Cultural Revolutions

American Policy in Somalia

The answer is: Mohammed Farrah Aidid, The question is; Who is the latest Hitler? Yes, American policy in Somalia is a kind of jeopardy game, a lose-lose situation in which either the U.N. policy of coloring the globe blue will succeed or American lives will have been sacrificed for the sole purpose of revealing Bill Clinton as a chump.

What do we really know about this "evil warlord"? He was, apparently, given military training in the Soviet Union and in Italy, where his instructors spoke well of him. After spending years in jail under the previous evil dictator, he was set free to serve as ambassador to India and chief of armed forces. When opposition to the dictatorship mounted, Aidid was tapped to lead the rebellion, and he naturally assumed that he would emerge as the George Washington or Mao Tse-tung of his country. Having the most to lose, he was the least likely to collaborate with a U.N. takeover of Somalia. His rivals, on the other hand, could only improve their position.

Since the above is derived from a cursory inspection of American newspapers, it could all be wTong. Unfortunately, the Somalia campaign is a media war, a video game in which pictures of starving Somali children compete against pictures of American soldiers being dragged through the streets. What makes this exercise in "telescopic philanthropy" so sinister is the fact that for decades Somalians have been receiving international...

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