The forces of democracy have pushed Islamic militants from their positions in southern Mali and saved the population from life under bearded men who insist men wear beards and women know their place in life. However, the arrival of the Mali army, among the most inept, violent and cruel national armed forces, has made some people wonder whether life under the bearded nuts was any worse. Reporters witnessed an elderly man, Aldjourmati Traore, beaten by members of the Mali army because he was wearing a beard and since everyone knows, those who wear beards are members of Islamic groups.
Mali soldiers warned the media not to take pictures of them beating the hell out of an old man who wears a beard. Unless Mali soldiers, quickly cease their bullying tactics, Islamic forces will gain a foothold in these villages. Democracy means all can or cannot decide to shave!