I would think that we will alot more of this over the next few years, that is if the European countries want to save their nations from Islam.
I hope we help the French in Mali as much as they helped us in Afghanistan!
(That would be NOT AT ALL.)
"French president François Hollande, confirming the unannounced operation today, said that French troops will operate in Mali “as long as necessary.” The French government has also recommended that all its citizens leave the country." Maybe it's just me but I would have pulled my citizens before putting troops on the ground.
The french got their tails handed to them years ago in Algeria.. It going to happen again in Mali.. The french have not the stomach for long term engagement.
"French forces on the ground in Mali to fight Islamist militias".
Oh boy, get ready to go bail them out again. Like we did in WW1, WW2, and French Indo-China, (Viet Nam, for you youngsters) ;-) ;-)
I'm still wondering what's in it for the French? The French military doesn't do anything unless it's trying to get something or get out of something. So what's in it for the French? There has to be some angle for them to be there, considering these people didn't even want to put boots on the ground in Libya, which was worth A LOT more than Mali. Strange.
France has suffered for allowing Islamists and their atrocious, abhorrent, barbaric behaviors within its borders (car burnings, school invasion/child killings, rapes and more) and they are fed up.
Barbaric Islamist bullies have disgusted and repulsed many people.
Hating Islam's deeds is not a phobia, not an irrational fear, but a sane, rational, cogent response to an outrageous set of behaviors.
Hey, have you heard about the new French fleet? Their "battleships" all have glass bottoms.
So the new French fleet can gaze upon the old French fleet.
This can be, they are a religion of peace! (sarcasm off)
The parts of the world that wish to be or remain free are being attacked by those that will enforce slavery. The free are fighting back and sending troops. Can anyone say, "The world is escalating itself into another war." Could this war be "the crusades" part two?
Soon to be to hit the news wires.....from the US State Department:
President Obama Sends Arms and Equipment to Mali Freedom Fighters
Or is that Syria? I'm confused.
Interesting - so the French are supporting the Mali government , and not the 'arab spring' al qaeda 'rebels' and jihadists?
What will the POS say to that!
Btw - I don't think the Germans will get involved, firstly because France has a presene in that area as former colonial power, Germany doesn't, and secondly because the Germans have totally abjured war and the use of force, they had their arms severely twisted to send a contingent to Afghanistan, where they've been sitting around in the North, not doing much except drink beer, while our lads have been fighting the Taliban in Helmand, with over four hundred brave lads and officers being killed.
There was a story floating around the internet some time ago that the French threatened to pull out of Afghanistan because they suffered their first-ever casualties in the first and only suicide bombing attack they suffered. I don't know if their troops are still there, though they're likely following the Germans and just relaxing themselves with "peacekeeping".
It's unfortunate for those dead soldiers, but if the French are threatening to pull out after only one attack, then they obviously don't have the stomach for leadership in a long war against the barbaric Mali islamists.
There seems to be a black-out on reports about our allies in Afghanistan.
So I'm not aware of what the French did there and if they still do something.
They may well have left, together with the Spanish, who were pulled out some years ago by a newly elected leftie Spanish President.
I know the Italians were in deep doo-doo when it became known that they actually paid the Taliban so they wouldn't be attacked. That was a few years ago, and I only remember this because our British meejah were incensed. Must have been one of the years when we suffered many losses.
Apparently the Estonian NATO contingent was highly esteemed, because they had some excellent snipers.
But it's all snippets of info, nothing one can put one's finger on or even find a link.
All I know is that your lads and our lads fought hard and well - and the the POS introduced these ridiculous ROE ...
Being bombed into the stone age during WW2 had a profound effect on Germany and as long as there are still people who were alive during that time, it still will.
Possessing NAZI memorabilia is illegal in Germany. We have visitors at the museum from Germany, especially this time of year. It shocks them to see the NAZI displays we have. More than once I've had a German tourist say that they will mail us something when they get home because they have NAZI artifacts stashed up in the attic they don't want anybody else to know they have, even as much as to turn it in. The Japanese tourists are a little more pragmatic. ;-)
Okay I just tweeted again, have nearly 400 followers now :) My fellow tweepers, please RT my tweet, post on FaceBook, email and help support this great museum!
With the excption of the fact that most of our grants have dried up or been reduced to almost nothing (thanks Obama) and we're running the place out of our wallets and donations from people like you, we're still going strong.
Oh I'm sure you wouldn't. It's stil just as 'tacky' to own NAZI stuff now (unless you're a museum), as it was 70 years ago. ;-)
If what the French (and other EU countries) did in Libya is any indication, the white flags are clean and ready.
Here's something on that, but substitute "Collude" for "Dhimmi": http://cdn.dipity.com/uploads/events/3375b6c6a9e6ef623f183eb2fbbb2546_1M.png
French commitment in Mali means nothing. If French (and EU involvement in general) is anything like their antics in Libya to overthrow Gaddafi (an issue the French were so very vocal on), they will likely do one of two things:
1) They will turn tail and run at the first sign of fighting. The soft-bellies can't deal with unforgiving combat situations like at Fallujah, Iraq or Afghanistan's Helmand province, which is what WILL HAPPEN if they actually put effort to fight these fanatical jihadis in Mali.
2) They will whine and whine and whine and whine for support from the USA until they get it (which happened in Libya).
More likely the French have got their white flags ready.
The French brought it on themselves by supporting AQIM in Libya. Or should I say, they brought it on Mali. Now they owe them. The US is staying away from Syria and backing out of any joint ops with other nations there. With a smaller military in the offing, I doubt that the French will get much in the way of support from the US. Obama is too busy cutting the military to get involved any deeper in the GWOT. Or is it the GWOMMD's ???
Good for France...even though they have an authoritarian leading their country. Of course if the U.S. did what France is doing, they would be accused of "empire building".