Dire Situation Central African Republic Slips into Chaos

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Dire Situation Central African Republic Slips into Chaos


United Nations officials say the situation in the Central African Republic is "complete chaos" and are calling for decisive international intervention.

Yet it is difficult to see how such action can occur. The French have 400 troops securing the airport in the capital, Bangui, and may send another 1,000. France intervened with thousands of troops in Northern Mali earlier this year, but has remained reticent about involvement in the C.A.R.

The C.A.R. has borders with six nations, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Sudan, giving rise to hope that the neighbors would feel some responsibility to end the suffering and introduce an African Union peacekeeping force. Yet none of these countries is particularly strong in its own right and as a group they may not be able to tackle the C.A.R.'s dilemma.

In the meantime, events continue to deteriorate. The C.A.R. government has lost the ability to maintain law and order. …

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