Why is the Kenyan Government Negotiating with Terrorists?

By Rob Morse

2013 Kenya Terror Attack
2013 Kenya Terror Attack
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Southern California –-(Ammoland.com)-  At least 5 10 to 15 Islamic terrorists from Somalia attacked an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya.  At least 39, 59, 68,  62 people are known dead with over 150, 175 injured.  The siege is ongoing with many civilians hiding and unable to flee the shooting.

In America, the lights in the mall would go out and police snipers using night vision devices would kill the terrorists.  Even my civilian friends have adequate gen 3 night vision scopes, though they lack suppressed weapons.  Is that tactical capability beyond Kenyan law enforcement? That I don’t know.  Perhaps I’m bringing first world assumptions to third world problems.

(Editors Note: Night Vision Device export is strictly controlled by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Munitions Control and is generally excluded from export outside the USA. See ATN for more info: https://www.atncorp.com/exportinformation )

What does the Kenyan government hope to accomplish by delay?  That which is rewarded will be repeated, so delay invites more terrorism.

In case you’re wondering, the ratio of civilian gun ownership in the US is about 1.1 persons per gun.  In Kenya, and including illegal guns, the ratio is about 50 people per gun.  I guess the “gun-free paradise” is neither gun-free nor safe.

The victims have my sympathy and the terrorists have my enmity.


About Rob Morse:
By day, Rob Morse works in Southern California as a mild mannered engineer for a defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Gun Rights Magazine, www.gunrightsmagazine.com/contributors/rob-morse/ and writes the SlowFacts blog. www.slowfacts.wordpress.com . He also loves the M1911 and shoots combat handgun on the weekends.

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Lt Dan

In the early stages their was mention of negotiations which is SOP in normal hostage situations. However, this talk vaporized when the terrorists comm was intercepted and it was learned there would be no surrender. No surrender = no reason/need to even try negotiations.

This last bit came off BBC World News so I assume the various intel agencies already knew that. Even without that info there is no true negotiations with folks driven by strong ideology. That’s been well known for decades if not centuries.


Why were some of the terrorist Americans? Why is our administration supporting them and arming them in Syria? (and other countries) Who said the Kenyan gov negotiated with the terrorist? From everything I read they sent the military in with fully automatic weapons and there was a fight.