Apparently, for a progressive “pro-Palestinian” activist like Ali Abunimah, there is nothing wrong with the reign of terror and destruction imposed by Islamists in Mali – but when a western country helps the armed forces of Mali to drive the Islamist terror groups back, it’s time to express outrage.
Since Abunimah is a regular Al Jazeera contributor – bothÂ for the websiteÂ and asa studio guestÂ – one could wonder if this is the kind of “nuance” that the New York Times editorial board had in mind when itÂ warmly welcomedÂ the news about the planned launch of Al Jazeera America.–Ali Abunimah and the Islamist reign of terror in MaliÂ byÂ Petra Marquardt-Bigman via HP.
The blessings of sharia:
The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;—Qur’anÂ 5:33
The pro-Sharia forces in Mali need not worry. A few casualties, a few hostages, a few corpses dragged through the streets, and the French will go away, and Sharia will prevail. “France launches air strikes in Mali against Islamist rebels,” by Elizabeth Pineau and Bate Felix forÂ Reuters, January 11 via JW.
(Reuters) – France carried out air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Friday as it began a military intervention intended to halt a drive southward by the militants who control the country’s desert north.