[dehai-news] (GR) Atrocity Unlimited: US Seeks to Turn Somalia into Global Free-Fire Zone


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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Fri Jul 08 2005 - 15:52:39 EDT


Atrocity Unlimited: US Seeks to Turn Somalia into Global Free-Fire Zone
 
by Chris Floyd
 
 Global Research, December 12, 2008
 
Not content with destroying the only vestige of stability that Somalia
had known for almost two decades by arming, backing and participating in
a brutal "regime change" invasion by Ethiopia, the Bush Administration
now wants to turn the ravaged land into an international "free fire
zone," a giant Fallujah where any powerful nation on earth can launch
armed incursions on Somali soil, wreaking the usual "collateral damage"
in the search for pirates -- or for those arbitrarily designated as
pirates.
 
The Bush Regime is drafting a UN Security Council resolution that will
give "the international community" carte blanche to "hunt down" alleged
pirates on land in Somalia, the Guardian reports:
A draft resolution that would permit states fighting piracy to "take all
necessary measures ashore in Somalia, including in its airspace" has
been circulated to members of the UN Security Council. Prior consent for
raids would be required from Somalia's weak and fractured government...
 
As we noted here recently, the "Somali government" is a rapidly
collapsing coalition of CIA-paid warlords and Ethiopian collaborators
which "controls" only a few city blocks of territory in the entire
country. It is unfathomable that this near-fictitious entity would or
could oppose a "request" by a world power to send armed forces into
Somalia in a noble quest to clamp down on pirates. And what happens when
these invading forces inevitably clash with the various other armed
groups now waging a multi-sided, hydra-headed war in the country? Why,
the invaders will have to take stern "force protection" measures, of
course.
 
The story goes on to note that the locations of the "pirate lairs are
well-known":
 
Along Somalia's north-eastern coast, villages and towns such as Eyl,
Haradheere and Hobyo provide sanctuary and logistical support for pirate
gangs holding at least 14 ships.
 
And it is certainly not surprising that the Western backers of the
Somali "government" know just where the pirates are: they provided
mighty assistance in their rise, as we noted here a few weeks ago:
 
For one thing, [the Times] notes something that is almost never
mentioned in any story about Somalia, neither in the very rare stories
about the conflict itself or the rather more numerous stories about
piracy and its effects on commercial shipping (an issue far more
important that the lives of 10,000 innocent human beings, of course):
the fact that the main backers and bankrollers of the pirate gangs "are
linked to the Western-backed government."
 
The conservative UK paper then goes on to give an accurate account of
how these pirate-backing factions came to power -- facts that are almost
universally ignored by the "liberal" American media . (Not to mention
the "progressive blogosphere;" indeed, you can actually find more
references to the Somalia war in the corporate press than among our
internet "dissidents.") :
 
Years of violence, neglect and misguided policies have left Somalia one
of the most dangerous countries and a breeding ground for the pirates
attacking one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.
 
Today the northeast area of the country, including Puntland, has been
carved up by warlords who finance themselves by drug and gun running.
This is also the heartland of the pirates, whose main backers are linked
to the Western-backed government. Radical Islamists control much of the
south, including the key port of Kismayo and the porous border area with
Kenya, a staunch Western ally.
 
This has realised a Western nightmare, which was supposed to have been
destroyed by Ethiopia’s American-backed invasion of Somalia two years
ago in support of a puppet government created by the international
community. That alliance spanned the spectrum from extreme radicals to
moderate, devout Muslims. The latter were in charge.
 
Everyone – except Pentagon planners, it seems – knew that Somalia had
never proved fertile territory for Saudi-style radical Islam. However,
indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas by Ethiopia, Somalia’s historic
enemy, with huge casualties, put an end to that. The Islamists were
driven out, the moderates went into exile and the hardliners took
control of the south with a popular powerbase beyond their wildest
dreams.
 

A puppet government, installed by foreign invasion, riddled with crime
and corruption, alienating and radicalizing the population: here we see
the quintessential template of the "War on Terror," replicated
faithfully in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia -- and soon, perhaps, in
Pakistan.
 
And now the Bush Regime -- going out in a Götterdämmerung of blood and
fury aimed at the world (and at the American people) -- wants to
intensify the chaos in Somalia, laying it bare to more invasions,
"precision strikes," death squad operations, renditions and other
atrocities, this time coming from not just from Washington and its
Terror War proxies but from all directions. This is the answer of the
American militarist state to any problem, such as piracy or terrorism:
the blunderbuss assault of massive military force by land, sea and air;
vast destruction, social collapse -- and immeasurable, unbounded human
suffering.
 
This is the reality of much-praised "continuity" in "national security
affairs" that Barack Obama's appointments have promised. This is what
will be "continued."
 
 
Chris Floyd is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global
Research Articles by Chris Floyd
 
 

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