Intro by Innocent Chia
For the professed critics of The Chia Report who have been hailing the French invasion of Mali as an altruistic act to save Mali from "extremists Islamists, Touareg and al-Qaeda", the writing is now clear on the wall. The French raided Mali and inserted itself in a purely domestic affair because of French economic interests. President Francois Hollande was in Mali to guarantee French investors that its construction of Nuclear plants and furtherance of the French strategic enerygy independence policy, severely undermined by the implosion of Japanese nuclear plants, was not going to be deterred by anyone, much less a bunch of Africans. Very smart people are making the misleading and factually inaccurate argument that the Uranium deposits are not in Mali, that they are in Niger. The fact of it is that the resources are buried in the border of both Niger and Mali, and all the actors are fighting from all sides to secure it. This war is not about governance. It is about economic interests of the West, not the plight of the people.