NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN CALLS FOR DECISIVE ACTION AGAINST SOMALI RADICALS

November 22, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In his weekly column for the World Defense Review, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, calls for decisive action against the radical Islamists who have seized control of much of Somalia.

Noting that the Monitoring Group entrusted by the United Nations Security Council’s Sanctions Committee with reviewing compliance with the arms embargo on Somalia has recently reported substantial violations by seven largely Muslim countries—including some of the “usual suspect” supporters of Middle Eastern terrorism such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Syria—which have provided large quantities of armaments, personnel, and training to the militants, Dr. Pham concludes: “Not only does the international community or, in the absence of a consensus, any ‘coalition of the willing’ that might still have the fortitude to assemble, need to adopt the Monitoring Group’s recommendations to enact a complete terrestrial, naval, and aerial blockade of Somalia and to freeze the ICU’s financial channels, it must act to decisively to eliminate the threat posed by the radicals while the tactical challenges remains rather minimal.”

To read Dr. Pham’s article, “The Somali Radicals Must Be Destroyed!,” click here.