Dr. M. Omar Hashi
Everything seems to just not work for Meles Zinawi. His western supported Tigrayan occupation-genocide over Somalia, while earning him quick loot in Mogadishu and Southern Somalia is now on a whole fast falling apart into its inherent fiscal and inevitable military demise. At home (if occupied Addis Ababa can be construed as one) is not going well either.
With the Western bosses’ forced conciliation with the resurgent Christian Amhara political opposition groups (the only opposition the West allows to “officially” exist in Ethiopia and perhaps a possible replacement to him) and the always unremitting widespread resistance of the Muslim-Majority population of Ethiopia against him, passive or active, makes the Zinawi dictatorship straining at the seams and overstretched in its occupation over Somalia.
Yet, it is not the endemic revolts in Ethiopia proper, but rather the desperation and failure of Zinawi and his Western bosses in making the occupation-genocide specifically over Mogadishu self-sustainable, credible and become profitable which is what drove his henchmen to this vicious slaying of the two HornAfrik journalists— Ali Iman Sharmarke and Mahad Ahmed Elmi .
On the one hand the Zinawi regime has done all it can to loot and destroy Mogadishu and its people and by extension *Somali statehood* with its proxy Darood “Puntland” militia and using “TFG” Ali Gheedi cover, yet things are not moving at all in the direction of “normalization” of the occupation; actually the opposite is occurring with every scheme and ploy of the occupation flattering and miserably failing—the latest being the farcical so called “ tribal reconciliation conference” run by the imbecile warlord criminal Ali Mahdi.
Add to this the frustration and indecision of EU and US masters in finding a way to coerce the occupied resistant Hawiye clans in legitimating and normalizing the Ethiopian occupation and genocide over them— which is perhaps the overriding and prime reason for the targeted killings of the HornAfrik journalists.
These vicious Tigre orchestrated dual slayings of HornAfrik media co-founder Ali Iman Sharmarke— who was supposedly killed by a landmine while traveling in Mogadishu from a funeral of another murdered colleague of his, Mahad Ahmed Elmi gunned down outside his home— is a direct result of three interlocking incongruent factors of this Western backed Ethiopian occupation and genocide in Somalia, namely: 1) Destroying Mogadishu’s Economy and Pacifying Hawiye Resistance; 2) Laying the foundations for Tribal War and 3) Failure of Using Mercenary Hawiye warlords against Resistance.
Mogadishu’s Economy and Pacifying Hawiye Resistance
The “linchpin” of the current Western backed re-colonization of Somalia and benchmark for it to succeed through the Zinawi invasion- occupation-genocidal order is for Mogadishu’s economy to be irrevocably destroyed and then all human and material resources therein— “localized trade”— forthright be geared towards sustaining the Ethiopian occupiers rule.
This is the win-win optimal situation for the Western Neo-Colonial powers and their trusty Ethiopian mercenary in Somalia, namely, to live off the blood and labors of the people forever. The reason for this is simple: Mogadishu economic destruction through bombing and looting means eventual economic dependence of Somalis (economic forces know no tribe lines) and Hawiye on the UN and its Ethiopian foreign-backed domination.
Stable indigenous livelihoods are incubators of prosperity, a people’s cultural and national freedom rests on their capacity to feed, clothe and build on their own and this is something the neo-Colonial powers are striving to deny the citizens of Mogadishu from enjoying.
Particularly, one of the aims of the intentional killings, pillage and ceaseless terror campaigns by the Ethiopian occupation forces and their proxy “TFG” tribal Darood militia is meant to stave off, intimidate and pre-empt the Hawiye clans and other Somalis from continuing towards a culture of national liberation.
This reminds me of a Speech in 1959 given by Franz Fanon contained in his book titled Reciprocal Bases of National Culture and the Fight for Freedom, in which he stated that the conscious and organised undertaking by a colonised people to re-establish the sovereignty of that nation constitutes the most complete and obvious cultural manifestation that exists (Reproduced from Wretched of the Earth (1959) publ. Pelican. Speech to Congress of Black African
The only proactive and organized national “Somali culture” which the Colonial and neo-Colonialist forces have fought vigorously in the Horn Africa since 1884 has been the independent, nomadic inspired entrepreneurship and Islam-based cultural rejection of the Somalis to Western dependence. It these two aspects of “Somali national culture” (if the term can be used as such, since it does not apply fully to all Somalis) which threaten the Colonialists — in an otherwise degenerative culture largely defined by tribal parasitism, consumption of Khat; tribal malice/hatred and chronic mercenary-ism.
