By Andrew L. Jaffee
What’s Bill Clinton so angry about? (In this case, anger = defensiveness.) He cut and ran in 1993 from Somali after 18 American soldiers were killed. Now, we are witnessing the birth of another lawless, Islamist, terror central in Somalia. If the Union of Islamic Courts has its way, taking the place of the Taliban, Somalia will become the next Afghanistan, a headquarters for the planning of terrorist attacks against the West. What will we do? We’ve already got Iran, North Korea, Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, etc., on our plate. Can we act by proxy, through neighboring Ethiopia? From the BBC:
Islamist fighters have reportedly advanced to the outskirts of Kismayo, the only port outside their control in central and southern Somalia.
Residents say the local militia withdrew in 40 trucks without a shot being fired as fighters loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) arrived.
Thousands of people are reported to have fled the city in recent days.
The UIC had said it will occupy Kismayo to stop a foreign peacekeeping force using it as a bridgehead.
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