posted on Jan, 22 2013 @ 07:16 AM
reply to post by muzzleflash
The media claims the Mali "terrorists" are Islamic extremists.
I actually don't believe that at all.
What, same as those Islamic terrorists who carried out the recent outrage in nearby Algeria?
Yes it's tue that Tuareg's have long been campaigning for independance or at least a level of autonomy but North Africa is inundated with Islamic
I don't advocate bombing these people into obliteration but to deny their existence is both ignorant and dangerous.
If France, and it's allies, fail to respond to requests for assistance from African nations then they are accused of not caring about the people from
nations with limited mineral wealth or supporting repressive regimes etc yet if they intervene they are accused of neo-colonialism and of meddling in
the internal goings-on of independant nations etc - they are in a 'no-win' siuation.
I understand the OP's concern about UK involvement, and his dislike of Cameron, but there are no easy answers in situations like this.
Going on the limited information available to me at present I certainly wouldn't support UK forces becoming acively involved in any way whatsoever,
including Special Forces, but understand why we would give other support to France.