Then the sudden appearance of pirates and their 'international importance'.
I see the signals for a start of some sort of new operation, another means to the end.
Oh and look, here is the New York Times telling us just that.
Piracy Is Terrorism
For this reason, it seems sensible that the United States and the international community adopt a new, shared legal definition that would recognize the link between piracy and terrorism.soon, everything will be 'terrorism', but, I digress.
Understanding this in simple terms, Africa has become a major oil supplier. China a major buyer. Africa has therefore become the scene of a struggle between China and the US, for access to oil or maybe it would be better called oil domination.
Here is an interview with a talking head from the CFR.
Esther Pan is a staff writer for the Council on Foreign Relations website
As global demand for energy continues to rise, major players like the United States, European Union (EU), and Japan are facing a new competitor in the race to secure long-term energy supplies: China.How extensive are China's oil interests in Africa?
China's voracious demand for energy to feed its booming economy has led it to seek oil supplies from African countries including Sudan, Chad, Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says China accounted for 40 percent of total growth in global demand for oil in the last four years; in 2003, it surpassed Japan as the world's second-largest oil importer, after the United States. In the first ten months of 2005, Chinese official sources say, Chinese companies invested a total of $175 million in African countries, primarily on oil exploration projects and infrastructure.China, unlike the US has been taking a different tact in their involvement with Africa.
Experts say China has adopted an aid-for-oil strategy that has resulted in increasing supplies of oil from African countries.Especially in Angola
China is at the forefront of this revolution.
In its desire to secure future energy supplies, it is proposing billions more in credits, loans and infrastructure programmes.
The Angolan government says it hopes to use this money on infrastructure projects to help rebuild roads, bridges, and schools across the country.
In fact the money from China helped Angola to basically flip off the IMF.
Oooh, making enemies tsk, tsk.
Angola defies IMF as China enters the fray
Luanda - Prospects for a deal between Angola and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that could pave the way for development funds receded on Friday after the oil-rich state signalled it wanted to create its own programme.
I also notice that in this article, and nobody touched on this in one of his previous posts at his blog.
Western demonization of Zimbabwe, is this why?
China has begun moving into Africa in a big way. Its support of Zimbabwe won international attention in the last few weeks.
China's involvement in Africa raises the possibility - not only in outcast states like Zimbabwe or oil producers like Angola - that countries will be able to play it off the IMF and World Bank, giving them more leverage to avoid the worst excesses of those institutions, and indeed of the international aid system, which since the fall of the Soviet Union has been monolithic.
China is already in Africa, spreading the money around, they have done it well and the Africans are going to keep that in mind. What does this have to do with Somalia?
Well lets get back to Somalia and the oil rich horn of Africa.
The Horn of Africa is on the East Coast of Africa. This is very good for China, Very Good. In terms of transportation. In the horn is Somalia. Oil rich and ready for the taking.
But, along come the pirates? What to do, what to do??
Of course when the problem is Piracy is terrorism & pirates are terrorists.
The reaction is -Expand the war on terror!
The solution is, to send in ships, warships of course! To deal with the pirates?