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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Coping with Somalia
Matthew Yglesias today jumps into the fray concerning the Bush administration's recent efforts in Somalia. Yglesias agrees with their most recent move -- "arranging for the safe passage of Sheik Sharif Ahmed formerly of the Islamic Courts Union to Kenya and encouraging the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia to work with him. Ahmed was one of the more moderate figures inside the ICU but also a very high-ranking official with perhaps a large following among the ICU rank-and-file."
An encouraging sign, to be sure. But Yglesias wonders whether it will work. Always a sticking point. He may be biased against the administration (he frequently is), but he paints a convincing and dispiriting picture, worth quoting at length:
[A]ny deal Ahmed may or may not cut stands at least as good a chance of reducing his credibility (he'd be selling out to foreign invaders and corrupt warlords) as it does of enhancing the [Transitional Federal Government]'s credibility.