Thursday, April 16, 2009

Modern History of Somalia

Chris Floyd is another amazing journalist i read on the web. He does amazing amazing work on issues you cannot find information on anywhere else. If you want to learn the back story of the Somali pirates go to Chris's blog. 

Did you know that in 2006 the country was organized and stable for the first time since the 80's, and the United States decided to fund and arm the ethiopian army to overthrow this stable government? Nice. 

I was going to summarize Chris but his words say it better than anyone, go check out archive of articles on the abuse, torture renditions, destabalization of governements in the name of the USA,

 The United States was directly involved in the invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia in late 2006: a murderous "regime change" operation by forces funded, armed and trained by the United States. The invasion and occupation, which ended in January 2009, killed thousands of Somalis, ruined and dispossessed hundreds of thousands of others, and plunged the already broken country even deeper into chaos, civil war and ruin. American forces bombed fleeing refugees, launched missile strikes into villages, captured refugees and "renditioned" them to Ethiopia's notorious torture chambers, and, perhaps most chillingly,sent in death squads to "clean up" after missile attacks. 

The savage Ethiopian-American invasion was "justified" under the usual rubric of "fighting terrorism." It was ostensibly intended to oust a broad coalition of Islamic groups which had given Somalia its first semblance of stability in many years. The results of this "counter-terrorism" operation were entirely predictable: it weakened or destroyed moderate forces, while radicalizing many Somalis and empowering the most extreme and violent groups, led by the al-Shabab faction. In the end, the Terror Warriors had to admit defeat; the hand-picked, American-backed interim government, which included former warlords in the pay of the CIA, collapsed -- and the leader of the ousted Islamic coalition government became the new president, with the West's reluctant blessing. The entire war had been for naught.

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