Friday, April 27, 2007

Inside Africa's Guantánamo

This is the most lawless war of our generation. All wars of aggression lack legitimacy, but no conflict in recent memory has witnessed such mounting layers of illegality as the current one in Somalia.

Violations of the UN charter and of international humanitarian law are regrettably commonplace in our age, and they abound in the carnage that the world is allowing to unfold in Mogadishu, but this war has in addition explicitly violated two UN security council resolutions. To complete the picture, one of these resolutions contravenes the charter itself.

Salim Lone on why the current situation in Somalia is a suspension of all international law and supporting the Transitional Government demands violence and atrocities because there is no other way it can be kept in power atrocities against the Somalia people. Read more here.