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Somalia… U.S. Attacks al Qaeda Suspects post Ethiopia Invasion January 9, 2007

Posted by Dan in Main, Middle East, News, Video, War.

This site has been reporting on the ongoing conflict in Somalia for quite some time now.

Quick rundown w/ video:

  • Christian Government of Ethiopia invaded neighboring Somalia
  • Somalia’s ousted government was Islamic-Militant
  • 100s of thousands have been displaced due to the fighting
  • The United States did not attempt to stop the invasion, but in fact supported it

Now, thanks to the Ethiopians, Somalia has become accessible to our own war machine and we have begun attacking al Qaeda suspects within the country.

The Bush Administration has been clear on this point: No US troops will be sent into Somalia. However, we are more than willing to let the Ethiopians fight this war for us. While Bush says the war on terror is worth fighting, this is one battle we’ve stayed out of. Why?

Difference between Iraq and Somalia:

  • Somalia actively protected members of al Qaeda directly responsible for attacks against our country – Iraq did not
  • Somalia has been training terrorists – Iraq did not
  • Somalia has been led by a militant Islamic group with serious, direct ties to al Qaeda – Iraq was not
  • Somalia is actually involved in the war on terror, by supporting and training terrorists – Iraq was not
  • Somalia did not have Saddam Hussein – Iraq did

In other-words, Somalia is quite the lucrative anti-terror target, while Iraq had nothing to do with anything. It seems obvious to me that, not only has Bush avoided an actual “war on terror” by creating another war that had nothing to do with it, but he is now, more than ever, unwilling to fight against real terrorism, and why? Because public opinion has swayed against the war in Iraq. However, this doesn’t change the fact that terrorists are still trying to attack us! Now even more so, mostly thanks to Iraq, Gitmo, the secret prisons, innocent casualties…. the list of Bush foul-ups is endless and they’ve all contributed to the global hatred of our country. So, now it seems as if GW’s new solution is to have other countries fight those battles for us? At least we’re not acting unilaterally anymore, but I can’t say I’m happy about this new direction.

With our military, there’s some modicum of accountability. While the conduct of our troops is not always pristine, it should be noted that those directly responsible (meaning: implicated by photo evidence) are currently sitting in U.S. military prisons. We even try our troops for murder when they break “rules of engagement” and accidentally kill an innocent civilian. With this particular region of Africa (Ethiopia and Somalia) we’ve seen genocide and mass murder supported by the governments, with little or no international supervision. UN Peacekeeping forces in the 90s were a joke… they weren’t allowed to engage Somali militias (except in self defense), so thousands were murdered in front of our troops, who could do nothing more than stand helpless and watch. This is not better!

With American forces, we know where we stand. We know that derogatory photographs are taken, our prisoners are routinely humiliated and forced into psychological or water-based torture. However, we also know that our soldiers aren’t lining up ethnic groups and slaughtering them in mass-graves by the thousands. We do not cut, electrocute, burn or kill our prisoners… we even give them freedom to practice their own religion. But it should be noted that they are prisoners; some loss of freedom should be expected. But will Ethiopia follow those same guidelines, or are they likely to behave as they have in the past? Or for that matter, what about the next U.S. supported invasion somewhere in the world?

While I hate seeing our forces die, I hate seeing millions of innocent men, women and children killed even more. There was a reason why the entire world fought Hitler, and there is a reason why we fight terror now. The men and women of our armed forces who perish in battle do so with honor and dignity, fighting tyranny and oppression. Ethiopia simply hates Somalia. So how will they treat their prisoners? With U.S. backing… in any way they want.

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1. Staunton News - January 12, 2007

Somalia… US Attacks al Qaeda Suspects post Ethiopia Invasion

Interesting list here. Attacks from years back. Do we really want to be associated with their so called peaceful religion?
First U.S. Aircraft Hijacked, May 1, 1961
Ambassador to Guatemala Assassinated, August 28, 1968
U.S. Agency for Inter…

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