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Message Subject Watch as it Develops - The Staged War Against Islamists in Northern Mali
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Welcome Mali, our newest crisis! Open your maps. . .

France used to rule Mali as part of its West African Empire, and still has deep financial, military, commercial and intelligence interests in the region.

The US has been rapidly expanding its influence in France’s former African sphere of influence, both in a drive for resources and to block China’s growing activity on the continent. . .

France wants the West African economic group ECOWAS to lead the charge. But this is merely the kind of "coalition" fig-leaf favored by the US . . .Any real fighting and transport will be done by French military units from Europe or bases in central Africa and Chad. And, of course, the Legion.

Washington has a different plan - the model used to fight Somalia’s Shebab movement. . . led by its sexy new star, Africa Command.

All this seems like a lot of effort to combat a bunch of Saharan tribesmen and trouble-makers in pickup trucks in a place whose main city, Timbuktu, is a synonym for remoteness and obscurity. . .

On to Timbuktu! A New Jolly Little War We Can’t Find on a Map by Eric Margolis [link to lewrockwell.com]
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