Posts Tagged ‘al-Shabaab’

Jimmy Dore Show: US Begins Bombing in Somalia Again, Because Oil Found

April 19, 2017

This is yet another video about the expansion of the American war machine and war propaganda by the Jimmy Dore Show. In this video, he discusses the report that AFRICOM, the part of American High Command responsible for Africa, has decided to put troops back into Somalia after 24 years. The troops are apparently there at the request of the Somalian government, and will be there for training purposes. The article does reveal that American troops have also been deployed several times within that space of 24 years in minor missions, such as scouting for bombing sites.

The US troops are being deployed to help the Somali government against the Islamist group, al-Shabaab. The article states that al-Shabaab, although sharing a similar Islamist ideology with ISIS and al-Qaeda, aren’t actually part of those organisations. Most of the time, they’ve been confined to Somalia. They arose after a long period of stable anarchy ended when a new government fought a war to gain power. It was this war that produced them. On those rate occasions when al-Shabaab has spread abroad, it’s mostly been into Kenya in reprisal for attacks made by the Kenyans and the African Union.

Dore makes the point that they’re not part of ISIS and al-Qaeda, but the American government has claimed that they are so that they can used the license granted to George Bush to fight terrorism. Dore states that this is indeed Orwellian. It’s endless war for endless peace, one of the slogans of Oceania in 1984.

So if al-Shabaab aren’t really an international terrorist organisation, what’s the real reason Trump’s sending troops there? You need to ask! It’s oil. Massive reserves have been found by BP off the country’s coast. In Puntland province, the reserves are sufficient to make the country one of the top 20 oil producing countries. Dore against makes the point that whenever there’s a war in the Middle East or Somalia, it’s all sponsored by Saudi Arabia about the petrodollar.

Dore is joined on the programme by Steffi Zamora and Ron Placone, whose voice can be heard off-screen. They make the point, with Dore, that there is no anti-war party in America. Both Republicans and Democrats are strongly in favour of war. The Democrats so much so, that when anti-war protesters turned up at their convention they turned the lights out and sound cannons on them, and painted them as riotous – throwing chairs around – and misogynist. But as Steffi Zamora reminds Dore’s viewers, the people of America are very strongly opposed to war. But the media does not want to show this. MSNBC, and news anchors like Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are not going to say anything against more war. Dore also makes the point that YouTube are also trying to drive out those voices on the internet that oppose the war by demonetising them, in order to starve them of the advertising revenue that sustains them. What they’re getting isn’t sufficient to support their show, but they thank everyone who is supporting them. And, faced with silence about the war from the mainstream media, he asks the rhetorical question if it’s any wonder people are now getting their news from YouTube.

Kenyan Muslims Protect Christians from al-Shabaab

December 23, 2015

This has got to be reblogged. This is how decent people defeat terror: not by creating more divisions, but standing in solidarity with the victims of butchers and murderers.

Kenyan Patriot

On Monday, the Somalian Islamist group, al-Shabaab, attacked bus full of passengers in Kenya. They tried to separate the Christians from the Muslims so that they could kill them, just like they have done so many other times elsewhere. This time they picked on the wrong Muslims. Unlike the others, they refused to obey. According to the Beeb, they bluntly told the terrorists that if they wanted to get the Christians, they’d have to go through them first.

There’s a report about it on News.Mic at http://mic.com/articles/130963/in-kenya-bus-terror-attack-muslim-passengers-protect-christians-by-refusing-to-separate?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.jOufKKKhc

The article begins

When a group of Islamic jihadist attackers stormed a bus in Kenya on Monday, a group of Kenyan Muslims moved to protect the Christian passengers on board, the BBC reported. According to the outlet, the gunmen ambushed the bus, attempting to divide those on board based on the passengers’ religious affiliations. However, the Muslim passengers reportedly refused to split. At least two people were killed.

Speaking to members of the Kenyan press, a local government official said Muslim passengers on board the Makka bus told the terrorists “to kill all of them or leave,” according to Kenyan news outlet the Standard. Following the terror attack, Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery praised the Kenyan citizens who risked their lives in the attempt to protect the non-Muslim passengers.

“We commend the Muslims who stood by the Christians when the gang attacked,” Nkaissery said, according to the Standard. “They showed the terrorists cannot separate us using religion. They cannot cause a religious war, and I thank the passengers and locals.”

Over the years quite a few ordinary Muslims have risked their lives to defend Christians from Islamist terrorists. Way back in 1995, when Egyptians Islamists massacred a coachload of German tourists in Egypt at the pyramids, several of their intended victims were saved by locals rushing them into their own homes.

One of the women I knew at Uni had been going round Egypt with a female friend a few weeks just before the massacre. She told me of the immense hospitality of ordinary Egyptians against the hatred of the Islamists. She and her friend had been on a bus, when one of the anti-western Fundamentalists got on. He didn’t do anything beyond ranting, and casting angry, hate-filled glances at the Westerners. Eventually he left. Or got kicked off by the driver. The Egyptian girl in front of the two Western travellers was so embarrassed at his behaviour, that she turned round and invited the two girls to have dinner with her and her family that evening. She was ashamed at his appalling behaviour towards visitors in her country.

If there is to be peace in the Middle East and an end to the intolerance and killings, this is how it has to be done: through Christians and Muslims standing together against hatred and violence. That’s how we’ll win, if we win at all. And not through more hatred and bigotry, as currently spouted by Trump and his counterparts over here, like David Cameron.