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    by Pepe Escobar

    The imperialial juggernaut is once again on a roll in North Africa, with France in the lead. Secular-run Algeria had “better get its US$50 billion in reserves out of Western banks as soon as possible.” But overwhelming arms do not guarantee victory. “The French are on their way to meet the American fate in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”

     

    Zero Dark Mali

    by Pepe Escobar

    This article originally appeared in Asia Times.

    This will be a protracted nomad war.”

    Goooooooood morning, Vietnam! No, sorry, that was another quagmire.

    The soundtrack then was Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Motown and Stax. Now it's Goooooooooood morning, Mali! Yet the soundtrack can't be something as transcendental as Rokia Traore's Dounia, or as delightfully psychedelic as Amadou and Mariam's Dimanche a Bamako. It's way more menacing. Something like – he's inescapable – Hendrix in Machine Gun.

    Timing – as in the expansion of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) – is everything. Carefully choreographed Libyan blowback in the Sahel could not be a better replacement for NATO raising a monster white flag in Afghanistan. There's no Goooooood morning, Kabul! anymore; there's just the sorry countdown to see the last NATO helicopter leaving Bagram – Saigon 1975-style.

    The Economist – the voice of the City of London – is even promoting "Afrighanistan." There are nuances, of course. NATO had its ass kicked in Afghanistan by all sorts of Pashtun factions bundled up as "Taliban." But NATO "won" in Libya. With a certainly foreseen spin-off; the Islamist brigade which attacked the In Amenas gas field complex in the Algerian desert was using NATO-facilitated Kalashnikov AK-104s, F5 rockets, 60mm gun-mortars and, in a nifty NATOGCC fashion touch, the "chocolate chip" camouflage Qatar handed out to the NATO rebels in Libya (yellow flak jackets with brown patches). What next, the cover of Uomo Vogue?

    I'm Your Bogeyman, Turn Me On

    Inevitably, that most convenient of bogeymen – al-Qaeda – is once again back in fashion, the whole nebula of Salafi-jihadi groups and sub-groups promoted by the French-Anglo-American triad as the root of all evil in Northern Africa (but not in Libya, where they were exalted as "freedom fighters").

    Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of the founding members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), is for all practical purposes an easily digestible Osama bin Laden remix. Belmokhtar was a classic "Arab Afghan" – part of that multi-national legion trained by the ISI/CIA axis to fight the Soviets in 1980s Afghanistan. When he was back in Algeria in 1993 he joined the local jihad, as part of the Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC).

    AQIM since 2007 was very close to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), whose fighters were also trained in Afghanistan by ISI/CIA. And all the time LIFG was always conveniently manipulated by the CIA and MI6 against Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

    The key point is that Qatar is financing all these people.”

    After the targeted assassination of Gaddafi, AQIM was duly weaponized by LIFG, and even presented with scores of jihadis. Thus, unsurprisingly, there were plenty of LIFG fighters involved in the In Amenas raid. On top of it AQIM is also very close to the al-Nusra Front in Syria, which Washington branded as a terrorist organization (but not the eternally bickering "coalition" which wants to topple Bashar al-Assad).

    The key point is that Qatar is financing all these people – AQIM, the splinter MUJAO, Belmokhtar's brigades and the Salafist Ansar Ed-Dine, a bunch of Wahhabi takfiris who have absolutely nothing to do with tolerant Mali culture.

    What does stand out is the absolutely perfect pretext for NATO to get down to the groove in Northern Africa after its humiliating Afghan defeat. But wait; AFRICOM is already there! Still, Algeria – a secular Arab republic who historically has been pro-Cuban and pro-Soviet Union – better beware, and better get its US$50 billion in reserves out of Western banks as soon as possible. Sooner or later, the AFRICOM/NATO hydra is coming to get you.

    Islamo-Gangsterism, Anyone?

