Mali’s Liberation From Islamist Colonial Occupation

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


The liberator of Mali appears to be its former colonizer, France. Today’s colonizers are the Islamist jihadists, many of whom are Arabs. They invaded and occupied the northern portion of Mali and were aggressively extending the territory under their control until France intervened at the Malian government’s request with air strikes and ground forces. Vive la France!

Although France may have acted outside the technical bounds of the United Nations Security Council resolution passed last December that had authorized the deployment of an African-led regional military force to take on the Islamists when the Africans were ready to do so, France’s bold decision to strike now was applauded by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a press conference last week. It has also received unanimous support from the members of the Security Council.

The current President of the Council, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Masood Khan, told reporters on January 25th that there were “no reservations” from any members of the Council in voicing their support for the French military action. Unlike the case of Syria, where Russia and China vetoed resolutions containing mild condemnations of the Assad regime and warned against a repeat of NATO’s military action in Libya, Russia and China were on board with France’s unilateral military intervention in Malia.

Thus, the Islamist occupiers who have imposed their fundamentalist code of Sharia law against the will of the Malian people have managed to accomplish something that is very rare these days. Their evil acts have united the West, Russia, China, many African countries, including France’s former colonies, and the UN’s top leader under circumstances where there are absolutely no shades of gray in justifying a strong and immediate military response.

The Islamist occupiers are oppressing the Malian people with executions including by stoning, amputations, sexual violence, recruiting of child soldiers, kidnappings and intimidation. Malians have seen their holy Sufi shrines smashed in the ancient city of Timbuktu. Churches in the north of Mali have also been destroyed. Over 400,000 people have been displaced from their homes.

“The fact that we are building a new country on the base of Shariah is just something the people living here will have to accept,” said the Islamist police commissioner in the town of Gao last summer.

In her op-ed article in the New York Times on January 24th that quoted this Islamist police commissioner, Karima Bennoune, a professor of international law at the University of California, Davis, and the author of the forthcoming book “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories From the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism,” wrote:

Since the jihadist takeover, Gao’s economy has come to a standstill. Every Thursday, there are theocratic show trials in Arabic, a language many residents do not speak. The fundamentalists focus on teaching the predominantly Muslim population of Gao ‘how to be Muslim.’ Like Al Shabab in Somalia and the Taliban in Afghanistan, they have a morality brigade that patrols the city, checking who is not wearing a sufficient veil and whose telephone sins with a musical ringtone. Speaking to a woman in public is an offense; this ban has caused such terror that some men flee in fear if they simply see a woman on the street.

Mali’s citizens by and large support France’s military involvement to get rid of the jihadist occupiers. “We must give thanks loudly to President Francois Hollande,” said Amadou Cisse, a local resident of Bamako, the capital of Mali. “We are delighted and proud of the French troops and the Malian soldiers who die every day on the front lines for our freedom.”

“I decided to hang a French flag next to the Malian flag to show I’m in favor of the military intervention by France,” said another resident. “It’s a way to support the French troops. God answered our prayers by sending French troops.”

Even so, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-backed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi stated last week his opposition to France’s action. His rationale, as reported by the Associated Press, was that it “would create a ‘new conflict hotspot’ that separates the Arab north from its African neighbors to the south.”

To the contrary, France did not create a new conflict hotspot. Arab and other Islamist intruders seeking to expand the jihadists’ control of vast expanses of the African continent have planted the seeds of destruction and chaos. Islamists from various al Qaeda-affiliated and other jihadist groups, such as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, Ansar Dine, Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Somalia’s al Shabab are exploiting instability and a vacuum of power wherever they find them in order to spread the boundaries of the 21st century caliphate they have in mind for the entire region.

Who else has come out against France’s intervention? The Al Qassam Brigades of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s terrorist progeny, has been tweeting messages of support for the Al Qaeda terrorists of Mali and against the French intervention. “We feel pain about what is happening in #Mali #Gaza #Palestine #France #French #StopFrenchTerrorism #Terror #WarAgainstIslam #Hamas,” the tweet said.

