FRANCE (OR SOMEBODY)
HAS TO INTERVENE IN MALI
By: Sean Scallon
Its dirty job but someone has to do it as the old saying goes
describes exactly why France finds itself in position its does having to intervene
military in Mali. Frances actions hopefully put an end to the cheese-eating
surrender monkeys stupidity that exists on the American Right. I dont see a
lot U.S. troops on the ground in Mali nor will we. Drones have pretty much replaced actual
soldiers at this point in the GWOT. At least France has real soldiers on the ground ready
Of course, the first important reason for Frances intervention in Mali is
cleaning up the mess it help to create when it insisted they other NATO nations intervene
in the Libyan Revolution. Having been defeated, Col. Kadahfys Tuareg mercenaries
simply grabbed what heavy weapons they could from the Libyan army arsenal and went back to
Mali and Niger and Algeria and the other countries these nomads roam through and starting
causing trouble. The revolt by Tuaregs to carve off northern Mali into an automous state of Azawad and the political
upheaval it caused in Mali was the first blowback caused by the Libyan intervention.
The second was Islamic terrorists groups using the chaos as its angle to take
control of northern Mali and push aside the Tuaregs, who only wanted self-government not
seeing their women flogged in public for wearing the wrong clothes.
The second important reason has to do with collective security in response to
aggression. Its no secret France moved as quickly and surprisingly as it did because
a red line was crossed in their minds which left them no choice. When the Salafist forces
moved with 250 miles of the Malian capital of Bamako, then French knew they had to get
involved. Had they not done so, it is conceivable the terrorists could have drive their
pick-up trucks all the way Bamako and taken over. There would have been nothing to stop
them considering the putrid
state of Malis military, which is nothing more than a police army which is
better at abusing its own citizens than fighting the enemy. And if the such armed Salfists
groups took over, it would be the first time that such a trans-national terrorist group
had seized control of another country right from the native peoples grasp (the
Taliban were Pashtun tribalists allied with Al Qaeda).
Mali may well be a nowheresville to rest of the world but in this case
it happens to be a central nowhere which touches everywhere. A Salafist takeover of Mali
would have put them right in direct contact with the vicious killers of the Boko
Haram terrorist group in Nigeria and providing an even more direct threat to that
nation,which is the most important in all of West Africa, and to Christian populations the
further south you go in Nigeria and states like Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Chad, Benin,
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, Togo and the Central African Republic.
It would destabilize the entire region which is filled with artificial states
left over from colonial times whose
in some cases governments hang by a thread. If Mali fell to such well-armed
terrorists, then the same could happen to these states as well.
Theres no denying Frances economic and political interests in the region
but ask yourself do
you really want Nigers uranium deposits in the hands of the Salafists? We can
talk about economic competition with China imperialism, colonialism, racism, the
ineptitude of the political elites in Mali and others who abuse their rule across Africa
etc., etc. all we like but its besides the point. This is clearly a case where
aggression has to be beaten back given the possible consequences of not doing
anything. Indeed, if anyone is worried about the impression of white French troops
intervening in one of its former colonies (although France has black soldiers too) should
ask the southern
Malians who cheered their arrival, knowing someone was actually fighting for and
protecting them instead of taking advantage of them.
Yes there is the real possibility of blowback and yes intervention in such internal
conflicts like Libya (and Syria, which all should stay out of) is bad news but the
situation in Mali has gone beyond internal politics and now has become part of, not war
against terrorism, but extreme Islam seeking to conquer and oppress. France has taken the
lead, thankfully, (Its dirty job but someone has to do it) for
the West and other nations, including the U.S. should give their full support.
Sean Scallon is a freelance writer and newspaper reporter who
lives in Arkansaw, Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Chronicles: A magazine of American
Culture. His first-ever book: Beating the Powers that Be: Independent Political Movements
and Parties of the Upper Midwest and their Relevance in Third-party Politics of Today is
now out on sale from Publish America. Go to the their website at www.publishamerica.com to
order a copy. He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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