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Uncle Sam unwittingly brings peace to Somalia. The problem of old men in Africa. And is the international criminal court an obstacle to peace?

By Richard Dowden   July 2006

Uncle Sam saves the day

Good news from Africa! Somalia, or at least its capital, is at last free of the warlords who have kept it in conflict for 20 years. Mogadishu is now united, free of thuggery and barbarism. All—unbelievably—thanks to the US. How? The state department has pursued a pragmatic policy, keeping in touch with all parties and trying to support the peace process that elected Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed, one of Somalia’s long-standing warlords. Unfortunately, despite a lifetime’s record of violence, Abdulahi Yusuf failed to subdue the other warlords and so was unable to establish himself in Mogadishu…

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