US backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia breaks the new found stability
London, UK, December 27 – Ethiopia’s invasion of Somalia, in support of Abdullahi Yusuf’s so called ‘transitional government’ against the forces of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts (SCIC), has seen thousands of troops backed by heavy weapons and tanks and resulted in heavy fighting, instability and the death of many Somalis.
Echoing the tired rhetoric of his US sponsors, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi claims that this is a fight against “terrorists”. Al Jazeera has reported that US planes over flying Somalia are relaying the movements of the SCIC forces to the Ethiopians and are helping to direct the fight.
Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, “Ethiopia’s invasion of Somalia has lead to instability and the death of many Somali’s and is being bravely resisted by many Somali’s headed by the Somali Council of Islamic Courts (SCIC).“
“The US government has only recently become interested in Somalia again claiming it is a haven for ‘terrorists’ and therefore another theatre for its ‘war on terror’. Earlier this year they funded and supported some of the nastiest and most brutal Somali warlords the effect of which was to unite other Somalis as nothing else has done since 1991. They came together under the SCIC. Today’s reports that US planes are helping to direct the attack of Ethiopian troops on the ground is yet another evidence that the US is once again helping to ferment instability in Somalia, regardless of the cost in Somali lives.''
“In a few months, the SCIC has brought stability to parts of Somalia in a way that warlords and the 1993 US invasion were never able to. External interference by Ethiopia – and its US backer – is once again creating instability. In it’s ‘war on terror’, the US is prepared to go against the will of the majority of the Somali people who have welcomed the SCIC and the stability they have brought.“
“The US’s support for the Ethiopian government’s aggression gives a lie to the claims that it’s foreign policy is a force for good! As in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Somalia, Western governments' interference in the Muslim world , which has been so destructive for decades, must end. The people of Somalia have a legitimate right to defend this land against foreign aggression, and should not collaborate in the invasion, like Abdullahi Yusuf and his henchmen.”