    For now we have the spectacle of Paris involved in the "cleansing" of Mali from not only weaponized Islamists – extraneous to Mali culture – but also indigenous, weaponized Tuaregs with legitimate grievances. The master plan is to support an absolutely corrupt regime in Bamako, led by a military coup plotter, the Fort Benning-trained Captain Amadou Sanogo.

    This is the meat of the matter of the new mission civilisatrice, protected by a convenient, UN-enabled smokescreen; a batch of impoverished African countries who will foot most of the bill – and come up with the 5,800 soldiers for another one of those impossibly ridiculous UN acronyms, AFISMA (African-led International Support Mission in Mali). Who pays what is still a mess; there will be a meeting next Tuesday in Ethiopia where they will all be haggling with the proverbial, reluctant "international donors."

    Even in France nobody knows who is fighting who and what are these people, really. Check out the hilarious semantic swamp here (in French). Le Monde believes it has solved the riddle; Paris is fighting "Islamo-gangsterism."

    The master plan is to support an absolutely corrupt regime in Bamako.”

    In this Folies de Pigalle in the desert, Washington will be "leading from behind." Wise move; shadow wars bypass quagmires. It's the French – with typical Gallic grandeur – who will remain infatuated with the illusion of soon ruling the Mali desert. In fact they won't even rule algae in the Niger river, because this will be a protracted nomad war. The prospect of a succession of sandy Dien Bien Phus looms.

    And the minute most of Mali's impoverished population – for the moment in favor of getting rid of AQIM, MUJAO, Belmokhtar's gang and Ansar ed-Dine – feels the slightest whiff of neocolonial occupation, the French are on their way to meet the American fate in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It's enlightening to regard all this under the perspective of President Obama 2.0 administration's foreign policy, as (vaguely) outlined in his inauguration. Obama promised to end US wars (shadow wars are much more cost-efficient). He promised multi-lateral cooperation with allies (while Washington effectively calls the shots), negotiation (as in our way or the highway) and no new war in the Middle East.

    To take the president at his word, this translates into no US war against Syria (just the shadow variety); no Bomb, Bomb Iran (just murderous sanctions); and France gets the Mali prize. Or will it? Zero Dark pulp fiction starts now.

    Pepe Escobar’s column "The Roving Eye" appears in Asia Times

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    Ebola is the elite's new form of war. Notice how effective. NOT ONE SINGLE WAR CORRESPONDENT and all of West Africa is being scooped up by Obama, Soros, the Rothschilds, Gates, etc. And they plan to make billions mass murdering Africans with weaponized ebola vaccines. Easy pickings because they are trapped in quarantine areas. Like shooting fish in a barrel with the whole world applauding the help the US is giving, even African Americans who were distracted on purpose by Ferguson.

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    First 9/11 Then Guillotines

    http://exopolitics.blogs.com/ebolagate/2014/09/first-911-then-guillotine...

    They've taken war off the table by magically turning it into health. What is they were going into Gaza with UN and Israeli troops to force vaccines on people to "save" them, vaccines made in US bioweapons labs?

    Here's the real story on Ebola. http://www.rense.com/general96/ebolasecretserum.html

    Here's an open letter to Putin. Look at the PDF's attached to it to see how real this all is.
    http://exopolitics.blogs.com/breaking_news/2014/08/open-letter-to-vladim...

    How many war correspondents do you know and can any of them turn on a dime and start covering this covert and incredibly successful take over of West Africa, soon coming to NYC? How many will get that this exposure will take down the UN and WHO and CDC, all of which are run by the Rothschilds, Rockefellers and CIA?

    How fast can people see the scope of this trick and what is planned and get hold of every possible war reporter they can and expose the crap out of what Obama, Soros, and bankers are doing? Because if they get away with this, there'll be no executions for their 9/11 crimes because they will have murdered vast numbers of people and there'll be no one left to come after them.

    Wall Street Has Moved Out of NYC Prepare for Major False Flag Attack, Perhaps Ebola - EbolaGate

    http://exopolitics.blogs.com/ebolagate/2014/08/wall-street-has-moved-out...

