Empowers Somali Warlords Who Killed U.S. Troops
As a direct consequence of the multiple air strikes inflicted upon Somalia this week, supposedly in the name of killing Al-Qaeda operatives, the Bush administration is helping bring back to power the savage warlords that were behind the "Black Hawk down" fiasco in 1993 where U.S. troops were killed and dragged through the streets in celebration.
Alex Jones was joined on air yesterday by Africa relations expert, Emira Woods, who is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., to discuss the real agenda behind events in Somalia.
Woods began by distinguishing between the two sides in the conflict and how the U.S. government has taken the action of destabilizing a popularly elected government in favor of helping remnants of the very warlords that killed American soldiers in 1993, to the cost of the Somali people who had finally found peace and stability after years of civil war and bloodshed.
"There were two sides, one side were the warlords who for the last fifteen years have created havoc in the country....on the other side you had this Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), these were local courts that formed a collective body," said Woods.
Under the UIC, "Women could walk in the streets without the threat of being raped, schools were open, hospitals and clinics were open again for the first time in almost fifteen years," said Woods.
Woods said that the transitional governing body that was made up of the remnants of the warlord factions formed in Nairobi and was only brought into Somalia this week with the help of the Bush administration. The transitional body has direct ties to the Aideed faction, the very same warlord American troops were killed and dragged through the streets of Mogadishu for trying to capture in 1993.
"Essentially what we have now is this transitional government that has been propped into place by the Ethiopian troops and the U.S. bombers - it is that transitional government that is made up of the remnants of these former warlords - so we have the warlords coming back and they've been escorted in, red carpeted in, by the U.S. through this aerial bombardment campaign," stated Woods.
The Bush administration is helping empower the very same warlords that were responsible for the "Black Hawk Down" fiasco in Mogadishu and the deaths of eighteen American soldiers.
As Chris Floyd points out, "The attack also openly allies the United States with repressive dictatorship of Ethiopia, whose troops – trained and supplied by the Americans already – invaded Somalia to join with the local warlords in ousting the Islamic movement that had taken control of the country after more than 15 years of violent anarchy."
The disgusting irony of this is lost on jingoistic cheerleaders for war on Fox News and talk radio, who are applauding the air strikes under the banner of finding and destroying America's enemies, when in reality the Bush administration is aiding the very same thugs that butchered and humiliated U.S. troops fourteen years ago, dragging them around the streets in celebration (pictured below).
Woods described the air strikes as an "irresponsible act of war" based on the same phony intelligence that told us Saddam Hussein had WMD's in Iraq.
"Under this mask of the global war on terror you have the Bush administration trying to decide for the Somali people who should be their leader," said Woods, elaborating that the re-emergence of the warlords spelled disaster for the Somali people who had up until now finally found peace and security.
She highlighted reports of civilian casualties as a result of the bombings, including a four year old child, and over a thousand Somali deaths at the hands of the Ethiopian troops in the last few weeks alone.
"What we're really worried about is that you have four battle ships, four navy ships, off the coast of Somalia, you have reports of U.S. "training" going on not only in Kenya and Ethiopia but likely U.S. ground presence even in Somalia itself - what we're concerned about is that there will be an ongoing occupation in Somalia as has happened in Iraq," said Woods.
Woods characterized developments as a "recipe for disaster not only for Somalia and the region but for the rest of the world."
So why are the US power elite funding sectarian warlords in Somalia and now bombing Islamist areas of the country? Is it really to kill three people who went into hiding in Somalia nine years ago?
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.
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 elite.
“Somalia is of geostrategic interest to the Bush administration, and the focus of operations and policy since 2001,” writes Larry 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.”
Research by Steve Watson contributed to this report.
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