Operation Serval in Mali: an European Affair

Oasis in the desert by Antal Ligeti
France is the leading entity in the military intervention in Mali. 
Other international entities are present in the country to offer logistical support, intel and help training the African contingency (e.g. England, Germany, Italy, Canada and even the US). 
Last year, France and other European countries (like Germany and Spain, for instance) proposed themselves to help ECOWAS intervening militarily in Mali as long as the UNSC would back them up. The UN first declined the ECOWAS application, and finally in December it approved an African military intervention with the aid of France and its allies (after the Islamists had enough time to seize more than 50% of the Malian territory and to practically build a state within the Malian state).  
On the 10th of January, of the current year, the Islamists (a coalition between Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb; MUJAO and Ansar Dine) - on their way to Bamako - took over Konna; which prompted the French emergency intervention: the UNSC unanimous approval for this Euro-mission was issued on the 14th of January 2013. 

This military intervention is quite refreshing: for the first time since the WWII, Europe (with France at the helm) is the leading actor of this fight against Evil - read "protection of its own interests". What interests are those, you ask? 
Mali is surrounded by - Algeria, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Senegal - countries that are extremely rich (in oil, gas, gold, diamonds, coal, bauxite, uranium, phosphates, inorganic fertilisers, salt etc etc) and sustain the euro-comfort. France Telecom is present in all the mentioned countries (including Mali) and, the French finger is all over these countries' economy. And that is why France is the leader in this war.
If this military campaign is protracted we might even see Australia joining the bandwagon, since it has heavy interests (in the mining and oil industries) in many of the mentioned African nations. 

Looking at the vast natural resources of these African nations it is quite understandable why Islamists would want to take over the region. If they would and the proponents of [a strict version of] Shari'ah Law would control those resources, to whom would they sell them to - in order to finance their way towards the establishment of the Caliphate? To Iran, Saudi Arabia; to China and maybe Russia (we say "maybe" because with Russia nothing is what seems to be)...

The Islamists accused France, and the allied forces, of engaging in a Crusade. This absurd accusation has been done by radical Muslims for decades and, they have been repeating it so much (not only during their recruiting process but also in the media) that actually the West is beginning to acknowledge the need to repeat History (the German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has shared his concern "by recent reports about the plight of Christians and their increasing persecution in some parts of the world."). 
Islamists are proud of being infiltrated in all levels of Western society but they were misled by Europe, by the US and by the UNSC itself: the media reported that France (and friends), would only deploy to Mali in September 2013 after the African troops had received proper training. It's January and the game is on. 

The secular Tuaregs, who reached an agreement with the Malian government last December, have offered to join the French-led military campaign and fight against the Islamist coalition: good call; even because they are protecting the agreed autonomy they'll have in the North of the country. 

Free Mali!

Comments

  1. This is a crusaders' war and there is nothing wrong with that. We are sick and tired of these jihadist people! Go away already, will you?

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      Well, I do not think this is not a Crusade War because the war is not against Islam but against Islamic Terrorism (there is a huge difference). We are fighting against International Crime and not against Religion. Your opinion seems to validate the arguments presented by the Jihadists; and we must not validate their arguments.

      Anonymous, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers



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  2. France has to be careful about the consequences of this campaign. Will France suffer terrorist attacks at home? Some seem to think so. Hey Max, do you think the Algerian situation is linked to the Mali conflict?

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    1. Hi Peter :D!

      Welcome!

      France's vigipirate is on red; so I believe they are aware of the possible consequences resulting from this operation.
      The Islamists are linking the Algerian hostage situation to the Mali operation but reports say that given the "sophistication" of the attack, it took careful planning and therefore it cannot be linked to the Operation Serval.

