The death squads invaded Timbuktu as a direct result of the french state unleashing them from Libya (after the completion of the Nato and allied death squad project in 2011) along with the Tuareg separatists of the MNLA (see here) who foolishly and criminally teamed up with the 'AlQaeda' death squads in creating war in northern Mali and helping to facilitate a coup there against the former political leadership, indications are this was a move due to the fact that former Pres Toure was "too close" to Gaddafi (see here).
The film is beautifully shot, which is not too difficult considering the landscape of the Sahel/Sahara is gorgeous. The people are handsome, the music and culture is beautiful. So all the ingredients for a aesthetically beautiful film, which was definitely achieved.
The film does not connect the dots to the death squads in Timbuktu from Libya and as a direct fall out and orchestration from the Nato war on Libya, only a very feint indication is given by the fact that one of the death squads is a Libyan who says he has been a death squad member for a long time in Libya.
The film also states nothing about the particular French hand in the death squad operation from Libya to Mali, and also how this pertains to Algeria and other countries in the region, however renowned Arab political commentator Abdel Bari Atwan made exactly this analysis (see here).
The film does well to show the disgusting hypocritical nature of the death squads who twist the Qu'ranic message to suit their own depraved whims, trampling over the dignity and rights of those who they literally hold to ransom by means of their fascistic armed gang. While the death squads abduct, rape, stone to death, chase young people for playing music and singing in their own homes etc, punish people for playing football, they themselves rape, smoke, discuss football matches, harass women and girls and trample over the Islamic practice of people of the city and its Islamic leadership.
Timbuktu moves away from the hyper propaganda of the death squads head chopping videos, and shows the everyday near banality of their brutal supremacist reign, it shows that these are a group of pathetic men.
The film DID NOT show when the death squads started destroying parts of the world heritage site and ancient centre of Islamic learning and the ancient Islamic manuscripts contained therein. The film did show them invade the ancient university with their shoes on and weapons in hand, which the Islamic leader in the centre scolded them for, to which they replied they were 'doing jihad' so anything was permissible for them, which in a nut shell is the sum total of the ideological justification for the oppressive actions of the death squads, ie., another remix of white supremacy and zionism.
Timbuktu is well worth watching, its beautifully shot and the story line and the protagonists with whom one primarily sympathise with and their relations to each other is very interesting to watch.
However, the film fails to show the connections between the direct French, USA and British collusion and support to these death squads, while the film fails to show the connections with Libya etc, the film did bring to my mind that our people in our Homelands need a strong army to defend them and also additional auxiliaries to that army need to be organised into peoples and community organisations that are armed with basic weapons training (basic fitness, hand guns, AK-47s, RPGs etc) ready to defeat ANY encroachment by these neocolonial death squads, and to protect the social fabric and safety and security of our people. These death squads, if addressed correctly in a politico-military strategy, can be easily defeated before they grow like a cancer and we end up with situations like Libya, Syria, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Pakistan, ....
Would be really interested to hear Malcolm X Movement coordinator and scholar Moustafa Traore's views and reflections on this, seeing he is from Mali and expert in its politics and history.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm