Needs Foreign Troops: The Warlords Shouldn't Set the Agenda
By: Abdirizak Muse (California, USA)
In this 21st century, the modern world is developing so rapidly technologically
economically. Unfortunately Somalia is at the bottom of the family of
nations in every
aspect and is currently in a state of failed nation. It is sad to watch
downfall as it ceases to exist as a nation.Now it is the time for the
Somalis to think seriously about their future and initiate how to put
the country back on track and reject those warlords who have become
a road block on Somalia?s long march towards peace and harmony.
Somali warlords had held numerous peace talks during the past 14 years
but failed to make any tangible concession to one another and reach
any meaningful agreement. However, the last peace talk that was held
in Kenya had brought back the hope that Somali's would finally achieve
their goal of reconstituting their nation.
This culminated in the birth of the Transitional Federal Government
(TFG) and the
election of President Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed and his Prime Minister Ali
Although, Mr. Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed was not my favorite among the leaders
participated in the Somali peace conference but when the wish of the
parliamentarians has surfaced, I did not have choice but to accept the
outcome. Similarly I gave my support to the TNG of Mr. Abdikasim Salad
Hassan and Ali Kh. Galleydh based on the same reasons in which I am
for the newly formed Government of Mr. Ahmed.
It is about time we should say enough is enough and come up with some
sort of a plan to
end the chaos, disorder, wanton killing of innocent and all the horrific
daily acts that
has engulfed the nation and Mogadishu in particular.
Currently there are consultations among Somali elites and warlords about
the issue of
dispatching foreign troops to Somalia. In my humble opinion, I am inclined
enterprise, in which I believe that this venture can bring back peace
We must address the harmful weapons and guns in the hands of Mogadishu?s
militia as they are the core problem. As have been said by many, the
solution is to encamp these militias and prepare them for recruitment
in military, police and national guards for the FTG and move them away
from the clan badge of honor that they carry now.
However, the big
question is which countries will the foreign troops coming from?
The Neighbors that We Scare Apparently, the sponsors and organizers
of the Somali peace conference were the IGAD member States and their
approach of deploying peacekeepers to Somalia was the centerpiece of
their discussion. Africans, excluding Somali neighbors, and Arab troops
were preferable to many of the Somali paticipants of the conference.
However, that was simply a wishful thinking and was not forthcoming.
Africa has yet to deliver any meaningful number of troops to Darfur
of Sudan, despite the horrible ethnic cleansing which the whole world
collectively condemned. Africa, unless there is a regional interest,
has a bad track record in intervention on behalf of a
Therefore, TFG had run out of alternatives and was obligated to reassess
position and accept neighbor countries' contribution to the peacekeeping
Warlords are first and foremost problematic for any Government since
1991. These thugs want to keep the status quo regardless. They are destructive
elements of our society who do nothing good but rather nonsense killings
of their fellow countrymen. These monsters are responsible for the despair
that Somalis endured for the past 14 years, and the abuse of the nation's
natural resource. As a result our coastlines have become nuclear waste
disposal as reported recently.
Currently some of these warlods are using Ethiopia as a scapegaot and
are coming out
against the deployment of the troops from the front line states inorder
to continue their
business of enriching themselves at the expense of the people. They
have no alternative
other than prolong the dismemberment of the country.
Ethiopia has its own problems and does not have the capacity now to
Ethiopia is a poor country run on foreign assistance. The country has
primitive economy; its society is bitterly divided on an ethnic lines
such as; (Oromo, Amhara, Somali, Tigray and Afar). The contending views
of the various groups can explode at any moment and when that happens,
Ethiopia may become a replica of the former USSR and Yugoslavia.
Moreover, Ethiopia is landlocked state surrounded by unfriendly neighbors
it is interest lies with a stable Somalia.Somali circumstance in this
era is in a very terrifying stage in its history, which needs a systematic,
well thought way of undoing the turmoil and chaos which impeded Somali
daily life. The warlord's mentality should be crystal clear to every
Somali by now, needless to say that it is essential to gain back the
law and order for the country. Therefore, if Arab nations and non-neighbor
Africans are not ready of being part of this operation, then we have
no choice but to accept the offer of the IGAD member states including
Ethiopia is already deeply involved in the Somali affairs. For example,
they do have a
huge influence on the administrations of Somaliland, Puntland and other
regions in the
country (Bay, Bakool, and Gedo). So does Ethiopia literally control
factions, Jawhar and all the border areas of the country? It is also,
Ethiopians have great influence on Berbera Port. If so: why suddenly
the fuss now? What is sad though is Yalaxow and Caato have set the Agenda
for a lot of Somalis with good intent. We now appear as the people who
accused the troops of peacekeepers from neighboring country as to quote
Yalaxow, ?carriers of the AIDS virus?.
Gedi_3@hotmail.com, California, USA