…in vacuo, iterum iterumque – one african event, yet no evident context…

That recent episode, a tragedy inflicted on innocents, at a mall in Kenya, has been treated as an irrational act that lacks any probable, proximate cause – thanks to the compulsion of establishment media committed to avoid inconvenient linkages

But for that still solid core of exhaustive, professional journalism, the casually informed would have remained as uninformed as the mass of willingly uninformed. Two key articles suggest themselves.

The Guardian puts the Kenya episode in sufficient context, How al-Shabaab was born Here one noteworthy observation:

Amid the outrage against al-Shabaab, it’s important to recognise that terrorism does not happen outside of history. That is certainly true of al-Shabaab, which was born out of the Islamic Court Union, a loose formation of Islamic judicial systems that managed to restore some sort of civil order after years of a violent anarchy in Somalia, opening the Mogadishu airport and earning the support from a Somali majority. “The Courts achieved the unthinkable, uniting Mogadishu for the first time in 16 years, and re-establishing peace and security,” said a 2007 briefing paper by the respected Chatman House (pdf).

Tom Engelhard adds further depth. Engelhardt, a recognized investigative reporter in matters of war and national security issues of the US. Which Came First: The Chicken or the Terrorist?

The idea that there was some history to all of this, that it involved Washington and the U.S. military, secret CIA prisons and covert drone strikes, the funding, supplying, and organizing of proxy African troops, and the thorough destabilizing of Somalia because Washington feared an Islamic group that was actually unifying the country — out of which al-Shabab (“the youth”) emerged — seems unbelievable, though it is simple fact.  And here’s a reality that you won’t see on your TV screen 24/7: if al-Shabab is a nightmare, history has joined it to Washington at the hip.  The particular kind of destabilization that gripped Somalia in the post-9/11 years, including a U.S.-inspired Ethiopian invasion and years later a Kenyan version of the same, has now spread to Kenya itself.  As Nick Turse has argued at this site, this sort of destabilization is now happening across the African continent…

The two articles, especially  Engelhardt’s, present established facts and sharp analysis that the corporate MSM will one day suddenly have to report, albeit minimally, as ‘breaking news’. At worst, the skeptical can engage in the independent research to challenge the substance of the two articles, and also benefit from the self-enrichment that comes from abandoning misleading, breathless  superficialities that pass for news. In any event there is that context, that frame of reference that must be considered.

There is that idiocy of  encouraging folk to only ‘look forward’ – each day, tabula rasa, in vacuo. Consequences do tend to arrive at the doorstep – of the innocent, and when least expected.