Mali is France’s Gaza

January 14, 2013 12:11 am 12 comments

French President Francois Hollande. Photo: wiki commons.

France is now going to war in Mali because it says “we cannot have a terrorist state at the door of Europe,” but when Israel launches a defensive operation to protect its citizens from missile attacks from terrorists in Gaza, all the French newspapers and television commentators scream about Israeli aggression.

The distance between Bamako and Paris: 6266km. The distance between Gaza and Israel: 1km.

This situation starkly exposes the hypocrisy of the Europeans in their attitudes toward Israel, which drives me insane.

In my many years of commenting on  foreign affairs, I haven’t seen a clearer indication of incredibly malicious hypocrisy directed toward Israel than the recent statements justifying France’s intervention in the conflict in Mali.

We all know of the incredibly volatile situation in Gaza and its implication to the lives of millions of Israeli citizens. Now France admits that terrorism at the “door of Europe” is inadmissible.

Therefore the French government is sending its military to stop the Islamic uprising in Mali. Very serious threats from Islamic movements have been directed at France and presently the alert against terrorism in the country is at its maximum. France is preparing itself to combat possible terrorist attacks on its soil, and against French nationals in Europe and Africa.

Maybe Islamic antagonism is finally putting  France in a place that will open its eyes to the conditions Israel faces on a daily basis.

12 Comments

  • It is good for France knows what is that like to be unfearly bad labeled as possibly.
    May all media start scream at loud that france is dealing only with “inocent women and children”.

    By the way in gaza only exists “women and children” they reproduce themselves among them. (they dont even know how a man looks like) just inocent women an children. Thats what media quotes every day.

    Israel defend its own people from “women and children” some of them with dirty beards but finally only women and children of 40 years and up some of them.

    May yo know it France. “you are chasing only women and children” besides this conflict is asimetrical then chase those “women and children” in camels.. Go for them!

  • Ron. Oh. That’s OK then. All sorted.

  • The distance between Bamako and Paris: 6266km [sic]. The distance between Gaza and Israel: 1km. [Note: The above distance is actually "only" 3887km. To compare to Gaza distance from Sderot: distance between Bamako and Marseille is 3667km. Ron]

  • Bruce Derflinger

    Mali is an African landlocked ex-colony with 65% of it’s land a desert. One of the poorest countries in the world (among the bottom 25), with few mineral deposits, low GDP (less than $18 billion per year) a median age of less than 18, 30%+ unemployment with 36% below the poverty line. It survives on Foreign Aid and is trying to build a tourist industry in the middle of a terrorist war with a military coup less than a year ago – that’s really brilliant.

    This is the country 6129km (by road, ferry, with some tolls)from capital to capital – that France is afraid of being “a terrorist state at the door of Europe.” I wonder how they would react if over 12,800 rockets had been fired into France over the last 11 years from one of their neighboring countries.

    Within a generation France will be fighting an internal war (I just can’t call it a ‘Civil’ war – there is nothing ‘Civil’ about internal wars) between Muslim radicals and the historic French. Of course, they will look to the British, Canadians and US to bail them out, again.

    references: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ml.html
    Distance by Google maps

  • Excellent article! Anyone with eyes to see has seen the IRONY of Europe being confronted with the reality of radical Islam AND CHOOSING TO OPPOSE IT WITH FULL FORCE (THOUGH AT A DISTANCE;) whilst contending against Israel who necessarily opposes violent radical Islam on her doorstep.

  • Of course it’s hypocritical. It’s France! what do you expect?

  • Liberte’, egalite’, and fraternite’ used to mean something in France. Today the phrase mock the incredible hypocricy shown by French governments.
    Bedraggled Muslims spot a juicy target of opportunity and France responds with a full military assault. Of course, as usual, the USA did do some ‘backing up’.
    Israel has rockets and missiles fired by fanatical Islamists and defends itself. Therefore it is not “proportionally reacting”!
    Mali, some 2,000 miles from France is too close so a not-so-proportional counter attack is launched. And the French leadership doesn’t even hides its collective head in shame. To the Liberte’, egalite’, fraternite’ must be added HYPROCRITE’

  • For decades, I’ve labelled the French “Germans Who Speak French”, Therefore, in twenty-or-so years when the Muslims in France outnumber the French in France, don’t expect me to shed many tears. Or any tears.

  • Don’t believe it. When the going gets tough, the French get going – until a GI can dig them out of the hole.

  • Does France actually look at what is happening in Israel, or do they simply say that they are supporting the underdog against Israeli aggression, no matter what is actually the case? Do they simply translate a long festering anti-Semitism into anti-israel policies, regardless of the future misery that Europe faces from the Islamists both in and out of Europe. They seem very selective as to who they will side with against Islamic aggression. Why Mali and not Israel?

  • Arnold-Canada

    Intriguing article. A part of the world we need to follow and see what happens. Will it make world news or be kept in the dark so as not to antagonize the Muslims in France.

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