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Attackers Tweet As They Assault UN Development Program Compound 240

Posted by timothy
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Koreantoast writes "In another interesting example of the increasing use and sophistication of social media by non-governmental organizations, the Somali-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab live tweeted their latest attack, a suicide assault against a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) facility in Mogadishu which left 15 dead. During the event, they denounced UNDP, tweeting during the attack that the UN is 'a merchant of death & a satanic force of evil, has a long inglorious record of spreading nothing but poverty, dependency & disbelief' and proceeded to mock newly appointed UN Representative Nicholas Kay who is to arrive in Somalia later this month. Also of note is their initiation of communications with various press entities including the AP, BBC and IHS Janes through Twitter. Hat tip to Foreign Policy magazine for the story."
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Attackers Tweet As They Assault UN Development Program Compound

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  • by intermodal (534361) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @12:59PM (#44062031) Homepage Journal

    I have to say, I can understand how they would view the UN in such a way. The UN's policies are pretty firm in their pushing of dependence, which is unsurprising given the way the wealthier and more influential nations are able to control it.

    • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:03PM (#44062073)
      It's clear the spreading of disbelief is the real motivator here. Kill in the name of God.
      • by PRMan (959735) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:56PM (#44062629)

        It's clear the spreading of disbelief is the real motivator here. Kill in the name of God.

        Exactly. When I read this: "a merchant of death & a satanic force of evil, has a long inglorious record of spreading nothing but poverty, dependency & disbelief", for a moment I thought they were talking about their brand of radical Islam.

      • by gmuslera (3436) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @02:38PM (#44063263) Homepage Journal
        Is easier to believe in gods or devils than that complex multinationals controlling governments and international organizations to make money from them, or in intangible things like having a future or freedom.
      • by ackthpt (218170) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @02:40PM (#44063273) Homepage Journal

        It's clear the spreading of disbelief is the real motivator here. Kill in the name of God.

        It's really about pursuit of power, as in: They who are not in power want to be and will use any means to achieve their ends, including corrupting interpretation of their own "faith" to achieve these ends. It really isn't anything about spreading the good word of the Prophet, who would probably be outraged at the practices these people engage in, recruiting people to become suicide attackers/bombers.

        Never attribute to religion what greed and malice can easily explain.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I'm surprised more people haven't stopped to think about what the UN's (and indeed, other world authorities) policies actually do to developing countries. These attacks would not have happened unless something was going on that they found objectionable enough to kill over. A google search turns up a particularly informative book on the subject entitled Looting Africa. [ukzn.ac.za] (Large PDF)

      Apparently not everyone is happy when you hand their national resources over to a foreign company.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Lumpy (12016)

        "These attacks would not have happened unless something was going on that they found objectionable enough to kill over. "

        many use the ancient writings of a madman in a holy book to use as their justification to kill.

        • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:41PM (#44062415)

          many use the ancient writings of a madman in a holy book to use as their justification to kill.

          Come on, the words of Adam Smith or Karl Marx aren't that old to be called ancient.

        • by polar red (215081)

          western money has an influence on whether these book gain or lose following. for example, no meddling in the middle east since the 40's would certainly have had a beneficial effect.

          • by Lumpy (12016)

            All "holy books" call for violence. Except for one, Buddah does not call for it in any instance.

            • by Antipater (2053064) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @02:21PM (#44063001)

              All "holy books" call for violence. Except for one, Buddah does not call for it in any instance.

              And yet, Buddhists have committed and still commit violence [wikipedia.org] in the name of their religion. People are funny creatures, aren't they?

              • by Lumpy (12016)

                Yes they are, they find justification to kill each other all anywhere they can find it.

            • by gsgriffin (1195771) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @02:53PM (#44063435)
              You are mistaken. The Bible records violence (ancient...thousands of years ago), BUT the guidance it gives for followers of Christ (which is in the New Testament) is DEFINITELY not violence. The overwhelming guidance, instruction and command is to LOVE. It goes so far as to command "LOVE YOUR ENEMY". Unfortunately, too many followers of Christ don't fully understand this and fall into an Old Testament view of how they should behave.

              If people really studied what the New Testament is calling people to do, you wouldn't find anything objectionable. It is all about, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, forgiveness, repentance, humility, etc... What is wrong with any of that? Nowhere in the New Testament (again, the instructions for followers of Christ today) does violence upon anyone even come into the picture. Read it before making blanket statements.
              • by Lumpy (12016) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @03:14PM (#44063747) Homepage

                That is NOT what christian churches teach.
                And don't even try to tell me that the bible has not been used for the justification of murder. See the history of the Roman Catholic church for a plethora of examples.

                I know intimately what Christ said and taught, that has nothing to do with what Christians believe and do. And his teachings are certainly not being followed in any large organized churches.

                • by labnet (457441)

                  Lumpy, Of the many, many churches I have been involved with over 30 years, 100% have taught exclusively that a Christian life is one of tolerance, peace, love, self control and virtue.

                • by gsgriffin (1195771) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @04:30PM (#44064537)
                  It is what Christian churches teach. The problem is religion. A relationship with God causes people to love. The religion that has consumed a lot of Christians is about rules and trying to make the world follow those rules. Bible has been used to do the wrong things. That is what we call taking it out of context or missing the obvious point. The crusades were using the Old testament model of getting rid of evil as their guidance. They were misguided.

