The MNLA appears secular and it's statements reasoned. Certainly tribalists and nationalists should hope talks with Bamako result in an independent state in Azawad as soon as possible. National Anarchists should call for the non-intervention of those not directly involved: ECOWAS as an internationalist and globalist organisation should stay away and the deployment of troops should be avoided unless civilians will suffer otherwise. Of course all humanitarian and aid organisations should have full access immediately. The displaced need to return home at the earliest opportunity.
It is easy for me, sat here in my cosy corner of Wessex, to add that the MNLA also need to deal with Ansar Dine. The MNLA are numerically larger and better armed. Can this be done without blood shed? We must hope so. National Anarchists should support national liberation struggles like those of the MNLA, but we should oppose the Islamo-fascism of Ansar Dine. Of course, we National Anarchists are not anti-religion. We recognise religion and spirituality as major factors in the make up of human identity and existence. But we are against this type of religious imperialism.
The MNLA appear to be the good guys. Their public relations seem as conciliatory as a national liberation army can be and they have shown their humanitarian nature. Almost exclusively Tuareg, the MNLA will want to start building a Tuareg nation in the Azawad. However, any new Tuareg dominated administration MUST recognise the rights of the other ethnic groups within Azawad such as the Songhai and Peul. These people must have the right to self-determination: within semi-autonomous regions, within Mali or indeed as separate political entities. We must must not witness the balkanisation of Azawad, and at present, that responsibility lies with the MNLA.
Obviously National Anarchists have no intrinsic interest in the formation of states as political structures, but we must encourage separatist and secession movements - all moving in a decentralist direction. We must welcome the creation of a new ethno-state in Azawad as a step toward a world of maximum devolution amd maximum autonomy. National Anarchists must not begin acting like the Ultra-Left - those refusing to engage with and act within the real world, preferring only to preach from the sidelines from their own particular Gospel. In order to be relevant, National Anarchists need to formulate opinions on events that happen around us and be ready with a distinct National Anarchist analysis, with tribal solutions to the world's problems. When history moves and nations stand up, National Anarchists need to get behind them - recognising gradualism as well as revolution.