Malian terrorists onboard a gun-truck(aka 'technical')

Malian terrorists onboard a gun-truck(aka ‘technical’)


A military intervention to oust armed
Islamists in northern Mali is unlikely
before next autumn, the UN peacekeeping chief said Wednesday amid growing calls for a force to deploy quickly.

“Even if there is a consensus to put
forward a political solution, it is probable,if not certain, that at the very end there will be a military operation,” UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told a conference in Paris. “In any event, nothing can be done until September-October. This is a process in evolution,” he said.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara,
the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has said he hoped the intervention could be authorised by the United Nations this month and triggered in the first quarter of 2013. ECOWAS says it is ready to deploy 3,300 troops to reclaim northern Mali and is waiting for approval from the UN.

Mali was plunged into crisis when troops
seized power in a March 22 coup, creating a power vacuum that allowed ethnic Tuareg and Islamist rebels to snatch the large desert north and take over key towns including Timbuktu.

The international community is concerned Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are now free to operate unchecked in the area and could use the huge territory as a base for attacks elsewhere.

On Tuesday, Mali government officials met with two armed groups for the first time in a landmark encounter that saw the rebels pledge to respect the country’s territorial integrity and root out “terrorism”.


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BEEG EAGLE -perspectives of an opinionated Nigerian male with a keen interest in Geopolitics, Defence and Strategic Studies


  1. jimmy says:

    hmmm ….. you think this has got nothing to do with NIGERIA ?. Or is that now that Nigeria has refused to shoulder the bulk of the finances and the soldering the un is drawing down expectations. Once Nigeria said they would commit only a battalion size contingent see how things started cooling down.

    • bigbrovar says:

      A Malian friend I spoke to assured me that an intervention would never happen. Malians (The government and people) are too kneel deep in collaboration with the Islamist than they would have the world believe. Most Malians seem happy with the Islamist as long as they help keep the Tuareg at bay. Many in the Malian military and government receive kick backs from the Narcotic trade and aren’t ready to lose that privilege.

      If Ecowas wants to deal with this. Then they have to be decisive. Nigeria most be at the vanguard of this and we would need much more than just 3000 men. Plans also has to be made for close air support and logistics. It is not going to be easy by a long stretch. We would be going to an enemy territory fighting for people who want us to fail.

      Last night I saw in the news that the Islamist and the government of Mali has agreed in principle to respect national unity and are engaged in direct talks. When I saw this. I remembered the words of my Malian friend.

      • peccavi says:

        100% correct. The situation is complex but the threat of force was credible enough to cause infighting and get them to the negotiating table. Once they are in Southern Mali the conditions will further be created to move towards a negotiated settlement, which from the Malian elites point of view a continuation of the smuggling.
        The best long term solution for the people of Mali is to go in there clear out the Islamists and smugglers, however the cost will be high for questionable rewards. The best one can do is fix them in place and ensure they dont cause too much trouble.
        possibly one can see why the Algerians are playing the game they are right now

  2. wocon45 says:

    @ Bigbrovar….u speak the truth, but the at this point, the situation is no longer a Malian issue, it’s a regional one. I personally do not want our troops in Mali but….if your neighbor’s house is on fire and you stand and watch while it burns bros the next one will become yours. See how the war on terror which “officially” started in Iraq has spread. I say will do our best whether the Malian’s like it or not. If they could handle it, they would have done so a long time ago. The last thing i hate to hear/see now is the Islamist acquiring air support capabilities judging by the look of things it is increasingly become cheaper and available.

    • bigbrovar says:

      All well and good. But what is worth doing at all, is worth doing well. If we will be going to Mali. then we need to go in full force. Our troops would need all the support logistic and air. We can not afford to go in half willed. The situation should be treated as an extension of our general battle against boko haram. I just fear that our politicians do not have the will to give what it takes to tackle the crisis which imho is much better than Sierra Leone and Liberia (considering the size of the country, the strength of the enemy and the complexity of the issue.)

  3. beegeagle says:


    Delegations from the Malian government and two rebel groups occupying the country’s vast desert north held their first talks Tuesday in Burkina Faso to seek an end to the crisis that has split the country.

    Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore,
    west Africa’s top mediator for the crisis,
    brought together a government
    delegation with representatives of Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith), one of the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist groups occupying the north, and the Azawad
    National Liberation Movement (MNLA),
    which is fighting for an independent
    homeland for the Tuareg people.

  4. beegeagle says:

    D-E-S says

    The probability of a US Policy shift
    towards the new realities of Africa today, as we anticipated…But then
    note even in glossed over speculations
    and half-truths, no upward politically or
    military dignified American will acknowledge in seriousness that
    AFRICOM’s key role is to counter the
    East, if not directly at a very intricate
    political-socio-economic level.

