Repeating The Libya Mistake in Mali
. . .In March , Algeria voted against the Arab League’s resolution calling for a no-fly zone over Libya, fearing that it would lead to the intervention of foreign ground forces and stressing the need to preserve Libya’s security and territorial integrity (and fearing rise of Islamists in Libya) . . .
For about the same reasons that proved to be right with regard to Libya, Algeria and other countries in the region are against such a war (in Mali)...
The U.S. and France are pressing and bribing several African countries to provide a much too small force of some 3,500 soldiers to somehow kick AQIM out of northern Mali, an area that is bigger than France.
But just as they are unable to learn that any intervention will inherently lead to more problems they are also incapable of learning to use the right intervention forces.
[T]he basic idea is for forces from Nigeria and other West Africa countries to help Mali’s military mount a campaign against the militants.The use of Christian led Nigerian troops as proxy against indigenous Islamic forces in Mali will lead to the same result as the proxy use of Christian Ethiopian troops against indigenous Islamic forces in Somalia did. The Ethiopian troops there were thoroughly beaten and retreated while the original conflict intensified in brutality.
[link to indepthafrica.com