Timbuktu, in northern Mali, has been rendered a ghost town by the Islamists, leaving the residents with no electricity or drinking water for more than three days. Winning hearts and minds should not be difficult for the French forces there. Logistics, on the the other hand, should be challenging. As municpal elder Moctar Ould Kery (no relation to John) says: There is no water. The people have left and the Islamists too. It’s a ghost town.