pre-emptive air strike on Southern Somalia was based "Credible
Intelligence" obtained from Kenya and Ethiopia as US
military hawks put on, Ethiopian PM said they did not provide
any intelligence to US. So who is right?
It's become bizarre how the US officials misled their people
and the worldwide in their recent pre-emptive air strike on
southern Somalia, in which they claim as the hot-bed of Al-Qaeda
and their sympathizers.
The air attack attracted worldwide condemnation even those
who allied with the US beleaguered "war on terror",
but Somali civilians bared most of the casualty. Oxfam put
the number of death as 70, however sources in the area said
more than 150 people, including four entire family and two
couple who were on their honeymoon.
None of the media investigated the US claim that they have
received "a credible intelligence" from Ethiopia
and Kenya prior the swift air attack. However, sources close
to Somali government told the media that they were not notified
in advance the US air assault but they were aware the aerial
surveillance which monitoring the movement of Islamic courts
in the last two months.
Another senior Somali army told the media in condition of
anonymity that US air strike was to help Ethiopian forces
who have suffered massive casualty in Afmadow and Ras-Kambooni
area after they met high resistance from ICU forces.
Ethiopian troops called to Addis Ababa for quick help through
the US air forces based in Djibouti, as the Ethiopian MiG's
and helicopters were proved useless in the war around Ras-Kambooni.
The Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi told the media last week that
Ethiopia did not provide any intelligence to the US.
However, Kenyan government did comment on US claim. Since
Kenyan army is not involved in the current Somali crisis,
any intelligence to the US would have been worthless.
So, Ethiopia is right that they did not provide any intelligence
to the US that led its air attack, but as Somali army officer
put the Ethiopian side was on "SOS".
What led the US to bombard nomadic civilians who were having
their evening meal and doing their daily duties? Is it merely
revenging on 1993 "Black Hawk Down"? or trying to
widen its so called war on terror?.
In the view current US administration its all the above, since
their war on terror simply based on flawed intelligence, Islamphobia
and imperialistic view.
The Somalia, simply do not want this warlord made government
supported by Ethiopian forces as it has no public support,
so regardless whether the whole world recognises it or not
it will not work.
If the US answered the SOS call from Ethiopians poor soldiers
trapped in Ras-kamboni, how would it answer the SOS calls
coming from Somali TFG? since the TFG desperately need a public
support within Somalia, which the US and Ethiopians cannot
Somali people had long-time ago forgot any foreign help and
relied upon each other for survival, they support the group
or an administration that guarantees them their freedom, liberty
and stability something the current TFG unable to offer.
As I mentioned in my previous article "Bolton's Rush
Hour Policy", the UN is helpless on Somali situations
and Somalis are not expecting to see any dramatic changes
from US policy or any UN action on US-Ethiopia (Christina
Crusaders in Horn Africa) other than mimicking on deployment
of poor African peacekeepers.
The pre-emptive strike carried by George Bush against Somalia
created more deep wounds in Somalia hearts and Somalis started
treating its unreliable neighbors Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti
as US cohorts united to destabilize and slaughter the Somali
civilians who have nothing to do with terrorism. Furthermore,
their unforgettable memories against Ethiopians have refreshed.
Jendayi Frazer, US undersecretary state department for Africa
was wasting four days rallying on creating a workable framework
for Somali groups, including the Ethiopian agent TFG. Her
presence in Horn Africa was clear that US has no policy for
Islamic countries, but bullets.
So US bullets comes first before policy as it did in Iraq
and Afghanistan, Somali already tested that in 1993 and now
in 2007. So the whole so-called US "war on terror"
should be consulted with bullets even if you are calling the
911 and the caller mentions names like Mohamed, Abdul or Raheem