The BBC reports that the US Army is bombing civilian targets in Somalia right now because there´s a suspicion that there are terrorists around. Even if there were terrorists US has to stop its policy of air bombardments of civilian towns in which terrorists may be present. Think about it. There are probably Islamic terrorists in Madrid where I live right now. Should we get bombed then? Are we all fair game for USA to catch terrorists? And even if a terrorist is identified, should he/she be killed from the air or instead brough to justice as we do over here in Spain? Why is placing bombs terrorism and throwing bombs from airplanes not terrorism?

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Leo on March 3, 2008  · 

I don’t know the situation in Somalia, but I know what is going on in gaza, where terrorist hide in houses, hospitals and children’s school to fire rockets at civilian cities in Israel.
They been bombarding Israel from the first day after Israel forced the Jews out of gaza so nobody could say that gaza is occupied by Israel anymore, every day since then rockets are falling down in Sderot and now also in Ashkelon thanks to new rockets bring by Iran and Hizbala.

What do you think about Churchill bombarding civilian in Dresden in WWII? Was that justified?

Bombarding civilian is a terrible thing to do, but a worse thing is to support the ones that aim to civilian with all the intention to kill as many children women and elderly people as they can. Wining at the same time the sympathy of the all world and increasing hate to Jews showing terrible pictures of civilians suffering.

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Abdi from somalia on March 3, 2008  · 

I know the sad situation in somalia.

Currently there have been 40, 000 somalis killed last year and over one million people displaced by the ethiopian invasion of somalia to oust the Islamic government that had gained power in somalia.

Since the brutal ethiopian invasion financed and organised by the US government there are now 2.5 million people on the verge of starvation.

Instead of helping the somali people have access to food and medical supplies the united states is bombing the hell out of the country and encouraging the ethiopian invaders to be more oppressive towards the somali people.

Just last year, power AC130 US gunships killed 200 nomadic somalis in the so called war on terror.

Whatever happened to justice and the rule of law in this world?

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Gustavo L on March 3, 2008  · 

Very sad. I see no mention of it here in the news (California), yet.

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Martin Varsavsky on March 3, 2008  · 

Thanks Abdi. I feel the same way but was less aware of the details.

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Egal on March 3, 2008  · 

It is truly sad. America and Somalia deserve each other. However, one would think America is the most powerful country in the world and would act better than kill, maim, and sadistically spend millions of dollars to help keep poor Somali nomads under pure hell.

Somalis have never been very Islamic until the US went invading there for the whatever reason (maybe oil) in 1992. World class Islamic terrorists followed Americans to Somalia giving chase. Americans capitulated and ran. Bin Laden and his dirty team were emboldened and endeared by US lack of depth and guts. Ever since Somalia has been a battle ground and a large percentage of Somalis were converted to the Terrorist sect of Islam. Same process is being repeated in Iraq. America wake up!

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Teemu Leinonen on March 4, 2008  · 

Gustavo. I think you just wrote what is at big part of the whole problem: ” I see no mention of it here in the news (California), yet.”

After living for a short time now in California, I have notice that a large majority of people are not interested in about anything what is happening outside the USA. The media in USA is simply not looking after the Government – at least in the cases when the Government is operating overseas. The media is not doing its job because people do not care, and people do not care because the media is not show them what is happening in the world. It’s hen and egg problem.

I do not see any other solutions to this kind of ignorance, than making it obligatory for American college students to spend one year aboard to study a foreign language. I am sure it would generate media markets where people are interested in things happening here and there.

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Martin Varsavsky on March 4, 2008  · 


Its not yet because the internet is instantaneous. If the news is on the BBC and not in CBS or CNN u begin to wonder why…

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Abdel on March 5, 2008  · 

US media are simply not intrested in covering objective news… they are becoming more a “propaganda division” of the
US government. you stated Somalia, do no forget the palestinian misery and the ever question “who is killing who”, Iraq,
and all over the muslim world. Wish there was more of open and fair coverage and dialogue of what is happening ? All
descent people from all backgrounds are united to live in peace. Unfortunately peace is always manipulated by some in order
to create chaos and unjustice.


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Martín Alejandro Carmona Selva on March 6, 2008  · 

USA, killed more than 500,000,000 people and counting…

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Haim Ac. on March 6, 2008  · 

Leo #1

Well said, and I agree with you 100%

It is much worse to support and shelter murderers that kill, kidnap and terrorize indiscriminately whoever is in the other side.

I will add the following:
…And later, feed the press with pictures and stories of the poor victims, always blaming the other side, but with no responsibility whatsoever of their own misery. This is pathetic, but El Pais, the BBC and others make a living with this.

Of course it breaks everybody’s heart when innocent children are killed or injured, even this one
or reading titles like “Boy Loses Leg, Brother Wounded in Sderot Kassam Attack”. The difference is that in the last one you won’t see manipulative images, while in the first case, it is a press circus.

I did not read in the news that the Qassam fired at Sderot last week were launched next to a soccer field where Gazan children were playing. A retaliation came immediately (as always happens) and some unfortunate children were killed.Terrible. Yes, blame Israel, right? We shoudl also ask: where did those Qassams landed? what was the intention of the terrorist that launched them?

The world is sick and tired of this. I am too. Honestly, I do not know what is the way out. I know Israelis are not interested in continuing this conflict nor this fight. In the past, I believed the Palestinian/Arab_World had the same intentions. but I am not sure about that anymore.

Haim Ac.

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