Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Curiouser and curiouser

 I'm all for pragmatism in reaching political goals, especially if bloodshed can be avoided. But the news over the weekend that the MNLA and Ansar Dine had joined forces raised an eyebrow on your Editor.

Reports suggest that the 'merger' between the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the Islamist Ansar Dine has hit a rocky patch. Time will tell. The National Anarchist goal is a homeland and autonomy for all ethnic groups in Azawad, not just for the majority Tuaregs. But it should be recognised that history rarely moves as fast as we would like, and at least Ansar Dine seem edging toward the secessionist position. It's the religious imperialism they espouse which could jeopardise the birth of a new Tuareg state.