In the US John Baird and Hillary Clinton have been less than enthusiastic about military intervention in Somalia despite six million men women and children who are facing death from starvation severe malnutrition and violence from warlords that control many of the regions in Somalia.
It could be argued that military intervention of any kind could make the situation worse.
I fail to see how it could make things worse.
Al-Shabaab militias are refusing to let people leave and are preventing aid from reaching the people in need despite the ever growing death toll.
They have brutally murdered aid workers to drive their point home and are murdering people who try to leave the area for the aid camps.
They are decapitating and burning the bodies of people as a warning whilst the US and the rest of the world sit back and watch, probably remembering the bloody nose they received last time after hugely underestimating the will power of these militias.
The last time the US were there 18 of their troops were killed and after the body of a dead soldier was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu the US pulled out all together.
Canada, you know that “nice” country didn’t fare to well either after one of their troops was found to have tortured a Somali teenager to death.
This time the problem has extended much further than Somalia into neighbouring countries across the Horn of Africa.
The bottom line here is that aid needs to get to the starving people of this region of the world and the United Nations needs to step up security now, if this means asking for the help of foreign governments then so be it.
Go in hard and go in fast and do not underestimate the warlords who are profiteering from the aid that they have killed to take control of.
Part of the problem is that when the food does get to a distribution centre the ruling parties are so corrupt that that they steal a lot of the aid for their own gains and on several occasions this has led to desperate people trying to steal food and troops opening fire on refugees trying to get the aid killing them on the spot.
There is a lot of talk in the news at the moment about people not giving enough to the relief effort in Africa and I for one can understand why.
The old saying that charity begins at home is no more real that at this moment in time. There is a huge world economic crisis at the moment and I cant see an end to this whilst we have a bunch of fucking idiots in charge of our countries who do not have the balls to take the action that is needed to overcome many of the problems at home and away.
The financial problems need to be tackled, we all know deep down inside that to sort that problem out we are all going to have to tighten our belts a bit, well those of us who have a job will. Those who happily sit back with their hand out will not have to do anything other than keep it held out.
Immigration needs to be curtailed and I mean on a massive scale.
People travel thousands of miles across many “safe” countries to reach our shores, we need to ask ourselves why that is.
Maybe the Mayans were right after all and I really do need to get my Anti matter catalyzed nuclear pulse propulsion system up and working because I cant see any of this ending well in the near future.
We seem to have developed an ability to feel empathy but not the ability to react to it. I am as guilty as the next person of this, I will sit and watch the news as more and more disasters unfold around the world. Some of them we can do nothing about but some we could, but where the hell do we start.
Im damned if I know but one thing I do know is that im sick to the back teeth of the lilly livered politicians that run our country, and I don’t just mean the current government. The last lot were even worse, bunch of spineless pricks that couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag. I feel that the world as a whole needs to rethink a few issues with immediate effect.
That said it doesn’t matter what I think as I tend to ramble a lot anyway and most people I doubt will have read this far anyway, lol.
Winston Chrchill once said that history is written by the victors, that maybe true but I have also found that history has a habit of repeating itself. We have the ability to learn from our mistakes, when do you think we will start exercising this ability?