Mali: Rebels, Jihadists, making more refugees in Africa

Here we go again.  This time it’s “rebels” flowing back to Mali, one of the few previously stable democracies in Africa, with large caches of Gaddafi’s sophisticated weapons, raping and pillaging as they go.  The chaos is making an opening for the Jihadists to push for a Shariah government.

The other day while driving some distance I listened to NPR (something I rarely do, but my usual talk radio wasn’t available) and I heard an interview with a western woman in Mali’s capital.  I didn’t catch who she was, but there was no doubt she was an expert on Mali.   She was giving stern warning to NPR listeners about the dangers of Shariah law coming to Mali.  I was frankly surprised to note the interviewer took her very seriously.  And, it made me wonder why the Left is so quick to dismiss Shariah law being instituted bit by bit in the West.  (Maybe it’s just a head-in-sand reaction that keeps them from discussing the horrible possibility for us.)

From the UK Telegraph:

The rebels, armed with weapons stolen from Muammar Gaddafi’s formidable arsenal, took over an area of the Sahara as big as France in an astonishing 72 hours, taking advantage of the chaotic aftermath of an army coup.

Few of the people they promised to free waited to find out what freedom would be like. Instead, an estimated 250,000 people left their homes, terrified families fleeing with their children and possessions. Many told tales of looting and rape by rebels who now control a vast area in the heart of Africa.

Foreign governments were left scrambling to find out exactly who the rebels were, amid fears that a base for al-Qaeda will now be set up in the Sahara similar to ones in lawless parts of Pakistan and Somalia.

Read it all.

I wonder if Obama (remember responsibility to protect!) will go down in history as the President who presided over the spread of Shariah Law across Africa—Egypt then Lybia, and now Mali?


LOL!  I’m eager to see who federal contractors will be adding to their refugee wish list on May 1st (see refugee hearing here).   Will it include Egyptians, Libyans and Malians?  It was at one such meeting a few years ago that one of the contractors was pushing for the resettlement of Rohingya (Burmese Muslims) to the US.  They eventually got their wish.  We have 100 posts to date on the Rohingya here, if you would like to learn more.

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