Uganda bombings linked to al-Qaida
A bombing in Uganda. Killing world cup soccer fans. And surprise - surprise, or not.
Somali Islamists linked to al-Qaida have claimed responsibility for two bombs that exploded among crowds watching the World Cup final in Uganda,
The finding of an unexploded 'suicide vest'.
With media claiming this was suggestive of plans for another attack? I would think this would indicate nothing of the sort. Because, if another attack was being planned, why would the vest be left behind? One would think, using common sense, that if another attack was going to be carried out you can be dam sure, the vest would NOT have been left behind. But, with this convenient find all kinds of nonsensical claims can be made.
The attack that killed the soccer fans is being connected to Somalia.
Way, way back I put up some information about the importance of Western control of Somalia.
And it had to do with oil ! Oil transit and chokepoints.
Refresh your memory-
The Yemen Hidden Agenda: A Strategic Oil Transit Chokepoint
In an older post I had mentioned the geostrategic positioning of Yemen, and Somalia for that matter, with regards to the Gulf of Aden.
After you get through all that, you should have a better idea of the strategic importance of Somalia, and why the west is so hot to control it.
That all said, let us take a look at Uganda and it's President for Life, yes, that is right President for Life! Yoweri Moseveni.
Ugandan General Moseveni- Western allied dictator
Uganda is governed by a U.S.-backed general, Yoweri K. Museveni, who wears civilian clothing when it suits his purposes. The U.S. primarily backs Gen. Museveni much in the same manner in which Washington supported Mobutu Sese Seko, the late dictator of what was then Zaire--Mobuttu was a U.S. stooge in Africa, much as Museveni is today.
Uganda under dictator Museveni is only one of two African countries --the other being Burundi, which recently held sham elections-- which have sent troops to Somalia to prop up the U.S. supported government there
The New York Times reported that Uganda was also training child soldiers for Somalia's U.S.-backed and financed government;
Interesting to note- The Shabab initially denied connection to the bombings, but, then later another alleged spokesperson said they were connected.
"According to media reports, a Shabab spokesman praised the attack, but did not claim responsibility. (Later, another Al-Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamoud Rage told reporters at a news conference in Mogadishu, Somalia that the group was behind the attack"
Shades of Osama Bin Laden and 9/11?
Perverse as it may sound to the outside world, some Ugandans are also questioning the timing of the attacks. The terror attacks come when the Museveni regime has become more repressive. It faces mounting opposition by political parties and civil society.
So the attack at this time would allow the military dictator to clamp down even harder on the population under the guise of fighting terrorism. Convenient.
Take a look at who was coming and going from Uganda prior to the explosions-
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has held talks with a senior US administration official who has been on a visit to Uganda.
Judith McHale, the American under-secretary for public affairs and public diplomacy, met Museveni on Monday at the State House Entebbe.
The two talked about trade, investment and development in Africa, according to a statement released from State House yesterday.
McHale is the second senior US administration official to visit Uganda in a period of one month. In May, the US assistant secretary of state, Johnny Carson, visited Uganda and held talks with President Museveni.
On Monday, Museveni also met Antoinette Sayeh, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) director for African department.
Interesting to note Israel has ties with dictator for life, Museveni.
This is a good article for the background-
Ties were renewed in July 1994 by President Yoweri Museveni, who seized power in a military coup in January 1986. At first Museveni was hostile toward the West and Israel, but in the 1990s, seeking to revive Uganda's economy that was devastated under Amin's rule, he gradually drew closer to the West and softened his attitude toward Israel.
The US and Israel can never let a good dictator go to waste, for a while..