Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Uganda Should Attack al-Shabaab

As a vast majority of the world celebrated the conclusion of the World Cup in the Republic of South Africa, on Sunday, 11th July, 2010, Uganda’s happy moments of the one month long tournament was brought to a sudden halt when two bomb explosions occurred in the capital, Kampala, leaving at least seventy six people dead. The first one was at the Kyadondo Rugby Grounds and the other at Ethiopian Village in Kabalagala.

The Somalia based militant group, al-Shabaab that is believed to have links with al Qaeda, claimed responsibility and took credit for this carnage saying that it was in retaliation against Uganda’s deployment of troops in Somalia under the African Union’s AMISOM mandate. In his address to the nation shortly thereafter, President Yoweri Museveni vowed to “demand accountability” from al-Shabaab by taking the war to their base, swearing that no one can attack Uganda and go scot-free.

Now, I am profoundly honoured and truly humbled by some of my friends who have sought to know my opinion on these developments and I take the pleasure to put it as hereunder.

First, after thoughtful consideration, I am entirely in agreement with President Museveni’s proposal to invade al-Shabaab in Somalia. Why? Precisely for the very reasons he gives. Al-Shabaab committed an unforgivable offence of attacking innocent and peaceful civilians. They should have attacked Ugandan military installations instead of murdering blameless people, most of whom were even oblivious of developments in Somalia.

Both international legal instruments and our Constitution empower our army to defend our territorial integrity which Al-Shabaab has violated thereby compromising our peace and security. Now Uganda has been invited to fight as of necessity. In The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli, writes that, “Necessary wars are just wars, and the arms of a nation are hallowed when it has no other resource but to fight.” He warns further, that, “…war is not to be avoided, but is only to be put off to the advantage of others…” Surely, we don’t want to benefit al-Shabaab by looking on after humiliating us. This approach has earned Israel and U.S.A great respect internationally for their tough stance of reproach against anybody who attacks them; the merits and demerits of their actions notwithstanding.

I take cognizance of the wise counsel of all those cautioning us to tread carefully, arguing that we should seek the support of other countries lest we are perceived as imperialists. According to the Ministry of Defence, IGAD and some AU members have expressed willingness to deploy soldiers too. Critics say that as a poor country, we are unable to sponsor a huge war on foreign territory. Personally, I leave that to our leaders to decide.

Concerning my hesitation to comment on the Somali conflict, I must confess that I don’t understand it well. Unlike the Israeli-Arab conflict which, in my opinion, is largely an ego problem, that of Somalia is far more complicated. Several questions remain unanswered and unclear hence precluding me from readily engaging in constructive and objective debate on it. For instance, why did U.S.A overthrew General Farrah Ei Didi’s government in 1991 and leave hastily thereafter before restoring order? Why did other African countries decline to deploy troops in 2007 as agreed upon by the African Union? How come that the Arab League seems unbothered by this conflict? Besides, nowadays I hardly trust American-led propaganda on terrorism ever since they duped the world into believing that Sadam had Weapons of Mass Destruction. Such issues are responsible for my aloofness on this important topic.