Mark Gregson wrote:

> >  The legal, or recognized, government, based in Yamoussoukro (an artificial
> > capital like Ottawa, Canberra and Ajuba -- the biggest city is Abidjan, on the 
>coast), officially asked for French and US help.
> Okay, if you say so.  But none of your links gave any indication that the Ivory 
>Coast government asked for the help.

Sorry, I thought I made that clear. The French government has the responsibility for 
Cote d'Ivoire's military defence. Yam'o didn't have to ask for help, it would have 
been automatic.

>  At this point it seems to be only implied because they aren't screaming about 
>anyone improperly meddling.  No doubt the government enjoys the help it has gotten 
>from France and the US.  It's just that I have not heard or read anything where they 
>actually asked for it, or were offered and accepted.

You are right, though, that the technical details of Ivorean history haven't been 
covered by the media. They don't even call it by its "proper" name (although that's a 
nit). In other words, I agree with you in principle.

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling 
short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
--Michelangelo Buonarroti

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