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Hollande Proving Himself a Surprisingly Wise Warrior

Baldur Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 1:29 PM
"Was there an economic aspect to the Libyan incursion? Of course" ""rent-a-rebel" Tuaregs" Perhaps you could explain the difference between the mercenary Tuaregs and the mercenary French government? Or is being on the "right" side the mitigating factor? Forgive me if I can't discern the difference. I thought it was the payment that makes one a mercenary, not the right or wrong of the cause.

PARIS -- Socialist French President Francois Hollande is in the pilot's seat in the world's latest military incursion. We're not used to seeing the French lead the way into battle, but it's becoming increasingly frequent.

Some 63 percent of the French support Hollande's decision to take military action in Mali, according to a poll conducted by the French Institute of Public Opinion. So why have the French suddenly developed such an itchy trigger finger?

Under center-right former President Nicolas Sarkozy, France led the world into Libya. At the time, French polls showed that the greatest support...