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March 29, 2008
 
 
                             More on Somalia
 
 
Somalia is a critical battleground.  Not only because it has been made a front in the "war on terrorism."  Not only because America has already fought there.  But, because obviously God has deemed this to be an important place.
 
Earlier this week I posted on this subject ("TOO POOR TO MATTER").  Last month, I wrote about the horrible disaster that the US has made with its policy in Somalia ("Ethiopia and Somalia").
 
Today, a New York Times  correspondent on the ground in Somalia filed another important story.  In a piece entitled, "Somalia's Government Teeters on Collapse," Jeffrey Gettleman confirms much of what I've been saying.
 
First, the weak "transitional government," essentially a construct of the international community, is on its last legs, by its own admission.
 
Second, the reporter states that, "The looming failure is making many people here and abroad question the strategy of installing the transitional government by force."
 
Third, we are told that Somalis, "...say, almost without exception, that things were better under the Islamists."
 
Government troops steal from the populace, and as best as I can figure out the CIA has paid and currently supports warlords who probably fought against us in 1992-93.  This is insane.
 
Americans and my fellow Christians, we cannot let our preconceived misconceptions and prejudices get in the way of love and compassion.  Somalia is a critical issue in a part of the world ordained to be the birthplace of our Lord.  America's policies there are all wrong.  And, this doesn't have anything to do with the book of Revelations; Jesus Christ would not want us to be sacrificing these poor people so we can sleep better at night.
 
When are we going to rise up and start saying something about it?
 
 
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