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Why they are protesting against black hawk down?
|This movie is a blatantly racist attempt to create support among the U.S. public for a new war against Somalia. According to the Bush Administration, Somalia is at the top of the Pentagons list of countries to be the next major target of the so-called war against terrorism. In his review of Black Hawk Down, New York Times movie reviewer Elvis Mitchell wrote that the movie converts the Somalis into a pack of snarling dark-skinned beasts it reeks of glumly staged racism.
What actually happened in Somalia in 1992-93?
On December 12, 1992, the U.S. sent 28,000 soldiers into Somalia under the cover of the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) in what they said was a humanitarian mission to bring food to starving people. The invasion came when a several-year drought that had taken tens of thousands of lives was actually abating. At the time, the evening news showed images of thousands of starving Somalis. What people didn't see was U.S.troops not delivering food but instead engaged in daily gun battles and bombing raids in heavily populated neighborhoods. In ten months, more than 10,000 Somalis died as the U.S. engaged in aggressive military action against those who resisted.
Resistance among Somali women, men and even children to the foreign troops became widespread. The Somali people have a long and proud history of resistance. They fought for the freedom of their country from Italian, French and British colonialism - and they resisted the U.S. attempts to recolonize their country.
In the beginning of the military intervention in 1992, Colin Powell, at the time the chairman of the Pentagons Join Chiefs of Staff, called the invasion a paid political advertisement for the Pentagon at a time (less than a year after the end of the so-called Cold War) when Congress was under growing pressure to cut the war budget. Powell opposed calls that that money be used instead for jobs, education, health care, housing and other social needs, and instead sought to maintain the $300-billion-plus military budget.
In reporting on the U.S./UN Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM), the human rights organization Africa Rights stated that troops have engaged in abuses of human rights, including killing of civilians, physical abuse, theft Many UNOSOM soldiers have also displayed unacceptable levels of racism toward Somalis These abuses included opening fire with machine guns against unarmed protesters, firing missiles into presidential areas and outright murder civilians, including many youth. The report states UNOSOM has become an army of occupation.
Since September 11, Bush administration on officials have held meetings with Hollywood representatives regarding the content of the movies and other material they produce. In an October 17, 2001, meeting, Hollywood heads committed themselves to new initiatives in support of the war on terrorism. Black Hawk Down is just one of those movies, made hand-in-hand with the Pentagon. Weeks before the release of Black Hawk Down, the Motion Picture Association of America held a private screening for senior White House advisers, and allowed them to make changes. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Oliver North, among others, attended the movies Washington DC premiere. Hollywood spends hundreds of millions of dollars on pro-war, racist films like these - $90 million on Black Hawk Down alone while millions of people in New York and around the country are facing layoffs, evictions, cuts in health care, attacks on their pensions and more.
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