Whitney writes that "neither the United Nations nor the establishment media are at all interested in Bush’s war crimes in Africa. All they care about is Mugabe."
Amnesty International, according to Whitney, "has called for an investigation of the United States role in Somalia." This call is important, if even small in relative terms.
What is particularly significant of the US role in Somalia is the return of the cold war strategy to use proxy armies. Whitney begins his article by pointing to the use of an "Ethiopian proxy-army":
"While George Bush was breezing through photo-ops at the G-8 summit in Japan, his Ethiopian proxy-army in Somalia was grinding out more carnage on the streets of Mogadishu. More than 40 civilians have been killed in the last 48 hours.I hope that Amnesty International, and others, will gather enough reason to turn attention on what Bush is doing in Somalia.
On Sunday, Osman Ali Ahmed, the head of the UN Development Program in Somalia, was shot gangland style as he left a mosque after prayers. He died before reaching the hospital with wounds to the head and chest. Ali Ahmed is just the latest of the peace-keepers who have been killed in the ongoing battle between Bush’s Ethiopian occupiers and the Somali guerrillas."