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January 22, 2005

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hex

The erstwhile "brutal invaders" have a mission in Somalia, while the Somali government is based (or rather, hiding) in Kenya?

Eddy

If you're going to engage in colonialism, don't expect the natives to look kindly on the sacrifices of your troops on your departure.

Eddy

"If you're going to engage in colonialism, don't expect the natives to look kindly on the sacrifices of your troops on your departure."

Amen

Abiola Lapite

"The erstwhile "brutal invaders" have a mission in Somalia, while the Somali government is based (or rather, hiding) in Kenya?"

Even if so, it's not today's troops whose graves are being desecrated.

Kevin Donoghue

"Even if so, it's not today's troops whose graves are being desecrated."

They will be relieved to hear that.

Abiola Lapite

And if they aren't, screw them. Why anyone should expect Africans to look kindly upon those who came to treat them as inferiors in need of a strong hand is beyond me, especially when no one asks the same once white faces are involved. If today's Italian soldiers can't distinguish between what is owed them and what their savage forefathers deserve, they're in need of the sorts of lessons Germans have spent the last 50 years giving themselves.

james

I feel the same way about Iraq

Chuckles

Long overdue; heh?
But these actions are traceable to conditions of stress.
I dont think there is any malice behind it - which of course, is what baffles me about Africans.
Peoples who have suffered less than African peoples from invading forces hold such bitter memories - especially in Europe and Arabia. I was listening to a friend from Bulgaria the other day tell me all about the evils of the Muslims.
Yet, I dont see anyone hounding white children to death on the Streets of Abuja or organizing a vendetta against the LugardNiks.
Africans, it seems, have forgotten. Which again, might be good or bad, depending on how you spin it.

Julian Elson

I think respect for the dead is overrated anyway. I think that we went wrong with the idea of a permenant grave: the medeivals Europeans, burying the dead until the flesh rotted away, then digging up the bones and putting them in a charnel house, were fairly sensible. Or, if not that, maybe there should be a statute of limitations (say, 90 years) of how long graves are respected, at which point the people who cared about the deceased are themselves deceased.

captainblak

Ah! If the Somalis want to dig up those graves and burn the remains in a big national campfire, I support them.

Chuckles -
"I dont think there is any malice behind it - which of course, is what baffles me about Africans."

It baffles me too! One would think South Africa would have violently cleansed itself.

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