By Abukar Sanei
This piece is just a response to an article entitled "The Naked Hypocrisy of TFG Bashers," which was published in mid June this year. Of course, there are TFG bashers, and any Somali patriot has to countervail the TFG, but I am not sure if a patriot person is hypocrite for just his bash against the group of traitors called TFG. The question that we need to ask before we criticize the TFG bashers is, why do they bash the TFG? Well, the main reasons that the Diaspora community has been demonstrating against the TFG was the Ethiopian occupation on their country. On the other hand, the main cause of the suicide attempts that we, unfortunately, hear from the insurgency groups is the invasion of the Ethiopian forces in Somalia. In addition, this TFG and the Ethiopian forces have slaughtered the Mogadishu based civilians, demolished their houses and forced them to live under trees. And most recently, this TFG, and the Ethiopian mercenaries have illegally dared to confiscate the house of former President, Dr. Abdiqasim Salad Hassan. In short, these are the main reasons that we have TFG bashers, but let's go in detail on each one of these reasons that stimulate all the anger against the so-called TFG.
As Somalis recently celebrated for the forty seven anniversary of their independence from the European colonizers, the sovereignty of the country once again was jeopardized by the TFG. This was the greatest conspiracy that the TFG has committed against "its" people and "country", and created its rivals, or bashers, if you will. After Ethiopians occupied Somalia, TFG itself divided into two groups: One supporting the invasion, which is a plain treason against Somalia, and another group, which is led by the Speaker, Sharif Hassan. This is the group that clearly opposed the illegal invasion of Somalia and demanded an unconditional withdrawal of the Ethiopian forces from Somalia. The visionary leader from the ICU, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, has joined this group as the group eventually settled in Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea. However, since the invasion began, what we know is that there is a group of insurgents from the remnants of ICU and nationalist individuals who are fighting against the illegal invasion of Ethiopians on Somalia.
The slaughtering of Mogadishu civilians is another conspiracy that pushes people to bash the TFG. The recent war between the invaders and insurgent groups was described as the worst fight ever happened in Somalia after the ousting of the Barre regime in 1991. In this war, civilians were targeted, health care facilities were bombarded, houses were demolished and properties were looted by the so-called TFG soldiers. Moreover, the civilian casualties of the indiscriminated war on Mogadishu were estimated four hundred. However, the Ethiopians and their followers in Somalia tried to undermine their war crimes against Mogadishu population, but Human Rights groups declared that war crimes were committed in Somalia. If that is what happened to the hopeless Somalis in Mogadishu, any support of those crimes is really an act of treason against Somalia.
Dr. Abdiqasim has recently become another target for the occupiers and the so-called TFG. This was the same mistake that some militias from the ICU committed against Ali Mahdi before they were kicked out by the Ethiopian forces at the end of 2006. However, as a former Somali president, Dr, Abdiqasim should have been respected, but unfortunately, his home was confiscated, as some of his personal properties are still missing even though there was an apology from the so-called TFG. This act of mistreating a former president does not only hurt Mr. Salad Hassan, but it is an act of demeaning of any Somali individual. This illegal confiscating has given Mr. Salad the courage of speaking up against the occupiers and its agents as he is now part of those who demand the withdrawal of the Ethiopian forces from Somalia.
These are some of the reasons why we have TFG bashers, and they may have a solid point for their bash against the so-called TFG. For instance, the attitudes of those who loathe the TFG may be changed if their concerns are met. One of the main concerns that they have is the occupation of the Ethiopians on Somalia. The foreign interference of the issues of Somalia was the main cause of the chaos of the last seventeen years. Moreover, Ethiopia was the main source for the warlords, who are now "leading" the country, in order to keep their fighting and hostility against each other. In fact, that was the game that Ethiopia has been playing for the last seventeen years in order to reach its regional goals as it's now the only ruler of Somalia.
Therefore, as long as the Ethiopian occupation on Somalia continues, hatred and bash against the so-called TFG will continue! As long as there is a civilian slaughtering, there will be TFG bashers. As long as this TFG imitates the Ethiopian regime of Addis Ababa to silence the opposition figures and media, there will be TFG bashers! As long as there is an illegal confiscating of private houses, there will be TFG bashers!