The first key point that should be considered when analyzing Mali´s conflict is the fact that France is currently part of the imperial system of the West, which is led by the Anglo-Saxons. Within this system there are certainly different actors with different roles, however no member of this system acts as they please without the approval of the hard core of this empire: the great financial “families” who created and control the USA Federal Reserve, the European Union, the European Central Bank, the Euro, etc. François Hollande has for many years been a member of the French American Foundation which was set up in 1976 by these powerful “families” – described by Pierre Hillard as “The American Trojan Horse in France”. Both Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, are little more than the “poodles” of these decades-old and powerful clubs that make a mockery of the distinctions we make between the left and the right (in fact, these families fund both right and left), of the vision of a world divided into sovereign states, and that laugh at the ignorance of the “ordinary people”. Their power is such that even the US Administration and its considerable armed forces (with a military budget equal to that of the rest of the world) are mere tools used to carry out their projects. The times are over when Mitterrand´s France did not fall into line with the empire’s designs, making it necessary to defeat it in Rwanda and Zaire (the current DR of Congo), even though this cost millions of lives.

The second key point that we should not forget is that the recent conflicts in Côte d’Ivoire, Lebanon, Syria and Mali are not isolated accidents that happened one after the other simply by chance. Already in 1997, Zbigniew Brzezinski, surely the most important strategist of these powerful “families”, argued in his book The Grand Chessboard, that their control of Eurasia (Europe and Asia) would guarantee the survival and prosperity of the empire and that, therefore, the greatest and most pressing concern for the United States, as the first genuinely global power, is to ensure that no rival power manages to take control of Eurasia. According to Zbigniew Brzezinski, this also extends to the African continent, which is connected and subordinated to Eurasia. Whoever controls these continents, will control the world. For these people, Africa is the most valuable of the “regions” considered to be “peripheral” and “under-developed”, yet very rich in all kinds of natural and energy resources. It was for this reason that AfriCom was recently established, the unified U.S. command for Africa. Brzezinski´s influence is considerable, not only among Republicans, but also among Democrats. Even David Rockefeller, the “great man” of the elite and of the various clubs where the “families” come together, was so impressed by Brzezinski that he tasked him with setting up the Trilateral Commission.

Only when we have situated the current conflict in Mali within this wider frame, can we understand it in detail. The fact is that once again, life seems to insist on rewarding the imperialist “altruistic generosity” when, as if by magic, all sorts of extraordinary resources in these “liberated countries” happen to fall into Western hands. In Mali´s case, gold, uranium, coltan, lithium, gas, oil…and all other resources that will be discovered over the next few years (as happened in previous “generous interventions”) but were already known for many years by our “heroic” leaders. In addition to this, there is also the geostrategic issue: Mali is located in the middle of an area of significant interest. It borders seven countries, all of which are of strategic interest for one reason or another. Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire and their substantial resources face directly onto the Atlantic; Niger, where France has also sent special forces, is one of the major uranium exporters, and is controlled by the French transnational Areva; and Algeria, a global power in gas manufacturing that deserves a special place in the analysis of this conflict. Analysts as well informed as the Frenchman Thierry Meyssan, believe that all of this “opens the way for the destabilization of Algeria” in the so-called gas war. He makes a similar observation about the rather strange and “chance” attack on the Amenas gas plant. This attack was carried out by the Khaled Abu Al-Abbas group, an arm of the jihadist AQIM, and was, according to The Jerusalem Post, coordinated by a Canadian called Chedad.

Furthermore, in this dossier we find the usual oft-repeated and well-known criminal and propagandistic elements: the taking of power by a “strong man” and his colleagues who were trained in the United States (in this case, Captain Amadou Sanogo along with CNRDRE officers, whose coup d’etat was deemed legal by the Economic Community of Central African States, CEEAC, led by Alassane Ouattara, put in power by the West one year earlier in Côte d’Ivoire); the financial and military support to various groups who could be considered either “heroic freedom fighters” or “terrorists”, depending on what suits one’s point-of-view (in this case, Tuareg tribes and the various military units on whose training around six hundred million dollars has been spent during the last four years, according to the New York Times); the use of these groups to generate conflicts and the subsequent interventions carried out on the pretext of resolving these conflicts, of the fight against terrorism, of humanitarian motivations or of the defence of human rights; and the speed of the deployment of the empire’s forces (a speed at which it is very difficult not to perceive prior intent) in the very moment in which the starting pistol is fired – usually an event that justifies just such a “generous intervention” (a speed of action that stands in stark contrast with the abandonment of the Congolese people in the hands of their Rwandan assailants for seventeen years)…

Thus, as Manlio Dinucci rightly states, “What has started in Mali, with the French troops providing a spearhead, is therefore an operation of great significance that, from the Sahel, extents right across West and East Africa. This operation has been combined with that which started, in the North of Africa, with the destruction of the state of Libya and the manoeuvres to choke off, in Egypt and in other countries, the public uprisings. This is a long term operation that forms part of the strategic plan whose goal is to have the entire African continent under the military control of the “great democracies”, that today are returning to Africa with their colonial helmets painted with the colours of peace.”