I have a deep love in my heart for Nairobi, Kenya and its indigenous people. It was one of the cities I spent time in on my first trip to the Motherland back in 1985. The people were warm, friendly and humble. Most of the people I met would not be able to afford to shop at the Westgate Mall where terrorists rained bullets on innocent shoppers. Some observers believe that the mall was the target because it is frequented by Westerners. Still, the fact that Kenya is allegedly becoming the battleground for Al Qaeda is troubling. In this case it’s Shabab, an Islamist militant group based in Somalia. Add long-time corruption by government officials, and it spells untold suffering for the masses of Kenyans.
It looks like President Obama may have dodged the bullet – both literally and figuratively. When you dare someone to cross a line – even a red line for use of chemical weapons – a lot of invisible hands start working on all sides to see who’s gonna crack. Since Russia has a dog in this fight, a deal may have been struck that will save face for Obama and Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad.
After all, the majority of Americans oppose the military action against Sytria, U.S. military leaders are lukewarm to the idea. G20 leaders are opposed to military strikes including France and Britain. The U.S. doesn’t have a clear understanding of all the forces operating in the Syria and who could assume power if Assad is weakened. There’s nothing good that can come out of the air strikes, which brings me to yet another point – there’s no military exit strategy.
Sunday morning, September 15, 1963. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham Alabama. The Klu Klux Klan made it unequivocally clear that our children were not going to be spared in the war to maintain white supremacy, that our churches would be targets of unmitigated hate. Everything that we held sacred–our babies, our place of worship–would be violated that day.
Honor the memory of Addie Mae, Carole, Cynthia and Denise by fighting for the dignity, lives and future of our children today. Continue the struggle against racism and white supremacy.
The Black Rep, in celebration and commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, will present a staged reading of “Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963,” by Christina M. Ham. The reading is Sunday, September 15 at 5 pm and will be held at the Washington Tabernacle MB Church, 3200 Washington Boulevard.