    But the way I see it, the ‘traditional’
    post-colonial players in Europe lost their credibility in Africa decades ago,
    but more so within’ the last 50years of
    independence, they took everything
    from Africa that was shiny and glittery,
    they grew socio-economically fat whilst
    Africa on the other hand, had to make do with their hand-me-downs, and a
    whole lot of plentiful of over the top
    glorified ‘AID-this-AID-that’ and a
    library of malnourished pictures of
    Africans to justify their charitable
    policies to their so selectively blind electorates/populace….

    It really hurts to have been ‘legally-robbed’ of our physical and human-intellectual wealth. That to me there was ‘economic genocide’…

    To imagine that now 50years on we are still standing and believe it or not, with
    even more wealth….they still doubt
    that we learned anything. How could
    we possibly allow ourselves to be
    pillaged by the same political-economic
    entities hiding behind the US because they lost credibility when they were in-
    charge, their contracts have/are
    running out, and we’ll be damned if we
    renew them or allow them anywhere
    near the new bids…hence the myriad of
    democratisation this-and-that sing- songs, but in earnest it’s just their way
    of inching themselves to those lucrative
    contracts, if they were so concerned
    about the values of democracy they’d
    be blockading Russia, China or even
    North Korea instead of bullying countries that can hardly return their
    socio-economic policy driven favours….

    As Africans we have to carry this
    understanding to a level we have never
    dared to imagine possible….we are
    weak as nations because we hardly understand our own politics hence the
    poor resultant policies, but we are
    strong geopolitically more by chance or
    fate than strategic understanding…but
    I suppose therein lies an established
    protectionist network that protects each nations social-economic standing,
    and it’s from here that we should face
    towards a new understanding of ‘Pan

  5. beegeagle says:

    D-E-S, are you a revolutionary, a reactionary or both? One day you are waxing defensive about the selective amnesia of the BBC like a truly loyal colonial subject of the 1950s era and the next day, you sound like an Amilcar Cabral.

    Well, the Western media are a veritable tool of neocolonial manipulation and have served to prepare the groundswell for the perpetuation of that ‘hand-me-down” paradigm, ‘poverty reduction’, ‘trade liberalisation’, ‘reform’, ‘biodiversity conservation’, ‘development aid’, ‘relief food’ and pseudo-humanitarian causes, all of which are various levels of intervention through which Africa continues to be macro-managed by the imperialist orbit, chiefly by using foreign ‘experts'(wildlife, economics, conflict resolution, conflict resolution etc) and capital to seek to ‘direct affairs’ in very subtle ways, thereby ensuring that Africa never grows into her own. They give you a loan and send you ‘experts’ by the boatload who end up claiming a third of the loaned funds through salaries and perks?

    How much have the international media contributed towards sustaining the negative stereotypes to the exclusion of all else and maintaining the dependency syndrome – an Africa which is all about wars, famine, disease and poverty and which can only get by or be sorted out through donor aid and relief food instead of trade? Well, look how they are now kicking Uganda and Rwanda about, so soon after M7 and Kagame were held up and given massive media props as the poster boys of an emerging generation of “reform minded”(means laying your country open to be pulverised by capitalists) African leaders.

    Are you sure that you are not inadvertently running with the hares and chasing with the hounds? Neocolonial domination and foreign broadcasters are fingers of one hand.

  6. beegeagle says:

    D-E-S says: | In reply to Beegeagle.

    You’ve asked me that question before….but the truth if there ever was an incline to it is neither here nor there, this or that, but I too get frustrated. But I know that the answer lies in ‘true politics’….

    I am hardly concerned about western media, and so shouldn’t you, of course unless we want to indulge in collective
    egocentrism other than been objective.
    But I am concerned about the
    consumership of it.

    Allow me to explain, we live-in a world where bad things happen to our populations all the time, we don’t need western media to help us to been that unlucky in life…but we’ve got our politics, our politicians and our socially- uneducated-tribalistic-narrow minds to
    thank for that…Fact!!!

    I am not disputing that the western
    media has by large been an independent ‘propagandist vessel’ of
    the western government policies towards Africa. But look around you
    their consumer-ship has always been
    home-based, elitist or diaspora, it
    hardly penetrated the ‘real Africa’
    fortunately or unfortunately, but that’s
    all changing now as we have greater and greater digital media receivership
    and great-minds like yours with
    ‘targeted’ blogosphere’s like yours….

    We can hardly keep mourning about
    misrepresentation if we can’t or
    unwilling to utilise available media space…that’s why am posting here not
    on a western blog, where my
    sentimentalities would be derailed
    amongst the inane brick-braking and
    the currently hottest pop star.

    I long for true politics, the day Africans won’t associate this noble expertise
    with corruption, tribalism, plunder and
    loot. I know those opinions are held
    the world over. Yes, but I care more
    as to why as an African I am subject to
    someone else’s policies towards me. And yet I vote for what should be my
    own national and geopolitical policies…

    I see dirty finger marks all over Mali’s
    and DRC political baking tray and it
    don’t need to be that way!!!….

