funny post Toadpipe! I had a few thoughts.....
I really don't think bombing Somalia will change a thing
Your right! No one wants this!
The country is ruled by thugs. It has a tremendous amount of very, very poor people. No industry at all period. No real form of government, ruled by warlords.
Sounds a little like oh, say..... Afghanistan? Wait, I mean a lot like Afghanistan!
If OBL wants to live there, fine.
Watch and wait then take him out.
Wait, so that he and his terrorist network have a chance to kill more innocent people? Nope!
We lost some men
We sure did. Very tragic, this is why we need to be much more careful when going in again if we do. (by the way, the movie is getting very mixed reviews!)
but we still accomplished the mission.
No we didn't!
.) the country is very corrupt 2.) the poor people are being taken advantage of 3.)there really is nobody to take the place of the warlors politically ( might makes right in Somalia)
They said the same things about Afghanistan. But its turning our pretty damn good if you ask me.
The only way to change things would be to setup a new outside Govt.
Change things for the worse! Outsiders can help the Somalis build a government, but it has to be their government, their people, their legitimacy, or else it will fail.
The people in Somalia don't want outside help politically ( they want food not help)
Because you've asked them?
So, I say just quietly remove OBL
What if we can't? We couldn't in central Asia. And what of his followers, weapons, camps, infrastructure (if they do indeed exist)?
Let some other compassionate country ( insert your country here, if you are always complaining about the US) help Somalia
Agreed that any operation in east Africa would need coalition support (I think thats what your saying) and just as the British, Jordanians, Pakistanis, Bahrainis, Dutch, and Japanese assisted/will assist in Afghanistan, so they shall and will in Africa.
the (sic) we can make a judgement on their performance.
Which leads to nowhere, but bitterment, jealousy, and resentment. As the world's soul super power, my country has an obligation to assist the world's development, prosperity, and democracy. We have an obligation to be as Israel was envisaged "a light unto the nations". We have the resources, people, and knowledge to help those who can't help themselves. I advocate that we destroy al Qaida as we help stabilize and restructure weaker countries that need our help.