Canada and Mali
January-16-13 9:28 AM
The conflict in Mali suddenly became relevant.
Here in Canada, the story on Mali is different.
- John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs) says it won't happen.
- Peter MacKay (Minister of Defence) says it might happen.
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper said a Globemaster III plane would be there for
- Mali's president tweeted… thanking Canada for the involement.
- The French ambassador says that it was a plan to push Canada into getting
involved for more than a week.
Mali is a landlocked, West African nation.
- Mali is a former French colony.
○ This would be largely important.
○ Canada is wanted in the country in the conflict, as French is one of our
official languages (we would have bilingual tropops?).
○ Note: many countries in Africa have adopted the language of their former
colonizers (ex. Mali adapting French).
- Like virtually all nations, Mali is a collection of different ethnicities.
○ Tuaregs in the North have been fighting for years.
- Canada is connected to the situation due to our heavy involvement in Libya.
○ Canada contributed a number of CF-18 flights and were publicly thanked
for punching above our weight.
○ On the surface, it looked like everything worked out well.
○ Below the surface, Gadhafi had supplied the Tuaregs with weapons for
them to achieve independence.
- In Northern Mali, various rebel groups, mainly Tuaregs, overthrew the
democratically elected government.
○ This in part led to the "War on Terror."
○ Tuaregs were overcome by M