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Good News From Non-War

There is, of course, no global war on terror.  We are much too evolved and mature for that.  Otherwise there would be some common vision linking the wars the US is currently fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Libya and goodness knows where else.

But if there were such a war, this would be good news:

The Shabab militant Islamist group withdrew on Saturday morning from Mogadishu, the bullet-ridden capital of Somalia, and the city is now under government control for the first time in years.

Witnesses described truckloads of heavily armed Shabab fighters driving away under the cover of darkness and beleaguered residents almost immediately pouring into the streets to cheer — and jeer — the departing militants.

Crowds jeer as your enemies flee; for you younger readers out there, this is something we once knew as ‘victory’.  It’s not the end of Somalia’s agony, but it’s a good thing.  Congratulations and thanks to all who helped make this happen.

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  • Carolyn

    I guess they Shabab’s group has withdrawn in the past, then later regrouped and came back. The UN commissioner for refugees was saying that the Saudis and others who may have some influence, were trying to persuade Shabab’s group to allow aid workers to operate. But it’s hard to imagine anything influential there, except weapons.

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