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La Vanguardia - Spain | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Intervention with uncertain outcome

With their military intervention in Mali the French have averted the danger of radical Islamists assuming power for now, the liberal-conservative daily La Vanguardia points out, but says the risks of such combat operations are not controllable: "The risky French intervention - which has been criticised as neo-colonialist by the Algerian press - is being conducted under the pretext of helping secure a failed state. But with such operations you only know how they begin, not how they will end. However it is also true that non-intervention would have led to the extremists taking over the country, with all the repercussions that would have for the region. The first few days of combat have prevented this for the time being, but truly saving the country will be a tremendously difficult task."

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