  7. beegeagle says:

    We shall continue to call them out here, D-E-S. We are not the do-nothing types. If a myth goes unchallenged, it passes off for the truth. That is precisely why the stereotypes of Africa which have been perpetuated in print and over the air for decades has STUCK. Lie down and die is not an option. Neither is the implied acquiescence which your ‘indifference’ would produce.

    It is absolutely wrong to say that the consumership of the regurgitate by Western media are a narrow elitist crowd in Africa.

    In Nigeria, the cheaply accessed (you only need a US$5 shortwave receiver to key into the flow) Hausa Services of the foreign media are cumulatively listened to by tens of millions of people who swing, depending on time of day, from VOA to BBC and Radio France to Deutsche Welle. In Northern Nigeria, people walk about on the streets with radio sets pressed to their ears as they get fed with propaganda by foreign media, patronisingly in their mother tongue. Whether it be from kiosks inside gate houses, offices, from water carts, shops, inside long-distance trucks or while sitting in the shade of trees, my people get served news..timely but watered down with micronationalist riders and analyses.

    Coincidentally, these mostly impressionable ones..fed with myths in their mother tongue and long sold on the idea of a paternalistic and infallible colonial master would, until the Israeli-Palestinian question arises, gobble up anything which they get told as a matter of unquestioned belief.

    So they misinform my compatriots in their mother tongue and thereafter reproduce the same profane content in English and in French for mass dissemination.

    More and more discerning Nigerians who can afford satellite TV(the same elite who you blame?)are turning to CCTV and AlJazeera, the BBC and CNN having taken our patronage for granted by refusing to stay the course of even passable objectivity.

    Against the “us-against-them” mentality which has been drummed into the head of these fellas who are overwhelmingly simple Africans and are mostly not English speakers, the ordinarily more patronised Radio Nigeria Kaduna (Hausa Service) would at this time, in view of the fact that Nigeria’s incumbent President is a non-Hausa ‘outsider’, cannot now be the ‘trusted’ since it is supposedly operated by an ‘outsider’ and only foreign media hackwriters can be trusted to provide damning content to make enemies of the FG (not all Hausa speakers are hostile to the FG though) feel better while the ‘outsider’ holds power.

    Worse, BBC Hausa has long been taken over by a posse of irredentists and arch-tribalists who have successfully diluted the content of English language broadcasts since most of them are stringers for both services and for a widely read micronationalist newspaper in Nigeria to boot. Rather than merely translating news into Hausa, these guys have turned the BBC Hausa into the megaphone of the conservative born-to-rule upcountry elite

    What they pass off as worldviews and paradigms which have a universal effect upcountry, being loyal as it were to an upcountry politician who is honest but is also an ethnoreligious hegemon, is actually a strategy to present the worst possible picture of life in Nigeria with the clear plan of discrediting the incumbent FG in its entirety for no reason other than it being led by an ‘outsider’. Minions of a foreign interloper with vested interests aiding and abetting the course of ethnocentricism and politicoreligious violence.

    This was why the BBC aired allegations of rights abuses levelled against Nigerian forces by HRW, AI and Reuters but feigned amnesia when the ICC said ‘no evidence’.

    It suggests that someone somewhere is interested in seeing certain notions STICK, so as to please armed and unarmed opponents of the FG. That is neither objectivity nor impartiality.Coincidentally, they always go benign, defensive and rational as soon as one of their kind mounts the saddle of power. Who is fooling who?

    So you might want to check your figures – be it Kinyarwanda, Somali or Hausa, the African language service listeners definitely outnumber the ‘elitist’ English and French listeners.

    We are saying, while presenting the flipside of the story to boot, that they should stop dividing Africans (did ‘divide-and-rule’ apply in your part of the world during colonial rule?) along ethnoregional and religious lines through their badly-skewed reportage of African affairs. That does not preclude the fact that some of us are telling our own story which we demonstrably know better.

    That was why we created Beegeagle’s Blog. It cannot be business as usual for those who perpetuate half-truths and negative stereotypes. Thankfully, they are taking notes.

  8. beegeagle says:

    D-E-S says:

    [Quote Beeg]…

    ”Worse, BBC Hausa has long been taken over by a posse of irredentists and arch-tribalists who have successfully diluted the content of English language broadcasts since most of them are stringers for both services and for a widely read micronationalist newspaper in Nigeria to boot. Rather than merely translating news into Hausa, these guys have turned the BBC Hausa into the megaphone of the conservative born-to-rule upcountry elite”…[End quote]

    Thank God for digital technology, we will see the end of their free reign….in all languages and there ain’t no hiding behind obvious sedition by proxy

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