Jeff Steinberg, senior editor of the Executive Intelligence Review, believes France, Britain and the United States should be blamed for the unrest in Mali, linking the rebellion in the northern part of the African country to the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya.
“The rebel operations in northern Mali have existed for quite some time, but it was only in the aftermath of the overthrow of the Gaddafi government in Libya – which was promoted by France, Britain and the United States in particular – it was only after that that you had a massive flow of weapons out of Libya into the hands of the rebels, which basically took a low-intensity conflict and threw it into a much greater crisis where the rebels outgunned the Malian army,” Steinberg told RT.
“So suddenly as a result of one badly-flawed regime-change policy in Libya, we have instability spreading to many parts of the African continent and beyond. So it’s a kind of a supreme irony that the French are being asked to come in and clean up a mess that they themselves helped create by the actions in 2011 in Libya.”
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