Once again, the mighty forces of the ancient Axumite Kingdom, the Lion of Africa, and the flag-bearers of the Lion of Judah, have been defeated by the Dervishes-Somalia's war-hardened soldiers of liberation. The withdrawal of Ethiopian occupation forces from Somalia coincides with the withdrawal of Russian forces from Georgia. For both Russia and Ethiopia, withdrawal means a disgraceful historical event while for the people of Georgia and Somalia, it will connote supremacy and valor.
Recent news splashed on many web sites relate Ethiopian forces loading heavy artillery pieces, tanks, soldiers, and other military hardware on to cargo ships ready for departure from Somalia. This is good news for the people of Somalia who have been victims of Ethiopian interference since the collapse of the Somali central government in 1991 when Militia forces trained and armed in Ethiopia overthrew the junta of Major General Mohamed Siyad Barre culminating in the dismemberment, displacement, and cantonization of a once peaceful nation.
At the time of writing this article, the top three leaders of Somalia that include the President, Prime Minister, and governor of Banadir region are in Addis Ababa having consultation with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, strongman Meles Zenawi, over the ousting of Mohamed Omar Habeb as Governor of Banadir region by Somalia's Prime Minister-an act that angered Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed who is a close friend of the governor in question.
Also, Djibouti, a neighbor of Somalia, is hosting a reconciliation conference for the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the combined opposition forces opposed to the TFG-a group led by Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Djibouti held several reconcliation conferences and all ended in failure.
In conclusion, the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces from Somalia is truly a resounding defeat for the people of Somalia. For now, it seems, the problems caused by the lion of Africa in Somalia, has been laid to rest forever. What Somalis need to do is to come together and sort out their differences and create an all-inclusive government based on liberty, peace, and justice.