Criticism grows of France war on Mali

Criticism has grown of France’s rush to war in Mali without clear international approval, Press TV reports.

On January 11, France launched a war under the pretext of halting the advance of fighters in Mali.

Some political analysts believe that Mali’s abandoned natural resources, including gold and uranium reserves, could be one of the reasons behind the French war.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned that the war in Mali could leave at least 700,000 people homeless.

On Thursday, France 24 Editor in Chief, Atmane Tazaghart told Press TV that “If France try to occupy Mali with a long ground operation, they will find themselves in the same situation that the Americans found themselves in Afghanistan and Iraq, they will be in a war of attrition against an enemy which can easily attack and then hide among the local population.”

This comes after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday the United Nations would not be engaged in France’s war on Mali.

“Directly assisting offensive military actions would also place our civilian personnel in the region in jeopardy. I take this issue very seriously,” Ban said.

On Monday, the political opposition in France also expressed regret over the country’s “isolation” and lack of “clear objectives” in the war on Mali, calling on the French government to clarify the goals of the war.

Chaos broke out in Mali after President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government’s inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.

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  1. The UNHCR saying that the war could lead to 700’000 homeless really means: “Give cash to UNHCR, so that we Lords of Poverty can discuss the poverty ourside in 5-star hotels”… (see relevant poem: The Lords of Poverty).

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