terror, shock, disgust, revulsion, indignation and humiliation
in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia. The Somali warlords
are back in business with international recognition and support.
thing that could happen to Somali people, on an ID day, is
to find militias belonging to the criminal warlords and Ethiopian
tanks in front of their houses.
is celebrating for the arrival of 2007 with a great deal of
fanfare. People all over the world, with the exception of
Somalis, have hopes, aspirations, expectations and resolutions
that 2007 will be the annus mirabilis in which great things
have nothing to celebrate. They already have the knowledge
of what is in store for them in the months and also years
to come. A long and bloody struggle to free themselves from
internationally backed Ethiopian and Somali warlords. So,
Good times and bright future are not ahead of us. Somalis
know this fact. The world too. Only turbulent days of bloodshed
invasion signifies the intractability of Somali problems and
the longer the Ethiopian occupation takes, the gloomier will
be the picture.
have always known how to live under dictatorial regimes and
self-appointed, corrupt, authoritarian Somali men; but it
seems now they have to learn how to live under ruthless men
from the northern highlands of Ethiopia, synonymous with brutality,
subjugation and viciousness. They will not leave until "the
job is done". They will not leave as long as Somalis
(warlords) need them.
has been in the news in 2006. There have been unprecedented
media coverage, scrutiny, publicity and analysis on this area
of Africa, thanks to the meteoric rise of the Islamist groups
in huge swathes of the country.
Islamist groups flee from one stronghold to another, the world
media and human rights groups are likely to pay no attention
to Somalia and the plight of Somalis in the coming days and
months. We will see no reports of atrocities and condemnations
of human rights violations in the country after the decline
of Islamists. Mum will be the word.
undoubtedly be a great opportunity for Somali warlords with
their Ethiopian backers to ensure that everything goes according
to their plan. The only plan they know well: setting one clan
against another clan, multiplication of warlords and creation
of fiefdoms under each criminal warlord.
The international recognition and support bestowed to unrepresentative,
unpopular, weak " Somali" government is tantamount
to an international endorsement of a FORCED MARRIAGE. A government
of Somali warlords by Ethiopia for Somali people is what the
international community has endorsed and Somali people are
being forced to accept.
Somalis accept this warlord government; the main obstacle
will be the inability of Somali warlords to work together.
Teamwork, plurality, compromise and consensus have no place
in Somali clan politics. They cannot agree on a common minimum
programme because of factionalism, greed, ignorance, illiteracy,
tribal ego and personal enmity. How a government of this kind
can function is anybody's guess.
Zenawi really wants to do something "good" for Somalis,
it would be wise and sensible of him if he could act on the
basis of "first things first" and charity-begins-at-home
principle. Respect human rights and dignity of Ethiopians
and feed millions starving in Ethiopia.
Somalis will not miss Sheikh Yuusuf Indhacade, Sheikh Hassan
Turki and Sheikh Hashi Eyrow; but they firmly believe that
anyone who comes to power will invariably be as oppressive
as the vanquished SHABAAB outfit led by Sheikh Eyrow and Sheikh
marriage doesn't work and there is no a happy ending. Spousal
abuse, wife-beating, rape and other types domestic violence
usually form a part and parcel of this type of marriage. Today,
Somalis have no option but to accept the marriage of Somali
warlords- Ethiopia's men - with the blessing of the United
Nations and others who claim to value human rights, justice,
rule of law, equality, order and freedom.
Abdinasir Hussein Moallin