Mali and Changing Balance of Power Between Africa and Europe
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January 20, 2013 - 3:21am
Written by Hilary Barnes
Put yourselves in the shoes of a Moslem for a moment. Why didn't Algeria consult the Brits, the French, the USA and the Japanese before launching an operation to free the hostages at the Amenas gas field facility? Did the French ask the Algerians before they colonised Algeria, did anyone ask the people living in Palestine before turning a piece of it into the state of Israel?
Algerian and Moslem self-respect virtually grantee that they are not going to ask these powers before seeking to rescue over 500 Algerians supposedly caught up along with the foreigners in this hostage drama. And the Algerians have plenty of experience dealing with Islamic extremists not to need any advice from foreigners.
This, of course, is just one fragment of the drama that is being played out between the Europeans and the Moslem world in West Africa, implicating the rest of the Moslem w...
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