Monday, January 08, 2007

Islamic Courts Routed in Somalia

If President Bush needs a blueprint on how to win in Iraq maybe he should take notice of Ethiopia's success in Somalia.

Despite the urging of Ayman al-Zawahri Somalia's to remain steadfast in their battle against Ethiopian-backed government forces, the Islamic militants have been driven out of the capital Mogadishu and much of the southern part of the country.

Trying to flee into Kenya, they were met by Kenyan troops who barred the way. Now the rest of the Islamist forces who haven't gone home are thought to be hiding in the forests west of Kismayo, doing their best to avoid the attention of Ethiopian tanks.

Reuters reported: "The bloated corpses of Islamist fighters and an unbroken line of tank tracks along the Baidoa-Mogadishu highway tell the story of a swift advance for the Somali government and its Ethiopian allies."

Why did Ethiopia win so easily?

Ethiopia won in short order because it unapologetically used force against vicious killers who understand only force. They killed the people they needed to kill without worrying overmuch about collateral damage, and not at all about world opinion. And though the Ethiopian soldiers are Christians, they were hailed as liberators in this Muslim country.

American troops are forced to operate under very restrictive "rules of engagement".
Using half measures is only bringing failed results. Even if we doubled the amount of troops we have in Iraq, we cannot win until we allow our military to do the job it's trained to do. Building schools makes good PR but killing the enemy is what wins wars.

During the march on Baghdad, we unapologetically used force in Iraq, we also had rapid success with minimal casualties. But since the statue of Saddam fell in Firdous Square in April 2003, we've acted as if the war were over. Our focus shifted to peacekeeping and nation-building, though it's hard to be a peacekeeper when there is no peace to keep, and it's hard to rebuild a nation when the bad guys are still out there blowing things up.

Cruise over to Freedom Now's blog for a much more detailed history of Somalia's conflict and the Islamic Courts.


At 8:17 AM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Hey we both posted about the same thing today.


At 9:02 AM, Blogger nanc said...

great minds think alike!

now, i'm off to find the mind who thinks as i...i...i...

that's a clue for a friend.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

It is indeed stupid of us to try to rebuild Iraq while the insurgency thrives, AC. That sort of strategy is ass backwards! We should take out the enemy first and then help rebuild the country. How in the world anyone thought it would work well in reverse is beyond me.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Nice to see them on the run. A friend of mine who travels to Africa frequently said that overall, many Africans aren't as anti-Western as the jihadis would like to hope.

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'll send this link to president bush. Of course, the chances of him actually reading your blog are slim, but it's worth a try.

You are 100% right. Our ROE is killing us.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Amen, Amen, AMEN, AC!!!

As my father always says, "If you're going to do something half-@ssed, don't do it at all."

At 12:19 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Youre right AC..using force is the key..not sending in 15,000 and then tying their hands behind their backs!!

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Somali Journalist on the Union of Islamic Courts: "The Nightmare is Over"

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit: .

At 2:45 PM, Blogger blank said...

Thank you for running this story! To those who may have slipped in here by accident, and believe terrorism is all about American's foreign policy, I point you to Somalia -- it was not the Americans the Islamic Courts were attacking!

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At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


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At 4:37 PM, Blogger nanc said...

breaking news - a ac-130 (named after you) has struck an al qaeda target in somalia.

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Ethiopia won in short order because it unapologetically used force against vicious killers who understand only force.

We're so busy trying to wage a "just war" that we've forgotten the main objective--beat the hell out of the enemy.

What consummate foolishness for anyone to think that the fall of Saddam's statue in Baghdad really brought an end to the conflict!

Ethiopia is fighting so magnificently because Ethiopia's leaders realized the threat posed by the Islamists in Somalia. Good on Ethiopia for leading the way in showing the rest of the world that the jihadomaniacs will turn tail and run when confronted strongly enough.

At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I came in here to tell you that "breaking news - a ac-130 (named after you) has struck an al qaeda target in somalia" but nanc beat me to it!!!!!

At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That one was for the embassy bombings in 98.

Give 'em hell boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 4:27 AM, Blogger nanc said...

it is what i do, steve.

At 7:11 AM, Blogger American Crusader said... spoiler.
Jihadist getting spanked at every turn in Somalia.
Now only if Iraq...

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rules of engagement my arse. United States does what ever they want. I should say does what the corperations want! I can see why you would choose that route. It's fast and aggressive. But is it worth the death of innocent people? I guess to a lot of people it is. And when does it end? When "terror" ends? As long as there is a war on terror, terror will flourish. I can tell you with confidence, that Iraq will never be safe as long as the U.S. military occupies it.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger nanc said...

please, shut up marcus - i have an interesting AND important comment to make:

thank you, marcus.

At 8:15 PM, Blogger nanc said...

thanks for staying out of the way, marcus:

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Osama bin Laden couldnt have put it more eloquently.

As long as there are people like you there will always be Al Qaeda or its equivalent.

You should note that President Bush has stated from the beginning that the aim of our effort there is to train the Iraqis to defend themselves and take over the fight when we leave.

People like you will try to pressure us to leave before the Iraqis are ready. Then just like South Vietnam you will strangle the ability of fledgling nation to defend itself. This will be done solely out of contempt for Bush.

Ironically, every step you take to undermine the US and the Iraqi government is another notch in the hat of Al Qaeda and the Baathists.

You are a fool.


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