The Ivory Coast is another of those "troubled" African nations that the NYT reports on with paternalistic pity: it was once the "crown jewel" in France's empire of West African colonies, and up until recently the world's top cocoa exporter. Elections were held in this quaint little country late last month, and the European Union, the United States and the African Union all agreed that the winner was the challenger to the country's current prez, Laurent Gbagbo, a.k.a., this guy :
|Laurent Gbago: Not A Muslim, Therefore|
What the Times conveniently fails to mention is that their decision to stand behind this dictator - no better or worse than your garden variety African plutocrat - is part of a far larger agenda to uplift global minorities everywhere, and Muslims in particular. In the same way that the Times uplifted the Muslims in the Balkans conflict, in the case of Ivory Coast they are publicly and rather pathetically making the tired old case once again that the only reason that Côte d'Ivoire is such a dank shite hole is because of a tiny handful of corrupt leaders, and if only those evil politicians would step aside and let the democratically elected true leaders take over, then everything would be rose.
Once again, there is a lot more to the story than the Times wants you to know.