Bombings in Uganda

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 12, 2010
Man Attends to Injured Woman After Bombings in Uganda

On July 12, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a statement on the bombings in Uganda. The Secretary said:

"I join President Obama in strongly condemning today's attacks in Kampala, Uganda targeting innocent spectators watching the World Cup final. We understand that American citizens may have been injured or killed and our embassy is reaching out to assist. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims, in the United States and Uganda.

"At this tragic moment, the United States stands with Uganda. We have a long-standing, close friendship with the people and government of Uganda and will work with them to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice."Information for Americans in Uganda:

American citizens with questions or concerns may telephone the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala at (256) (414) 259 791, ext. 6137. In the case of an emergency outside business hours or during any suspension of public services American citizens may reach the embassy duty officer by calling (256) (414) 259 791.

American citizens are urged to register and update their contact information with the U.S. Embassy in Kampala. The U.S. Embassy is located at Plot 1577 Ggaba Road. The phone number is (256) (414) 259 791, ext. 4137, fax (256) (414) 258 451, and email: KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov. For more information, please visit travel.state.gov.

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Joseph M.
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Oregon, USA
July 12, 2010

Joseph A.M. in Oregon writes:

I am profoundly saddened in hearing of the bombings today occurring in Kampala,this terrible act is especially painful, particularly with the targeting of friends and families who were celebrating the final World Cup Soccer matches at several venues in Kampala. This is shocking to hear and comes at a time when it should be a great "celebration" for a successful South African World Cup!? I'm greatly, saddened about the violence and the loss of life that has occurred in Kampala, it's shocking! I've spent several hours last night contacting friends and acquaintances in Kampala, I have dear friend who is with the Uganda Ministry of Information and Public Affairs, she had told me that she was fine, and that she had lost friends at the Rugby Pub due to the bombing -- It appears that the bombings were politically motivated by a militant fundamentalist group "Al Shabab", due to the very nature that an Ethiopian popular Sports restaurant was so cruelly targeted. The Islamic Militant group, considers Ethiopia a hostile enemy, due to the conflict in Somalia and Ethiopia's military involvement. I was told by a personal friend, that they are expecting to hear of an official "statement by one of the militant groups" claiming responsibility. Terrible, devastating news coming from Kampala this morning, my prayers are with my friends in Kampala.

From a much deeper point of view, our government and he U.N. needs to address the violence and mayhem in Somalia. The U.S. Department of State, and the international community needs to structure and implement a doable policy that would address the monumental chaos and violence occurring daily in Somalia, which has spilled over beyond the borders of Somalia, into other Eastern African nations. It's so tragic.

Pamela G.
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West Virginia, USA
July 12, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

Here is another example of innocent people being btargeted. We must assist in finding the perpretators and bring them to justice.

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
July 13, 2010

Anna in Washington DC writes:

Heartbreaking. The bombing in Pakistan a few days ago -- people who were just going about their daily lives at the market. And now in Uganda, where people just wanted to take an afternoon off to watch a soccer game. I am saddened by these evil acts. Everyone must speak out against these acts of terror. My prayers are with the families of the victims in Uganda and everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 13, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/u.s._policy_in_somalia_updat...

"The United States and the international community, the UN, the AU, and our European allies, among others, have chosen to stand with those seeking an inclusive, peaceful Somalia. We have provided limited military support to the Transitional Federal Government. We do so in the firm belief that the TFG seeks to end the violence in Somalia that is caused by al-Shabaab and other extremist organizations."

-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson

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@ Assistant Sec. of State Carson,
CC; Dipnote Bloggers

Gonna be real hard to reach "political solutions" with al-shiskebab scewering everyone's chances to achieve peace, sir.

Now either we do this right or folks can be pretty confident that given enough time without a comprehensive solution, Somalia will become the next Afghanistan and we have no better time than the present to prevent half-measures and underfunding a tentative government from coming back to hurt folks here in the States.

If you want to end piracy, end it on the ground where they spend the profits in support of terror.

And do it with a leviathan footprint, not piecemeal.

No need to "Americanize" this Mr. Carson, we just have to get the folks that are already dealing with piracy to figure out that if they want it to stop, a little nation building is in order, in order to restore order and the rule of law.

It's that simple, and folks will make it as complicated as possible in order to find an excuse not to - for another decade if possible.

I mean, if folks were taking this seriously, we wouldn't be having these problems right?

Not for this long a duration my friend, there's a mountain of evidence accumulated that folks just don't consider it a priority...20 years worth.

