November 2, 2007
Somalization of the world
The 21st Century's War on Civilians is
explained in this well written article in
the City-Journal.org, entitled...
"From the H-Bomb to the Human Bomb"
by André Glucksmann
translated from the French by
Ralph C. Hancock and John C. Hancock
[Below is an excerpt from that article in black]
What threatens Iraqi society is not Vietnamization but Somalization.
Recall Operation Restore Hope, in which an international force, led
by Americans, disembarked in Mogadishu in 1993, seeking to ensure
the survival of a population that was starving and being massacred
by rival clans. After losing 19 in a horrific trap, the GIs left. The rest
is well known. An angry President Clinton swore never again, and a
year later refused to intervene in Rwanda, where 5,000 blue helmets
would have been enough to interrupt the genocide that wiped out as
many as 1 million Tutsi in three months.
The Somalian model has spread across the planet, from the Congo
to chaotic East Timor to Afghanistan, where the Taliban have violently
resurfaced, to Iraq. Populations are taken hostage, terrorized, and
sacrificed, the spoils of wars by local gangsters. Under various
pretexts religion, ethnicity, makeshift racist or nationalist ideology
commandos contend for power at the point of AK-47s. They fight
against unarmed populations; most of their victims are women and
children. Terrorism is not the prerogative of Islamists alone: the
targeting of civilians has been used by a regular army and by militias
under the command of the Kremlin in Chechnya, where the capital
city of Grozny was razed to the ground. Where the killers appeal to
the Koran, it is still primarily Muslim passersby who suffer. Algeria,
Somalia, and Darfur (at least 200,000 dead and millions of refugees
in just a few years, with the Sudanese government, protected by
China and Russia, acting with impunity) are live laboratories of the
abomination of abominations: war against civilians.
Posted by Muggins