It is pertinent to note that both entrepreneurship and independent thinking came together in the Islamic Courts Union movement; hence, reason why it was a “pressing and imminent threat” for the West’s decades’ long pro-Ethiopian, anarchy oriented “status-quo” policy towards Somalia- this even minus the actual economic and social accomplishments of the ICU administration.
Moreover, for the Hawiye masses to be fully subdued and co-opted into the permanent “re-colonization” of Somalia under Ethiopia they must be made dependent on the very occupation they are fighting against for their livelihoods, this is what I refer to as “normalization of occupation” or make the occupation work and this is what exists in Ethiopia proper vis-à-vis the subjugated nationalities.
That is to say, the occupied people must identify their survival directly to that of their Ethiopian occupiers whims, this is where the “historical use of food (and the withholding of it) as a weapon by the ruling Habasha regimes of Ethiopia to control dissident groups comes into play as detailed by Robert D. Kaplan his book Surrender or Starve (2003).
Right now Somali dependence on the Occupation for survival is not the case, there is a genocide taking place although it is being attempted to be made so it is not even a question. Indeed, the occupation-genocide is ongoing brutality rarely escapes international attention in the daily murders and crimes against humanity inflicted against innocents in Mogadishu as was witnessed today in the malicious killing of Sharmarke and Elmi.
Nonetheless, despite the concerted violence, the Ethiopian Occupation is a foreign aberration and anomaly hoisted on top of the people of Somalia and maintained by the US, EU. When ( not if) the Ethiopian occupation forces leave today it will have no structural effects whatsoever on the Hawiye but giving freedom to all the people to build their lives and infrastructure up again.
The Occupation has no natural “organic” footing in Somalia or specifically the Mogadishu people’s lives and society; they have lived and prospered independently of Ethiopian domination on their own merit and hard work for centuries.
Of course, the same cannot be said for the Darood tribal militias led by Abdullahi Yusuf or the mercenary warlords used for the re-colonization and destruction of Mogadishu whose survival is basically dependent upon the continuation and remote success of the Occupation over the people and land ( though they have no say today whatsoever on the trajectory of that same occupation they helped bring) such as Ali Gheedi, Ali Mahdi, Mohamed Dhee’re, Mahamud Gacmadheere, Abdi Qeybdid, Mohamed Qanyare, Osman Aato, Hussien Aydiid etc ( See Failure of Using Mercenary Hawiye warlords against Resistance further down) .
Laying the foundations for Tribal War
Though, today what exists is a foreign driven conflict predicated on the West’s preferred status quo of statelessness under Ethiopian Occupation, the best one could have hoped for in resolving Somalia was that through the collective efforts of sane leaders who despite their vested clannish animosities towards one another, would at least join symbolically in a common front which was the ICU movement in bringing back tangible national statehood that was occurring under them.
The fact remains that the ICU achievements and the pre-invasion conditions were the best chance for permanent and doable peace in Somalia.
This is because Somali tribes still had agency and despite Ethiopian interference whether or not to join the drive for Somali Statehood (ICU) was a choice only Somalis could make to refuse or join.
The purposeful courting of all Somalis tribes in the ICU and the subsequent across-the board inclination in particular by the Darood clan to actively assist and take part in the Ethiopian invasion and occupation and ongoing genocide in Mogadishu as preferable to the reign of justice and resumption of Statehood under what to them was giving credit to “Hawiye” inspired solution stands for itself.
Be that as it may, those pre-invasion conditions of tribal agency and sovereignty are dead.
Today, the Ethiopian dictator Zinawi himself is calling the shoots and is himself betting on instigating an all out tribal war so as to prolong his untenable presence through his trusty Darood-Majeertyn militias current looting and pillage of Mogadishu and its environs.
