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December 9, 2013 - 12:14 pm

The Pentagon has agreed to offer troop transport support to France as Paris attempts to stop a looming genocide in the Central African Republic.

Thousands of Christians in the CAR have been sheltering at Bangui airport as well as churches and a monastery to escape Muslim militias. The Muslim militias say they are the true rulers of the country and complain of attacks by the counter-militias formed by Christians to protect the people.

Ten percent of the country’s population has already been displaced. France sent in 1,600 troops to prevent wholesale massacre, guarding the 10,000 Christians at the airport and ordering militias to disarm.

“Last evening in Kabul, Secretary Hagel spoke with French Minister of Defense Yves Le Drian about the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where, under the authority of a UN Security Council Resolution, French forces are assisting the African Union-led international support mission to provide humanitarian assistance and establish an environment that supports a political transition to a democratically elected government,” Assistant Defense Press Secretary Carl Woog said in a statement.

“Minister Le Drian requested limited assistance from the United States military to support this international effort. In the near term, France has requested airlift support to enable African forces to deploy promptly to prevent the further spread of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic,” Woog said. “In response to this request, Secretary Hagel has directed U.S. AFRICOM to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic, in coordination with France.”

“The United States is joining the international community in this effort because of our belief that immediate action is required to avert a humanitarian and human rights catastrophe in the Central African Republic, and because of our interest in peace and security in the region. We continue to work to identify additional resources that might be available to help address further requests for assistance to support the international community’s efforts in CAR.”

As when they liberated Timbuktu from al-Qaeda-linked extremists, French troops were cheered upon their arrival in the streets of CAR’s capital.

French warplanes and helicopters have been flying over beleaguered Bangui. The former colony won its independence from the French in 1960.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said after Thursday’s Security Council vote authorizing French intervention that Washington was “deeply disturbed” by violence in the CAR and thought “urgent action is needed to save lives.” France put forward the resolution authorizing its own military action in the country in support of African Union peacekeepers.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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If it's a mission to go in there and kill as many islamic jihadists as we can get our hands on, then count me in. That's the only real and effective long term solution to protecting those Christians. If it's another international peace corps cumbaya love-fest, forget it. The muslims will just wait until we leave, then murder them anyway. In the mean time, how many of our boys will be killed for NOTHING??
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Does anyone really think that the Obama administration is going to do anything substantial to prevent Christians from being slaughtered by Muslims?
Really?
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The "Religion of Peace™" indeed.
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Funny how they'll send in taxis for the French troops to use in Africa. I understand it's to save innocent Christians from being butchered by followers of the "relegion of piece".
But I seem to remember a little while ago when some American citizens needed a taxi out of another African country and the response was to watch them die on a live feed from a drone.
Am I the only one who thinks we need to take care of our own first?
Then I remember who the president is. He is not one of US.
32 weeks ago
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Good. Give AFRICOM something to do other than drinking beer in Stuttgart.
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While we are naturally concerned about troops maimed and killed, the slippery slope into a costly long-term conflict, we must also axe ourselves a serious question:

Won't the Moslems be offended by this? Should we take that risk?
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Remember that portions of North and Central Africa were French Colonial Era territories, modern day fiefdoms. The British also very prominent in Africa, recall.

So, it's entirely fitting now that the French contribute as much as possible, at last, to the spreading threat of Muslim butchering in Africa and also in West/Central Asia. Review The Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1914, signed along with the British.

It is also fitting that we Americans reduce our massed troop and materiel concentrations from Muslim controlled areas to reduce their local vulnerability to Muslim terror-penetration and infiltration. There's no more that we can do there. We're now unwanted after our blood has been shed there.

Haven't we Americans done disproportionately much more than our share....as usual? Review our contributions to Europe alone since 1914 towards preserving the liberties we now seem to take for granted.....as the only ones with the men, materiel and shiploads of cash......in times of desperate need.....which continues to this very day?...especially the cash.

And, we see local signs of "Yanks Go Home!". [O.K. now, You're welcome to it.]

Apparently we've the means now to wage long distance war without the local draining of young American blood in those Muslim controlled arenas. Let's do that to protect our own Homeland.

Remember that most of these present national borders in that blighted Muslim controlled arena were originally hand drawn, crossing old ethnicreligious divisions at will, and indicated colonially administered areas of the French and British.


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32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
If it's a mission to go in there and kill as many islamic jihadists as we can get our hands on, then count me in. That's the only real and effective long term solution to protecting those Christians. If it's another international peace corps cumbaya love-fest, forget it. The muslims will just wait until we leave, then murder them anyway. In the mean time, how many of our boys will be killed for NOTHING??
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Yep. They'll make some kind of promise, the French will go home, and then they will renege on the promise. Lie to the infidels.
32 weeks ago
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Does anyone really think that the Obama administration is going to do anything substantial to prevent Christians from being slaughtered by Muslims?
Really?
32 weeks ago
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