Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Carbon based crimes…Somalia’s fight for sovereignty from U.N. sanctions…
When you think of ‘illegal substances’, what immediately comes to mind?
Probably narcotics like powdered cocaine or heroin…or possibly fields of ‘poppy’ plants swaying in a south asian breeze.
How about charcoal? And when I say charcoal, I’m not referencing some new vernacular for the latest designer ‘club’ drug; I’m talking about everyday, garden variety, let’s barbeque some burgers, charcoal.
Well, in Somalia, Africa charcoal has been turned into an illegal substance. Why? Well according to the United Nations Security Council and one of it’s ‘resolutions’ (Resolution 2036 to be exact), garden variety charcoal is almost solely responsible for funding ‘Al Shabab militant terrorists’. But let’s look at this case a little more closely.
Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (or Al Shabab) is the Somali based cell of the Islamist militant group Al Qaeda. This group is an off-shoot of the Islamic Courts Union who suffered a defeat in 2006 by Somalia’s ‘Transitional Federal Government’. But to really find this group’s genesis, let’s look a little closer to home.
Here’s a quote made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on October 7th, 2009:
“It seemed like a great idea, back in the 1980’s—to embolden—and train and equip—Taliban, mujahedin, and jihadists against the Soviet Union, which had invaded Afghanistan. And with our help, and with the Pakistani support—this group—including, at that time, Bin Laden, defeated the Soviet Union.”
Now if that isn’t clear enough, let’s make it a little more plain; Al Qaeda and the Taliban were created and funded by the american CIA to thwart the communist occupations of Pakistan and Afghanistan. And these ‘Al Shabab militants’ are said to have direct ties to Al Qaeda fundamentalists. So if the justification for sanctions on Somali charcoal is the funding of terrorists with links to Al Qaeda, guess who’s responsible for Al Shabab's rise? You got it, the good ‘ole U.S. of A.
There’s also an environmentalist ‘spin’ on the U.N.’s argument for the charcoal sanction. U.N. officials say charcoal production exacerbates desertification and deforestation in Somalia where droughts claim the lives of 29,000 children under the age of five. So let’s break down this debate. I have found no other continent where charcoal trading is illegal except Africa. And if I’m wrong, I’d love to hear your feedback correcting me. And NO African country is at the very top of the deforestation list…Somalia isn’t even on the top ten of this list. Now, when it comes to drought, you mean to tell me technology exists to send glorified dune-buggys to Mars, but we can’t take the salt out of sea water for human consumption and fly it where it’s needed?
These arguments are completely BOGUS!!
Wanna’ know why this sanction is really being levied against Somalia…and the Congo? It’s because Black Africans were beginning to make money trading charcoal; they were beginning to become financially stable, and if that continued to happen, the western powers wouldn't be able to exploit Africa's natural resources as freely. Africa has the richest repository of mineral resources in the free world. Especially when you’re talking about the Congo. The western powers have no interest in Africans empowering themselves, so the countries therein MUST be continuously destabilized by europe, the u.s., and israel. Point blank, period.
I remember a couple of years back looking at video footage of Black Africans gleefully carrying huge bails of charcoal to a collection site. I could see in their eyes they were going to use this resource to feed themselves and their families and become upwardly mobile; so when the western powers got wind of this, they had to shut them down. The African honey pot is just too sweet to be left to its rightful owners.
It’s the same soup reheated people. When you want another country’s resources, you declare them terrorists, or better yet, you create a terrorist faction in their country, then you occupy…I mean, liberate that country for the good name of the western powers. And you also liberate the country of it’s resources while your at it.
So the next time you see some insipid depiction of Somali pirates like in the first part of the movie ‘The Expendables’, know these people have tried all the ‘legal’ methods to make a living; it’s the savage europeans who’ve made them resort to such extreme violence.