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Rebels Advance In Chaos Of Somalia

islamist rebels seized control of a port in southern Somalia after the worst fighting there in months. The loss of the port of Kismayu to the al-Shabaab insurgents was still another blow to the interim government which rules the nation due to the presence of its Christian Ethiopian allies. Sheik Mukhtar Robow, a spokesman for the Islamists, told Reuters, “Kismayu is under our control. We overpowered them and concluded the fighting. We’re still chasing those fighters who ran away.” The interim government has difficulty rallying Somalians since it contains Ethiopians who are not liked by the majority of Somalians. It is also difficult having as an ally Christian Ethiopia in a nation that is predominantly Muslim.

There was also fighting in the capital of Mogadishu where some battles took place close to the residence of the president. The situation borders on chaos. Some experts believe the best solution is focusing on developing local government entities and allowing them to restore peace in their areas rather than attempting to create a strong central government.

Ethiopian Armed Forces Continue Killing Somalia Civilians

In the closing months of 2006, at the urging of President Bush, Ethiopian troops entered Somalia to drive out Islamic fundamentalists from leadership positions in their nation. The invasion sent a mainly Christian armed force into a Muslim nation and the results are what any expert would have predicted– continued resistance on the part of Muslim resistance groups. On Friday, Ethiopian troops fired on civilian vehicles and buses causing the death of over 40 people. According to an eye witness, Abdirahman Adan, “Ethiopian soldiers in the convoy started to shoot indiscriminately. I ran away, but when I came back half an hour later, i saw 38 people that died and 16 were injured.” In another attack five people were killed when a roadside bomb exploded as government forces were checking out the streets to ensure a presidential motorcade was not damaged.

The disaster that is Somalia was certainly not caused by President Bush, but his failed policies of intervening and invading have only resulted in death, destruction and destabilization of any government that attempts to rule.

Somalia Approaches Total Chaos

Attacks on aid workers in Somalia and disruptions to food shipments are threatening the lives of millions of people. This unfortunate nation has known nothing but discord, violence, brutality, invasion, warring cliques and nations without any semblance of a government that can unite people in the nation. PeterGoossens, of the World Food Progamme(WFP) warns: “Somalia is at a dire crossroads. If sufficient food and other humanitarian assistance cannot be scaled up in the coming months, parts of the country would well be in the grips of disaster similar to the 1992/93 famine when hundreds of thousands died.”

French, Danish and Dutch naval vessels have been invaluable in helping get supplies to Somalia but much more is needed. Islamic militants are fighting government and Ethiopian forces in a civil war that continues to escalate with ordinary citizens caught in the middle.

Somalian And Ethiopian Forces Clash

Scarcely a day goes by without another unintended legacy of the Bush invasion of Iraq emerging to create additional problems. Two years ago, President Bush urged Ethiopia to invade Somalia and drive out an Islamist government. The result has been a two year conflict in which thousands have died and over 200,000 people been displaced. A few weeks ago, the Ethiopians, who are intensely disliked in Somalia, were able to work with the existing Somalia government in order to arrange a cease fire with some of the insurgents. But, on Tuesday, the cease fire began to unravel as a dissident Islamist group ambushed an Ethiopian column and killed at least 18 soldiers while destroying vehicles. The fighting extended into neighboring towns and caused the death of civilians.

A local resident told reporters “we have never seen such heavy fighting since the Ethiopians invaded our country,” and other reports agree the Ethiopian army suffered extensive casualties. The Bush instigated invasion has only reinforced the chaos that was present in Somalia with additional confusion and violence.

“So Many Mothers In Somalia….”

This is the story of Asha Mohamed, who fled Somalia due to the fighting between Ethiopian troops and Somalian rebels.

“We used to live in Karaan. It was safer than most places in Mogadishu, but las month there was fighting (in Mogadishu). As usual I went to the market where I sold vegetables. We could hear the shelling at the market but we thought it was too far. Later in the day one of m y neighbors came running to tell me that our home had been hit and that my husband and two children were dead… The house was totally destroyed and my neighbors had to collect some of my children’s limbs so we could bury them…After the burial I decided to leave wth what was left of my family… I decided to seek refuge in Kenya. The journey was long… There were so many roadblocks manned by the militias and every time they stopped us they took money…. I am now alone with five children in a strange town…There are so many mothers in Somalia who are doing the same thing.”

This is just the story of a woman and her family living in Somalia, a land forgotten by the world powers who allow their fears to get in the way of considering the needs of the oppressed peoples of the world.

Somalia-Lost In Discussions Of Bush Mistakes

Over the past few months as the primary debates focused on Bush economic policies in America or his failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, slight mention has been made of the tragedy he created in Somalia. President Bush encouraged, and supported with US air and naval resources, an invasion of Islamic Somalia by Christian Ethiopian forces. The result has been an ongoing civil war, and the death of thousands as well as displacement of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. The past week, government Somali forces in conjunction with their Ethiopian allies, searched the capital’s main market. Within moments, Islamic rebels began firing and the ensuing shooting and bombing 12 civilians were dead and over 40 sent to the hospital. No figures are available as to whether any of those firing weapons actually were killed or wounded.

