April 24, 2009

It's Official: Obama Administration Now Supporting Terrorists

You know how Leftists are always making the (false) claim that the US sponsored Osama bin Laden during the 1980s -- the inference being that somehow we are morally culpible for "making" bin Laden and therefore that 9/11 somehow is our own fault?

Well, unlike that false urban legend about US sponsoring Islamist terrorists, it's my sad duty to report that today the US is sponsoring Islamist terrorists. Directly.

I've mentioned Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys in the past, but today he officially returned to Somalia to join the US and UN sponsored reconciliation government, but let me recap why his return means that the US is now directly funding terrorists.

Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys was once heavily funded by Osama bin Laden, helped shield the US embassy bombers form justice, and is on the U.S. State Department's list of designated terrorists:

Designated on November 7, 2001...

Hassan Dahir Aweys

Are you getting this? The U.S. State Department has Aweys on their list of designated terrorists. This means that all of Aweys assets are to be frozen.

But it's not just the U.S. that has designated Aweys a terrorist. So, too, has the UN:

A U.N. Security Council resolution has designated Aweys as a terrorist
Today Aweys is back in Somalia as part of the new government.

The very same government that is backed by the US:

The United States will help pay for the fledgling Somali government's domestic security force as Washington looks to bolster the fragile country's peace process, said a top U.S. diplomat on Thursday.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Phillip Carter said the Obama administration wanted to focus on long-term security for Somalia while at the same time fighting piracy off its shores, which included a brazen attack last week on a U.S.-flagged container ship.

The US is now funding a government that includes a man officially designated by that very same government as a terrorist.

I wonder if OFAC can impound State Department funds headed for Somalia?

I, for one, would like to thank Obama for clarifying his position on terrorism. It's crystal clear, I think, that the starry eyed Bush era doctrine of treating the terrorists and the states that sponsor them as one as the same is over.

Goodbye War on Terror, hello funding those very same terrorists!

Now, one might make the argument that the terrorists of the Islamic Courts Union (ICC), who make up most of the new government's cabinet position, are better than the terrorists of the al-Shabaab, who Aweys has apparently turned his back on. The former only being those who have been funded by al Qaeda and who have, in return, refused to turn over known terrorists to the US for prosecution while the latter is the actual local franchise of al Qaeda.

In other words there is a pragmatic argument that our policy of opposing the ICC failed and that they are a better alternative than the al-Shabaab.

This rests on the assumption that we must have one terrorist organization in power or another one.

Call me crazy, but there has got to be some kind of policy that would mean my tax dollars were not going to bolster a terrorist state. I seem to recall that before 9/11 that we gave some funding to the Taliban, ostensibly to help them eradicate poppy fields, but really as a way of reaching out to the so-called "moderates" within the group. That worked out real well, didn't it?

I cannot think of a better or more overwhelmingly clear example of the return to pre-9/11 thinking under the current administration than the choice to fund a government which includes wanted terrorists in top leadership positions.

I don't know what the proper solution to the Somali crisis is, but I would beg the Obama to rethink the State Department's Somalia strategy and not make the same mistakes that led to 9/11 in the first place.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:06 PM | Comments |