Saturday, December 23, 2006
Bushco botches another battle, aids murderer of US troops
The attack on American troops that was memorialized in Blackhawk Down was done by Al Qaida. The US had come to Somalia as part of a peacekeeping and humanitarian mission. While its behavior was not faultless, it did prevent mass famine... for a while. The current government is elected, sort of. It's called a transitional government. It was pushed aside by US-armed warlords and then by an Islamic Council. It doesn't really have the capacity to govern.
I don't like the idea of the US arming warlords and overthrowing governments, no matter how tenuously legitimate. But Somalia, unlike Iraq, was involved in aggression against American troops and has served as an Al Qaida base.
Where we can certainly agree is that this should have gone through the UN and involved a better plan than installing thugs. Cold-blood and naked agression, yes, but not entirely unprovoked.
Peace talks with Somalia's fundamentalist movement are no longer an option, the president of the country's Transitional Federal Government said Friday.
The President, Abdullahi Yusuf, warned that the group is allowing al-Qaeda terrorists to "set up shop" in the Horn of Africa, Associated Press reported from Baidoa.
"This is a new chapter and part of the terror group's plan to wage wars" President Abdullahi told The Associated Press.
"The fighting can happen at any time now," Abdullahi said, adding that peace talks were impossible now that the terrorists' leaders have declared war on his government.
The sides have held several rounds of talks in Khartoum, Sudan, but have failed to produce any lasting effect, according to the report.
"They are the ones who effectively closed the door to peace talks and they are the ones who are waging the war," Abdullahi said of the Fundamentalists leadership, noting that his administration would not attack first.
"We are not under the illusion that peace is possible," the report quoted Abdullahi as saying.
The president said his government was the only legitimate authority in Somalia. "It is totally misguided not to accept the government," he said, adding: "The alternative is chaos."
Somalia has not had an effective government since warlords overthrew Dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, plunging the country into anarchy. The government was formed in 2004 with the help of the United Nations.
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