Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Buhodleh and Widhwidh Massacre: an opportunity for peace and stability

The concurrent disparaging incursion of the Ethiopian forces – the overlords of Somalia – in to the peaceful town of Buhodle that resulted in an all out massacre of multitude of innocent civilians and Somaliland militia’s savage hammering of Widh-Widh district with the sole aim of forcing unwilling people to vote for the ruling party (UDUB) has come at the least desirable time. This military action is ill-timed as the region is in the run up to the long awaited election and thus can neither afford to give any ropes to the weak and bewildered opposition that has no viable agenda, nor to disappoint the international community that invested heavily on the election project, who are watching from afar. In times of confusion and civil war, history teaches us that the extremist ride on the back of the society and if this policy of belligerence is not tamed rapidly it will certainly backfire to UDUB who so far glided Somaliland through perilous times in which the opposition were prepared to stage pointless civil wars. Attention of the leaders should always focus on the fact that Somaliland’s fragile economy can’t sustain an open ended war of aggression against the SSC – the SSC is the third administrative region in Northern Somalia besides Somaliland and Puntland.
It is very plausible that the opposition will use this unfortunate aimless militarism to their advantage if they play their cards right. The opposition is bound to depict (UDUB) as undemocratic and corrupt  administration that is using- the funds the international community donated to Somaliland’s administration to conduct safe, fair and peaceful election - to start wars in the neighbourhood to uproot civilians from their towns. The current policy of militarism has the potentiality of tainting the success UDUB party is expected to reap from the ballot box which is due to take place very soon as the opposition is in no position to throw out a significant challenge other than to cry foul and claim the vote was rigged. To score few political points, against the insane and far right opposition that live in the days of the now defunct and controversial SNM that has no relevance to the current situation except in the minds of the out-of-touch opposition, isn’t worth derailing the centrist UDUB party.
In the eyes of the students of Somalia affairs this untimely running battles in Sool amounts to desecration of the good name of Somaliland’s people that prided themselves as the bearers of the banner of peace and the undisputed pioneers of bottom up local reconciliation which was and is truly an envy that the rest of the Somalis would wish to emulate. This policy of hostility and intolerance in place of the traditional negotiation based culture of Somaliland carries a potent warning sign that clearly paints a picture of mystified administration and a weak opposition that hijacked the lofty goals of Somaliland’s people – this dents the future confidence of the international community that would like to see Somaliland to march further in the way to democratic culture.
Somaliland and SSC’s polity subscribe to unionist and secessionist agenda, albeit to different degree, but the divide should be best left under key and lock in view of the real serious security threats Puntland, SSC and Somaliland are facing – The Islamists onslaught which is spreading like bush fire.  Brotherly people (SSC & Somaliland) must be fused together by the fear lest the wretchedness that crippled the rest of Somalia comes to roost in their back yard. Somaliland and SSC people among the Somalis are like twin brothers that speak the same dialect and have the same values in every aspect of social life which even makes  Puntlander’s,  next door neighbour, appear in the eyes of both group’s minds, foreigners from a far away land. In thin and thick and where ever they go the SSC and Somaliland people are attracted to each other to the exclusion of other Somalis which demonstrates that natural affinity and instinct is at play.

There is no homogenous society, as far as unionism is concerned, on either side of the contending parties of this soon to smoulder house (Somaliland/SSC) which, if not quickly put off, will have a devastating effect on both groups –the right time to wash everybody’s laundry in the streets is yet to arrive. Societies that have shared centuries old culture and blood ties ought to have the same destiny so the preservation of the common umbilical cord should be paramount and at all times hoisted above the infantile question of Unionism VS secessionism  in which the  Hawkish  politicians from both sides are tirelessly fishing in to reach their unholy goals.

The Somalis are indebted to the SSC people for the exemplary role they played during the liberation wars led by Darvish movement that put Somalia in the history books. It’s stamped in the hearts and minds of all Somalis where ever they are and will remain so with the future generations – the price the SSC people paid for the cause of Somali nationalism is the only unparalleled historical treasure that Somalis collectively claim to own and as such will transcend generations.

Having said so, I believe the SSC’s love for Somali nationalism is once again needed to play a constructive role that can reshape the whole of northern Somalia for the good of all.  The geographical location of SSC and the rich diversity of its people hold the key that can safe Somaliland/Puntland people from eternal underdevelopment.  Being in the hinterland, SSC  can serve as a bridge that can create a  healthy and booming commercial competition between the ports (Berbera and Bossaso) that has the potentiality to generate employment opportunities and development for all which in the end can cement the stability of the whole of Northern Somalia as no stake holder can contemplate of killing the gees that lays the golden eggs – cooperation and negotiation is the only game that can rescue the suffering people of Northern Somalia irrespective of their political orientation.

As a concluding remark I say “Seize opportunity by the forelock, for behind she is bald” – Somaliland and Puntland must stop patronizing the SSC people and start helping them in the establishment of    their legitimate administration in their own land as SSC is neither Puntland  nor Somaliland but an entity that has noble history. The myth of the colonial boundary is a dream in some of Somaliland’s politicians because the SSC people never accepted then and will never accept now – the tribal boundaries set by the British was the epicentre of the 21 year long war waged by the SSC people against the British colonialism and to expect the SSC people to embrace the same colonial and irrelevant boundary now can only be possible when a camel passes through the eye of the needle.
Abdikarim Buh Political analyst E-mail

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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

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Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

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Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
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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
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May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

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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

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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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