Qatar is also displeased with France’s action. “I don’t think that power will solve the problem,” Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani told reporters. He called instead for “political dialogue.”

Political dialogue with whom? Is Qatar’s prime minister suggesting that the Islamist jihadist occupiers in Mali, whom Qatar is reportedly funding, want genuine dialogue?  Are they any different than the Mujahideen of Syria whom Qatar is also funding and arming? These fanatics, who are highjacking the opposition to the Assad regime, declared in a message in support to their Islamic brethren in Mali that “A Mujahid fights so that the word of Allah may reign supreme.” They called upon Muslims worldwide to “blow them [the French] up wherever they are, and slaughter them.”

The jihadists, whether in Syria, Libya, Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mali or anywhere else in the world, are not interested in dialogue or in understanding the will of the people. They are all linked together in a common cause to forcibly impose their notion of Allah’s will. As Ms. Bennoune wrote in her New York Times op-ed article, with respect to Mali, “negotiating with groups who believe they are God’s agents and whose imposed mode of governance is utterly alien to the people of northern Mali is unlikely to succeed, especially while the north remains occupied.”

France has taken the first bold move to roll back the jihadist occupation and provide more time for the African-led multi-national force and Malian army to prepare for the complete liberation of the Malian people. The supremacist, racist, colonialist face of the jihadists and their supporters is exposed for all willing to face evil and defeat it.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Mali's disaster is an outgrowth of Benghazigate, yet few are talking about this, least of all from the recesses of the Islamist-in-Chief and his surrogates – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/19/benghazigate-
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/25/benghazigate-

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

    • John

      That is the truth.
      Obama's prefect war has turned into a nightmare. the only thing that has not happened is a civilian airline being shot down with equipment form Libyan armories.

      Of course Hillary Clinton (the heir apparent unless Michelle runs) can deny that any such SAM came form Libya. After all the former ambassador is conveniently dead.

      • EarlyBird

        John, you will recall the right wing slammed Obama for being too tepid in Lybia. McCain (of course) actually wanted to actually send the marines in. McCain also wants the US to be much, much more involved in Syria by directly arming the opposition, which we know virtually nothing about and which appear to be very Islamist-oriented. Obama has smartly refused to go that far.

        Obama, being dispositionally conservative, was very wary of rushing into another ground war in support of insurgents in Lybia who we knew nothing about. A true humanitarian crisis was occuring there, however, and it clearly called out for leadership. So Obama smartly led a coalition of allies to stop the immediate bloodshed, and kept a distance. As a result, we are not hip-deep in another civil war which we have no vital interests in, or anyway to control.

        Mali is hardly "won." Now we will see how complicated the real effort there for France becomes. Let's wish them the best.

        • NAHALKIDES

          "Maverick" McCain is no conservative; he's merely a loose cannon within the Republican Party where, unfortunately, he still commands some respect. As for Obama, he got lucky in Libya in that we suffered no casualties. And you forgot to mention that while "leading" a "coalition of allies," he took this nation to war without the consent of Congress. You also neglected to mention that we're worse off with Libya as it is today than the way it was under Quaddafi – indeed, the attack on our consulate would probably never have happened but for Obama's intervention in the first place.

          • EarlyBird

            Obama got "lucky" regarding Lybia casualities by design: he only put our pilots at risk.

            You're right that once again an American president brought us to war without congressional authorization.

            But you're wrong that Lybia is worse off now than if we had allowed Quadaffi to continue massacring his subjects. He would, in fact, have ultimately been taken out of power and killed by them as he was, only now we'd have zero sway and no influence at all on the new government there.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "John, you will recall the right wing slammed Obama for being too tepid in Lybia. McCain (of course)"

          McCain is right wing? He's a Republican traitor to Saudi oil money in the pocket of the jihadists. You are so consistently wrong. You don't seem to understand anything. McCain is simply harder to manipulate than the enthusiastic Sunni Muslim president who actually believes in jihad personally as well as being owned by the Saudis. So there are certainly distinctions to be made, as I try to do constantly, but McCain does tilt towards dhimmi dupe category, which means he is often supportive of 0'Bama treachery.

