[Marxism] US Seeks to Turn Somalia into Global Free-Fire Zone
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Fri Dec 12 03:37:20 MST 2008
By Chris Floyd
December 11, 2008 "_Uruknet_
(http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m49502&hd=&size=1&l=e) " - -- Not content with destroying the only vestige of stability that
Somalia had known for almost two decades by arming, backing and participating in a
brutal "regime change" invasion by Ethiopia, the Bush Administration now
wants to turn the ravaged land into an international "free fire zone," _a giant
(http://empireburlesquenow.blogspot.com/2005/03/ring-of-fire-fallujah-inferno.html) where any powerful nation on earth can launch armed
incursions on Somali soil, wreaking the usual "collateral damage" in the search for
pirates -- or for those arbitrarily designated as pirates.
The Bush Regime is drafting a UN Security Council resolution that will give
"the international community" carte blanche to "hunt down" alleged pirates on
land in Somalia, _the Guardian reports_
A draft resolution that would permit states fighting piracy to "take all
necessary measures ashore in Somalia, including in its airspace" has been
circulated to members of the UN Security Council. Prior consent for raids would be
required from Somalia's weak and fractured government...
_As we noted here recently_
the "Somali government" is a rapidly collapsing coalition of CIA-paid warlords
and Ethiopian collaborators which "controls" only a few city blocks of
territory in the entire country. It is unfathomable that this near-fictitious entity
would or could oppose a "request" by a world power to send armed forces into
Somalia in a noble quest to clamp down on pirates. And what happens when
these invading forces inevitably clash with the various other armed groups now
waging a multi-sided, hydra-headed war in the country? Why, the invaders will
have to take stern "force protection" measures, of course.
The story goes on to note that the locations of the "pirate lairs are
Along Somalia's north-eastern coast, villages and towns such as Eyl,
Haradheere and Hobyo provide sanctuary and logistical support for pirate gangs
holding at least 14 ships.
And it is certainly not surprising that the Western backers of the Somali
"government" know just where the pirates are: they provided mighty assistance
in their rise, as _we noted here a few weeks ago_
For one thing, [the Times] notes something that is almost never mentioned in
any story about Somalia, neither in the very rare stories about the conflict
itself or the rather more numerous stories about piracy and its effects on
commercial shipping (an issue far more important that the lives of 10,000
innocent human beings, of course): the fact that the main backers and bankrollers
of the pirate gangs "are linked to the Western-backed government."
The conservative UK paper then goes on to give an accurate account of how
these pirate-backing factions came to power -- facts that are almost
universally ignored by the "liberal" American media . (Not to mention the "progressive
blogosphere;" indeed, you can actually find more references to the Somalia
war in the corporate press than among our internet "dissidents.") :
Years of violence, neglect and misguided policies have left Somalia one of
the most dangerous countries and a breeding ground for the pirates attacking
one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.
Today the northeast area of the country, including Puntland, has been carved
up by warlords who finance themselves by drug and gun running. This is also
the heartland of the pirates, whose main backers are linked to the
Western-backed government. Radical Islamists control much of the south, including the
key port of Kismayo and the porous border area with Kenya, a staunch Western
This has realised a Western nightmare, which was supposed to have been
destroyed by Ethiopia’s American-backed invasion of Somalia two years ago in
support of a puppet government created by the international community. That
alliance spanned the spectrum from extreme radicals to moderate, devout Muslims.
The latter were in charge.
Everyone – except Pentagon planners, it seems – knew that Somalia had never
proved fertile territory for Saudi-style radical Islam. However,
indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas by Ethiopia, Somalia’s historic enemy, with
huge casualties, put an end to that. The Islamists were driven out, the
moderates went into exile and the hardliners took control of the south with a popular
powerbase beyond their wildest dreams.
A puppet government, installed by foreign invasion, riddled with crime and
corruption, alienating and radicalizing the population: here we see the
quintessential template of the "War on Terror," replicated faithfully in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and Somalia -- and soon, perhaps, in Pakistan.
And now the Bush Regime -- going out in a Götterdämmerung of blood and fury
aimed at the world (and at the American people) -- wants to intensify the
chaos in Somalia, laying it bare to more invasions, "precision strikes," death
squad operations, renditions and other atrocities, this time coming from not
just from Washington and its Terror War proxies but from all directions. This
is the answer of the American militarist state to any problem, such as piracy
or terrorism: the blunderbuss assault of massive military force by land, sea
and air; vast destruction, social collapse -- and immeasurable, unbounded
This is the reality of much-praised "continuity" in "national security
affairs" that Barack Obama's appointments have promised. This is what will be
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