Somalia

Somalia: Arms Intended for Government May Be Going to Islamic Extremists

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The Wall Street Journal reports about Somalia, for sad decades a poster child for some of the horrid side effects of being a poor nation caught in Western war and power games, that arms being sent supposedly to help the Somalian government fight Islamic terror group Al Shabaab might be going to arm them.

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WSJ reports on a new confidential United Nations report that asserts that Somali government representative Musa Haji Mohamed Ganjab "has ordered that arms intended for Somalia's government be delivered instead to an al-Shabaab commander."

Their reporter got Ganjab to directly deny the accusations:

 "Not even a Kalashnikov," he said in an interview near his home in Johannesburg.

He said some emails the U.N. relied on were faked, including one linking him to arming al-Shabaab, and some were hacked. He called himself a victim of a conspiracy by inspectors monitoring an arms embargo on Somalia that has been in place for two decades.

The Somali government did not comment for the WSJ article. But a "State Department official familiar with [the UN report] said U.S. diplomats find it credible."

And:

The U.N. investigators gave their report to the Security Council in October. A few days later, it voted to continue the embargo exception that lets the government import some weapons. The U.S. joined in the vote.

Ed Krayewski from September on the U.S.'s ongoing drone war in Somalia.

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  1. Where are the arm coming from? Is the US a sugar daddy again?

    1. The WSJ story is behind a paywall.

      1. But it’s not like it has never happened before.

        Of course now that we have the U.N. Small Arms treaty all the nasty non-government guns will disappear, right?

        Right.

  2. Somalia has a government?

    Pshaw. That’s rich…I suppose you’re going to tell us they’ve got paved roads, too.

    1. Yes! They’re paved with good intentions in every direction.

  3. “a poster child for some of the horrid side effects of being a poor nation caught in Western war and power games”

    So they lack agency? Interesting thing to say, especially about a country in Africa.

  4. Somalia, for sad decades a poster child for some of the horrid side effects of being a poor nation caught in Western war and power games

    In the real world, away from Derpherty’s maniacal obsession with linking every bad thing to Western ‘power games’, Somalia is a victim of its own tribalism, past experience with socialism, and Islamism. The northern party of the country, Somaliland, has pulled itself together and refuses to be a prop in Doherty’s victim-fantasies.

    1. Oh, in that case lets keep arming Al Shabaab.

    2. Somalia is a victim of its own tribalism

      You mean a tribalism that largely occurred because the British and Italians drew up its boundaries in such a way that they included a bunch of disparate cultural groups that did not like each other?

      There’s also the little issue that a lot of the tribes that hate one another only hate one another because some were favored and some repressed by British and Italian colonialists.

      I’m not one to blame colonialism for the eternal problems of various former colonies, but you can’t completely ignore western influences, particularly when the various tribal problems you’re complaining about are at least partly the fault of Europeans.

      1. Irish|12.29.14 @ 10:20PM|#
        “You mean a tribalism that largely occurred because the British and Italians drew up its boundaries in such a way that they included a bunch of disparate cultural groups that did not like each other?”

        Cyto may be right here, in that he suggests on tribal unit has somehow forged a peaceful entity. And, if so, it really doesn’t contradict your comment.
        But, see below; Cyto is such a war-sucker that I have doubts. I’m waiting to the cites rather than Cyto’s claims.

      2. Just sayin’, we’re coming along with this pretty well on our own without any help from the British or Italians.

        1. ‘Cause they were always of such assistance!

    3. “The northern party of the country, Somaliland, has pulled itself together and refuses to be a prop in Doherty’s victim-fantasies.”

      I’ll bet you have cites to provide evidence of this, right?
      I’m looking around and have yet to see any.

        1. A blind link to Wiki is supposed to make your point?
          What a fucking ignoramus!

  5. Somalia, for sad decades a poster child for some of the horrid side effects of being a poor nation caught in Western war and power gamesLibertarianism

    FIFY

  6. It would be news if they weren’t.

  7. Somalia updated its national anthem in 2012.

    New one, according to Google translate:

    Qolobaa Calankeed,
    is ceynoo,
    Our result is,
    Cirkoo other,
    Ad not have,
    The caashaqaye.
    Waan white,
    You ciidamisee us,
    soil alone
    Adow curadee
    How solar
    Return of the famous cattle
    as culagii
    ciidad marisee
    O Allah, do not return
    O Allah, do not return

    Old one:

    Leadership Toosoo
    Toosoo one leans in
    Depending on whichever taagdaranee
    support waligiinee
    Idinkaysu tookhaayoo
    Idinkaysu taamaayee
    Watch academic barayoo
    country taamyeeloo
    Law join you tolayoo
    Languages tuwaaxid Alerts
    Arligiina taaka Alerts
    And does not tegeysaan
    A number of goats dhaxalaa
    How do you come tubayoo
    Tit with a ten throughout
    Cadowgiin you advice
    Tuldo camel going you
    Shot badheedhanee
    No land, everyone tegeybaan
    No one stone tuurayn
    National disarmed kicked
    knife past
    I can not wire
    Pregnancy kutaallo great
    Whichever I taahaayoo
    Streams from qaylshaa
    A land enemy taaboo
    Have not I tol ahayee
    I fall depending ooyaayoo
    With tears in my qubaneysaa
    Optional man of maturity
    The slave request ahayee

    Which is more Liberatian?

    1. Or Libertarian?

      *I can not wire*

    2. Hard telling. Can you tell us which one recognizes the effects of the Laffer
      curve on taxation?
      I didn’t see that in the translations.

      1. How solar
        Return of the famous cattle
        as culagii

        I think that covers it, if your tax code is written by Agile Cyborg.

        1. “I think that covers it, if your tax code is written by Agile Cyborg.”
          Hmmm.
          That suggestion concerns me.

          1. Couldn’t be much worse than now. Better, I suspect.

      2. A number of goats dhaxalaa
        How do you come tubayoo
        Tit with a ten throughout

        also applies.

    3. Wait, what happened to the “suddenly”? I was rather happy to have a brother on here.

      1. You can always move to Sudden Valley.

  8. ROADZ11111111111

  9. Thats jsut not making a whole lot of sene dude. Wow.

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  10. Thats jsut not making a whole lot of sene dude. Wow.

    http://www.AnonWayz.tk

  11. Just before I looked at the check that said $4396 , I accept …that…my brother woz like they say actualie making money parttime from there pretty old laptop. . there best friend started doing this for under 11 months and by now cleard the mortgage on there villa and got a great new Cadillac .
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