With more western countries getting indirectly involved in the
conflict in Mali, there’s increasing speculation about their motives.
Journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark told RT, that the intervention has
‘only economic reasons’.
Several western countries have already offered France, which is to boost its force to 2,500 soldiers next week, aid in Mali.
The UK is providing logistical air assistance, while the United States is providing surveillance and other
also announced it will supply transport planes for French forces and
consider sending refueling tankers for French warplanes.
has joined with the allies to support the on-going military intervention
by dispatching a heavy-lift military transport. The country is also
making an indirect contribution by training counter-terrorism operatives
in neighboring Niger.
Italy is ready to offer logistical support
for air operations, but it will not be joining French troops on the
ground. The country’s defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paola told the
Senate on Wednesday that Italy’s offer was confined to air operations
Journalist Neil Clark
told RT he believed economic reasons were behind every single western
military adventure of the last 30 years – and Mali was no different.
The UK is helping this French campaign in Mali with supplies and
several British hostages have now been killed in Algeria. How concerned
do you think the British public and politicians are about getting
Neil Clark: I think the public is
very concerned, because what’s happened here is David Cameron, who spent
most of last year cheering on Islamist rebels in Syria, has now taken
the line that Islamist rebels in Mali are the biggest danger to the
world and we must intervene, Britain must help France regardless of the
consequences for Britain. And I think it’s a very misguided policy.
Unfortunately the political elite in Britain seem to be all behind his
policy, which is very disturbing, but I think the public is very
concerned about what’s going on.
RT: What's in this for the UK – what's London looking to gain from supporting France?
It’s very interesting, because if we think back to 2011, it was David
Cameron and William Hague people like this, who were the loudest and
most aggressive cheerleaders for the deposing of Colonel Gaddafi. And
now the very same people – Cameron and Hague are the ones saying we’ve
got to get involved in Mali operation to put down Al-Qaeda groups there.
And so there’s a real inconsistency here, real hypocrisy. Why is
fighting Al-Qaeda in Africa the biggest task? Why do we play such an
active role in toppling leaders? And what’s in it for Britain? I think
that what’s happening is that this Al-Qaeda threat is being used as a
smoke screen for the re-colonization of Northern Africa by NATO forces,
by France, Britain and the US.
RT: Do you think that’s why we they are ignoring of the rise of Al-Qaeda in Syria?
Absolutely! Because, of course, one of the biggest myths in
international relations is that western powers are implacably opposed
Al-Qaeda for the last 20-30 years. They are not. They will use the
Al-Qaeda threat in some circumstances to invade certain countries like
Afghanistan. But elsewhere they would actually back Al-Qaeda militants
to topple secular regimes, like in Syria and Libya. It’s going to a
Frankenshtein’s monster, and of course it all dates back to Afghanistan
in the 1980s. And Al-Qaeda and radical Islamic groups were used by the
West to help topple the Red Army. And that’s all part of the policy.
RT: How far could the British involvement in North Africa potentially go – and what further reaction could there be?
I think we are going to be dragged more and more into it, because last
week David Cameron was telling us that we just can’t allow Islamists to
take power in Mali so he can't just back down a few days later and say
that it doesn’t really matter, if the Islamists take power in Mali. So,
he has talked himself into a corner on this one by bigging up the
situation. So, I very much fear, I mean the neo cons haven’t got their
war against Syria, so, now it seems we’ve all got to support this
intervention against Mali.
RT: Africa has
plenty of untapped natural resources. Which countries appear most
interested in securing and possibly expanding their interests there? And
how could those interests clash?
possibly, because I think obviously France from Mr. Hollande’s point of
view – their economy is in a very bad state in France – and I think that
he is hoping that a successful intervention in Mali would boost his
popularity ratings back home. It's already been well documented about
the uranium issue and how France needs uranium there. And Mali is a big
producer of uranium. There are resources there. So, I think France –
this is very clear – has economic reasons. And I think economic reasons
are behind every single western intervention of the last 30 years. If we
look back at attacks on Yugoslavia, the attacks on Syria, the Libyan
war – all these were dressed up as humanitarian
interventions. But they
were not. They are economic interventions. And the west wants resources,
the west wants to get control of resources in this region. And I think
NATO is going to relocate in North Africa. I think that’s clearly what
this is all about. The Al-Qaeda threat is being bigged up in order for
when NATO leaves Afghanistan, it will relocate to North Africa.