    CDC and CIA: A Close and Sick Relationship

    http://exopolitics.blogs.com/ebolagate/2014/08/cdc-and-cia-a-close-and-s...

    War Reporters MISS that U.S. deploying troops to West Africa

    USA TO SEND 3,000 TROOPS TO WEST AFRICA IN RUN UP TO MASS EBOLA VACCINATION CAMPAIGN
    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/usa-to-send-3000-troops-to-we...

    The U.S. military will deploy about 3,000 troops to West Africa to build Ebola treatment centers and train health-care workers, US officials announced today.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-military-to-send-3-000-to-battle-ebol...

    The deployment of US soldiers comes in the run up to a mass Ebola vaccination campaign as the production of untested emergency-use Ebola vaccines accelerates.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/09/15/accelerating_the_desperate....

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ebola-crisis-brit-become-first-4246913

    UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO HOLD EMERGENCY MEETING ON EBOLA ON THURSDAY
    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/usa-to-send-3000-troops-to-we...

    September 16, 2014

    Will there be a UN security resolution to occupy Liberia in the run up to a mass vaccination campaign?

    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48715#.VBiRDGrfpD9

    EBOLA OUTBREAK COINCIDED WITH UN AND WHO VACCINE CAMPAIGNS
    http://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/the-ebola-breakout-coincided-wi...

    US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (USAMRIID) & TULANE UNIVERSITY RELEASES BIOENGINEERED AIRBORNE EBOLA/LASS HYBRID IN SIERRA LEONE

    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/us-department-of-defence-usam...
    September 15, 2014

    The claim that the Ebola virus has been bioegioneered to become a new hybrid respiratory illness allowing for airborne human-to-human transmission rings true.

    In 2009, Baxter contaminated 72 kilos of the seasonal flu vaccine with the deadly bird flu in its biosecurity level 3 facilities in Austria creating a combination which would have allowed for the airborne transmission of the deadly virus between humans.

    “The primary Ebola strain being spread right now (as their are 2) was bioengineered by the US Department of Defense (via USAMRIID) & Tulane University with the knowledge/help from pharma/biotech giants such as Monsanto, Alnylam, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, Pfizer and a much smaller pharma company based out of Canada called Tekmira. A known Ebola strain from Central-Africa was used as the base, and was bioengeneered to become a new hybrid respiratory illness (a combination of Ebola Virus & Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever, weaponized via Tulane University & USAMRIID at Fort Detrick) making it become a genetic variant of the original strain. This bioengineered hybrid allowed for airborne human-to-human transmission, an extended incubation period (to increase spread/threat), and a slightly toned down virility (to have the ideal initial wanted mortality rate (~40%)).”

    http://zeitgeist77.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/us-department-of-defence-usa...

    US CHIEF OF STAFF: “THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS COMBATING EBOLA.”
    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/us-chief-of-staff-the-departm...
    September 15, 2014

    “According to a senior military official, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said at a recent meeting: “The Department of Defense’s number one priority is combating Ebola.””

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/14/it-doesnt-make-sense-concerns...

    OBAMA PLANS MAJOR EBOLA OFFENSIVE, INCLUDING MORE MILITARY
    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/obama-plans-major-ebola-offen...
    September 15, 2014

    *Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has pleaded with the US government to play a leading role in the Ebola epidemic.

    Is she badly informed or is she malicious? Does it really matter after this disastrous letter on her part inviting the wolf into the sheep pen?

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201409151392.html

    *President Obama said he will dramatically increase US government involvement in Ebola, including increasing the military presence.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/obama-plans-major-ebola-offensive-1410738096

    *The US is going to train the Liberian army to tackle the Ebola crisis.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/12/us-health-ebola-liberia-idUSKB...

