Tuesday, February 17

The most dangerous place in the world?

The NYT's Jeffrey Gettleman provides a readable overview of the mess that is Somalia, and of how the United States hasn't helped things (Foreign Policy)
Western powers should do whatever they can to bring moderate Islamists into the transitional government while the transitional government still exists. Whether people like it or not, many Somalis see Islamic law as the answer. Maybe they’re not fond of the harsh form imposed by the Shabab, who have, on at least one occasion, stoned to death a teenage girl who had been raped (an Islamic court found her guilty of adultery). Still, there is an appetite for a certain degree of Islamic governance. That desire should not be confused with support for terrorism.

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