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Uganda, America’s Pit Bull, Wants to Lead a Larger War in Somalia

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    America’s top hit man in Africa, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, is calling for a much larger air, sea and land war in Somalia – with Museveni’s forces on point. The saber-rattling follows on the heels of Uganda’s and Rwanda’s threats to withdraw from UN “peacekeeping” missions, such as in Somalia. What’s up?

    Uganda, America’s Pit Bull, Wants to Lead a Larger War in Somalia

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Uganda also volunteers to head up a coalition of African nations for a renewed military campaign to save the U.S.-backed puppet regime.”

    Uganda, long a military client of the United States, proposes that a no-fly zone be imposed on Somalia and that the nation’s ports be blockaded by aircraft carriers in order to starve out the Islamic Shabaab resistance. Uganda also volunteers to head up a coalition of African nations for a renewed military campaign to save the U.S.-backed puppet regime, which controls only a few neighborhoods of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. All of this would, of course, be paid for by what Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni calls “the international community” – meaning, the United States and Europe.

    Museveni’s troops, along with soldiers from Burundi, another central African nation in Washington’s orbit, are all that keep the puppet Somali regime barely alive. It is commonly accepted that, if the Ugandans left, the puppet government would collapse in a matter of hours. The Shabaab resistance, it goes without saying, has no air force, and is not supplied by air from any outside source, so it is difficult to imagine whose planes President Museveni wants to keep out of the skies. His calls for a blockade by sea are also problematical. An informal international armada, including China, already operates off the Somali coast to curb piracy against cargo vessels. The U.S. Indian Ocean fleet is always nearby. But Somalia’s pirates have not been allied with the Shabaab – at least not until quite recently – and the Americans had hoped to keep it that way. If the U.S. wanted to shut down every port on Somalia’s coast, it could easily bomb them out of existence. To do so, however, would turn every Somali irrevocably against the Americans. The possibilities of maintaining a viable puppet regime would evaporate, forever, requiring endless military occupation in the face of guerilla resistance.

    The Ugandans and Rwandans are angry at the United States for failing to suppress a recent United Nations report on mass murders in Congo.”

    It is also widely acknowledged that the Shabaab resistance eats what the Somali population eats, so starving them out would be an act of genocide – not that the United States has not considered such a solution. And the Shabaab appear to get all the weapons and ammunition they need from constant defections and weapons sales from the American-financed puppets in Mogadishu.

    Museveni is already scheduled to get thousands of reinforcements and money for his troops in Somalia, paid for by the Americans and Europeans. There is plenty of military business for Uganda, which acts as a hit man and enforcer for neocolonialism in Africa.

    So what is Uganda's Museveni up to, with his saber-rattling?

    Uganda was implicated, along with Rwanda, another American client, in the massacre of Hutus during the two countries' invasion of the Democratic Republic of Congo – massacres that could lead to genocide charges. The Ugandans and Rwandans are angry at the United States for failing to suppress a recent United Nations report on the killings, as Washington had suppressed previous reports of mass murders in Congo. Both Uganda and Rwanda had threatened to withdraw their troops from so-called UN peacekeeping missions – such as in Somalia – but the UN called their bluff. Museveni is making big war talk in Somalia to call attention to his ongoing service to U.S. policy in Africa. He is telling the top gangsters in Washington that the hit man still has value; that the hired killer deserves his proper respect.

    For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to www.BlackAgendaReport.com.

    BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    Tied Hands

    Glen wrote: "If the U.S. wanted to shut down every port on Somalia’s coast, it could easily bomb them out of existence. To do so, however, would turn every Somali irrevocably against the Americans. The possibilities of maintaining a viable puppet regime would evaporate, forever, requiring endless military occupation in the face of guerilla resistance."

    Tied hands all over the globe. Can't be everywhere and finance everything, even though things are getting more and more out of control. This situation will intensify in the future.

    During World War I, just before America entered the conflict on the side of the Allies, the British were losing an incredible amount of ships at sea due to highly successful German submarine attacks. They went to JP Morgan & Co, the financiers of the Allies, and said: "We can only hold out for a few more weeks, then we will have to sue for peace. You will lose your investment." Consequently, the Americans went to the British and informed them that they would enter the conflict and help the Allied forces militarily and financially under one condition: When it is over the US will assume full control of the seas and the British will have to reliquinsh their naval supremacy. This turning point in geo-politics was far more significant than the Suez Crisis of 1956.

    The same thing is going to happen to the US, but who will be the one to inform them that they must reliquinsch this and that supremacy in this and that area? And if it is not a "blood-brother" who does this, what then?

    UGANDAN COMPETANCE

    Since the Ugandan forces have been totally inept in dealing with the depredations of the so-called Lord's Resistance Army for at least 20 years, why does anyone think that they will be anymore sucessful when it comes to dealing with Somalia's vast array of ruthless and well armed clans? These clans also have numerous kinfolk living in many parts of East Africa other than Somalia, people who were there long before Whites showed up and drew the present (unworkable) boundaries with no regard as to who lived where. If the Ugandan regime has no better use for its people than to allow them to serve as cheap, expendable, cannon fodder for the agenda(s) of its White masters in Europe and North America, then so be it. I am an outsider, and I am as sick and tired of the destructiveness of White duplicity in Africa as I am about Black complicity with it. I strongly believe that Africans and their so-called leaders need to free their minds, and to grow up. Maybe someday, when our great-great grandchildren are very old, Africans will actually finish (start?)the process of decolonization. Maybe.

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