          And you can't call McCain "right wing" by simply conflating the entire Republican Party. Well, you could, but I mean if you want to be taken seriously you need to make comments that make a bit more sense. McCain is about as right wing as Hilary is. They both are dhimmis that shoot up the middle from a slightly different position and they caucus with different groups. Their politics are not that far apart personally though. Neither are their declarations and actions.

  • jimi belton

    The world should unite and attack these Muslem invaders and kill them to the last man, dont allow these parasites to escape to kill another day….The only way this earth will know any form of "peace" is to deal in a FATAL fashion with these parasites from HELL….Jimi

  • kaz

    nice lib-job, france. one question: when are the french going to liberate themselves from their islamic colonizers, invited by their multicultural elites to rule france?

  • patenglish1

    Good for France – stopping Sharia. Now it is time for Obama and Clinton to learn from France's example._Or will Sharia reign in Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and the entire Northern Africa – except Mali?

    • EarlyBird

      You think that Mali is now safe from Islamists? Actually, now the real work for France starts.

      • kaz

        this particulat conservative thinks that the french are wasting their resources in mali, and should be freeing their own country from the islamic plague. same as the usa wasted its resources in iraq, and should have been expelling its own toxic muslims. this particular conservative was totally against any intervention in libya, and syra, and bosnia, and kosovo. they are muslims, for god's sake. the more we save the more are still alive to cause trouble. you are wrong if you call mccain a conservative. he is not even a republican. he doesnt reach across the aisle, he lives there. it took obama to make him look like a good choice for president. it is unfortunate that the majority of americans prefer a bad president.

        • EarlyBird

          Islamist terrorism is much like a chronic virus. You can only really hope to knock it down when and where it flares up so as to keep a big medical event from happening, and allow it to run its course until it destroys the host or mutates into something more benign.

  • NAHALKIDES

    It's good to see the French trying to stop the advance of Islam within Mali; now can they do as much for their own country?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Thus, the Islamist occupiers who have imposed their fundamentalist code of Sharia law against the will of the Malian people have managed to accomplish something that is very rare these days. Their evil acts have united the West, Russia, China, many African countries, including France’s former colonies, and the UN’s top leader under circumstances where there are absolutely no shades of gray in justifying a strong and immediate military response."

    Unfortunately, it will be easy to point to Mali as the "bad Muslims" and Egypt, and all the other Islamic jihadis under MB sanction as the "good Muslim (jihadis)." This will be used as "proof" that the entire list of Caliphate speakers are really benign, and support "democracy" since they gave "thumbs up" after the fact.

    That's just how it works. Sorry. I'm glad for Mali, we won a small tactical battle, but I don't think we scored political points anywhere. And if France gets pushback from their domestic jihadis, they'll react like Spain did when the Spanish train was bombed.

    OTOH, I have to say I am surprised at France's initiatives and if they indicate a turning of the tide, then that is great for us.

    But, don't count any chickens yet. Not a single one. I'm just glad for the Mali locals and pray that France doesn't behave there as we have done in Afghanistan. Otherwise the bloodshed will only get worse at some point in the near future.

  • US Muslim

    I'm no fan of the French. But this is one of those few times that I find myself saluting the French Armed Forces for a job well done…those mullah rats need to be exterminated.

    Sometimes I find it difficult to say which is prettier: the faces of my wife and children at home with me, or the faces of dead, bearded mullahs face-down in the dirt.

  • Nuhu

    Leading the flush-out of the drug dealers and smugglers of Mali is a courageous action of the French government and its people. All those with good conscience wish them quick success.

    When the terrorists of Timbuktu are chased out then Morsi will realize that his own version of democracy is not what the Egyptians booted out Mubarak for. His actions against democracy are worse than Mubarak's.