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You need to go in with troops and root out the pirates, and you'll need to do this until these people understand they're not supposed to behave like thiefs.

Because this approach worked so well when France used it in Algeria in the 1840s. And when the Americans used it in Iraq in the 2000s. And when the Romans used it in Palestine in the 30's. And when...

If there's a structural problem - and Somalia is pretty much the definition of a structural problem - playing whack-a-mole like that isn't going to solve the problem; it'll just piss off the locals and show the rest of the world that Europe really is just an old-fashioned imperialist power after all.

Do. Not. Want.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 04:20:50 PM EST
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