I am currently reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a book which highlights the political genius of Abraham Lincoln, US president during the American Civil War of 1860/64.
Throughout that war, on top of having to find solutions to many other national challenges such as slavery which had been the root cause of the war, or party politics’ issues, Lincoln had to deal with his soldiers, and particularly his generals.
Being sometimes very critical of how politicians ran the country’s affairs, there were times when the military leadership sabotaged his actions deliberately, with the intention for him to loose the confidence of the population whose vote would decide who would be in charge for the next government.
Lincoln was a lawyer by profession. Many of his colleagues in the government team had as well law background. They understood well the importance of democratic institutions, and their role in preserving their prevalence.
It may look futile to stress the significance of having the best lawyers of the land in the government. If they can also be honest and hardworking people for the good of the citizens, this would be the ideal situation.
Without a government that consists of the cream of intelligent and dedicated people, whose sole objective is to strengthen democratic institutions, and deliver services that render life worth living for the citizens, military coup like this one in Mali could happen.
The question one would raise is to know if these military leaders responsible of toppling Malian democratic institutions would be prosecuted. If they are not, there is a loophole somewhere in the Malian political system that needs closing. It isn’t enough to allow the possibility of military coups and promise democratic elections.
This would only be understandable if the military coup had been orchestrated from outside Mali, probably in the circles of foreigners, that promote external military [disguised as humanitarian] interventions to combat terrorism.