Originally posted by DarknStormy
reply to post by Svipdagr
Maybe the leaders of Mali should stop splashing the money on themselves and start thinking about their country... I find it hard to believe they
cannot fund an army with the support of the West.
The Malian Army is recruiting, 15.000 men since early december, that is before the French operation.
Mali is news now but troubles in Sahel have been going on for years.
Last year, their army has been completely overrun by the rebels in northern Mali. It led to desertions, defections and troops switching allegiance.
Moral is low. Several domestic scandals of corruption and discontent within the army have led to a military coup in spring. Power was handed back to
the civilians after a few weeks, you'll look yourself for the details of the story if you wish. But the junta is still in control in the background
and they have asked for and obtained the resignation of the new Prime Minister in december.
So yes, the leaders of Mali should have stopped splashing the money on themselves but there is a different controller now.
ECOWAS, Economic Community of West African States, agreed last year to mount a multinational military force to deal with the threat in Sahel, with
logistics help from the traditional players.
They are not ready yet, these things take time.
They have been asking for direct intervention from the traditional players for months.
France, at last, moved in because the rebels have suddenly pushed south, out of Sahel, and were threatening the capital and the country.
France has committed itself to stay until the ECOWAS force can take over like it was agreed upon a year ago.
Speculations about what will happen in the future are only that, speculations.
For once, the situation and the motives of the intervention are quite clear and the turn of events is logical though.