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calendar   Thursday - January 04, 2007

Operation Crushed Nuts: Custers Last Stand

Somalis, Ethiopians Engage Islamists
MOGADISHU, Somalia (ABC NEWS) - Jan 4, 2007

image imageGovernment troops backed by Ethiopian soldiers were fighting about 600 Islamic militiamen in the southern tip of Somalia, an official spokesman said Thursday. In the past 10 days, Ethiopian-backed government forces have driven out the Islamic movement that had controlled Mogadishu and much of southern Somalia for more than six months. The Islamic movement retreated to the southern tip of Somalia and vowed to keep fighting, raising the specter of an Iraq-style guerrilla war.

The Somali forces have surrounded the Islamic militiamen “from every direction” in the southwestern district of Badade, near the Kenyan border, government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari told The Associated Press. “The fighting is going on,” Dinari said. “We hope they will either surrender or be killed by our troops.”

Kenya sent extra troops to the Somali frontier and closed its border, fearing an exodus of refugees and foreign fighters. Dinari said some Islamic militants have been trying to escape by sea. “But U.S. anti-terrorist forces have been deployed there to prevent them from escaping,” he added.

In Washington on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said U.S. Navy vessels were deployed off the Somali coast looking for al-Qaida and allied militants trying to escape. Dinari said the government believes foreign terrorist elements are among the Islamic militiamen fighting in Badade.

With the Islamic movement’s fighters on the run, concern has grown about extremists believed to be among them. Three al-Qaida suspects in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa are believed to be leaders of the Islamic movement. The movement denies having any links to al-Qaida.

Earlier Thursday, Somalia’s Interior Minister Hussein Aideed said there are about 3,500 Islamists hiding in the capital and they are “likely to destabilize the security of the city.”

Aideed did not explain the source of his information or what prompted his comments. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi later tried to play down the threat and disputed Aideed’s number of Islamists hiding in the capital, although he did not offer his own estimate. The Somali Islamic movement denies having any links to al-Qaida. Earlier Thursday, Somalia’s Interior Minister Hussein Aideed said there are about 3,500 Islamists hiding in the capital and they are “likely to destabilize the security of the city.”

Aideed did not explain the source of his information or what prompted his comments. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi later tried to play down the threat and disputed Aideed’s number of Islamists hiding in the capital, although he did not offer his own estimate.

Gedi said his government would begin efforts to disarm Somalis by seizing large arms caches located around Mogadishu. A house-by-house search will follow, the prime minister told journalists, without saying when that will happen.

Thursday was the deadline for people in Mogadishu to surrender their arms. Gedi said the disarmament program was progressing but offered no details. By Wednesday, only a handful of people had heeded Gedi’s demand and turned in any weapons in the capital. In Ethiopia, a top U.S. diplomat said that she hopes African peacekeepers will be in Somalia by the end of the month.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni had promised President Bush in a recent phone call that he could supply between 1,000-2,000 troops to protect Somalia’s transitional government and train its troops, said Jendayi Frazer, assistant U.S. secretary of state for Africa, after meeting Museveni. Frazer said there had been no request for U.S. troops or military assistance so far.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/04/2007 at 10:42 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 02, 2007

Operation Crushed Nuts: Mopping Up

Two news stories came to my attention this morning and I thought I’d share both of them with you since they are related. In the first story, the NY TIMES describes the final days of the IslamoNazi thugs in Somalia as Ethiopian troops rolled them up and crushed them.

Several things might strike you about the story: (1) there is no mention of the horrors inflicted on the Somali people by the IslamoNazis before they were driven out, and (2) the underlying tone of pessimism that the interim government may fall apart and the IslamoNazis might try to fight a guerilla war. Typical of the TIMES.

However, there is even more to this story that you have not heard a word about in any media outlet. That is where the second news story below comes in. See if you can guess what the untold news story is about. Hint: something the TIMES would never admit ....

After 15 Years, Someone’s in Charge in Somalia, if Barely
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (NY TIMES) - January 2, 2007

imageimageAfter Somalia’s Islamist forces abandoned their final outpost on Monday, the transitional government moved aggressively to assert control, setting a three-day deadline for all weapons to be turned in and calling for international peacekeeping troops to be sent immediately.

Somalia was already a place where military-grade weaponry was casually flaunted on its streets, but the Islamists’ swift collapse has created such a surplus of guns that the average price of a Kalashnikov assault rifle, one of the world’s most popular killing machines, has dropped to $15.

Ali Mohammed Gedi, the former veterinarian who is the transitional prime minister, said at his daily news conference that he would not tolerate the situation and gave instructions for turning in the weapons.

“Individuals or groups of people who have trucks mounted with antiaircraft guns, known as ‘technicals,’ should bring those battlewagons to Mogadishu’s old port,” he said.

Clan leaders were skeptical about whether he would succeed, and many Somalis seemed dead set against it. “They’re trying to neuter us,” said Muhammad Duudo, an unemployed car mechanic. “And it’s not going to happen. Just wait until the full moon passes and the darkness comes.”

