This article has been updated.

Are Somalis aware of the fact that the international Community, including Somalia’s neighbors had learned the soft belly of the people of Somalia; that they are divided along clan and tribal lines; that clans are mutually self-destructive by nature; that in the eyes of IC Somalia’s handlers, none of them represents Somalia’s common interests; that each of them speaks only for their respective tribes; and that weakness should be exploited fully to cement still further clan divisions and mutually self-annihilation; and that way they should be prevented from coming together to build a nation-state?
I doubt very much that Somalis will ever discover the secret to their permanent weakness and perils to their very survival in the Horn of Africa, and as important human species in the world upon current trend of lasting self-destructive existence, which they led for centuries.

Colonial powers of Europe discovered this weakness of the Somalis in the Somali culture and exploited it. Now the world has dramatically changed since then, and more nations are discovering this secret too in their search for more resources and new strategic rich spots of the globe.

Their 2nd fatal weakness is TARIQA wars (religious sectarianism) that too had helped colonial masters conquer, divide and rule Somalis and Somalia.

Add to this, the deep mistrust, among Somali clans that had been created by a vicious civil war without any attempt at meaningful national reconciliation efforts. How would you learn from past mistakes and abuses, if you aren’t willing to study them and correct them never to repeat them?

Without studying the underlining causes of Somalia’s state failure and addressing them faithfully, expect no mercy from history to avoid repeating the same mistakes.

One could argue that the Federal Member States are too, tribal. Yes, but they are more manageable than hundreds of clans and sub-clans all engaged in rivalry and mutual self-destruction; after all, this could be a temporary arrangement that may or not fade away.

Have your say.

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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