Advocacy for the
Cynical Clan Hegemony Vs the Actual History - (Defamed Intellectual
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor I M Lewiss Lecture- Critique on The Disgraceful
Farrago By Artan Boss.
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