The Malian Bombing of November 20th, 2015








And, what if the 2012 re-conquest of Mali by the French army had been misunderstood?  In 2012,   some six Months after the country of Mali had been divided by terrorist groups who had planned to impose Sharia Law on the whole country, France was taking the unilateral decision to intervene in a Mali that also suffered a political crisis following a military coup. If at the time the French were presented as the saviours of the historically richest country of West Africa, it became soon obvious that the role of Paris was that of the pyromania firefighters.  There is no doubt today, for all Malians, that the MNLA[1] and other terrorist groups in northern Mali had been financed for more than a decade by the French and other international companies through the many foreign NGOs that were present in the northern part of the country. It had, therefore, long ago been planned that Northern Mali would be given to a minority group within the Tuareg community. It had also been decided that the group in control of the new independent part of the country would accept to sign contracts ceding the recently discovered resources to countries such as France, Switzerland and other countries, at competitive prices. More than two years after the first French soldiers first stepped on the Malian soil in the “Barkhane” military mission, some northern regions of the country that is twice as large as France, still remain out of the control of Bamako. There is today no real peace in Mali, given the fact that the Northern regions are still occupied by a minority group under the protection of the French military who refuses the presence of any Malian military men in regions such as Tessalit or Kidal.

It is also well known that the work aimed at extracting resources such as uranium, bauxite and other precious metals has now started in these regions and cities. France is also said to have gained kind of monopoly in the different contract deals that have been signed so far, thanks to its historical and military presence in the country.

However, you might now ask yourself the reason for my writing this piece of information that anyone would have been able to guess. Here I come! Looking and checking some of the websites, I finally came to the following conclusion; and decided to sit down in front of my computer keyboard to scribble these few lines. The Hotel attack on Friday 20th of November, in Bamako, proved once again that Mali has clearly become a French possession. It is indeed on a French channel that Malians in the country and throughout the world were informed about what was happening. It was also the French army and police who managed to coordinate the operation so that some hostages were freed.

But what does the account of the attack really tell us? Among those who lost their lives in the attack, the number of victims and their nationality is quite revealing -6 Malians, 6 Russians, 3 Chinese, 2 Belgians, 1 Senegalese, 1 Israeli and 1 American. The absence of French victims -when we know that since the Malian crisis of 2012 the ex-French colony has been in the hand of France- is quite surprising; especially when considering that the Radisson Hotel where the attack took place is not at all a tourist hotel, but rather a business hotel, where important contracts are signed between companies, foreign investors, and representatives of the Malian government. Had the Malian government been playing a double game; pretending being the perfect puppet of the ex-colonial power, while it was in fact preparing its total emancipation through the signing of different contracts with Russia? Here is an important question that no Malian nor French representative would ever dare to confirm or comment.

In the last few months we have witness in the news a series of terrorist attacks, claiming each time the lives of either Westerners or Russians. But what if, again, the whole matter was just the result of an unpronounced war between France and Russia; in which, each party using terrorism was trying to jeopardise the other’s interests?  

[1] Tuareg Movement claiming an independent state

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