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01-13-2013 10:39 AM  7 years ago
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shawmcky

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Now it starts in Africa
French attacks in Somalia and Mali supported by Uk equipment.Another Afghanistan in the making?How long before we all get involved?
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01-13-2013 02:09 PM  7 years ago
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Is there any oil or natural resources worth taking in those countries ?
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01-13-2013 02:12 PM  7 years ago
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Doubt there would be any interest if there was not.Bank robbers don,t rob empty banksTeam- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here
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01-13-2013 02:38 PM  7 years ago
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Maybe they just got tired of watching those people starve? I don't think that Somalia has an excess of anything but terrorists, pirates and the starving polulation stuck between.
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01-13-2013 03:14 PM  7 years ago
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Humanitarian reasons then,never thought of that old chestnutTeam- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here
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01-13-2013 05:37 PM  7 years ago
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Looks like it was a hostage rescue attempt that failed.
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01-13-2013 06:25 PM  7 years ago
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Boy are you behind the curve :
Who do you think has been in their for the last 90 day's ???

Weird noises at nite ::
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01-13-2013 08:24 PM  7 years ago
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There were enough natural resources there to make it worth colonising when we first colonised Africa, so I would think the same would hold true now. Even though the natural resources there are not as valuable as in the middle east, they must be becoming increasingly valuable with the skyrocketing price of all natural resources, particularly metals.

It's the same old story. When the British first invaded India, we found some of the elites who would cooperate and put them in charge, trained some of the natives to fight, and built them into armies to fight on our behalf, at a fraction of the cost of hiring British soldiers and without risking British lives. While some of these armies were commanded by British officers and could fight outside their countries, such as the Gurkhas in India and the Arab Legion in Jordan, and the French had their Foreign Legion, the main purpose of most of these armies was to keep law and order in their respective countries, and prevent any rebellions against the puppet dictator. We did the same all over the world, as did the French, including in Africa. And yes, that's exactly what the US and UK are doing in Afghanistan.

Apparently we are supporting the military dictators and fighting ''Islamist rebels'' in Africa, who as both countries are overwhelmingly Muslim, most would probably be people who live there, who are rebelling against their dictator. They will be ''associated with Al Qaeda,'' because most groups of Muslim ''terrorists,'' ''rebels,'' or ''militants'' etc, who fight against western imperialism, would associate themselves with Al Qaeda.

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01-13-2013 08:39 PM  7 years ago
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Who Is da ;
WE : Part ?

That's some of the Funniest "weeeeeee" I ever read

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01-13-2013 08:41 PM  7 years ago
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Who Is da ;
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Britain and France.
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01-16-2013 08:11 PM  7 years ago
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Now hostages taken in Algeria at BP gas plant as revenge for Mali attacks.Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here
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01-16-2013 10:15 PM  7 years ago
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There were enough natural resources there to make it worth colonising when we first colonised Africa, so I would think the same would hold true now. Even though the natural resources there are not as valuable as in the middle east, they must be becoming increasingly valuable with the skyrocketing price of all natural resources, particularly metals.
Yeah, they have gold, some silver and diamonds.

Apparently, thats easier than growing poppy plants to finance the Taliban. Or something like that.

What makes anyone think its just the free world that always goes after the resources and not anyone else?

Was Mali peaceable before the Taliban arrived? Frankly I don't know. I think that region has been a poor tribal culture for many, many generations.
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01-17-2013 09:53 AM  7 years ago
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Best we leave them to it,keep our boys out of it.Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here
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01-17-2013 02:01 PM  7 years ago
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What makes anyone think its just the free world that always goes after the resources and not anyone else?
Whoever said it was? There are numerous Chinese mining companies in Africa for example. The difference is that they deal with the people who rule the country, rather than send in the military to install or support their choice of ruler. An example of a non ''free world'' country attempting to take another country's resources by force, is when Saddam invaded Kuwait.
Was Mali peaceable before the Taliban arrived?
When did the Taliban arrive in Mali?
Frankly I don't know.
That much is obvious.
I think that region has been a poor tribal culture for many, many generations.
It's an ex-French colony. The Tauregs in the north have been fighting for independence, ever since Mali gained independence from France in the 1960s. Prior to that, the Mali empire was the biggest empire in Africa from around 1200 - 1600.

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01-17-2013 02:08 PM  7 years ago
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Here's a good article with some background on the conflict.
Malian President Dioncounda Traore has asked the international community for assistance and imposed a state of emergency across the country. “On behalf of France I have responded to the request,” said French President Francois Hollande on Friday, “This operation will last as long as necessary.”

At the time of going to press, hundreds of French troops had arrived in Bamako to protect French interests and assets in the capital.
Updates and more info:
(Reuters) - A powerful southern offensive by Islamists in Mali last week, halted only by French air strikes, showed that a loose alliance of rebels from al Qaeda's North African wing and local groups has been united by the threat of foreign intervention.

Analysis: Mali's Islamist groups united by war threat
Reports on the Islamists in control of northern Mali often just label them all “al-Qaeda,” but the reality of the situation is that in addition to the al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) faction, several other independent Islamist factions, including MUJAO and Ansar Dine, have as much, or more influence across the region.

Once Fighting One Another, Islamist Factions Now Solid in Resisting French
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01-17-2013 02:11 PM  7 years ago
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Best we leave them to it,keep our boys out of it.
Perhaps US Army Africa will take care of it.
Army Major General David R. Hogg, commander of US Army Africa, inspects Sierra Leone troops, May 20, 2012.

Mali and the Geo-Politics of Africa
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01-17-2013 02:22 PM  7 years ago
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It Will be interesting to monitor : THE IF --
They understand and cherish value the soil of their homeland - to keep it - or to let it be poached from under them.

From the appearance: Look's like they don't need gun's.
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01-29-2013 07:27 PM  7 years ago
shawmcky

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300 + UK troops to Mali,watch this space.Code name"Uranium"Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here
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01-29-2013 08:39 PM  7 years ago
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Just Call Hilliary : She Knows what to do - It's Her Dept.

Whoop's : Now Its John Kerry s

This will be a lateral roll !!!

Who said you wanted Freedom ???
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01-30-2013 10:47 AM  7 years ago
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If anyone paid attention to what Hilary said a few months back,it would not have taken a crystal ball to have not seen this"Intervention" comingTeam- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here
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