Yes, i am afraid that the french are in control of the war, by order of the UN security council:
17. Decides to extend until 30 June 2011 the authorization the Security
Council provided to the French Forces in order to support UNOCI, within the limits
of their deployment and their capabilities
Excerpt from UN website.
It seems impossible to actually find the blame for any of the world's "conflicts" ( they since Korea and Vietnam the govt even softened the description of WAR and senseless killing of fellow human beings ) . I always think "LOOK FOR THE MONEY" like a detective would looking for motive and who and what organization stands to benefit from the collapse or change of leadership in Ivory coast ( or Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya ) ?? Usually the obvious ends up being the truth and solves the crime. So France being their ex-colonial land lord government and resulting investment and business relationships seems to make sense. Ivory Coast doesn't have oil so that excuse the USA from any blame, not worth their time and energy especially with Libya tipping the scales of power at the moment.
Oh Wow! World Government is coming. I am so excited.
Very dissapointed in Panajachel Andy, tuk tuks and traffic racing everywhere, just here another day to purchase a few things, I am feeling anxious in Guatemala, some information from old timers in Antigua, selling out and soon leaving, elections coming soon, Guatemalans will elect a new thief, Young travellers here 2 or 3 months know it all, contradict everything we say, of course, the NGO s might as well recolonize countries, I am being sarcastic which is my nature, at least Arturo gave me half price on a room, the old timers tell me I look younger since I stopped smoking. Best of luck with BAH, salut.
PS best place on Lake Atitlan is San Lucas Toliman, quiet, just natives and a few aid workers, no drunks, druggies and assorted international whatever
Latest news, I am confused as to who is good or bad guys there!!!
Andy, you should look over that colonization map again.
The arrows are currently originating from Spain, not France.
Thanks for pointing out the map problem, I tried to fix it.
Funny, reviewing in my head what happened during me writing the post. I decided to put that Google map on the page which is interactive. I was going to show the directions from the Palace to Cocody University, which I think is roughly four kilometers. Bah became rather angry when I said the Palace was too far for her friend to know or hear what was happening.
I then read further and realized there were two things:
1. The Presidential Palace.
2. The home of Gbagbo in the north of Cocody.
I read and search on the Internet for about 45 minutes trying to find reporter that would tell the specific address of Gbagbo's home. I asked Bah to point it out, but she did not know either.
I became increasingly frustrated with the maps as I realized that all the journalist writing were creating news, not reporting news. I was not trained as a journalist, but have try to always include.
Who, when, where, why, how, and how much to frame out the what I am thinking about, so the reader can story check. Real journalist appear to write articles with complete dead ends, there is no way to check their story.
As I research further and further, there comes a point where I know nobody is to be trusted and I lose energy to write or explain.
Thanks for pointing out the error, I try to write factual but this is still all opinion, although probably better researched than the journalist.
I have been reading five times per day about the siege of Gbagbo's home, I would estimated now I have read 50 articles, not one has give the address or anyway to find on a map the home.
From what I've read, Gbagbo's residence must be adjacent to the residence of the French ambassador (not the French embassy). Unfortunately this doesn't help a lot, as the information about that residence is equally scarce. Maybe it's also the reason why journalists are not allowed to report on the exact location?
Haha, I looked some more and found these three maps. Each one marks a different location.
Besides there were also some maps which mixed up presidential palace and residence.