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Why Somalia would make Afghanistan seem like Mr. Rogers' neighborhood for US troops

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(Read caption) Relatives of one of the Uganda bombings victims and hospital staff carry away a body on Tuesday in Uganda's capital, Kampala. Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack – its first outside Somalia – that killed 76 people during the World Cup final on Sunday.

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In the light of Sunday's horrific bombings in Kampala, Uganda, it was only a matter of time before proposals for a US-backed invasion and/or bombing of Somalia started popping up, along with less specific calls to do "more." A few thoughts on this:

  • If everything you know about Somalia you learned from Black Hawk Down, it's probably best that you stop providing commentary. You don't know the territory, you don't understand the political situation there, and it just makes you look ignorant to continue pontificating.
  • If you think Afghanistan is a quagmire, you ain't seen nothing yet. Somalia would make Afghanistan seem like a walk in the park on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

The Al Shabab threat is real and it is very, very serious.

More than seventy people lost their lives on Sunday, and it's likely that more will lose their lives in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and/or Burundi before this is over.

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