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Somaliland Will Be What The Two Colonels Choose To Fulfill

I have often been told that there is strength in unity. Such belief is substantiated  by thoughts like two heads are better than one and united we stand and divided we fall. This brings us to another saying that one is lonely, two is company, and three a crowd.

The importance above sayings raise is two-fold. The first involves unity and the second involves how human life originally began, that all of us must recount.

Human life is a journey that began from a  little procession. The procession began from a line of two or three individuals moving in an orderly manner. The orderly movement grew into a pattern predicting its future. The prediction then bred a perception.

The perception is the ability to become aware of the sense that moving from one place to another promises a respite, but not a resolution that can by definition deliver an eternal rest.

The promised respite of that little procession was that out of the company a crowd sprang, from the crowd a community was born and from the community tribes and nations were born.

It is through this little procession that the ideas of organization, of unity and of how villages finally got formed which later got developed into the towns, principalities, polities, cities, and the countries began.

The history of who suggested to settle in an empty land and form the first village is something we cannot exactly know. To presume who that human was, is too large a story to conclude. What we exactly know is that villages, towns, and cities are the places where politics and policemen began —  the art of law and order.

The first time when politics began is when  someone suggested an idea and tried to convince a group of people to do something, and someone else came up with a different idea, and they both began trying to convince people to compare and contrast the two ideas and select the better idea.

The actual impact of that debate just lied in how exactly the two ideas were conceived, which is a matter of choice — that is preferring one action or idea over another. And choice is a battle and battle is traditionally where power of struggle and politics always begin.

Politics is a pain when it is not seen in the right prerspective and even becomes a blister that oozes pus out when it is not applied to what it is meant to deliver and display.

In the intstances of the latter, politics is a wound and weakness is the scab on it. When political weakness grows bigger it becomes septic. The effect of septic wound, when remained un-nursed, causes irritation that engenders scratching that in turn makes the wound wide open.

Thus politics is like a scab we cannot stop scraching. One event after another propels it centre stage, where the subject proliferates questions:How are we to define it; defend it; teach it; promote; and be proud of it?

What began thousands of years ago as a system meant to instatiate, enlighten and elevate human being development has now swelled into a cacophany of voices laying claim to the meaning of politics.

It is striking how Somaliland politicians have progressively become uncertain and unaware of what political philosophy is all about. The  consenus of politics, as it is widely known, is not a tool to defend a privilege and postion when a leader’s capacity to lead a nation becomes questionable.

Three months after the election that never seemed to portend a new era of comity, Somaliland politics has resumed what now appears to be its permanent condition of polarization, quite possibly worsened by widening rifts within the  fans of the two major parties.

If Muse Bixii and Mohamed Kahin are right, and the books they wrote suggest they are, then Wadani and Rainbow coalition seem destined to move even farther apart than they are now. How, then, will the two Colonels forge the compromises that are the foundation of just governance?

The answer is: They may not need to. For most of the past seven years consensus in Somaliland politics has been more fiction than fact, especially when it comes to power sharing equation.

The aim of the two Colonels is not to build a shared future from the divided past. The confirmation of this is they stiii keep dragging the pain of the past up to blame the pressure groups, and such political tactics will never heal the ills causing pains in the first place.

In fact true politics is mostly how humans rationalize not who gets what and when but how to get people out of tight and terrible situations. Its purpose is to unify people, provide social stability, minimize the chaos that would ensue from conflists, and guide public development in a positive direction by identifying common objectives and ways of achieving them.

The notion is that politics is a complex and complicated system, and systems truely require to be maintained and upgraded on regular bases. Which raises the question : How politics, the system that ought to run the affairs of a country, be elaborated and enhanced?

Politics is like seeds that flourish when nurtured. The art of politics and its attachments flourish only in an environment where enlightened thoughts are appreciated, mistakes are admitted, criticism is tolerated,  communication is open, creative ideas are encouraged and entertained,  rifts are repelled and resolved in a fraternal manner and rules are flexible.

As battle has always been the battle of the mind, politics is and has always been a battle between varying ideas — a universal concept intended to look for the glitter and glamour, and seek and search for potent and best ideas that can be solutions to problems facing humanity.

The vision of governance becomes a reality when responsibility finds the appropriate thoughts and the thoughts find the appropriate immediate action. If the fog of ambiguity looms over the political system of a country, the way nations could be led and ruled, would be weakened and wounded, and people would start scratching the scab on the wound.

The success of a healing politics doesn’t necessarily come from tactics of hit-and-miss orders but from flawless execution. Even a great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from blocking the weakness with extraordinary experience, a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.

The real problem with Somaliland political system is that our leaders are not as honest as they should be and besides that they are not accountable for their actions. They always turn blind eyes to any transformational talents that can bring out all that is best and remove out all that is base. They are only acquainted well with the policies and plans that could only regurgitate the old useless routines and rephrase and retrieve what did not work well.  Affluent special interests have too much power in our political system and the public has too little.

This strain of arrogance and ignorance has been a constant thread winding its way through our political system. It is as if Somalilland got used to this bleak culture in which no rational argument will have a rational effect on rainbow coalition leadership to adopt a rational attitude. This cult of ignorance is nurtured by the false notion that my ignorance is as good as your intellectuality.

The proper way of manifesting political sense is by supporting the local scene and the way it strives to keep up with the demands of the times without losing national identity, appreciating our ingenuity, succeeding at reinventing ourselves while knowing and being conscious of our roots, and looking toward the future with vision and ambition for the country.

Somaliland political system becomes a reality of its own right when we speak intellectually rather than emotionally, use our minds openly, talk to each other seriously and frankly, discuss our disagreements honestly and pursue solidarity through prudence and persistence.

Somaliland will be what will come to it and what the Colonels will choose to fulfill.

By : Jama Falaag
Hargeisa, Somaliland