I M Lewis’s Lecture- Critique on The
The pungently unmerited
abrasive words of many want-to-be Political Commentators had
unerringly forced me to dive into this Pseudo-Political discourse
and as such, this disgraceful farrago that reeks
more than a rotting fish in a sewer needs to be cleaned. All
these because the lecture that was vehemently delivered by the
highly esteemed Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the prestigious
LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science). What
profoundly flabbergast me are the unsightly outpourings that
rained heavily from highly famished mouths that need to be watered
before verbalising such ignominiously culpable accusations.
One such despicable false-plaintiff
is one Awale. Mr Awale naively brands Prof Lewis as being Narrow
Minded and goes as far as to comparing him to those the Prof
fiercely criticised not because of their genetical make up but
their detrimental looting and genetically modified new imperialism.
Bewildered, I tried to decipher the coded reasons that made
Awale try to feebly character assassinate the name of the Prof.
What becomes apparent to the trained
eye is that old Somali Vice: Tribalism is at work. For some
obscure reason he thinks (along with some other wretched souls)
that Professor I M Lewis has a deep-seated hatred towards USC
people and in the lecture tarnished the standing of his people
and as Awale hails from that group, he is obliged to come to
the rescue of what left the integrity of his people. But in
the process he propagates the USC cause before the Somalihood.
A classic example of his tribalism is demonstrated when he blights
the people of Somaliland and Puntland by saying: “Although
the professor fails to mention that, the population in Puntland
and Somaliland put together are a lot less then the population
in Mogadishu alone”. My humble question to the young
novice is WHEN DID HE CARRY OUT A POPULATION CONSESUS? If this
were not a tribalism dressed in the best attire then
I wouldn’t know what it is.
What drives me
to the edge is seeing a young Somali “man” who had the advantage
to be “educated” at London Guildhall “University” to be the mouthpiece of those war barons who roam around in a state
of feudal despotism, killing and maiming
innocent and unsuspecting people. Awale, you speak of hope when
responding unconvincingly to the Professor in regards to his
witty remark for the highly financed conferences; my fellow
what hope do we have when the “new” breed fails forcefully
and follow the footsteps of their forefathers?
Awale, in the West
where Somali people have absorbed and somewhat diffused ideas,
we cannot now recoil to a cocoon of self-conceited isolation
and still expect to get away with hideous crimes in this Globalised
world. It is the obligation of the social commentator to identify
the dysfunctional sides of society and as such I agree most
of what Prof Lewis state in his lecture. Those who disagreed
had aired their observation at the conference while others sat
timidly as though they were watched by a she lion but later
failingly tried to slander him through some selected websites.
Another such person
with depraved intellectual breadth is one Miss Dahabo Dawlo
as she fancifully calls herself- what a self-aggrandising!!
(The latter word of her soubriquet speaks voluminous words in
her character) who disgustingly abashed personally the illustrious
Professor. As witness of the symposium in question, I can unequivocally
state the generality of the lecture was one that had an academical
strait; which I can say little about Dahabo’s paltry article.
Though I have an aversion to personal attacks, I feel what I
am about to say does not qualify to be one. It is commonly held
that undertaking a Diplomacy Degree one becomes Diplomatic?
Is this a common urban myth? Or perhaps former Polytechnic institutions
have a dreary standard of Teaching. Regardless, the British” University” should at bare
minimum embed Dahabo a course 101 in Diplomacy. If the Diplomatic
lessons were beneficial this “lady” would not personally insult
many different tribes.
please look at this quote “Anigu waaba yaabaye
Mr Lewis muxuu u neceb
yahay Koofurta iyo Reer USC?. Maadama
gabdhaha Reer USC aysan Gaaladda
ma 1945kii ayaa gabari diiday oo halkaas ayuu ciil
ka qabaa? Mase Ciddii aan Gaalada Gabdhahoodu raacin ayuu u yaqaan XAADDAARAD
IYO HORUMAR la’aan?”
For the benefit
of non-Somali readers, here is a poor attempt to translate “
I am deeply astonished as to why Mr Lewis hates
the USC? Asks the Diplomacy student before she proceeds
to: Because of the lack of USC girls bedding the infidels,
was Mr Lewis been denied his shenanigan bedroom advances [by
a [USC girl] in 1945 as such he still bears a grudge against
USC? Or perhaps he deems uncivilised those tribes whose females
don’t go with infidels” unquote.
of her statement is as follows: He hates USC because he couldn’t
fornicate (assuming he was unmarried) with USC girls. But he
likes, Somaliland and Puntland because girls from those regions happily indulge sexual
misdemeanours with Infidels. I am knocked
for six for such slur to be leashed against those people. What
exactly can one gain from smear other than proving to others
their innate low-barrow-ness?
I was at the symposium where the alleged lecture took place.
The professor did not single-out USC but indeed he endeavoured
to perfectly present the current political picture in Somalia. Cutting remarks were levelled upon other Somali figures. The professor
had in some length criticised significant personalities such
as: Late dictator Siyad Bare, Gen
Morgan and quite rightly labelled former Foreign Minister and
a half Brother of Bare Abdirahman
Jama Bare to be “a useless Foreign
Minster”.) All these men belong to one Tribe. We don’t see the
communities that those individuals hail from ranging with anger
because their men were somewhat mentioned in a negative tune.
Why then the likes of Dahabo, Awale and MM Gure (who I had an
attention-grabbing conversation at the meeting) go their way
to write poorly insulting? Are there certain hidden secrets
that they don’t want us to learn?
the people of Somalia (particularly in the inter-riverine people) cannot continue to be
helplessly accepting as their destiny the denial of basic Human
Rights. They too have the right to live on their land, to enjoy
self-determination, and pursue their political ambition just
like any other Somali group. But this cannot materialise without
acknowledgement of what is currently happening some parts of Southern
Somalia, and that is what Prof Lewis shed
lights upon. Our tasks are clear; we have to play as full part
as Somali citizens in the development of self-determination;
to do that we should shake off the mental effect upon ourselves
to the will and the caprice of our clans will not prove anything
superior in us. Being satisfied to drink of the sediments from
the cup of tribal propaganda would not also demonstrate our
fitness to rule our country unilaterally but when we are together
as Somalis not segmented then we shall reclaim our civility
and government-ship; until such time arrives we shall all work
from bottom up.
If Self-Government is leprosy
then I am the first to be killed- Anonymous
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