France made the nonsensical statement that Mali insurgents were a direct threat to the security of France, attacked the rebels, then increased security in France to protect against retaliation. Mission accomplished, France! Mali insurgents are now vowing vengeance and vow to strike in France, Thus, France took a non-existent threat and by invading another country and bombing it, have insured the rebels and probably large segments of the Mali population will now detest them. Such deranged thinking is what passes for foreign policy in the West. Of course, these lunatic actions are hugely profitable for the war pigs, and that’s really the whole point anyway.
Meanwhile, in Somalia, the US is providing military fighter jets to assist France. so it’s only a matter of time until the whole thing escalates, the US has troops on the ground, and we have another jolly little war.
A French raid to free a hostage was a catastrophe, with eight civilians, the hostage dead, and French soldiers dead, missing, or captured.
Even though this rescue attempt was done 2 days ago, the French government has still not given a full report on what happened. This tells me that there is information and intel that they wish to still keep secret …. or …. this raid was so botched up that they are still trying to put the pieces together. I guess the truth will only come out in the next few days.
PS A previous version of this post confused Mali and Somalia. There are just so many danged new escalations of hostilities in Africa by France (backstopped by the US) that it’s hard to keep track of them all.