Among the many foreign policy mistakes of the Bush administration was encouraging Ethiopia to invade Muslim Somalia. The result was to increase, not decrease, the rise to power of militant Muslim groups. Islamist insurgents in the southern area of the country seized control of town they claim was supported by Ethiopian troops who crossed the border. The Shabaab insurgents, which the US claims has al-Qaeda ties, drove pro-government troops from the town of Bulahawa and insisted that Ethiopian forces had taken part in the action.
A spokesperson for Shabaab claims, “we have defeated the Ethiopian backed militia.” However, an Ethiopian government spokesperson insists, “Ethiopia has no troops inside Somalia.” Let’s hope that is an accurate statement because the last thing necessary at this point in Somalia is to renew an Ethiopian presence in the Islamic land.