Sunday, January 4, 2009
Ethiopian troops have been pulling out of Somalia in stages. Islamic ‘insurgents’ are moving in to fill the vacuum. As I have stated in past posts, Islamic law is well suited to establish stability in a failed state where Islam is at least somewhat accepted. Authoritarian measures are easiest to enact and enforce in an area where stability is lacking. Islam has those qualities as well as the leadership and knowledge to establish the legal system in a short period of time. One problem that I see is that this legal system is so hostile to our way of thinking that allowing this to occur will only create additional problems for us in the long term.