    LIBERIA’S LARGEST NEWSPAPER: EBOLA MANUFACTURED BY US AND WESTERN PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES
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    *LIBERIAN SCIENTIST CALLS FOR LEGAL ACTION OVER THE ORCHESTRATED EBOLA OUTBREAK

    *EXPOSURE COMES AS US AND UN SCALE UP THEIR EBOLA EFFORTS IN LIBERIA
    ....

    Titled “Ebola, AIDS Manufactured By Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD? http://revolutionradio.org/?p=82199the article by Dr. Cyril Broderick, a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry ....

    By taking vigorous action to expose the truly evil Ebola plot, Liberia could help save not just Africa but also the USA, Europe, in fact, the entire globe, from an orchestrated Ebola epidemic. [.... FROM THE NWO.]

    See more http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/liberias-largest-newspaper-eb...

    SCANDAL: 69% of Ebola cases in Liberia NOT CONFIRMED BY LAB TESTS
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    WHO STATISTICS QUESTIONED: HOW COULD EBOLA DEATHS INCREASE TENFOLD IN ONE WEEK IN SEPTEMBER?
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    ROTHSCHILD AND 10 OTHER CEOs APPLAUD PLAN TO SEND US ARMY TO WEST AFRICA, call for end to travel bans
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    AFRICAN UNION CHIEFS HOLD EMERGENCY MEETING AHEAD OF UK, US MILITARY INVASION?
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    BRITISH ARMY TO BE SENT TO SIERRA LEONE: DID SIERRA LEONE ASK FOR THE BRITISH ARMY?
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    The facebook site has repeated appeals for donations to pay for emergency supplies for health personnel and a break down of new donations, but no sign of any donation from the UK.

    There are no appeals for the UK military to come.

    The British army presence comes after US army personnel who worked in Kenema Hospital at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak between mid March until July 25th left the country.

    “USAMRIID personnel also rotated to a hospital in Sierra Leone from mid-March until July 25, establishing a diagnostic laboratory at the Kenema Government Hospital but it no longer has any personnel in that country, according to a USAMRIID spokeswoman.”

    [SOROS AND GATES FUNDED THAT LAB.]

    http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140907/NEWS05/309070035/Obama-U-S-mil...

    “USAMRIID has been rotating personnel to Liberia since April and has two workers at the Liberian Institute of Biological Research Hospital conducting diagnostic testing and training staff.”

    [USAMRIID IS THE LAB THAT SENT OT WEAPONIZED EBOLA AFTER 9/11]

    OBAMA TO SEND US MILITARY TO WEST AFRICA TO ENFORCE EBOLA MARTIAL LAW
    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/obama-to-send-us-military-to-...

    OBAMA TO RAISE EBOLA AT NATO SUMMIT AS GLOBALISTS PUSH WORLD WAR THREE AGENDA
    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/obama-to-raise-ebola-at-nato-...

    LIBERIA: AN EXACT REPEAT OF THE COLOUR REVOLUTION IN THE UKRAINE?
    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/liberia-an-exact-repeat-of-th...

    IS GEORGE SOROS ATTEMPTING A COLOUR REVOLUTION IN WEST AFRICA? GLOBALISTS MAKE POWER GRAB AFTER ORCHESTRATING EBOLA CRISIS
    http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/emergency-update-george-soros...
    September 2, 2014

    *SOROS FOUNDATION “OPEN SOCIETY INITIATIVE ” JOINS CALL FOR ECOWAS ENVOY TO TAKE CONTROL OF EBOLA CRISIS TOGETHER WITH WHO AND UN

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201409012854.html

    http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/regions/africa

    *ECOWAS IS ANOTHER SOROS – FUNDED ORGANIZATION PUSHING THE GLOBALIST ECONOMIC AGENDA

    http://news.ecowas.int/presseshow.php?nb=005&lang=en&annee=2008

    http://www.panapress.com/ECOWAS,-Open-Society-institute-to-extend-areas-of-cooperation–12-511768-100-lang1-index.html

    *SOROS HAS SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS IN WEST AFRICA INCLUDING THE MANOCAP SOROS FUND

    http://sedfny.org/portfolio/active-portfolio/manocap-soros.html

    ttp://www.sedfny.org/portfolio.html

    *SOROS FOUNDATION FUNDED KEY PERSONNEL IN BIOWEAPONS LAB AT THE CENTRE OF THE EBOLA OUTBREAK IN KENEMA

    http://vhfc.org/consortium/people/sabeti

    *SOROS LINKED TO USAID

    http://www.infowars.com/crisis-in-the-ukraine-usaid-support-for-destabil...

