By James Lawler, for Fox News
A recent statement given to the Security Council by the President of Kenya has underscored the deep divisions in the gridlocked Council over how to respond to transnational terrorism.
In his submission the Kenyan President, recalling the tragic deaths of 67 Kenyan citizens in September’s Westgate Shopping Mall massacre at the hands of Al-Shabaab militants, slammed the Security Council’s recent Resolution 2124 on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AUMISOM), a long-running UN-endorsed military campaign to combat Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
According to the President, “undue restrictions have been placed on our peacekeeping forces” by this resolution, hindering AUMISOM’s ability to target the murderous Islamist group in a time where “military efforts must be allowed to continue unhindered by political concerns”.
Consequently, he demanded the Security Council revisit its previous resolutions on Somalia, and reissue AUMISOM with a wider mandate “to liberate Somalia’s people from the reaper’s grasp of Al-Shabaab”.
Yet, this wise leader’s submission was met with derision by the international bully-boys of the Security Council. Following the President’s departure, the delegate for Rwanda dismissed the Kenyan leader’s comments as premature, claiming that not enough time has passed to judge Resolution 2124’s success – despite the Kenyan president’s witness testimony that it is a gross failure.
In a statement to FOX News, Russia further blustered against the Council reconsidering its failed policy on Somalia, claiming that any change may lead to a surprise territorial occupation of Somalia by Kenya. Unsurprisingly, the delegate was however unable to answer FOX’s question on how unmandated previous Kenyan actions could be compared to today’s Security Council-mandated actions. Nor was he able to answer when the Security Council should reconsider the Somali situation, replying that this should occur “when something big happens”. One would think an abject failure in anti-terrorism policy by the world’s key security body was big enough.