Toll in Saharan refinery siege climbs past 80; bomb squads resume search for explosive traps

  • Article by: AOMAR OUALI and ELAINE GANLEY , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 21, 2013 - 5:32 AM
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swmnguyJan. 20, 13 8:26 AM

National governments in Africa are starting to get some funny ideas about their resources. They think they own the uranium in the Sahara region, the oil and gas in Libya, Nigeria, Sudan and Algeria, and have the right to set the laws in their own countries.

That's not going to be tolerated by the West. Every country that has started to enforce their own sovereignty has seen shady Islamist mercenaries from Saudi Arabia and Yemen show up in isolated regions where there was already trouble, and the local governments were limited and had little control. These mercenaries are very well-financed and have obvious outside military support. When the locals live in mud huts and share a single well and maybe one ancient motorcycle per village, and all of a sudden a bunch of guys armed to the teeth with lots of trucks and gasoline show up, it's suspicious.

So the mercenaries make trouble, the local government can't control it, and outside countries "are forced" to come in and take over because the locals can't handle the situation. It's supposed to be a coincidence that these are the same outside powers who want to take all the mineral and energy resources without paying for them.

It's very convenient, isn't it. So far it's worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, and it's ongoing in Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and now Mali and Algeria. The big one on the horizon is Nigeria, with all that oil. And sure enough, for years we've been hearing of the quiet buildup of AFRICOM. Another good way to predict the next country that will get this "Shock Treatment" is to look for large Chinese business dealings. The Chinese go in, form partnerships and build infrastructure, and then the mercenaries show up, and then the West is "forced" to invade and by the way, seize the Chinese investment.

It's been working so well, we're not going to stop doing it.

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phatcatpatJan. 20, 1311:18 AM

A tragedy that is difficult to comprehend, but you cannot negotiate with terrorists. They must be destroyed at all costs.

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goldencroJan. 20, 1311:51 AM

I like the Algerian's approach. No negotiations, no mercy. They battled an insurgent war with Islamist militants twenty years ago. They are going to put a lid on this round quickly. Those foreign nationals made a choice to go work in a remote and dangerous location.

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rayk1800Jan. 20, 13 2:44 PM

People should be able to work where they are needed. Innocent people are targeted because they are easy prey. Terrorists need to be eliminated along with their families. Make them pay for their actions.

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munsterlandrJan. 20, 13 3:07 PM

This is what happens when America has a "lead from behind" President. In the Bush years Algeria would have called the President and asked for help and cooperation. Countries have now learned they cannot trust the Obama administration and have resorted to handling these episodes on their own. We have more small wars going on in this world right now, including another one in Mali, than ever before. America is leaderless and the thugs of the world know it.

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vikesgr8fanJan. 20, 13 4:03 PM

munsterlandr Your comment is so ridiculous it's positively breathtaking. Incidents that happen in other countries should be handled by officials in those countries, not us, and that's what is happening. Somehow you, and people of your ilk, seem to try to find a way to make everything that happens Obama's fault. Stop, just stop already. "In the Bush years", many other countries looked upon buffoon Bush and his cronies with barely concealed contempt. During those years is when disrespect for America and doubts about her leadership started to manifest itself.

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jcinmnJan. 20, 13 4:05 PM

munsterlandr "This is what happens when America has a "lead from behind" President. In the Bush years Algeria would have called the President and asked for help and cooperation. Countries have now learned they cannot trust the Obama administration and have resorted to handling these episodes on their own. We have more small wars going on in this world right now, including another one in Mali, than ever before. America is leaderless and the thugs of the world know it" That's because Bush's policies bankrupted us.

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ranger78Jan. 20, 13 6:13 PM

Tell me again why we aren't developing all of our energy sources to eliminate our dependence on whacked foreign sources?

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nomedsJan. 21, 13 7:43 AM

Again not our problem. We are over $16 trillion in debt. Where are all those people who complain about Gov't spending and then in their same breath want the U.S. to get involved in Foreign countries where 99.99% of the people in this country don't even know where Algeria is located? China and Russia aren't involved either.

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