الثلاثاء، 2 يناير، 2007
Somalia, what the US couldn't deliver!
It is still too early to judge the extent of success or even if it is a success or not, but what happened in Somalia seems to be impressive so far.
We had all the makings of another Taliban in Somalia with the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) gathering supporters, and starting a Jihad, and eventually controling much of the country. They were as effective as the Taliban in Afghanistan which ruled the entire country in record time, leaving the Northern Alliance cornered in a small portion of the country, but that's another story.
Ethiopia came to the rescue of the transitional government, hence, probably preventing another Taliban-like system developing in the horn of Africa. I don't know how would this development be taken in the US! I know of course that they will welcom it, but on the other hand, here you have a country that doesn't have the resources of a super power, but was able to get the job done efficiently -so far- in a way that super power wasn't able to do 14 years earlier.
Of course the political system of Somalia should be left to the Samali people themselves, but I wouldn't have felt good if a Taliban-like government was in place closer to home. We don't want to see the sequel of "Returnees from Afghanistan" with the "Returnees from Somalia".
When ME people went to fight a "holy war" in Afghanistan in the late 1970, they came back blood-thirsty, thinking that any problem can be solved using an RPGs and Pipebombs. These are the same people who later wrecked havoc in Egypt in mid 1990's, and we hope not to see that again.
I hope this development will lead to a stable and progressive Somalia, fighting the real enemies facing them and us; ignoarance, pauverty, disease, intolerance.