By Libanga Tika-Kongo
November 12, 2011
It has been reported that the French army is also assisting them by transporting weapons and other logistical equipment to attack the horn of Africa.
The neocolonial government of Mwai Kibaki agreed to send in troops to attack al-Shabaab citing the usual imperialist propaganda: “Al-Shabaab presents a clear and present danger to the security of the world and especially of the East Africa region.”
This was what the government spokesman Mutua stated in a press conference reported by the Associated Press.
The Kenyan army is not alone. It will be amongst other African Union soldiers and Ethiopian security personnel, already occupying Somalia.
To add to the suffering of millions of Africans in Somalia facing drought and starvation, the U.S. has stepped up its bombing of the country which began in 2006 under U.S. president George Bush.
Today the military attack on Africa’s impoverished people is led by the first U.S. African president, whose father was also from East Africa.
U.S. drone attacks in Somalia and the lynching of Gaddafi show the desperation and weakness of U.S. imperialism on its deathbed.
Drones are airplanes with no pilot. Someone sitting safely somewhere in the middle of the U.S. controls them, guided by satellite data, to release bombs on their targets.
This is a cowardly attack on Africa’s impoverished and starving people. It is a sign of the U.S. ruling elite’s desperation.
Who is al-Shabaab?
Al-Shabaab was part of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), a social movement to bring law and order, backed by local businessmen.
The law and order was reinforced by militant armies within the Union who were guided by Islamic nationalist ideas instead of a particular clan.
In 2006, the BBC Somali Service editor Yusuf Garaad Omar reported that the UIC was the most popular political force in the country.
In 2006, the Union of Islamic Courts led a war that began to establish stability, peace and order. By the end of that year they were poised to take over all of Somalia and unite it with the other breakaway regions.
By November, under George Bush, the U.S. started bombing the UIC-controlled areas and sent in the Ethiopian neocolonial army to fight the UIC army.
The attack on Somalia is a desperate move to stop China’s growing economic influence in Africa. The U.S. also aims to gain greater military access to Africa’s newly discovered oil wells in East Africa.
The U.S. and other imperialists may disagree on many things such as healthcare, the financial crisis, education or who can join the European Union, but they are 100 percent united to stop any self-determined African group establishing a power base in Africa or elsewhere.
This is why the U.S. has imposed its own handpicked government in Somalia, with assistance from the neocolonial governments of Kenya and Uganda.
This proves again that when it comes to oppressing African people, there is no respect for borders that separate us. It exposes the real basis for war in oil-rich Libya.
France, Britain and the U.S. saw what was in their interests to obtain, and united to achieve that goal at the expense of African and Arab peoples.
Resistance is the Future
However, just as in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. is losing the war in Somalia.
The neocolonial army of Ethiopia had to pull out after facing stiff armed resistance. And although African Union (AU) soldiers were sent in to replace the defeated Ethiopian army, they too are losing the battle.
On Friday, October 29, the African Socialist International (ASI) Secretary General, along with other members of the ASI, joined a protest outside the Kenyan embassy, organized by the Somalia Youth Group and called for an end to the occupation of Somalia and for Kenyan troops to withdraw.
Despite the numbers, the protest managed to shut down the embassy, sending a powerful message to the neocolonial government of Kenya that it will not be business as usual as long as they attack Africans in Somalia, like the October 28 attack that killed nine fighters.
The only reason the U.S. can maintain its military operation in Somalia is because it has the ability to mobilize African neocolonial armies.
We cannot win against Western imperialism as Somalis, Jamaicans, black Brits or Libyans. But as Africans, we are over one billion strong spread throughout the world.
If we combine our skills and effort, we could mobilize IT experts in Nigeria to cause a virus on the U.S. defense systems and stop the drone attacks.
Or we could mobilize Africans in every port, from Cape Town to Mombasa to the Suez Canal, to stop goods from leaving Africa for the West, starving the U.S., France and UK of our oil and food.
We are going to have to coordinate our strategic strength, without respect to countries, borders or ethnicity, but as a nation.
From Somalia to Libya and all over the African world—One People! One Destiny!