The War in Mali is Intended to Destabilize the Region for a Generation to Come

So you have to face the reality that the British plan, which the French are carrying out and Obama’s carrying out is not to liberate these countries and build stable sovereign nations.

This is a wrecking operation of chaos and destruction across the nations of North Africa and the only way it can be stopped is when people identify this British policy and put an end to it.

An analyst says France is in cahoots with British colonial policy and terrorist funders Saudi Arabia and Qatar and this war begun in Mali is not intended to end.

Interview with Lawrence Freeman.
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In the background of this the French incursion in Mali is four weeks old. Their air force is pounding Muslim Tuareg tribal areas in the north of Mali. Algeria has beefed up its position to prevent refugees from entering their country and of course to prevent a spillover of terrorists, which are also being herded in that direction by French forces. The Tuareg region has been demanding independence from Mali for a decade.

Press TV has interviewed Lawrence Freeman with the Africa Desk of the Executive intelligence Review about this issue. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Taking a look at this situation as it stands right now as the French military forces move toward the north, pounding Tuareg areas. Where does it all end? France has not really spoken much about bringing about democracy or even stability for that matter to the country.

Freeman: It’s not going to end because it’s not intended to end. In fact the clearest discussion of what the policy intends to be were delivered by the former prime minister Tony Blair yesterday in an interview on the BBC.

Tony Blair speaking for the British colonial policy said very clearly, “We’re going to be in this region for a generation to come”. That’s 20-25 years. And that is what we’re looking at.

The French have no way of dealing with this problem. They’ve driven out some of these insurgents from Timbuktu, from Gao… but that was what was expected; they’ve dug in 100 kilometers north and they’re going to try to drive them towards the Algerian border.

Algeria now is going to be a target of destabilization in the region. It’s now the largest African country that essentially has not been destabilized and now it will be destabilized. There is no intent to stabilize these countries. The intent is going to be a 30 years war of all against all – different ethnic groups different religious groups all fighting each other and none of the substantial issues of drug trade, of economic development, of poverty, of hunger, none of these are being addressed.

Press TV: As the incursion continues in Mali we are seeing destabilization taking place in the neighboring countries. Will France accept the same rebels, or al-Qaeda militants as it calls them, in Algeria or in Niger as opposed to in Mali?

Freeman: Well, everybody knows that these rebels exist of course… of course they’re going to run into these other areas, that’s known. They are going to go into Niger, which everyone claims is stable, but everyone was claiming Mali was stable a year ago.

They’re going to try to get into Algeria and this will destabilize Algeria, which has swept some of these forces very violently in the 1990s. Mauritania is going to be destabilized; Nigeria is going to continue to be destabilized.

So you have to face the reality that the British plan, which the French are carrying out and Obama’s carrying out is not to liberate these countries and build stable sovereign nations.

This is a wrecking operation of chaos and destruction across the nations of North Africa and the only way it can be stopped is when people identify this British policy and put an end to it.

But it’s not going to stop simply by the French carrying out these bombing activities – that’s not going to do anything.

Press TV: To placate the skeptics who say that the US, France cannot afford to stay in these countries for so long militarily speaking specifically looking at the dire economic plight at home. What do they have to gain from this?

Freeman: The threat that the financial system especially in Europe and also in the United States is in horrible shape and I expect it is going to get much worse as the Euro begins to come apart.

So they do not have the financial means to do it. So they’re going to do it as cheaply as they can. They’re going to do it with as least cost as possible. They’re going to savage their own economy as is what is going on in France today and they’re going to try to suck money out of the UN and the UN is going to step in possibly as some big military force to so-called guard the borders of these countries.

But in effect they will be doing nothing to stop the actual causes for this terrorism, which goes back many years it goes back to the 1990s. And the sources of funding from these groups of religious zealots come from and are funded by the Wahabi-ites; the Salafists, which everyone knows are funded by the charities of Saudi Arabia, by Qatar. And the Saudis and Qataris have a very close, cozy relationship with the British royal family.

So essentially you’re going to see the destruction of the issues, reduction of population, worse economic conditions and you’re going to be fighting asymmetric warfare – insurgency, counter insurgency because the French are not going to go on the ground and take these people out.

The West African armies are not properly trained so they can’t do it either. So they’re not going to be eliminated by this military campaign. The bad guys are going to be there, they’re just going to fight in a different way in a different form.

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