Posts Tagged ‘Niger’

Here is one example from the abc news report of April 3, 2012. ‘Gadhafi’s mercenaries spread guns, fighting in Africa.’
In March a mutiny by Mali’s soldiers waged a coup d’etat and succeeded. It put a stop to two decades of democratic rule. In the chaos that has ensued after the coup, Taureg separatists in Mali seized the last government holdout in the north, the legendary town of Timbuktu. A rebel group has declared independence for a region it calls Azawad. Meanwhile two rebel groups are also trying to snatch power. In short these deep division in the opinion of Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru at the Institute for Security Studies based in Pretoria, South Africa is a setback.
“This is a setback for the international community which has invested so much money in the past decade in democracy, peace, and security in Africa,” This may cause another rebellion in neighboring Niger. Help rendered by NATO in terms of money and materials has gone elsewhere.
Here is another news reported by David Blair of UK paper Telegraph on July 10,
‘A few days after desert gunmen swept out of the Sahara and captured Timbuktu, the city’s conquerors broadcast a message over its radio station.
“We are going to welcome some foreigners,” the inhabitants of this ancient trading centre in northern Mali were told. “Do not be afraid when you see them: we must all welcome them.”
A convoy of Land Cruisers duly arrived, laden with bearded fighters clad in sand-coloured turbans and robes. These were not rebels from the local Tuareg tribe, who had claimed credit for the fall of Timbuktu, but international jihadists from across the Muslim world including Algerians, Nigerians, Somalis and Pakistanis. This multinational parade drove home a harsh message: a new state had been born under the effective rule of al-Qaeda. Bewildered townspeople, who had only seen Tuareg insurgents up to that point, realised its true significance.
“We first saw the foreigners when they were in our city,” said Mousa Maigar, who witnessed the arrival of the column. “How they entered our country, we don’t know.”
Almost unnoticed by the outside world, a branch of al-Qaeda has seized a swathe of Africa covering more than 300,000 square miles. “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (AQIM) and its allies have taken over an area of the Sahara more than three times the size of Britain, complete with airports, military bases, arms dumps and training camps.
Against backdrop the destruction of Timbuktu World Heritage site shall come as no surprise. What gave these al-Qaeda elements the strength to hold defenseless civilians as hostage?
Applying Western standards of fairplay and equity to aid the rebels in Libya triggered upheaveal in Mali. Instead of following through where the NATO armaments and money end up the West turned to other matters. Just as the USA did in the 80s. All that help brought down the twin towers of WTO. The al-Qaeda has done it again. In short the West didn’t learn from history.
The AQIM are militants armourplated with barbaric practices and ideas. We didn’t give arms into their hands but we just neglected to control the aftermath of Gaddafi’s exit. The arms were sold by rebels,foreign mercenaries and arm merchants in black market and through many middlemen who made money.
Tailspin: What is wrong with multiculturalism? It is like sleeping with the enemy, trying to bring together two time-zones, and two incompatible cultures of live and let-live and an eye for an eye. It will not work.

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