Originally posted by whatsup86
I cant understand French but Mali seems like the first war in ages that i would support . Al qaeda alliated groups robbing malinese from their
identity: they are destroying Malis culture and forbidding any form of folklore. Aka theyre sending the country back to the dark ages.
The power of the propaganda machine is impressive, and always simplifies these situations as "good vs. bad".
However, geopolitics are never simple.
In the case of Africa, as is the case for the middle east, these tensions stem from post World-War line drawing in the sands of deserts, by Western
powers, who had little to no concern as to who actually lived in these newly divided "nations".
The parallel for the current situation in Mali can be compared to that of the Kurds in Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. A distinctive people who
inhabited a region that was split up among conquerers who never took their socio-political situation into consideration.
The Tuaregs are the Kurds of Northern Africa, having inhabited parts of what have become Mali, Niger, Algeria and Libya, they have consistently
desired an independent state, and (like the kurds) have been a constant "thorn in the side" of the colonial powers.
Who better to keep these political trouble-makers at bay, but Islamic extremists? (where have we heard that before?) So, for decades, proxy
Islamic-militias have been given the green light to "police" these mostly desertic regions by the powers in place, as long as the current
geopolitical situation was not overly disturbed.
Well, surprise, surprise, the Islamic extremists have gained more and more power, and since their recent ousting of Libya, have now begun to have too
much power in the north of Mali. (I know, I know, where have we seen this before?) So, instead of being tolerated as the "enemy of my enemy" (the
Tuaregs) they have now become the "the enemy" and the moderate Tuaregs are seen as not being so bad after all!
To add more interest, the current "leader" of Mali, who has asked for foreign military aid, is non other than the author of a military coup against
the (since then) democratically elected leader. This new Military Dictatorship has drawn international indignation and numerous sanctions... well,
until now, where apparently he is our new friend and ally.
Still think this is a just war of "good vs. evil"?