The Congo: Crushing the Kats

There always seems to be some excuse for violence in the Congo, and the violence nearly always involves either Kisangani, the city once known as Stanleyville, or Katanga, the stronghold of exiled ex-Premier Moise Tshombe. In the past few weeks, it has involved both.

The problem began in July, when Kisangani was seized by its garrison of Katangese gendarmes, a tough and trou blesome outfit that in theory was incorporated into the Congolese National Army, but whose first loyalty had al ways been to Tshombe. To put down the rebellion, President Joseph Mobutu promised to send the gendarmes back to...

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