Here is most of the post by John McCreary on Night Watch on the recent events in Guinea-Bissau:
Guinea-Bissau: Apparently soldiers loyal to the slain armed forces chief General Na Waie yesterday retaliated for his death by murdering today the President of Guinea-Bissau, Joao Bernardo Vieira, Agence France-Presse reported. A military spokesman said the army held Vieira responsible for the death of General Na Waie.This is a tragedy for the people of Guinea-Bissau. They need peace and a chance to grow their economy, not a drug war.
The two men were political enemies, but a Reuters source suggested drug cartels might have executed the General.
The Prime Minister Carlos Gomes is running the country. His office assured the world that the assassination of the president was not a coup, but the work of an isolated group of unidentified soldiers, The Associated Press. The latest news service reports state Bissau is calm—the roads are closed and the shops are shuttered.
Guinea-Bissauans, who have lived through at least five coups, coup attempts, counter-coups and a civil war since gaining independence from Portugal in 1974, experience some of the world's highest levels of maternal mortality and under-five malnutrition and many were hoping that recent presidential elections might be a step toward stability and recovery. Guinea Bissau has 1.5 million people whose life expectancy is less than 50 years. It is one of the five poorest countries in the world, with a calculated per capita GDP of $600 per annum. The figure is almost meaningless because most people have no money.
But, closer to home, this is a reason why what is happening in Mexico is important to the US. We don't want some version of the situation in Guinea-Bissau on our own borders, especially in a nation two orders of magnitude bigger than Guinea-Bissau.
We can't fix Guinea-Bissau. Too far away and too remote for our own "national interests." We can do something to help the Mexican Government fix the Mexican problem. Some of what we can do is internal to the United States. We should be stepping out now.
Regards -- Cliff