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Somali Pirates: International Hypocrisy and Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism

http://www.theliberiandialogue.org/articles/c041509tws.htm   

 Wednesday, April 15, 2009
 


By Nyankor Matthew

   

In an introduction to a 2008 article titled “China, Afrika, and Oil”, Stephanie Hanson, News editor at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) wrote:

As global demand for energy continues to rise, major players like the United States, European Union (EU), and Japan are facing a new competitor in the race to secure long-term energy supplies: China. As its economy booms, China is intent on getting the resources needed to sustain its rapid growth, and is taking its quest to lock down sources of oil and other necessary raw materials across the globe. As part of this effort, China has turned to Afrika, an oil-producing source whose risks and challenges have often caused it to be overlooked economically. Some reports describe a race between China and the United States to secure the continent's oil supplies. Others note that while Chinese interests in Afrika have surged, Western states still make the vast majority of investments in Africa and remain highly influential

According to a November 2008 National Intelligence Council (NIC) assessment/report titled "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World,”

“Sub-Saharan Afrika will continue to be a major supplier of oil, gas, and metals to world markets and increasingly will attract the attention of Asian states seeking access to commodities, including China and India”.

The Yale Global article titled, “Somalia’s Piracy Offers Lessons in Global Governance”, points out the hypocrisy of the international community regarding the pirates situation by stating:

Contrary to common perception, the swift and coordinated international response to piracy off Somalia’s coast has been less of a success than reports make it out to be. In fact, it masks deeper problems of unfairness in international economic order and local governance. Somalia’s pirates are a motley crew: some are fishermen defending their turf, while others are guns for hire. And the international response to these pirates has been, not surprisingly, military. But more is needed, including action that addresses the deeper issue in Somalia: a lack of economic growth and good governance. Yet, UN Secretary General Moon’s appeal to 50 countries for broader assistance received almost no response. Of the countries that contributed naval vessels to the anti-piracy operation, half are nations engaged in fishing in the Indian Ocean with a vested interest in deterring piracy.[ii]

It is against the backdrop of the above statements that I shall attempt to expose the so- called “pirates” propaganda being used as a smokescreen to invade, destabilize, and control the Horn of Afrika.  The Pirates are the pretext to justify all means of military invasion in Somalia that could eventually lead to military invasion/intervention in the horn of Africa.  The so-called pirates crisis is a struggle between China, America and the West to control the strategic waterways in Somalia and the Horn of Afrika.  Somalia's strategic position in the Horn of Africa means that any nation that dominates this area will have tremendous control over world trade.

For the West and the U.S, control of this region will allow them to counter the dominance of China in the region, as well as use the region as a base to conduct operations on “terrorists” and nations accused of “harboring” terrorists.

Does it not bother the Afrikan people that out of nowhere, a group of men now being called pirates and terrorists by the western media seemed to have all of a sudden emerged on the global political scene?  As of today, April 12, it’s being reported that eighteen nations, led by the U.S, British, and Chinese have sent military ships on the coast of Somalia to deal with the men now called “pirates”.

The hypocrisy and double standard of the West regarding the so called “pirates” does not shock me at all, because hypocrisy is the foundation of Western foreign policy towards Afrika.  Far too little has been said about European and Asian companies’ outright theft of Somalia’s resources, as well as the destruction of their environment by dumping tons and tons of toxic waste on Somalia’s shores.  Where was the UN Security Council when this economic terrorism against the “stateless” Somali people was taking place? Now, the same nations that have been engaged in massive theft and economic degradation on Somalia’s coasts are calling for blood and military action to ensure that economic terrorism against the Somali people is not interrupted.

The hypocrisy can be compared to the U.S and its allies killing thousands of Iraqis and referring to the murder of these Iraqis as killing the "enemy" and fighting for "freedom and liberty", yet when these desperate individuals decide to fight back, they are called insurgents, terrorists, and enemy combatants.

