.....(Hal-ku-dhigyo Dhaxal-gal Noqday) = ..... President, C/raxmaan A. Cali: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland dib ayay ula soo Noqotay Qaran-nimadeedii sidaa awgeed, waa dal xor ah oo gooni u taagan maanta (18/05/1991) laga bilaabo''...>>>>> President, Maxamad I.Cigaal:''Jiritaanka Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland'' Waa mid waafaqsan xeerasha u-degsan Caalamka! Sidaa darteed, waa Qaran xaq u leh in Aduunku aqoonsado''...>>>>> President, Daahir R. Kaahin: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland waa dal diimuqraadi ah oo caalamka ka sugaya Ictiraafkiisa''...>>>>> President, Axmed M. Siilaanyo: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland, Boqol sano haday ku qaadanayso helista Ictiraafkeedu way Sugaysaa! Mar dambena la midoobi mayso Somalia-Italia''.....[***** Ha Jirto J.Somaliland Oo Ha Joogto Waligeed *****].....

Monday, October 1, 2012

Legacy of over my dead body

'Once again, history will never forgive nor forget Siad Barre nor the individuals or groups who stood with his regime that tried to annihilate his own people''! Abdi
- I don’t like to think retrospectively, thus would rather chase the future days ahead. However, dear reader, forgive me for I am in a reflective mood today, just to point to a path for a better day and as well to stand on the ground of an imperative academic integrity. My purpose is not to incite reprisals and retributions, nor is it to denigrate any particular individuals or groups. Mind you I am not also trying to appease no one with this piece, lest I prevaricate my point of fact.

I should start with that Siad Barre and his junta seized power in Oct of 1969 with three historic mistakes or rather blunders that of which one can be forgotten, though all three are reprehensible or unforgiveable. So, though seizing the power is a major crime, it can be forgotten if the end byproduct is better for the nation and its people. But Siad Barre’s end is known to all of us for the mayhem, the madness, the protracted bloodshed it yielded and the worse of it all, the failure of the Somali state. 
In my judgment, the Somali’s situation at the time was not serious enough to warrant a military coup, despite the deep stress and the gutless assassination of President Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. We all know that wide spread corruption was the main pretext for the military to grab the power, or that was what we were all taught in schools these days. History however, proved that it was naïve to think that a military junta would bring about a better day. Thus, for these two lame reasons, the ugly end and the excuse used to seizure the power; the same history will never forgive nor forget any individuals or groups especially the military officers who aided Siad Barre to arrogate the power.
The second mistake or blunder was retaining that same power with the plan of never returning it to its rightful owners, the Somali people. In my judgment, Siad Barre was the solely responsible for that sinful act, where of course nobody shares the blame with him, for there was not a single person who would have dared to tell him otherwise, including the SRC members. It is also understandable that one would grow to love the power once attained, thus would want to keep it to himself as far as possible, but Siad Barre went beyond that. He was unable to see his demise and that of the whole nation.
The third mistake and the most abominable as well egregious, was using national military might, to fight against his own people, be it even an armed opposition. It was quite apparent to him that the problem was not a military manner but political in nature. Once again, history will never forgive nor forget Siad Barre nor the individuals or groups who stood with his regime that tried to annihilate his own people!
In the same year of 1969 when Said Barre came to power, the country was peacefully united and was right on a democratic path with an awesome international standing. Unfortunately, the whole world knows now how Siad Barre squandered that capital and how he was later forced out of office in 1991, the devastation of looting, raping and killing spree that followed. Consequently Somalis are scattered all over the world. So I hope we all learn to read that same History.
Finally, the qualities of leadership are not the architect of a superficial gauge. Evidences of great leaders are always tangible, physical and lasting. We all know what Siad Barre left behind: a ruined and wracked nation!
So let me digressed a bit: One day as I was minding my own business, having a cup of tea somewhere in down town Hargeisa when I overheard a group of youngsters debating the 1977 Somali-Ethiopian war but with the inclination that Somali people won. Impulsively, I approached them and said, “Gentlemen, sorry to interrupt you, but it is true that Somalis stormed Ethiopia like a lightning thunder at first. However, history says that Somalia was defeated and Ethiopia was the victor.” They asked me why, and I told them, as far as victory goes, history always reads the end. They were shocked!
So, Siad Barre’s coup was an irreparable loss for Somalis. His pretext was a poor point of base to begin with, and his end was a catastrophe. Even when he was gasping for his last breath in power, he could have saved a lot for Somalis and Somalia. For instance, when Jawhar, 90 km from Mogadisho, fell into the hands of opposition forces, he could have simply declared an interim government, handing the reign over. He did not.
Personally, I have been mulling that point of what devil possessed this man that blinded him from a looming disaster, for twenty years? Suddenly, history helped see the light in Kaddafi in the shoes and shadows of Said Barre, the manta and mentality of over-my-dead-body. In other words, I will never leave power until hell is let loose and I am dead! For me, this time I was also looking at it with a major mind and eyes.
Tyrants are in a distinct category. Thus, Siad Barre and Kaddafi’s kind are lowest of the low of human denominator.
In conclusion, I am personally against any kind of reprisal or revenge. Magnanimity is the virtue. Therefore I would propose for all partners of Siad Barre—individuals and groups—to please sincerely apologize to the nation of Somalia and Somali people—then we all should let go the rest to ride the wind. Mandela did it, so why don’t we? If we following the same philosophy with faith, sense of moral responsibility will descend on us, and the young generation will be saved from the past.
By Abdi Ali Jama [Hargeisa, Somaliand]         
-- Posted by Iid Aden/USA

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