War is escalating in Mali.
Could you find Mali on an unlabeled map of Africa?
French voters could, of course. They have a stake in Mali. They have a stake because the French government says so.
What is that stake? Do you know? Do you care? I don’t.
This is standard. The UN has no power, fortunately. It will debate what should be done about Mali, as if the UN could do anything.
The UN could send in peacekeepers wearing blue helmets. Then a couple of them will get shot. Then the UN will announce that there is no further role for peacekeepers. It will pull them out.
Why do Americans’ taxes go to pay for the UN?
Why do the U.S. media run lead stories on Mali and the UN? Look at Google News.
In 1958, Tom Lehrer said it best. The Kingstoin Trio sang it then, and they sang it again in 2011. The more things change, the more they stay the same.