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?”