America’s Approach To Somalia Has Failed. It Now Has Two Options

America’s Approach To Somalia Has Failed. It Now Has Two Options
Al-Shabab fighters sit on a truck as they patrol Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 30, 2009 (AP photo by Mohamed Sheikh Nor).

One of the most momentous decisions the United States made after 9/11 was to go on the offensive against violent extremists, seeking to cut them off at their source. This was to be done by helping governments in the Islamic world provide prosperity, security, justice and a sense of national identity. While sound in theory, this forced the U.S. to work with deeply flawed partners and repeatedly crashed against three problems. First, extremists, appropriating or misappropriating religious themes and local grievances, are often deeply ingrained in the societies where they operate, whether by ethnicity, clan, tribe or religion. Second, political […]

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