America’s Problem in Somalia
In a recent radio interview in South Africa, US President Barrack Hussein Obama, deflecting direct US responsibility for almost 20 years of non-stop proxy war on Somalia , stated that the “ militants” so called “Al-Shabaab-Al-Qaeda terrorist network” were not only responsible for the twin bombings of Kampala, Uganda, but were also “racist”.
The bombings in Kampala and the Al-Shabaab/AlQaeda gang must be clearly condemned just as the daily bombardments of Mogadishu civilians by Ugandan forces for the loss of innocent life. However, what nevertheless is greatly pale in comparison to the Kampala bombings are the 15,000 innocent Somali civilians so far butchered by the Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni, along with the Burundi regime.
This, not to mention the 1 million Somali civilians continuously being uprooted, massacred and shelled daily by the US-backed Uganda-Burundi occupying forces with the 40 tons of weapons shipped directly under the explicit orders of the same President Obama!
Therefore, what President Obama failed to mention (along with the wider US mass media) is why the Ugandan and Burundi mercenaries (so called “AMISOM”) are killing innocent Somali civilians inside Somalia to begin with?
In other words, where is the connection between failed Ugandan-Burundi dictatorships, daily bombarding innocent Mogadishu civilians, and the US’s failed Somalia war policy?
The answer is what Obama did not want to discuss in the least with the South Africa journalists this week, who themselves (it should be noted) did not want to discuss the shameful reality that just hours after the FIFA World Cup ended scores of Somali civilians lay murdered across the so called “Rainbow nation”.
In fact, the innocent Somali businessmen were targeted and killed for no other reason than their race by the envious black South African mobs; some of whom could be seen dancing as they hacked innocent Somali refugees displaced by the very same Uganda-Burundi AMISOM bombardments. This mass anti-Somali killing occurred a few blocks from the SABC radio studio in Cape Town where President Obama gave his “official reaction” to the Kampala bombings and rather emphatically called Somali militants “racist.”
This is why no one in America really wants to talk about the bloody Somalia war debacle. America’s problem in Somalia is that it does not want to admit that there is a problem!
The reason why President Obama did not want to discuss US policy in Somalia is that it would inevitably lead to exposing American culpability in the massive ongoing Ethiopian and Ugandan-Burundi war crimes against Somali civilians. Just like the United Nations does not want to discuss the millions of dollars it deliberately steals from the hungry and displaced Somali refugees (who all the while are being shelled mercilessly by the UN sanctioned Ugandan-Burundi invaders and the stooge `TFG” gang).
So, despite the fact that after almost 20 years of involvement and 5 sitting US Presidents (starting with George Bush Sr. all the way to Barrack Obama) have presided over the Somalia War, not one of these administrations has bothered to ask if there is any other option other than making war on Somali people, be it through clan warlords or bloody foreign occupation?
Was peace and allowing Somali self-determination ever an option for the US?
Today, there is almost a universal agreement within Western diplomatic circles and among Somali people that Somalia will never have peace and stability without US approval.
However, when progressive and capable Somali citizens go to the US State Department or UN head offices in New York seeking such approval for grassroots plans to rebuild their homeland and reconcile with the West, they are immediately shunned away. These Somali people are not terrorists, they are Western educated and religiously principled nationalists who are committed to rebuilding the very Somali state institutions that the West destroyed in the 2006 Ethiopian invasion and has consequently been unable to achieve in its so called “TFG” paper government headed by the war criminal Sharif Sh. Ahmed.
One senior US State Department official even admitted publicly in 2009 to a gathering of Somali-Americans in Minnesota that the only US policy for Somalia was a stateless warzone whose only progression was to be under Ethiopian and Uganda-Burundi domination. The Somali Resistance in the South complicates the plan. Therefore, stating that no option outside of the Ethiopian/Uganda-Burundi occupation parameters would be recognized, the US government official urged the Somali participants to work to destroy the Somali Resistance.
So the question of the Somali people to America in 2010 becomes: If successive US governments will not engage the progressive and capable Somali stakeholders for peace; if every genuine Somali who resists and does not want to become an Ethiopian or Ugandan stooge is to be labeled an “extremist”; if no Somali created and driven national plan aimed at making Somalia free from occupation, all forms of foreign terror ( be it Ethiopian, Uganda-Burundi or Arab mercenaries) and violence will be allowed- what then does the US want from its 20 year Somalia war anyway?
It is time to allow the Somalia people to live peace and justice and stop the racist war on Somalia!
(Dr. M. Omar Hashi can be reached at email@example.com) Published by Ethiopian Review