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Cry The Beloved Country Of Somalia

The old saying about the evil men do lives on after them is all so evident in what is happening in Somalia. In the 19th century, European colonialists invaded east Africa and carved out the nation of “Somalia.” Naturally, in the process that brought together diverse peoples who were more clan centered than having feelings regarding the nation of Somalia. The area became a playground during the Cold War for the Soviet Union and the United States to engage in a struggle for supremacy. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Bush administration became convinced terrorists were in Somalia and urged the Ethiopian government two years ago to send in an invading army. This outside force drove an Islamic government which was in the process of attempting to create some semblance of law and order.

The Christian invaders left several months ago which resulted in the current civil war among Muslim groups and clans to determine which will sit in the capital of Mogadishu. During the past three months over 200,000 people have fled the city to join an estimated half million refugees. Perhaps, the best thing the outside world at this juncture can do is simply allow Islamic groups to vie for power and wait until the dust settles.

Somalia Tragedy Never Ends

Two years ago, President George Bush persuaded Ethiopia to invade Somalia and overthrow an Islamic government on grounds they were militants who opposed American interests in the region. Ethiopian troops have just about left and in their wake they have left still one more chapter in discord and violence which prevents the people of Somalia to even have a single recollection of a time of peace in their war torn land. Fighters of a moderate Islamic group are fighting with the more hardline Shaabab group and as they kill one another the end result is destruction of towns and death of innocent civilians.

Latest reports are that hardliners are drawing support from some tribal groups which is escalating the fighting. A spokesperson for the moderate Ahu Sunna Waljamaca group says they are killing the radicals who control parts of central and the south while government forces remain strong around the capital of Mogadishu.

Will the legacies of George Bush never cease to destroy chances for peace in the Middle East and Africa?