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Somalia Struggles For A Peace Solution

It is nearly two years since the Bush administration persuaded Ethiopia to invade Somalia and overthrow a fundamentalist Islamic government. The result was rebellion, fighting, forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians from their homes and a continuing chaos which is reflected in the inability of the Somalia government to impose its authority outside of a some sections of the capital city. President Abdullah Yusuf Ahmed announced yesterday he was dismissing the entire Somalia cabinet in order to appoint a new government which he hopes will focus on peace rather than continuing the war. After two years, the Islamist movement has grown stronger and now is in control over large areas of the nation as the Ethiopian-Somalia government forces retreat into the capital.

President Ahmed needs approval of the parliament in order to establish a new government and hopefully he will be granted that right. Reality is Somalia is simply one more mess created by George Bush and the situation will not be resolved by more troops or more fighting. The Islamic fundamentalists who are medieval minded men will most probably regain control of the nation. Unfortunately, the people of Somalia will have to endure fundamentalist rule for several years until some semblance of order is established and hopefully, forces of reason and modernity may one day assume a role in the government of Somalia.

Bali And Papua Defy Indonesian Porno Law

Anger has swept across many areas of Indonesian in protest against the anti-pornography law which was passed by the legislature and signed by the president. Human rights groups are furious at an ambiguously worded law which could transform cultural behaviors or dress into crimes because some Islamic fundamentalist want to impose their view of what is religiously correct on people whose understanding of the Muslim religion is different as well as non-Muslims who do not wish to be told how to dress or behave. The anti-pornography law would make cultural Bali women dress which allows the female figure to display the body to be classified as pornographic. It would make pornographic the traditional Papua male wearing of the Penis Gourd.

Ifdal Kassim chairman of the National Commission for Human Rights said the law violated human rights. “It threatens the existence of minority groups such as homosexuals and transsexuals. It will further increase human rights violations in the future.” Many local authorities are shocked President Yudhoyono signed the bill without having extensive discussions with local leaders and sought their advice. His failure to recognize the rights of minorities has infuriated millions.

islamic fundamentalists have a right to dress or behave in ways they regard as religiously correct, but they have no right to impose their values on minority groups.

It’s Not Us-It’s Them, Say Ethiopians

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia accused United Natins forces of exaggerating the humanitarian and security issues in Somalia to make it appear as though Ethiopians were the responsible party for problems in that nation. At the beginning of the year, Ethiopia, in conjunction with some American forces, invaded Somalia which was a center of fundamentalist Muslims who ruled the nation on the basis of Sharia law. the Ethiopian army readily defeated the Somalians with great loss of life on the part of Muslim soldiers. Ethiopian soldiers then occupied areas of Somalia which eventually led to attacks by Somalian Islamic rebels. The African Union has only deployed 1,600 of the promised 8,000 who were to help ensure security in Mogadishu and the surrounding areas. The Ethiopian president denied his troops fired on civilians or committed any atrocities as charged by certain members of the western media. There is considerable evidence Ethiopian forces denied access to humanitarian aid in parts of eastern Ethiopian which contains a large Muslim minority in the mainly Christian nation.

The United Nations estimates at least 1.5 million people have been displaced since the Ethiopian invasion. The Islamic government which had established the semblance of law and order prior to arrival of Ethiopian forces undoubtedly was mouthing the rhetoric of violence, but there is scant evidence it actually carried out any violent actions. There is no question imposition of Sharia law angered many moderate Muslims. The reality is the presence of a Christian Ethiopian army in a basically Islamic society, a situation leading to conflict and violence. Hopefully, the African Union can put together an armed force to replace the Ethiopians, but that probably will not occur within the coming months.