This photo of a French Foreign Legion soldier, part of the invasion of Mali, shows the real face of that war.
It is in support of a military dictatorship.
It brings death, mainly to Malian civilians.
This war is a neo-colonial war.
From France 24 today:
A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday.
The corporal from the 1st Marine infantry regiment of Angouleme was killed in action, President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement, without giving details. …
The military operation is in its “final, most delicate stage,” Hollande’s office said.
“Final stage”? This wishful thinking/propaganda reminds me of George W Bush in 2003, claiming “Mission accomplished” in Iraq. After that, thousands of United States soldiers and over a million Iraqis died in Iraq.
David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain, said he expected decades of war in Mali and African countries around it. Cynically, I have to admit Cameron may be more realistic in this than Hollande’s office … IF governments will continue to see wars as solutions to international problems and as distractions from domestic problems, and if taxpayers won’t revolt against billions for wars far away, while they themselves are subjected to “austerity”.
The situation facing the Malian population is catastrophic. Towns and villages have been largely destroyed, forcing large numbers of people to flee the combat zone and find refuge in camps in neighbouring countries. Access to water and food is becoming scarcer every day, threatening a humanitarian disaster: here.
U.S. Air Force’s Bloody 100th: 100 Sorties In Support Of French War In Mali: here.
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