Maybe you and I and my government cares, so pardon my logic sir; We don't want to "Americanize" Afghanistan or Iraq either, but they have functioning governments and the prospects for peace because of it and our coalition partners.

And it's that simple.

Best regards, along with my hopes for something better for the average citizens of Somalia.

EJ

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"We have a sacred duty to remember the cruelty that occurred here, and to prevent such atrocities from happening again. We have an obligation to victims and to their surviving family members. And we have a responsibility to future generations all over the globe to agree that we must refuse to be bystanders to evil; whenever and wherever it occurs, we must be prepared to stand up for human dignity."

President Obama- on the 15th anniversary of the genocide at Srebrenica

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http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/meeting_with_women_of_change...

Lot of folks displaced in Kenya for years and years. What we have here is a human resource challenge of the highest order.

I'd like to get creative about this conflict resolution buisiness as well, because the "same-old, same old" cycle of victimization keeps 'a trucking on the circular path. Like a dog chasing its tail.

Best throw it a stick...What do you think?

We democracies haven't yet learned the lessons dictators and tyrants have supposedly taught us when we say "Never again!" time and again.

Well, we seem content to put up with them, time and again is all...and I gotta wonder why.

When we let the al-quaida's and the al- Shebab's sleep comfortably at night knowing they've put a halt to human progress as becoming of a "divinely inspired" source of human misery.

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I've had to walk away from the writing of this post several times to simply calm my rage, before continuing on with it.

There's a reason for that.

It goes like this here;

The bottom line the honorable Johnny Carson needs to understand is that this isn't the x-games nor some some extreme sport as political game.

We are at war, and if you can't can't bring yourself to call a terrorist a terrorist and make it stick by the definition of the nature of his actions, you are failing to meet your responsibility as a public servant not only to the people of this nation, but to all of humanity.

In addition to this, there exists within the archives of dipnote a plan and call to action that no one at State reading it today would be able to avoid asking themselves, "If we'd listened to this dedicated citizen, would we be having this discussion today?"

This bombing flat didn't have to happen.

Sincerely,

EJ

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
July 13, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

Hmmm. Looks like somebody isn't going to earn any brownie points from the Honorable Johnnie Carson.

Don't you just hate it when the help doesn't follow instructions?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 13, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 7/12/2010
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
1:42 P.M. EDT

(excerpts)

MR. GIBBS: Good afternoon, all. Let me start with a quick statement. The President called Ugandan President Museveni this morning and expressed his sincere condolences for the loss of life and offered to provide any support or assistance that the Ugandan government requests. The leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to working together to combat terrorist organizations that threaten innocent civilians around the world.

Mr. Feller.

Q Thanks. A few topics today, Robert. Just to follow on that point, is there any specific assistance that the U.S. is providing at this point?

MR. GIBBS: I’m told that the FBI will assist in the investigation of the bombings yesterday.

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Mark.

Q Robert, on the bombings in Uganda, is the administration accepting the claim of responsibility from the Somali group Al Shabab?

MR. GIBBS: Obviously, the FBI is involved in this investigation. All I will say about this group, Mark, is that obviously this is a group that has made threats to the Ugandan people, and to the Ugandan government based on its support of African Union peacekeepers in Somalia. That is not to say that there’s been a definitive conclusion on who is responsible, but this is certainly a group that has threatened Uganda in the past.

And I will say this. I think there is no clearer signal about the hateful motives of terrorists than was sent yesterday. What they seek to destroy and who they seek to kill -- innocent people -- just as the continent of Africa, just as the country of South Africa, shows the world what it had built, I think speaks volumes to the hateful motives of those that history will judge as looking only to destroy and to kill, rather than to build.

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The White House obviously understands my reasoning on definition of terrorism, but I think there's some work to be done in getting the Dept. of State coordinated and on the same page with the White House when getting the message out.

If anyone wants to know how folks defined it thousands of years ago, they can do that here;
http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/discussion_engagement_muslim...

hawa n.
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Uganda
August 3, 2010

Hawa N. in Uganda writes:

i am from kampala and the situation of the bombings has been very hard on the people of uganda, the nation has been affected politically, economically and socially and the situation has been very tense affected the businesses and youth majorly at all education levels because the bomb scares are all over the nation but we thank the united states of american and all other supportive nations for the love, hope and financial help they have assisted our nation and given our country hope for a better tommorrow in this trying time and i hope that the wounds of our country men and women heal in due time because the nation is traumatised

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