Saturday, June 27, 2009

How much weapons went to Somalia?

First it was all about the pirates, but, that news has gone away.
In a previous post (April 19th/09) regarding the pirates I speculated

"Just wondering if the big deal about the pirates is to sell a land invasion of Somalia to the western populace."


What with all that perceived lawlessness. It makes it that much easier.

Thursday it was revealed that the US had already sent weapons to Somalia, after an altered UN resolution was passed in May, with the weapons arriving sometime in June, no date of arrival given.

But how much weapons has the US sent?
How about in the neighbourhood of 40 tons so far and the necessary funds for training soldiers.

Quoting from the article, and confirming my suspicions:

* Arms provided after insurgents began offensive in May
The arms were not provided after the call for help from the transitional government.
They were provided prior to that supposed call for help.
Which like I said, was a call to arms.

Given the conditions of the citizens of the US, the depression, the home losses, the tent cities- I can't help but wonder at the fact that the US is trying to "get their war on" wherever possible. Let's see Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Georgia, Iran and Somalia, to name just a few..
All the while leaving their people, their own citizens to rot in the fall out of their crashed economy.

One more point to ponder. What other countries are sending arms?

3 comments:

  1. Nothing new there, it was going on unadvertized for a long while.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN0728288520070407
    http://tinyurl.com/3u964k
    http://www.reuters.com/article/homepageCrisis/idUSL24158241._CH_.2400
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7417435.stm

    You should be asking why western countries give more than $3billion /yr to Ethiopia (Canada's share more than $200 million) for a country with the following record.
    Illegal invasion of Somalia with UN and US complicity
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VJka6q16Os

    Somalia Crisis worse than Darfur, says UN
    http://tinyurl.com/cern3e

    Ethiopia's 'own Darfur' as villagers flee government-backed violence
    http://tinyurl.com/ysmvtc

    193 Protesters Said Killed in Ethiopia election fraud
    http://tinyurl.com/og52nu

    Ethiopia: Army Commits Executions, Torture, and Rape in Ogaden
    Donors Should Act to Stop Crimes Against Humanity
    http://tinyurl.com/cg4ygx

    Human Rights Watch Quote
    "Western governments and institutions alone, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, give at least US$2 billion in aid to Ethiopia annually, but have remained silent on the widespread abuses being committed"

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  3. thank you simon, for the comment and links, and yes, I am aware of the invasion of somalia, by ethiopia backed by the US/UN.

    They are rather interchangeable no?
    The US and the UN?

    I should be asking why the money, but, I have an inkling what it is for.

    I realize that Somalia is located in a very geo-strategic position, it is resource rich and has already been balkanized through western support of somaliland and puntland.

    Puntland, where the pirates hail from, and a former Canadian gas station owner is the head of state.

    It will be a most helpful place to have control of, especially when one thinks of denying or allowing access to china of necessary goods.

    If you click on the tags on the blog, I have countless posts on Somalia, but probably not enough really to cover the complex issues of the area, but then I do what I can.

    Thank you again simon

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