Stopping Blood Diamonds Won't Fix Congo, Ctd

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.