An important piece not just about Burundi …

The similarities between Burundi and Baltimore that I wrote about recently are more stark than ever.

The concern is that the international community might rush in to solve a political problem – a president hungry for an unconstitutional third term. The advocates for peace might come to stem the growing possibility of ethnic violence that circles back to genocide, as seen in Burundi and Rwanda not too many years ago. Then, once the president is dealt with, once the crisis is averted, everyone will leave thinking they’ve solved the matter and brokered a peace. But there will be no lasting peace until the root issue is addressed, and that’s the economy, stupid.