When France Attacks

data=Ay5GWBeob_WIPLDYoIWcfVXxvZu9XwJ55OX7Ag,uQGf3buJoYuZUVfpAPRMjFvijI-UJ8U7RO4uohLejaCHkJ-WHuEbQvOK1AR7A9i0LHDbhjnB5PAPGFUfADMhLlLvLJDzy0-lrIMhTWiQK_YdpWHDcQylClBnmdKLjrylerGMB83OzBOi55xmaK47fM93dNMiV5M1JD9IuSjRYimWSXcvBglU0Q4tiWU3FRANCE HAS INVADED MALI. No build up to this; the French just seem to have gone right in to their old French colony in West Africa.  Quite surprised at this, as France is led by a liberal socialist government that are usually opposed to military activity of any kind.  But Hollande seems to be resolved to support the government of president Dioncounda Traoré in Mali under serious threat by Muslim extremists.

Exactly the same scenario (Islamic rebels dominating the north and pressing south) is happening in Nigeria (to the south-east of Mali) and in the Sudan.

TV One reports, “France’s armed forces have begun a military intervention in Mali to help the government stem a push south by Islamist rebels who control much of the north.”


Francois Hollande France’s Socialist Party president.

“Earlier, Hollande had made it clear that France would intervene to stop any further drive southward by Islamist rebels as Malian soldiers launched a counter-offensive to wrest back a town captured by militants this week.”

I support this unequivocal clear and decisive action.  The West has to front up to growing military action and incursions by Islamic militants who are actively de-stabilising governments.  Despite what American president Barack Obama says, Al Qaeda is not on the run, and the “War on terror” is not won. The French seem to get this, having taken various parliamentary actions against the growing impact of exported Islam on French society, such as restrictions on the burqa in public, etc.  Their individual somewhat unilateral action is not a UN action, but is claimed as acting within UN resolutions.

That is quite a shift from recent geo-political activity, where nations group together and act in concert (war by committee).  Maybe the French have just had enough of UN impotence and have acted. HOORAY!  It is a case where old colonial ties have created swift action to help a beleagued government (Czechoslovakia and Poland were not so lucky).  With further posturing over the Falklands, one wonders if we will see the British act like the French have, to reassert themselves, or Russia in Chechnya (a subject federal state) – large European powers moving to assist smaller struggling ‘independent’ countries with which they have a link, to ward off powerful international threats, like extremist Islam committed to jihad and to re-position themselves within European power plays.

Perhaps this is a beginning of the sleeping West reasserting it’s not inconsiderable power, but playing out this conflict in the battle-fields of other states.

Mali, one of the first nations to make a declaration of human rights, was part of a French empire as French Sudan (aka the Sudanese Republic), gaining independence in 1960.

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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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2 Responses to When France Attacks

  1. Sean says:

    Gosh, you seem to be relishing the prospect of some death and carnage. Why is that?

    “Despite what American president Barack Obama says, Al Qaeda is not on the run, and the “War on terror” is not won.”

    Can you point me to the source for your assertion that Barack Obama has claimed victory in the war against an abstraction? It was Bush who stood on an aircraft carrier dressed up as a soldier and declared “mission accomplished”, remember?

    • coNZervative says:

      Read his most recent speech to the UN, and his numerous assertions prior to the Nov. election. It is also why the White HOuse lied and shut down the Benghazi debacle on 9/11.

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