U.S.-backed War in Somalia Comes to Uganda, Threatens to Set Whole Region Aflame

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The U.S. war against Somalia expands outwards and “has now blown back to Uganda,” the U.S. ally that, “along with the minority Tutsi dictatorship in Rwanda, is America's most reliable mercenary force in Black Africa.” Ethiopia and Kenya prepare to join Uganda in an offensive against the Somali resistance, to save America’s puppet mini-state in Mogadishu.


U.S.-backed War in Somalia Comes to Uganda, Threatens to Set Whole Region Aflame

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The bombing in Kampala must be understood in the context of the planned expansion of the war in Somalia.”

The bombs that exploded in Kampala earlier this month, killing 76 people and unleashing a wave of arrests and deportations by the Ugandan regime, are chickens coming home to roost from the U.S.-sponsored war in Somalia. U.S. corporate media routinely fail to note that the Ugandan military and other U.S. African allies are all that prevent the farcical U.S.-backed mini-government in Somalia from being evicted from the few neighborhoods it still controls in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. The rest of south and central Somalia belongs to the Shabab and another Islamist group, that earned their nationalist credentials in fighting Ethiopian troops that invaded Somalia with full U.S. backing in late 2006. The invasion interrupted a brief period of relative peace in Somalia and plunged the country into what United Nations officials called the “worst humanitarian crisis in Africa – worse than Darfur.”

The Shabab justified the Uganda bomb attacks on the grounds that Ugandan troops have been killing Somali civilians for years. Under the guise of African Union peacekeepers, the Ugandan and Burundian soldiers have been able keep open the road to Mogadishu's airport, the Somali regime’s lifeline to U.S. arms and supplies. But the puppet state is a government in name only, without the popular support to field an army capable of defending itself. The rump faction has been reduced to recruiting child soldiers as young as 12, causing the United Nations Security Council to threaten sanctions. Of all the world’s governments, only the United States and Somalia have failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which outlaws the use of child soldiers.

Washington’s African allies propose to send 15,000 more troops to Somalia to engage in offensive operations.”

Frustrated at the failure of massive U.S. arms and money in Somalia, Washington has encouraged its Ugandan, Kenyan, Ethiopian and other U.S. client states to launch their own offensive against the Somali resistance, in violation of United Nations resolutions. Washington’s African allies propose to send 15,000 more troops to Somalia to engage in offensive operations. This would include the formal re-entrance of Ethiopian soldiers, some of whom never left Somalia, and thousands of troops from Kenya’s large Somali minority and others from Somali refugee camps – a violation of international law.

The bombing in Kampala must be understood in the context of this planned expansion of the war in Somalia. The conflict has now blown back to Uganda, whose strongman, Yoweri Museveni, now uses the bombings to justify the already-planned Somali offensive. Along with the minority Tutsi dictatorship in Rwanda, Uganda is America's most reliable mercenary force in Black Africa. Both countries bear much of the responsibility for the death of millions in eastern Congo, following their invasions with the backing of the United States.

Kenya will certainly be further destabilized, as well, in the course of the Somalia offensive.

This is what passes for “soft power” in the Obama administration: arming and instigating Africans to fight each other. It will backfire on the United States, sooner rather than later – but not before many thousands more Africans have died. For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to www.BlackAgendaReport.com.

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False religions and false nations yields false determinations...

I want East Afrika to come to the conclusion that Islam and Judaism and Christianity are not working to their long-term interests. The cradle of world civilization is becoming weary from centuries of illusions, distortions and deceptions brought in by foriegners and invaders. I lightweight find it stunning that Ethiopia thwarted off Italy in WWII, considering the strong Christian (and Jewish) presence in the nation. It still got Eritrea split off of it, and still suffers from the appaling practice of Italy's 'garbage mafia' dumping radioactive waste on its shores. Fighting an army is one thing, fighting a religion is another. Islam works its way up to the source of the Nile River and closer to the heart of Afrika while Kenya rolls over like the 'Model African Nation' Britain has groomed it well to be and is seemingly pliant to the convulsions occuring around it.

These corrupted and errant monotheistic traditions are the stumbling stones of the Black spirit in our quest for true and sound self-determination, at home and abroad. It seems like some of us Blacks in this land have kept, or have the quest towards, more of our ancient spirituality than our contemporary brothers and sisters on the Motherland. Any time we are willing to kill our own, possibly in the name of a foreign god...what wisdom are we not aware of? What is our failing? In spite of adversity that enemy throw at us, how come we don't have a cultural bullshit doorman sense? I know we are stronger than this nonsense instigation and chaos.  Short-sighted micronationalistic types stuck on monocultural religion screw it up for the rest every time- I want macronational polyculturalism. I want ta walk on tha mutually manifested 'OUR LAND', feel me fam? Fuck tha 1885 Berlin political boundaries.


The same vile combination of willful ignorance and over-weaning arrogance always seem to infect American policies in Africa. Do the clowns who formulate U.S. policy in East Africa really believe that assembling an "army" from the corrupt and destitute "states" which border Somalia and introducing it into the ruins of that "country" along with some enhanced firepower is going to fix what ails Somali society? Do the members of the unelected and unpopular puppet "government" there accept the American belief that what that Somalia needs is yet another armed band rampaging through Mogadishu? For over 200 years, the vast majority of American policies in Africa have been self-serving, destructive failures for the peoples of that continent. Sadly, this looks like more of the same.