"They are buying loyalty. They have tremendous resources to buy loyalty because they are now having kickbacks from narco-traffickers in the region,"
Do you know the great thing about Islam? It's this ideal system with superior laws and if everyone just lived under it, the world would be just like Mali.
Mali is a wonderful place experiencing a real turnaround under the control of bands of Islamist militias who have figured out how to boost the economy and provide for the youth of tomorrow through prostitution and providing protection for druglords in exchange for kickbacks and then using that money to buy child soldiers.
I'm not sure how the Islamists could be any worse, but at least they're not doing anything really awful, like making movies about Mohammed.
Radical Islamists who seized northern Mali earlier this year are maintaining their control through fear and drug money, imposing an extremist version of Muslim Sharia law and restrictions that target women in particular, a top United Nations human rights official said today.
Among a litany of human rights abuses committed by the Islamists, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic cited "very drastic punishments," the recruitment of child soldiers, and enforced marriages that are a smokescreen for enforced prostitution, terming the situation as "very bad."
"They are buying loyalty. They have tremendous resources to buy loyalty because they are now having kickbacks from narco-traffickers in the region," he told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York following a visit to the West African country, where a third of the 1.5 million population of the north, an area the size of France, has been driven from their homes. Mali is a transit corridor for cocaine and other drugs from South America to Europe.
Mr. Šimonovic stressed that children are particularly vulnerable to attempts to enlist them as child soldiers, often to plant improvised explosive devices, with their families being given $600 for enlistment, and then $400 a month in a country where over half the population lives on $1.25 a day.
And the man you can thank for all this? His middle name is Hussein, his first name is Barack and his last name is, Implement Regime Change in Libya Without Considering the Consequences. But I'm sure Michelle Obama will make it up to all those child soldiers by sending them some recipes for low calorie meals that taste like dirt. Then again she probably won't, because they might be child soldiers, but at least they're not obese.