Stopping Blood Diamonds Won’t Fix Congo, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 31 2010 @ 7:55am

Texas In Africa makes her case in more detail. Jason Stearns differs. Chris Blattman moderates:

My fear: oodles of energy get directed to the minerals issue, armed groups re-balance their portfolio, and not much changes in the way of rebel finance. “Conflict cows” doesn’t sell so well, and so Enough declares victory, seizes the next sexy issue … the US will continue it’s 50-year policy of supporting dodgy dictators in Kinshasa, all the while wondering why things never seem to get better; and the eastern Congolese go about their business of evading rapers and abductors.

Blattman gets some pushback here and here.