Pascal Hundt, head of the International Red Cross delegation in Somalia says “wqe are witnessing the worse tragedy of the past decade in Somalia. People are completely exhausted from the nonstop struggle to survive.” Many Somalis are urging withdrawal of Ethiopian forces from their nation as a first step in trying to restore some sense of order in the nation.

Somalis Protest Against US Air Strikes

Last week, an American air strike supposedly killed a prominent head of al-Qaida in Somalia, but in the course of killing one man, the bombs also killed 24 other people including men, women, and children. About a thousand Somalis took to the streets of the town that was raided to protest against these deaths. Most in the crowd were women and children who held aloft signs saying: “Down with the Bush administration.” Abdl-risaq Moalim, head of education in the city, said three students were killd and four were seriously wounded. “Our town has been severely affected by the recent U.S. attack, and still we fear becausse planes continue to fly over our city.”

Thirteen year-old Nu Ahmed Nur commented: “The U.S. stike killed my brother, my sister and also wounded my grandmother. We are refugees who fled from Mogadishu. When did we become a terrorist target?”

The Ethiopian invasion of Somalia was brought about due to pressure from the Bush administration who feared the growth of al-Qaida in Somalia. In the process of invading a Muslim nation, the only result is exactly what happened in Iraq- al-Qaida has grown in power and the forces of militancy have become stronger.

Members of the United States Congress should be asking questions about the use of American naval and air power in fighting Somali militants. Did Congess authorize the use of force in Somalia? Did Congress know President Bush was behind the invasion by Christian Ethiopian forces of a Muslim nation?

US Planes Kill Al-Qaida Leader In Somalia

American war planes killed an Islamist leader who supposedly was a key al-Qaida opereative in Somalia. Rebels said Aden Hashi Ayro, who led al Shabaab militants in their attacks on Ethiopian and government forces, was killed by the air attack which also resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians. “Infidel planes bombed Dusmareb. Two of our important people, including Ayro were killed” according to miitant sources. The American air attack in Somalia is part of the Bush initiated war in which Christian Ethiopian troops invaded the Muslim nation to drive from power its Islamic leaders. A jihad is now in operation and the death of one or two or several leaders is not going to end fighting. Bush continues operating on the false assumption that killing the “head” will cause the entire operation to collapse. This has never happened in the Middle East where for each leader killed, two or three others stepped up to leadership roles. Israel has been killing leaders for years and fighting continues.

Another question which should be raised in Congress is was authorization ever given for an American military operation in Somalia? Under which provision of presidential powers did Bush get the right to initiate a war in Somalia by encouraging Ethiopians to invade a nation and provide invading forces with US air and naval support? The United States is now responsible for the displacement of over 500,000 people and creation of a horrible food crisis in Somalia. Chaos reigns. Can the American public assume the president will soon be landing on a ship off the coast of Somalia and boasting, “Mission Accomplished?”

Ethiopian Army Kills Civilians In Somalia

At the end of 2006, President Bush encouraged Ethiopian forces to invade the Islamic nation of Somalia and throw out its Islamic leaders. The conflict has dragged on for over a year with increasing violonce and displacement of thousands of innocent civilians. In the latest manifestation of ignoring human rights, Amnesty International has accused the Ethiopian Army of deliberately killing at least 21 civilians inside a mosque plus another 11 in the vicinity of the mosque. At least 40 children aged 9 to 14 are in custody of Ethiopian armed forces. D. Ali Said Faqui, writing online, notes how Somalia millitants killed two innocent British teachers who were trying to help the people of their nation. “Imagine the feeling of living in a country where killing is much easier than earning a loaf of bread; life has no value at all.”

As he points out, Somalia has endured nonstop war for 18 years without any sight of an end in the forseeable future. “The conflcit in Somlia has been dragged into a new and deceitful phase which will threaten the existence of millions of Somali people. There is no hope that the warring factions will ever resolve their disputes in a peaceful manner.”

The Ethiopian invasion did not cause the current crisis, it only exacerbated a situation that was horrible to begin with. As Faqui concludes: “May Allah rescue the Somali public which is caught between a rock and a hard place and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Vioence Escalates In Somalia

During the closing months of 2006, the Bush administration urged the Ethiopian government to invade Somalia in order to crsuh what it believed was a fundamentalist Islamic government. In the ensuing warfare, the Ethiopian army easily crushed the Islamic fighters for the Somalian government. Defeating an Islamic army was one thing, but since then there has been ongoing conflict between the Ethiopians and their Somali allies versus the majority of people in Somalia. Over the past weekend, 81 people died in fighting in Mogadishu and 119 others were wounded as the coalition force battled Islamic forces in the streets of the nation’s capitol. Residents said the fighting was among the worst in recent months.

President Bush has consistenly been incorrect on every effort to crush Islamic fundamentalists. In each case, his actions have only served to increase the number of terrorists and make civilians suffer even more. The last thing any Muslim nation needs is to be “helped” by George Bush.