    *WHO SPOKESMAN GLENN THOMAS MYSTERIOUS DEATH OFFICIALLY EXPLAINED BY MH17 CRASH IN UKRAINE ON HIS WAY TO HIV CONFERENCE: EBOLA AN OFFSHOOT OF THE HIV BIOWEAPONS PROGRAMME?

    *SOROS FOUNDATIONS PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN OVERTHROW OF ELECTED UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT AND ITS REPLACEMENT BY CENTRAL BANKERS: SAME PATTERN OF ORDER OUT OF CHAOS FOR WEST AFRICA?

    http://www.infowars.com/soros-admits-responsibility-for-coup-and-mass-mu...

    *CDC CHIEF TOM FRIEDEN THREATENS SIERRA LEONE PRESIDENT WITH CATASTROPHE IN HOURS, FORCES OUT HEALTH MINISTER MIATTA KARGBO DAYS AFTER SHE CRITICIZED UN CHIEF NABARRO OVER LACK OF FUNDING

    http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200526108.shtml

    https://www.facebook.com/statehouse.freetown/posts/363752363775942:0

    *LIBERIAN PRESIDENT SIRLEAF DEFIES WHO AND CDC, SAYS DEATH PROJECTIONS OVER THE TOP

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201409010984.html

    *MOVES TO OUST HER FOR UN INTERIM GOVERNMENT BY CAMPAIGN ORGANIZED ON SOCIAL MEDIA INTENSIFY

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201409011017.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0

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    September 15, 2014

    http://nsnbc.me/2013/05/08/bill-gates-polio-vaccine-program-caused-47500...
    [THE WHO CLASSIFIED IT AS "NON-POLIO" PARALYSIS]

    MASS MURDER HAS BEGUN - AFRICANS BEING HUNTED DOWN

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    Just as I warned about last week, medical martial law has now been declared in Sierra Leone, where the entire nation has been ordered to shut down for 3 days.

    All six million of the nation's citizens have been ordered into a state of lockdown under threat of arrest.

    Ebola victims who have fled hospitals are now being hunted down like fugitives in door-to-door searches.

    This is all being done under the authority of the United Nations with U.S. military support:
    http://naturalnews.com/046945_medical_martial_law_Sierra_Leone_Ebola_pan...

    I love Pepe Escobar!

    "feels the slightest whiff of neocolonial occupation", the slightest whiff?The farts are already wafting, the diarrehea can't be far behind.

    About Asia Times Online:"it may be compromised"

    I regularly read Pepe Escobar's column online at Asia Times Online, but had a problem with my email recently and started going to websites from google search, and I just checked again, Google has a note on the listing for Asia Times Online "This site may be compromised.".  It's not defined exactly what that means, but when I checked further it suggests that going to the site is risky, something might come back on your computer in addition to the article.

    Awhile ago, the NSA had a blinking ad on Asia Times Online

    I posted in a comment on BAR awhile ago, when mentioning Pepe Escobar's earlier piece and going to Asia Times Online that there was this "moving" ad on the homepage - the NSA National Security Agency of the U.S., was looking for recruits, employees for the agency and I made a joke about it in my BAR comment.  I rarely agree with conspiracy theories, but I do like the ones by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern on JFK's assination in his interviews in recent years, his analysis of the CIA since he left...But NSA running a jobs ad on Asia Times Onine?  Weird.

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