Sunday, February 24, 2008

War on Terror is a war on ideas

Most Americans are at least somewhat familiar with the autocracy and corruption that have plagued many governments in Muslim countries. Because of their oppressiveness and corruption, these government are declining, and they should. But their decline has encouraged Jihadist movements — movements that take advantage of a religious reawakening and prey on the fears and resentments of oppressed people.
This should not be a surprise. Many people in Muslim countries are or have suffered under totalitarian regimes or monarchy systems — regimes funded and supported by Western countries. Many, therefore, may believe that the Jihadist movement presents an incorruptible knight in shining armor that will restore pride and economic well-being.
It doesn’t. But impractical U.S. policy toward some of these peoples gives energy to the Jihadists.
Some of these countries have already collapsed. In Somalia, the country of my birth, the rule of warlords seems to have come to an end. The new Islamic Court Union — a hard-line, conservative faction — has filled the vacuum there.
Elsewhere, Hamas has won power in Palestine, and Hezbollah declared victory in Lebanon against the recent invasion of Israel. It is not a surprise to see the collapse of corrupt governments. Nor should the West be surprised by the religious reawakening and radical movements in Muslim countries.
In Somalia, for example, since the collapse of the state in 1991, the country has suffered one of the most brutal civil wars in the whole of the African continent. What disappoints me is the utter lack of response on the part of the international community to the piteous cries for help from the Somali people. Just what is the U.S. policy with regard to Somalia?
It is an open secret that U.S. policy toward Somalia is heavily influenced by what happened on Oct. 3, 1993, in Muqdisho, the Somali capital: Blackhawk Down, a mission by American soldiers to capture a Somali warlord, went terribly wrong. A fierce and desperate bloody fight resulted in the death of 18 U.S. marines and more than 500 hundred Somali casualties. This single tragic incident plays a pivotal role in shaping U.S. policy toward Somalia, policy that is now coupled with the war on terror in a post 9/11 world.
The vivid memories of Black Hawk down and the recent Jihadist movement in Somalia led the U.S. to fund warlords, only to see the warlords defeated by the same group the U.S. wanted to isolate: Islamic Jihadists.
It is apparent that U.S. policy suffers from confusion at least, or, worse, a less-than-sufficient competence to handle a world that’s changing fast and requires deep knowledge of foreign cultures. The elites of the Jihadists movements see this, and thus use it to their advantage.
I’m not suggesting knowledge for the sake of sensitivity. But knowledge for the sake of effectiveness. It’s not in the U.S. interest, or in the interest of Muslim people, for the Jihadists to gain strength.
So what might be the elements of a practical, effective policy?
-- To begin with, I believe that effective foreign policy should be consistent and honest with the moral and ethics of international law. The Western world, particularly the U.S., should admit that a grievous mistake was made in the fight against terror, that is, the invasion of Iraq. Then it should ask for help moderate Islamic countries to save lives in Iraq and elsewhere.
Do I believe that this can happen? Yes I do. It is my hope that Americans, Muslims, Christian, Jews and the rest of all other religions can sit down together and say, “yes, we have been a cause of much of the conflict in this world, but with our traditions of freedom and democracy, we can once again, set a positive example for the world

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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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