The masters of war of late never seem to be the ones actually doing the fighting.  In fact, most of them have never fought, ever.  George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, David Addington, Douglas Feith, Bill Kristol, John Bolton, Marc Thiessen, and most of the other architects and cheerleaders of the miserably counterproductive and expensive War on Terror.  Fortunately, a news story from none other than fellow non-signer of the Kyoto Protocol, Somalia, has provided a model for proving the justness of the just war:

Dressed in camouflage and hunkering among his soldiers, Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed appeared on the front lines Thursday in an offensive against Islamic militants in his country’s shattered capital of Mogadishu, witnesses and government officials said.

Fierce firefights rumbled across the city on the 50th anniversary of Somali independence, a landmark spoiled by years of civil war, a refugee crisis and the rise of an Al Qaeda-linked Islamic group that controls all but a few of Mogadishu’s streets. Ahmed’s arrival on the battlefield was a dramatic gesture to raise morale among a contingent of African Union troops and underpaid Somali soldiers.

Categories: Development Economics


"Josh Weinstein is a visionary. I read his blog every day." - Bono

1 thought on “A Litmus Test for Waging a War on Terror”

Thenardier · July 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

I think it’s unfair to say the Somalis are taking a page out of the Neocon playbook. Haven’t you ever read Pharaoh Ramses II’s account of the Battle of Kadesh?

If you think W.’s package looked huge in that jumpsuit, you should of seen the armadillo packed in Ramses’s trousers 3000 years ago.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Related Posts

Development Economics

Corruption in a Trump Presidency

In December 2009, I moved to Philippines just before the presidential election.  Like most of the former leaders of the Philippines, the outgoing president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was exiting under a cloud of scandal.  The Read more…

Development Economics

Racism in America

I. Introduction In August of 2014, a police officer shot dead Michael Brown, a black teenager from Ferguson, Missouri, blowing the lid off a debate about racism in America. Protesters filled the streets, yelling “Hands Read more…

Development Economics

Why Do Some Countries Have It So Bad?

Open a newspaper today and you’ll be bombarded with a panoply of terrible news. Ebola is ravaging West Africa, with a projected 10,000 new cases per week and the possibility for 1.4 million people infected Read more…