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BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - Homes and buildings collapsed in the Congolese capital after an arms depot exploded Sunday, killing at least 206 people and entombing countless others in crushed structures including inside two churches that buckled while parishioners were celebrating Mass, officials and witnesses said.
The shock waves shattered windows in a three-mile (five-kilometer) radius surrounding the barracks storing the munitions.
It's unclear what started the fire at the tank regiment's barracks located in the capital's densely populated northern neighborhood of Ouenze, but an official at the president's office said the depot is used to store war-grade weapons including mortars. The first blast went off at around 8 a.m., and several smaller blasts were heard throughout the morning. Another major explosion went off at around 1 p.m.
Three years ago, President Barack Obama set forth to recast American foreign policy in an image of his own design. It was one in which the White House engaged with enemies and undercut allies, apologized for American exceptionalism, and favored the “soft power” of treaties and international organizations. This “Obama Doctrine” was tailor made to burnish America’s supposedly flagging reputation on the world stage. Today we are seeing the disastrous results of a doctrine gone wrong.
As these international threats simmer to a boil, the President is undercutting America’s ability to defend its interests at home and abroad. Under Obama’s new budget, the military faces nearly half a trillion dollars in cuts, on top of $400 billion the President has already slashed. That does not include the half trillion in funding that will have to be cut under the debt limit agreement Congress reached last summer. Vital defense programs have been killed, next generation weapons will be delayed or eliminated, and troops will be reduced. And it’s all being done in the name of freeing up funding to pay for the President’s domestic agenda.
In the course of three years, President Obama has pursued a foreign policy that has left America less secure today and even more at risk tomorrow. A nuclear Iran, a failed Afghanistan and Iraq, an unfriendly Egypt, an Israel at risk, and an underfunded military are all serious concerns for the American people. Rather than continue pursuing the ill-advised Obama Doctrine, it is time for the President to put defending America first and appeasing our enemies last. That is a doctrine the American people can depend on.
Huge explosions at an arms depot, which killed at least 146 people in Congo's capital, Brazzaville, were caused by a short-circuit that led to a fire, government officials say.
A public inquest into the mysterious death of Solomon Mujuru, a retired general, independence hero and husband of vice-president Joice Mujuru is underway at Harare.
Mujuru's death in an inferno at his rural home last August has been viewed with suspicion from the beginning.
After all, Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe is a place where deadly accidents befall senior figures with notable regularity, particularly those who are seen as political opposition.
Originally posted by jibeho
reply to post by Danbones
The entire region needs to be stabilized in order to get the oil, minerals and rare earths up and out. Of course, this will also raise the standard of living for citizens who have been ignored by the international community for decades. At least that is what Obama, the UN and their backers believe. It is all for their own good. Right??
Its going to be a mess..