Today, I'd like to bring to light the possibility of another war in this world. But I am not sure whether this will be a good war or a bad war. It looks like the Ethiopian Government is this close to invading Somalia.
Here is the real dilemma, looks like Crazy Islamic Militias have taken over most of the Somalian capital of Mogadishu. They will control the horn of Africa, Bin Laden calls this place the 3rd front of their little Jihad. The Americans were funding the secular warlords, but of course they are too corrupt and too busy making themselves rich to care, and the Islamic Sharia courts and clerics have taken over.
Where does Ethiopia fit in?
Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world, and one of the oldest Christian civilizations in the world. Currently they have the biggest army in region. They fought a brutal war about 5 years ago against the Eritreans, over a piece of desert, and simply put they smashed them. Now, the Somalian government is calling for help. This Government was in exile in Kenya, and is supported by Kenya, and Ethiopia, has not had the power to go back to Mogadishu, and sits waiting in a town by the Ethiopian border.
Now, being a patron of the Exiled somali government, and a recipient of American military products, Ethiopia has some issues with the Clerics running Somalia. Ethiopia has a large ethnic muslim population, and their authoritarian leader is not one to allow bombs to go off in their capital city?
The economist wrote a great article, about that, saying that war is only being avoided by a flood in the area. Right now, I am actually in favour of the Ethiopian's invading, I would take a secular dictatorship over any form of strict Islamic law. They will not persecute women nearly as much, and Islamic law is perhaps the most brutal form of law around, compared to our system of common law. Do the Somali's deserve this? No, but they have had chaos for 10 years, they don't need Islamic law, I think cha0s is better than Islamic law for its arbitrary brutality, as shown by the Saudi Kingdom, and the horrible experiences of Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
Hardcore Islamic rule, is like if they let all the judges in North America to be chosen by the 700 club, and those type, its extremism. I am not saying there is anything wrong with Islam as a religion, but once again as an extremist front, its a pretty pathetic way to run a country.