Posts Tagged ‘somalia’

Obama’s message to the Somali pirates.

April 10, 2009

Our deliberate and somber Commander-In-Chief has broken his silence regarding the pirate attack, delivering a forceful message of resolute determination. Captives take heart!

Obviously, this incident has raised many concerns among Americans. There have been calls for justice and even violence against the misguided perpetrators. But such an emotional reaction has led to the disparagement of entire groups with which we are unfamiliar. We have seen this throughout history.

For too long, America has been too dismissive of the proud culture and invaluable contributions of the Pirate Community. Whether it is their pioneering work with prosthetics, husbandry of tropical birds or fanciful fashion sense, America owes a deep debt to Pirates.

The past eight years have shown a failure to appreciate the historic role of these noble seafarers. Instead of celebrating their entreprenuerial spirit and seeking to partner with them to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.



Wanna-be pirates take a swim.

April 8, 2009

I’m sure everyone’s read about the container ship Maersk Alabama being taken over by Somali pirates then repossessed by her crew of 21 fine Americans. But have you heard this…

Late Wednesday morning, military sources told CBS News that the crew has regained control of the vessel by overpowering the pirates, taking one pirate into custody and throwing three overboard.

Unnamed US defence officials said one pirate had been captured by the crew of the Danish-owned Maersk Alabama, which was seized earlier in the Indian Ocean.

The status of the other pirates was unknown, but officials said they were “in the water”.


Minnesota Somalis and radicalization

March 9, 2009

There have been a number of alarming reports about radicalism within the Somali community in Minnesota.

A Somali American citizen returns to Somalia and splodes himself, killing 29. The FBI says he was radicalized right here in the USA. Via Hot Air.

The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, said Monday that a Somali-American man who was one of several suicide bombers in a terrorist attack last October in Somalia had apparently been indoctrinated into his extremist beliefs while living in the United States.

Somali families have reported 20 young men missing, fearing that they have returned to Somalia to fight jihad. Via Jihad Watch.

Then, last week, five families went to the FBI, worries their kids were part of some jihad in Somalia. For their part, the FBI would not confirm or deny whether they have an ongoing investigation….

Some of The Missing are believed to be former gang members, escaping the street violence that’s claimed the life of seven young Somali men this year. Others are in college, and some were said to be deeply religious.

All 20 attended the same mosque in Minneapolis. CBS News has a video report on it.

As an aside, the state of Minnesota now has a program to offer shari’a compliant, interest-free mortgages to Muslims. Apparently, private lenders already offer these loans but the state feels it needs to intervene. Didn’t we learn from the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac housing market disaster that government intervention into the market to offer loans to special groups of people is a bad thing?