Bush puppets in Somalia ‘on verge of collapse’

This video is called Somalia: US Military Strikes Against Civilians; and is about a protest in Seattle, USA, against that.

From Associated Press:

Somali president: Government on verge of collapse

MOGADISHU, Somalia — President Abdullahi Yusuf has described his government as “on the verge of collapse” because disputes within its ranks have allowed its opponents to take control of much of the country.

Yusuf’s remarks to about 100 Somali lawmakers in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, late Saturday represent the first admission by any official that the government is losing control.

Yusuf appealed to the lawmakers to return to Somalia and take steps aimed at “saving a government on the verge of total collapse.”

The president and his prime minister have failed to agree on a Cabinet. Islamists have waged a vicious insurgency and are in control of much of southern Somalia.

See also here. And here.

So, apparently not even George W. Bush’s air force and the invading armed forces of Bush’s ally, dictator Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, can prop up the unpopular puppet government in Somalia. Many Somalis are not fanatically religious at all. Nevertheless, they see the Bush-Zenawi occupation of their country as even worse than militant Islamism.

The US role in Somalia’s misery: here.

The US has suffered a bloody defeat in the “third front in the war on terror” after Ethiopia announced it will be ending its occupation of Somalia at the end of the year: here.

Toxic scandal in Somalia gave birth to new piracy: here. And here.

More military vessels dispatched to Somalia: here.

8 thoughts on “Bush puppets in Somalia ‘on verge of collapse’

  1. Somalia: Who Do the Somali Pirates Work For?

    The Weekly Observer (Kampala)

    26 November 2008
    Posted to the web 27 November 2008

    Hassan Isilow

    The recent hijacking of a Ukrainian registered ship, loaded with heavy weaponry and the even more recent taking of a Saudi Oil Tanker fully laden with 2m barrels of crude oil off the Somali coast, has left many thinking: who do the Somali pirates work for?

    The pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of the Ukrainian ship and about $25m for the Saudi tanker, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.

    The emergence of strong pirate activities started in Somalia in December 2006, after the transitional federal government of president Abdullahi Yusuf took control of the country from the Union of Islamic Courts. Since then, the country has gradually declined in terms of security and morality.

    It should be noted that during the six-month rule of the Union of Islamic Courts, Somalia almost returned to order, with the Islamists enforcing strict sharia’h (Islamic) laws in the country. During this period, the Islamists attempted to establish a functional government that checked most crimes that had previously rocked the lawless country for 17 years.

    Those found guilty of committing crimes such as, rape, murder, or even piracy would be executed by hanging. As a result of this, the rate of crime significantly reduced.

    It was during this period that ordinary Somalis enjoyed basic services such as medical care, education and a free judicial system that was non-existent for the previous 17 years.

    So who do the pirates work for?

    There is considerable reason to believe that some pirates could be working for the transitional government, since it (government) has not expressed any disapproval of their practice even though it could know who the culprits are.

    It’s alleged that most pirates who operate along the port of Eyl, (a notorious hijacking point) come from the Majarteen clan from which the president of Somalia, Abdullahi Yusuf, comes. Why hasn’t the president used his good contacts with the United States, Britain and several African countries fighting a proxy war on terrorism to flush out the pirates?

    On the other hand, it’s believed the pirates could be working to restore the country’s environment, after reports that some European firms were responsible for dumping toxic wastes in the Somali waters.

    To verify this claim, the United Nations envoy for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, confirmed that the United Nations had reliable information implicating European and Asian companies in the dumping of toxic waste off the Somali coastline.

    However, to the surprise of many, East African maritime authorities have continued to ignore calls by environmental organisations in Somalia over the abuse of the country’s coastline.

    Environmentalists believe the Somali coastline has been hugely destroyed as a result. Some have argued that the money the pirates demand is very little compared to the devastation that has been caused by the toxic waste, which includes nuclear waste.

    Hassan Mwalim Hussein, a Somali environmentalist, says the world should be shocked at the systematic destruction of Somalia’s coastline. He says during the 2004 Tsunami, he saw pieces of rusting containers of toxic waste floating on the shores of Puntland and Mogadishu.

    “We are shocked by the way the Somali coastline has been destroyed and we want all those responsible to be brought to book for this devastation,” Mr. Hassan told the BBC’s Somali service.

    He said that as a result of Somalia’s extended civil war, several countries had taken advantage of the situation by freely dumping their toxic wastes in the country’s waters without as much as a thought.

    One is tempted to question the purpose of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), whether it is able to provide security beyond its military base located at Mogadishu Airport. Why can’t AMISOM fight piracy? I believe the African mission in Somalia will be a success only if other African countries which pledged to contribute forces honour their pledges.

    Hassan Isilow, The writer is a Ugandan Journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


  2. Nov 28, 7:52 AM EST

    Ethiopia says it will withdraw its troops from war-ravaged Somalia by the end of the year

    Associated Press Writer

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Ethiopia announced Friday that it will withdraw its forces from Somalia by the end of the year, leaving this country’s weak and fractured government to face an increasingly powerful Islamic insurgency.

    Ethiopia – the region’s military powerhouse – has sent thousands of troops to support Somalia’s U.N.-backed government, which has failed to assert control over the country. The decision adds urgency to the Somali government’s long-standing request for international peacekeepers to deploy here.

    “Regardless of what happens, we have decided to withdraw our troops from Somalia at the end of year,” Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Wahide Bellay said Friday in a telephone interview from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf has asked for a U.N. peacekeeping force to replace a small African Union force that has largely been confined to its bases in the capital because of the violence. AU peacekeepers have struggled to maintain security, with only 2,600 of the mission’s approved 8,000 troops on the ground.

    The U.N. Security Council has said that, if Somalia can improve security and political reconciliation, it would consider sending U.N. peacekeepers to replace AU forces.

    On Friday, Wahide urged the international community to send peacekeepers, but said Ethiopia would not wait any longer for such a force to be assembled.

    Rashid Abdi, a Somalia analyst at the International Crisis Group think tank, said the Ethiopians may have decided to seal the border with troops and air power.

    “They can … continue to make military incursions across the border without troops on the ground who will be open to attack,” he said.

    Somalia’s transitional government was formed in 2004, but then lost control of the capital, Mogadishu, and most of the south to Islamic militants. In December 2006, it called in troops from neighboring Ethiopia to help retake control. But the insurgency remains a disruptive force and a threat to Yusuf’s government.

    A worsening humanitarian crisis has been fueled by drought and high food prices.

    Ethiopia is a key U.S. ally and the Pentagon sent a small number of Special Operations troops with the Ethiopian forces in 2006. In early 2007 the U.S. conducted several airstrikes in an attempt to kill suspected al-Qaida members.

    Ethiopia is a traditional rival of overwhelmingly Muslim Somalia. It has large Christian and Muslim populations as well as one of Africa’s largest armies, which many Somalis see as abusive and heavy-handed. Al-Shabab, which means “the Youth,” mounts almost daily mortar attacks, suicide bombings and ambushes.

    © 2008 The Associated Press.


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