Since the proclamation of what is least known as Puntland in 1998,
the claim of Sool and Sanaag regions of Somaliland remained at lip
service before December 2003. The timing of Las Anod`s invasion at
the end of December was sucidal political miscalculasions based
on misinformation fed to Col. Abdullahi Youssuf by his secret
informants from the beginning of Somaliland`s presidential election
results of April 2003. These secret informants have been falsely
telling Col. Abdullahi Youssuf that the results of the presidential
elections have bitterly divided Somaliland people between west and
east, and as a result of that, the government has become weak and
the armed forces have disintegrated. Basing his decision on this
unfounded information in Somaliland and taking advantage of current
Somali Peace Talks in Kenya for convenience, the hawkish dictator,
Colonel Abdullahi Youssuf, saw no better time than now to invade Las
Anod. The tyrant of Garowe made a devastating mistake by failing to
understand that the national unity and territorial integrity of any
nation is far above democratic political differences and views, and
Somaliland`s government and people are entirely united and committed
to defend the sanctity of national unity and territorial integrity
of Somaliland Republic.
The current border between Somaliland and Somalia was drawn
during colonial times between British Somaliland Protectorate and
Somali Italian colony. Likewise, all African borders had been drawn
by colonial powers and today, the sovereignty and diplomatic
recognition of any African state or country depend on its colonial
borders. These borders are also recognized by African Union, United
Nations as well as the international community. There are no tribal
borders but there are internationally recognized national and
territorial borders in this world. The border between Somaliland and
Somalia is not different from that passing between Kenya and
Tanzania. Through out Africa, same clans
inhabit at least in two or more different countries.
Good examples of these clans are:
-Fulani: inhabits Sudan, Senegal, and Cameron.
-Hausa: inhabits in Nigeria and Niger.
-Yoruba: inhabits in Nigeria and Benin.
-Bobo: inhabits in Burkino Faso and Mali.
-Maasai: inhabits in Kenya and Tanzania.
-Berbers: inhabits Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria etc.
-Issak: inhabit in Somaliland, Ethiopia, Djibouti,
-Hawiye: inhabits Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
-Darod: inhabits in Somaliland, Somalia, Ethiopia, and
-Samaroon: inhabits Somaliland, Ethiopia, and
-Issa: inhabits in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somaliland.
Each part of these clans share legitimacy of
sovereignty, country, border, and government with
their respective states. It is internationally
unlawful and unjustifiable, too, that Somaliland
Republic invades Djibouti and seizes the lands
inhabited by Issaks and Samaroons claiming that they
are associated with it by lineage. Thereof,
Puntland`s Administration has no right at all to claim
Sool on the mere basis of lineage and non-existing
tribal border. Thus, its cross-border attacks against
Somaliland Republic are open aggression.
With the temporary fall of Las Anod, Col. Abdulllahi Youssuf is
now bragging to the delegates of Somali Peace talks in Kenya that he
captured important region from Somaliland, Sool, and promising to
seize the rest of Somaliland and bring it back to Somalia in order
to score political points for bargaining Somalia`s presidency.
When foreign forces invade a country and defy international calls
to withdraw from it immediatley, war is the only option, surrender
is not an option. President Riyale must prepare himself for a war
president and prepare the nation for a war. Somaliland Republic must
direct all its resources toward the defense of the motherland and
Abdullahi Youssuf and his ficious militia taste the lethal weapons
of Somaliland Armed Forces as soon as possible to liberate Las Anod
and rescue its residents from the killings, illegal imprisonments,
torture, and curfew by Puntland`s brutal militia. Somaliland must
take the war to Bosaso to cut off the life line from Col. Abdullahi
Youssuf and his militia, and to Garowe to destroy his headquarters.
This will also help the people of Majeerteenia to liberate
themselves from the cannibal, Col. Abdullahi Youssuf.
If the current government of Somaliland fails, hope won`t, to
expel Puntland`s militia from Somaliland immediately, then the
people of Somaliland must replace it with better government that is
adamantly committed to defend the sanctity of national unity and
territorial integrity of Somaliland. It is well known that war
causes death and destruction, but it must be welcome when one`s
existence is threatened.
Written by: Ibrahim Hassan Gagale
January 14, 2004.