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originally posted by: neveroddoreven99
a reply to: gladtobehere
I think you miss the point. Similarity isn't the issue. Actually, with all things being similar, why aren't there more religious groups going around killing children, women, and pretty much everyone who doesn't agree with them? Answer that, straw man.
Fighters joined the Antibalaka not because of their faith but for revenge.
Following the March 2013 coup, Séléka fightersspread across the country. A Séléka commander, Michel Djotodia, was installed as the new president, but the government in the capital, Bangui, quickly lost control of Séléka fighters. They attacked villages, sometimes murdering entire families, burned crops and looted vehicles. "Just think the four horsemen of the apocalypse," Peter Bouckaert, the emergencies director of Human Rights Watch said, "and you'll have the picture. People really hated [the Séléka]. That's what got the Antibalaka going."
The Antibalaka began fighting in earnest in September 2013. Their numbers augmented over the summer by former members of the national army, which had been disbanded in the aftermath of the March coup. Former soldiers trained the vigilante-style community fighters and coordinated their movements. The experience and authority of the former soldiers was instrumental in the militias' growing momentum, and they took over Bangui on 5 December 2013.
The membership of the Antibalaka, reflecting the demography of the southwest CAR, is mostly Christian. However, most fighters joined the Antibalaka not because of their faith but for revenge, or because there was no other avenue for survival. Even so, in the fighting, the Antibalaka militias turned against not only Séléka fighters, but also Muslims living in the capital and south and west regions of the CAR with whom they had lived side-by-side for generations.
The Antibalaka militants justified their atrocities with reference to the violence many faced from the Séléka following the March 2013 coup. When the Antibalaka succeeded in removing the Séléka and President Djotodia from Bangui, many expected a heroes' welcome, compensation, and possibly integration into a reformed national army.
originally posted by: malevolent
a reply to: visitedbythem
my point with enki is that supposedly loved the people however enlil does not, if enki did care why has he aloud it to happen like it has and been demonized as satan while enlil who hated people became one of their gods?
originally posted by: deerislander
Reply to Nate. If you want a bloodthirsty religion, look no further than Christianity. You might want to talk to some American Indians about this.