Zinawi like all colonizers knows that his stay in Somalia ( already cracking) will not be permanent, irrespective of the current massive political and limited financial support provided from European Union, United Nations, Arab League and of course American military support in subsidization. Therefore, for the future inevitability the Zinawi regime must ensure that even in the extent that its occupation which is already falling apart expires, Somalia proper will still be embroiled in a continuous war condition; how best then to guarantee such an outcome by facilitating a tribal war through his Darood proxies ongoing pillage in Mogadishu.
Zinawi is a master of manipulation and treachery. He knows very well that the only thing which is enabling the current Darood-Majeertyn pillage of Mogadishu is his Occupation and he makes it a point in hiding under Abdullahi Yusuf cowardly rhetoric of somehow it all being about “getting even” with the Hawiye.
In fact, this is very much a calculated move on the Tigre dictator’s part on two levels in fulfilling the long-term “exit strategy” when he does leave. On the one hand Zinawi knows that through Abdullahi Yusuf he has already planted the seeds for an inevitable Tribal War in Somalia irrespective of his staying or not and secondly, a Tribal War which he directly controls be it its beginning and trajectory at any time he wants.
The Darood-Majeertyn is completely and directly dependent upon cover of Ethiopian military terrorism for their crimes against Hawiye civilians and property in Mogadishu and elsewhere, therefore they are completely beholden to the vagaries of the Tigre occupiers.
So in this respect Zinawi has the ultimate leverage he needs over them. Whereas for the Hawiye he has his incentive which will cost him nothing and involve only his staying “ military neutral” in Somalia wars today that is an incentive which will cost him nothing for exchange he will get everything- the optimum choice which is normalization of permanent occupation in Mogadishu and by extension Somalia free of costs to him and more importantly provides the artificial “credibility” for which his Western backers can use for international public relations mirage, giving substance to the oft-repeated hallowed Western line of “ See, no more [Somali] resistance they’re really all the same country, really it is not a genocide and they’re now just fine with being part of Addis Ababa sphere”.
Failure of Using Mercenary Hawiye warlords against Resistance
The failure of the Neo-Colonial powers in using their Hawiye warlords against the drive for liberation has a long track record; in fact, it all comes together in current Ethiopian Occupation. Ali Mahdi and Ali Gheedi, though not the first of their kind to work vigorously for the neo-colonial destruction of Hawiye economic and political interests can be said to be the best model which the neo colonial powers desire for all Somali leadership minus their inept imbecility. They would like very much today to find those who have a “face” in the Hawiye people who resist but who nevertheless are willing to sell themselves to the colonization. So far, the use of their warlords against the people has been ineffective so far as it was debilitating and slowing the eventual freedom in Islamic Courts revolution in 2006 and today it is even a bigger failure.
There can be no doubt that the Hawiye warlords for 15 years have been supported politically, financially and military by Western neo-Colonialist powers EU, USA and UN to hold back Hawiye people and by extension peace and statehood, not only has the Central Intelligence Agency admitted to have supported the warlords covertly in their lawless criminality against the people’s dreams, but the UN has through its purposeful behind-the-scenes directly cultivated these weak and corrupt leaders to the fore at the expense of genuine Hawiye leaders of the people. Luckily, for posterity the ICU unmasked the whole charade for what it was: neo-Colonial push of using the weak, uneducated and corrupt thugs in keeping the nation stateless. Now they have Meles Zinawi and the occupation-genocide, which is also a failure at keeping the nation stateless.
The only reputation warlords like Musa Suudi and Bashiir Raage hold among the people is fighting the peace, development and freedom, destroying all that was good and support all that was cancerous including Meles Zinawi and his “tfg” poodles; the same goes for the disgraced warlords Osman Aaato, his cousins Husein Aydiid and Abdi Qaybdid, not to mention the other criminal Gacmadheere: these are truly scum below any dignity who supported the genocide and invasion of Mogadishu and who consistently fought every single act of peace and development for the people of Mogadishu and today do not have a single observable dividend for all their crimes at the end of the affair, not before and not now or ever will they have anything to show for their treason, which at least cannot be said for the Darood.
Because today not a single one of the numerous corrupt mercenaries tried by the Occupation and its Western backers, even those who foolishly thought they could pretend to be “resistance” so to discredit it like the so called Haaji Abdi Imaam Omar and his sidekick Abdullahi Sheikh Hassan have failed against the Resistance reality or to give that elusive credibility, to make “Kosher” what is intrinsically sinful.
