Welcome to Africa’s Alqaedastan


“When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded,”  the thief said. “Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off.”

This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death.

Borders are an illusion in Africa. No more than paper mirages that cannot be seen from the air or the roads where a thousand ethnic groups with dreams of glory move back and forth, striving and feuding, until the blood begins to flow.

The Tuaregs were one of them. Like so many others they wanted their own country. Like so many others they were a minority that felt aggrieved and persecuted by the majority. Like so many others they found neighborhood patrons willing to give them money and a sanctuary in exchange for more fighting. After their uprising failed, the Tuaregs set up shop in Libya under Gaddafi who was always looking for a few more African mercenaries to remake the continent into his hashish-fueled visions. And when Gaddafi fell, the Tuareg separatist militias still dreaming of glory, took his weapons and went west to carve out a state in Mali.

For the last hundred years there have been two kinds of movements in the Muslim world. Nationalist and Islamist. Some Tuareg dreamed of a nation. But others dreamed of merging into a Caliphate that would impose Islamic law on thieves and little girls, on Gao and Timbuktu and then on the whole world. Both sets of Tuaregs had stockpiles of Libyan weapons. But the Islamists had a lot more money and support from the dark heart of the Middle East where the oil wells pump and the preachers scream the call to prayer. And the Nationalists didn’t have a prayer.

Al Qaeda now has its own Alqaedastan in Northern Mali, a territory the size of Texas. Al Qaeda began its true war against the West in Africa. The continent which wavers between a Christian and Muslim majority is to Islamic Colonialism in the 21st Century what it was to European Colonialism in the 19th Century. But the Muslim colonizers were here first, ferrying cargos of slaves into caves and then selling them in the slave markets of Gao.

The Tuaregs are among the few in Northern Mali to still keep slaves, but now that the Islamists have taken Mali, it is uncertain who the masters and the slaves are. Many of the Islamist fighters wandering around Gao are foreigners, from North Africa and beyond, dedicated Salafis and mercenaries drawn by Gulf oil money, aspiring drug dealers looking to protect smuggling routes and rapists and thieves plying their trade with the authority of the Koran.

Around the core of Koranic students who memorize verses and preach death, is a larger outer ring that consists of sociopaths, stray killers, hustlers, junkies and young men looking for adventure and a group that is organized enough to feed them and provide them with a spot on the ground floor of a shiny new Emirate where women have no rights and their weapons are the only law that counts. That is what Al Qaeda really looks like: a ball of dung gathering speed and growing in size as it rolls downhill. A gang of sadists building their own forts in the cliffs and fighting to hang on to the new kingdom that opened up for them when Libya fell.

Nations are oases of order in the desert. As cruel and ugly as they might be, they provide some structure to the eternal feuds and grudges that are only ever truly settled with slavery or death.

Obama toppled Gaddafi without considering or caring for the consequences. An Alqaedastan in Mali is one of those consequences. Weapons from Libya have gone west and east carried by old militias looking for a new fight. Gaddafi’s weapons stockpiles are in Gaza and Aleppo now, they will soon find their way to Afghanistan, if they haven’t already, and tens of thousands more will die.

Mali remains under an arms embargo, but the embargo is no handicap for Al Qaeda, glutted with weapons liberated from Obama’s overthrow of Gaddafi.

George W. Bush stepped in when Al Qaeda tried to seize Somalia but Obama has been out to lunch when it comes to Mali. The African Union is struggling to assemble a fighting force to take back the land, but they are getting little to no help from the United States. Unlike Europe, Obama has refused to send trainers to help the Mali government rebuild its military. And the word out of the State Department is the familiar one that the Taliban have grown used to. Appeasement.

“Negotiations need to go on before, during and after,” Time quotes an American diplomat as saying. As in Afghanistan and Egypt, Barack Hussein Obama is still seeking his moderate Islamists. The negotiations with the Taliban have gone nowhere, but Obama will be happy to spend years negotiating with Ansar Al-Dine in Mali while little girls grow up in prisons of cloth under the rule of a new African Taliban.

The women of Northern Mali want help. Obama wants new elections first. Mali is full of Al Qaeda leaders with cell phones, but not a single drone can be found to take them out. The same man who eagerly rushed into Libya, unleashing the chaos and bloodshed that splattered the walls of the US mission in Benghazi and the public square in Gao, plays the delaying game when it comes to stopping Islamists in their tracks.

“I’ve told my friends that we must have the courage to march with our heads uncovered to protest all this. But we are afraid,” a woman in Northern Mali tells a reporter. Obama has even less courage. While child soldiers are trained, fortresses are built and girls are turned into slaves, the man responsible for all this smiles and practices his swing for the camera.

While an Alqaedastan grows in Africa, Obama vacations in Hawaii.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    "Leading from behind" has its rewards, Benghazigate. He unleashed a hell fire all over the region and this was his intention – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/07/world-war-3s-

    Yet the anti-American POTUS, his "hidden hand" Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Powers, Huma Abedin and other surrogates are slapping high fives.

    Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • gen. p. malaise

      well stated. obama is happy with the spread of islam.

