Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chinese General Points Out The Obvious

May 26, 2011: In Mogadishu, AU (African Union) peacekeepers and TNG (Transitional National Government) soldiers continue pushing al Shabaab fighters out of the city, block by block. But this effort is endangered by the rampant corruption among TNG officials. Just getting the TNG troops paid requires constant nagging and diplomatic pressure from UN and donor nation officials. Much of the foreign aid just disappears, and TNG officials (especially the ones who stole it) either feign ignorance or come up with absurd excuses. Often, over 90 percent of cash aid is stolen. Arab nations, which have contributed most of the cash, are pressing the UN to do something about this. Already, Arab donors are turning down TNG leaders who come visiting and soliciting aid. It's become common knowledge that very little of the contributed money goes towards helping Somalis (other than those who stole the money).
The UN has told the TNG to shape up or the money will be cut off. There will now be a period of brinksmanship as the TNG officials press the UN to see how serious the threat is. Cutting off financial aid to the TNG would mean a new UN effort to form a government in Somalia. The problem is that nearly all Somalis play by the same rules as the current thieves running the TNG. Some of these guys are religious leaders, some are successful merchants, and others are clan leaders. All see nothing wrong with grabbing any nearby cash, for the good of those close to them. There are few Somalis with a sense of taking care of the greater (all Somalis) good.
This is all drifting towards sending in foreign troops to, in effect, re-impose colonial type rule and attempt to train and install a government that will last. This is a very unsavory option, and not guaranteed to work. No one (at least in Africa or the West) wants to go near the C (for colonial word). But Chinese military leaders are pointing out that there is no other option, especially if the pirates are to be shut down. The Chinese are willing to contribute to the invasion force, but not to do it by themselves. Some Western military leaders have also pointed out the need for occupation of the coastal towns used as pirate bases. No one, not even the Chinese, want to go much beyond these coastal towns. Note that the Chinese have no hang-ups about the C word, and have long used a more "practical" approach to working with African governments.
For years, some older Somalis, who remembered what life was like (it was much better) before the end of colonialism (1960) and the decade that followed (before things began to come apart), talked about bringing the colonial government back. Many Somalis wish they could hit a reset button, go back to 1960, and try it again. A foreign invasion and occupation is a very distant second best, and would be very messy and very expensive. But many observers, and Somalis, are pointing out that it's reached the point where just about anything is preferable to the current situation. The big hope is for Somalis to do it themselves, but there's been no sign of that so far.
AU nations, concerned about Somalia becoming a refuge for terrorists and criminals of all sorts, is pressuring the UN to impose an air and sea embargo on Somalia. The AU is miffed that this was done to Libya, but not to Somalia. One reason for this is that it was cheaper to impose those measures on Libya, because there were nearby European air and naval bases. It would be much more expensive to do so for Somalia. Moreover, smugglers still operate out of Libya (usually taking illegal emigrants to Europe), and would still be working along the Somali coast. Refugees are a growing problem. Kenya closed its Somali border four years ago, but that has not stopped over 400,000 Somalis from fleeing into Kenya. So far this year, over 40,000 have arrived.
Al Shabaab is getting hammered on the battlefield, in part, because it is increasingly short of cash. Foreign contributions have dried up and increasing use of extortion against local merchants doesn't raise enough. Many aid operations have been either forced to shut down in al Shabaab territory, or have fled because of the increasing demands (for goods and cash) from al Shabaab. The extortion also increases popular anger against al Shabaab, something that has translated into more armed groups fighting the Islamic radicals.
May 24, 2011: Somali officials seized $3.6 million in cash at the Mogadishu airport (later reported as $3.5 million, indicating that someone had taken a cut). The money was flown in from Kenya on one aircraft, and was being transferred to another, apparently for delivery to Somali pirates as ransom. Apparently TNG officials have noted these transfers before, and decided to seize one of the ransoms for being an "illegal cash transaction" or some such. Then again, the cash could be a payoff for any number of illegal activities. The U.S. has made it more difficult to move large sums through the international banking system, thus forcing criminals to resort to these kinds of large cash movements. There's a lot of cash moving through Mogadishu airport, but these transfers are usually protected by bribing the right people. A lot of the cash goes to Kenya, where many pirate gang leaders stash their families, and invest some of their cash.
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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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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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