For this post, I'm featuring some of the pertinent history between Kenyans and Somalis. As with many regional wars and on-going conflicts, it's nearly impossible to mark the beginning of the bad blood between the Somalis and their neighbor--again, not just the Kenyans. But the more I look into things, the more I realize that there is no innocent group, other than children, of course.
In which ethnic Somalis of Kenya's Northern Frontier District of Kenya tried to unsuccessfully to secede from the newly independent nation state. The word shifta means 'bandit' in Somali; this is what the Kenyans call the conflict.
It was difficult to find an unbiased source about the war, but it is agreed that it was an irredentist conflict on the part of Somalis in the wake of independence for many nation-states in the region--nation-state whose borders were determined by European colonial powers without regard to traditional and ancestral lands. That the Somalis are mostly nomads is part of the problem as well.
The Wagalla massacre took place on 10 February 1984 at the Wagalla Airstrip. The facility is situated approximately 15 km (9 mi) west of the district capital of Wajir in the North Eastern Province, a region primarily inhabited by ethnic Somalis. Kenyan troops had descended on the area to reportedly help diffuse clan-related conflict. However, according to eye-witness testimony, about 5,000 Somali men were then taken to an airstrip and prevented from accessing water and food for five days before being executed by Kenyan soldiers.
For years, the Kenyan government claimed that only 57 persons were killed. Then, in 2000, Kenya admitted that the original numbers were correct.
TWENTY three people are yet to be found almost a month after the attack on the Westgate Mall by al Shabaab militants. Rescue operations that involved combing through the rubble to ensure there were no bodies trapped in the building ended two weeks ago.
Kenya Red Cross Society secretary general Abbas Gullet said the 23 are those whose family members have reported missing since the attack.
President Kenyatta is set to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague next month. If he does, he will be the first sovereign head of state to do so. This is the third time he has been summoned by the ICC and he is asking to appear via video link. One wonders what will happen if the ICC refuses this. BTW, Kenya's parliament passed a motion to pull out of the ICC.
As part of the ongoing government shutdown, the feds evicted a number of homeowners from their houses located on federal land.
National Park Service officials cited the government shutdown as the
reason for ordering an elderly Nevada couple out of their home, which
sits on federal land.
"Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is
passed and the park can reopen," an NPS spokesman explained to KTNV.
Ralph and Joyce Spencer, aged 80 and 77, respectively, own their home, but the government owns the land on which it sits.
One wonders if persons living in this type of housing will get the same treatment. Soon, I would guess. It would be a nasty tactic, and a good way to hasten the slow-brewing societal chaos. TPTB merely haven't thought of it yet.
When I first saw this story a couple of days ago, my first thought was: why are SEAL missions front page news all of a sudden?
Now it's beginning to make sense.
A commando unit from the US Navy’s Seal Team Six launched an amphibious raid on a Somali town, but failed to confirm a capture or kill of their Al Shabab target, suspected to be linked to Nairobi’s Westgate mall terror attack.
Because this team is the one that took out of Osama bin Laden--according to Vice President Biden--it must be continually humiliated in the public eye, even though manymembers of the team at the time of bin Laden raid are dead.
And if unnamed sources keep compromising SEAL OPSEC, even so soon after the fact, the present team members will end up dead as well. One wonders if that's the plan.
I won't do much commentary on the project just yet. Right now, I'm just familiarizing myself with the background of the very complex matters in the region. Just trying not to make the same mistakes.
The links provided are just some of the reading material I've come across; I urge those interested to read them and to do your own homework as well. And feel free to give me informational links in the comments or send them to me in email or Twitter.
Operation Linda Nchi: codename for combined action--part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)--between the Kenyan, Ethiopian and Somalian armed forces which
began on 16 October 2011, when troops from Kenya crossed the border into the conflict zones of southern Somalia. The soldiers were in pursuit of Al-Shabaab militants that are alleged to have kidnapped several foreign tourists and aid workers inside Kenya.According to the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, the operation represents one of the final stages in the Islamist insurgency of the Somali Civil War.
It is for this reason that Al Shabaab carried out the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall. Lots of detail in the Wikipedia entry.
In 1991, thousands of Somalis flooded into Kenya’s barren
northeast. The initial influx was prompted by the collapse of the Somali
government, and by the prolonged civil war that followed.
Two decades later, little has changed. A refugee
complex designed for 90,000 inhabitants in 1992 is now bursting at the
seams. By May , the official number of registered refugees in Dadaab was
UPDATE: Thank you, Ed, for giving me a platform to promote my projects! As a result, I have created a funding page for The Kenya Project 2013. Most of that will go toward a possible self-publishing effort.
Just months after he gave a speech earlier this year that challenged America’s leadership in President Obama’s presence, Dr. Ben Carson was targeted by IRS agents who requested to review his real estate holdings and then conducted a full audit without finding any wrongdoing.
“I guess it could be a coincidence, but I never had been audited before and never really had any encounters with the IRS,” Dr. Carson said in an interview Thursday with The Washington Times. “But it certainly would make one suspicious because we know now the IRS has been used for political purposes and therefore actions like this come under suspicion."
From the moment President Obama was inaugurated, it was plain to the discerning that his administration would wage war against those who refused to get with the program of Fundamental Transformation, especially prominent refuseniks like Dr. Carson.
I'm not exactly prominent, but I do have an ostensibly familial link to the president. So, yes, I was afraid of reprisal. But...
...God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
The administration sells fear. I'm no longer a customer.