Friday, April 15, 2011

The forgotten crisis

Obscured by the war in Lybia, civil war in Ivory Coast passed by largely unnoticed by the mainstream media. On the rare occasion that they did give some news it was given within the typical democratist cliche': sitting president won't cede power in spite of having lost the election. Scratch, the surface, however, and a somewhat different picture appears, as Steven Plaut tells us:

The background to the civil war and the current constitutional crisis is the massive in-migration of Muslims from the countries neighboring the Ivory Coast, mainly from Burkina Faso. The infiltrators settled in the northern half of the country, and also in pockets in the south, including in some neighborhoods inside the country’s largest city, Abidjan. Today Muslims, including illegals, are almost 40% of the population of the country (although Muslim and other sources claim they are really considerably higher), the remainder being a mixture of Christians (mainly Roman Catholics) and animists.

Tensions between the immigrant population and the indigenous Ivorians goes back to the 1960s. Successive governments there have regarded the immigrants to be “circumstantial Ivorians” (their term), as opposed to the “pure Ivorians,” who are the natives. The illegal “aliens” constitute more than a quarter of the current population of the country. The alien-native dichotomy overlaps to a large extent with the divisions between non-Muslims and Muslims, and is the most important background factor in explaining the ongoing civil war.

Te parallels with our situation are not lost on Plaut:

Nevertheless, the conflict in the Ivory Coast shows what happens when massive illegal immigration leads to the demographic eclipse of a native population. The same Western powers so ready to strip the Serbs of their heartland to create a second Albanian nation-state in Kosovo have been unwilling to sustain any nation-state for indigenous Ivorians, and indeed have backed the aliens.

Plaut did not mention other facts which make the Ivory Coast situation even more sinister, such as allegations of massive vote fraud in the north of the country where Gbabo people basically had no access to polling stations and ballot boxes, intimidation and murder of Gbabo loyalists etc. You won't see any of this on BBC or CNN though. Why let facts get in a way of a perfectly good propaganda? Nor will any western governement take notice lest it spoils their ideological matrix. Besides, it can not happen to them, right?

Wrong. It's coming to a country near you, inevitably. Decades of uncontrolled immigration and multiculturalist madness made sure of that.

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