apr 12, 2007
the atlanticist recently urged india to remove its troops from jammu and kashmir.
before we pay any attention to these busybodies, it is instructive to see how well they have done in fixing other instances of civil strife. here's one in somalia. the yanks intervened, brought in (christist) troops from ethiopia to kick out the mohammedan ICC from somalia. all was hunky-dory for about 15 minutes. now it's civil war with a vengeance.
so this is the US' track record, along with its abject failure in iraq, afghanistan, etc.
now let's look at the UK's track record. let's see, they tried every trick in the book to quell the IRA in northern ireland for over fifty years, without any real success until recently when the economic growth of the neighboring irish republic (a separate country) reduced northern ireland's secessionism.
so the atlanticists are completely incompetent to intervene in local problems.
so please don't go around giving gratuitous advice, economist magazine!
Somalia Seized with Stasis
Drafted By: Dr. Michael A. Weinstein
During the third week of March and into April, Somalia plunged into political crisis with the appearance of a full-fledged insurgency against the Ethiopian occupiers of the country's official capital Mogadishu and forces of the weak Transitional Federal Government (T.F.G.).
Having decided to forcibly disarm their opponents -- the regrouped militias of the militant wing of the Islamic Courts Council (I.C.C.) and militias formed by sub-clans of Mogadishu's dominant Hawiye clan family -- the Ethiopians and government forces met with determined resistance, leading to two waves of urban warfare that was the most intense that Somalia has experienced since the chaotic period in the early 1990s after the overthrow of the country's last central government, led by the dictator Siad Barre in 1991. At least 400 and probably more than 1,000 people were killed in the violence, and more than 10,000 residents fled the city, bringing the number of refugees since February to 125,000; prices of food rose more than 50 percent; health services collapsed and businesses were shuttered.