19 May 2007 04:27


  • Title: [SW Column]( Burhan Alas) Is There any Integrity Left to Fight for Justice & Honor
  • Posted by/on:[AAJ][28 Aug 2000]

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Is There any Integrity Left to Fight for Justice & Honor

Burhan Alas <bnalas@yahoo.com>

We live in a world where power in all its forms overrides perception, justice, morality, and rationality; gives privileges to the holder of it and deprives rights of the one who lacks it, as the Somali proverb says, "Maskiin Baa Misko La Fuulo Leh". Some political analysts said that what forced the late president of Egypt, Mr. Sadat to the 1973 war with Israel was the notion that peace cannot be achieved or sought nor honor and sovereignty be preserved by solicitation. As we all know, the 1967 war left the Arabs totally defeated and humiliated. Israel triumphant was jubilant with moral and land victories. Mr. Sadat backed by the rest of Arab states had been soliciting Europe and the United States for years to persuade Israel just to come to the negotiation table. When he exhausted all efforts with no apparent results, he was compelled to resort to the inevitable war machines that made Israel and the rest of the world to take a ! second opinion (Rag aan isdayno mooyee idaa kuguma daayo).

The whole world had witnessed the barbaric atrocities the USC clans inflicted upon the Somali people. Their leaders were dubbed as barbaric, lunatic, psychopaths, and immoral war criminals. Despite all those denunciations and the moral degradation they suffered, they never lost the heroic title – as the most powerful faction (clan) who had defeated the military regime in Somalia and its components (Darod clans). This military victory gave them illusory moral superiority and aggressive attitude that demolished the integrity and self-esteem of their opponents (Other clans). Their flagrant brutality has never been challenged seriously, on the contrary their vicious policies dictated for the rest. Politically, they forced other clans to be in low profile. No matter how destructive they are or were this ferocious attitude gave them the courage to see themselves as the King of the jungle. This also deluded the world opinion in the sense that no peace can be achieved ! in Somalia without showing them commiseration or giving them privileges. As a result we see the Arta saga has been concluded in honoring them the presidency of Somalia, the country they had destroyed it, defamed it, and disintegrated it into shambles.

And that is why the Almighty God says in the Qur’an: " And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides whom you may not know, but Allah does know" (Al-anfaal: 60).

The above verse clearly illustrates the need for power to fight against evil of all sorts. It urges Muslims communities to maximize their military capability in order to safeguard their integrity, preserve justice and stability. This power will be used against anyone who tries to destabilize the stability of the Muslim communities. Another verse clearly reveals this implication. "The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and his messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter" (Al-Ma’idah: 33). That is what they deserve and nothing less.

Every nation that fails to abide by the laws of God has to suffer dire consequences. As the above verses elucidated, thugs and criminals do not deserve other than disgraceful punishments, but today we see them honored with the most prestigious responsibility without the consent of the people. At the beginning, some people had doubts that this is a blunt conspiracy aimed to further complicate the Somali situation in general and particularly to victimize a portion of the society. What a shame and disgrace to accept such a humiliation. I have no doubt that this is a curse from God and a sign of moral decadency.

Whether we accept it or not this ill-fated conspiracy is more profound than we expect, more dangerous than we anticipated. It is a decisive war that used every means available to win the battle. No group was left behind; even their so-called religious groups have shown solidarity and had participated militarily in the name of Islamic Courts (balderdash). The war is going on and reshaping itself according to the circumstances. Things that were impossible yesterday are reality today, what is next, God knows. What we know is that evil forces are on the mobilization ready for execution. Puntland is a possible target. The question is are we prepared to stand for our moral obligations, protect our dignity, and our rights?


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