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NEXT STOP – SOMALIA?

By Pete Moore On December 22nd, 2011

“Britain plans to deepen its involvement in Somalia in the new year”, reports The Independent – oh great.

Tony Blair loved a good war. Once he got a taste for it in the Balkans he couldn’t stop sending young men and women all over the shop. I did fear that David Cameron is cut from exactly the same cloth. It’s like a drug to a certain kind of politician, particularly to the kind of polite boy who wouldn’t know one end of a rifle from the other.

Apparently “David Cameron describes Somalia as “a failed state that directly threatens British interests” and will convene a summit in London in February to bring together the countries currently active in the Horn of Africa state. A number of key decisions are expected to be made there, ranging from humanitarian aid to military missions.” This is, of course, complete drivel but the war propaganda never changes. On what planet Somalia ‘directly threatens British interests’ I don’t know, but it’s not this one. And just like Blair and his ventures in the Balkans, The Independent tells us that “the Prime Minister’s decision to tackle the Somalia quagmire is seen by some as being fuelled by the success of the Libyan venture.” They can’t get enough of it.

It seems that what is particularly worrying Cameron is that muslims are receiving terror training in Somalia before coming here. Well that’s easily remedied, stop them coming hwere for goodness sake! If Somalia is such a danger then it’s perfectly in order to not allow any muslim in who has previously visited Somalia. Yes, it would be discriminatory, let’s have some of it. Before sending our soldiers to die in some stinking sandpit we might try reconstituting our borders and being a touch more selective about who we allow in, no?

3 Responses to “NEXT STOP – SOMALIA?”

  1. “NEXT STOP – SOMALIA?”

    Next stop .. is Iran.

  2. Some government spokesman on BBC this a.m. seemed to place the emphasis more on the humanitarian aspect with the amount of food and medical aid being delivered to the drought stricken area of the Horn of Africa.

    He was rightly proud that the UK were the frontrunners in delivering this aid, – incidentally, one might well ask why this was so. However, he did mention that Somalia was a terrorist breeding ground and seemed to equate the amount of aid being delivered as being some form of defence against terrorist attacks occurring in the UK, which rather made it seem more of bribery payment than a genuine charitable act.

    Now whether the promise of military action was made to placate the uproar over even more welfare being sent to Africa at a time of austerity, or perhaps the other way around and the aid was to placate the uproar over yet another military expedition to yet another third world country, – who could possibly tell? these are politicains we are talking about, and any words they say could mean anything or nothing, – the meaning could well be only in the mind of the listener.

    As to being fuelled by any Libyan success, one might ask what success? – surely rather early to declare it as such, – is this Cameron’s ‘Bush’ moment? pity we don’t have an aircraft carrier handy for him to make a speech from…

  3. Her Majesty’s Welfare State goes global!