Didn’t we see this same scenario unfold about 7 months before the invasion of Afghanistan?
“Islamist rebels continued destroying historic mausoleums in Timbuktu for a second day on Sunday, in what one regional expert said was a direct message to the Malian capital Bamako that the rebels were the legitimate and untouchable rulers of the region.”
“Ansar Dine rebels continued to smash mausoleums of Muslim saints in Timbuktu – action reminiscent of the Taliban blowing up the giant Buddhas of the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan – because they see them as idolatrous and un-Islamic.”
“The Islamists destroyed the tombs of Sidi Mahmoud, Sidi Moctar and Alpha Moya on Saturday and on Sunday attacked Cheikh el-Kebir’s mausoleum as residents stood by helplessly”
“The international community fears the vast desert area will become a new haven for terrorist activity, and the Islamists have threatened any country that joins a possible military intervention force in Mali.”