Matthews: Should Canada's military support the intervention in Mali?
Senior Deputy Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Yes. Mali and the African Union are begging for help. Canada's former ambassador to the UN, Robert Fowler, spent some time in the northern part of Mali as a "forced" guest of Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb, and has gathered some deep insight into the ambitions of this outfit. Their ultimate objective, along with the other radical islamists groups in Mali, is to destabilize all of Western Africa and eventually launch attacks against Western countries. The atrocities being committed in the north also adds a human rights imperative for Canada to engage.