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Unroll: Why I support our troops in Africa.

“The US military bombed Al Shabaab. Sorry, but I’m okay with that.”

— (@girly_GRRRL Reply to @Rohitjo14921532)

The US military conducted an air strike against Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab jihadists on Tuesday, the first since President Joe Biden took office.

I am okay with any work our military does in Africa, as long as it is done in coordination with the African Union. I’m against overthrowing governments & pillaging resources, but our joint Ops with the AU Mission in Somalia is legit.

Since 2005, NATO has been cooperating with the African Union (AU) – a regional organisation with 55 members created in 2002. The NATO-AU relationship started modestly with AU requests for logistics…

Helping a country who wants our help, to fight terrorism, is okay with me. If we were arming terrorists there to overthrow governments, that would be a different story.

I’m more bothered by our country’s support for Tigray against Ethiopia than by our troops fucking up al Shabaab.

It would be great if African nations could hold their own against terrorists, but they can’t always do it entirely on their own. Right now, most are busy fighting back a Jihadist insurgency in Mozambique. I hope they succeed.

The bloc did not give details of the strength or the timeline of the deployment. But a document leaked earlier this year recommended sending Southern African nations to send troops to Mozambique.

“Give me one instance America’s military intervention in any foreign country has not gone horribly wrong for the people of those countries?”

— (@Rohitjo14921532 Replying to @girly_GRRRL)


I have a personal interest in hoping Jihadists fail in Africa. South Africa is my second home (my husband is South African). If the African Union asks for help, the US should help, in ways the AU has asked for. Hypotheticals mean little to me.

My view about this is consistent with my view about Syria. I oppose arming a rebellion against the Syrian government, but I’m all for bombing terrorists. I am a non-interventionist, but not a pacifist. Assisting a county who needs help defending themselves is not interventionism…

… especially when the enemy they need protection from is our own declared enemy.

This post was unrolled from Twitter, with minor grammar corrections.