December 31, 2006


Area Somalis want peace for homeland: Many of the 1,500 protesters in Minneapolis were angered that the U.S. gave tacit support for ousting of Islamists. (Liz Fedor, 12/30/06, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

More than a thousand Somalis gathered in Minneapolis on Saturday to call for Ethiopian troops to withdraw immediately from Somalia.

Their protest capped a week in which transitional government troops retook Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, with the backing of Ethiopian infantrymen.

The U.S. government "gave the green light" to Ethiopia to work in concert with the transitional federal government in Somalia, and that action was "totally wrong," said Hassan Mohamud.

He is the president of the Somali Institute for Peace and Justice in Minneapolis, which organized Saturday's rally.

"We ask the president of the United States, Mr. Bush, and his administration to stop supporting the terrorists. Ethiopian troops are terrorists," Mohamud said to a cheering crowd.

Somali men, women and children gathered Saturday morning in Peavey Park in Minneapolis, and they carried an array of signs. Some said "No more war" and "Islam is the solution."

The Administration has biffed Somalia pretty badly, but likely only temporarily.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2006 2:35 PM

The administration is concerned that the ICU is another proto-Taliban. You seem pretty blase about that possibility.

Posted by: Brandon at December 31, 2006 4:44 PM

Or, as Urban II might have put it, "No more Islam--war is the solution."

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 31, 2006 4:47 PM

Recall that we welcomed the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan because order is preferable to chaos. Had they not willingly hosted bin Laden they'd not have been replaced.

Posted by: oj at December 31, 2006 4:48 PM


Those are indeed the only two alternatives for such a clannish society.

Posted by: oj at December 31, 2006 4:57 PM

Three different blogs I've read have posted this article and each has a different take on the demonstration. As long as the protest is peaceful, let them do and say whatever they want.

I very much hope we keep out of it and let it be settled locally since I don't think either Somalia or Ethiopia have nukes.

Posted by: erp at December 31, 2006 5:51 PM

If they want to live under that peace, they can leave at any time.

Posted by: Sandy P at December 31, 2006 8:39 PM

The administration has probably done very little regarding Somalia. The Ethopians acted fairly quickly once they saw what was happening right next to them - granted, much of their motivation is most likely tribal rather than religious, but the Al Qaeda types from the "Islamic Courts" should have expected no less. As for Somalis living here, they left abject misery to come to the USA, and good for them. But if they favor the Islamicists, then why didn't they return home 3 months ago? Or last week, to fight?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 31, 2006 8:52 PM

No, the Administration has been extremely active in the Horn and in trying to thwart the UIC. The same reason no one ever goes back once they reach America.

Posted by: oj at December 31, 2006 10:21 PM

I don't seem to be receiving any posted comments. I see that there are comments posted on articles (8 on this one not including mine), but I don't see any of them. This is true for all comments sections of each article.

Just thought someone should know.

Posted by: Bartman at January 1, 2007 8:53 AM

bartman, I see no comments on the posts above either.

Posted by: erp at January 1, 2007 10:00 AM