Texas In Africa keeps up the drumbeat against "good intentions are enough" bills:
Why on earth do advocates think that passing legislation in the United States will end violence in Africa?In the case of the conflict minerals legislation, the idea is that violence in the [Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)] can be mitigated by creating an auditing and certification system for the mineral supply chains. I've already explained at length why I think this won't work; the complexity of the mineral trade in the eastern DRC and the lack of accountable political institutions that can enforce auditing and certification systems make it an exercise in futility. In addition, as we've discussed ad nauseum, ad infinitum, the mineral trade is not the root cause of violence in the eastern DRC. What's happening there is not a resource war, and it never has been. Regulating the supply chains and pressuring electronics companies not to use DRC minerals will not solve the disputes over land and citizenship that predate the wars and the Rwandan genocide and that continue to drive violence today.
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