Ian Bach

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People Who Feed Off Anarchy in Somalia Are Quick to Fuel It

GALKAYO, Somalia — Beyond clan rivalry and Islamic fervor, an entirely different motive is helping fuel the chaos in Somalia: profit.

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The New York Times
Profiteers in cities like Galkayo see the government as a threat.
A whole class of opportunists — from squatter landlords to teenage gunmen for hire to vendors of out-of-date baby formula — have been feeding off the anarchy in Somalia for so long that they refuse to let go.

They do not pay taxes, their businesses are totally unregulated, and they have skills that are not necessarily geared toward a peaceful society.

In the past few weeks, some Western security officials say, these profiteers have been teaming up with clan fighters and radical Islamists to bring down Somalia’s transitional government, which is the country’s 14th attempt at organizing a central authority and ending the free-for-all of the past 16 years.

They are attacking government troops, smuggling in arms and using their business savvy to raise money for the insurgency. And they are surprisingly open about it.

Omar Hussein Ahmed, an olive oil exporter in Mogadishu, the capital, said he and a group of fellow traders recently bought missiles to shoot at government soldiers.

“Taxes are annoying,” he explained.

Maxamuud Nuur Muradeeste, a squatter landlord who makes a few hundred dollars a year renting out rooms in the former Ministry of Minerals and Water, said he recently invited insurgents to stash weapons on “his” property. He will do whatever it takes, he said, to thwart the government’s plan to reclaim thousands of pieces of public property.

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From Ian Bach 4-25-2007


About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

4 comments on “People Who Feed Off Anarchy in Somalia Are Quick to Fuel It

  1. Mr. Boof
    April 25, 2007

    It’s a shame that so many people there suffer, but unless the UN actually grows a real set they will do nothing to stop it. I, for one, am against using our troops in there again. As far as I’m concerned their one opportunity with us was shot down with our helicopters.


  2. Ian Bach
    April 25, 2007

    I wanted to give a birds eye view on the potential funding sources of terrorism in iraq as well as the world.

    The methods the terrorists and anarchists use in somalia to fund terrorism in Somalia is likely the same methods used to fund it and spread it in Iraq. – Ian Bach


  3. Ian Bach
    April 26, 2007

    The various governments over the past 16 years in Somalia have been under attack by rebels since day one. The UN is active on a diplomatic level with protection of the government being the key point. This is what the terrorists seek to overthrow is the governments. Terrorists kill innocent people to cause the civilians to not believe their government can protect them from the terrorists. This is the key role of terrorism to cause the civilians to look to the terrorists to protect them. They also use propaganda and print counterfeit money, and do bank scams, and identity theft, to cause inflation to upset the civilians and government.


  4. Ian Bach
    June 6, 2007

    FROM ANON – Africa is a place of great turmoil.. sigh.. their culture can be so difficult to even try to begin to figure it out. sigh.

    Wednesday April 25, 2007 – 01:19pm (CDT


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