From Eric: "Barely reported in the Western press: while France attacks its former colonies Mali and Central African Republic (CAR), Obama has sent a combat-equipped US military unit to Chad, supposedly to protect US citizens and property in CAR--which makes little sense as an explanation: why not send those troops to CAR? Perhaps because Obama already deployed a combat unit to CAR in October 2011, supposedly to fight the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)? And one must recall that the embattled president of CAR, Francois Bozize, came to power in a western-backed coup in 2003 against the Libyan-backed regime of Ange-Félix Patassé. Among Bozize's services to imperialism? After the US and its Haitian comprador allies mounted a coup against Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004, the US military kidnapped Aristide, flew him to CAR and imprisoned him on the grounds of the presidential palace in Bangui."