Beyond Black Hawk Down: U.S. involvement in Somalia

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A donor’s conference for Somalia is underway today in Brussels. The United Nations hopes to raise more than $250 million to improve security in the anarchic nation. This comes on the heels of United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has said it is too dangerous to send UN peacekeepers to Somalia and that it could exacerbate the armed conflict there. Also attending the donor's conference is Somali President Sheikh Sharif, a former Islamist rebel leader elected in January at U.N.-brokered talks and widely seen as the best hope for restoring stability. While Somali gangs have made headlines seizing ships in the Indian Ocean, U.S. involvement in Somalia goes beyond our recent adventures with Somali pirates on the high seas.

The Takeaway is taking a deeper look at U.S. interests in Somalia with Bronwyn Bruton, a Somalia expert with the Council on Foreign Relations and with the BBC’s Mike Wooldrige in Brussels who is reporting on the donors' conference.
"We need to try hard to help the Somalis understand that we're not out to get them, and I'm not sure we're doing a good job of that right now."
—Bronwyn Bruton of the Council on Foreign Relations on U.S. relations with Somalia


Bronwyn Bruton and Mike Wooldridge

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Comments [2]


wow surely the council on foreign relations is doomed if people like bruton are its so called experts. lol for gods sake just listen to the countries she calls donor states apparently she adds Ethiopia to that list. wow.

May. 11 2009 12:56 AM

Two percent of the people in the world own 50% of the wealth. The explanation for most of the problems in the world is extreme poverty among the majority, and the selfish hoarding of wealth by a small minority.

Imagine a walled castle with 10% of the nation's people inside with 90% of the resources inside.

Eventually the people outside the walls will attack and try to get resources for themselves. That's what we see in Somalia today.

We need a wealth tax to take away the hoarded wealth of the few, sell off those assets and use the money to rebuild these nations.

Otherwise, the attacks will continue and increase, our world will deteriorate into a state of permanent war.

Apr. 23 2009 12:52 PM

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