The military coup that took place last week in Mali is a monument to the consequences of U.S. interventionism, and the military junta now vying for control of the West African country threatens to roll back democracy and human rights for the 15 million people living there.
Rebel troops seized power and toppled the government in a bid to oust President Amadou Toumani Toure who they claim insufficiently supported the military in a fight against Tuareg militants waging an insurgency in the north. Toure himself came to power in a 1991 coup, but surprised many when he handed power to a civilian government and was elected president in 2002.
The mutinous troops that led the coup have imposed a national curfew, announced the temporary suspension of the constitution, arrested their political opponents, and taken control of the state television broadcast. Already their reign is starkly contrasted with the widely acknowledged democratic record of the government they overthrew.
While Mali seems geopolitically insignificant compared to many other countries in Washington’s purview, U.S. foreign policy helped lay the groundwork for this coup. The aftereffects of the U.S.-led NATO war in Libya which ousted Muammar Gadhafi had a strong hand in fomenting the coup and the coup leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo, received extensive training in the U.S. from 2004-2010.
Gadhafi had hired and armed many Tuareg fighters to defend him against the NATO-backed rebellion in Libya, and they returned to Mali at the Libyan war’s end stronger and more determined than ever. The Malian army’s frustration with President Toure for not arming them sufficiently to fight the Tuaregs reached a boiling point.
“The Libyan crisis didn’t cause this coup but certainly revealed the malaise felt within the army,” the Malian newspaper columnist Adam Thiam told the BBC News.
A UN report released in February assessing “the Libyan crisis” claimed that the impact of the NATO-backed rebel victory over Gadhafi “reverberated across the world” as “such neighboring countries as…Mali,” among many others, “bore the brunt of the challenges that emerged as a result of the crisis.”
“The Governments of these countries, especially those in the Sahel region, had to contend with the influx of hundreds of thousands of traumatized and impoverished returnees as well as the inflow of unspecified and unquantifiable numbers of arms and ammunition from the Libyan arsenal,” the report said.
The Malian government under President Toure has received millions of dollars in economic and military aid from Washington, especially since he started claiming the Tuaregs were aligned with al-Qaeda. The U.S. government “provided almost $138 million dollars in foreign assistance for Mali,” State Department African affairs spokeswoman Hilary Renner told McClatchy News. The aid was expected to rise in 2012 to over $170 million.
Sanogo, the coup leader, “participated in several U.S.-funded International Military Education and Training (IMET) programs in the United States, including basic officer training,” Renner said. Trainees are handpicked for the program by U.S. embassies.
In addition to the International Military Education and Training program, Mali has also participated in the Trans Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership, which bolsters U.S. military dominance throughout the region under the rubric of counterterrorism.
Mali also recently hosted U.S. troops in a military exercise named Atlas Accord 12. “We have regularly had small teams traveling in and out of Mali to conduct specific training that has been requested by the Malian government and military,” Nicole Dalrymple, a spokeswoman for the Africa Command, told McClatchy.
Washington has attempted to paint the coup in Mali as undesirable, urging a return to civilian rule and threatening to cut off aid. But the alleged motivation of the rebel troops – that tougher counterterrorism measures are needed to fight the Tuareg insurgents – seems to overlap with Washington’s “national security” demands for the Sahel region.
Whether the coup was an intended U.S. plot is not known for sure at this point (although secret coups are a common tool in the established historical record of U.S. foreign policy). Either way Washington’s interventionist foreign policy undoubtedly had a hand in the events in Mali, and to the detriment of the Malian people, it seems.
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"The U.S.-led NATO war in Libya"? Come on, man. It was the French who led the attack on Libya. This seems to be just another attaempt to peddle the "America rules the world" argument.
Nice score MK….. -8 as I write
Actually technically he is right as France and Britain rehearsed a war scenario that mimicked the pretext for the Libyan war a few months prior and the largest oil contract went to a French oil company with the auction held in France but western governments and corporate institutions are so interlinked I doubt the US did not at least know about the Libya operation prior to the outbreak of war.
i understand your point, but it's not completely untrue to call Libya 'american led'.
the US provided key capabilities which the entire operation depended on.
i would agree that france and UK's resolve pushed the US into the operation,
but operationally it did depend on US ISR and EW assets, along with cruise missiles, LHDs for helicopters, etc.
france was pushing to put all 'allies' under it's command at one point, but that never happened.
regardless, the article isn't really affected if you scratch out that phrase and replace it with one more neutral as to the exact hierarchy of the US' involvement in the military overthrow of Qadafi.
Show me anything that's going wrong in the world today that doesn't have the had of the US and/or Isreal written all over it.
Maldives, Mali, who's next, Mauritania?
This is getting uncomfortable close to Morocco, where I have lived since retirement!
"'Sanogo, the coup leader, 'participated in several U.S.-funded International Military Education and Training (IMET) programs in the United States, including basic officer training,' Renner said. Trainees are handpicked for the program by U.S. embassies."
Oh me, oh my! Mr. Sanogo had better learn to behave himself or Aunt Hillary might just take away his class ring.
We said that from the beginning, Libyan war that orchestrated and organized by the NATO is and was not about Libya alone, part of that organized terror act was to establish a US or NATO base in Northern Africa, Saudis and UAE are in this Mali coup de etta helping out. Libya war is about the Africa continent, this is Sarkozi/ Markel, Cameron, Obama, Hillary Clinton, Swedish government, the Danish, the Norwegian and Italian mafia 2008 − 2012 doctrine looking for all kind of opportunities using terrorism to disturb the African and other nations progress toward a better life. Libya and its government was one those who were helping and pledge that $53billion dollars that are lost while in hand of EU andUS. Don't be surprised if you see more of these Coup de etta’s starting with Algeria – Niger or other nations in around Libya. Don't be surprised if Islamic Tunisia and others in the region start a regional war against Algeria accusing Algerian government of everything, don't be surprised if another regional wars is what US and NATO are waiting for. Don’t be surprised if you will find solders that are coming out of Kuwait and Afghanistan to see them stationed in Mali or other part of Africa. Africa is an untouched continent by NATO, Obama doctrine with EU is about Africa. Mali was a weakest one, in the region to start with.
These people (above) are hired by Oil companies and companies that are in need of minerals and other natural resources in Africa.
Thank you, Mojo.
It is AFRICOM, presently based in Stuttgart, Germany and established in 2008, that has an agenda for all the African continent. Under the cover of a so-called "war on terrorism", AFRICOM works to, militarily, get access to the natural resources of all kinds for large American corporations, using one pretext or another. They also aim to thwart access to resources such as Oil by China and Russia as they have already done in Libya, to the tune of Billions of $ in investment. They have so far established "strategic partnerships" with these countries: Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, which means they intend to use them as proxy fighters. You can check out the AFRICOM website, but keep in mind that it is a pack of Lies!
More welfare clients for us to support………. Lucky we still have the right to print endless money…..!!!!!
We sure ain't earnin even half as much as we spend………. LA..LA..LA..LA..!!!!!
All these revolutions and coups are getting to be a lot like a West Virginia family reunion, a whole bunch of cousins and no fork in the family tree…
Regarding the "Trans Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership"…the article didn't mention it, but this initiative (state department led) is part of AFRICOM.
See this: http://www.africom.mil/tsctp.asp
Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
It's been a couple of days, and I don't know if anyone will find this comment, but I have come across a very comprehensive article on the situation in Mali at the website Think Africa Press.
'The Causes of the Uprising in Northern Mali' may be found here: http://thinkafricapress.com/mali/causes-uprising-…
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