Created on Saturday, 31 March 2007 21:29
Seeds of Wrath: Bush Sows New Crop of Extremists
by Chris Floyd
Or to put it another way, not since the last major American intervention into Somalia's affairs â€“ a bipartisan Bush-Clinton operation â€“ in which US troops, taking sides once again in a hydra-headed civil war after the collapse of the regime of an American-backed dicatator, managed to kill around 10,000 Somalis in a few weeks' time: a mass slaughter that was of course eclipsed by the death of 18 U.S. soldiers after their helicopters were shot down and some of their bodies despoiled by revengeful Somalis. (And speaking of revenge: AP notes that US forces killed almost 300 Somalis in just 12 hours following that "Black Hawk Down" incident.)
raged for a third day in the Somali capital Saturday as government
troops and their Ethiopian allies continued a major offensive to quash
a growing insurgency by Islamic militants. Artillery fire and mortar
shells rained down on the capital, sending residents fleeing some of
the heaviest fighting in Mogadishu since the early 1990s.
On Friday, insurgents shot an Ethiopian helicopter gunship out of
the sky and mortar shells slammed into a hospital, leaving corpses
piled in the streets and wounding hundreds of civilians. According to
an official count, 30 people have been killed since the offensive
started Thursday. But the fighting was so severe and widespread in
Mogadishu that bodies were not being picked up or even tallied, and
residents said hundreds more were believed dead across the city of 1
The insurgents are linked to the Council of
Islamic Courts, which was driven from power in December by Somali and
Ethiopian soldiers, accompanied by U.S. special forces. Insurgents were
firing mortars from residential areas of the city, and Ethiopian troops
responded with barrages of heavy artillery. The attacks occurred across
the flat seaside capital, and huge plumes of smoke rose into the airâ€¦.
International Committee of the Red Cross said dozens of people have
been killed since Thursday and more than 220 wounded, most of them
civilians with bullet, grenade and other shrapnel woundsâ€¦The U.N.'s
refugee agency said 58,000 people have fled violence in the Somali
capital since the beginning of February...
"The victims are the
civilians, only civilians are dying and getting wounded in this
fighting,'' said Khadijo Farah Warsame, 45, a mother of seven..."All
the commercial areas have closed, all the markets, all the stores, and
now the people are looking for food. Where can we buy food?'' said
Farah Hassan, a 50-year-old resident.
And what has been
the outcome of this "regime change," besides the vastly increased level
of human suffering?
Why, destroying moderate influences and
radicalizing younger Somalis into support of extremism Islam, of course
â€“ the same outcome we have seen in Iraq, the same general template for
the entire "War on Terror," that vast machine of loot and domination
that creates more terrorism at every turn. As AP notes:
militants - who now dominate the insurgency - stockpiled thousands of
tons of weapons and ammunition during the six months they controlled
Mogadishu. The insurgency will likely last until that stockpile is
depleted, or key leaders are killed.
The militants have long
rejected any secular government and have sworn to fight until Somalia
becomes an Islamic emirate. Clan elders have tried to negotiate several
cease-fires, but cannot control the young insurgents.
What a blessing for the American interests represented
so ably by our president and his sterling team. Raising up a whole new
generation of young, radicalized Islamic extremists â€“ most of them
raised in the hellholes of failed states shattered by America's "War on
Terror" â€“ can only mean boffo box office for profiteers of war, fear
and terror for decades to come! Think of all the long green that
"security consultants" like Rudy Giuliani
will be raking in from the
new crop of "asymmetricals" sown by Bush's wars. Not to mention the
even greater profit margins of the weapons peddlers, the "military
servicing" empires, the oil barons â€“ and the body-bag manufacturers.
said it before, and we'll say it again
: there is no such thing as "bad
for the Bush Terror Warriors. They can either reap the fruits of
conquest in their regime changes â€“ or simply make hay in the bloody
aftermath of the blunt force trauma they inflict on millions of people.
Either way, the money keeps rolling in. In office or out, the Bushists
will keep on sowing the seeds of terrorism and revenge â€“ but it's the
rest of us who will reap the whirlwind.