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Food riots, anti-U.S. protests erupt in Somalia
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 7, 2008 | Jonathan Adams

Posted on 05/07/2008 7:59:37 AM PDT by processing please hold

Food riots and anti-US protests in Somalia are compounding the chaos in the long-suffering war zone in the Horn of Africa.

Meanwhile, an Amnesty International Report released Tuesday alleged that Islamist militants, as well as US-backed Ethiopian and Somali government troops, are committing widespread atrocities against civilians in the capital, Mogadishu. And a recent US strike against what it says was an Al Qaeda leader in Somalia has sparked further protests.

The Associated Press reports that Tuesday saw a second day of protests over rising food prices, with hundreds of youths burning tires, throwing stones, and blocking roads.

Somalia is just the latest country to see riots over rising food prices, after others including Haiti, Egypt, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso. The Financial Times has a map of the civil unrest sparked by the food crisis here.

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackhawkdown; blameamericafirst; islam; mogadishu; religionofpeace; rop; skinnies; somalia
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Never forget Black Hawk Down.

I especially loved this part...

One protest organizer told the Agence France-Presse that since the attack, residents had been vomiting. "We believe the Americans used poisonous bombs," said Abdirasak Moalim Ahmed.

1 posted on 05/07/2008 7:59:37 AM PDT by processing please hold
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To: processing please hold

What ever you do, don’t blame Somalian political leaders (code: Islamic fanatics and warlords) or the sick and twisted Gulf Sheiks and Mullahs who could help, but never do.


2 posted on 05/07/2008 8:02:32 AM PDT by whitedog57
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To: whitedog57
Exactly! If a despot gets an ingrown toenail on the other side of the planet - it's the US fault.

My give a damn is broke when it comes to that neck of the woods.

3 posted on 05/07/2008 8:05:27 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold

Too bad, so sad!


4 posted on 05/07/2008 8:12:11 AM PDT by philled (Rest in Peace, Sgt Merlin German. www.merlinsmiracles.com)
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To: processing please hold
It's a freaking desert.. move for cripes sakes
5 posted on 05/07/2008 8:19:44 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: philled
Too bad, so sad!

My feelings exactly. Where are those pictures of them dragging our dead soldiers through the streets?

6 posted on 05/07/2008 8:20:36 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: Robe
It's a freaking desert.. move for cripes sakes

Yeah, but they'd all probably end up here.

7 posted on 05/07/2008 8:22:12 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: Robe

“It’s a freaking desert.. move for cripes sakes”

The answer is — have more babies!


8 posted on 05/07/2008 8:23:42 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: Robe

They can’t. Their leaders would kill them. Their own people starve them to death and they blame us. And our vomit bombs.


9 posted on 05/07/2008 8:24:17 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

Vomit bombs.... Prob why they call ‘em “Skinnies”


10 posted on 05/07/2008 8:25:59 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: processing please hold
Yeah, but they'd all probably end up here.

They can't afford airfare and it's too far to walk.

It's a small world, but sometimes it's big enough.

11 posted on 05/07/2008 8:29:53 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AppyPappy
And our vomit bombs.

Have you ever heard of anything so utterly stupid before - vomit bombs?

12 posted on 05/07/2008 8:31:14 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold

Once again, it’s our fault. I say let them eat each other until there’s only one left - then kill him.


13 posted on 05/07/2008 8:33:33 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1 - Take no prisoners))
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To: dead
They can't afford airfare and it's too far to walk.

I'm sure that's not an insurmountable problem with our bleedin' heart liberals.

It's a small world, but sometimes it's big enough.

Definitely.

14 posted on 05/07/2008 8:34:17 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold
...protests over rising food prices, with hundreds of youths burning tires, throwing stones, and blocking roads.

Yeah, that'll fill your bellies, huh?
/sarc
15 posted on 05/07/2008 8:34:22 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: NTHockey

Love it! :) Problem solved.


