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Once Again Somalia Heads For Chaos

There is always considerable anger toward Bush regarding his fiasco in Iraq, but few critics n America ever note his equally inept policies in Somalia which have plunged that unfortunate land into further chaos. Two years ago, Bush encouraged Ethiopia to send its forces into Somalia to crush an Islamist fundamentalist government. The Christian soldiers of Ethiopia never established positive relations with the people of Somalia and for two years war has ranged between fundamentalist insurgents and the government established by US-Ethiopian forces. Islamist rebels moved ever closer to the capital of Mogadishu and now are on the outskirts. Rebel forces are on America’s list of terrorists, but they receive considerable support from the local population which is tired of war, tired of the ineffective Somalia government and only hopeful for some sort of peace, regardless of who brings it.

Rebels now control ports as well as a large section of Somalia. Most probably, Ethiopian troops will soon leave, restoring the situation to what it was two years ago. Will Bush urge another Ethiopian invasion?

Rebels Advance In Chaos Of Somalia

islamist rebels seized control of a port in southern Somalia after the worst fighting there in months. The loss of the port of Kismayu to the al-Shabaab insurgents was still another blow to the interim government which rules the nation due to the presence of its Christian Ethiopian allies. Sheik Mukhtar Robow, a spokesman for the Islamists, told Reuters, “Kismayu is under our control. We overpowered them and concluded the fighting. We’re still chasing those fighters who ran away.” The interim government has difficulty rallying Somalians since it contains Ethiopians who are not liked by the majority of Somalians. It is also difficult having as an ally Christian Ethiopia in a nation that is predominantly Muslim.

There was also fighting in the capital of Mogadishu where some battles took place close to the residence of the president. The situation borders on chaos. Some experts believe the best solution is focusing on developing local government entities and allowing them to restore peace in their areas rather than attempting to create a strong central government.