Unpacking US hypocrisy in DR Congo crisis

On 19 February 2024 at 12:16

The United States (US) has once again displayed a hypocritical attitude towards the security crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), issuing a biased statement intended to appease Kinshasa.

On Saturday, February 17, Matthew Miller, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department released a statement urging the M23 group to immediately cease hostilities and withdraw from their positions around Sake and Goma.

In this brief 250-word statement, the U.S. government also criticized Rwanda for supporting M23 by providing equipment and soldiers.

However, this statement overlooks numerous critical concerns related to the insecurity in the eastern DRC, in an apparent distortion of reality and a lack of willingness to seek a lasting solution to this conflict.

Regarding security in the eastern DRC, the United States overlooks several important points:

1. Their intention to no longer consider the FDLR as a terrorist group, although they themselves classified it as such in 2005.

2. Their disregard for Rwanda’s concerns about security threats due to the Congolese government’s cooperation with the FDLR and President Tshisekedi’s belligerent ambitions towards the Rwandan government.

3. Their silence on the massacres of Congolese Tutsis, despite a UN report attesting to ethnic cleansing against this minority.

4. Their omission of Congolese refugees present in neighboring countries, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda, for 28 years, without calling on the Congolese government to resolve this thorny issue.

5. Their lack of pressure on the Congolese government to engage in dialogue, as military efforts lead to a dead end.

6. Their indifference to the poor governance and weakness of the Congolese state, which exacerbate the crisis.

This U.S. stance comes as Congolese forces and their allies face a critical situation on the ground against M23, which has conquered vast territories and inflicted heavy losses on the coalition.

What is the intention of the United States?

Goma, home to numerous NGOs and businesses, including some American, is at the heart of this confrontation.

In 2016, the United States had about 25 active companies in Congo, mainly in the mining, transport, and services sectors. The resource-rich Congo thus becomes a geopolitical battlefield, particularly between the United States and China, aiming to limit Chinese influence in the region.

The American approach in the DRC is symptomatic of a broader strategy that seems to favor chaos over peace, following a pattern observed in other international conflicts, such as in Ukraine, Syria, or between Israel and Palestine.

This foreign policy, which seems to prioritize the escalation of tensions rather than their resolution, raises questions about the true motivations of the United States, engaged in various global conflicts, in an apparent effort to maintain their hegemony.