After years of plundering their resources, the Somali fishermen finally decided to fight off the real pirates, thieves, and terrorists, and instead of being called voluntary coast guards, they are being labeled as criminals, pirates, and terrorists.  I am not so naïve to believe that all the fishermen now being called pirates are doing so for nationalistic purposes, but does it matter?

In my humble opinion they are totally justified in their actions because they are doing nothing different than what is being done to them by the same people calling them pirates.  The only difference is that unlike the propagandists, the Somalis don’t have a voice.

The truth about the Somalia Pirates crisis is being suppressed, and a lie is being told to the world.  There’s more to the story that isn’t been told by the corporate-controlled western media.  What’s even more disheartening to me is the poor reporting and lack of analysis from the Afrikan media.  Instead of correcting the lies being told by the propagandists, many have elected to regurgitate biased western reports.  The notion that the so-called “pirates” are a bunch of rag tag terrorists whose only intention is to harass helpless foreign ships is not accurate.

The international human rights and nature protection NGO, ECOTERRA, working in Somalia since 1986 also wrote:

they “… had requested the international community many times for help to protect the coastal waters of the war-torn state, but now lawlessness has seriously increased and gone out of hand. Funding requests for marine surveillance and coastal monitoring, the development of fishing cooperatives and the rehabilitation of legal fishing activities were never met, neither by the EU nor the UN.”

Since no appropriate help to assist Somali fishing communities or the numerous governance attempts was forthcoming to protect and regulate the Somali waters, organized crime dealing with fake fishing licenses first and later engaging in the hi-jacking of commercial vessels has in the meantime taken over the scene.

ECOTERRA International warned ship-owners as far back as 1992, that they were fishing illegally within the Somalia's Exclusive Economic Zone. When foreign vessels refused to stop pirating Somalia's ocean resources, EcoTerra repeatedly appealed to the US and the international community for help to protect the coastal waters of the war-torn state to no avail. This void provided an opening for the rise of Somalia's pirate fleets.[iii]

Since the collapsed of the central government in 1990, there has been no central authority to enforce and regulate Somalia's waterways, especially the fishing area along its coast, which is said to be the most extensive coast on the continent. The result has been local Somali small fishing vessels and fishermen, who have no protection or rights over the country's waterways, and large foreign ships with sophisticated fishing equipments (mostly Europeans and Asians) have been able to take control of the country’s waterways and its fishing-stocks, completely overwhelming local fishermen. Due to the plundering of their waters, local Somalis sought to extract "license-fees" from the international fishermen and they were dismissed.  The fishermen also complained to the UN as well as other environmental NGOs to no avail; and over time this situation has escalated and the Somalis have taken matters into their own hands. Their decision to fight back has made them the world’s most wanted criminals.

Rampant illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste off the coast of Somalia

A 2006 Reuters News article provides evidence of the economic terrorism the Somali people have endured since the collapsed of their government in 1990.

Fishermen in Somalia have appealed to the United Nations and the international community to help them rid the country‘s southern shores of foreign ships allegedly engaged in illegal fishing.

The article quotes a local Somali fisherman, Muhamman Hussin from the coastal town of Marka, as saying:

“we want international agencies to help us deal with this problem…if nothing is done about them, there soon won’t be much fish left in our coastal waters.”[iv]

More evidence of economic terrorism against the Somali people is presented by Huffingtonpost Columnist John Hari, in his article “You Are Being Lied to About Pirates”:     

 In 1991, the government of Somalia - in the Horn of Africa - collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since - and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by over exploitation - and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m worth of tuna, shrimp, lobster and other sea life is being stolen every year by vast trawlers illegally sailing into Somalia's unprotected seas. The local fishermen have suddenly lost their livelihoods, and they are starving.

