The Muslim-majority Somalia has suffered from worst famine during 2010-2012 since the last 25 years. Despite early warning, the US and its allies continued their policy of sanctions and “war dog barking” against Somalia to punish its people for supporting anti-US and anti-Israel al-Shabaab Islamist resistance group.
A recent report released by the food security nutrition and analysis unit (FSNAU) on Thursday claims that the man-made famine had killed over 260,000 people including 130,000 children.
The worst affected areas in Somalia were under the control of al-Shabaab engaged in a war with the western puppet regime of Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud. Western donors were hesitant to donate desparely-needed food-stuff and medicine due to Washington’s sanctions against al-Shabaab. Israel has been using similar tactics to punish Gaza-ruling Hamas since 2006.
Barack Obama, earlier signed a legislation which makes it a crime to let donors give aid to the areas under al-Shabaab control.
In Feburary 2013, Afro-American Muslim convert, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn), paid a surprise visit to Mogadishu. He was received at the airport by president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud. Ellison assured him full American support against Islamist resistance group al-Shabaab.
“I represent my constituency (with largest concentration of Somali immigrants), and I come here to see the country at first hand,” he told journalists in Mogadishu. “We met with the president first, and had very fruitful discussion about the United States and Somalia.”
Ellison’s Islamic credentials can be judged by the fact that he has been supporting Israel-Firster Sen. John McCain for a no-fly zone over Syria for over a year. The anti-Assad insurgency is no doubt an Israeli Project.
Somalia has great strategic importance for both Israel and the US. Somalia lies at the tip of the Horn of Africa and north to the Gulf of Aden, a crucial part of the Suez Canal shipping route. Approximately, 21,000 ships pass through the Gulf each year, carrying 11% of world’s petroleum. The World Bank and United Nations ranks Somalia as the scond most important country for unexploited oil reserves in North-East Africa.
Glend Ford, executive editor Black Agenda Radio has this to say on the topic.
As usual, corporate media coverage of the mass starvation puts the blame on the Shabaab fighters who have been resisting the United States and its allies’ war against the Somali people when, in fact, the death toll represents an American crime against humanity; just one chapter in an ongoing genocide that began in December, 2006. That’s when the U.S. and Ethiopia invaded Somalia to overthrow a broad-based Islamic Courts government that had defeated warlords supported by the United States. The savage assault from air, land and sea created what UN observers described as “the worst humanitarian crisis in Africa.” It was a bloodbath engineered in George Bush’s Washington, and which has continued under President Obama.
The initial cause of the holocaust was not drought, but the savage slaughter of civilians by the invading Ethiopians and the resultant collapse of Somali agriculture. Mogadishu, the capital city, was put under a siege that would last for half a decade, while civilians were chased across the countryside by Ethiopian armor and bombed by U.S. aircraft. The United Nations Children’s Fund representative for Somalia spoke of the “dirtiness” of a conflict in which “children are the real target.
Nevertheless, in the first years the war did not go well for Washington, whose Ethiopian allies were forced to withdraw from much of the country after heavy losses. The Americans then turned to mass starvation as a weapon of war – a calculated act of genocide.
By late 2009, the U.S. began withholding food aid to the humanitarian relief agencies on which half of Somalis in the south and central parts of the country depended for survival, endangering three million people. The main sources of food were warehouses under U.S. control in neighboring Kenya, but the Americans drastically restricted the flow, complaining that too much food was going to Shabaab fighters. In effect, the U.S. tried to break the resistance by starving out the people – a genocide by any legal definition. By early 2011, the worst drought in decades was gripping the region, adding a natural layer of disaster to the manmade catastrophe that had begun in late 2006.
The scale of the horror was tremendous, made worse by the escalation of war and the entrance of Kenya into the carnage as an American client. Yet, the British claimed that only 50,000 to 100,000 died, and the United States declined to produce any official estimate. Finally, six and a half years after the US plunged Somalia into hell, international officials are admitting that at least a quarter of a million people perished during just one period of the US-backed invasion – all of them on President Obama’s watch.
The United States is an infernal killing machine, no matter the color of the criminal in the White House.
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