US Support of Factions Fuels Resentment in Somalia
By Alisha Ryu
Voice of America, May 9,2006
NAIROBI - In recent months, Mogadishu, Somalia, has become a deadly battleground between militias loyal to Islamic courts and a newly formed anti-terror coalition that is believed to have the support of the United States. The violence is renewing anti-American sentiment in the Somali capital.
Last Thursday, a reporter asked a spokesman for the State Department, Sean McCormack, if the United States was funding and supporting a coalition of Mogadishu-based factional leaders who recently formed a group called the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism. "
"We are working with individual members of the transitional government to try to create a better situation in Somalia," he answered. "Our other operating principle is to work with responsible individuals and certainly members of the transitional government in fighting terror..."
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So...let me get this straight...
In Iraq, we're supposedly encouraging government officials to unify.
In Afghanistan, we're doing the same thing...
Let's try that ol' thing we did during the Cold War.
You know... the tactic we used to turn the Afghan Mujahideen into ... what did Reagan call them... oh, yes, "freedom fighters"... against the Soviet occupation.
According to legend, this one cat, some dude named Osama bin Laden, trained with those same U.S. supported Afghan "freedom fighters." The Taliban? Yup. They were freedom fighters too.
C'mon. Who doesn't love the 80s? I mean, who would've thought a group of religious zealots bent on setting civilization back a millennium would've turned on us?
You know, in the intelligence community, the term blowback is often used to describe the unforeseen consequences of covert operations. Hope Condi and Co. took notes during the Carter and Reagan Administrations...
Somalia, State Department, Sub-Saharan Africa, Terrorism, United States