One of the folks who frequents the Linux Questions forums has this in his signature:
War is how Americans learn geography.
Which leads into Clarence Page’s comments on the rebellion in the Ivory Coast, where the newly elected president is being prevented from taking office by his predecessor:
He (Gbagbo–ed.) was voted out of office on Nov. 28, but decided not to leave. International election observers, the United Nations and the African Union agree that his opponent, Alassane Ouattara, won and they want Gbagbo to go. Yet, Ouattara has been relegated to operating a government-in-exile in a hotel circled by tanks, razor wire and a U.N. force.
Unlike the situation in Libya, Ouattara has had a fairly disciplined rebel force on his side, waging a war to unseat Gbagbo at a cost of at least 400 lives and as many as a million refugees.But that’s not enough for the Ivory Coast to get much news coverage or attention in the United States. It is the Ivory Coast’s misfortune to have little strategic value to America or our allies, except perhaps as the world’s top cocoa producer.
Follow the link to find out what’s going on there and why, even though the Ivory Coast does not pump oil, it’s important.