The Navy Seals rescued Captain Phillips last night from the Somali pirates and the Washington Post calls it an “An Early Military Victory For Obama.” Good for us and good for him.
I voted and supported Obama from the beginning because he seemed to have a long view of history and figure out that military power won’t solve our problems in the long term. Hopefully he read this column by the London Independent’s Johan Hari.
With the collapse of the Somali goverrnment in 1991, European shipping has taken advantage of the chaos in the country. European trawlers are illegally fishing Somali waters to the sum of $300 million a year. Here is Johan Hari on the situation: “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.”
And then there is the dumping. NUCLEAR DUMPING!
… 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 UN 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.