The Congo: Cause for Optimism

In a country where the unpredictable is commonplace and panic constantly threatens, any progress at all is remarkable. Despite its recent mercenary uprising and new rounds of racial violence and pillaging, the Congo has cause for hope. Last week, as the country marked the second anniversary of the army coup that overthrew Joseph Kasavubu in 1965, the mercenaries who have plagued it for years were in neighboring Rwanda, waiting with their suitcases and women for a one-way ticket out of Africa. Moreover, President Joseph Mobutu can claim credit for a lot...

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