16 posted on 05/07/2008 8:35:30 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: philled

Not sad at all...

The truth of the matter is that our grandchildren will be safer if a whole lot of the bastards in that part of the world simply starved to death, killed one another or forced us to kill them..

I’m no longer a “compassionate conservative”....
I’m a survivor, and I desire that my grandchildren survive.

The Militant Islamists have convinced me that it will require their death or their conversion to meet my desires.

Given the facts of the past 700 years - their conversion is unlikely......thus requiring less desirable steps.


17 posted on 05/07/2008 8:36:14 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: LearsFool
Yeah, that'll fill your bellies, huh?

Let 'em eat mud pies, grass soup or sand gravy for all I care.

18 posted on 05/07/2008 8:39:09 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: LearsFool
Yeah, that'll fill your bellies, huh?

Let 'em eat mud pies, grass soup or sand gravy for all I care.

19 posted on 05/07/2008 8:40:31 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold

Sorry, hiccup.


20 posted on 05/07/2008 8:41:41 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold
Meanwhile, an Amnesty International Report released Tuesday alleged that Islamist militants, as well as US-backed Ethiopian and Somali government troops, are committing widespread atrocities against civilians in the capital,

Why would they commit atrocities against civilians? Why would anyone do that?

And a recent US strike against what it says was an Al Qaeda leader in Somalia has sparked further protests.

Oh, those civilians. Never mind. Carry on.

21 posted on 05/07/2008 8:46:57 AM PDT by marron
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To: Robe
It's a freaking desert.. move for cripes sakes

Good Heavens, tell them to stay put!
So they don't move out and destroy more parts of the planet!
22 posted on 05/07/2008 8:47:10 AM PDT by VOA
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To: processing please hold

Maybe they are hair balls?

23 posted on 05/07/2008 8:50:48 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Huh?)
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To: marron
Amnesty International - always the first in line to blame the US. Without constantly browbeating us, their organization would crumble.

Oh, those civilians. Never mind. Carry on.

I'm glad you caught that. An Al Qaeda leader, a civilian.

24 posted on 05/07/2008 8:53:59 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold
"We believe the Americans used poisonous bombs,"

If only it were true. Should've.
25 posted on 05/07/2008 8:55:37 AM PDT by ZX12R
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To: processing please hold

“anti-US protests in Somalia”

Yeah? The USA is SO terrible.....that’s why thousands of Somalians have recently relocated HERE!

SHUT UP!


26 posted on 05/07/2008 8:55:43 AM PDT by AuntB (Vote Obama! ..........Because it's hard to blame 'the man' when you are the 'man'.... Wanda Sikes)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

If they believe in vomit bombs, they deserve to be winnowed out.


27 posted on 05/07/2008 8:56:49 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: marron

“Due to the numberous complaints we have had about our FREE Service, our FREE Service has been discontinued.” There solved it.


28 posted on 05/07/2008 8:58:25 AM PDT by 70th Division (If we lose the Republic we have lost it all.)
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To: processing please hold

President Bush I was feeding the Somalis, and President Clinton I withdrew the troops.


29 posted on 05/07/2008 9:00:06 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Ain't got no money, but I got guns, religion, and xenophobia)
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To: ZX12R
If only it were true. Should've.

If they had two brain cells they would have figured out that if we used poisonous bombs, there would be many many dead.

30 posted on 05/07/2008 9:01:20 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold
Had I been in charge, and able at the time of the last American effort to help, once we got our people out of there, my choice of a bomb would have come from a Big Buff.
31 posted on 05/07/2008 9:01:22 AM PDT by alarm rider ("Difficile est saturam non scibere" -- it's difficult not to write satire.)
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To: processing please hold

I simply love these anti-American protests and riots in these third world hell-holes. If the US invaded, conquered and occupied anyone of them, established law and order, imposed our political / capitalist economic system, within a generation they’d be lifted out of their misery.