Whatever lies ahead, encouraging or ominous, most Somalis seemed to agree that after a week of fast-moving events, the rough outlines of a new reality were emerging. For the first time since the former dictator, Mohamed Siad Barre, fled the country in 1991, casting Somalia into 15 years of anarchy, there is a credible government based in Mogadishu, the capital, with serious outside support and no organized military threat from within.

True, countless gunmen still roam the streets, heavily armed warlords still command authority and the seeds of a possible guerrilla movement may be taking root.

But so far no major force has emerged to challenge the authority of the transitional government. The only rival, the Islamists, lost their last conventional military battle on Monday. The Islamists had steadily lost ground since Dec. 24, when Ethiopia unleashed a punishing series of airstrikes and pushed ground troops deep into Somali territory.

Ethiopian officials justified their intervention in Somalia’s messy, violent internal politics by saying the Islamist movement was a regional threat with terrorist connections and ambitions to invade their country. Ethiopia commands one of the most powerful militaries in Africa, and within days of its entrance into the war, Burhakaba, a pivotal inland town, fell from Islamist control — then Jowhar, another key town, and then Mogadishu, the Islamists’ former stronghold.

By Sunday, the last remnants of the Islamist forces, which just a few weeks ago controlled a large swath of Somalia, were cornered in Kismayo, a port city on the south Somali coast. Thousands of Ethiopian and transitional government troops were closing in on them, and on Sunday night, the Ethiopians began pounding away with heavy artillery.

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Give up? Here is the second story that no one in the media wants you to know about. It seems the Bush Administration has been quietly preparing for this day FOR THREE YEARS. While no one was looking (especially the media) American troops have been in Ethiopia training the Ethiopian army and preparing them to wage war the American way - kick ass and take names.

Of course, the media, the Liberals and Democrats would never allow OUR troops to fight this way any more. No, sir. If American troops were actually allowed to go all out and fight this way there would be howls or outrage in all media outlets and before you know it there would be a dozen UN resolutions condemning us. Resolutions put forth by Cuba, Syria, Iran and France of course.

No, the sad truth is that the greatest military the world has ever seen has to fight with its hands tied behind its back so we have to train surrogates to clean up the messes of the world. My hat’s off to the Ethiopian military. They have done themselves (and us) proud. Now if we could just convince them to clean up that hellish mess just across their northern border in Sudan/Darfur the continent of Africa might be headed down a path to civilization and peace at last.

U.S. Trainers Prepare Ethiopians To Fight
DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (STARS AND STRIPES) - Saturday, December 30, 2006

imageimageAs soldiers of Ethiopia’s Christian government continued to rout Islamist militiamen in southern Somalia this week, 2nd Cpl. Wonderfraw Niguse celebrated his own victory on the parched scrublands of eastern Ethiopia hundreds of kilometers to the north.

With the sporadic barking of baboons or braying of donkeys in the distance, the 25-year-old squad leader led two successful ambushes against simulated enemy forces here as his fellow trainees charged through thickets of needle-sharp thorn bushes and down dried river beds.

The feat, which Wonderfraw and his fellow soldiers cheered with songs of victory and courage, was accomplished during a three-month basic infantry skills course offered by the U.S. military at the sprawling Ethiopian Training Academy in Hurso.

“They are very good, these techniques that they are teaching us,” Wonderfraw said through an interpreter. “I appreciate everything they are teaching us, especially the ambush. They instruct us on how to establish it and provide security. The ambush is very interesting for me.”

Troops attached to the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa have been training Ethiopian soldiers in basic infantry tactics, officer logistics and maintenance since 2003, when the U.S. government identified the East African country as an ally in its global war on terror. Similar training programs are ongoing in Djibouti and Kenya.

In Hurso, the so-called military-to-military training has taken on a new urgency in the days following Ethiopia’s incursion into Somalia on behalf of that collapsed nation’s embattled, albeit U.N.-sanctioned, government.

“Depending on whether things really kick off, it’s a very real possibility that some of these guys could find themselves using these skills very soon,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bill Flippo, an instructor based at Camp Hurso.

“You want to make sure you cover everything thoroughly,” the 27-year-old Winfield, Kan., native said. “The stuff you teach them could result in things working out really good for them, or really bad.”

Flippo is one of a handful of instructors here who belong to Company A, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. The instructors, who are three-quarters of the way through a yearlong deployment, are currently training more than three dozen Ethiopian army officers, noncommissioned officers and enlisted from throughout the country.

“The majority of these guys are trainers themselves,” said 1st Lt. Ben Daughters, 24, of Chillicothe, Ohio. “The idea is that we train them and they go back and train their own.”

Roughly 60 U.S. personnel reside at Hurso, most of them soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 294th Infantry Regiment of the Guam Army National Guard. The guard unit is now on its third, yearlong rotation in the Horn of Africa, and is scheduled for a fourth.

