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Volume 1, Issue 7, November 2008

11/25/2008

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Endtime Update

Ken Nix

Tuesday, 11/25/2008

 

Neil Gardner

There has been renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in Africa since August of this year.  There is evidence that many people have been displaced from their homes and towns in an effort to escape bloodshed and starvation as a result of this civil and ethnic war.  The history of conflict in the Congo and details of present conflict are complex.  ETU believes the possibility of greater and broader conflict in Africa is probable and therefore gives a brief history and current status of events in the war torn nation of DR Congo. Brief History:  DR Congo has had many name changes over the years which include the Belgian Congo and Zaire.  The nation is the third largest by area in Africa.  Because it lies on the equator, it has the second largest rain forest in the world next to the Amazon.  The nation is rich in natural resources including copper, cobalt, cadmium, gold, diamonds, silver, zinc, rubber, and coal- all resources that one would desire to make economies grow.  Between 2002 and 2006, Mount Nyiragongo has erupted three times bringing death, destruction, and displacement of many people in the area. King Leopold II of Belgium largely colonized and exploited natural resources of the nation between the years of 1885 to 1908.  During this time an estimated 10 million Congolese died due to exploitation and disease.  Belgian labor enforcement and policy included the cutting off of limbs of native workers to enforce work quotas. As a result, British pressure was placed on King Leopold and Belgium until the Belgian parliament took over control of the Congo operation from King Leopold. Belgian Congo independence occurred in 1960 and became the Republic of Congo.  Soon after, infighting began between the government’s president and prime minister.  Through a coup, Army Chief Joseph Mobutu wrested control from the two infighters.  Mobutu was assisted with funds by the U.S. and Belgium.  The West felt the Congo could be a hedge against communism in Africa.  However, it became apparent that copper and diamond mining were also of interest to the West.  After several failed governments, Army Chief Mobutu took complete control with assistance from the U.S. As a result of Mobutu’s leadership human rights violations, political repression, and corruption flourished.  It is reported by 1984 Mobutu had $4 billion in a Swiss bank account. The term “kleptocracy” was coined to describe the embezzlement of government funds by Mobutu. In 1997, the First Congo War led to the overthrow of Mobutu who had to flee the nation. Present Times:  From 1998 to 2003 DR Congo suffered through what is known as the Second Congo War, or the African World War, because it involved eight African nations and as many as 25 armed groups.  This is said to be the deadliest conflict in the world since WWII.  As many as 5.4 million have lost their lives and millions have been displaced.  Rape and abduction by armed militias are still routinely used today as a weapon and a form of slavery. A few nations around DR Congo control parts of the country largely because the central Congolese army is too weak to enforce its borders.  There is still ethnic cleansing that occurs due to conflict between tribes.  The conflict between the Hutus and Tutsis still continues across borders and is still a major part of the problem.  History of rape, torture, and ethnic cleansing is rich on both sides of these factions as well as other lesser tribes.

October 2008:  Thousands flee their homes in eastern DR Congo due to a flare up in fighting in the region and join an estimated one million displaced as part of the renewed hostilities since last August. This part of the conflict is a continuation of the African World War of the late nineties and is largely due to control of the nation’s valuable natural resources.  A man named General Nkunda who is leading the rebel activities in the eastern part of the nation said he is fighting to protect Tutsis from attack by Rwandan Hutu rebels.  He is believed to be backed in part by the Rwandan Tutsi government.  He claims the DR Congo government has pledged to help repel the Hutu rebels, who kill Tutsis, but they have failed to do so and the reason may be that the Congolese government is said to have agreements with the Hutu rebels to exploit the nation’s natural resources.  However, Nkunda has also communicated to the DR Congo government his displeasure at a $5 billion dollar deal DR Congo has with China to exploit the country’s natural resources.  Nkunda has made demands of the government, including being brought to the table to negotiate his grievances, but he is seen as a terrorist and the government will not negotiate with him.

As a result of this conflict, the UN has a 17,000 man force in the area.  This is the largest UN operation in the world.  They have been ineffective at keeping the peace and recently the commander of the UN operation resigned.

As a result of this UN failure, it is reported that David Miliband, the British Foreign Secretary, believes that Britain may have to send additional troops to assist with UN operations in DR Congo.  Miliband and Bernard Kouchner, Miliband’s French counterpart, conducted a mission to the region and will brief the EU with findings.  The issue has been raised how an overly taxed British military with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan can provide such a force?

In the late 1800s, King Leopold II of Belgium saw an easy opportunity to garner wealth and power by the exploitation of a militarily weak, but rich in natural resources nation of Congo.  ETU sees the pattern repeating itself.  The caveat this time, however, is that China has a business stake in the nation.  ETU suspects China would be most displeased should its designs on DR Congo be foiled by the West’s rescue of a humanitarian crisis and possible desire to stay there in force to ensure the peace.  ETU also believes the day is soon coming when a militarily strong China begins its own humanitarian and peace keeping missions.   

On a related note, ETU never ceases to be amazed at the lack of real news in the U.S. broadcast and cable news outlets.  One would think one million people being displaced from their towns and homes anywhere in the world would be quite news worthy for American viewers.  ETU has been informed, without even searching, that Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live has just had her baby.  We wish her and her newborn well, of course, but we would appreciate our media a little more if its stories were more in depth, broader in scope, and relevant to a world which is clearly on the verge of collapse and taken over by the powers of darkness. 

On that note we will close with words from Enoch in parable 86, “Darkness Feeds the Darkness,” speaking of his time from before the great flood:  “Satan seized control of what you call the media, he placed men and women of evil to control those who sing songs and play instruments. The plays that were performed became dark, and sexual themes prevailed. At every turn men and children were attacked by things which created sensual and perverse desires. I have seen your days, and Satan’s pattern is seen.”

Praise God for the power of the Cloud of Glory.

 

 

 

 

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