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Hope for Mali

Go ahead and vote, but be sure to have the protection of Western airpower.

Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By ROGER KAPLAN
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In a good world, the ancient communal hatreds, the contempt of “whites” for “blacks” and vice versa, would gradually work themselves out through the practice of liberal democracy. But in the world as we know it, other ways may be needed to attain the basic level of security essential for economic and social progress. There is no reason not to include, among these other ways, the possibility that the dogma of territorial integrity prized by African states could be open to a discussion leading toward, not balkanization and tribal war, but supple forms of federal governance.

Roger Kaplan is a writer in Washington.

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