Somalia for 18 years has been at peace from civil unrest, now Somalia’s Parliament requests international assistance against terrorist. The Somalia Government has declared a state of emergency. The surrounding countries are awaiting the international communities response and framework to provide assistance.
The Shabab-one of the Islamist Militias and most fearsome threatened to bomb the buildings of Nairobi if Kenya intervenes. The purpose of these terrorist attacks, per the New York Times on Sunday June 21, 2009 is to “destabilize the region”.
This breakaway nation in the southeastern part of Ethiopia is known as nomadic and pastoral people. Now they are not only awaiting diplomatic recognition but also assistance from the international community. The 13 million people in Somalia are predominately Islamic and has been since the 1400s.
Terrorist and para-terrorist spend a lot of time and money, sometimes more than a countries national defense funding. Many are funded by illegal activities and use technology that is more advanced than most are use to seeing a an average bases. Terrorist use religion to recruit the youth, and Somalia is predominately Islamic. Para-terrorism is used when normal means of getting agreement for assistance is refused.
It is unfortunate that many terrorist and para-terrorist groups have more international influence than some countries. For example, the Taliban is the past governmental body of Afghanistan, it controlled Afghanistan from 1996-2001.
With no international recognition for peace, can Somalia get international assistance?