  • Dave

    Daniel,
    Is he speaking from both sides of his mouth or does one hand of government not know what the other is doing?
    "According to testimonies from officials , both the Pentagon and State Department will assist opposition to the terrorists by training, equipping and transporting troops to tackle what Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Delaware) has called “the largest territory controlled by Islamic extremists in the world, Mali.”
    Speaking off the record, though, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary for Africa says the US influence might not end there."

  • Arlie

    Was NATOs purpose in Libya to kill Gaddafi and arm terrorists cause chaos and further threaten Israel? Mission accomplished. Brennen as counter-terrorism adviser to 0 has been responsible for shaping policy in Libya, Egypt and Sinai Peninsula. Seems strengthening jihad terror is rewarded in DC these days. 0 lied to Netanyahu when he promised immediate deployment of troops to Sinai…none so far. Debka has reported that
    Smuggling route is thriving
    Ansar Al Sharia has a power grip in Libya
    Sinai has become a logistic hub base for Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
    Absence of resistance, Al Qaeda is closer to Israeli boarder. yesterday an Egyptian counter-terrorism person was shot dead..they knew who he was-the Salafists has established clandestine presence inside Egyptian Security. No one is doing anything positive to change this radical hate and terror. It is spreading like wildfire. I believe this is all being done for the advancement of world government. With constant chaos and crisis the US Government can further destroy America and the UN and NATO can implement their agenda. Since 0 became pResident the world is 10,000 times worse in every way. Probably more to come..

  • BS77

    Nothing new here….Somalia, Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Congo, Libya, Afghanistan, Algeria and on and on…..just like Syria…HELL HOLES . What is there to rationalize about these horrible, hideous places? Don't we get it yet? This is what they are.

    • Mary Sue

      Mali wasn't as bad as it is now before the Islamists decided to take over.

    • grn. p. malaise

      it is islam hat has made them hell-holes

  • Indio Viejo

    When it comes to Obama, we need to look way down the road to find true meaning to his actions. Just as we now see the results of FDR's Yalta give away to Stalin. The most anti-Communist countries in Europe, and maybe in the world are among the former soviet slave states. Perhaps the Manchurian POTUS is dreaming of a time when the newly enslaved Muslim countries will see the "Light" and trow off their shackles. In the mean time, America will need to fall under Islamic rule in order to appreciate our freedom and our Constitution. I believe this is his vision.

    • Cat K

      OMG! You can't let go of the idea of Obama as a savior! There is no evidence in his background that he is pro-America and abundant evidence that he is anti-American and certainly anti-Israel. You sound delusional, dear.

    • gen. p. malaise

      you go right ahead and keep believing that nonsense. I will not try to change your mind as you have no capacity to reason given you statements.

      where is the great obama record, his school papers, his medical records, his proof of eligibility. none presented.

      yet all his actions prove he is anti-american, pro islam, anti Israel (the ONLY democracy in that region)

      what amazes me is that you will not even consider any of those questions and blindly support obama.

      is stupid a fair description of your support? I think it is.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    So, Africans doing what Africans do to each other is something we should try to stop? Meh, not so fast buddy. I say, let the Chinese stop them since it is they who have invested most heavily in those regions. If the Chinese want to buy copper, ruby and gold mines in Asia and Africa, let them use their soldiers and their money to defend their investments, build infrastructure and keep their workers safe. In fact, let the Chinese move about ten divisions into Afghanistan. Let's see how they like it. Let's also see how long the Pakistanis stay cozy with them then. Someone else to babysit Pakistan and waste billions of dollars for diapers? I love it.

  • Ghostwriter

    Looks like Mali's in for a rough time of it.

  • Thomas Wells

    Obama's operation: Extend the Caliphate" continues.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    I shudder to think of what this world will be like in five years. Obama, Brennan, Hagel, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi, Hamas, Hillary, the US "Justice Dept", the UN, Iran — I would say "God help us," but I think that there is a limit as to how merciful God will choose to be to his stupid children.

  • Robert Brown

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  • HiPlainsDrifter

    AlQueda's on the run …to Mali…anyone ever hear of it ? Get all the Islamists in one place, than level it…
    Problem solved..

  • Anonymous

    Yesterday, the head of the African Union (from Benin) met with Prime Minister Harper of Canada. Thomas Yayi was begging for NATO intervention — to rescue Mali from the Islamists. He was rebuffed. (I am sure he faced a similar response from Obama, if he ventured to the United States. Obama only has time and money and resources for the Muslim Brotherhood!)

  • Anonymous

    Wasn't it Colin Powell who said with respect to Iraq, "You break it, you own it". Wonder where this genius is now, and what he has to say about Obama (whom Powell claimed to admire and would vote for).

  • imalert

    You know the Holy Bible speaks of wars and rumours of wars, earthquakes in diverse places, famine and disease.
    Mark 13: 5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
    14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’[a] standing where it[b] does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
    17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequalled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equalled again.
    But hey, Do your own study, as I don't think anything will stop what has been prophesied. let them with eyes see, and ears hear.

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