Thursday, October 9, 2008

Kenya and Ethiopia should annex and divide Somalia

Last month, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, the world’s foremost investment banks, went south, and we are still witnessing financial chaos in western and Asian capitals. Lost in the fog of international headlines on finding a financial bail-out in Washington, a rag-tag army of 50 semi-naked men on rickety boats captured a ship carrying 33 T-72 tanks, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns off the coast of Somalia.

The capture of MV Faina and the stalemated talks amid the surrounding American and Russian warships made me think that maybe this is the time to find a final solution to the Somali problem.

Since 1960, the country has been a lawless state that is a haven for terrorists and pirates. The pirates have told us the destination of the captured weaponry, causing tension and panic in Washington, Nairobi and Khartoum. If it is true that the final consignee was the government of Southern Sudan, as they allege, I will be on the same page with the Kibaki government for the first time. I am a fervent supporter of a strategic foreign policy even if it attracts us enemies of such malevolent and despotic regimes as that of Khartoum. Supporting the Southern Sudan government is in our long-term strategic interest and we should not shy from it. The truth of the matter is that as a Western ally, Kenya is an existential enemy of Arab countries, Sudan included.

Annexing Somalia is thus in our strategic interest and we must do it now as the financial meltdown continues to take away the attention of the world. Somalia as a state exists only in world maps. It is a classic case of a failed state. It is a state dismembered into as many independent units as there are sub-clans. Its 90-strong cabinet is emblematic of the actual number of units. The Horn of Africa country has no functioning government. The so-called transitional federal government, led by Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, is confined to a shell-shocked presidential compound. There is no standing or even sitting army or judicial systems. By all accounts, Somalia is a black hole in international law. Together with Afghanistan and Pakistan they are known as the training grounds and refuge for international terrorism.

Kenya has been a victim of such terrorism, leading to near-destruction of its tourism industry. We cannot afford another such attack. We have the potential to develop our tourism to compete with, if not outpace, Egypt and South Africa. But we cannot do so if Somalia continues to be a non-state. Somalia neighbours Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Of these, it is only Ethiopia and Kenya that have strategic interest in Somalia. Djibouti is a primitive entrepot that can’t even supply water to its 600,000 people, who are forced to drink that imported from France or Coca Cola. Therefore, Djibouti is out in the quest for the final solution to the Somali puzzle.

Kenya and Ethiopia must and ought to dismember Somalia and divide it between themselves along the 4 degrees latitude, each taking all the land below and above the line. The division will make both countries extend their territories by roughly 300,000sq km and additional populations of about five million. Once Kenya and Ethiopia have sent their combined army to Somalia and declared the annexation, we will present to the world a fait accompli.

In 1845, America annexed Texas from Mexico and forced the Texan legislature to pass a specific legislation stating that it accepted the annexation. The annexation has stood to date and, for good measure, President George W. Bush is a proud Texan.

For Kenya and Ethiopia, having the Somali legislature to endorse the annexation will be cake-walk. At any given time, most, if not all, Somali legislators are in Nairobi. We will have them convene in one of our hotels and to pass the appropriate statutes dividing their country. When the allied forces liberated Germany from Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, they sent the bill to Berlin. Our cost of annexing Somalia will be settled by Mogadishu. Somalia is known to have huge deposits of oil, natural gas, uranium and iron ore. Immediately after the annexation, we will invite our strategic foreign friends (not China please) to come and exploit the resources for us. Kenyans ought to know that although Somalia is a failed state, its positive statistics are impressive. Without a structured economy, its gross national income per capita is US$600 (Sh40,000), when ours is $550 (Sh36,800). Of its universities that operate without budgets and with armed militia guarding them, three are in Africa’s top 100.

International law forbids the use of force by states against the territorial integrity and political independence of others. Somalia doesn’t have either. But the law also recognises irreversible processes like the extinction of states such as in the USSR, emergence of new states from former USSR and Yugoslavia, and annexations like that of Texas. International order hates reversing completed processes, more so if the world is a better place. If we do not annex Somalia and now, we will be a victim of its failed status and pulled down by it. We will not be able to achieve our strategic foreign policy in the region, or attain the Vision 2030 goal. The time to annex and dismember Somalia is now. Washington and Moscow will be grateful.


jke said...

