Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Somalia and the Sovereignty Principle

In an excellent example of how not following my Sovereignty Doctrine makes the world less safe, American and Ethiopian policy in Somalia has radicalized the Somali population and drawn them closer to al Qaeda. Did we think that sponsoring an Ethiopian invasion and launching airstrikes into the country would help stabilize it? Did we think at all?

On the whole, I would rather let the Somalis run their own affairs -- however dreadfully -- than be a party to a policy that makes the situation worse and makes us less safe.

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