Op-Ed: Do You Know What is Happening in Mali?
Prof. Phyllis CheslerThe writer, a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum and recipient...
During the third debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney talked about Mali and the danger al-Qaeda represented there. The Obamamedia laughed and derided Romney, carrying Barack Obama’s water and continued advancing the fraud that Obama had decimated al-Qaeda, even though al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists had taken over an American consulate and killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya just weeks prior.
Surprise!!!! Al-Qaeda in Mali is a serious enough threat that the French, THE FRENCH!, have invaded Mali to fight them there.
It looks like Romney was indeed correctly focused on foreign threats, al-Qaeda is not decimated but in fact very much alive, and the Obama administration is as blind, or more likely deceptive, about Mali as it was about Benghazi.
Or is Obama giving cover to Islamists in Mali like he does in Egypt and the Palestinian Authority?
…and liberal American Jews still think Obama’s the Messiah. Even though the country that gets screwed the most by Obama, Hillary Clinton and their Islamist-empowering policies is Israel.
Meanwhile in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu appreciates and supports France’s counter-terrorist operation in Mali. But we can’t blame Obama for not being fully engaged on international terrorism right now. His attention is laser-focused on shredding the 2nd Amendment.
Here is the story:
France Intervenes in Mali
by Amy Farina • Jan 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm
France continued to assist the Malian government in its fight against Islamist extremists this week, carrying out a series of airstrikes and ground operations after the militants overran the village of Diabaly, bringing them closer to the capital city of Bamako. The French first directly intervened Friday with aerial bombing raids after the Malian government asked for assistance as Islamist extremists began a southern offensive that threatens to overtake the Northwest African country.
Mali has been in trouble for months. Last March, Malian soldiers overthrew the democratically elected President Amadou Toumani Toure. The coup, just a month before elections, was in response to the government's failure to deal effectively with the Tuareg separatist rebellion in the north. But only one month later, in April, the Tuareg rebels -- empowered by arms and fighters from Libya following Moammar Qaddafi's ouster -- seized the northern region of Mali and declared independence. The Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and the Islamist group Ansar Dine then united, declaring north Mali an Islamic state that strictly follows Sharia law. The Islamists soon took control of the rebellion, however, and their continuation to push south towards the capital forced Bamako to ask France for assistance.
France has thus far committed 1,700 troops to the mission in Mali including the 800 troops that are already stationed there. Ghana, Togo, Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Nigeria have committed to sending troops as well. The U.S., for its part, has committed logistical support but said it will not send troops to Mali at this time. U.S. policy forbids military aid to countries where the existing government was put in place as a result of a coup. Because of this, no support can go directly to the Malian government until a leader is elected.
France plans to remain in Mali until stability is returned. As French President François Hollande said: "We have one goal. To ensure that when we leave, when we end our intervention, Mali is safe, has legitimate authorities, an electoral process and there are no more terrorists threatening its territory." According to the UN, since March 2012 approximately 230,000 people in Mali have been displaced by the instability and fighting.
And is Algeria next?