Al-Shabab has stricken again. This time not tossing grenades into churches, bars, or bus terminals, but broad daylight attack in one of the most affluent malls in Nairobi, Kenya. They did not target government or military installations, but a civilian mall. Spraying bullets at innocent non-Muslim shoppers, including children who have not opened their eyes yet to differentiate between a Kenyan from a Somalian.
And what kind of freedom are these good-for-nothing-empty-headed tugs fighting for? To liberate Somalia from who? Kenya has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Somalia refuges on top of hosting them before re-settlement around the world. Is this how Somalians say THANK YOU KENYANS?
Al-Shabab knows well that KDF invaded Somalia to flash them out of their stronghold(southern Somalia) because of their repeated incursions into Kenyan territory to hijack tourists enjoying warm and beautiful beaches. The government warned them repeatedly with no success, left with no option they requested authorization from UN to invade. It was the first time Kenyan Army entered a neighboring country with an intent to fight terrorists, otherwise they have maintained peaceful neighborhood. So, to claim the attack is to force Kenyan Defense Force out of Somalia or a retaliation for the invasion is utterly nonsense. They asked for it and they got it, end of the story.
Now, to go for soft targets(especially, pregnant women and children) not only is morally EVIL, but also contrary to their own religious teachings from the Koran. Separating Muslims from non-Muslims to unleash mayhem makes them monsters, and NEVER martyrs.
To UN, Kenya has insisted that for Somalia to have a lasting peace it will be necessary to divide the country into South and North Somalia. The price is much cheaper than footing bills for Somalia refugees wherever they might be. Some Somalians may disagree with this assertion, but since 1991 they have not had a functioning government and they cannot maintain one even if they tried, as they have done time and time again without outside help. Their new fledgling central government is increasingly becoming expensive to maintain under the auspice of African Union army - again the bulk of them are Kenyans. It is a far reaching compromise yet much better option than vagabondary.
Lastly, Somalians have enjoyed and continue enjoying hospitality from friendly countries(including Kenya), ranging from financial assistance to basic human needs. But when something barbaric is committed by one of their own, like the massacre in Nairobi, there is no outcry or full fledge condemnation from the community. Why? One voice does not cut it. On the other hand, if their community was denied something essential for their own benefit, like a worshiping room at the airport facilities, they all come out with hands on their heads “proclaiming” unfairness or discrimination.
Somalians, remember sometime ‘a river flows to both opposite directions of the ridge’.