Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Talking" Under Attack: The Somali Case

Peace talks moderated by the UN began in Djibouti on May 12 between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), buttressed by Ethiopian troops, and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), which wants Ethiopian troops to depart before engaging in direct talks. Some 1,000,000 people have fled their homes since the U.S.-supported intervention of Ethiopian troops.

As with Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine-Israel, and Iraq, the real action seems to be taking place between hardline and softline factions on each side. For example, Indho Ade, defense secretary for the ARS, has rejected his party's peace talks even as they get started.

Talking is not a prize to be conferred on an opponent in payment for some concession. Talking is recognition that "final solutions" are not the solution.

1 comment:

Renegade Eye said...

I think diplomacy will have a rebirth, when Bush is gone. One of his administration's untruths, is that their principles are eternal.

Will US talk to Iran and Syria about Iraq? Eventually they will, like it or not.