posted on Apr, 4 2005 @ 12:39 AM
Forgive me for being unclear. Allow me to explain.
Ivory coast was a fairly stable country in the past. They attracted many foreigners, especially Burkinabe immigrants from neighboring Burkina Faso.
Fully 30% of the Ivory Coast population are foreigners- 26% from neighboring nations and 4% European.
Much of the unrest in the North can be attributed to anger over that nations refusal to let a Burkinabe run for president. Alassane Dramane Ouattara
was denied the right to run for president by that nations Supreme Court after General Guéi held elections in an attempt to legitimize his coup (the
elections were rigged but Guéi was outed anyway by popular support for another candidate.)
So my comment was basically aimed at the fact that the French intervention is protecting a rebellion which is being lead by foreigners for
That being said, I looked up Mr Ouattara in Wikipedia and learned something which has changed my opinion. He is NOT a citizen of Burkina Faso as I
believed. He was born in Ivory Coast, one of his parents is from Ivory Coast, and he has been Prime Minister of Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast considers him
a Burkinabe because one of his parents was. He is not technically a citizen or national of Burkina Faso either.
With this new information I would say that 1. My comparisson to Schwazenegger was flawed. 2. "Ivoirité" policies are excessively harsh towards
foreign workers and the government forces aren't so much in the right as I would have said initially. 3. Despite that, it is still my opinion that in
the bigger picture there has to be some guarantee of Cote d'Ivoire's sovreignity in the face of a very large very non-integrated foreign
EDIT: The last paragraph of the article has been edited to keep it as fair and factual as possible, even though that is the opinion paragraph. I
believe the story remains worthwhile as it covers a the possible renewal of an ethnically motivated civil war between foreign workers and natives in a
nation that has historically been important to French influence in Africa.
[edit on 4-4-2005 by The Vagabond]