reply to post by tothetenthpower
This is the way i see it :
These last years have seen many conflicts concerning the Middle East where international forces including NATO have been involved.
Most of these conflicts have been fought with the belief that international troops have been sent in in order to regain peace in the particular
regions involved, with (I add equally that we all know that petrol and financial gain was also a huge factor).
However, whilst everyone has been focusing all their attention on the Middle Eastern issues being fought in places like Iraq, Libya, Syria etc… this
has given the Islamic fundamentalists lots of time to creep into other African countries and slowly but surely starts to take control of those regions
If you look at Mali and the surrounding countries it’s easy to see how this happened and how the borders were crossed by escaping well armed
fundamentalists in order to anchor themselves into lesser secured zones.
Ok, the French went into Mali in order to rid the country of the Sharia practicing fundamentalists and I believe that they had the fingers up from
other UN countries to go ahead and do so (with logistical back up from quite a few UN countries too).
I believe that someone had to go in there and do this and seeing as France has long time close ties for historical reasons with Mali this was probably
the wisest option.
However, I also believe that that with all the natural resources available in that actual region that all those involved in stopping the Islamist
fundamental takeover (with regards to the UN) are not only just there for peace keeping missions… of course there is something to gain and lots of
pieces of pie to take!
I think that things are going to get hotter also in North Africa too, only yesterday the left wing opposition leader in Tunisia Chokri Belaid was
gunned down, taking thousands of protestors to the streets to accuse Ennahda (the Islamic party in control) of carrying out this assassination…
See link : www.france24.com...
The French also have very close ties with this country too so would be interesting to see what happens there!
edit on 7-2-2013 by Rodinus because: Typo error
edit on 7-2-2013 by Rodinus because: (no reason given)