Yesterday’s monstrous twin bombings in Uganda which have resulted in the deaths of at least seventy-four people (the death toll may still rise) have understandably been blamed on East African Al-Qa’ida franchises.
The BBC reports that:
“In particular, the attack on the Ethiopian Village restaurant raised suspicions of al-Shabab involvement: Addis Ababa backs Somalia’s government against the rebels.”
The Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in 2006 which overthrew the Islamic Courts Union was backed by the United States. As the Guardian columnist Seumas Milne observed earlier this year in an article entitled ‘Terror is the price of support for despots and dictators’, US policy in the region has had very negative consequences:
“Greater western military intervention in both countries [Yemen and Somalia] will certainly make the problem worse. In Somalia, it has already done so, after the US-backed Ethiopian invasion of 2006 overthrew the relatively pragmatic Islamic Courts Union and spawned the more extreme, al-Qaida-linked Shabab movement, now in control of large parts of the country.”