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Laura Seay, assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College, warns against bad analogies about the conflict in Mali in her recent Foreign Policy article, "Mali Is Not a Stan."
Typical american RichardUWS; if america can't get the credit then vilify ,vilify ,vilify![everyone's corrupt except the pure americans].You must love Fox though our politicians run on this self serving vilification narrative too.
"I had to change the dial."
Where did you get a new dial? Home Depot or Lowes?
Why do we listeners have to suffer a guest who says "um" several times in every sentence, sprinkled liberally with "I mean"s? Is there not an intelligent guest available who can speak properly? Listening to Dr. Seay is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard. In point of substance, any segment like this that points out different situations in the Islamic world are different is indeed important. Not even sure what a "stan" is, there is no such thing. Too bad Dr. Seay can't speak, I had to change the dial.
I disagree with anywan who says that the recent interventions in my country began with France. NO! No! No ! And no Again! The invasion of Mali began in March 2012 with Arabs and treasonous white Malians returning from Libya. Arabs have long thought that European slave trade infringed on their livelihood. Ever since "independence" in Africa, Arabs have redoubled their colonialisation efforts because Euorpe had "withdrawn". As for me, I make no mistke, Arabs are equally our enemy. Me and my family do not want to be Arabs!
Alexander the Great's misadventures in central Asia get a bad rap. Hellenic influence in the region lasted for hundreds of years.
1. Malians wanted Americans to help them rather than France. We refused to go in forcing France to do so when the criminals occupying the north of Mali began to push south towards the capital in early January. If France had not come to Mali's rescue, the criminals would have occupied Bamako by now. This is why France has been hailed as liberators.
2. The crisis in the north of Mali has everything to do with mineral resources-- so far unexploited oil and gas deposits.
3. The current crisis came into being due to governance that was so weakened by corruption and nepotism that it simply collapsed under the pressure of the rebellion in the north. Regaining the territorial integrity of Mali is the first phase of a longer struggle to establish good governance in Mali. it is indeed related to the issues present in the Arab Spring.
Yes, the distinctions made between this French expedition into Mali and US/Russia into Afghanistan is important to make. But the connection between the chaos wrought by French colonialism on the area and these kinds of conflicts must not be lost -- on Malians or us.
It would be interesting to hear what Wole Soyinka has to say on this topic.
Once again France gets credit for disaster management in a former colony where it never bothered to establish or encourage stable, viable democracy when they were in charge. They are mainly securing places to dump their nuclear waste long-term.
1. I don't think there's anything fundamentally wrong with comparing interventions in different parts of the world to try to learn from our many, many mistakes.
2. The author (or her editors) makes the mistake of categorization when she says "Afghanistan is not a Stan." Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan have little, if anything, in common with Pakistan.
Isn't Mali & the French more like Sierra Leone & the British?
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