Somaliland: Can A Leopard Change It’s Spots?


More than thirty years after the carpet bombing of Hargeisa, the shelling of Burao, the strafing of civilians, predominantly women and children, by hired mercenary pilots of the regime of the late dictator, Siyad Barre, up pops an unrepentant, unreconstructed, bloodthirsty felon, Abdirahman “Guulwadde” to declare that it was all , in his words, “justified”


Which begs the question, Can a leopard change it’s spots?. No, it is impossible.

A few months ago, the unelected “president” in Mogadishu, guarded at an considerable expense by AMISON and international forces, whose motto, ironically, is
“nabad iyo nolol” ( peace and life), took a picture with a convicted war criminal, the infamous Col. Tuke, in Washington, DC at the opening of a new Somali “embassy”!

No surprise in that since they are both remnants of that brutal Barre regime. But, the offensiveness of that photo in the eyes of Somalilanders and many other Somalis was and is beyond measure.