“They love us here because we interact a lot with the locals,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Noel Camagaganacan, 40, of Dedeo, Guam.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/02/2007 at 09:27 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 31, 2006

Operation Crushed Nuts: The Final Days

It’s almost over. The IslamoNazis ran away to the south of Somalia and are vowing to make a last stand at the port city of Kismayo. Meanwhile, Ethiopian tanks and troops are in hot pursuit. It’ll all be over with in a day or two now ... provided the Ethiopians smash Kismayo and sink any “getaway boats” the IslamoNazis are trying to flee in. I certainly hope the IslamNozais stick to their word and “never surrender”. That way there will be no problems with prisoners and this sorry mess can come to an end.

Somalia’s Islamists Vow Never to Surrender
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - December 31, 2006

imageimageA phalanx of Ethiopian tanks and armored personnel carriers chugged toward Kismayo, the last city occupied by Somalia’s diminished Islamist movement, witnesses said Saturday, while the Islamists inside the city dug in and vowed never to surrender.

According to residents along Somalia’s coast, the Ethiopian troops, with soldiers from Somalia’s transitional government, were preparing to seize Kismayo, a port city near the Kenyan border.

Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, a high-ranking cleric, emerged from a mosque in the city on Saturday, surrounded by gunmen, and told his followers that the Islamist leadership was not finished.

“The Islamic courts are still alive and ready to fight against the enemy of God,” Sheik Ahmed told residents of Kismayo in a speech on Saturday. “We left Mogadishu in order to prevent bloodshed in the capital, but that does not mean we lost the holy war against our enemy.”

Sheik Ahmed called on Somalis to begin an anti-Ethiopian insurgency. Already, several masked gunmen have surfaced on Mogadishu’s streets, suggesting a guerrilla movement may have begun.

Diplomats in Kenya, though, said that they were talking to moderate representatives of the Islamic movement on Saturday, trying to persuade them to back down. The Islamists are essentially cornered, hemmed in by the Indian Ocean, a sealed Kenyan border and thousands of troops headed their way. Their only route of escape may be to flee into the thickly forested area south of Kismayo, which Western intelligence officers suspect has been used before as a terrorist hide-out.

In Mogadishu, the presence of Ethiopian soldiers continued to spark scattered violence, with supporters of the Ethiopians battling street by street against the remaining Islamist partisans. Gunshots rang out, men and women battled with sticks and rocks and the thick black smoke of burning barricades lifted into the air.

Just two days ago, in a stunning reversal of fortune, Somalia’s transitional government, with the muscle of the Ethiopian military, reclaimed Mogadishu from the Islamist movement that had ruled large swaths of Somalia. Despite the Islamists’ repeated vows to fight to the death, their forces evaporated and Mogadishu fell without a shot. Many Somalis said Saturday that they hoped the same thing would happen in Kismayo.

More than a thousand people have been killed in fighting across the country since Dec. 20, and Somalia’s leaders now face the daunting task of trying to piece together a country that has not had a functioning central government for 15 years.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/31/2006 at 04:33 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 29, 2006

Operation Crushed Nuts: Day 4

Here it is ... in a nutshell ....

Somalia Forces Retake Capital From Islamists

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 28 (NY TIMES) — Just hours after Islamist fighters abandoned Mogadishu, the capital from which they ruled much of Somalia, thousands of troops of the transitional government marched into the city on Thursday in a stunning reversal of fortune.

The government soldiers and the Ethiopian infantrymen who have been backing them poured in from the outskirts, residents said. The only gunshots fired were long celebratory bursts into the air.

Oh ... when the Saints ... go marchin’ in ...  tune

The Islamists, whom many Western nations had considered a grave and growing regional threat with terrorist connections, were vanquished faster than anyone had expected, or at least removed from power.

“We always knew these Islamists weren’t all they were cracked up to be,” said Abdirizak Adam Hassan, chief of staff for the transitional president, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed. “And now we are where they used to be, in control of Mogadishu — well, as much as anyone can be in control of Mogadishu.”

Run away, little girls! Cowardly IslamoNazis! None of them are worth a bucket of warm spit.

By Wednesday, the Islamist military had been decimated by Ethiopian airstrikes and mass desertions. Clan elders, traditionally the pillars of Somali society, pulled their troops and firepower out of the Union of Islamic Courts, or U.I.C., after a string of back-to-back military loses in which more than 1,000 fighters, mostly teenage boys, were quickly mowed down by the better-trained and equipped Ethiopian-backed forces.

“Our children were getting annihilated,” said Abdi Hulow, an elder with the powerful Hawiye clan. “We couldn’t sustain it.”

That pretty much sums it up. The kids were cannon fodder. Typical IslamoNazi strategy.

Even before the government troops had planted themselves in downtown Mogadishu, the political negotiations began. Mr. Hulow and other elders said they had asked transitional leaders for positions in the new government in exchange for support. Ali Mohammed Gedi, the prime minister, told the elders that first he needed help in disarming the militias.

Mr. Gedi also gave a short news conference on the outskirts of Mogadishu in which he reached out to the Somali diaspora, saying: “We need your help. It’s time to come home.” One group was noticeably absent from all these talks: conservative clerics, who seemed to have overplayed their cards.

