No one should want war. Especially, we should not want an unjust war fought on spurious grounds for questionable motives. Yet such a war is unfolding in Mali, and this is just one a step in what John Pilger described in the New Statesman as
“A full-scale invasion of Africa”
Justification for each step is being dispensed by the spoonful, so that the taxpayers who foot the bill don’t catch on too quickly and kick up a stink. But this is not medicine. It’s poison.
Speaking out against the war in Mali does not mean you are an anarchist, a traitor, or being disloyal to your country. It does not mean you are supporting terrorists. It just means you want to see a more serious long-term effort in trying to support political and diplomatic efforts to resolve disputes in other countries before committing to war. Even if you initially agreed with the French military intervention, you can still demand that they scale back now and allow negotiations to begin, as there are no signs of any of the threats to stability and security which led to the launch of Operation Serval.
Here is your chance to take action.
You can take a tiny step in the other direction, away from this senseless war. These are petitions against the war in Mali. I wish there was just one, but I found five so far. Maybe some of you can’t find the time or energy to sign them all in one go, but if you can find just two minutes every day or so over the course of the week, you will eventually sign three or even four. Beyond this, I am not sure what will come next, but we need to be ready to take action, to stop this madness and prevent ourselves and our countries from being forced into another decade of conflict we can not afford.
- No U.S. Drone Strikes in Mali Without Congressional Approval – Just Foreign Policy – Petitioning US Representatives and Senators (US/International)
- End War in Mali! – YouSign – Petitioning United Nations Security Council (International)
- End Canada’s support for the French-led war on Mali – change.org – Petitioning Government of Canada and the Opposition Leaders (International)
- Stop the French war in Mali – Petitions2Congress – Petitioning US Congress (US Residents)
- No British Intervention in Mali – HM Government e-petition (UK residents, email confirmation required)
What else can you do?
Activist Berkely Hermann has written Why is No One Resisting the Mali War? on Nation of Change and suggests contacting CodePink, United For Peace and Justice, Peace Action, the Student Peace Network (if you are a student), Veterans for Peace, Global Exchange, the Socialist Party USA, Roots Action, the United National Antiwar Coalition, and any other groups, telling them to take a firm stand against the war in Mali.
- Leave details of other petitions or ideas in the comments, and please, please, talk, write and tweet about this, share this post, share the petitions when you sign them, and encourage others to take action, even if they “don’t usually do that sort of thing”.
- If you are an analyst, a writer, a journalist, or any other “neutral” party, then I beg you to peek over the objectivity barrier just briefly, and let your inner human make the choice about signing, and sharing.
- If you are concerned about email security please use a disposable or temporary email account to sign the petitions.
Why Should You Act?
- Europe’s new Scramble for Africa (revolution observer)
- Feed People, Resettle Them, and Keep Them from Killing Each Other | Sahel Blog (sahelblog.wordpress.com)
- British soldiers to Mali war (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- ‘Mali resources behind French-led war’ (rinf.com)
- Mali: Analysis by Samir Amin by Samir Amin (zcommunications.org)
- Humanitarian situation worsens in Mali (realisticbird.wordpress.com)
- The Art of War – The Reconquest of Africa (mathaba.net)
- Commentaries And Analysis On The Mali War (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)
- US Official: Mali Intervention ‘Could Take Several Years’ (news.antiwar.com)
- RT: Ron Paul calls US involvement in Mali ‘undeclared war’ (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- Mali ‘bloody atrocities': Exclusive footage shows army’s war crimes (12160.org)