"no standing .. judicial systems" - is the Shari'a system not standing?

Farah Jama said...


To defeat and silence the ignorant, uncivilized and inhuman hate mongers, sheer war mongers, and fascistic "Beast-man" barbarians such as the author of this Satanic hate and anti-Cushitic article and his indifferent peoples, and to bring a lasting peace, security, development, and prosperity to our oppressed peoples and lands, I suggest the following:

The noble, proud, cultured, and intrepid Cushitic peoples of the Horn of Africa and East Africa regions must unite to defeat our centuries old enemies and to liberate our oppressed and colonized peoples and territories, and let us:

1. Found an international organization similar to the World Jewish Council in order to advocate for the sovereign rights, public and national interests, and human rights of our peoples, wherever they may reside.

2. Convene a Grand Cushitic Peoples Reconciliation Conference (GCPRC) to sort out and settle our minor differences and to reconcile and unite our peoples, and to come up with a common cause, liberation strategy, objectives and goals.

3. Put in place a united political, economical, social, and military machinery in order to liberate our peoples and territories or nation-states, once and for all, and

4. After liberation, let us form a Cushitic Union (CU) similar to the European Union (EU).

I strongly believe that is all, we need to defeat our centuries old fascistic enemies, oppressors, and colonizers of our peoples and lands.

So let our people and lands suffer no more and begin to work towards this noble and just cause.

USpace said...

Being Muslims, they must be peaceful pirates at least. These Somali Buccaneer monkeys are out of control. They go out for weeks in little rickety boats with just weapons and water and eat raw fish they catch and keep hijacking bigger then bigger, then bigger boats.

These terrorist monkeys must be exterminated with extreme prejudice. Sending several drones into their camps when they're fat and happy celebrating their new money should do the trick.

Lots of great Pirate coverage over at Dinah Lord:
Somalian Gov't Charges Pirate Negotiator Andrew Mwangura
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
don't exterminate pirates

seizing ships for ransom
everybody gets rich

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
let pirates operate

you will get cut of ransom
and maybe some weapons too

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Anonymous said...

The Article my Mr. Kipkorir, in the Daily Nation, is the BITTER TRUTH. Their comes a time when countries just like companies have to fold and give way to new entities. Somalia's time to fold has come. When people benefit from anarchy, they do not want peace and order. Those Somalis abroad making noise and sending him insults are in those countries courtesy of the anarchy in Somalia. Therefore they would not want peace and order as this will mean them coming back home.

Ask of those saying that Somalia is better than Kenya, of all the emails that he received how many were sent from a cyber cafe in Bakara Market in Mogadishu or any other place in Somalia. The Somalis in Europe and North America are sons and daughters of warlords and thats why they can afford airfares and live in luxury abroad and send emails in peace. The true Somalis are the ones suffering and dying from war, diseases and famine.

Kenya and Ethiopia should move and annex Somalia. If they delay the situation will get worse because the Terrorist are already annexing it. If Ethiopia is not ready then I believe that Kenya has the capacity to annex the whole of Somalia as long as it gets the blessings of the White House and the Kremlin. This will guarantee peace once and for all for the people of Somalia. The Political leadership in Kenya needs to see into the future and act now for the sake of Kenya and Kenyans. If Somalia was bordering Uganda or Rwanda i doubt if we would still be discussing this issue. If Kenya can not share her peace and prosperity with Somalia, the Somalia will share her anarchy and misery with Kenya.

Since 1990. New countries have emerged others merged and this is a trend that can not be stopped. In Africa we have Namibia and Eritrea and soon Southern Sudan and possibly The Republic of East Africa in future. Europe has Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Bosnia, and the Former Soviet Republics. Asia has East Timor. This trend has been their since creation and will continue. One Hundred years from now some countries as we know them will not exist.

Somalia has been under receivership for 17 years and the time to devolve the geographical location called Somalia has come.