Monday, December 25, 2006
previous entry | main | next entry | TrackBack (0)
When civil wars go transnational
Merry Christmas! In certain parts of the globe, that whole peace-on-earth-goodwill-towards-men business seems to be at a low ebb.
On its front page, the New York Times reports on two civil wars that: A) involve the United States directly or indirectly; and B) are also drawing in neighboring countries.
First, there's the obvious one -- Iraq. James Glanz and Sabrina Tavernise explain that some Iranians have had their hand caught in the cookie jar:
The American military is holding at least four Iranians in Iraq, including men the Bush administration called senior military officials, who were seized in a pair of raids late last week aimed at people suspected of conducting attacks on Iraqi security forces, according to senior Iraqi and American officials in Baghdad and Washington.Then, according to Jeffrey Gettlemen, there's Somalia:
Ethiopia officially plunged into war with Somalia’s Islamist forces on Sunday, bombing targets inside Somalia and pushing ground troops deep into Somali territory in a major escalation that could turn Somalia’s internal crisis into a violent religious conflict that engulfs the entire Horn of Africa.[Hey, you forgot the possible civil war between Fatah and Hamas in Palestine!!--ed. You are correct -- but Eric Umansky has some thoughts on what the United States should not do there.] posted by Dan on 12.25.06 at 08:29 AM
Iranian agents and fighters have been there for years and it has been openly acknowledged by us, so what do we gain by their capture?
Despite the cover story that the attack on Somalia is somehow a unilateral decision on Ethiopia's part,
Everyone from the top, say, 5 levels of government should all be arrested, tried and hanged for their crimes in the years to come (like Pinochet and his gang of criminals). These people have been f*cking up the world for too long. They need to be held criminally responsible for all the people they have killed and all the lives they have destroyed.posted by: joe m. on 12.25.06 at 08:29 AM [permalink]
Uh, hard to follow that last.
Nonetheless, a belated Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.posted by: Klug on 12.25.06 at 08:29 AM [permalink]
If we have evidence that Iranians are involved in combat against Americans, then in the middle of the night an Iranian military base should be turned into rubble. Then a polite diplomatic note indicating the Iranians should withdraw or face more.
(I'm not a supporter of the war but anyone on the planet who attacks an American soldier should face immediate consequences.)
As far as Ethiopia, someone has to reign in the Islamist crazies in Africa, or there will be war for another 50 years.posted by: save_the_rustbelt on 12.25.06 at 08:29 AM [permalink]
Uh, hard to follow that last.
Don't worry about it. As near as I can tell, Dan's blog has some kind of wierd internet routing that somehow connects to the chomskyverse.posted by: rosignol on 12.25.06 at 08:29 AM [permalink]
Post a Comment: