Daily Archives: Monday, 10-Feb-2003

Has France Brokered a Peace Deal In Ivory Coast?

President Laurent Gbagbo has given a conditional approval to the peace plan offered by France to settle the Ivory Coast’s ongoing civil war. A lot of his supporters disagree with this move but perhaps stopping the violence and getting both sides to work out a coalition government arrangement will be the best thing in the long run.

I hate to say it but I don’t really understand what the rebels are rebelling over. I’ve done a little research on the problems in the Ivory Coast and looked into their recent history but none of it really tells me why these folks can’t just get along.

Replace France with India?

Thomas L. Friedman, in the New York Times Online (registration required), has an op-ed piece telling why he thinks France should be bumped off of the UN Security Council and be replaced by India. He has some good points.

Why replace France with India? Because India is the world’s biggest democracy, the world’s largest Hindu nation and the world’s second-largest Muslim nation, and, quite frankly, India is just so much more serious than France these days.

With France and Germany’s latest plan for avoiding a war with Iraq, I have to agree with him. India is so much more serious than France these days. Continuing to allow France veto power on the UN Security Council instead of recognizing the reodering of the world is just archaic and one of the reasons that the UN continues to be ineffective in world matters.

The one thing that really chaffe’s me is the insistance by so many people that the US wants to go to war over oil, which may well be true, but these same people seem to ignore the fact that a war could well be avoided if France would put its oil interest behind it and support a tough stance against Iraq.

Just moving in.

Okay, I just got Blosxom set up on my server. I’ve been playing with it at home since yesterday and I decided to jump.

Right now I’m using the template that was provided in the distribution and I like the looks of it. I’ll change it in the next few days to something that doesn’t use a table for layout but for now this will work just fine. I’ll probably make another couple of posts over at Justin’s Journal then leave that one for posterity.

I’ll get comments operating on here shortly but for now drop me a line and let me know what you think.