Western intervention--ostensibly on humanitarian grounds--is largely responsible for the Malian crisis in the first place.
As in: come home to roost.
One longs for the heyday of ancient Timbuktu, when African scholars pored studiously over learned manuscripts in quiet libraries.
The bad dream unfolding in Mali is the consequence of the West's scramble for resources in Africa, and the wages of sin from the recent Libyan war.
The prospects for a new war in the Sahel appear increasingly probable.
Islamist militias have defeated Tuaregs struggling to establish a homeland in Mali.