The Somali people were shocked
and saddened by the savage and criminal terrorist acts in New York City and
Washington DC last Tuesday September 11, 2001.
Immediately after the
destruction of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, both the President of
the Transitional National Government of Somalia, Dr. Abdiqasim Salad Hassan and
the Prime Minister of Somalia Dr. Ali Khalif Galaydh sent condolence letters to
the President of the United States Mr. George W. Bush.
In their letters, both the
President and the Prime Minister conveyed to the President of the United States
the profound indignation of the Somali people and Government of this heinous
The leaders of the Somali
Government asked the President of the United States to convey their heartfelt
condolences to the American people and particularly the families of the victims
of the terrorist acts.
Though the Somali government
has joined the international community in their condemnation of terrorism in New
York and Washington some news reports disseminated by those who want to harm the
reputation of the Somali government allege that Usama bin Laden has ties to the
Somali government. The Somali Government rejects this unfounded and baseless
Terrorism, in its all forms is
an affront to the basic human values. It is also an affront to the culture and
basic tenets of our religion. We would like to share with the international
community that the Somali Government has neither a direct link nor an indirect
relationship with Usama bin Laden.
The Somali Government further
states that it supports all international efforts designed to eradicate
Having said this, the Somali
people are Muslims and they are proud of their religion. Islam values peace and
abhors terror and those who espouse hatred. Those who wish to tarnish the good
name of Somalia by way of innuendoes and fabricated disinformation simply
because Somalia is a Muslim country are utterly mistaken. Being a terrorist is
one thing and being a Muslim is another thing. Trying to make correlation
between the two is not only an insult to the Somali people but also the billion
Muslims worldwide. President George W. Bush stated this very well and its
worthwhile to quote the President of the United States, “The face of
terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam
is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war”
The Government and the people
of Somalia are in solidarity with the civilized people in the world and in
particular the Organization of Islamic Conference and the Arab League who
condemned the terrorist acts in New York and Washington.
The Government of Somalia once
again sends its deepest condolences to the Government and the people of the
United States and particularly the families of the victims of this crime.
Government of Somalia
Dr. Ali Khalif Galaydh