- Qatar is a great country and the people are nice I was a high school teacher in Doha (Rayaan Alateeq) in the70s and early 80s. That was the old Qatar! The Qatari people are generally generous and reasonable, however it all depends on how honesty and resilient the government of Somaliland is for their CAUSE. It also depends whether they have the emotional bond with the Mother-Somaliland which they don’t as widely believed!
Before we discuss the effect the introduction of Qatar to the talks of somalia and Somaliland which is already politically unbalanced and biased in favour of the former perpetrators of the ethnic cleansing of 80s which happened in then Northern regions now Somaliland may have, let us look back the prevailing status of Somaliland under Siilanyo’s administration
1- There is disconnection and distance between the people and the government!
2- There is an endemic corruption or profiteering by the ruling elites.
3- There is resistance to transparency and accountability.
4- There is political immaturity and lack of emotional bond to the Mother!
5- This includes widespread loss of popular confidence in state institutions i.e. houses of congress, presidency and judiciary.
6- The two houses of congress and the judiciary have been swallowed by the executive branch! One man and four aids are running the country upside-down. They are secretive in what they did and what they do where there is no secret in to day’s world of open media! [Dhuumasho dhabarku muuqdo]. What they did and do so far is seen as deceptive and diminishing to the dignity and to the hopes and the aspirations of Somaliland! That is the status of Somaliland to day!
“Allah knows the man who means mischief from the man who means good. The strict probity is demanded of man but if he falls short of it, man is told that he can not escape Allah’s punishment even though he may evade human punishment.”
Do the trios the president, the chairman of the Guurti and the chair man of the house of representatives of Somaliland understands that! I think they better do, and their deficiencies aside they better tell the people whom their livelihood depends on the peoples tax dollars, what they are hiding from them for they never tell the people what they are cooking in darkness particularly the secret talks with Somalia .
Allah bestowed Somaliland his favour. He helped them regain and retain their lost first Republic by the martyrdom of their children. He gave them peace and stability. He gave them means of developing their country relatively with in their means.
Now the present government of Mr. Siilanyo is in a journey to change all that! To see the signs of their intent, look at the fire fueling from the east and from the west of the country as well as the absolute distrust, distance, disconnection and suspicion the whole people have against the secretive administration run by undependable crew! How can such a government enter a dialog with intransigent, provocative Somalia which enjoys the support of the international community? Logic says, “Before you encounter with these kinds of guys, UNITE YOUR PEOPLE instead of dividing them and disseminating them.” I think this is not a bad advice.
“Those who want to change the favour Allah bestowed on them they will not only (encounter the wrath and the revolt of the people who believe that they were betrayed) they will receive the strict punishment of Allah whose punishment is severe (Albaqra) But again do they understand that!? Do they care about it!? Whether they do or not it is sure that they are not doing the right thing for Somaliland!
When (new) Qatar is in the mix in this Somalia /Somaliland dialogue which is already politically tilted to words Somalia, there is a lot more to worry about specially when there is an administration which pursues ‘belly politics’. When Qatar means money, and the sound of money is audible, and the government is corrupt, there is a lot more to worry about!
Qatar is politically and financially the long-arm of US and Britain these days. Remember before the ‘due’ entered Iraq they send Qatari emissary to Bagdad. The rest of that undertaking is in the pages of history. Before the west entered Libya, Qatar was the forefront. Now we know the result of the end of that intervention.
When Syria’s spring started Qatar was the forefront again and in a big way. She sided with one of the many factions fighting against Syria’s government, and now we know the sad story evolving there. Now Qatar has imposed her self in the so-called Somalia / Somaliland dialogue. Probably they were asked to play a role in this, being the long hand of the west. Now they are involved in this already unbalanced and biased affair between a former (Somalia) aggressor and mass murderer and a former victim (Somaliland)! The balance tilts on the former offender and ethnic cleanser, Somalia that is! Where will the dwarves from Siilanyo’s administration will be in this game is worrisome indeed?
Because of all these reasons mentioned here and the situations in all the countries Qatar was involved in reshaping them, Somaliland has every reason to be suspicious and even worry particularly when the people of Somaliland and their government are in distance apart and when the government’s honesty and steadfastness in safeguarding the sanctity of the CAUSE of Somaliland is questionable and suspicious!
Somaliland has survived from the ethnic cleansing of Mogadish regime of Dictator Siad Barre and not only that, they defeated them but they did not chase them for revenge, instead they withdrew from the ill-fated, voluntary union with Somalia and established peace and their own democratic government. Whether that is a sin or not that was all Somaliland did. The question every Somalilander is asking about the intention of the US and Britain is: ‘Do they want to put-off a fire from (Somalia) one place and start another fire (Somaliland) in another place!?
I don’t believe that they intentionally want to do that but their policy towards Somaliland seems just that! What is more worrisome is that Mr. Siilanyo seems responsive to their policy and not the wishes and aspirations of his people!
If Somaliland government unwisely argues that they are pressured to do undesirable things which are against the constitution of the nation and disregards the wishes, hopes and aspirations of the resilient and patient people of Somaliland, and if the unpopular government of Mr. Siilanyo capitulates and goes to London for Somalia conference with no apparent interest as far as the CAUSE of Somaliland is concerned and not for ‘the money’ then that is a prelude and a recipe for a fresh war in Somaliland which was peaceful through out the 21 years Somalia was engaged in all kinds of wars!
In respond to all these issues facing Somaliland from many fronts, and for the sake of peace in Somaliland and in the region at large, it is therefore more urgent than ever to unite the people and call for a popular nation wide convention to rescue th country before the (suspicious) Qatar and London conferences start.
However peace and prayers