by Matthew Carr
May 3, 2008
One of the forgotten battlegrounds of George Bush’s ‘war on terror’ jumped sharply into focus yesterday, with the announcement that a pre-dawn US missile strike had killed the Islamist militia leader Aden Hashi Ayro and at least 10 other people in the town of Dusamareb in Somalia.
The Americans claim Ayro was a key al-Qaeda figure in East Africa. There is no way of objectively assessing these claims, but his assassination is certain to fuel the ongoing conflict in a country that Oxfam recently described as Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.
To much of the Western public, violent mayhem has long been synonymous with the failed state depicted in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down. But the violence that is currently ripping Somalia apart is a direct consequence of the Bush administration’s reckless military adventurism and the Manichean fantasy world of the 21st century’s terror wars.
Somalia (from my old blog)
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