This is the context in which the men we are calling "pirates" have emerged. Everyone agrees they were ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least wage a 'tax' on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia - and it's not hard to see why. In a surreal telephone interview, one of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali, said their motive was "to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters... We don't consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish and dump in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas.[v]

                                       

The Somali pirates are making a political point which of course they are profiting from as well, but their profit is noting compared to those being made by foreign fishing fleets; and why shouldn’t they earn a living when foreigners are stealing their resources and making millions off these illegal resources? The escalation of this issue has to do with the deprivation of livelihood for a large segment of Somalia. They want an end to the massive commercial fishing that has taken away their industry, but due to a lack of any legitimate central government, Europeans and Asians have been extracting millions from the waters of Somalia while local fishermen are deprived of earning a living.

There is “reliable information” that European and Asian companies are dumping toxic waste, including nuclear waste, off the Somali coastline, and Somali fishermen and citizens whose livelihood and lives are at risk due to over fishing and toxic waste exposure, have been concerned with the tons and tons of ocean dumping off their coast, which has fouled the waters; yet the very news agencies labeling these men pirates and terrorists have not bothered to make any mention of rampant illegal fishing and large amount of toxic waste that is dumped on Somalia shores annually by European and Asian companies.

In June 2008, Mr. Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, a UN special envoy for Somalia told reporters about rampant illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste off the coast of Somalia by stating:

“Because there is no (effective) government, there is so much irregular fishing from European and Asian countries."  He further added, "It is a disaster off the Somali coast, a disaster (for) the Somali environment, the Somali population,"

In the article “UN envoy decries illegal fishing, waste dumping off Somalia”, Mr. Abdallah adds, “the phenomenon helps fuel the endless civil war in Somalia as the illegal fishermen are paying corrupt Somali ministers or warlords for protection or to secure fake licenses…I am convinced there is dumping of solid waste, chemicals and probably nuclear (waste).... There is no government (control) and there are few people with high moral ground,"

I have presented more than sufficient evidence that shows we are being lied to by the corporate controlled western media about these so called pirates.  I am of the opinion that the so called pirates crisis is nothing more than a clandestine effort on the part of those involved, for the purposes of establishing economic hegemony and imperialism, first on the Horn of Afrika, and eventually on the entire continent.  The Afrikan people cannot and should not sit by idly and allow western media agencies to create false realities that could eventually become realty for us.  For too long the Afrikan reality has been created by our former oppressors; for too long our story has been white washed and told from the perspective of our former oppressors.  In this new global world order, the Afrikan people must find it necessary to tell our stories from an Afrikan worldview.

We need to be aware of what’s really happening (the story behind the story) with this new movement to control the continent, instead of being distracted by noncritical analysis and poverty reduction plans created by the international loan sharks called the IMF and World Bank.  We need to use our third eye to analyze below the surface of issues that involve the so called international community, and Afrika and the Afrikan  people. Afrika is a strategic continent that has been and still is a gold mine for the rest of the world except the Afrikan people.  WAKE UP AFRIKAN PEOPLE.  This isn’t about pirates; it is an orchestrated crisis; it is about economics and the control of Afrika’s natural resources.

Nyankor Matthew can be reached at Nyankorm@gmail.com

 

CHINA, AFRICA, AND OIL: Stephanie Hanson, 2008.  http://www.cfr.org/publication/9557/china_africa_and_oil.html

[ii] Somalia’s Piracy Offers Lessons in Global Governance, Christopher Jasparro, YaleGlobal, April 2009.  http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=12210

[iii] The Environmental Roots of the “Somali Pirate Crisis: EcoTerra International, Feburary 2009.  http://www.envirosagainstwar.org/know/read.php?itemid=7918

[iv] SOMALIA: FISHERMAN APPEAL FOR HELP OVRE FOREIGN FISHING SHPS. September, 2003. http://illegal-fishing.info/item_single.php?item=news&item_id=145&approach_id=12

[v] YOU ARE BEING LIED TO ABOUT PIRATES.  January, 2009.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/you-are-being-lied-to-abo_b_155147.html

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Look at the map and figure out that this isn't about exploitation of a failed state that we already intervene in with impunity and have easy access to its resources and more about strategic positioning of naval assets in a very valuable trade route. But hey, pushing that good old ethnic division still works.
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A good Chess player knows that controlling the center square of the chessboard (the power square) is the key to the game.  The "Pirates" allow the U.S. even more political cover to extend control over the Middle-East (power square) from the sea.  Chess pieces are being moved for the next war with, Iran.

