Almost amusing to hear William Hague referring to Britain’s continuing efforts to stabilise Somalia while avoiding answering any of Jon Snow’s questions on Channel 4 News this evening. With the United Kingdom having no independent foreign policy worth mentioning, it might be assumed that those efforts are in line with a foreign policy that is largely dictated in Washington. Therefore, is the British Foreign Minister referrng to a policy which goes back to the CIA supporting Somalia’s warlords by 2004 at the latest ( Scargill J, “Dirty Wars”:191) and which at least facilitated the rise of the militant islamic organisation ‘al Shabaab’, even before it was to be provided with another boon by the “made in Washington” Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in December 2006? Addis Ababa withdrew its forces, in 2009, and when it did Somalia was in an even bigger mess than when they went in. Therefore, what we might have expected is all and sundry to be sitting down and doing what Mr Hague was referring to this evening. Namely, making an effort to stabilise the country.
Of course, what happened, was exactly the opposite and in October 2011 Kenyan troops entered the country, again at Washington’s behest, to battle do battle with ‘al Shabab’ and to be dragged into Somalia’s anarchy. It was that anarchy that arrived in an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday and that is why Mr Hague’s verbal diarrhea should be treated with the contempt it deserves. As Joseph Brean states in Canada’s ‘National Post’. the attack was aimed at ending Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia rather than an attempt to impose a global caliphate.
However, that might be only part of the story and the author of ‘Al Shabaab in Somalia’, Stig Hansen, appears not to be the only one who believes that just because the organisation is losing support in Somalia it is not losing support elsewhere in east Africa and that it is in the process of “building up a network” both inside Kenya and in Tanzania. That is why, far from stabilising Somalia, not only has the United States and its allies contributed to the thorough mess that country is in, but, indeed, they have also facilitated in destabilising the whole region. Nevertheless, there should be no surprises there and on looking at “the startling size of US military operations in Africa” the real beneficiary of Saturday’s attack might just be the very people who are supposedly continuing efforts to stabilise Somalia.