April 26, 2007


Thousands flee as shelling by Ethiopian tanks kills hundreds of civilians in Somali capital (Chris McGreal, April 26, 2007, Guardian Unlimited)

The Somali capital Mogadishu suffered some of the heaviest bombardment in nine days of fighting today, as Ethiopian tanks supporting the interim government shelled new areas of the city despite a claim by the Somali prime minister to have routed Islamist insurgents.

The Ethiopian assault has killed several hundred people, many of them civilians harmed by indiscriminate shelling that has destroyed homes and shops, and forced tens of thousands to flee the city as it spread to previously relatively peaceful parts of Mogadishu. Corpses lay scattered on the streets because it is too dangerous to collect them.

More than 1,000 people were killed in an earlier round of fighting last month. More than a third of the civilian population — some 340,000 people — have fled in the past three months.

At least no one need wonder when Somalis hate us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 26, 2007 6:18 AM

At least no one need wonder when Somalis hate us.

Oh please, Orrin: this is just a feud that goes back a couple thousand years. The Somalis and Aethips hate each other and have always hated each other. It's tribal and religious, and our late appearance has little to nothing to do with it. We're going to be blamed anyway since we're the Great Satan, even if we don't have any fingerprints on the current occupation of Mogadishu by the Aethiops.

Might send a good message to the Somalis if we inform them that they can hate us all they want, we'll still get a good night's sleep in our comfortable beds in our air-conditioned, large homes. How's things in Mog?

Posted by: Steve White at April 26, 2007 1:16 PM

Things were fine until we green-lighted Ethiopia.

Posted by: oj at April 26, 2007 1:43 PM

Islamist rebels killed about 30 oil workers in Eastern Sudan earlier this week, including 9 Chinese.

Khartoum will have to decide what to do about them (which will be probably nothing). But the Islamists will be hating the Chinese next.

Ethiopia is the tip of the spear, at least right now. No media and no backstops for the fanatics.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 26, 2007 9:47 PM

Oil is the enemy.

Posted by: oj at April 26, 2007 10:46 PM