Philip Hammond’s massive Mali cock-up

January 29, 2013 3:38 pm

Speaking in the House today Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was asked a question by Sir Peter Tapsell on Britain’s intervention in Mali, with particular regard to Mali being a Muslim country. In response, Hammond said:

“…Mali is a country with a majority Christian population, with a significant Muslim minority”.

Except he’s totally and utterly wrong – Muslims comprise 90% of the population of Mali (Sunni Islam to be specific). Only 5% of Malians are Christian.

Hammond also stated on more than one occasion the importance of ‘situational awareness’ of our troops (i.e. knowing what’s going on on-the-ground). Sadly, it seems that Hammond and the MOD are lacking “situational awareness” themselves…

It’s great to see that the government are suitably informed about countries that they’re sending hundreds of British military personnel into.

And what a remarkable week Mr Hammond is having…

  • Winston_from_the_Ministry

    Hundreds?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001102865655 John Ruddy

      Apprently 300 – to begin with. This is Mission Creep.

      • Winston_from_the_Ministry

        I read 200, and the majority of those to remain outside Mali itself providing training.

  • http://twitter.com/RF_McCarthy Roger McCarthy

    I thought Hammond was supposed to be one of the more intelligent Tories.

    And what are his civil servants doing? – have they really not given him a country briefing? – or is he just too lazy and arrogant to read one on a place he’s sending squaddies out to die in?

  • KonradBaxter

    Coming from the war mongering Labour Party who spent their time invading and occupying muslim nations based on lies, it is a little rich.

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