by John Glaser
The Obama administration is violating international law and United Nations resolutions
in conducting its largely secret war in Somalia.
At Foreign Policy, Colum Lynch writes that, "the Obama administration earlier this year
expanded its secret war in Somalia, stepping up assistance for federal and regional
Somali intelligence agencies that are allied against the country's Islamist insurgency"
in "a move that's not only violating the terms of an international arms embargo," but
may also be emboldening al-Shabab.
This is not exactly news. In a number of articles in 2011, The Nation's Jeremy Scahill
uncovered Obama's secret war, which included secret prisons run by CIA proxies, harsh
interrogations, and directing funding and training of unscrupulous militants, many of
whom were former (and current?) warlords. The "counter-terrorism" effort in Somalia also
included "targeted strikes by U.S. Special Operations forces, drone attacks and expanded
surveillance operations." . . .
"A Long History of U.S. Intervention
in Somalia: From Black Hawk Down to 2010," The Wisdom Fund, July 13, 2010
Kim Sengupta, "Britain's New Year
Resolution: Intervene in Somalia," Independent, December 22, 2011
"The United States' Scramble for Africa's Resources
Escalates," The Wisdom Fund, January 28, 2013
[Al-Shabab said the attack was in response to Kenyan troops in Somalia.--"Somalia's al-Shabab claims
Nairobi Westgate Kenya attack," bbc.co.uk, September 21, 2013]
[ . . . the U.S. government has intervened directly in Somalia and backed repeated
invasions by neighboring African states, including Kenya. In the process, a relatively
moderate government was overthrown, resistance to invaders was radicalized, and the
al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab gained partial control, which would have been unlikely
without that intervention.--"The Kenyan massacre's roots in America's Somalia policy,"
fff.org, September 24, 2013]
Scott Horton, "U.S. government to blame for Somalia's misery," fff.org, September 25, 2013
Paul Gottinger, "Savage U.S. Policies: Understanding Kenya's Westgate Mall Attack,"
counterpunch.org, September 25, 2013
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, "Jeremy Scahill: Al-Shabab's
Nairobi Mall Rampage Tied to 'Disastrous' US Meddling in Somalia,"
truth-out.org, September 26, 2013
Andre Vltchek, "What
Really Happened at Westgate," counterpunch.org, September 27, 2013
Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, "Military ties bind
Israel and Kenya," atimes.com, October 9, 2013
[Countries are "pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a great game for
the domination of the world", wrote Lord Curzon, the viceroy of India, in 1898. Nothing
has changed. The shopping mall massacre in Nairobi was a bloody facade behind which a
full-scale invasion of Africa and a war in Asia are the great game.--John Pilger, "More
Than Jihadism or Iran, China's Role in Africa is Obama's Obsession," theguardian.com,
October 9, 2013]