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John Kerry Warns About Somalia

Senator John Kerry, incoming chairperson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned about taking military action in Somalia in response to the pirate activity which originates from that nation. “if you’ve just got one patrol boat and it chases in and people go ashore without enough firepower, without knowing what they’re up against, you can get into a lot of trouble.” The senator raises valid points, but he ignores the role played by President George Bush in creasing the current unstable situation in Somalia. Bush encouraged Christian Ethiopia to invade and take over Somalia in order to crush a fundamentalist Islamic government. It was that invasion which helped encourage the growth in pirate activity.

Sorry, Senator Kerry, the United States IS involved in Somalia and it is time we acknowledged our role in creating the current chaos. We can acknowledge that American planes and ships assisted Ethiopian forces during their invasion. First, accept responsibility, and then work to assist an Islamic government to restore law and order.

Piracy In The Twentieth First Century!

The ongoing violent actions of Somalia pirates is a symbol of the growing disintegration of stability in the world. The word “pirate” is for most people something associated with a past era that lives on mainly in motion pictures. However, recent ship seizures by Somalia pirates have created a new threat to world stability since their seizure of ships threatens to raise cost of oil and impact world economies. As world powers rushed ships to the troubled waters, hundreds of armed pirates entered the area prepared to resist any armed attack on those holding ships for ransom. Well armed Islamic forces are in the area and they could readily wipe out the pirates, but they apparently are turning away from action since it please their leaders to see western nations upset and confused.

The Islamist Shebab group which controls a large area of Somalia has repeatedly insisted it opposes all forms of piracy since they violate the Muslim religion. According to reports, Islamic soldiers are presently in the same area as the pirates but are not taking any action as western nations negotiate with the modern cut throats. Perhaps, it is time for an multinational armed force to take over the pirate area. Of course, it will never happen.