Does not compute, this NYT article is interesting but it starts like this-
Does the international community have it all wrong on Somalia? After 17 years, 14 transitional governments and more than $8 billion in foreign aid, the country is as violent, lawless – and, many say, as hopeless – as ever.
Oh noes, what can we do? Yes it is a genuine conundrum, but this is the odd thing, the article does tell the truth about what led to the latest catastrophe, except it’s buried in the second half-
By the early 2000s, several of those local courts began to gain strength, and in 2006 they united under an Islamist banner to fight warlords being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency. The Islamic courts won and disarmed and pacified much of south-central Somalia, following their own version of the building block approach. But the United States and Ethiopia considered the Islamic courts a terrorist threat, so the United States helped Ethiopia invade Somalia.
Now I don’t know about you, but surely this context -that so many people have no awareness of (and Meles Zenawi in Ethiopia is a client leader so let’s not pretend America and Ethiopia *considering* is like two completely independent conclusions)- is sort of relevant in like… the first few lines when discussing the situation in Somalia, especially when people are looking for solutions. One of course presents itself- whatever else you do, stop the US Empire from rampaging around the place, it’s not helping! Thankfully for Team USA the NYT editors protects it’s cursory readers from such conclusions. Like a treasure hunt that works only for the dedicated sifter of copy.