July 25, 2012

Why Mali Is Not the Next Afghanistan

Gregory Mann, Foreign Policy

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The proxy war is like a bank shot in a game of pool played with snowballs. It won't work in the Sahara or anywhere else, and surely even the most gung-ho American interventionists do not want to be holding the bag when Tuareg fighters switch sides again to shake hand with the Islamists or otherwise refuse to play Washington's game. And now that France, under François Hollande, is no longer playing the role of the pyromaniac fireman in Mali, there is no reason for the United States to audition for it.

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TAGGED: Ansar Dine, Tuareg, Timbuktu, Africa, Afghanistan, Mali


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