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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