Source> The Economist.

AFTER 11 years spent waging war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, almost $1.5 trillion in direct costs and hundreds of thousands of lives lost, the Western public feels it has learned a hard lesson. It is more convinced than ever that even the best-intentioned foreign intervention is bound to bog its armies down in endless wars fighting invisible enemies to help ungrateful locals.

Echoes of Afghanistan rang loud earlier this month when French forces swooped on advancing columns of Islamists threatening the Saharan state of Mali. And they were heard again, a few days later, when a unit of bearded, gun-toting jihadists from the “Signed-in-Blood Battalion” seized a gas plant and slaughtered dozens of foreigners in next-door Algeria—more than in any single Islamist terror attack since the bombing of a Bali nightclub in 2002. Here, it seemed, was the next front of the global war on terror and also a desert quagmire to entrap vainglorious Western leaders.


Categories: Africa, Mali

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  1. The most important aspect has been missed in the article. These days I am in Ghana and oft discuss the situation of Mali. High ups in Ghana do support temporary intervention of France in Mali but decline to accept it as permanent solution. Ghana itself is a living example of attaining peace. The most needed thing is the real eduction and awareness of masses about the negative aspects of extremism. The writer of the article agreed these are socially deprived youngsters who are attracted by jahadjis. If USA or other Western powers are really interested to curb the menace of Islamic extremism, they should support long term real education and awareness schemes in these areas. Ghana after having spent 40% of its GDP on education is now in a position where masses do understand and are aware any type of extremism is fatal and must be avoided. Country has installed a beautiful system of national peace council and all respect this body and abide by its advises. So a living model is working in this country of West Africa. Why not to study this model and strive to have it all over where religious based extremism is growing.

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