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What A Messy Defeat !!!

ISSUE 274
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Standoff between President and Parliament over budget

2007 Africa Economic Report

British House Of Lords Debate On Somaliland Livestock ban and Aid

Somaliland Condemns Two To Death For Slain Aid Workers

Ethiopia’s Invasion Of Somalia

Mogadishu Clashes Claims 113 Amid Looming Humanitarian Disaster

Somali Elders Blame Ethiopian Troops For Clashes

Success in a rough neighbourhood

Regional Affairs

USAID, Ethiopian Government Inaugurate Livestock Market Facilities

Make-Or-Break Peace Talks

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Special Report

International News

KOSOVO: U.S. SWINGS BEHIND EARLY INDEPENDENCE MOVES

Somali-owned travel agency in Tukwila raided in search

Wales Somaliland Twinning Link

Three guilty of Somali mob murder

Women As Leaders

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

KENYAS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FACT FINDING MISSION TO SOMALILAND

Ethiopia Acknowledges Detaining 41 Suspected Terrorists, Denies Wrongdoing

Washington Post Equates Imus's Racist Remarks with When He Called Cheney a "War Criminal"

Somalia's Descent To Hell

North Koreans Arm Ethiopians As U.S. Assents

Somalia : 'The World's Hidden Shame'

The West Now Takes Keen Interest in Peace for Somalia

Food for thought

Opinions

What A Messy Defeat !!!

Mr. President I Don’t Get It

Somalia: Illegal Occupation And Tricky Ploy

Cover Up In Civilian Massacre In Mogadishu

Somaliland Vs Puntland: The Struggle Between Clan And Country

The Army Of Somaliland Must Be Given Their Inalienable Right To Defend Their Country

Ich Bin Ein Hawiye (I Am A Hawiye Citizen)


By Mohamud Tani

It has got no two names. This is a defeat. You send your forces to a mission. They engage in a series of battles. Instead of routing the enemy altogether, they did not even hold ground, they retreat. What do you call that? DEFEAT. It does not matter that the weather was the reason. That was no excuse for neither Hitler nor Napoleon. The obvious is what matters in military results. Our forces came back to where they started from. That is absolutely shameful..

Now the question is who is responsible? As far as I am concerned it is the Government, and the buck stops at the top. It is the president’s lack of judgment and leadership that put Somaliland in a precarious situation. If this government can not handle a simple battle. If their coordination and organization is so disarrayed. If their preparation is so poor that the Minister, the chief of staff and the President did not have the same understanding of what the mission was all about. If they did not have clear ideas about the climate, the weather, the distance, the terrain, the inhabitants of the area, the strength of the enemy. Then why did they send the mission in the first place.? What a bunch of grown up boys in military fatigues.

The more reflective question is how these pretenders can lead a total war with the belligerent South, a war that will surely happen sooner or later!!!. It makes me remember the battle of Midway, where the whole Japanese navy was chased away by two American carriers. Yet again. I have never witnessed a poorer military performance in the history of human warfare since the Persian King was defeated by 300 Greeks.

Now is it any consolation that the Minister of Defense was sacked. That is a poor show of escape-goating The Minister is the President's choice for leading the battle. He did in the best way he could. He has nothing to be blamed for. The blame is on who decided to wage the military action, without any preparation of war gaming, and without any clear lines of communications, backup and logistics. That is the President. The blame is on who authorized the forces to go, without taking into consideration all the ramifications of his action. That is the President. There is no half ways in warring matters. It is either war or no war. The fact that the Somaliland forces were not given the go ahead in places that they have the superior advantage, like the Sool area, shows that Mr. Rayale was fighting a half war, an insincere war for media consumption, and it all boom ranged on his face. He made Somaliland the laughing stock of world talk shows and teashop conversations..

Now again the president sent another group of ministers to go and bring him a victory, that is absolutely ridiculous. What advantage does one group of ministers have over another group of ministers? Is it a drama of some sort? Let us be serious for one moment Mr. Rayale. Somaliland is full of military minds of proven records. If you want to defend our democracy, our borders and our nation you go to them regardless of the political party they belong to, and for heavens sake either lead the nation or in the name of God please go.!!!

mohamudtmohamud_t@yahoo.com


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