Tragedy Looms In Somalia

A humanitarian crisis akin to Darfur is now probable in the nation of Somalia. Under impetus from President Bush, and with support from US naval and air forces, Ethiopian troops invaded that nation and crushed an Islamic government resulting in further chaos within a nation that has known only chaos for twenty years. Christian Ethiopian troops are clashing with an Islamic society. The UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator, Christtian Balslev-Olesen says there are “reports of house-to-house searches and large scale detention by Ethiopian troops which
have “created a climate of fear among the population not witnessed before.” Ethiopian troops and Islamic insurgents were engaged in three major battles over the weekend that left about 100 civilians injured. At least 46,000 have fled Mogadishu and there is lack of food and water and medical services for the refugees.

The world is living with another Bush folly, the invasion of Somalia by Christian Ethiopian troops who destroyed a fundamentalist Islamic government. Bush is absorbed in the ‘fight against terrorism” that he fails to grasp long-term implications of his actions. In the coming months thousands of innocent people may again die because President Bush committed another mistake due to his inability to be sensitive to Muslim needs and aspirations.