March 14, 2012
Hollywood darling Angelina Jolie – “Goodwill Ambassador” for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and CFR member – was on hand to witness the conviction of Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Judges found Lubanga guilty of kidnaping children and using them as soldiers for his Union of Congolese Patriots. He recruited the kids to fight in an ethnic conflict situated in the Ituri region of eastern Congo.
“This is their day — where these children will feel there is no impunity for what happened to them, for what they suffered,” said Jolie.
Jolie and the ICC might now turn their attention to the reasons why the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the world’s worst hell-holes and maybe prevent a repeat of the situation.
Congo has one of the highest mortality rates in the world. It stands at 38,000 per month for a nation of 64 million people, or 1.5 per 1000 per month. As Rahul Mahajan noted in 2006, this rate dwarfed Iraq’s mortality rate of 5 per 1,000 people during the height of sanctions imposed by the United Nations and enforced by the United States. Over half the deaths in Congo are due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and easily treated respiratory infections.
“At 450,000 excess dead per year, this constitutes one of the gravest humanitarian crises in the world. Unfortunately, it gets virtually no attention,” writes Mahajan.
The globalists and their transnational corporations have benefited handsomely from the destabilization of Congo and its “First World War,” an especially brutal civil war that involved Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Angola, Namibia, Chad, Sudan, and Libya and ultimately claimed the lives of 3.3 million people.
Following the overthrow of the kleptocrat Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997, the globalists enriched themselves on the plunder carried out by Uganda and Rwanda in eastern Congo. They were primarily interested in coltan, an ore producing tantalum, a key element used in cell phones.
The Anglo American mining conglomerate entered into a relationship with the fanatical Nationalist and Integrationist Front, an armed group that controls much of the gold mining in the Ituri district, the same area where Thomas Lubanga operated with his children soldiers.
Prior to the rise of transnational corporate imperialism, Belgium’s King Leopold ran the Congo as a slavery and forced labor plantation and managed to kill around 10 million Africans. Following independence, the CIA had the country’s first democratically elected leader, Patrice Lumumba, abducted and killed.
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Under Mobutu, the U.S. provided lavish military and financial support to Congo, renamed Zaire by Mobutu. “From 1965 to 1991, Zaire received more than $1.5 billion in U.S. economic and military aid. In return, U.S. multinationals increased their share of the ownership of Zaire’s fabulous mineral wealth,” writes Ellen Ray for Covert Action Quarterly.
Angelina Jolie has decided to fund the “Lubanga Chronicles,” described as a public information campaign by the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation funds the Aegis Trust, the NGO that produces the Lubanga Chronicles. Aegis Trust is also funded by the Annenberg Foundation and the European Commission.
Jolie is another celebrity added to the roster to lend legitimacy and draw attention to the supposed “humanitarian” missions of the United Nations and its affiliated and globalist sponsored NGOs. The UN has admitted it is responsible for much of the misery in Africa, especially in regard to Rwanda where around a million Africans died. The United States was behind the effort to discourage an effective UN response to the genocide.
The conviction of Thomas Lubanga will be used as a propaganda centerpiece in the globalist effort to move into mineral rich Africa. Obama’s teleprompter recited concern with the brutality of the Lord’s Resistance Army and its presumed and long missing leader, Joseph Kony, is hypocrisy on steroids, as John Pilger has explained.
The violence attributed to the CIA contracted group pales in comparison to the “multiple atrocities administered by the United States, such as the bloodbath in the 1960s following the CIA-arranged murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first legally elected prime minister, and the CIA coup that installed Mobutu Sese Seko, regarded as Africa’s most venal tyrant,” writes Pilger.
As we noted on March 13, Congress is in the process of introducing legislation designed to get the U.S. military even more involved in Africa.
“I am hopeful that we can use this momentum as a force for change. We must do all that we can to protect innocent civilians — especially children — and end LRA violence once and for all,” the bipartisan resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Jim McGovern, said in a statement.
The U.S. intervention in Africa at the behest of international bankers and transnational corporations has nothing to do with saving children. It is about stealing natural resources and extending the “grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy,” including an effort to “prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together,” as top globalist minion and Rockefeller understudy Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in his 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard.