In contrast, Sanda Ould Boumana, a spokesman for the Ansar Dine, states, “Some planes came and bombed some civilians. A woman was killed. It’s a well-known scenario. There wasn’t even combat. Planes bombed a mosque. That’s all.” What seems to be a heroic effort by the West to restore peace and security can be alternately interpreted as foreign imperialist support for “a bunch of murderers.” And here lies the crux in cultural—and world—security.
Intervention in Mali by Western troops brings with it numerous implications. For months it has been debated if, when, and how foreign nations should challenge the Islamist seizure of northern Mali, including the World Heritage Site of Timbuktu. For right now, General Carter F. Ham, the top American military commander in Africa, states that the Pentagon is now discussing the various options to support the French efforts in Mali. The Pentagon, however, is not considering sending American troops. The “if, when, and how” is likely to remain a point of contention in the implementation of foreign policy.