Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Time to get tough with Somali pirates

Sen. Mark Kirk earned a reputation as a forward-thinking lawmaker with his advocacy years ago of what is now U.S. policy toward Iran, sanctions to restrict imports of gasoline into that rogue nation. Now Kirk has set his sights on a problem he sees as a growing security threat and funding source for terrorists — Somali piracy.Pirates have menaced ships since the advent of commerce at sea, killed innocent people, sold others into slavery and extracted fortunes in tribute and ransom from nations. The United States fought two wars against state-supported Barbary pirates in the early 19th century.Today’s outbreak rose amid the chaos after the collapse of Somalia as a functioning state. It began with poor Somali fishermen attacking fishing vessels from other places for ransom and exploded into a big business when criminals and terrorists turned on international shipping as a source of millions in cash.Now pirates hold 23 ships and 483 hostages, and the costs of piracy — in ransom, insurance and the growing military response — is up to $12 billion annually, says Kirk. The Illinois Republican lawmaker recently spent a week in Africa talking to U.S. Embassy officials, African governments, U.S. and Chinese naval officers and jailed pirates.Piracy is a source of millions of dollars for Somali-based terrorists, notably to al-Qaidi affiliate Al Shabaab, Kirk says. Over three years, the number of attacks on vessels, including super-tankers, in a region that is the shipping lane for 70 percent of the world’s oil have increased three-fold while the average ransom has soared to $5.4 million per ship. These criminals, far from the dashing figure of Johnny Depp in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, are thugs. In February, pirates murdered four Americans aboard a yacht in the Indian Ocean.In calling for tough international action, Kirk says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledges current policy has failed. Noting the historic parallels, Kirk says tribute to Barbary pirates accounted for 10 percent of government expenditures in the George Washington and John Adams administrations and the menace became intolerable to President Thomas Jefferson.“We face exactly what Thomas Jefferson faced,” says Kirk. We can only hope our response gets off to a better start than Jefferson’s. A U.S. frigate ran aground off the coast of Tripoli in 1803, and its crew of 300 were thrown into slavery while awaiting ransom. A daring U.S. raid destroyed the frigate but another attack on the pirates’ ships left a dozen American corpses that the pasha of Tripoli threw to dogs to be devoured. A peace treaty ultimately freed the 300 Americans. But the pirate threat didn’t end until the Second Barbary War of 1815 when naval hero Stephen Decatur led a U.S. armada to cower the nations sponsoring piracy into submission.Kirk recommends ways to combat piracy: Stop paying ransoms. Blockade primary pirate ports. Adopt aggressive rules of military engagement to confront pirates.Russian ships aren’t attacked because every pirate to board one was killed, Kirk says. India, whose economic growth is threatened by lawlessness in the Indian Ocean, doesn’t hesitate to sink “motherships,” captured commercial vessels pirates use to tow the small skiffs that attack ships. In contrast, European Union nations back down when pirates overpower one of their vessels, so it’s not surprising they pay the highest ransoms.
Kirk says fighting piracy means economic and military assistance, preferably a multinational effort, to help the embattled Somali government and semi-autonomous regions Somaliland and Puntland confront pirates and gain control of terrorist- and pirate-controlled areas.

It’s worth noting that no ship where crewmen are armed has been captured. But 80 percent of ships are not armed, for a variety of reasons. That should change. While he was talking about the military, Jefferson was on target in saying, “I know nothing will stop the eternal increase from these pirates but the presence of an armed force.”  Sun-Times
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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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