Now that Kate’s back in town, we’re working on a longer joint post about our position on this whole OMG-DRC-Conflict-Minerals kerfuffle.
Until then, we have a question for our readers who believe that regulating Congolese minerals would be likely to have a positive impact on the conflict situation there:
We’re serious. We want to know what you think the mechanism for improvement would be. Because to us, this is sounding like so much underpants gnome logic. (Phase 1: Steal Underpants; Phase 2: ??; Phase 3: All Armed Groups Pack Up and Go Home.)
So, Cblatts, Jason, Team Enough, Nell Okie, and anyone else: we are genuinely interested in learning how you think this would play out. Please walk us through the steps we are missing between “restricting the market for minerals from the DRC” and “improvement in the lives of those affected by conflict in the Kivus.”
(Those of you who think it is not a good idea can explain that too if you’d like. But we’re not having as much trouble figuring that side out.)