Wednesday, January 10, 2007
This week has seen the latest example of the US power elite bombing
a broken-backed country in the name of the global 'war on terror'.
The phantom menace of 'Al Qaeda' has again provided a pretext
for the further destruction and destabilization of struggling
state, this time Somalia, in order that the Western elite power-mongers
can move in and control its valuable resources.
The Bush Administration is essentially asking us to expect to
believe that it is bombing a country in an attempt to kill three
Abdullah Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind
the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, that killed 225 people, and accomplices Saleh
Ali Saleh Nabhan and Abu
The Somali government has today claimed that
four more airstrikes have been carried out, killing
more innocent people. The US has denied
this. Also today, a senior Somali politician said
US troops were needed on the ground to fight a Muslim
Monday's strike reportedly killed around 200 people, including
Critics of the action have said it could misfire by creating
strong Somali resentment and feeding Islamist militancy. Analysts
fear that US interfering and backing of one Somali faction against
another could ignite an Iraqi-style insurgency across a swath
of East Africa.
There is no doubt that this is a part of the escalation of the
wider war of aggression planned and executed by the neoconservatives
who published their Project For the New American Century before
they came to power.
"Before this, it was just tacit support for Ethiopia. Now the U.S. has
fingerprints on the intervention and is going to be held more
accountable," said Horn of Africa expert Ken Menkhaus. "This
has the potential for a backlash both in Somalia and the region."
The truth is that, once again, the terror myth is being promulgated
as an excuse to unleash violence against a largely innocent Muslim
population, and one that has struggled for a peaceful existence
As prominent blogger Kurt Nimmo has stated:
"In other words, it was a turkey shoot, and the targets
were not necessarily “al-Qaeda” but rather members
of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), Muslims who not long ago ruled
Somalia under the Shariah, or Islamic law. CBS does not bother
to mention the fact ICU was popular in Somalia, a Muslim nation."
Last December, the popular ICU lost control of the country after
a short lived form of peace. The UIC had controlled Mogadishu
and other areas of the country after defeating several local warlords
who held Somalia in the grip of terror since the collapse of central
rule in 1991. The Islamists had succeeded in defeating the warlords
primarily through rallying people to their side by creating law
and order through the application of Shariah law, which Somalis
15,000 Ethiopian troops, with U.S. backing, invaded in an illegal
war of aggression and ousted the IUC leaders who fled to the southern-most
tip of the country.
Many Somalis in areas controlled by the UIC welcomed the security
and order that the Islamists brought to the country. The Bush
Administration is playing on reports that the Islamists are 'Taliban
like' and is lumping them in with 'Al Qaeda' terrorists.
But the UIC does not appear to be a monolithic organization and
seems split between moderates who want peace and dialogue and
more right wing Muslims who want to impose Muslim Sharia law.
In any case neither
have the means or the desire to commit an almighty
Jihad against the West, they are simply concerned with creating
some kind of law and order within Somalia.
The US response has been to provide major funding to the warlord
groupings, via the Ethiopian army, that are opposed to the UIC.
Before bombing the hell out of villages on Monday, the Bush Administration
has long been providing backing to ruthless killers intent on
keeping Somalia in civil strife because it benefits each warlord's
plundering rule to keep the nation carved up.
These are the same marauding warlords who drove out American
forces in 1993, killing and maiming 18 US troops in the streets
then dragging their bodies around in celebration.
Many of these warlords were part of the puppet regime transitional
"government" that had been organized in Kenya in 2004.
But the "government" was so devoid of internal support
that it had to turn to Somalia's arch enemy, Ethiopia, to maintain
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So why are the US power elite funding sectarian warlords in Somalia
and now bombing Islamist areas of the country?
Because the control of Somalia via puppet government, just like
in Iraq, is a key factor in the Neocon plan to "shrink the
non-integrating gap" of the new world order, as Thomas
Barnett's 'New Map' of the world has it.
As with Iraq, the real agenda is to obtain a direct foothold
in a highly strategic region. The Horn of Africa is newly oil-rich,
and lies just miles from Saudi Arabia, overlooking the daily passage
of large numbers of oil tankers and warships through the Red Sea.
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Not surprising then that multiple
US warships and Ticonderoga-class cruisers are now
stalking the coastline off Somalia and routinely sending intelligence-gathering
flights over the country. The location is also prime in order
to be able to instantly mobilize forces for any conflict with
Iran at the drop of a hat.
The American oil giants Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips also
hold concession rights in Somalia. According to the Los Angeles
Times, “corporate and scientific documents disclosed that
the American companies are well positioned to pursue Somalia’s
most promising potential oil reserves the moment the nation is
pacified,” - i.e. kill the "Islamofascists" and
install a weak and pandering government that could never control
its own resources well enough to compete with the Western global
“Somalia is of geostrategic interest to the Bush administration,
and the focus of operations and policy since 2001,” writes
Chin. “This focus is a continuation of long-term
policies of both the Clinton administration and the George H.W.
Bush administrations. Somalia’s resources have been eyed
by Western powers since the days of the British Empire.”
“A new US cleansing of Somalian ‘tyranny’ would
open the door for these US oil companies to map and develop the
possibly huge oil potential in Somalia,” notes F.
William Engdahl. “Yemen and Somalia are two
flanks of the same geological configuration, which holds large
potential petroleum deposits, as well as being the flanks of the
oil chokepoint from the Red Sea.”
Of course the American public will simply be told that we're
after 'Al Qaeda' because of 9/11, and they will buy it again.
No matter that operatives involved in the African bombings at
the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were admittedly working
for the CIA. Nah, that's a side issue, LOOK AMERICA,
Zawahiri said Somalia is Islamofascist, so we gotta
bomb the hell out of it and control it's oil - just get used to