You mean the Ratbag IslamoNazi Imams who preach jihad were suddenly silent? Go figure.

It seems that many people, inside Somalia and outside, overrated the Islamists’ strength and popularity. Part of the reason, analysts now say, is that the Islamists had an excellent propaganda machine, controlling most media outlets in Somalia.

Translation: these weren’t “holy warriors” - they were bullshit artists.

On Thursday, to celebrate the departure of the Islamists, many Mogadishu residents stuffed their mouths with khat, a mildly narcotic plant that the Islamists had outlawed, and cranked up Western music, which some clerics had tried to ban.

Things are now back to normal. Every body must get stoned.  tune 


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/29/2006 at 06:21 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 28, 2006

Operation Crushed Nuts: Day 3

Memo to Ethiopia: don’t stop now. Don’t go into Mogadishu either. Stand back and flatten the city from the air and with artillery. Leave no stone standing. Then burn the rubble. Then salt the ground. Shoot anything that is still moving. Then have a beer on us. Thanks.

The “brave” IslamoNazis have dropped their guns and are trying to hide. These ratbags are brave when they are beating up women for not praying five times a day but when faced with determined soldiers with real guns they pee their pants and run and hide under those same women’s skirts.

These mental retards are no different from the murderous bastards who flew planes into the WTC, killing 3,000 innocent civilians or the cowardly perverts who blew up the trains in Spain and the tube in London. This whole IslamoNazi movement is an abomination and there is only one solution - KILL ‘EM ALL AND LET ALLAH SORT ‘EM OUT! SCORCHED EARTH AND TOTAL ANNIHILATION! JUST DO IT!

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Islamists Seem to Give Up Grip on Somali City
NAIROBI, Kenya (NY TIMES) — December 28, 2006

imageimageThe Islamist forces who have controlled much of Somalia in recent months suddenly vanished from the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, residents said Wednesday night, just as thousands of rival troops massed 15 miles away.

In the past few days, Ethiopian-backed forces, with tacit approval from the United States, have unleashed tanks, helicopter gunships and jet fighters on the Islamists, decimating their military and paving the way for the internationally recognized transitional government of Somalia to assert control.

Even so, the Islamists, who have been regarded as a regional menace by Ethiopia and the United States, had repeatedly vowed to fight to the death for their religion and their land, making their disappearance that much more unexpected.

Fortified checkpoints across the city — in front of the radio station, at the airport, at the main roads leading into Mogadishu and outside police stations — were abruptly abandoned Wednesday night, residents said.

Many of the teenage troops who made up the backbone of the Islamist army had blended back into the civilian population, walking around without guns or their trademark green skullcaps.

The sudden reversal left it unclear whether a war that had threatened to consume the Horn of Africa had quickly ended, or the Islamists had merely gone underground, preparing to wage a guerrilla insurgency, as some leaders had threatened. “The whole city is just waiting,” said Sheik Ahmed Shiro, a Koranic teacher in Mogadishu.

At 10 p.m. on Wednesday, several Islamist leaders emerged to hold a news conference at their headquarters in Mogadishu. They did not explicitly concede defeat to the transitional government, but seemed to be preparing their forces for such an eventuality. “We need our soldiers to return to their positions for the sake of the people,” said Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, one of the leaders. “Even if your positions are transferred to the government, you must stay where you are and make sure Mogadishu is as safe as it was before.”

As he spoke, Mogadishu was rapidly descending back into the clan-based anarchy that had been its hallmark for most of the past 15 years, before the Islamists came to power and pacified the city.

Witnesses said bands of armed thugs swept through the markets, smashing and stealing at will. Gunfire rattled from neighborhood to neighborhood as the disparate clan-based militias that had joined forces to form the Islamist movement began to fragment and turn on one another.

With the war going badly for them, clan elders had been rapidly losing faith in the Islamist leaders, residents said. The quick defeat the Islamists suffered earlier on Wednesday at Jowhar, the last major town on the road to Mogadishu, seemed to be the final straw.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/28/2006 at 10:45 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 27, 2006

Somalia Update

The IslamoNazis are backpedaling as fast as they can and are beating a retreat back to Mogadishu. Some are melting into the jungle and are planning on waging a guerrilla war - provided the Ethiopian army doesn’t wipe them out first, like the vermin they are.

The US has pretty much given Ethiopia the diplomatic green light to go ahead and wipe out the Islamonazis but other than that is staying out of it. The United Nations is doing what they do best - absolutely nothing.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopians are marching on Mogadishu. The civilian population of the former capitol have all packed up and left town, leaving the IslamoNazis to face the Ethiopians alone. For my money, I’d recommend Ethiopia just flatten Mogadishu to a pile of rubble with artillery and air bombardments. Sometimes you just have to burn the house down to get rid of all the cockroaches. To be continued ....

