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  •  thanks. But also please realize (6+ / 0-)

    that BECAUSE I have family in Mali and am very familiar with the long history with France, I'm not a starry-eyed idealist.  Anyone who thinks that they (France) don't already have a significant amount of influence and interest in Mali isn't paying attention.  Malians aren't stupid.  They are justifiably wary of losing their autonomy and are proud of their country.  But they are also cognizant of how close they have come to losing their culture, heritage and freedom to these extremists.  

    •  Very well put! (1+ / 0-)
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      mali muso

      I hope your family is doing well. :)

       My only problem is when Americans in particular and Westerners in general assume military intervention is always necessary or good, or that it's the first, last and only solution to any given world crisis.

       For the record, neither France nor the Islamists deserve to have a say in Mali's direction. I completely agree with you. Francois Hollande is a Socialist, but that doesn't mean his intentions are well-meaning. Of course I don't need to tell you that! ;)

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