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Mali: Sometimes the use of force is necessary

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  • Romi Elnagar
    The issue in Mali is really very easy to understand. Hajja Romi/ Blue Mali: Sometimes the use of force is necessary Two long months have already passed since
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17 1:13 PM
      The issue in Mali is really very easy to understand.
      Hajja Romi/"Blue"

      Mali: Sometimes the use of force is necessary

      Two long months have
      already passed since northern Mali, an area about the size of France,
      fell under the control of terrorists. This is a group of criminals, some of whom are part of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb; they are
      terrifying the local population, taking hostages, defiling holy places,
      financing themselves through smuggling and arming themselves with heavy
      weapons to boot. Last week, the group planned to expand its offensive,
      to take control of the city of Mopti and from there, the capital,
      Bamako, thus completing their takeover of the entire country to
      establish a reign of terror.
      At the initiative of
      French President François Hollande, and at the request of Malian
      President Dioncounda Traoré, France decided to provide military aid and
      help Mali in its struggle against fanatic terrorist groups. France sent
      its air force to bomb the terrorists' convoys and their bases, and also
      sent ground troops to reinforce the Malian army.
      Why did France decide
      to intervene? The threat hovered over Mali's territorial integrity as
      well as the regional stability of North Africa, and even the entire
      African continent. France decided that it must prevent the construction
      of a forward terrorist base at the gates of North Africa on the
      Mediterranean basin. Europe and the rest of the world could not stand by idly. Indeed, the world did not remain indifferent. Everyone welcomed
      French military action, which is being carried out in the framework of
      international law, based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2085,
      adopted unanimously. The resolution officially recognized France as the
      ground-force leader for U.N. assistance in Mali.
      The operation that has
      been conducted over the last week has also enjoyed the support of Mali's neighbors. Algeria allowed French air force planes to fly over its
      territory and closed its borders; the African Union and the U.S. both
      praised the military operation; some European countries have helped with the process; and a large number of member countries in the Economic
      Community of West African States promised to send troops, including
      Nigeria, Senegal, Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso.
      The operation to assist Malian forces will continue as long as necessary, but no one has any
      intention of turning this into a long-term operation. Sometimes the use
      of force turns out to be crucial, when it is done legally, legitimately
      and after the failure of all other possibilities. In Mali, the use of
      force became a necessity; however, it is not an end in itself. Once the
      Malian forces are able to take control and mediate the terrorist threat, it will be necessary to create conditions for political dialogue and
      reconciliation among all citizens. Considering the reality of northern
      Mali, it must not be left wrapped in terrorism. It is essential that
      elections for the president and parliament take place as soon as
      possible. Work in the long term to promote the country's development is
      also critical, considering it is one of the poorest countries in the
      This is all necessary
      because in today's interconnected world, Mali's fate has an impact that
      reaches much further than Timbuktu.
      Christophe Bigot is the French ambassador to Israel.


      There!  Didn't I tell you it was easy to understand?  Now that you know where Israel stands, it all makes sense.

      BTW Don't you just love the French ambassador's name?

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