HARGEISA – Somaliland’s new ambassador to the United States, held a ‘minute’s silence’ for victims of the 2017 Mogadishu Soobe Blast, during a Somaliland community event in Washington, D.C on October 13th.
Before the beginning of his speech, Amb. Bashir Goth asked the crowd to quietly mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly bomb blast that killed 600+ Somalis in Mogadishu last year.
“The Soobe blast has been described as the ‘9/11 of Africa’. October 14th will forever be known as a ‘black day’ because 600+ Somalis were killed instantly by the blast. Other than 9/11 this never happened anywhere else in the world,” Goth told the crowd.
As expected, Somalilander-Americans who were present at the event stood up and honoured the innocent victims of the Soobe blast.
Despite strained relations with Somalia, the Government of the Republic of Somaliland has constantly condemned the senseless attacks in Mogadishu, and has sent official condolences on many occasions.
If Somalilanders don’t have an issue with sympathizing with their fellow Somalis – and condemn the brutal attacks in Somalia – then what’s the problem?
Well, the problem is Mr. Goth – and his disturbing stance on the atrocities that took place in Somaliland during the 1980’s.
Goth published an article in 1989 titled: “Isaaq: Somalia’s troublesome child’. The article was published one year after Somalia’s military regime carried out a deadly genocide in the north regions of the Somali Republic (present-day Somaliland).
Over 100,000 Somalilanders were killed by Siad’s Barre regime. Goth also remembers when Somalia’s military leaders ordered military jets to take off from Hargeisa – and bomb the same city and innocent residents they were supposed to protect.
In the article, Goth justified the actions of the Siad Barre regime against the Isaaq clan and downplayed the 1988 Somaliland genocide.
“In a quick review, I will try to tackle the Isaq threat to Somalism. Somalis have strived towards the idea of nationhood, it has been the Isaq clan that stood alone in resisting the unity of the Somali people. Like a troublesome child who throws a tantrum when he does not get his own way, the Isaq clan has repeatedly displayed the selfish shortsightedness and violence of such childish outbursts but with dire consequences.” Goth argues in the article.
It is a well-known fact that Goth only supports Somaliland when it suits him. Goth first started to support Somaliland after his distant cousin, Dahir Riyale Kahin, was elected in 2003 to serve as the 3rd President of the Republic of Somaliland.
After Kahin left office in 2010, Goth went back to being a staunch Somali unionist, bashing Somaliland and promoting Somali unity in his articles.
Prior to his appointment in 2018, Goth was working a media and communications advisor for the Prime Minister of Somalia, Hassan Ali Khayre.
It is not known why Goth was even given the post in the first place, considering the fact that he was recently an advisor for the PM of Somalia.
His appointment was condemned by many Somalilanders around the world, who couldn’t believe an anti-Somaliland, 1988 genocide-denier, was appointed to serve in the government of an ex-SNM commander and national hero.
At the height of the military campaign against Somaliland and its people by the then dictator Siyad Barre in 1988, a young author by the name Bashir Good authored an article titled “The Isaaqs; Somalia troublesome child” to provide intellectual justification for Afweyne’s crime. https://t.co/5opwCtdW5X
— Mustafe Ahmed (@MustafaAhmed42) August 14, 2018
Goth might be wearing a different shirt, but he is still a die-hard Somali unionist. Goth published an article 4 months ago (June 2018) that promoted the idea of Somali reunification.
Below, is an excerpt from the article.
“Seeing the symbols of Somalism demolished and demonized in a little over than 30 years (1960 – 1991), another 30 years may not be a long time for one to live in the hope of witnessing again the fervor of Somali nationalism swing back to its old youthful vigor and the independence days regain their glory and their prestige. In another 30 years I may still be around writing another elegy for the diverted trajectory of another lost dream or a tribute to a revived culture and reincarnated spirit of a great nation.” Goth stated in the article.
When will Mr. Goth explain the controversial article he published in 1989? When will Mr. Goth admit that a deadly genocide was carried out against the people of Somaliland in 1988? When will Mr. Goth admit that he still supports Somali unity? When will he explain why he was working for the Government of Somalia only a few months ago?
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