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France sends in combat troops and runs mirage sorties to northern Mali to combat terrorists.

France sends in combat troops and runs mirage sorties to northern Mali to combat terrorists.

http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2013/01/12/la-france-d...



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interestingly, the most of

interestingly, the most of the comments are skeptical of the action. they say that this is all about oil, neo-colonialism, Western domination etc...
There were 1-2 comments to the tune of "Go Troops, Good Job, etc"

"My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline."
- Ludwig Von Mises

I noticed the same thing in

I noticed the same thing in the comments.

a few more translated

*Edit to fix a mistranslation
a few more translated highlights:
"Cette opération "durera le temps nécessaire""
-This operation will last as long as necessary.

"M. Hollande a annoncé un renforcement du plan Vigipirate en France, actuellement au niveau "rouge", "dans les meilleurs délais". Le chef de l'Etat, ainsi que plusieurs ministres, participeront à un nouveau conseil de défense, dimanche, le troisième en trois jours"

Mr Hollande announced a strengthening of the "Vigipirate" plan in France to level "red" (note: sounds like the terror alert system under Bush) in the shortest order. The head of State, as well as several ministers(i.e cabinet ministers), will participate in a new defense council, sunday, the third in three days.

"My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline."
- Ludwig Von Mises

thanks for posting this. i

thanks for posting this.

i believe there was a post about Mali here not all that long ago about this very subject. Interesting how things have come to pass

"My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline."
- Ludwig Von Mises

i'm glad i can read french.

i'm glad i can read french. it's actually a kind of a scary article, all things considered. some translated highlights:
"n'a pas d'autre but que la lutte contre le terrorisme"
-no other goal but the war against terrorism

"La France ne défend aucun intérêt particulier"
-France is not defending any particular interest

"l'action de la France soit saluée par l'ensemble de la communauté internationale et les pays africains"
-France's action will be(or is being) welcomed by the entire international community and african countries

"des conséquences, non seulement pour les otages français, mais aussi pour tous les ressortissants français où qu'ils se trouvent dans le monde musulman"
-(talking about Islamic terrorist threats) consequences not only for french hostages but also for any french person anywhere in the muslim world

"Selon des diplomates, l'intervention française se fonde en particulier sur l'article 51 de la Charte de l'ONU, qui prévoit un "droit naturel de légitime défense, individuelle ou collective, dans le cas où un membre des Nations Unies est l'objet d'une agression armée". La France n'est pas tenue dans ce cadre d'obtenir une autorisation du Conseil mais l'en informe"

According to diplomats, the french intervention rests particularly on Article 51 of the UN charter, which provides "the natural right to legitimate defense, individual or collective, in the case where a UN member is the object of an aggressive attack. France did not obtain an authorization from the council but did inform them.

"My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline."
- Ludwig Von Mises

thanks for de french translations

Where is the Foreign Legion?

donvino

from what i can tell, there

from what i can tell, there is no mention of the "Foreign Legion" in particular. it refers to "french forces" and "french combatants/soldiers".

"My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline."
- Ludwig Von Mises