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French Preparing for Extended Mali Intervention


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Cal
- 587 days ago - spiegel.de
French President Hollande has vowed to drive out Islamist extremists and establish democracy in the country. As in Afghanistan, the operation could take much longer than expected



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Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 12:25 am
Thanks for this article.
 

John S. (300)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 4:29 am
Thanks, noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 5:27 am
Yes.In Mali fighting terrorism.
In Syria of supporting terrorism.
It's double standards.
Noted ,Thanks .
 

Brian M. (145)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:10 am
French colonialism is alive and well as their jets rain terror and death upon the people of Mali in order to secure that nation for exploitation by French and American imperialists. The illegal intervention into an internal civil war is the surest sign that the Western powers do not care about the real terrorism in Mali: the persecution of the Tuareg minority by the Mali government. Blood lust and greed are the root of the foreign intervention.
 

Winn Adams (191)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:45 am
Noted.
 

David Menard (43)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 2:25 pm
Well I see a quagmire developing one we had best stay out of like Syria we don't need another Afghanistan or Iraq.I think France has bit off more than they could chew. As much as much I hate whack job Islamist terrorist's The idea of bringing democracy to a Islamist controlled country having a civil war has been tried before by us and didn't work.Iraq is a corrupt mess with ongoing violence as is Afghanistan and the hopes for change are dim at best..Most of the hope for democracy during the Arab spring is gone Most of those countries just traded garden variety dictatorships for Islamist ones.chances are good they are all end up like mini Iran's or Somalia's
 

John B. (215)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:52 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Matthias Gebauer. Sounds like the French are in it for the long haul and from what I read in another article it is expected that 12 other EU countries, including Spain, will shortly be providing troops, intel and equipment. Read and noted.
 

Don Schwarz (5)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:02 pm
Read and noted. I stand with David Menard. There is little basis for hope.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 10:44 pm
Lets mind our own business.

Of course, with a Muslim president.....
 

Jeanne B. (31)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:36 pm
I totally disagree with Brian M. Do you know what the integrists having been doing in Mali? There have been countless amputations in the name of Charia carried out, as well as gang rapes. Women are forced to wear the veil in an area where this has nothing to do with tradition. People are accused of theft without proof and they have a hand or a foot cut off. The real question for President Hollande was whether it was possible to ignore this. Mali has asked for French help and it is getting it from Tchad, Nigeria and a bunch of other African countries in the context of the African Organization of Countries. Would you also call them a group of colonizing nations?
From the French perspective, standing up to help the Malians against the integrist spread (as has already happened in Mauritania) has a huge financial cost and France is in a very bad economic way right now. Arguably, this is the last thing we, or President Hollande needed right now.
And since the article was written, dozens of hostages were taken in southern Algeria, from several countries, in support of the integrists in Algeria. Is this the world you support?
I too was a radical in college, and I still am at heart. But I can tell the difference between a colonial war such that in Irak (for the oil and for the spoils of reconstruction) and what is going on with the integrist islamists.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday January 18, 2013, 1:55 am
Thanks again Cal.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Friday January 18, 2013, 5:48 pm
I agree with Brian. and I pity the fools who still believe in "bringing democracy" somewhere. If that were a sincere goal the US should hurry to bring it (back) to their homeland.
 
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