Or did the transitional government, knowing the shipment of US weapons had already arrived then make the call for back up?
Which would make the most sense, when one thinks about it?
Obviously the call to arms, once the arms arrive!
The United States has sent a shipment of weapons and ammunition to the government of Somalia
Oh and the answer to the opening question, which came first the call or the weapons?
It was the weapons!
Quoting from the Washington Post:
"The shipment arrived in the capital, Mogadishu, this month", according to the official.
"The shipment arrived in the capital, Mogadishu, this month", according to the official.The call was put out by the transitional government this past Saturday.
OH, and one more item, I found rather interesting....
State Dept Briefing, Ian Kelly June 25th/09
QUESTION: As you know, the UN Security Council has had a longstanding ban on arms shipments to Somalia. But I believe in May, they, I think, passed a resolution that would allow for this, provided that such shipments were approved by the relevant UN committee. Did the United States seek and obtain the approval of the committee and, therefore, this does not in any way violate UN resolutions?
MR. KELLY: Well, Arshad, it’s my understanding that all this assistance is provided in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.In May the OK is given to ship weapons to Somalia.
In June the weapons arrive.
June 2oth the call for help goes out from the Somali Transitional Government.
Looks like a plan!