After more than two years of unrelenting violence, the U.N. has finally decided to intercede directly in a civil war where more citizens on both sides have been slaughtered than in any other war foreign or domestic.
With all major world powers now aligned and poised to send in overwhelming force, both sides have no choice but to negotiate a settlement that will share power. The U.N. is pushing for the current status quo, where the nation will be divided into two separate autonomous regions based on currently held territory.
The recognized government will control a sovereign state within the northern section of the country’s current boundaries, while a new government will control a newly established state in the south. The new southern sovereign nation will be governed by representatives of all factions that compose the opposing confederation.
While the current president has repeatedly refused to recognize the opposition as nothing more than a group of rebels, and has used unrestrained military force against them, up until now the world has refused to step in. This, despite widespread international support for the “rebels” including the backing of the British Empire.
More than 60,000 citizens have lost their lives in the first two years of open conflict, albeit the opposition has made gains in all parts of the country including areas considered to be outside of their influence. In the very first all-out battle of the conflict, the opposition captured a government fort, which has remained in their control since the outset.
Even though the ideology of the opposition is widely regarded as circumspect, the U.N. was drawn into the conflict because of the carnage, and the reigning government’s “win at all costs” attitude.
Said the U.N. Secretary General, “Stepping aside from the ideological differences of the two sides, we as an organization that strives for peace cannot countenance any further bloodshed. Therefore, we are stepping in now. History will be the judge of who is on the right side.”
In fact, it is not known what the policies of the new southern nation might be. There is some thought that it may be more of a theocracy than a true representative democracy, and there is also concern that equal rights for all its citizens will not be adopted. In fact, if history is any guide, there will be no rights for women or minority groups in the new sovereign state.
Meantime, until U.N. intervention actually does occur, it is clear that the conflict will slog on in pursuit of a military settlement to a political crisis.
“A nation divided against itself cannot stand,” President Abraham Lincoln told a press gathering yesterday at the White House. I’d love to talk more gentlemen, but I have to catch a train to Gettysburg, and I haven’t even thought about what I’m going to say yet.”