Sudi and his Associates: An Enemy of Peace?
By Ali Mohamed
As fighting, hunger and destruction in the Capital Mogadishu reaches horrible
new heights, many are asking whether the time has not finally come to
stop tolerating an intransigent warlords who refuses to put an end to
the violence and wrongdoing. Not that they should be killed, or even arrested,
but wouldn't exile be an appropriate response?
The case seems rather compelling. This is not simply an inept warlords,
but ones whose commission of horrendous atrocities going back many years
has been well documented. Despite the signing of the Eldoret Agreement
in 2003, they have in fact opposed any accords.
Indeed, the case for exiling Musse Mudi and his associates are strong
one, but in fact it would be wrong to focus just on Mr. Sudi. The underlying
cause of the current crisis is that Somalis have been denied their basic
rights of peace and dignity. They have been forced to endure a cruel civil
war for fifteen years. Under both Siyad Barre and current leaders, Somalis
have been subject to daily oppression and humiliation. And now Musse Sudi
is part of the anti-peace coalition that is today laying siege to Banadir
Region and its people.
And the responsibility goes beyond Mr. Sudi alone though he has been described
as the top threat to peace ahead of others. Different warlords have backed
the continuation of the misery and the terror of Banadir Region and its
people with military and economic support for years. The Latest of Mr
Sudi's ruthless destruction of what a Legitimate Prime Minister of Somalia
has appointed as the Governor of Banadir was given a green light by these
warlords with their only aim is to continue the looting and assassinations.
The exiling of Sudi, Atto, Salad, and Qanyare would enhance peace in Mogadishu.
We should see them as an enemy of peace and not only as an enemy of Mudulood
The Muduloods should stop crying and stood behind the greater slogan of
National Peace in the Capital and start pressuring those among them Like
Mr. Sudi who use cheap tribal propaganda to disrupt peace and take hostage
for the whole Somali Nation. They should embrace this goal with unbridled
determination, courage, and energy. They should have a real target to
vent their fury on. It would be a very short fight only if they do it