April 27, 2007

WHICH WOULD MAKE THEM ENTIRELY DISSIMILAR:

Ethiopia Finds Itself Ensnared in Somalia: Some Observers See Similarities To U.S. in Iraq (Stephanie McCrummen, 4/27/07, Washington Post)

Four months after Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi declared his own "war on terror" against an Islamic movement in Somalia, Ethiopia remains entangled in a situation that analysts and critics are comparing to the U.S. experience in Iraq.

Though Meles proclaimed his military mission accomplished in January, thousands of Ethiopian troops remain in the Somali capital, where they have used attack helicopters, tanks and other heavy weapons in a bloody campaign against insurgents that in recent weeks has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians, and forced half of the city's population to flee.

On Thursday, the Ethiopian-backed Somali prime minister, Ali Mohamed Gedi, declared that three weeks of heavy fighting was over, a statement tempered by the mortar blasts that continued to boom in the distance, witnesses said.

Meanwhile, a political crisis seems to be worsening, as the Somali transitional government, steadfastly supported by the United States, faces a swell of criticism for ignoring concerns of the city's dominant Hawiye clan, whose militias form the core of the insurgency and who are motivated not by the ideology of jihad, but power.

"It's just exactly like the Americans in Iraq," said Beyene Petros, a member of the Ethiopian Parliament and an early critic of the invasion. "I don't see how this was a victory. It really was a futile exercise."


Except that America will turn Iraq over to the 80% Shi'a and Kurds who are allies and want democracy, not to the Ba'ath, while Ethiopia will turn Somalia over to the Islamists, who they theoretically went there to deprive of power.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2007 7:12 AM
Comments

"America will turn Iraq over to the 80% Shi'a and Kurds"

Yes. Let's do that sooner rather than later.

Furthermore the article clearly states that the Somali transitional govt. is "steadfastly supported by the United States" so the two cases are only dissimilar in that in Somalia we wisely are allowing the Ethiopians to act as our proxies.

Posted by: h-man at April 27, 2007 9:41 AM

The Somali transitional government isn't one, thus the dissimilarity.

Posted by: oj at April 27, 2007 1:18 PM
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