March 28, 2008


Somalia sinks into greater chaos as Islamist insurgents gain ground (Jeffrey Gettleman, March 28, 2008, IHT)

The trouble started when government soldiers went to the market and, at gunpoint, began helping themselves to sacks of grain.

Islamist insurgents poured into the streets to defend the merchants. The government troops got hammered, taking heavy casualties and retreating all the way back to the presidential palace, supposedly the most secure place in the city. It, too, came under fire.

Mohamed Abdirizak, a top government official, crouched on a balcony at the palace, with bullets whizzing over his head. He had just given up a cushy life as a development consultant in Springfield, Virginia. His wife thought he was crazy. Sweat beaded on his forehead.

"I feel this slipping away," he said.

By its own admission, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia is on life support.

We'll welcome the Courts return.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 28, 2008 4:51 PM
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