Intervention in Mali is meant to protect whom, French interests or Malians?
French intervened in Libya but not in Syria. Although more lives were losrt in Syria than in any other Arab Spring city.
Tuareg fighters all this time supported the anti Islamic regime of Ghaddafi. How did they have an ideological transplant immediately after his death beats the living daylights out of any analyst.


Another clash with global consequences looms, apart from the awful conflagration in war-ravaged Syria. On Oct. 12, following weeks of French pressure, the U.N. Security Council set a 45-day deadline for intervention into Mali, the northwest African nation that has seen roughly half its territory overrun by rebels and militias with links to al-Qaeda’s North African wing, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). France’s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian insisted on Tuesday that it was a “matter of weeks, not months” before decisive action would be taken to reclaim a vast stretch of desert and semiarid scrubland that has become a “terrorist sanctuary.” The instability of the past half-year in Mali has sparked fears on both sides of the Mediterranean of a broader regional crisis. Six French nationals are currently being held hostage in the Sahel. Only “the integrity of Mali,” said Le Drian, “assures Europe’s security.”


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