Johann Hari: You are being lied to about pirates
I wondered about the sudden outbreak of pirates in Somalia. Always questioned: Is there more to this story then meets the eye? It is like they just burst on to the world stage out of no where.
OH, and do I think we are being lied to about the pirates in Somalia? Yes, yes I do.
Who imagined that in 2009, the world's governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy – backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the US to China – is sailing into Somalian waters to take on men we still picture as parrot-on-the-shoulder pantomime villains. They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth. But behind the arrr-me-hearties oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labelling as "one of the great menaces of our times" have an extraordinary story to tell – and some justice on their side.This piqued my interest, and in my experience there is ALWAYS more to the these kind of stories then what is told to us. But, I am also going to make some corrections to this along the way. Corrections, I think are more in line with the facts.
" In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.That is not exactly correct. In 1991 the government did collapse. Think 'Black hawk down' for the Hollywood version. Yet, a government did arise out of that collapse. A government that was functioning and widely accepted. A government that the writer of this piece doesn't even bother to mention. One must ask why would that be?
Because the government was an Islamic government!
Yes, indeed a functioning Islamic government.
Somalis Recall Islamic Rule as Brief Visit of Peace
"Many women supported the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu because they received security," said Alia Adem Abdi, who chairs the Hiran Women Action on Advocacy for Peace and Human Rights Organization, based in Somalia's restive central Hiran region. "They had an access to move freely in the capital city. Also the children had access to go to school. But not now."
"The Islamists avoided large-scale violence in defeating the warlords, who had held sway in Somalia ever since they drove out U.N. peacekeepers by killing eighteen American soldiers in 1993, by rallying people to their side through establishing law and order."
There is nothing scarier to western powers then an Islamic government. You know, the "war on terror" mentality? What was REALLY SCARY though, not only had this government succeeded in making women and children feeling safer. It was a government that brought stability. The stuff of nightmares, if stability is not on the western menu!
Which of course it wasn't!
Stability is never pertinent when there is oil to be had.
In fact instability is preferred
The Horn of Africa, at whose core Somalia lies, is newly oil-rich. It is also just miles across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia and Yemen, overlooking the daily passage of large numbers of oil tankers and warships through that waterway. The United States has a huge military base in neighboring Djibouti that is being enlarged substantially and will become the headquarters of a new U.S. military command being created specifically for Africa.
So that stable government had to go. All this Johann Hari fails to mention at all. His silence leaves me questioning.
Anyway, who overthrew the stable Islamic government of Somali ? Who would benefit from the division and suffering of the people? Of course, Ethiopia overthrew the government of Somalia, acting as a proxy for and with the help of , wait for it... the US.
Why would you be? And if you are? Time to get your head out of the ground, or out of your rear.
"In December 2006, the Bush administration authorized Ethiopia to invade Somalia waging a proxy war using Ethiopia, who could not even feed it’s own people."In fact the US even did some aerial bombing of Somalia, looking for 'Al Quaeda' of course.
They had to help their proxy out just a bit. They did manage to at least kill a 4 yr old 'terrorist'. It is amazing how 'Al Quaeda' shows up in such a timely fashion for the US.
Dam, they are reliable!
As of today it is being reported that Ethiopia is withdrawing the last of it's troops from Somalia.
Accomplishing it's goal, of creating instability for the past two years.
"Over the last two years the situation in Somalia has deteriorated into one of the world’s worst humanitarian and security crises."
Ethiopia did it's job well and I am certain will get some nice parting gifts from it's masters.
But a report by the International crisis Group says the international community is preoccupied with the piracy phenomenon – instead of concentrating on the core of the crisis, the need for a political settlement.
Preoccupation with the 'piracy phenomenon' brings us back to the article that started this.
Hari claims the Piracy is in response to illegal dumping of toxic materials off the coast of Somalia, and the looting of Somalias food resource: seafood.
"This is the context in which the "pirates" have emerged. Somalian fishermen took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least levy a "tax" on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia – and ordinary Somalis agree. The independent Somalian news site WardheerNews found 70 per cent "strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defence".
Now this much of Hari's article makes sense. 70 PERCENT of the people polled strongly support the piracy as a form of national defence. It is really all they have, hence the support.
But what of the international communities obsession with the pirates? Are the acts of piracy being exploited? Being used as justification for something else?
In Hari's article when he says
" and yes, some are clearly just gangsters "While, it is likely some of the so called pirates are attempting to act as some sort of rag tag national defence, to save their livelihoods etc.,
It is also likely others are committing acts of piracy for different reasons.
So consider this- What if the "gangster" pirates were being funded by privateers?
Who might the privateers be? What of the privateers agenda?
Control of the waterway perhaps?
The waterway that is as stated "overlooking the daily passage of large numbers of oil tankers and warships"
Is control or domination of the waterway, as a means to transport the abundant oil resource that Somalia is at the core of the reason for this "preoccupation" of the "piracy phenomenon"?
Is it all just another part of an oil dominance strategy?
Another move on the Global Chessboard?