April 19, 2006


Foreign troops arrive in Solomons (BBC, 4/19/06)

Australia troops are arriving in the Solomon Islands to help restore peace after rioting and looting in the capital, Honiara.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched on the government building on Wednesday, demanding the Prime Minister-elect, Snyder Rini, stand down.

Parts of Honiara are in ruins following rioting on Tuesday, and demonstrators have threatened more destruction.

Mr Rini denies claims he is corrupt and favours Chinese businessmen.

Much of Honiara's Chinatown area was razed overnight and some families were forced to jump from burning buildings. Police have imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the city. [...]

Some 180 Australian soldiers and police have begun arriving in the country to try to impose order after a written request from the Solomons government. A smaller contingent of additional New Zealand peacekeepers are set to arrive on Thursday.

We're from the Anglosphere and we're here to help.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2006 9:37 AM

Is there a Moslem angle in this?

Posted by: erp at April 19, 2006 10:28 AM

There's no muslem angle. The Solomon Islanders are just regular, island-dwelling barbarians. Why there are Autralian troops there I have no idea. we should just give political asylum to their hard-working, law-abiding Chinese minority and let the indigenous islanders sink back into the abject, illiterate poverty from which they came and to which they richly deserve to return.

Posted by: Amos at April 20, 2006 12:22 AM

Because you're part of the Anglosphere and it's what we do.

Posted by: oj at April 20, 2006 10:16 AM