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  •  this was a major cleverness (4+ / 0-)

    of the French. Was it reported? The French specifically did not try to enter Timbuktu with modern weapons. They stayed out of town, took the airport, but otherwise left Timbuktu to reverto to non islamist control by itself.

    This is something where I am not sure people realize that a major potential blunder was avoided.

    Imagine what Islamist propaganda could have made of it if the French had gone Fallujah on Timbuktu. They didn´t. They let the fleeing Islamists demonstrate (above all to the Islamic world) who the real destroyers of culture are.  

    •  I'm really glad to hear this was the case. nt (0+ / 0-)

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:15:40 AM PST

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