If you think teenagers armed with AK-47s and a few RPG's are a serious threat to the U.S. Navy, then you might not want bet on chess.



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Parking more Naval Assets off the shores of Somalia cinches the noose by controlling the seas south of Iran.
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Plus the USA has never left anywhere it was, always gobbling up territory for military installations. What, 800 'bases' now? I could almost call this a secret war to conquest the planet. A chunk here, a chunk there. Real sneaky. Use economics, corporations like Monsanto, black ops, whatever it takes, there is no limits and funding is abundant. I suspect the USA will be used to get control of most everywhere on earth before dissolving itself and becoming NAU and military going to NATO and UN and used as the wold police force. I don't know if it will be done, just guessing.

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The pirates are stealing other people's stuff.

If anything, this is paving the way for some kind of international coastguard. You know, another policy implemented by a world government. Something that "transcends nationalism". A move towards a world army of sorts.

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The pirates are stealing other people's stuff.

If anything, this is paving the way for some kind of international coastguard. You know, another policy implemented by a world government. Something that "transcends nationalism". A move towards a world army of sorts.
You mean "no guns but my guns" policy?
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I wonder what China and Russia have been offered to bribe them into going NWO. Maybe a big chunk of Africa land and resources?

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Emotional Rescue: Praise for Sea Victory Could Presage Carnage

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Everyone is glad that Captain Richard Phillips emerged unscathed from his capture by the Somali pirates who seized his ship on its way to bring food aid to Kenya. But the nature of his rescue -- still shrouded in ambiguity -- is a troubling portent. And its potential aftermath could be catastrophic indeed.

It is of course a harrowing business to be captured and held at gunpoint, and Phillips is to be lauded for his selfless courage in offering himself as a hostage in place of his crew. But despite the manifest difficulty and criminality of the situation, it is unlikely that his life was in imminent danger. Since the upsurge of piracy off the Somali coast began, there have been almost no fatalities in the raids, and so far every hostage taken by the pirates has been released unharmed.

What's more, as McClatchy reports, the pirates who had taken Phillips were apparently out of ammunition and adrift in shark-infested waters by the time U.S. Navy ships caught up with them. They offered to give Phillips back to the Americans in exchange for their own freedom -- but were shot dead instead. Navy sharpshooters said they killed the three Somali men when one of them pointed a gun at Phillips' back -- apparently in the belief that the pirates were about to kill the captain.  This seems at bit strange, to say the least; if the pirates were negotiating with the Americans, it seems odd that they would suddenly shoot their only bargaining chip while they were in the crosshairs of two massive Navy warships and a squad of snipers. It also seems unlikely that they had not had a gun -- an empty gun, as it turns out -- pointed at their captive throughout the standoff.

Of course, it was a dicey situation all around, and no one who wasn't there can know exactly what happened. McClatchy pieces together the various claims and fragments of information available:



The SEALs felt Phillips's life was in "imminent danger," Gortney said. The White House said that President Barack Obama had given the Pentagon a standing order to use force if necessary to save Phillips's life.

The sharpshooters "took it that the pirate was ready to use that weapon" and opened fire within seconds, Gortney said in a telephone briefing from Bahrain, headquarters of the Fifth Fleet.

President Obama was told that Phillips had been rescued 11 minutes after the shots were fired, according to Pentagon and White House chronologies of events....

According to Somalis with knowledge of the discussions, the pirates, who at one time had demanded $2 million for Phillips's release, had grown desperate with their situation — adrift under a searing sun in waters infested with sharks, staring at two massive Navy ships armed with guided missiles, running low on fuel and having spent their ammunition.

A relative of one of the pirates, who said he spoke with the men by satellite phone at about 3 p.m. — four hours before the Navy opened fire — said they "were getting scared" and trying to persuade the Americans to let them go in return for the captain's release.

