Sun Jan 13, 2013, 04:52 PM
ellisonz (27,182 posts)
Mali: The 'gentle' face of al-Qaeda An exclusive report from inside northern Mali.
By May Ying Welsh
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2012 12:29
Dar es Salam, northern Mali - We make a flashing signal with our headlights to let them know our car is in trouble.
They drive a wide berth around us at high speed. Unsure who we are, they fear an ambush on their caravan. It is late at night and there are many forces in this Sahara.
After some hesitation, a group of men get out and in a staggered V-shape military formation, guns at the ready, start walking toward us in the dark.
"Al Sallam alaykum." "Wa alaykum sallam."
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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 05:40 PM
freshwest (53,661 posts)
1. Another version of good old boys. Not so friendly to women. The simplicity of feudal life.
"...I can't lie before God. They came to us and paid their respects. At the time these little girls were not wearing hijab. They put hijabs on them and gave us a dress code..."
...Yet for all the huge sums of money, most Tuaregs in northern Mali dislike Salafism and remain un-seduced by al-Qaeda. Most still cling to dreams of independence and find old-school national liberation groups like the MNLA attractive, in spite of the fact that it cannot even afford to feed its troops.
"We are Muslims but we can't stand the Salafi way," says Bukhadu, a 22-year-old Tuareg herder who likes the MNLA. "We want our sisters to feel the wind in their hair..."
While the prospect of getting help on the road is pleasant, the article doesn't state who is in the vehicle. If women were in the car without proper attire according to religious zealots, they might have been seen as godless westerners and held for ransom. They even suggest that a man leave his family and elders who rely on him for care, to go to paradise with them. By the way, you can't get there alive.
Are they intending to kill before they die for their goals, one can't help but ask. Otherwise, it's a nice story of humans helping each other. Note the wealth of Al Queda and where it came from.
The piece is quite informative as to the way stateless regions, without central government, as the tea baggers and others want to have here, would end up.
Glenn Beck and David Barton in Texas, and the State of Michigan are creating fiefdoms within those states. I would suggest a read of the thread below, as it's pretty complete. This can be brought about the rich or those the rich destroy.
Developer pitches $1B commonwealth for Belle Isle (Detroit's special PUBLIC park island)
Glenn Beck is building his own Jim Jones style Jonestown
One that was in the news in Texas is still operating and shows feudalism through religious and libertarian designed social engineering is growing. I posted this on the Glenn Beck thread above:
The YFZ Ranch, also known as the Yearning for Zion Ranch, is a 1,700-acre (7 km2) community which housed as many as 700 people just outside of Eldorado in Schleicher County, Texas, United States. It is owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It is about 45 miles (72 km) southwest of San Angelo and 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Eldorado. The Ranch was settled by members of the FLDS Church who left Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona under increasing scrutiny from the media, anti-polygamy activists and law enforcement officials.
America is being advised from the left and the right, who want the government out of the way to break the USA up into local communes that will end up with the same society, no matter what they call it now.