The Islamist forces once in control of much of Somalia are crumbling faster than anyone expected and beat a hasty retreat back to their stronghold in Mogadishu, Somalia’s battle-scarred capital, on Tuesday.

By dawn, Buurhakaba, a large inland town, had fallen to the Islamists’ rivals, along with nearby Dinsoor and Bulo Burti, where just a few weeks ago the clerics in charge were threatening to behead people who did not pray five times a day.

The Islamist fighters, who had seemed invincible after taking Mogadishu from the city’s warlords in June, now seem powerless to stop the steady advance of the internationally recognized transitional government and the Ethiopian forces that are backing it.

By nightfall, the transitional government’s troops were 50 miles from Mogadishu, calling for the Islamists to surrender. The Islamist leaders refused, saying they would take their fight “everywhere,” possibly a threat to unleash guerrilla tactics and suicide bombers, which they have already used.

The fast-moving developments seemed to confirm what United Nations officials and witnesses in Somalia have been saying since the fighting erupted a week ago: that the teenage troops of the Islamists, however religiously inspired, were no match for the better-trained Ethiopian-backed force, with its tanks and fighter jets.

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Meles Zenawi, said Tuesday that his soldiers and their Somali allies had “broken the back” of the Islamists and killed more than 1,000 fighters, though United Nations officials have put the toll substantially below that.

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As the fighting continued, members of the U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting in New York to discuss the conflict and consider a joint statement put forward by Qatar.

Ambassadors from the 15 countries on the council were briefed first by Secretary General Kofi Annan’s special representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, and then began debating the text of a statement calling for the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces from Somalia.

But U.S. diplomats said they would seek changes to the draft. “We don’t want to single out Ethiopia in that way and believe they have legitimate security concerns,” a U.S diplomat said. “Our position is that we need all parties to return to dialogue.”

The diplomat, who agreed to discuss aspects of the U.S. position in exchange for anonymity, said the United States would also push for a condemnation of the Islamic Courts’ use of child soldiers in the conflict.

It was unclear whether the Security Council would be able to reach consensus on the statement before Wednesday. Meanwhile, a Somali envoy to Ethiopia said Ethiopian troops could take over Mogadishu in 24 to 48 hours.

-- WASHINGTON POST

I’ve added an Ethiopian flag to the smileys in the comments if you want to show your support. Here is a detail map of the region so you can keep track of it all.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/27/2006 at 10:52 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 26, 2006

Somalia Update

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My advice to the Ethiopians is to bomb the crap out of the rebels, drive them into the sea, burn Somalia to the ground and salt the earth before leaving. It’s the only way to be sure.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/26/2006 at 05:52 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 23, 2006

Road To Somalia

All hell is about to break loose in the Horn Of Afirca. But first, a little background ....

In 1991 dictator Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown and the country fell into total chaos with fighting between seven or eight warlords for control. An interim government was appointed and support was provided by the UN. In the latter part of 1992, President Bush (41) tried to help hold the country together with aid and transport for Pakistani troops who comprised the main UN peacekeeping force.

In 1993, the UN asked the US to take over military operations and President Clinton sent in the troops. Then in October 1993, the Black Hawk Down incident took place and after seeing American soldiers bodies dragged through the streets on CNN, Clinton got cold feet and pulled all troops out. It was the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time and a decision was made to cut-and-run. All US troops were out by mid-1995.

Oddly enough, John Kerry and the NY TIMES didn’t object to the intervention in Somalia and praised President Clinton for his wisdom while Secretary of Defense Les Aspin took the blame and resigned.

In recent years, a radical Islamic group, the Islamic Courts, has taken control of most of the country with the interim government boxed up in one small corner of the country next to Ethiopia. Ethiopia is providing aid and military advisers to the interim government as a sort of buffer between them and the Islamic militants because (1) Ethiopia is mostly Christian and (2) North of Ethiopia is Islamic-dominated Sudan and the holocaust in Darfur. They’re caught between a rock and a hard place.

Which brings us up to current events. Oh, did I forget to mention that Ethiopia has one of the most advanced armies and air force in Africa with thousands of tanks and jet fighters. They are being challenged by a ragtag “army” of teenage boys armed with AK-47’s and led by older warlords who have no qualms about throwing kids into the meat grinder. To further complicate matters, Islamic mercenaries are arriving on the beaches of Mogadishu in droves.

Like I said ... the Horn Of Africa is about to explode ....

In the Third Day of Fighting in Somalia,
Worries of a Sharp Escalation by Ethiopian Forces

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (NY TIMES) — December 23, 2006

imageimageAny hope of a quick peace in Somalia vanished in a burst of artillery shells on Friday, as fighting between rival forces raged for a third straight day. Residents of Baidoa, the seat of the internationally recognized transitional government, said they saw columns of Ethiopian tanks chugging toward the front lines, heightening worries that Somalia’s internal problems could soon become regional ones.

