NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN SURVEYS ISLAMIST ADVANCE IN SOMALIA

October 26, 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, surveys the continuing advance across Somalia of the Islamist radicals who seized control of the African country’s sometime capital earlier this year.

The article concludes: “The situation in the Horn of Africa grows bleaker with each passing day as the shadow of radical Islamism looms larger over Mogadishu. Yet many in Washington seem desperate to avoid for as long as they can having to acknowledge the growing reality of terrorist Islamist state arising out of the ashes of Somalia. In the long run, however, this procrastination runs counter to our interests. The U.S. must soon make a choice: either we deal now with the ICU alongside allies willing to do their part—including Somaliland, Ethiopia, and Kenya—or we allow the radicals to pick these potential partners off one by one, leaving us to then face the Islamists by ourselves. Either way, there will be no avoiding the confrontation.”

Dr. Pham’s essay, “Update: Islamist Radicals Still on the March in Somalia,” can be accessed online by clicking here.