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Siad Barre

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 09 May 2010, 06:16
Post 24 May 2010, 21:24
I just realized there is little here on Siad Barre, socialist leader of Somalia from '69 to '91. What are your opinions of him and of Somalia under his leadership?

I personally don't see Somalia as having been socialist. There was a sense of progressive leadership, but no so much a proletarian emphasis; a basis of the proletariat, so to speak. There is a sense of irony in his foreign relations, having to cancel relations with one imperialistic country in substitution for another. Again, Somalia wasn't socialist, this being one reason in a sense.

I can't really find a whole lot of information about him either.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 11 Nov 2009, 07:13
Ideology: Other Leftist
Post 24 May 2010, 21:42
I think Somalia today is partially a result of his rule. I don't appreciate him much because of his inability to eliminate clanism in Somalia which eventually led to his loss of power
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Feb 2009, 03:41
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Post 26 May 2010, 18:39
from what i have read his strategy of divide and rule among the clans caused many of these same clan to turn against each other and the wounds are still there. that is there are still unresolved business.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 01 Nov 2003, 13:17
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Post 31 May 2010, 07:25
At least he tried to liberate the Ogaden.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 14 May 2013, 19:04
Ideology: Maoist
Post 14 May 2013, 21:06
I believe he was the best Somali leader.
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