Oldspeak: “U.S. War of Aggression #5 being waged by remote-controlled death dealers in yet another Muslim nation. As Marvin Gaye once said “War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate…” I have to believe MLK would be appalled to know that the first Black president won a Nobel Prize for Peace as he did and is one the most warmongering presidents in U.S. history. Instead of bombing the shit of mostly civilians in the Arab world hunting ‘suspected terrorists’ and pouring trillions down the drain while causing death and destruction, why not devote more time energy and resources to understanding why less than 1% of over 1 billion Muslims are determined to sacrifice their lives to commit acts of terrorism against the U.S.? Why not try to understand the conditions that exist which are creating these disturbed people, and work to eliminate those conditions? Probably because we’d not like what we find. But the fact remains it’s much wiser to treat the causes, not the symptoms.”
An unnamed senior US military official said on Wednesday that the United States carried out a drone attack in Somalia last week, The Washington Post reported.
The drone strike reportedly targeted two high-ranking members of al-Shabab group that allegedly had “direct ties” to ‘anti-American cleric’ Anwar Al Awlaki, who is on the CIA’s list of ‘suspected terrorists’ and is reportedly hiding in Yemen.
In October 2009, al-Shabab fighters claimed they had shot down a US drone aircraft flying over Kismayo, a port town located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Last week’s drone strike in Somalia makes the lawless state the sixth country where the US military has used drone aircraft to conduct lethal attacks.
The United States has now employed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen to launch aerial bomibings.
Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia remains one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP) in the world.
According to an annual account by the Foreign Policy magazine, Somalia tops the most ‘failed’ states on the ‘Failed States Index.’
An estimated 1.4 million Somalis are displaced within the country while another 680,000 live as refugees in neighboring countries, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The UNHCR reported in April that the number of Somali refugees arriving to neighboring countries during the first quarter of 2011 has more than doubled in comparison to the same period in 2010.