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I've never been to Mali and know little about it. I have been to neighboring Algeria, but only on its Mediterranean coast. I suspect that is far closer than most of those who are making judgments on Mali today.
Effectively combating terrorism will require the increased use of soft power, diplomacy, education, and economic development. And it is essential that America acts in concert with mainstream Muslims.