A Pink Floyd lyric goes like this “so you think you could tell, heaven from hell, blue skies from pale….”. I want to ask you the same question. Do you think man has really changed that much in the last 50 to 60 years since the end of world-war II, or are we being naïve about our own selves?
I don’t think our desire for power and control has changed one bit since the first man learned to make weapons. It is in our human nature to compete for survival. It’s the animal instinct in us which makes us explore, invade, kill, dominate and oppress our fellow man. At the same time something inside us also makes us stand up for liberty, freedom, justice, equality and security. Both categories of individuals and nations exist today as they did in the past. Only the players changed over time.
Colonial system was not invented by the Europeans. Egypt’s Firaoun was an imperial colonizer as was Babylon’s Nimrod and the Roman Kaiser. British and French only picked up from someone who went before them as in a relay race one runner passes the torch. To whom then did the British and French empires pass the torch after their defences were broken by the Germans in world war II?
The invasions and subsequent colonization of Palestine, Afghanistan and Kashmir leads one to believe that the torch of colonization is very much burning like the Olympic flame. It always did. Recently that flame has touched an African country Mali, once famed for its rich mineral resources and elegant mausoleums, is now an icon of poverty, hunger and indigence. French troops re-colonized Mali and sent a strong message to the rest of the African nations.
Africans should know by now who is the real boss of Africa. What they must also bear in mind is that the foolish militants carrying Islamic flags paved the way for the French invasion. Just as Baathist mercenaries of Saddam in 1990 paved the way for colonization of Arabs. The domestic responsibility of making foreign invasions happen is nothing new. Mir Jafar, Mir Sadiq, Musharaf, Karzai, Sadat are some common household names recognized as traitors of the highest degree.
Below is an article on the recent Mali invasion written by Crescent International, Washington, USA.
French president Francois Holland, confronting declining popularity at home, ordered airstrikes in the African nation of Mali, as well as authorizing a larger French military bootprint in the country, declaring that French military presence in Mali will reach 2,500. Among the reasons that Holland has given is to protect the lives of French citizens in northern Mali, and to safeguard the Mali state until the African Union can send troops there.
But perhaps the most puerile reason given for the French invasion is the need to combat “terrorism.” “We — not just the French, but all nations — have to combat terrorism,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said during a visit to the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf, announcing that donors would meet later this month, probably in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss financing an offensive against the rebels in Mali, Reuters reported. “If we had not taken up our responsibility and if on Friday morning (January 11) we had not acted with this intervention, where would Mali be today?” Holland asked, his Socialist credentials inverted into Napoleon-esque posturing.
The fact that Fabius made this announcement in the UAE highlights the hypocrisy of the enterprise. The civil violence spread after Al-Qaeda groups took over northern part of the country, which ties violence in Mali squarely with the ideology being exported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar across the globe as funded by petrodollars. France has made no objections to Saudi and Gulf states’ activities, treating them as NATO Inc. allies.
As poverty and environmental degradation engulfs Western Africa, Saudi and Gulf funded militias spread over vulnerable nations like Mali, given poverty stricken Tuareg boys food (these days, a rarity in the region) and money to join their groups. Many Tuareg had simply fled Libya after western intervention and murder of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi in October 2011. The dirt poor Tuareg had served in Qaddafi’s army but when the western-backed rebellion erupted, they were especially targeted and accused of being “mercenaries”.
There are three main groups operating in Mali: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith) and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA). These groups are also responsible for the destruction of historic monuments in the Muslim world. Ansar Dine is extremely proud of destroying the Islamic heritage of Mali, targeting monuments that Wahhabi ideology deems forbidden in Islamic Sharia law. Sanda Ould Bamana, a spokesman for the militant Ansar Dine, stated: “…his movement had now completed nearly 90% of its objective to destroy all mausoleums that are not in line with Islamic law.”
As France transforms Mali into an Afghanistan-style battleground, the violence in the poverty-stricken African nation only promises to escalate. Despite intensive bombardments, the fundamentalist insurgents pushing south towards the capital, Bamako, overran the central town of Diabaly, just 250 miles to the north. An Islamist militant leader warned the French government that its intervention in Mali had opened the “gates of hell”.
France also announced on January 16 that its troops were heading north to confront the “Islamists”. Both Britain and Canada have sent support to the French recolonization project in Africa. Britain has sent fighter planes while Canada has dispatched a C-17 cargo plane that will be used to ferry equipment across the desert country.