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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, January 18, 2013

Yet another pointless war

The bloodbath in Algeria proves that the military campaign in Mali is doomed to fail, political scientist Vittorio Emanuele Parsi contends in the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: "So far the only 'successes' of the new French military campaign in Africa have been two tragic side-effects: the hostage crisis in the gas field in Algeria and the death of a French hostage in Somalia. The conflict in Mali seems to be related to the last campaign to protect Europe in Libya. Particularly since the alleged 'victory' achieved through weapons in Libya it seems the use of violence - or war, to call a spade a spade - increasingly misses the political target in the name of which it was initiated. ... So instead of working out a perfect strategy and tactics it would be far more sensible to rely on the political and economic instruments at our disposal - before we found ourselves caught up in the umpteenth 'war against terrorism' out of which the military will have to extricate us because the politicians have been incapable of setting realistic goals and making available the justified and necessary resources."

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