The BBC has the story about the most recent humanitarian catastrophe unleashed by the neoconservatives in their pursuit of establishing an "American Caliphate" in the Middle East:
The once-bustling streets of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, are now eerily empty.
The southern neighbourhoods are littered with the scars of recent fighting between the insurgents and Ethiopian-backed forces of the transitional government.
Ethiopian tanks have taken up positions outside the houses of the hundreds of thousands of residents who have fled the city - estimated to be 60% of the city's population.
60% is about 600,000 people. This story gets zero coverage in the American media, and for that reason I think it's important to explain what is going on in Somalia and how the neoconservatives are primarily responsible.
In December of 2006, the United States sponsored and coordinated the invasion of Somalia by Ethiopian forces targeting an Islamic fundamentalist group known as the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) who had taken over much of the country and the capital of Mogadishu. Thousands were killed in the ensuing fighting that resulted in the defeat of the ICU and the dispersal of its fighters. American AC-130 gunships even participated in the fighting despite the fact that there was no debate in Congress and no declaration of war as required by the Constitution.
The situation has now devolved into a protracted guerrilla war that has trapped the occupying Ethiopian forces in Somalia with no easy avenue for withdrawal. As in Iraq, many analysts maintain that the government installed by the occupying forces in Somalia would collapse in a matter of days without the massive presence of a foreign occupying force. While Secretary of State Rice has been trying to spur the deployment of an African peacekeeping force, the Ethiopians are growing increasingly uncomfortable with their position:
"Ethiopia has single-handedly been playing its role by bearing the huge responsibility that the international community and countries failed to accomplish in collaboration or individually," an official statement from the government said on Tuesday, "The deployment of the peacekeeping force was among the major pledges made by the international community. However, deployment of the peacekeeping contingent was not carried out as promptly and as it was expected."
Maybe the Ethiopian government should have thought twice before it became an extension of Bush's neoconservative army that is waging jihad in the Muslim world?
Meanwhile, the fighters of the ICU have melted into the population where they continue to carry out hit-and-run attacks, assassinations, and road-side bombings designed to slowly bleed the Ethiopians. The Islamists reject the puppet government that has been installed by the Ethiopians at the behest of their American masters.
"There is no government we recognize because there is no government set up by the Somali people...they [government] were built by colonialists," Indha Ade added.
The Islamists are backing up their rhetoric with advances on the ground:
Bule Burte, a strategic town in central Somalia, has fallen out of government hands, residents said, and a militia allied to the Islamist movement is in control. The militia forced out government troops after a clan-related dispute.
International aid organizations like the ICRC are struggling to cope with the monumental disaster precipitated by the neoconservative intervention in Somalia. And the UN has issued an appeal for $406 million in 2008 to help the destitute Somalis who have been driven from their homes by the fighting. Doctors Without Borders also issued a statement:
Underscoring the depth of the crisis in Somalia, the aid group Doctors Without Borders released a statement late Tuesday saying recent fighting had spurred a new exodus from the capital Mogadishu. It said there are about 200,000 displaced people living in miserable conditions along the road from Mogadishu to the city of Afgooye.
Congratulations neocons. You've once again succeeded in creating new recruits for Islamic extremist movements who will undoubtedly be attacking Americans and American interests for decades to come. Of course, maybe that has been your plan all along?
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