Eerily Familiar: Somali History

To point out the eerily familiar description of a socialist regime in Somalia, and the current socialist efforts of the”democrats” currentlt experimenting with the boundaries of toelrability and sensibility here in the United States, I have to reveal one of my awesome free music sites.

But the parallel is too compelling.

I have some websites where I go for free or very low cost music. I hate to share the info because I fear that somehow the great deal will end if too many people find out about these sites. Probably will never happen – people generally will not dig something unless it is certified as “good, ” whether good or not, by someone with more influence than me. Such as ClearChannel.

So, here it is: a blog reflecting upon the realm of well-aged African music. On one post, a contributor comments on a record of praise to the new communist dictator, Mohammad Siad Barre, who popped up in 1969.

As you review the notes, keep in mind the way that Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, Michael Copps, and the rest of our socialist adminsitration is striving to “provide content” so we all think the “right” things.

http://likembe.blogspot.com/2010/08/somali-songs-of-new-era.html

A sample: “They had initially a progressive agenda and rhetoric based on justice, socio-economic development, equal opportunities for all, specially for women and minorities etc. The political discourse was pregnant with noble promises and the expectations were high. Gutted by the corruption and nepotism rampant during the preceding civilian governments, many Somalis were enthusiastic about the new ‘revolutionary course’ and many artists lauded Siad Barre’s initial goodwill and positive intentions. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long before oppression, fear and mutual distrust were all the midwife could announce to the parturient crowds.

“The artists on this series were all members of Waaberi, the house-band of the Ministry of Information and National Guidance. The name says it all: Propaganda and indoctrination! It was a large troupe with hundreds of members embracing dramaturgy, folklore dance and music.

“It seems the ones on this album were carefully selected to rally support for the military regime. They were among the most popular in that period and, equally or maybe even more important, they came from practically all regions and clans. Their incipient stance in favour of the military regime, as depicted in these songs, may be genuine, fake, forced … or all three at the same time, as dictatorial schizo-paranoia has its unfathomable ways. However, poet and playwright Sangub (composer of “Soomalida Maanta” & “Midab Gumeysi Diida”) is to my knowledge the only one in this bunch who never disavowed Siad Barre’s atrocities. That’s why he’s strongly despised across the board, notwithstanding his impressive and diverse body of literary work. The other protagonists in this album spoke their mind in subsequent songs and were, along with many others, arrested and/or exiled.”

Eerie. Prescient.

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4 responses to “Eerily Familiar: Somali History

  1. Sanaag

    Someone sent me this link and thanks for quoting me! I’m actually flabbergasted you’re somehow comparing the current American Gov’t to Somalia’s military dictatorship! The egregious crimes they committed against Somalis from all regions and clans, including their own, are imo (almost) unparalleled in Somali history. Moreover, Siad Barre and his vassals were not socialists; the only ideology they were interested and well-versed in was anything that could anchor their power. That is why they changed their ideological suits or rags constantly – from pro-Soviet, via pro-Chinese, to pro-western and vice versa. The true and convinced socialist elements in their ranks were quickly purged, arrested, tortured and even killed. Those who were lucky enough to escape were among the founders of SSDF, the first armed opposition to the dictatorship.
    Finally, I was only a toddler when Siad Barre came to power but since I can discern right from wrong I’ve been an active green socialist and, so far, I couldn’t find anything better.

    Cheers,

    Sanaag

  2. thelastdemocrat

    Well, come on over to the U.S. We have plenty of genuine socialists, and plenty of opportunists who could care less about a political philosophy.

    We don’t have the political killings here to the same extent because we are the pupputmaster, not the puppet being played. We underhandedly play dirty, elsewhere, as we are doing with our oil companies in Nigeria right now, so things are nice and claen back home.

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