Congo: The Bad Dream

As in a bad dream, everything seemed to be moving at half speed. But slowly, the Congo's balance was tipping toward the forces that bore the label of reckless Patrice Lumumba, though he was still in Colonel Joseph Mobutu's jail. If Lumumba won, the world could thank the ceaseless efforts of Moscow and Cairo and Accra. The U.N. itself, under the myriad pressures of its diverse membership, stood by in confusion.

The Stanleyville regime of Antoine Gizenga, once Lumumba's vice premier, was getting clandestine arms shipments from Gamal Abdel Nasser's U.A.R., freely used terror to consolidate its control over neighboring Kivu...

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