Meanwhile, residents in Mogadishu, the battle-scarred traditional capital and the base of Somalia’s powerful Islamist movement, said they saw sailboats packed with foreign mercenaries landing on the city’s beaches. According to United Nations officials, the transitional government, with the help of thousands of Ethiopian troops, has inflicted heavy losses on the Islamists, who rely on teenage boys to do much of their fighting. On Friday, the fighting was concentrated in towns ringing Baidoa, where witnesses said bodies were piling up in the streets.

As the two sides continued to blast each other with machine guns and artillery, an exodus began, with thousands of residents from the battle zone squeezing into aged trucks with pots, pans and sacks of clothes and fleeing to safer areas. Ethiopia has acknowledged that it has dispatched several hundred military advisers to help the transitional government repel the Islamists. But on Friday, Ethiopian officials continued to deny that their troops were engaged in combat.

“Tanks? What tanks?” said Zemedkun Tekle, spokesman for Ethiopia’s Information Ministry. “We have not sent any heavy arms into Somalia. Such talk is just propaganda to stir up the people.” The realities of waging war in a desperately poor country are setting in. At a hospital in Burhakaba, a town near Baidoa, a doctor stood in a filthy waiting room crowded with wounded and listed all the things he did not have: “No X-ray machines, no operating tables, no nothing.”

Islamist leaders have tried to frame the escalating conflict as a nationalist struggle, one aimed at evicting Ethiopian troops, whom they call infidel invaders. While Somalia is almost purely Muslim, neighboring Ethiopia has a strong Christian identity, even though it is actually about half Muslim. The two countries are longtime rivals and have fought over contested border areas before.

All schools in the Islamist-controlled areas have been closed indefinitely so more young people can be funneled to the front. On Friday, recruitment centers were swarming with teenage boys begging for guns. In Mogadishu, mosques blared out a call for retired soldiers to lend their expertise to the new jihad. Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement late on Friday warning the Islamists to end their “hostile anti-Ethiopian activities. The situation in Somalia has turned from bad to worse,” the statement said. “Ethiopia has been patient so far. There is a limit to this.”

Ethiopia has the most powerful military in the region, and many analysts fear that Ethiopia may be only days away from unleashing its helicopter gunships and jet fighters. Somalia has been mired in crisis since 1991, when the central government collapsed, setting off a long, nasty interclan war. While the United Nations and donor countries have struggled to get a new government on its feet, a grass-roots movement of Islamic courts has steadily gained power.

The Islamist movement defeated the last of Mogadishu’s warlords in June and immediately restored a sense of law and order unheard of in the capital for 15 years. Then the Islamists began pushing outward, eventually reaching the outskirts of Baidoa, which their troops are now attacking from two sides. The transitional government, meanwhile, has never been popular and its leaders spend much of their time outside Somalia. American officials have said that if it were not for Ethiopian protection, the transitional government would have fallen months ago.

The fighting began near Baidoa on Wednesday, as European diplomats were meeting with leaders from both sides in an effort to strike a peace deal. The diplomats were initially upbeat. But as the fighting has intensified, the diplomats have become more pessimistic, saying that the rank-and-file Islamists seem bent on war even if their leaders are conciliatory.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/23/2006 at 01:16 PM   
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calendar   Monday - November 20, 2006

Unbelievable

An African nation that is predominantly Muslim ... which recognizes Israel ... and has banned Islamic political parties ... and is helping in the war on terror ... and has oil to sell. Somebody wake me up. I must be dreaming.

Of course you all know that once the Mad Mullahs in Iran and the WhackJob Wahabbis in Saudi Arabia get wind of this there will be hell to pay. I am going to make it my own personal JIHAD to keep an eye on this tiny little country and if anyone interferes with them I’m gonna scream from the rooftops and raise hell as loudly as I can. Anyone out there want to help?

Mauritania Stages Historic Poll
(BBC) - Sunday, 19 November 2006, 19:17 GMT

imageimageMauritanians have voted in the North African country’s first election since last year’s bloodless coup ended 20 years of authoritarian rule. Turnout was said to be high and long queues formed even before polls opened. Nearly one million people were eligible to vote in the national parliament and municipal council polls.

The military junta which took over after the ousting of President Maaouiya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya had promised an early return to civilian government.

After casting his vote, the junta leader Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall said he was “satisfied to see Mauritanians embark on the road to democracy and consequently on the way to economic development and political stability.”

The first provisional results are expected late on Monday. This poll will be followed by elections for the senate in January and for the president two months later. The BBC’s North Africa correspondent Richard Hamilton says there seems to be a thirst for democracy.

In June, turnout was also high in a referendum on a new constitution which, among other things, put a two-term limit on any future president. Observers from the European Union were monitoring the elections and so far no problems have been reported.

At least 28 political parties were competing to be represented in the 95-member lower house of parliament, the National Assembly - although only five parties were considered to be front-runners.

But Islamist parties and movements, considered to be among the most popular in the country, have been banned. This has resulted in many Islamist candidates standing as independents.

Because Mauritania is home to a number of different racial groups from Arabs and Berbers to black sub-Saharan tribes, it is predicted that people may have voted along ethnic lines, our correspondent says.

