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Another example of bad intelligence and gunfire - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
One person's lack of comprehension does not equal another's consent.
Another example of bad intelligence and gunfire
I was just reading this reporter's account of anti-U.S. sentiment in Somalia which I interpret to be yet another glaring example of how the US military has turned an entire nation's attention and hatred toward all Americans.

Whether you believe that we simply need to improve our intelligence or simply stop sending our forces into other countries, the observation must be made that it was our action, our *MILITARY*. action that contributed greatly to worsening an already bad situation.

When the movie, "Black Hawk Down" came out three years ago, I did not go see it, but I listened to an interview on NPR about accounts of the incident from the american soldiers involved. No mention was made of the misery we caused the civilians of that country or how we apparently arbitrarily turned what was supposed to be a peaceful mission into a hostile attack.

Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe the real solution is to invade all these countries, set up "Democratic" governments and pay for their school systems with our tax dollars so we can teach their children that we killed their parents and grand parents but only with the best of intentions.


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browneyedgirl65 From: browneyedgirl65 Date: December 9th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

I don't know -- that really seems too simplistic. Of course we shouldn't have tried to turn things into a raid on that house: we were there for humanitarian aid. But note that last: Somalia's troubles are not directly layable at our feet (sidestepping for the moment the general issue of first world vs third world economic dynamics). Their civil war and civic infrastructure was in tatters all on their own.

There's quite a bit of material and background on Somalia at the BBC which might be of some interest. Somalia is a classic case of a post-colonialism arbitrarily created territory. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/country_profiles/1072592.stm

However, "black hawk down" type of stuff is exactly why I think the UN should become much more a body on its own, and the US sink down to one-of-many countries instead of an overbearing pontificant in the corner constantly threatening to take its money and leave.

Oops did I say that outloud?
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