Mon 13 Apr 2009
EU Responsible For Somali Piracy: Using A Homegrown Scandal As Pretext To Expand War Which Now Has No Name
The Telegraph 11. April: Richard Phillips, the captain of the Maersk Alabama, was captured last Wednesday when four Somali pirates stormed his ship in the Indian Ocean. He was held in one of the ship's lifeboats, adrift in the Gulf of Aden, while the cargo vessel itself managed to escape. Mr Phillips, 53, has now been released in an operation which saw three of his pirate captors killed and the fourth arrested, an American official told CNN. This was one of the few successful rescue missions mounted against Somalia's pirates, who have captured scores of ships and hostages in recent years.
The San Francisco Bay View 4 February 2009 and The Independent Jan 5, 2009 : Who imagined that in 2009, the world’s governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy - backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the U.S. to China - is sailing into Somalian waters to take on men we still picture as parrot-on-the-shoulder pantomime villains. They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth.
But behind the oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labeling as “one of the great menaces of our times” have an extraordinary story to tell - and some justice on their side.
The words of one pirate from that lost age - a young British man called William Scott - should echo into this new age of piracy. Just before he was hanged in Charleston, South Carolina, he said: “What I did was to keep me from perishing. I was forced to go a-pirating to live.”
In 1991, the government of Somalia - in the Horn of Africa - collapsed. Its 9 million people have been teetering on starvation ever since - and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country’s food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas (reported by AFP on 25 July 2008).
Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the U.N. envoy to Somalia, tells me: “Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury - you name it.” Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to “dispose” of cheaply. When I asked Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: “Nothing. There has been no cleanup, no compensation and no prevention.”
At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia’s seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by over-exploitation - and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300 million worth of tuna, shrimp, lobster and other sea life is being stolen every year by vast trawlers illegally sailing into Somalia’s unprotected seas.The local fishermen have suddenly lost their livelihoods, and they are starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: “If nothing is done, there soon won’t be much fish left in our coastal waters.”
This is the context in which the men we are calling “pirates” have emerged. Everyone agrees they were ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least wage a “tax” on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coast Guard of Somalia - and it’s not hard to see why.
In a surreal telephone interview, one of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali, said their motive was “to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters … We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish and dump in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas.”
No, this doesn’t make hostage-taking justifiable, and yes, some are clearly just gangsters - especially those who have held up World Food Program supplies. But the “pirates” have the overwhelming support of the local population for a reason. The independent Somalian news site WardherNews conducted the best research we have into what ordinary Somalis are thinking - and it found 70 percent “strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defense of the country’s territorial waters.”
During the revolutionary war in America, George Washington and America’s founding fathers paid pirates to protect America’s territorial waters, because they had no navy or coast guard of their own. Most Americans supported them. Is this so different?
Did we expect starving Somalians to stand passively on their beaches, paddling in our nuclear waste, and watch us snatch their fish to eat in restaurants in London and Paris and Rome?
The story of the 2009 war on piracy was best summarized by another pirate, who lived and died in the fourth century BC. He was captured and brought to Alexander the Great, who demanded to know “what he meant by keeping possession of the sea.” The pirate smiled and responded: “What you mean by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, while you, who do it with a great fleet, are called emperor.”
Once again, our great imperial fleets sail in today - but who is the robber?
Al Jazera brought the story already on 11 Oct., 2008 – and adds: Nick Nuttall, a UNEP spokesman, told Al Jazeera that when the barrels were smashed open by the force of the waves, the containers exposed a "frightening activity" that has been going on for more than decade. He confirms the above.
Mustafa Tolba, the former UNEP executive director, told Al Jazeera that he discovered the Swiss and Italian firms were set up as fictitious companies by larger industrial firms to dispose of hazardous waste. "At the time, it felt like we were dealing with the Mafia.” The Italian mafia controls an estimated 30 per cent of Italy's waste disposal companies, including those that deal with toxic waste.
The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal forbids this.
EU Observer 8 Dec. 2008: The Refugees International stated that "the speed and resolve with which piracy has been addressed by the UN Security Council underlines Somali sentiment that economic interests trump humanitarian concerns."
The EU's inability or unwillingness to stop and punish the European-owned companies that have for many years been dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast seriously undermines the ethical claims of the new EU endeavour.
At a press conference on 2 December, following the UN Security Council resolution on Somalia, a reporter from Inner City Press asked Ambassador Ripert of France, which holds the EU's presidency, about how the waste issue will be dealt with. The ambassador answered: "I have no comment on the issue."
There is now a fear that, if the EU clears Somali waters of pirates, European waste-dumping firms will inherit a safe haven to exercise their criminal and immoral activities.
Military invasion of Somalia?
Bloomberg 13 April: The U.S. military is considering attacks on pirate bases on land and aid for the Somali people to help stem ship hijackings off Africa’s east coast, defense officials said. The plans will be presented to the Obama administration as it considers a coordinated U.S. government and international response to piracy, the officials said.About 25 warships from the European Union, the U.S., Turkey, Russia, India and China have concentrated their efforts to protect the Gulf of Aden.
Before taking any action, though, the U.S. should come up with a plan so it isn’t caught unprepared like it was during its 1992 Somalia intervention
What about the EU, which is so ambtious to lead world governance, stopping illegal dumping and fishing off Somalia – or would that stop the New World Order expansion? Or is the EU in the clutches of the Mafia? The EU overfishing has already led to depletion of fish in West African coastal waters- as well as to gigantic waves of refugees to the Canarian Isles.
This injustice has now brought the globalists an opportunity to expand what is no longer to be called the war on terror in the US – and not at all a war on Islam – a war which now has no name. A war which is to expand the domination of the League of the Few Just, Wall Stree´s New World Order bankers, by collecting the just countries in their just struggle for Wall Streets world government to do with the seas as they find most economically profitable.
This new World Order clique and its political hirelings are telling us they are building a just new world. This is the sad truth behind their talk: They are willing to sacrifice millions of people in a world which they see as overpopulated anyway.Starvation is one of their favourite means.
To us this has practical implications: Somali refugees are coming here in great numbers - and do not exactly enrich our culture, as documented by Hirsi Ali.
Moreover, all these united war ships are close to Iran where a global solution may soon be needed.
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