The largely desert country started pumping oil in February this year, so how that could help development was one of the biggest issues facing voters. Mauritania is one of the few Arabic countries to have recognised Israel and has also co-operated in the US “war against terror”.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/20/2006 at 08:24 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 09, 2006

Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day (so far)

Mr. Zuma was acquitted last week of the rape charges, based mostly on his contention that his victim has a history of making false accusations of rape. Yeah, right. He still faces charges of corruption. The weird part of this is that his political career is probably ruined. Why? Because he admitted during testimony not using a condom.

Welcome to Africa, folks - the continent that has been sliding rapidly into the toilet ever since they ran the Europeans out and started “governing” themselves. I predict that within fifty years, they’ll be back to wearing loincloths and carrying spears. That is not intended as a racist statement - it’s just telling it like it is.

The continent is overflowing with natural resources from diamonds to oil to uranium and it’s all being wasted by a few dozen dictators, despots and warring tribes - not to mention an absolutely horrid AIDS epidemic. When will it end - and how many millions will die before then?

imageimageZuma Sorry For Not Using Condom
Tuesday, 9 May 2006, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK

SOUTH AFRICA (BBC)—Former Deputy President Jacob Zuma has apologised to South Africans for not using a condom during sex. This detail emerged during his trial on a rape charge, of which he was cleared on Monday. It caused shock in a country where 5m people are infected with HIV.

Mr Zuma also said media coverage of his trial was unfair, and hinted at a political conspiracy against him. He said he was “ready to lead” if his party wished. Mr Zuma was once seen as a future president and remains popular.

In a statement delivered to a news conference in Johannesburg, Mr Zuma said he had erred in having unprotected sex with a woman he knew to be HIV-positive. “I should have known better and acted with more caution. For this I apologise to all the people of this country.”

He also said the woman who accused him “should in no way be vilified or condemned”, and offered a hand of friendship “to the women and organisations who demonstrated against me, because we are partners in a common struggle”.

Mr Zuma criticised the media coverage of his trial: “It is unfortunate that freedom of expression has been used as an instrument to assassinate character and prejudice the judicial process.”

- More third world insanity at the BBC ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/09/2006 at 01:08 PM   
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calendar   Monday - August 08, 2005

More Money For Africa?

imageimageEveryone says we should throw more money at Africa. U2’s Bono is running around the world begging for money, LiveAid gives concerts and the UN wrings its hands over the starving and dying. In my opinion, it is a ”money pit”. For those of you who never saw the movie (of the same name) or bought a house that was a “fixer-upper”, it is a way of throwing away good money after bad. Africa is no exception to this rule. In fact, as long as we throw money at the continent it will only prolong the agony. Why can’t we pass some legislation and call it the “No African Left Behind Act” .. where they only get money if they show reasonable signs of progress in solving their problems?

Take a look at the two quotes below. They both concern the West African country of Mali. The first comes from the US Department Of State and the second is from a news story today from AP ....


Mali

Area: 1,240,278 sq. km. (474,764 sq. mi.); about the size of Texas and California combined.

Population (2002 est.): 10.5 million.

US Foreign Aid: In 2003, U.S. assistance reached $44.2 million: This included $40.7 million in sector support made available through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs; a Peace Corps program budget of $2.8 million for 190 volunteers serving in Mali; Self-Help and the Democracy Funds of $153,000; and State Department Public Diplomacy Funds of $300,000 for educational opportunities and local projects. Military assistance includes $100,000 for the International Military Education Training (IMET) program, and $200,000 for the Regional Defense Counter Terrorism Fellowship (RDCTF) program. The Department of State dedicated $1.05 million to train militaries of the Pan Sahel countries, including Mali.

Hmmmm .... a somewhat large country with a very small population receiving over $4 per person annually in US foreign aid. And you, the US taxpayer, are paying for it!

MARSI, Mali (AP)—While the world’s attention has been fixed on famished Niger, Sidi Mohammed’s big, tearful eyes and cries of hunger reveal another food crisis unfolding next door. The year-old baby, mewling as his mother tries to feed him a cup of vitamin-rich gruel provided by aid workers, is one of an estimated 1.5 million of Mali’s 11 million people are said to be facing hunger, among them an estimated 144,000 children already suffering malnourishment.

Aid workers say they fear a replay of what happened in neighboring Niger, where the world ignored repeated warnings and only rushed in aid in recent weeks when images of starving children hit TV screens. The U.N. World Food Program said an appeal for $7.5 million was facing a shortfall of 85 percent, which it called “devastating. A similar appeal for Niger got 70 percent of the $16 million sought, mostly from Australia, Germany and the United States. But that was at least seven months after the first calls for help went out for the entire region.

Across the chronically dry and dusty West African region on the edge of the Sahara, malnutrition is a yearly blight. Poor rains and locusts worsened the situation last year, and now Sidi and his three siblings are dangerously underfed and dependent on food aid. Burkina Faso and Mauritania also are affected. “We had nothing to eat except the milk of our three sheep. I was very afraid. What could I do for my children?” says Sidi’s mother, 25-year-old Ahmetan Ahmedu.