"They were trying to save their own lives," said the relative, Hassan Mohammed Farah, speaking by phone from Haradheere, a coastal town in central Somalia where pirates are known to operate. "The only thing they could bargain with was the captain, but the Americans would not accept."


And so the incident ended as it was surely destined to. The moment I heard that an American ship had been raided by Somali pirates, I knew that someone would have to die for it; nowadays, American leaders -- and broad swathes of the public -- demand blood for the slightest perceived outrage against the nation's dignity. And once a hostage was taken -- by a bunch of rag-tag, Muslim darkies, no less -- a fatal ending was assured.

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Barack Obama, who had given the shoot-to-kill order (if necessary, of course, only if necessary; American operatives have never fired a shot in anger anywhere in the world unless it was absolutely necessary), was keen to stand tall in what the commentariat had dubbed a major test of his commander-in-chief mettle. Thus the C-in-C was duly informed of his triumph while the oozing blood of the dead was still warm.

And a triumph it was. Quickly, the White House released details of Obama's omniscient control of the situation -- and was duly rewarded with rapturous PR, especially from his liberal "base," happy to see the hardnosed, blood-drawing president slap down the rightwing critics who forever castigate him for being "soft." Dennis Perrin reports on some prime examples of this he-man hero-worship at Huffington Post. And Juan Cole -- whose insights into the realities of the Middle East have been invaluable, but who now seems to be channeling Arthur "Camelot" Schlesinger at his mythologizing worst -- showers embarrassing accolades on "the deft young president."

Cole approvingly notes that Obama was quietly "making preparations to whack someone" even while Rush Limbaugh and other rightwing blowhards were slamming the Deft One for his presumed inaction. Obama "took the heat, but he took it like a man," while carrying on with "17 separate briefings" on the crisis. Cole then spends an inordinate amount of time castigating the witless blather of Limbaugh and the blowhardniks, before ending in a paroxysm of praise for the cool, competent, deft young leader:


Reminds me of the Carly Simon Bond theme, "Nobody does it better/ Makes me feel sad for the rest."


As we noted here the other day, the most shameless Bush-worshippers of yore would be hard-pressed to match Obama's dazzled acolytes in their gushing, emotional tributes to the Commander.

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But the blogosphere reaction is just a bemusing sidelight. Far more serious are the potential ramifications of the incident, and the policies it could be used to justify.

It almost certainly makes a direct American military strike on Somalia much more likely. This of course would be nothing new; as we noted here time and again (to almost no effect or resonance anywhere), the United States was directly involved in the invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia in late 2006: a murderous "regime change" operation by forces funded, armed and trained by the United States. The invasion and occupation, which ended in January 2009, killed thousands of Somalis, ruined and dispossessed hundreds of thousands of others, and plunged the already broken country even deeper into chaos, civil war and ruin. American forces bombed fleeing refugees, launched missile strikes into villages, captured refugees and "renditioned" them to Ethiopia's notorious torture chambers, and, perhaps most chillingly, sent in death squads to "clean up" after missile attacks.

The savage Ethiopian-American invasion was "justified" under the usual rubric of "fighting terrorism." It was ostensibly intended to oust a broad coalition of Islamic groups which had given Somalia its first semblance of stability in many years. The results of this "counter-terrorism" operation were entirely predictable: it weakened or destroyed moderate forces, while radicalizing many Somalis and empowering the most extreme and violent groups, led by the al-Shabab faction. In the end, the Terror Warriors had to admit defeat; the hand-picked, American-backed interim government, which included former warlords in the pay of the CIA, collapsed -- and the leader of the ousted Islamic coalition government became the new president, with the West's reluctant blessing. The entire war had been for naught.

