A loyal reader of IST writes a good blog about East Africa, https://africommons.com/ …..recent he wrote he wrote a post that ask a question.
Since I write a lot about war and other conflicts I thought I would put his post on here and see if there were any answers from my readers…..
This is in the nature of a “thought experiment” rather than an actual suggestion at this point, but here goes rough sketch of the basic points:
1) We all recognize–whether we are willing to publicly admit it–that Somalia is in a “permanent” war state although progress has been made from the lowest ebbs over the years. Somalia is like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen in the sense that it is a place in which perpetual fighting appears indefinitely sustainable pending some major change.
My response was that the US was slowly doing just that……we keep adding troops to the fight against the insurgents in Somalia. But my personal feeling is that we should NOT expand any further…..for we are fighting a “War” on a tactic….a war that cannot be won.
We have too many feet in a fire……we could use the money here in this coungtry.
Please let my friend know you opinion on his question.
Thanx for helping out……chuq