Friday, December 19, 2008

no PKO in Somalia

Foreign Policy is reporting that the GAO has cleverly completely undercut Condoleezza Rice's Somalia position with a new report that, basically, says that peacekeeping missions in the future will be very difficult. It gives a "hypothetical" example that, while not actually named as Somalia, sure looks like Somalia.

The main problems, it says, are the same as I've been saying. No peace to keep, nobody willing to contribute peacekeeping forces, etc.

As AMISOM has shown, merely outsourcing African peacekeeping to Africans just won't work in situations as difficult as Somalia. The Ethiopians and Ugandans couldn't contain the chaos. This would likely require Western troops and/or equipment. And we all remember what happened the last time Western troops tried to fix Somalia.

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