June 17, 2006

SILENCE LIKE A CANCER GROWS?:

Guns Finally Silent In Somalia's Capital: Islamic Militias Impose a Welcome Calm (Craig Timberg, 6/17/06, Washington Post)

The thugs manning the roadblocks are gone. The warlords are on the run. And the guns in a city long regarded as among the world's most heavily armed have fallen silent. Most, in fact, have disappeared from view.

Since Islamic militias took control of this city last week, U.S. and other Western officials have worried that Mogadishu's new leaders will impose a severe, Taliban-style government and harbor terrorists. But after 15 years of deadly chaos, residents interviewed here expressed nothing short of jubilation that somebody has made their city safe and that, for now, the daily crackle of gunfire is finally gone.

"Our ears are resting now," said Diiriye Jimcaale, 45, who has been unemployed since the onset of inter-clan warfare forced him to close his small clothing shop in 1991. "Now we hear nothing."

Anxiety remains, both about the militias' ability to maintain order and about the possibility that extremist elements within the movement will go too far in imposing Islamic rule.


By helping them to maintain order the rest of the world may be able to help them avoid the extremes eternally associated with it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2006 9:36 AM
Comments

Lots of people welcomed the Taliban victory in Afghanistan, too. At first.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 17, 2006 3:13 PM
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