32 posted on 05/07/2008 9:02:08 AM PDT by wny
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To: AuntB

Ain’t we just so evil. They even use cars as boats to get here. lol


33 posted on 05/07/2008 9:04:09 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold

Deja Vu all over again.


34 posted on 05/07/2008 9:04:09 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: popdonnelly

I’m tired of feeding a world that despises us as they eat our food. Let them starve.


35 posted on 05/07/2008 9:05:59 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: alarm rider
I will forever associate that country with desecrating the bodies of our dead soldiers as they dragged them through the streets.

To hell with them.

36 posted on 05/07/2008 9:09:47 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: wny

They wallow in their victim hood. Without it, they’d have to actually do something to change their lives.


37 posted on 05/07/2008 9:13:17 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold

Reminds me of the lake in Russia that ‘dissapeared’ (sank in a bog) and the old Russian lady who remembered well the Cold War woke and declared “AMERICA STOLE OUR LAKE!!”


38 posted on 05/07/2008 9:15:38 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: metesky

So long as none of our soldiers are in harms way, they can riot, burn, pillage, and starve. Let them burn that hell-hole to the ground.


39 posted on 05/07/2008 9:16:31 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: Southerngl
Perfect example.

“AMERICA STOLE OUR LAKE!!”

Is only slightly more stupider than the poison bomb accusation.

(yes, I know stupider is not a correct word, but it goes with that stupid group of people)

40 posted on 05/07/2008 9:21:03 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold

America; the lake theives and vomit bomb makers.


41 posted on 05/07/2008 9:24:28 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: wny
If the US invaded, conquered and occupied anyone of them...

Just like individuals, some cultures are simply not ready for freedom, liberty and self-government.

Burning tires, throwing rocks and blocking roads instead of scrounging for sustenance - such temper tantrums don't signal a capacity for self-rule. They're better off under a benevolent dictator.
42 posted on 05/07/2008 9:25:15 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Southerngl
America; the lake theives and vomit bomb makers.

Yep, that's us according to the millions upon millions of people we feed across this planet. It all comes down to we are lake thieves and vomit bomb droppers. Gratitude is a wondrous thing to behold.

43 posted on 05/07/2008 9:29:32 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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Yeah, but they'd all probably end up here.

Four words: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lewiston, Maine

44 posted on 05/07/2008 9:32:16 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Southerngl

Lake thieving and vomit bombs are only what they know about. They don’t know about the big stuff and won’t even suspect until their entire country disappears down a crevasse.


45 posted on 05/07/2008 9:32:35 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's still unclear what impact global warming will have on vertical wind shear)
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To: processing please hold

Perhaps what we bombed had some poison in it. Wouldn’t put it past AQ to store WMD in this “country”.


46 posted on 05/07/2008 9:39:24 AM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: processing please hold
Exactly! If a despot gets an ingrown toenail on the other side of the planet - it's the US fault.

Well, actually, the US backed Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia. Backing an invasion of a country is a little bit more than an ingrown toenail.

47 posted on 05/07/2008 9:45:00 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: mikey_hates_everything
Four words: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lewiston, Maine

Four VERY important words.

48 posted on 05/07/2008 9:50:55 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: processing please hold

It’s hard to feel sorry for a population that has more AK-47s and RPGs than people, who killed and desecrated the bodies of American soldiers. Almost any food and medicine aid given to them ends up in the hands of petty warlords, and any people who go against the warlords end up being shot by khat-chewing technicals or beheaded via Islam. They are gonna have to cry to someone else. Let al Qaeda feed them, they own them already. It’s a lost cause. Democracy will never grow there. It’s been sprayed with Islamic Roundup.


49 posted on 05/07/2008 9:51:37 AM PDT by Sender ("Why is it that I can't just eat my waffle?" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: AmericaUnite
Perhaps what we bombed had some poison in it. Wouldn’t put it past AQ to store WMD in this “country”.

Very astute observation. I hadn't thought of that.

50 posted on 05/07/2008 9:52:31 AM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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