But as noted, the more extreme elements of the former coalition were greatly empowered by the invasion and subsequent chaos, while the new government is compromised by its association with and dependence upon the West. So savage internal conflict still rages in Somalia, despite the withdrawal of the Ethiopians -- who still linger ominously across the border. Chaos reigns, lawlessness is rampant, criminal gangs and sectarian militias clash, combine, fall out, and oppress the population. Western corporate interests have destroyed one of the very few viable enterprises in Somalia: the fishing industry. As Katie Stuhldreher noted in the Christian Science Monitor last year (via Antiwar.com):


The problem of piracy in Somalia originated about a decade ago because of disgruntled fishermen. The headless state had no authority to patrol its tuna-rich coastal waters and foreign commercial vessels swooped in to cast their nets. This proved a slap in the face for Somalis, who saw these vessels as illegal and raking in profits at the expense of the local impoverished population. To make matters worse, there were reports that some foreign ships even dumped waste in Somali waters.

That prompted local fishermen to attack foreign fishing vessels and demand compensation. The success of these early raids in the mid-1990s persuaded many young men to hang up their nets in favor of AK-47s.


Needless to say, the accelerated death and ruin following the "regime change" operation has only driven more men into piracy, and made more communities dependent on the practice for their survival.

This then is the present context for all the talk about renewed American attacks on Somalia. The capture of Captain Phillips has highlighted previous plans and calls to root out the pirates with military strikes on their bases. As we noted here last year, the UN Security Council, following America's lead, has already voted to turn Somalia into a global free-fire zone, giving other nations carte blanche "to conduct military raids, on land and by air, against pirates plying the waters off the Somalia coast," as the Washington Post reported. All they need is permission from the Somali government -- which, as we noted, is dependent on Western nations for its survival.

Meanwhile, as the Washington Post reported earlier this month, the Obama Administration is considering plans to strike at the al-Shabab insurgent group in Somalia, which Washington has long claimed has vague "ties" to al Qaeda. Indeed, it was these same nebulous connections -- literally involving a handful of people -- that the Bush administration cited as its reason for supporting the overthrow of the Somali government in 2006. Now powerful voices in the Obama administration are urging the deft young president to extend his wide-ranging "continuity" with Bush's Terror War policies to Somalia.

In any case, the current chaos -- and the new pressures that will inevitably be brought to bear on the pirates after their yanking of Uncle Sam's beard -- will doubtless see the further meshing of interests between at least some of the pirate groups and the extremists. Already, al-Shabab is proclaiming its solidarity with the pirates, lauding the mercantile group as fellow "holy warriors," as Garowe Online reports. This public linkage will only make it easier for American militarists to urge attacks on Somalia; surely it won't be long until we see officials trotting out the formula "Piracy=Terrorism."

If so, it will be self-fulfilling prophecy. For if they come after the pirates with all guns blazing, with ground assaults and air attacks, the pirates will turn to the Islamist insurgents for muscle. The Islamists will then draw on pirate money to fund their own operations. The pirates will become more and more radicalized -- as will the surrounding population hit by the strikes, thus strengthening the radical Islamists.

Meanwhile, Western corporations will continue their destruction of the Somali fishing industry, driving even more people into piracy, or into the hands of the radical Islamists. All of this increased violence will draw an ever more violent response from the United States: more attacks, more bombs, more shootings -- which will, in turn, lead to more radicalization, more hatred, more violence. A self-perpetuating dynamic will be established. The end result -- or rather, the never-ending result -- will be what it has always been for decades: more death, suffering, chaos and poverty for the Somali people.

As I noted last year:


But let us not succumb to American exceptionalism in this case. The UN Security Council resolution is a virulent product of a global militarism, the universal warlordism that finds expression sometimes in ragged bands of fighters in desert, mountain or jungle enclaves – and sometimes in the clean and carpeted halls of vast nation-states and international institutions. With this resolution, the entire world – the entire world – has turned its back on the people of Somalia. They have been abandoned as utterly, completely – and officially -- as any people in history. At least there was some opposition in the Security Council to the American rape of Iraq; but this declaration of open season on Somalia – this universal license to kill Somalis, granted to every government on earth – passed unanimously. Without demur, without protest, with no objection.

