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U.S policy is destabilizing Somaliland, should be rethought

Issue 294
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Index
Headlines

UK MPs Visit Somaliland

S/land Forces Encroach On Badhan Town

Somaliland Foreign Minister Extends Appreciation To Foreign Investors

Time Interview With Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Somali opposition to discuss anti-Ethiopia military strategy

Jendayi Frazer to visit Ethiopia

Somali opposition leaders unite against Ethiopia

What the World should do in Somalia

Hope on the Horn of Africa: An Interview With Ambassador Stuart Symington

Africa Insight - Why Talk in Hotels Won't Yield Long Term Peace

Mogadishu mayor travels to Yemen, fighting kills 8

Regional Affairs

Ethiopian oppositions request national consensus for the millennium

East Africa: People Traffic Set to Escalate

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Russia arms old and new friends in Asia

France to host summit to discuss security issues in Africa

Kerry McCarthy MP

Two young men dead after community hall party

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Ramadan, Counterculture, And Soul

Refutation of Addis Voice Dictatorial and Barbaric Ethos – Part I

From Sudan To Supermodel Stardom

Somalia Needs Own Army

Taking advantage of the refugee system

US the axis of evil in Iraq

Kenyan scientists save Grevy's zebras from possible extinction

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland and its path forward

Puntland In The Doldrums

Leadership Challenges And Big Missed Of Opposition's Parties

UN vs. NGOs

The Burao Conference: A closer look

Somaliland and its path forward..


EDITORIAL

A popular theory in the Arab media that purportedly explains United States policy in the Middle East is called chaos theory. What is meant by this is that although the U.S often claims it wants democracy, peace and stability to prevail in the Middle East, its actual policy is to incite war and chaos, so that Middle Eastern countries would then have to depend on the U.S for arms and protection. One does not have to be an ardent believer in such theory to recognize that there is an element of truth in this theory, at least when it comes to U.S policy toward Somaliland. Granted that Somaliland does not have the financial means to buy arms from U.S manufacturers, nevertheless, U.S policy (or non-policy) toward Somaliland is a destabilizing factor. Why do we say this?

First, there are three major players in what used to be the Somali Republic: the warlords that banded together under the Transitional Federal Republic of Somalia (Puntland is part of this group), the Islamic Courts, and Somaliland. By throwing its weight behind the TFG without addressing Somaliland’s concerns about the security imbalance that would ensue, the U.S has created a perception among Somalilanders that it is not concerned about the security and stability of their country.

Second, the U.S spends millions of dollars on its base in Djibouti, a few miles from Somaliland’s borders. The activities of these troops whether it is by air or sea is targeted at Somalis, including Somaliland. The fact that the only side of America that Somalilanders experience comes in the form of constant air and naval surveillance as well as the occasional land forays, has reinforced among Somalilanders the sense that the U.S does not take their interests into account.

Third, the U.S has been very generous with the dictator of Djibouti, Omar Guelleh who does not even hide his links with the same Islamic Courts that the U.S has branded as terrorists, whereas the U.S has not taken a single initiative in support of Somaliland, even though Somaliland has dismantled several terrorist networks affiliated with the Islamic Courts.

U.S policy toward Somaliland is unfair, irrational and counterproductive. It is creating a lot of hostility for the United States and is destabilizing Somaliland; hence, it should be changed, unless spreading chaos is actually U.S policy.

Source: Somaliland Times

 


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