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Advocacy for the Cynical Clan Hegemony Vs the Actual History - (Defamed Intellectual Discourses)

The adamant refusal in the truth of Professor I M Lewis's recent lecture "The Scrap Merchants of Mogadishu" by advocates of injustice is one among innumerable accounts of such rouge nature against the actual history. Muslim scholars who euphemistically discoursed on the issue were equally defamed and accused of being bias with parochial observations. This discursive tradition of casting defamatory remarks against every intellectual discourse that rationally expounds the Somalia tragedy and its concomitant social and political ramifications is inconformity with the "cynical clan hegemony" which is responsible for the veritable catastrophe that Mogadishu sets the best example.

What is heart-rending is the fact that the parlance of such callous intransigence is not the common rhetoric of the villain warlords, but fervent voices among the educated classes and across the political spectrum with substantial uniformity. This shameful departure from rational thinking and moral obligation is the fundamental problem that hinders consolidation of thoughts in pursuing genuine peace in Somalia. The allegation that depicted the Professor's lecture as deceitful tactics to exacerbate the tribal hostility, was just distortion of the facts to veer the subject away from its course. The "cynical clan hegemony" preached by General Aideed (May God forgive his mistakes) was responsible for the war (in the name of clan) of extermination against defenseless civilians. The devastation and the injustice inherited are so prevalent to this present day, causing perpetual displacement and deprivation of basic human rights in many parts of the country - Mogadishu, Middle Shabele, Bay, and Lower Jubba being the disaster areas.

The clan issue is the vortex of the crisis in Somali. The worst crime against humanity is perpetrated in the name of clan and by clan militias. Therefore, presenting of the crime and the criminals as abstract entities is more than blissful ignorance? The biased foreign involvement in the Somalia's peace process was indisputable fact, but the application of such notion as a functional weapon to obstruct justice is unjustifiable. In reality the Professor's remarks did sully the reputation of all Somali clans albeit he mentioned only some, because the remarks were veritable in nature, and the clans are still Somali clans. Had we understood it that way, these ongoing reeking comments would have been history by now. Professor Lewis's lecture was rebutted as unfair literature enmeshed with Prejudice, generalization, and lack of proper quantitative approach. What can be more chauvinistic and narrow-minded than being an advocate of oppressive clan ideology, as in the case of the intellectual discourses that advocate for the anarchism in Mogadishu? Isn't the argument that portrays the devastation that took place in Somalia and particularly in the south, and still taking place, as a common crime equally perpetrated by all Somali clans, a shameful and unfair generalization? No clan is totally innocent, but defying the historical records and the indubitable statistics is reminiscent of solidarity with the obstruction of justice spearheaded by Abdikassim and his intellectual advocates.

It's true that Mogadishu did not acquire its ex-metropolitan status or aesthetic standards by individual clan resources. But what is Mogadishu today? "Inhabitable, filthy cesspool, that reeks of corpses", as described by a TNG Minister (Dr. Ali Hersi). Professor Lewis was accused of failing to mention that "Mogadishu accommodates more than the combined populations of Somaliland and Puntalnd"; does that obediently parrot the late General's (Aideed) lunatic war slogans (the 97% Vs 7% theory), or it does represent reliable and valid statistics? I wish history is not immutable so we could rewind the tape back and expunge all unfavorable elements out. Another conundrum is the question of the relatively peaceful regions (Puntland & Somaliland) that the "advocates of injustice" dub them "Qabiil-Land or Balaayo-Land". They claim that these are clan states established at behest of the enemies (Ethiopia, etc.) in order to hinder prospects that envision for a united Somalia. This claim would have been only true if Mogadishu is similarly a peaceful region free of the harsh grip of the immoral gangsters.

The 10-year-old Somali kid would not confuse that the autonomous regions came to be out of necessity and not as acclaimed by the advocates of injustice. Puntland had a history of playing the cohesive role that reinforced the historical amalgamation of the two independent Somalis (North & South); that legacy is still alive in the hearts of its generations. Somaliland, despite its stance as a seceded state, had many times reiterated that it would not rule out the possibility of revoking its position, if the rest of the country shows sincere motives towards that goal. It is true that we need leaders that can see the world in its true colors, but these leaders would not come out of no-where. If that was a sincere message, then the reverse formula we are expecting from Professor I M Lewis or his likewise must come from us. You can expect people to forgive, but you cannot force people to forget.

Burhan Alas

Read Professor I M Lewis’s Lecture- Critique on The Disgraceful Farrago By Artan Boss.


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