The recent United Nations Security Council's approval of the involvement of an intervention military force, to help re-conquer a large portion of Northern Mali, from the control of Al-Qaeda backed Islamist militants has not been done without its share of controversy.
What the UN Security Council is demanding is that they are giving the intervention force a one-year mandate to use all necessary measures to help Mali's Transitional government to take back the lost territory from the terrorist extremist armed groups who tookjm advantage of the Sanogo led coup in March this year to seize a vast chunk of territory where they have not only imposed Islamic laws, but have been demolishing ancient shrines, monuments and historical artifacts.
The illegal Islamist invasion and occupation of a large chunk of Northern Mali is itself controversial in that Mali is considered by many as the touch-bearers of the Islamic religion. As a predominantly Muslim country and the home of the Malinke ethnic, Malian Arabic scholars who boast of long contacts with the Islamic cultural heritage propagated and imparted the Islamic religion to several African countries where they resided as traders.
What is real is that whatever ramification that the conflict would assume, flushing out the Islamist occupation forces will turn out to be Islam fighting Islamic dominated multinational forces. And whatever situation that may evolve may turn out to be embarrassing to Malian nationalism and Malian religious sentiments.
Malians normally feel that as Muslims, they have the abiding obligation to overseer the propagation of Islam. But within the Islamic sentiments there were always those Malians who feel they are more Islamist than other Malians especially Malians from the Southern part of the country whom they regard as westernized and hence their brand of Islam is a threat to true Islam.
On the perspectives of ideological grounds, what the Tuareg rebels and other separatists and their ally Al-Qaeda have been fighting for prior to the Captain Sanogo led coup that toppled the Regime of Ex-President Ahmadou Toumani Toure is an Islamic State of Mali.
A salient string that is attached to the UN Security Council's approval is that military force can only be used after political efforts have been exhausted, and that the military plans should be refined and approved before embarking on any offensive.
We view that any further delay in the implementation of the approved plan that gears at flushing out the rebels and reunifying Mali, through the international community backed ECOWAS multinational military intervention force would be a disaster and counter-productive exercise.
A delay to liberate Mali from the Tuareg rebels will also be counterproductive to the interests of thousands of Malians now languishing in refugee and displaced camps in anticipation of a return to peace and n normalcy in their country.