Now that we’ve had our “Sally Struthers Moment” from AP and the UN, consider this: maybe we’re just making things worse by propping these people up. If we keep giving them handouts, they’ll just keep their hands out. That’s just human nature. Why take on the tough task of remedying the problem with internal decisions and real solutions when somebody externally will just keep pouring money into the mess?

Besides, the only memorable thing about Mali is that it is home to a city named .... ”Timbuktu”, legendary city in “the middle of nowhere”. No truer words were ever spoken .. nor money spent in a more useless cause.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/08/2005 at 06:15 PM   
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calendar   Monday - August 01, 2005

Sudan For Dummies

Attention, class! Today’s lesson will be about a country in Africa. The country in question is Sudan. It lies just to the South of Egypt. Sudan is divided along racial and religious lines into three main sections. The Muslims control the North of the country and the capitol of Khartoum (regions 1,5,16,17,18 on the map below). The Christians control the South of the country (regions 19,20,21 on the map below). The Western part of the country is mostly black African tribes (region 7 below) and is called Darfur. You may have heard of Darfur recently. The Muslims in the North, who control the government and the military, have employed militia gangs of Muslim gunmen to practice genocide on the West Sudanese in Darfur. They are killing these people off because their skin is black and they are not Muslims.

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The Muslims in the North do not like anyone who is not a Muslim. They have employed every means possible to eradicate the people in the Western part of the country. The United Nations has helped them by doing absolutely nothing and ignoring the mass murders. No one has an accurate count of how many black Africans have been killed in this genocidal war. Estimates are that as many as 2 million have died. Condaleeza Rice visited the Sudanese capitol last week and she and her entourage were roughed up and manhandled by the Sudanese security police but the Sudanese government issued an apology afterward so that makes it alright, right?

What you may not know is that the Muslims in the North engaged in a 21-year civil war against the Christians in the south that only ended last year. The Muslims in the North and the Christians in the South fought to a standstill and declared a truce, offering to share the government. Part of the agreement was that there would be a Muslim President and a Christian Vice President. The office of President was given to Omar el-Bashir, an ugly looking Muslim thug. The office of Vice President was given to John Garang, who had been the leader of the Southern Sudanese Christian rebels fighting the Northern Muslims.

Now we come to the part of our story that the Brits would call a “sticky wicket”. Two days ago, John Garang went missing as he flew by helicopter to his home in the South. It turns out Garang’s helicopter crashed in the mountains, killing all on board. Christians in the South are naturally suspicious and angry at the Muslims, suspecting foul play. I don’t blame them. Muslims cannot be trusted, believed or relied on. Especially in Africa. So it looks like Sudan may be on the verge of another civil war between the North and the South. The Christians and the Muslims. Meanwhile the black Africans in the West continue to starve and be murdered by roving bands of Muslim thugs. Now you know as much as Kofi Annan & the UN as well as Jesse Jackson and all the “African-Americans” know. They are doing nothing to stop this. This murder and genocide of “their people”. Millions more will die this year as Africa spirals back into darkness and the Muslim invaders purge the continent of all non-Muslims ....

KHARTOUM, Sudan—Rioters burned cars and threw stones in Sudan’s capital Monday after a helicopter crash killed the country’s vice president, who until recently was a southern rebel leader. Sudanese leaders appealed for calm and said the nation’s peace process would remain on track. But some southern Sudanese were suspicious about the circumstances of the death of John Garang, who was a key figure in the fledgling peace deal between the predominantly Arab Muslim government and the Christian south.

Anti-riot police were deployed to several areas of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, where crowds pelted passers-by with stones and smashed car windows. At least 10 private and government-owned cars were set on fire. Khartoum’s governor ordered a 6 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew and the city’s streets were empty of people and traffic an hour before the order took effect. Witnesses reported at least two people had been killed during clashes in the capital. There was no official confirmation.

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum said there were reports of violence in southern Sudan and issued a reminder of its warnings to Americans to avoid nonessential travel to the country. There were no details on the southern violence. The violence and widespread grief surrounding Garang’s death forced most in the capital to lock themselves inside their homes. Shop owners shuttered their stores.

“Murderers! Murderers!” yelled some southern Sudanese protesters who alleged the Sudanese government, which had battled Garang’s rebel force for two decades before this year’s peace deals, might have been behind the crash. “We lost Garang at a time when we needed him the most, but we think that we have made great strides toward peace and we believe that that peace process should continue,” said Garang aide Nihal Deng during an emergency Cabinet meeting.

Garang’s longtime deputy, Silva Kiir, was quickly named to succeed him as head of his Sudan People’s Liberation Army and as president of south Sudan, Garang spokesman Yasser Arman told The Associated Press. Kiir said he called a meeting of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement top decision-making body to assemble for an emergency meeting. The SPLM became part of the national unity government in July, when Garang became vice president.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/01/2005 at 02:56 PM   
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