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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

France may intervene, but not the US

France now has the backing of the UN Security Council for its military operations in Mali. The conservative daily Lidové noviny finds it strange that no one is objecting to this intervention whereas the US is always faced with protests when it undertakes such action: "Since 1960 the French have intervened more than 50 times in Africa. They fought in Chad and in the undeclared war with Libya, protected the regimes in Djibouti and in the Central African Republic against rebels, prevented a coup in the Comoro Islands and fought in Ivory Coast. Whether it was about defending economic interests, protecting French citizens or demonstrating France's strength as a major power, the tenants at the Élysée Palace, both on the left and on the right, have often revealed a propensity for unilateral action. ... But no one has ever protested. ... If the US intervened with such vehemence there would be never-ending protests in Europe. And the US embassy would be besieged by infuriated diplomats - above all French ones."

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