I am not going to go into the whole sordid history here, I have other posts on this blog that have already covered this, so here is the latest.
Somali president calls emergency
On Saturday, June 20th)Somalia asked for urgent foreign military intervention - a call backed by the African Union.and requests foreign intervention?!!!
Initially(June 20th) Ethiopia rejects the Somali request
However today (June 22nd) it is reported that Ethiopia has entered Somalia.
Must have got there marching orders from on high?
Umm, hate to rain on the propaganda parade, ok, well no, I don't really hate to.
Less than a year after fleeing in the face of an Islamist insurgency, Ethiopian forces have come back to help prevent a moderate government from collapsing at the hands of militant Islamists.
Ethiopian forces did not flee an Islamist insurgency a year ago, they left.
The time had come to go. So they left.
Well actually here is the skinny....
Ethiopia agreed to pull out last October as part of a UN-backed peace deal between the fragile transitional government and one of the main opposition factions.This made the Somalians very happy, no surprise there, who likes an occupier?
Somali joy as Ethiopians withdraw (see link above)
So despite the bogus claim that Ethiopian troops were "fleeing" an insurgency a year ago, that was not the case, at all.
So what is going on with this latest Somali episode?
Is this going to be the new hot button western media destination?
Iran is fading away quickly. Just can't keep the momentum up on the western attempt at intervention in Iran? I guess it is difficult when the masses of people don't really have their heart set on regime change?
Riot police fired tear gas to break up an opposition rally in Tehran today after around 1,000 demonstrators defied a threat from the Revolutionary Guard to crush any further protests over the disputed presidential election.
1,000 protesters in Iran. Yet in Georgia after two months of protests they can get 50,000 protesters to show up. Is that the difference between legitimate and illegitimate dissent?
One has staying power? The other, not so much?
Anyway, back to Somalia.
I came across a news story that I can only find western media outlets covering.
I can only find this story, at this time on Reuters, AFP and the BBC. (BBC has picked up the AFP story)It seems a really vague story.
Allegedly 4 men, 4 "young men", no names.
No indication of when this punishment is to be doled out, nothing.
Some details, rather gory about the weather effecting amputees?
But, is it true?
We have sure seen these kind of false stories before!
One of the most famous being the incubators and Iraqi soldiers.
Coupled with the spin about the Ethiopian troops allegedly fleeing Somali last year, I got thinking...
Is this more of the kind of spin, the propaganda, the misleading news, that is needed to sway western opinion?
Oh look at these bad people in Somali, ISLAMISTS, amputating the limbs of nameless "young men"