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    Thursday, June 08, 2006

    CIA and Somali Warlords Not Sitting in a Tree After All

    Surprise! Somali warlords are not our friends!

    A covert effort by the Central Intelligence Agency to finance Somali warlords has drawn sharp criticism from American government officials who say the campaign has thwarted counterterrorism efforts inside Somalia and empowered the same Islamic groups it was intended to marginalize.

    And that pesky little Somali civilian problem.

    If there was ever any doubt in your mind that American foreign policy reflects deeply-ingrained social and cultural prejudices, ask yourself whether we would do something like this in any country in the global North: throw the country's people to the wolves so that we can make sure no one blows up an American building.

    The way we handle situations on the entire continent of Africa is almost always appalling. We might as well come out and say that we don't consider the civilians of these countries human.

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