A Litmus Test for Waging a War on Terror

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.

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