Thursday, December 28, 2006

What you can do if you're willing

From The New York Times:

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 27 — The Islamist forces who have controlled much of Somalia in recent months suddenly vanished from the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, residents said Wednesday night, just as thousands of rival troops massed 15 miles away.

In the past few days, Ethiopian-backed forces, with tacit approval from the United States, have unleashed tanks, helicopter gunships and jet fighters on the Islamists, decimating their military and paving the way for the internationally recognized transitional government of Somalia to assert control.

Even so, the Islamists, who have been regarded as a regional menace by Ethiopia and the United States, had repeatedly vowed to fight to the death for their religion and their land, making their disappearance that much more unexpected.

Want to know why the Ethiopians are having much less trouble in Somalia than the US is having in Iraq, even though the Ethiopian military is vastly less capable than the US military?

The answer is that the Islamofascists in Somalia do not doubt the resolve of the Ethiopians. The Ethiopian government does not have an equilivent of the American Democrat Party to invading it like a cancerous tumor sucking all the strength and vitality out of the nation.

Therefore the Ethiopians have the will do do what must be done. The militant Islamic forces know it and so they are running for the tall grass.