Friday, December 29, 2006

Ethiopia Kicks Islamist Butt

Reuters reported yesterday that the Somali government is back in control of Mogadishu.

Triumphant Somali government forces marched into Mogadishu on Thursday after Islamist rivals abandoned the war-scarred city they held for six months before an Ethiopian-backed advance.

The flight of the Islamists was a dramatic turn-around in the volatile Horn of Africa nation after they took Mogadishu in June and spread across the south imposing sharia rule.

What surprises me most about this article is that Reuters, which is usually so reticent to use the words, "Muslim," and "Islamist," lest we think the bad guys are Muslim Islamists, threw around the "I" word so freely this time. Good for them.

I listened to Dennis Prager as I drove to work this morning, and he had a great perspective on this story. His biggest point was that the Leftist MSM has no idea which stories are important and which ones aren't. The New York Times, he said, had Abu Ghraib on the front page for 31 days (I think I remembered that number right). But Abu Ghraib wasn't important--it was an aberration.

Meanwhile, six months ago when the Islamists took Mogadishu from the rightful government and started establishing sharia law, where was the MSM coverage? And now? How long will the reports stay on the front page? Another day or two? And yet the spread (or retreat) of Islamists around the world is an important story.

Brute force put the Islamists on the run. And, as Prager commented, the lack of Leftist reporters nitpicking and second-guessing the military attack kept the assault from getting bogged down in political correctness. Both of these points could find suitable application in Iraq.

We need to start prosecuting the reporters and news organizations that put our troops, our citizens, and the war effort in harm's way. They shouldn't be allowed to leak national secrets with impunity.

As for the other point, President Bush, take the gloves off our military in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you can't do that, then send in the Ethiopians.


Anonymous said...

Great post. I wish you could see the smile on my face.

Skyepuppy for President!

You are one formidable woman.

SkyePuppy said...

Funny, I don't feel very formidable. Maybe a bit verbose.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I haven't opened up a newspaper all week, so I don't know how extensively the major papers have been reporting it. I caught a bit of Prager; but yesterday, Medved was also talking about it, first hour, big time, as an important story that was being undersold to the public.