December 29, 2006

NO SWEAT, THEY'LL BE BACK IN A FLASH:

Rioting breaks out in capital of Somalia (Jeffrey Gettleman, December 29, 2006, International Herald Tribune)

Anti- Ethiopia riots erupted in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, on Friday, a day after Ethiopian-backed forces captured the city.

Hundreds of Somalis flooded into the bullet-pocked streets to hurl stones at Ethiopian soldiers, set tires on fire and shout anti-Ethiopian slogans.

"Get out of our country!" some yelled. "We hate you, Ethiopians!"


Somalian troops take Mogadishu (Edmund Sanders and Abukar Albadri, December 29, 2006, LA Times)
There were some cheers, but there were also youths throwing stones and shouting at soldiers, particularly the Ethiopians.

"Ethiopia is my enemy. My mother and father told me they are the enemy. I will fight against them," said Abdi Dhaqani, 12.

Mogadishu temporarily reverted to its familiar clan-based chaos as the Islamic Courts Union disintegrated and former warlords tried to resume their former positions of power.

Youths rampaged in the streets, stealing cellphones, looting homes and setting up checkpoints. Clan militias reclaimed their old neighborhoods. Offices and homes of the leaders of the Islamic alliance bore the brunt of the looting.

Later this morning, the streets grew quiet, with no sign of looting and most people staying indoors. Troops urged residents to stay calm and said peace would be restored within two days.

It was unclear whether the weak transitional government and its small military could impose lasting order on Mogadishu, much less the rest of Somalia. Officials of neighboring Ethiopia, whose forces provided most of the firepower to oust the Islamic alliance, said they would help but not remain in Somalia for long.

Mogadishu residents said the looting made them fearful about another long period of instability.

"We are going back to the former chaos and violence," said Ilyas Ahmed, whose brother was killed Thursday in a robbery. "The courts were not good, but at least we had security."


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2006 6:26 PM
Comments

Sad quote there, "The courts were not good, but at least we had security.

Why can't the good ones ever provide security? Could it be that the brutality necessary for security prevents a group from being considered "good?"

Posted by: Brandon at December 29, 2006 6:57 PM
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