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‘terror Group’ Somalia’s Only Hope For Peace And Stability

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‘Terror group’ Somalia’s only hope for peace and stability

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Indeed, Al-Shabab is currently Somalia’s only hope for peace, stability and order.

 

The West must recognise that Al-Shabab is the only actor capable of setting up a system of governance and basic infrastructure in Somalia. The Al-Shabab are supportive of global and regional order, they ought to be seen as state-builders rather than as a group of terrorist extremists.

 

The media presents the Al-Shabab as a problem because they threaten Western foreign policies.

 

Kenya’s incursion to protect its tourist industry from Somali kidnappers is presented this way.

 

This is stupid. The terrorist label just de-legitimises and invalidates the Al-Shabab.

 

Use of this label hampers Somalia’s recovery and global order more than it helps.

 

To understand why this is so we have to look at the human behind the terrorist label. The Al-Shabab has not been allowed to participate in Somalia’s political process. Terrorist attacks like suicide truck bombings and recent Al-Shabab audiotape calling for attacks on the US, Canada, and other countries are the only tactics available to them to effect change and insert themselves into the debate about the future of their country.

 

The Transitional Federal Government has said it wants to negotiate with the Al-Shabab. It knows it cannot compete.

 

Like the Courts movement, Al-Shabab has the local contacts, support of the civil elites, grassroots leaders and bottom-up approach that Somalis respect and trust.

 

Turning to the Al-Shabab is not an ideal solution. But Somalia’s mixture of famine, conflict and state collapse is far from an ideal situation.

 

Al-Shabab will be able to provide peace and stability, and in a calmer and less confrontational atmosphere famine relief from outside should be acceptable.

 

Dr Grant Dawson is deputy director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies at the Department of International Politics of Aberystwyth University

 

 

 

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Way too much certainty for something the author only hopes will happen. I would be interested in learning what he means when he says Al-Shabaab is supportive of global and regional order. And does he really think that they are committing suicide truck bombings and calling for attacks on other countries because we call them names?

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