I said in a recent article that the US arms sale to the gulf is a possible sign that a US withdrawal from Iraq might be closer than Bush wants to admit. With all my conviction I say: there will be no US victory in Iraq and eventually they will have to pullout, if not before Bush leaves office then sometime soon after.
When reading an article about the continued violence in Somalia with my last article still fresh in my mind, I asked myself the question, where will the world be after the Bush administration? Further, will things calm down, or have the Neocons caused so much friction and meddled so much that the explosion of violence in so many places around the world will continue to worsen?
I will attempt to answer my questions in a series of articles, and through the course will also inadvertently show why electing the son of a US President, as President is perhaps a mistake, that should not be repeated.
In most of the worlds current conflict zones the US has had some involvement, but never has their involvement been as catastrophic as under (the infantile megalomaniac) President Bush Jr.
Part II: Somalia — Past Mistakes:
Somalia is another country where the U.S.' mistakes in the past have caused problems leading to current, recent and probably future mistakes. After Somalia's dictator Siad Barre was ousted in 1991 a similar situation as that of present day Iraq arose: with the brutality of a dictatorship gone, a ticking time-bomb exploded — though unlike Iraq the bomb was clan warfare not sectarian warfare.
Somalia's civil war began — it still hasn't ended. In 1993 the US/UN sent in peacekeepers because of the heavy civilian death toll. Their mission: to enforce the latest peace agreement, disarm clan militias and engage one faction that refused to cooperate with the peace initiative — namely, warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's faction. Aidid's militia inflicted heavy casualties on the US/UN force, culminating in the Blackhawk down incident Oct 3 - 4 1993, with the vicious killing of 18 American soldiers, 1 Malaysian, and the wounding of 83 US 7 Malaysian and 2 Pakistani troops.