Tuesday, March 04, 2008

24 Somali casualties as US targets one terrorist

This essay is part of an occasional feature on this blog that presents compelling stories from elsewhere in the world, particularly Africa, that are little reported in the American media. It's part of my campaign to get people to realize there is a lot going on in the world outside the US, IsraelStine, Iraq, North Korea and Iran.

Despite what you might think, Iraq and Afghanistan are not the only countries that the United States is meddling in militarily. President Bush felt that American national security would be harmed if he didn't order a bombing raid on a small village in southern Somalia.

The target, according to a Bush spokesman, was a 'known al-Qaeda terrorist.'

A terrorist (singular).

The raid killed four and wounded 20.

It is unclear if any of the 24 casualties were actually the alleged terrorist (singular) in question.

This is at least the second US bombing raid against Somalia in a year.

The situation in Somalia had stabilized a bit after the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) took control of most of the country in 2006.

But the humanitarian situation deteriorated significantly since an US-backed Ethiopian aggression overthrew the UIC in late 2006.

An occupation which, the Ethiopians promised, would only last a month or two.

Last month, the UN called Somalia the worst place in the world for children.

But it's hardly surprising that Ethiopian-occupied Somalia is a disaster, since the Addis Ababa regime stands accused of Darfur-like atrocities in its own territory.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I keep thinking back to 93 when they dragged our soldiers through the streets and most recently their own.

Brian said...

Understandable, but what do you think the reaction would be if the Chinese army landed on the Potomac and tried to arrest Bush for war crimes? Even the most virulent Bush haters would resist, would say it's not their business.

It's the exact same reason we've whipped up so much resistance in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

US soldiers were not targeted in Somalia when their sole job was to help feed people and enable humanitarian relief.

It was only when Washington decided essentially to take sides in a civil war that this occurred.

One day Americans are finally going to learn the lesson that when you keep sticking your finger in a fire, even the most powerful military in the world isn't going to prevent you from getting burned at some point.