Friday, December 29, 2006

Islamofascist Response to a Real Battle: RUN AWAY!!!!

  • 1991 - In one of many civil rebellions, Somali dictator, Mohamed Siad Barre, was ousted, and the country fell into complete chaos with rival warlords vying for power.
  • November-December 1992 - President George H.W. Bush began sending US troops (of which I was one), and other allied troops under US command arrived and began Operation "Restore Hope," successfully reigning in the warlords and getting relief to the starving refugees stacked-up along the Ethiopian border.
  • May 1993 - Pakistani General assumed command of international forces now under the ausipces of the UN.
  • October 1993 - The famous "Blackhawk Down" incident occurred in the successful attempt to capture the two closest advisers to number 1 warlord, Mohamed Aidid. Delta Force got his two advisers. Our 140 Rangers, outnumbered 10-to-1 and largely cut-off from reinforcements, suffered 19 deaths; the Somali guerillas suffered 1500-2000. Shortly afterward, President Clinton withdrew our troops.
  • 1993-present - The UN completely withdrew in 1995 and the country returned to chaotic infighting, regional secessions, famine and suffering. The officially recognized government, the TFG, opposed to extremist islam, arose. Radical muslim leadership, the IC (Islamic Court) or SICC, gained overwhelming, Taliban-like strength, imposing Sharia law, and began a rebellion against the TFG, pushing it back to reign only in their capitol, Baidoa. The Islamic Court radicals declared war on Ethiopia which backed the TFG and swore to protect it. Ethiopia invades.
  • Today - The Ehtiopians took Mogadishu and kicked the islamofascist's asses who ran away in defeat. Like most bullies, islamofascists are cowards and chicken-shits when they do not have numbers on their side and/or the other side is unarmed.
For more background on the history of chaos in Somalia go here. One thing is for sure: The Ethiopians do not give a rat's ass about world opinion, and if the Islamofascists mount a guerilla campaign against them or the TFG, the Ethiopians will not fight with one hand tied behind their backs. Blood will be shed, and heads will roll.


Blogger BobF said...

I don’t know how accurate the movie Black Hawk Down is but I’m going to assume it’s fairly factual. In the movie a Pakistani General had command over the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division. During the battle, the American General needed reinforcements and had to go to the Pakistani General, hat-in-hand, to get reinforcements, including the 10th Mountain. A US Army General could not order American Forces into battle without the approval of a foreign commander. American Forces under foreign commanders…That’s what Bill Clinton did and that’s what the next Democrat in the White House will do. Why, John Kerry already said he would do it.

BTW, GW Bush refuses to put American Troops under UN control.

2:14 PM GMT+13  
Blogger Joe said...

Hi, Bob.

The movie was pretty accurate as far as I know from the guys I know who were there; that was Oct. '93, and I had left in May.

As far as the Pakistani general and all that, yes, like I mentioned in my post, at the same time my unit left, control of the entire multi-national coalition was turned over to Pakistani control. Prior to May '93, it was a US operation in charge of the same multi-national force, then it became a UN operation. A few things went wrong that day in October that is not made really clear in the movie:

First, the Pakistanis were supposed to assume the role of close air support over Mogadishu that my unit had provided with two choppers in the air, 24/7. They did not do that.

Second, the mission of capturing Aidid's two lieutenants had Delta as the primary with the Rangers in support. Delta operates in secrecy, taking orders from only two people besides the president, so the Pakistanis nor anybody else knew of that mission. Had their birds been in the air they could have helped out sooner when things went bad. The US has been criticized for carrying out that mission without authority from the UN, but considering that it was successful despite what happened, I would make the call to do it the same way again.

5:13 PM GMT+13  
Blogger BobF said...

Joe, I believe if the US had gone to the UN for authority to carry out the mission, the Somalies would have been warned in advance. Their would have been many more dead American Soldiers and we wouldn't have gotten Aidid's lieutenants.

2:31 PM GMT+13  
Blogger Joe said...

That is exactly why we did it without their knowledge; like I said, Delta operates in a completely different universe than any other special-ops group. Loose lips sink ships and all that.

3:59 PM GMT+13  

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