| Kenya: The same old script – what ‘doing something’ really means!

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The same old script: what ‘doing something’ really meansLindsey German, Stop the War Coalition

With US and French support, Kenya and Ethiopia have carried out full-scale military invasions of Somalia. The US launches drone strikes and runs cover operations in the country. The attack in Nairobi is the result of ‘doing something’.

Kenya shopping mall attackSmoke rises from the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013

The Hollywood film Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott, came out at around the same time as 9/11 in 2001. To many of its admirers, the tale of a beleaguered band of US Marines caught up in the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993 was one of heroism and personal sacrifice against the odds. To its detractors, it boosted the role of the US military, demeaned the Somalis, and tried to make a heroic episode out of a…

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