The resistance lays deep in the hearts of the people, the so called rabble in the farcical “Tfg” smokescreen altogether generally and especially those going under “Hawiye” have borne not a single tangible fruit for the legitimating of the Occupation. What has this done?
This has forced the Tigre occupiers to become the virulently mad dogs they are turning their frustrations and desperation into a killing spree targeting all, now including even those same criminal mercenaries and warlords who are earnestly working with them, hence the killing of so called TFG non-existent warlords, failed daily assassination attempts etc all done by the Tigre occupation forces, even the broad daylight robbing of the disgraced warlord Osman Aaato of his last possessions-a fitting justice for a man who contributed more to the destruction of the people in hindsight than even Meles Zinawi.
Of course the Tigre Occupiers have not left out those who they have publicly and privately blame for their impasse (more like failure) to move the occupation even inches forward in Somalia, namely, the Habr Gedir clan.
In the last calculation the barbaric killing of Ali Iman Sharmarke and Mahad Elmi, two innocent men was caused by a desperate, paranoid and genocidal Ethiopian Occupation who despite the best efforts of its powerful Western patrons and internal proxy tribal militias is crumbling under its weight today.
This Occupation cannot be sustained for its demise was set in motion the day it entered Mogadishu in the hopes of reverting Somalis to accept statelessness (especially Mogadishu residents known for their freedom) this time under Ethiopia exploitation. What a delusion of catastrophic portions!
Not even America, the sole remaining Superpower has had such a vanity as this Meles Zinawi, let alone been able to maintain this crude and evil model of Neo-colonization on the cheap scheme centered on institution of permanent anarchy and simultaneous exploitation of people and land! It has failed in Afghanistan, it has failed miserably in Iraq and it has failed to even take off in Mogadishu.
Yet, it has not escaped me in the least that both Ali Iman and Mahad Elmi have been targeted for their clan lineage above all namely these two along with being private entrepreneurs and community activists who helped build Somalia’s media to maturity were nevertheless killed by the Tigre Occupiers for hailing from the oft persecuted Somali enemy of theirs: Habr Gedir clan in today Occupied Somalia.
But, what benefit if any will the targeting of two innocent men who are inconsequential to the Occupation give the Tigre occupiers in Mogadishu? These two men were journalists telling news and even that under incredible Tigre censorship already.
Their killing will not silence nor change the hearts and minds of the millions of people which are up in arms and will never give in, whose children will never give in and whose occupiers have already given up on fooling themselves into believing what they did was worth it, with their overall tribal boss Meles Zinawi own admission of failure in invasion of Somalia is their any hope in this desperate killings spree? ( See Ethiopian Premier Admits Errors on Somalia By Stephanie McCrummen Washington Post Foreign Service Friday, June 29, 2007; Page A16)
Meles Zinawi as history will show should have known better to ever fool himself into believing that all Somalis were the parasitic mercenaries who sheltered him in the 1980s Somalia of dictator Siyaad Barre or for that matter the scum dictators who he was told to arm so that that could menace Mogadishu with American, European and UN support in the 1990s until 2006.
The people Zinawi is terrorizing have fought 508 years of intense, of and on again European colonization and neo-colonial inspired Black dictatorship of the worst kind they have resisted and fought and continue to do so against forced subjugation and conversion. Does Meles Zinawi, the pretentious wannabe Menelik King of Kings believe that he is greedier, more determined and more fanatically anti-Islam than Vasco da Gama or any different, whose adventures in 15th century Somalia were doomed from the day he landed offshore?
Zinawi’s misadventure can only be salvaged by his retreat and in the end he will be known as the maker of the Tigrayans’ downfall
This land Somalia belongs to those who have made it peaceful against the cruel forces of nature and man, after years of warlords and tyranny no one will accept less than freedom; this land belongs to those who fought for it before and who fight for it today singlehandily against the Ethiopian usurping invaders and who, like it or not, go down in history to have brought justice, peace and government in our lifetime to date in Somalia that even their avowed enemies partook in!
Dr. M. Omar Hashi
Tigre Killing Spree in Mogadishu and HornAfrik MurdersAug 12, 2007 Sirdoon NetWork
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