Monday, April 1, 2013

Mali will be "ten times worse than Afghanistan"

That's Mohamed Vall in an article called Bracing for chaos in north Mali.

As the weeks go by it becomes increasingly obvious that "Operation Spurs for Hollande" was nothing more than a vainglorious European politician trying to give himself a boost in the polling numbers.

The ludicrous rhetoric about the urgency of defeating al Qaeda in Mali because Mali is on Europe's back door is all but forgotten now, as are the foolish prognostications about this war being "over in days."

Barely two months in, the French are desperate to get out, most of their African allies are still waiting to hear who will pay them, and the UN has a plan for 11,000 "peace-keepers" that will take at least a year to put in place.

Before the French intervention the residents of north Mali had a tough go of it.

Now they're screwed.

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