France says military intervention will begin ‘in a matter of weeks’
A military intervention in Mali is beginning to look inevitable. France expects to have West African soldiers on the ground within weeks and even the United Nations is in favour. None of this, however, makes intervention a good idea.
International support for a military intervention in Mali is gathering momentum quicker than the Harmattan wind blows across the Sahel. In a matter of days, the powers that be (the ones that have the authority and resources to turn intervention talk into boots on the ground) have all come out in favour of getting involved sooner rather than later. Bullish talk from the United States, France, the European Union and, crucially, the United Nations Security Council suggests Mali should get ready for an influx of foreign soldiers.
“It’s a matter of weeks, not months, weeks,” French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday. This is significant because France is expected to provide the bulk of the logistical support for the mission.
The Security Council, meanwhile, has officially indicated that it is willing to give the green light to any intervention plan.