Oct. 29 It seems like we are con­sid­er­ing go­ing into a vir­tual hell­hole. What could pos­si­bly not go wrong in a place like Congo, which has around $24 tril­lion in un­tapped min­eral re­serves, but which is in al­most to­tal chaos? And cui bono?

First, the fed­eral Lib­er­als, who are chas­ing shiny baubles (like a seat on the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil). Sec­ond, the mil­i­tary-in­dus­trial com­plex, which is be­hind un­de­clared, per­pet­ual wars (a.k.a. “ex­tended mil­i­tary en­gage­ments”) in coun­tries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, So­ma­lia and Ye­men. And third, the mil­i­tary it­self, which is “al­ways keen to de­ploy, no matter what.”

If there is no peace to keep, then this is an un­for­tu­nate fact. But face it: if we send troops to Africa, it’s for mixed mo­tives at best. Tobi Baumhard, King City

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