Afghanistan, Austerity, france, London Conference and Somalia, Somalia, Syria, UN, USA
The year is 1884 and a conference is being held to discuss the future of Africa – Britain and France are there, though they are miffed that they have to accept the growing power of Germany by coming to Berlin.
Future superpowers USA and Russia are there too.
Whilst they are here to help Africa into the modern world, in reality they are here to carve up the continent, to steal its resources, land and to enslave its people.
Would it be rude to suggest that this is what is occurring at today’s conference in London to help out beleaguered Somalia.
Ban Ki Moon is here, alongside Hilary Clinton and of course David Cameron who seems to think that he can be of assistance to Somalia.
He could look at Libya first and then back here in Britain too where his austerity measures are decimating large parts of the country.
And he still thinks he can get involved in Syria as well.
And of course there is Afghanistan where he has committed large numbers of British soldiers and where Barack Obama has just written to Hamid Karzai to apologise for American soldiers burning copies of the Quran in Bagram Airbase – I don’t remember him writing such a letter when video images of his soldiers urinating on the bodies of fallen Taliban fighters were broadcast around the world.
So far, two Nato soldiers have lost their lives as a result of the fury that has been unleashed as a consequence of those actions in the notorious US-run airbase.
Somalia has never accepted or appreciated outside interference inside her country – and that interference means even more bombing by the US and its allies in a country where people are desperate for real help.
Chris Kelsey said:
Here’s another historical parallel: 1936, and Britain and France have declared a policy of non-intervention in the civil war that has broken out in Spain and are observing a strict arms embargo, refusing to help the elected government defend itself against the military rebels.
Russia, Germany and Italy have no such qualms and are rushing arms, pilots and other ‘volunteers’ to both sides. Three years later the better-supplied rebels win, and wreak savage retribution on their opponents.
Fast forward to 2012, and David Cameron and William Hague are insisting there will be no change to the EU’s arms embargo against Syria, which applies to all parties, and consequently there is no question of arming the Free Syrian Army.
But of course Syrian has had the benefit of decades of arms supplies from the Soviet Union and Russia, which is why reporters on the spot were able (before they were killed or seriously wounded) that the rebels had nothing but Kalashnikovs and RPGs to oppose tanks and artillery.
The Assad regime is taking out its retribution on its opponents before the battle is over.
Thank you for reply – not too sure about the parallel with the Spanish Civil War, however, Syria’s response and the condemnation of the world, namely Britain France and the United States takes me back to the end of the Ottoman empire beginning with Greece, where agent provocateurs opened up sleeping communities by commiting massacres which was met with a response by the Ottoman government. Those rebels had little support – like the so called freedom fighters of Syria, or indeed Libya
Chris Kelsey said:
How sure are you the rebels in Syria have little support? They are reported to control much of the countryside in the south west of the country. The government has been trying to suppress them for months, and they are still resisting. If they had so little support you’d have thought Assad would have crushed them by now.
And don’t forget, those rebels in Libya ended up overthrowing the Gadaffi regime. The NATO air strikes couldn’t have helped if there weren’t enough rebels on the ground.
Thank you for your excellent views and incredible knowledge – no one can be really be sure whether the rebels have great support based on the pictures that are emerging, often of small crowds or a single activist speaking on behalf of who exactly. And why are we not being shown the success stories that are iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and go back further to east Timor, even Kosovo is struggling to function as a state despite the money poured in.
Cameon claimed he would make Somalia a great place to live – I doubt that will happen, hope I am wrong!