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Somali government hails rescue of U.S. hostage
Reuters ^ | Apr. 13, 2009

Posted on 04/13/2009 5:19:28 AM PDT by nuconvert

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's fledgling government applauded on Sunday the release of an American hostage whose five-day capture by pirates in the Indian Ocean highlighted lawlessness both in and off the Horn of Africa nation.

"We are very happy at this action and the outcome," Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar told Reuters by telephone from Djibouti. "It shows that the world will not accept criminality."

Asked what he knew about the operation to free ship captain Richard Phillips, Omaar said details needed to be kept confidential. "I am not surprised, nor will anyone be surprised, at the actions of the American government to save its citizen and ensure the security of its people."

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hostages; pirates; rescue; richardphillips; somalia; somalipirates

1 posted on 04/13/2009 5:19:28 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

So why doesn’t that “Fledgling Government” do something about the Pirates who live on its’ soil?


2 posted on 04/13/2009 5:23:17 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: nuconvert

THEY HAVE A GOVERNMENT?...................


3 posted on 04/13/2009 5:23:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (If Keynesian economics worked, Zimbabwe would be a superpower.......................)
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To: Red Badger

Waddayaknow. They have a government.
Great.
Now we’ll have to let the U.N. handle the problem.


4 posted on 04/13/2009 5:25:15 AM PDT by Timeout (The Brits have their royal family. We have our privileged "public servant" class.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

According to the article, they need/want $$$ to strengthen their security forces so that they can deal with the problem.


5 posted on 04/13/2009 5:25:55 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Red Badger
THEY HAVE A GOVERNMENT?...................

That was my first reaction, but then I saw the word "fledgling". Is this just the Biggest Warlord, or did they have an actual election that I didn't notice?

6 posted on 04/13/2009 5:26:07 AM PDT by nina0113 (Hugh Akston is my hero.)
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To: nuconvert

They’re please because they didn’t have to do a thing. No, they probably will hold their hands out for more $$$$.


7 posted on 04/13/2009 5:26:13 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: nuconvert

“According to the article, they need/want $$$ to strengthen their security forces so that they can deal with the problem.”

If the $$$ would work; it could be a cheap investment for us.


8 posted on 04/13/2009 5:27:40 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: nuconvert

Now lets work on freeing ourselves from all of the pirates in the U.S. government.


9 posted on 04/13/2009 5:28:00 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people ----- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: nuconvert

What Somali Government?


10 posted on 04/13/2009 5:33:18 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: nuconvert

The dummies were not happy

47. Good news the captian was rescued but not that some pirates were killed.
The death of the pirates is viewed as an issue that could take future acts of piracy to another level quite aside from the exposure now to the other +200 captives.

17. Good, but worring news. While I’m glad the guy was freed. The way it was done (which I think it was the only way) may actually ramp up things. The next breed of pirates will be ready for this the next time. Which will ramp up things worse. Which and anger the african street in the process. Maybe even turning that nation into a no-go area for the US. And in a time where the US is (right or wrong) looked at as a world bully that’s not exactly a great thing.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x3827921


11 posted on 04/13/2009 5:34:58 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
The pro-western Somali government is in great danger of being overthrown by Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists called “Al Shabab Moujahdeen Movement”. Controlling piracy in Somalia is the Somali government last concern as they are fighting for their survival.
12 posted on 04/13/2009 5:35:05 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: Red Badger

THEY HAVE A GOVERNMENT?...................


*lol* this was exactly my first thought too.


13 posted on 04/13/2009 5:35:19 AM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: nuconvert

What the dummies don’t get is that it will always “ramp up” no matter what we do. If we do nothing, they’ll only become emboldened. And when their demands are meant, they’ll just become better armed and equipped with better boats. If we “leave them alone” they’ll never fall into any kind of peaceful state.

Stuck on stupid, I guess.


14 posted on 04/13/2009 5:39:26 AM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

You said — So why doesn’t that “Fledgling Government” do something about the Pirates who live on its’ soil?

Well, one could start (for the answer to that) by asking why the U.S. didn’t stay in Somalia, a while back and clean things up, when it was already there.... :-)


15 posted on 04/13/2009 5:40:55 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: HereInTheHeartland

“According to the article, they need/want $$$ to strengthen their security forces so that they can deal with the problem.”

If the $$$ would work; it could be a cheap investment for us.


ähm they have no security forces or a standing army. i guess this so called government is made of regional war lords who all pretend that they are the government. In most parts of Somalia anarchy is the current form of “government” so the “rules” (if they have one) are made by an AK47 but shure not because of something we would call a government.


16 posted on 04/13/2009 5:43:36 AM PDT by Jonny foreigner
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
So why doesn’t that “Fledgling Government” do something about the Pirates who live on its’ soil?

Because they only control a very small section of Mogadishu and have zero presence at all in Puntland, the province from which the pirates operate.

17 posted on 04/13/2009 5:47:17 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: nuconvert

“Somali government” — one of the new classic oxymorons. Kinda like:

Democrat(ic) leadership
Arab allies
Friendly fire
Obama’s qualifications
Hillary’s personality


18 posted on 04/13/2009 5:48:09 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: Red Badger
"THEY HAVE A GOVERNMENT?..................."

Notice the "Foreign Minister" was in nearby Djibouti, which is not in Somalia.

He probably lives in Djibouti, where he can be protected by the FFL and the US Marines.

19 posted on 04/13/2009 5:50:16 AM PDT by cookcounty (Obama's got Bush's inheritance .......and now he wants your kids'.)
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To: nuconvert

Is this ‘government’ in exile?


20 posted on 04/13/2009 6:41:23 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

It’s LIKE a government.


21 posted on 04/13/2009 6:45:11 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: nuconvert

Pirate News: World hails discovery of Somalia government

Small boat sales sink, pirate based economy seeks bailout


22 posted on 04/13/2009 8:20:47 AM PDT by drierice
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To: nuconvert

Is there a government in Somailia?


23 posted on 04/13/2009 8:49:55 AM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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