Mali: The enemy next door

Someone in the Elysée is probably spitting blood at the moment over this week’s cover of the magazine Le Point. “Our Islamic Enemies in Mali” it says, thus undermining the government’s careful attempts to avoid presenting the war as a war against Islam, and so alienating French Muslims on the one hand, and giving succour to extremists who would like to put them into concentration camps, on the other.

Because of course if Islamists are our enemy in Mali, they are also, and even more, our enemies in France. The irony that Malians living in France generally support French actions is lost on those for whom Muslims are the enemy who must be destroyed: and by the way, why not start with your neighbours?


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