      Peter, thank you ever so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  3. Olá Max,

    Ufaaa, now that the Israeli elections are over I can focus on your blog again :-).
    Very good assessment: it is true that France is never does anything for free. Her presence in Mali is not only for humanitarian reasons (well, the US are the only ones who manage to make us believe that they intervene for humanitarian reasons, even if they don't); a lot of money is involved. But it cannot be denied that if she hadn't intervened Mali would remain being the gate of drugs to Europe and, by destabilising that region, we could expect large waves of immigration that we cannot afford right now.

    There is a reason for all things...hmmm, this reminds me of someone ;-).
    Good job!

    Tchau

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    1. Olá Celeste :D!

      It was a long campaign, eh? Check out our latest article; I would love to hear your take on the Israeli elections.

      Thank you *bowing*. Well, money is involved in everything politicians do - let's not kid ourselves. You raise an excellent point; two in fact: Mali as the gate of drug trafficking and of mass immigration to Europe.
      All things aside, we are glad to see France taking the lead in this (and they are being successful too: they have already seized a town in the Malian territory controlled by the Islamists).

      "There is a reason for all things...hmmm, this reminds me of someone ;-)."

      lol Awee, you have been paying attention ;).

      Celeste, thank you for your support and comment :D.

      Cheers

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  4. Hello Max, this is indeed a response to the Islamic Jihadists who have global aspirations. They make it hell wherever they go, the Sudan, Africa, the Phillipines, China, Europe. They require their actions be met and pushed back. They are seeking to control resources to finance their further expansion, they do not care about the welfare of the indigenous people. The Tauregs know the score, it is their ancient domain and I'm certain they welcome all the help they can get. The world may have to commit to total warfare to extinguish this expansionist drive of the Jihadists, they will not force their worldview upon free people.

    They have been stirring up trouble in some remote provinces of China. I don't think China will tolerate that for long.

    Thank you for the analysis Max, already on the internet it is being touted as a 'Rothschild-Zionist' plot to retain control of the Mali gold mines which they have stolen and exploited for years, and the Jihadists are the saviours and liberators of the oppressed. (rolls eyes)

    As always

    Kindest Regards

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    1. Hi Jeffrey :D!

      True, Islamic Jihadists are a problem and the West has allowed them to thrive in Africa for far too long. I am glad they are being tackled now, at last.

      "They are seeking to control resources to finance their further expansion, they do not care about the welfare of the indigenous people."

      You know it.

      Yeah, now the Tuaregs know the score (because they were naive enough to accept the help of Islamists to reach independence). It would be interesting to know whether they had anything to do with the split within Ansar Dine...

      Is it politically viable to go to total warfare though? They are making trouble all over the globe, including Thailand (and even India).

      You are most welcome, mate :D. LOL "Rothschild-Zionist plot", really? The anti-Semites can be creative some times *nodding*. Please...*rolling eyes*.

      Jeffrey, thank you ever so much for sharing your thoughts :D. Awesome.

      Cheers

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  5. The intervention in Mali is important because it was turning into a Jihadist Nest. Kidal was being used a harbour of AQIM kidnappers: they'd take their hostages there and wait for the ransoms. This being said, there is a lot involved in this operation, nothing is simple. But you did offer an ample view of the situation.

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      Your comment shows me that you are a first-time commenter here, so: Welcome!

      True. Indeed, ransoms are one of the ways Jihadists found to finance themselves (have you heard of Mokhtar Belmokhtar? The King of kidnapping).
      You are right, the situation there is far more complex than most of us is willing to discuss in public.

      Anonymous, thank you for having shared your thoughts :D. I hope you do come back to us more often :D.

      Cheers

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  6. So basically France acted before the UNSC gave her the green light to operate on emergency grounds. The world allowed them to proliferate throughout the globe and now there's troubles everywhere - ask the US why they are eyeing Latin-America. Guido Westerwelle is right: we need to fight these radicals. We need to live in peace.

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      Yes, it was basically that. And I am glad it did (the surprise factor was capital).
      All right: US, why are you eyeing Latin-America? lol ;) Seriously, I think we all know the answer to that...we might address that issue later on this year.

      We need to live in peace indeed.

      Ana, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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