Machiavelli mode off

The latest news from the Ivory Coast, for those of you who haven’t heard them, are that:

  • The head of the Constitutional Court Paul Yao N’dre has rejected a declaration by the electoral commission that  Ouattara had won.
  • Foreign media have been banned and airport, port and borders closed.
  • The Consitutional Court is expected to announce the final results and since Paul Yao N’dre is close to Gbagbo it is not hard to guess how that will end.
  • There are rumors of death squads being active.

It’s looking pretty grim in other words.

I share the sentiment of someone that tweeted the following:

RT : Tout ceci est prévisible. C’est contraire qui m’aurait choqué. C’est Gbagbo après tout! #CIV2010

Freely translated to: [All of this was foreseeable. Anything else would have surprised me. It’s Gbagbo we are talking about after all!]

Now normally I’d be thinking about what Gbagbo will do next and what the international community can do, but, well, one has to go into total Machiavelli mode to predict Gbagbo’s actions, and I’m just not in the mood.

There is just this empty feeling of worry.  Well, Ivory Coast, hopefully this dark hour shall pass.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.

Mahatma Gandhi



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