Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Aiding and abetting

Last week:
Thirteen years after President Bill Clinton withdrew forces from Somalia, in the “Black Hawk down” shambles, American security officials are giving clandestine support to the same warlords who mutilated and humiliated US soldiers in 1993.

The American Operation, in breach of the United Nations’ arms embargo on Somalia and therefore in breach of international law, is controlled through the US Embassy in Kenya and Washington’s 1800-strong Combined Joint Task Force in Djibouti, on Somalia’s northern border.

This week:
NAIROBI, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Islamic militia, which has been fighting with an alliance of warlords since February, claimed control of Somali capital of Mogadishu Monday, according to reports reaching here from Mogadishu.

Can there be any doubt that there is at least some element of cause and effect here -- that our alliance with these warlords motivated many Somalis to finally defeat them? That the United States is now so reviled in the Muslim world that the worst sin you can accuse your enemy of is that they are allies of the Bush Administration? That anything we now do to puportedly counter the Islamists actually helps them? That George W. Bush is the bestest friend that Osama bin Laden ever had?


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