Are there pirates in Somalia? Yes. Have they hindered some commercial operations? Yes. Are there criminal organizations in the United States, in Europe, in Russia, in China, in the Middle East? Yes. Do they hinder some commercial operations? Yes. (And far more violently and extensively than the Somali pirates, we might add.) But only the Somali people are subjected to the murderous strictures of the UN's draconian edict. Only the Somali people are being condemned to die – by the United Nations – for the actions of criminals within their borders.


 

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Wow, so much more than meets the eye, isn't there?

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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2009, 11:12:19 PM »
Good articles here. But let's not believe the military explanation of these murders - not for a second. These kids were murdered needlessly as they slept - this is how these people operate - and it makes a sick kind of sense.

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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2009, 11:26:26 PM »
Look Alex said we should bomb their bases the other day bubba, and that's good enough for him. So the time for talking is over. Time to bring out the ammunition that's being hoarded.

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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2009, 11:47:12 PM »
What crap.  Don't go looking for noble causes where there are none.  The pirates are not some freedom-fighting rag tag band of heroes out to stop the imperialist West...they're common thieves.

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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2009, 11:58:52 PM »
What crap.  Don't go looking for noble causes where there are none.  The pirates are not some freedom-fighting rag tag band of heroes out to stop the imperialist West...they're common thieves.

For Chrissakes.

This how you treat thieves bubba ?

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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2009, 12:08:16 AM »
This how you treat thieves bubba ?



Nope.  However, I am not responsible for the actions of Belgians, and neither is my country.

Also, the Belgians did that shit in the Congo, no?

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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2009, 12:14:14 AM »
Nope.  However, I am not responsible for the actions of Belgians, and neither is my country.

Also, the Belgians did that shit in the Congo, no?



no.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=14271



This better bubba ?
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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2009, 12:29:50 AM »
World Net Daily.

LOL.

Also, I was unaware that Iraq was part of Somalia. 

By your logic, the pirates in Indonesia are retaliating for the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.
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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2009, 12:42:12 AM »
World Net Daily.

LOL.

Also, I was unaware that Iraq was part of Somalia. 

By your logic, the pirates in Indonesia are retaliating for the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.

The picture of the people with the dead Iraqi, little man, was since you wished to sluff off the UN in somolia ``Operation Restore Hope.'' it would be interesting to see your reaction to national disgrace.

Oh, world net daily not reliable enough for you ?

Try this rag.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/british-german-and-belgian-genocides.html

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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2009, 12:45:46 AM »
The picture of the people with the dead Iraqi, little man, was since you wished to sluff off the UN in somolia it would be interesting to see your reaction to national disgrace.

Oh, world net daily not reliable enough for you ?

Try this rag.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/british-german-and-belgian-genocides.html



Still waiting to see a connection between the United States and Somalia.

Tell me when I lose the plot...so far, you're telling me that the proper response to atrocities by Belgians in Somalia is to attack an America ship which was dropping off food destined for Somalia, because of something that happened in Iraq.

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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2009, 12:47:38 AM »
The picture of the people with the dead Iraqi, little man, was since you wished to sluff off the UN in somolia it would be interesting to see your reaction to national disgrace.

Oh, world net daily not reliable enough for you ?

Try this rag.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/british-german-and-belgian-genocides.html



Try looking up any information on Mogadishu in the weeks following October 4th, 1993. If you can.
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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2009, 12:54:59 AM »
Also, fight your fights without using denigration, it makes the argument petty and strips your intellectual points of credibility.

You're quite right. I apologize. The insensitivity to the plight of others sometimes p/o's me due to the certainty of divine retribution on a nation that behaves in such a manner.

Couple half starved pirates in little boats and the bubba effect wants to nuke hiroshima all over again.
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Re: Somali Pirates: Pretext for Military Invasion and Economic Imperialism
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2009, 12:57:17 AM »
You're quite right. I apologize. The insensitivity to the plight of others sometimes p/o's me due to the certainty of divine retribution on a nation that behaves in such a manner.

Couple half starved pirates in little boats and the bubba effect wants to nuke hiroshima all over again.

I want to do what?

New one on me.
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