Terror in Mali: An Attack on China and Russia?

November 27, 2015 at 3:14 PM


Coming on the heels of the terrorist attack in Paris, the mass shooting and siege at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of the African nation of Mali, is still further evidence of the escalation of terrorism throughout the world. While there has already been much written about the incident in both western and non-western media, one critical angle on this story has been entirely ignored: the motive.

For although it is true that most people think of terrorism as entirely ideologically driven, with motives being religious or cultural, it is equally true that much of what gets defined as “terrorism” is in fact politically motivated violence that is intended to send a message to the targeted group or nation. So it seems that the attack in Mali could very well have been just such an action as news of the victims has raised very serious questions about just what the motive for this heinous crime might have been.

International media have now confirmed that at least nine of the 27 killed in the attack were Chinese and Russian. While this alone would indeed be curious, it is the identities and positions of those killed that is particularly striking. The three Chinese victims were important figures in China’s China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), while the Russians were employees of Russian airline Volga-Dnepr. That it was these individuals who were killed at the very outset of the attack suggests that they were the likely targets of what could perhaps rightly be called a terrorist assassination operation.

But why these men? And why now? To answer these questions, one must have an understanding of the roles of both these companies in Mali and, at the larger level, the activities of China and Russia in Mali. Moreover, the targeted killing should be seen in light of the growing assertiveness of both countries against terrorism in Syria and internationally. Considering the strategic partnership between the two countries – a partnership that is expanding seemingly every day – it seems that the fight against terrorism has become yet another point of convergence between Moscow and Beijing. In addition, it must be recalled that both countries have had their share of terror attacks in recent years, with each having made counter-terrorism a central element in their national security strategies, as well as their foreign policy.

And so, given these basic facts, it becomes clear that the attack in Mali was no random act of terrorism, but a carefully planned and executed operation designed to send a clear message to Russia and China.

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Syria: Turkey Supports Terrorism, Attacks Russia; US-NATO Continue Drive for Regime Change

November 25, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on WBAI’s Morning Show (Nov. 25, 2015) to discuss the situation in Syria after Turkey shot down a Russian jet. Draitser explains the nature of US and Turkish support for terror groups in Syria, the importance of the Syria-Turkey border region, and the agenda for US-NATO in Syria. He also discusses the rich historical record of US support for terrorism, and how Washington uses it as a weapon in pursuit of its foreign policy objectives. (Length: roughly 16 minutes)

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US-NATO Escalation in Syria? Turkey Downs Russian Jet

November 24, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Eric Draitser appears on KPFA (94.1FM – Berkeley, CA) to provide his analysis of Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet along the Turkish-Syrian border. Draitser argues that Turkish President Erdogan used this pretext to attack Russia for destroying the terrorist groups and infrastructure that Turkey has long been supporting. He also explains Turkey’s regional ambitions of hegemony, the reason it has been set on destroying Syria, and how Russia might respond. All this and much more in this 20 minute interview.

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Terror in Europe: How US-NATO Foreign Policy Has Brought Terrorism to the EU

November 24, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary (Nov. 22, 2015) on the latest developments in Europe as Belgium responds to a possible imminent terror attack. Draitser explains that US-NATO support for terrorism in Syria has created a jihadist monster which is now targeting Europe itself. He notes that the Paris attacks have cause some shifts in terms of policy in France and the US, but that it is unlikely to change Washington’s agenda of regime change for Syria and support for terrorism in Syria and internationally.

US Role in Syria: Counter-Terrorism or Regime Change?

November 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Sputnik Radio (Nov. 22, 2015) to provide his analysis of the US role in Syria after the Paris attacks and the UN Security Council draft resolution against terrorism and ISIS/ISIL. Draitser argues that the US would need to stop arming and supporting a variety of terrorist groups in pursuit of regime change in Syria, but that the likelihood of such a dramatic shift in US policy is low. He also notes that there may be disagreements in Washington as to the best course of action, but the consensus is still for regime change and the destruction of the Syrian state.

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