Mali Invasion – yet another colonial war in theMuslim world!
London, UK, January 16th 2013
– UK Prime Minister David Cameron has authorised the use of C-17 planes insupport of France’s military intervention in Mali.In justifying this military assault, France, Britain and other Western states claim – once again – that this is aboutfighting ‘terrorism’ and protecting the Malian people. To win the sympathy of the Western public, the media hasbeen emphasising the ‘Islamist’ aspect of the opposition.Commenting on the military action, Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain said:
“For France, West African uranium is like Middle East oil is to everyone else. Two thirds of France’selectricity is from nuclear power; requiring significant uranium imports from neighbouring Niger. Itsformer colonies in West Africa have been vital for it to access raw materials (Mali is Africa’s third largestgold producer) and markets. Hence its heavy military presence in the region.”“Colonial states like France and Britain do not send their troops to wage war to help civilians. Their armies are not humanitarian organisations. Similarly, they do not care about many of the illiberalfeatures of the opposition they caricature as ‘Islamist’, since they enjoy intimate relations with manyilliberal regimes, whether in Saudi, Kuwait, Bahrain or elsewhere.”“Moreover, their action in Mali (or Libya in 2011) contrasts with inaction in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bahrain, where we have seen humanitarian abuses by those regimes.”“This is yet another example of a military intervention in another Muslim country by a Western colonialstate – like the bloody interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq which cost so many innocent lives – to tryto maintain their political and military enslavement of the people in order to facilitate their economicexploitation, while using the tired rhetoric of the ‘war on terror’, ‘Islamism’, ‘extremism’ and‘terrorism’.”