Center for Peace and Democracy (CPD)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Mogadishu: Yet another wake-up call!

Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi has survived from a second assassination attempt in less than six months. This despicable act of terrorism is aimed at derailing the rebirth process of the Somali State, and indeed is yet another wake up call for the international community.

There is no doubt that Somalia has suffered from, unprecedented atrocities over the past fifteen years or so. But, this latest attempted assassination against a Somali leader is out of tradition and marks a new turn of the Somali conflict.

In normal circumstance, such act in a member state of the United Nations would have warranted not only a universal condemnation at every level, but also an immediate initiation of a joint criminal investigation. Forensic scientists, and other international experts would have been flown inn to Mogadishu to assist the government in identifying the perpetrators and, presumably, establishing possible involvement of international groups - if any.

Notwithstanding however, no foreseeable help from the international community is in the horizon mainly due to security concerns in Mogadishu.

Whilst, the questions of who’s behind these attacks? What kind of material has been used? Are every body’s guess, those who oppose to the peace process have indeed a lot to answer!

In the mean time, Somalia remains a scar on the face of the civilized world. It is widely recognized that ignoring to resolve the Somali issue over the past fifteen years, has provided an appropriate incubation time and conditions for, among other things, genocide against humanity, terrorism and indeed high seas piracy.

The latter along the Southern coast of Somalia is an unprecedented new chapter in the recent history. This has been best explained by a new report from the London based Environmental Justice Foundation in which an estimated number of 700 illegal fishing vessels are operating to deplete Somalia’s natural resources. The audacity and ferocity of the pirates, be they armed foreign looters or out of law Somalians, has reached new levels threatening even commercial shipping lines in the Indian Ocean. It is to the world's best interest to tackle the root problems head on instead. Clearly, this will require a joint action by the new Somali government, regional governments, the United States, International Maritime bodies, and UN agencies.

In addition, despite repeated warnings that Somalia may become a breeding centre for terrorism, the civilized world has also chosen to turn a black eye on the issue.

The atrocities against humanity in Somalia has also not been dealt with. Today, a handful of warlords accused of genocide and mass killing freely fly in and out of the world capitals with the exception of the recent attempt by the Swedish authorities.

Above all, in spite of the hard preconditions, the world community has, so far, failed to genuinely support the outcome of the peace process sponsored by them. There are still – nonsense - arguments with regard to the relocation of the new government to Mogadishu. The current assassination attempt proves president Yusuf's point, that Mogadishu is a dangerous place and could not be secured without external help.

Clearly, Somalia does not need new envoys and fact-finding missions, but rather it needs building “accountable national institutions” - period. Failure to do so will most obviously have serious adverse effect on the regional stability and the world peace at large.

Dr. Abdishakur Abdulle, Ph.D.
The opinions contained in this article are solely those of the writer, and in no way, form or shape represent the editorial opinions of "the Center for Peace and Democracy in Somalia (CPD)"


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