The Somalia Intervention: Can You Nation-Build in a Whirlwind
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Smith Hempstone, at the time U. S. Ambassador to Kenya, remarked when asked by the State Department to comment about getting involved in Somalia, If you liked Beruit, youll love Mogadishu. The international intervention into Somalia has gone through three distinct and separate phases UNOSOM, UNITAF and UNOSOM II. Each phase involved new and expanded objectives, escalating from the purely humanitarian to a manhunt for Somalias most recalcitrant warlord, General Mohammed Farah Aidid. In each instance, the achievements fell short of the objectives, at least from the U.N. perspective. The intervention into Somalia has revealed a unique story of a homogeneous people historically torn by a culture that prides itself on its contentiousness. As such, it has defied, and will continue to do so, the efforts of the United States and its Islamic and African sister nations to help as well as the efforts of the United Nations to rebuild Somalia into a modern state.
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