EU Defense (Doctrine)

Mali is good. Don't forget Syria!

(credit: European Parliament)

(BRUSSELS2 in Strasbourg) François Hollande received general congratulations for the French intervention in Mali. José-Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, paid tribute “ to the courage and determination of France. By standing alongside the people of Mali, you guaranteed that Europe was also present by defending our interests and our values ​​to show that we have a mission which of course goes beyond the borders of Europe. » A statement taken up by almost all the groups: from the Christian-Democrats of the EPP to the Greens via the British Tories or the Liberals and Democrats.

The only false note is that the left group (GUE) has made its difference heard. The German Gabriele Zimmer believes that “ military intervention is “not a good thing.” Its consequences are too unpredictable. We must respond to the population of Mali who turns to us: wants democracy, demands the right to live in decent conditions, or for their environment to be protected. ". A few nuances have intervened, however, especially in the center;

Danny's Fairy is not a Lady

For the Greens, Dany Cohn Bendit welcomed the intervention, using familiarity at leisure “ You were right. But let's go further. Reconciliation is also with the Tuaregs, inside Mali. "And he denounced the behavior of some" not entirely democratic, like Algeria, have not played their role to the end in the fight against terrorism, on the contrary, they are playing with fire by attacking terrorism and supporting them with a other side ". In passing, he tackled C. Asthon “ It is not France that can act alone, it is Europe, but that is another fairy tale. To support us, it we need a High Representative for Foreign Affairs who is worthy of this post. This is not quite the case now”.

A no-fly zone for Syria

Guy Verhofstadt hailed this " good choice. It was inconceivable that a jihadist regime would settle in Bamako ". But the former Belgian Prime Minister wanted to warn of “another tragedy” in Syria and “ its horrors » daily. This is not the first time that G. Verhofstadt has intervened. But he wanted to give this warning. “ Every day lost helping the democratic rebellion is a day gained for the jihadists. Assad will fall for sure. But it will be the radicals who will prevail. » Massive humanitarian aid must be provided, but also install a no-fly zone in northern Syria. If we don't have the courage to do that, let's give them anti-aircraft weapons so they can defend themselves. »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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