I have to wonder why there was such swift and decisive action taken (by the French or anyone else!!) to help the people of Mali and crush this 'takeover' ... yet, 100+ people a day have been killed in Syria for almost two years .... and no one is doing anything to stop that slaughter??
Isn't it an opportunity for Europe/American military to get their foot in the door of Africa? Next there will be a French/European or American "military base" in Mali, you know, the way America put a military base in Haiti decades ago.