Wednesday, December 27, 2006

They can't help it...they're Reuters

In what looks like good news coming out of Somalia, Somali government forces (the legitimate ones, not the Islamic Courts variety), backed by Ethiopian troops, pushed well into Somalia and appear to have the Islamists on the run. Government forces have recaptured Jowhar, and the Islamists' troops have abandoned Balad, the last town before the capital city of Mogadishu.

The writer from al-Reuters, Guled Mohamed, doesn't see this as a good thing:
The capture of Jowhar came hours after Ethiopia, defending the Somali interim government, said it was halfway to crushing the Islamists, heightening fears its next step would be to use air strikes and ground troops to seize the capital.
Whose fears are being heightened? The Islamists' fears, I guess. And maybe Mr. Mohamed's.

The Islamists in the UN, of course, want an immediate ceasefire now that their buddies are getting their collective asses kicked:
The U.N. Security Council failed late on Tuesday to agree on a statement calling for an immediate halt to the fighting and was due to hold further consultations on Wednesday.

There was deadlock after Qatar, the Council's sole Arab member, insisted the appeal also demand the immediate withdrawal of Ethiopian and all other forces from Somalia. [Does that include all the foreign jihadis, too? --ed.]
Like See-Dubya over at Hot Air says:
Me, I’m popping popcorn. Ethiopia wants to win. I say let ‘em.

1 comment:

jonz said...

The capture of Jowhar came hours after Ethiopia, defending the Somali interim government, said it was halfway to crushing the Islamists, heightening fears its next step would be to use air strikes and ground troops to seize the capital.

Well spotted Eric.

Of course the moderate Muslim and infidel version would read

The capture of Jowhar came hours after Ethiopia, defending the Somali interim government, said it was halfway to crushing the Islamists, raising hopes its next step would be to use air strikes and ground troops to seize the capital.