In case you didn't know, there is serious shit going down in Mali. In case you did know, all the information that's delivered to your door about it serves the interests of the Western Empire, not the people of Mali. Time for the latest chapter on how Western humanitarianism is being used to rape the world.
How's that drink taste, America? Yeah, I heard about all that bad stuff in Mali, too. You don't feel so good? Dizzy? Why don't you lie down for a bit and close your eyes. I'll sing some Al Green to you until you fall asleep.
I laid out 10 days ago evidence indicating that the U.S. and its western counterparts are preparing Mali for a staged humanitarian crisis which would necessitate intervention.
On Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum, Michael Sheehan confirmed that the Obama administration is prepared to do just that.
From the LA Times:
Michael Sheehan, the Pentagon’s assistant secretary for special operations, was asked Thursday whether the United States would use targeted strikes or special operations troops to help the Malian government fight the militants.
“All options are being considered” against “a looming threat,” Sheehan said. “There have been no decisions.”
Sheehan declined to say what steps the U.S. might take, but he cited another African country beset by an Al Qaeda affiliate, Somalia, as a success story. The U.S. has supported Kenyan and Ethiopian incursions into Somalia that have pushed back Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked militia, he said.
Right, Somalia's a fucking major success. Especially the whole continued existence of CIA rendition sites, the U.S. funding of contract mercenaries, drone strikes, deaths at the hands of U.N. peacekeepers, and an impending constitution that is viewed with skepticism by the people of Somalia but with glee by oil companies and their political puppets.
After British Prime Minister, David Cameron, hosted an international conference on Somalia on February 23, The Observer revealed that London has been in a “secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia” in return for British humanitarian aid and security assistance. The revelation and British Foreign Minister William Hague’s comments during his visit to Somalia, where he talked about “the beginnings of an opportunity to rebuild the country”, cast a question mark over London’s, and indeed the entire western world’s humanitarian endeavours with some commentators going as far as dubbing the summit as ‘aid for oil’
Yeah, that's what success looks like. Good job, Sheehan! Remember, no means no, but the people can't say no when they're asleep.