                  I've read the Bible over 15 times straight through. If you want to argue me on verses, i will quote the entirety of the New Testament (with nothing taken out of context). If you want to quote the Old Testament, I will simply say that it is a great example of the problems of man and struggle that God had in trying to deal with a sinful world...which led to the need and solution found in Jesus.

                  Please don't quote the evil done in the name of Jesus when it was never Jesus who said they should do that. That is simply more and more examples of men screwing up big time and trying to justify their actions with religion. I don't like any religion...including the spirit of religion that has captured a lot of Christians. I believe in a relationship with God and follow Christ. It is good. there is NO EVIL in what He did or says to do....ever!
      • I'm gonna hafta side with Lumpy on this one: many African dictators and warlords are simply crazy. Several countries were put into severe straits by the imperialism of the 19th century, which has created a vicious cycle. The most notorious is the Congo Free State, which was abused by Belgians acting without governmental authority; the atrocities committed then are more than sufficient, on their own, to explain continued horrors like the LRA and the Rwandan genocides.

        Between the extremism of religion and the

      • by TheCarp (96830) <sjc&carpanet,net> on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:46PM (#44062485) Homepage

        > These attacks would not have happened unless something was going on that they found
        > objectionable enough to kill over.

        I think it more likely that these attacks would have been differently justified. That or these attacks would have been different attacks. The group is a militant group with a clearly larger agenda than opposing the UN.

        That said, the best propaganda does have some truth to it. If there wasn't some sentiment already in this direction, then these attacks would be pointless. I am reminded of the talk of newspeak and the idea that big brother being good could be so ingrained in a language that to even say the opposite would seem, on its face, wrong. Just try to replace the UN with the Redcross or Doctors without Borders, and a lot less of us will be sitting here saying "well they have a point..."

    • by TWiTfan (2887093)

      I can understand how they would view the UN in such a way

      Yeah, but compared to the Islamist militias, they're generally a lot lest rapey and murdery.

  • by paiute (550198) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:08PM (#44062121)
    I am pretty sure that tweeting that you are suicide bombing a 'merchant of death' requires the OED to make a new notation on the irony page.
    • by oodaloop (1229816) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:17PM (#44062187)
      That's about as ironic as it raining on your wedding day.
      • I think you missed the irony in that post.
        • by oodaloop (1229816)
          You mean the part about killing your enemy? That's called warfare. It's no more ironic than killing someone in revenge for them killing someone else. Deplorable, regrettable, avoidable, yes. Ironic? No.
    • by gl4ss (559668)

      I am pretty sure that tweeting that you are suicide bombing a 'merchant of death' requires the OED to make a new notation on the irony page.

      well they're giving away gpl death.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:08PM (#44062123)

    starting 2 attack un compound lol #somaliinsurgency
    just killed another 1! he wont go home 2 his family 2nite lol
    guns empty, got 2 reload in the middle of fight #thirdworldproblems
    bullet just smashed through bffs skull! wtf assholes #thirdworldproblems
    just collected friends brain matter from wall, going 2 sell on ebay lol
    just took bullet 2 arm lol eww feel blood running down past elbow
    going in for suicide attack lol! brb

  • dammit slashdot (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Trepidity (597) <.delirium-slashdot. .at. .hackish.org.> on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:20PM (#44062217)

    I'll bet clicking on that Twitter link put me on some kind of list, and I needed to fly somewhere later this month!

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Affenkopf (949241)
      This is what living in a totalitarian country is like, being afraid of getting caught reading the wrong thing.
  • Followed (Score:5, Funny)

    by ThatsNotPudding (1045640) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @01:21PM (#44062239)
    I assume they're already being followed by @ObamaDrone.

    Please RT
  • "UN is 'a merchant of death & a satanic force of evil"

    so we kill them all, muwahahaha.

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      it's more of "UN is stepping on our protection money racket.. erm.. taxes collection".

      it's politics over there, not religion that is driving it. gangland/tribal politics. about taxing, about local monopolies, about local power.

      • by stdarg (456557)

        Because religion over there has nothing to do with tribalism, politics, and power?

  • Whoever runs this Twitter account has better grammar and spelling than 99% of Americans.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by operagost (62405)

      Whoever runs this Twitter account has better grammar and spelling than 99% of Millennial Americans

      FTFY

  • I wonder what those tweets looked like.

    BigMo22
    @alqaeda Allahu Akbar!1! #death2america

    raghdbomber69
    RT @alqaeda Allahu Akbar!1! #death2america

    c4mil_jocky
    getting ready 2 crash the gate. tell mom GFN #death2america

    vick_from_tuscon
    @c4mil_jocky kewl. pix or GTFO #death2america #NSA

  • After looking at the feed for this group, it contains a bunch of reporters trying to speak to them. Only on twitter would you see a member of the associated press type a message like this:

    @natemook @HSMPRESS1 So in ur idea of journalism u ONLY speak 2 peep who don't kill/respect human rts? How do u expect 2understandextremism?

    It reads like a teenager talking to equally less caring friends. Why has twitter of all things become such a figurehead over these kinds of communications? It seems asinine.

  • Unless NSA avoids it. Too bad for the UN or other contries, by the way, if they detected it, decided not to warn (or even promoted it).
  • The UN has already blamed the Jews.

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