Mali: Here we go again

You have to wonder, sometimes, what the West has against secular modernising governments, given how many it has destroyed. From giggling about the Former Yugoslavia as it fell over a cliff, to smirking as it destroyed Iraq, to chuckling as it smashed up Syria, the West has always seemed to assume that something better would replace the governments it has helped to destroy.
Hello, Libya. Or rather the consequences of it in Mali. Tuareg mercenaries from the Libyan Army with heavy weapons and training. Islamic groups opportunistically joining in the fun. Collapse of the Malian Army and panic in Bamako. French intervention. All predictable and predicted. Are we ever, ever, going to understand?

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