And the religion of pieces marches on

The well-disciplined Islamists are making headway in Somalia:

Heavily armed militia loyal to Somalia’s Islamic courts have arrived in Burhakaba, a town 60km from the base of the interim government in Baidoa.

Somalia’s interim prime minister says it is clear the Islamists, who control the capital, plan to advance on Baidoa.

“The national security forces are on high alert,” Ali Mohamed Ghedi said.

The leader of the Islamist gunmen in Burhakaba told the BBC that there were no such plans and that the aim was to bring Islamic Sharia law to the region.

“This development could lead to more Somali bloodshed. It is a provocation and violation of areas under control of the government,” Mr Ghedi said

His comments came as 150 government troops are reported to have defected to the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).

And, also in Somalia, Sharia law continues in all its dark glory:

Meanwhile in Mogadishu, at least 14 people including a woman have been arrested for watching what Islamists say was a “pornographic” film.

“They were watching a sexual film, which is forbidden in Islam” said Sheikh Dahir Shiekhow, chairman of the court in the area.

The film, being shown at a local cinema, had scenes of nudity.

“At least 20 armed militia with a Toyota pick-up car mounted with a machine-gun arrived where we watched film; they ordered us not to move and then arrested us,” said Mohamed Ade, who was released on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Shiekhow said most the detainees had been released after being warned not to watch such films again.

The Islamists, which have brought some form of law and order to areas under their control after 15 years of anarchy, believe that Sharia law is the only solution to Somalia’s problems.

My guess is that the movie watchers are only grateful that they weren’t beaten and beheaded. The ACLU is strangely silent.

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  • Ymarsakar

    This is the price nations pay when they chase the US out. VIetnam paid it as well. Contrast with the success of Germany (at least in economic terms, if not moral), Japan, and SK, and you have a noticeable difference.

    It is a weird form of justice for warlords like Aidid and his followers. Some of them may have believed America should butt out and mind our own business. Now they are taking the consequences for their actions. And those consequences are going to get very ugly.

    The psychological effects of informing a person of what he has thrown away by fighting Americans and getting them to leave, is potentially immense. There is no better way to break a man’s spirit than to show him what he has thrown away, and how his family could have benefited if only he had cooperated.

    In the meantime, Somalians will have no choice and no recourse but to obey. Even if they understand the price of lacking American protection, they can’t do anything about this. That is the difference between the weak and the strong.

    The strong have options, while the weak suffer what they may. Africa is a minor front on the WoT after all. It is important enough to invest SF troops and civilian reconstruction teams to build up “grass roots intel networks”.

  • erp

    It may not be charitable, but I don’t really care if Somalia is governed by Islamic law as long they don’t try to export it or allow terrorists to dig in there.

    Should that happen, I hope we send them to the same place we sending their terrorist co-religionists in the Middle East.

  • Bookworm

    I haven’t researched it, Erp, but I believe that Al Qaeda has already been sniffing around Somalia as it’s next base of operations. Wherever Sharia goes, apparently, our enemies follow.

  • Earl

    I doubt that we would be (militarily) in either Afghanistan or Iraq if we did not perceive a threat to ourselves from what was going on there.

    If Somalia and those who run and inhabit it will leave us alone, my guess is that the poor Somalians are going to have to put up with Sharia for a long, long time.

    Sorry as I am about that, I would not want to send my son to deliver them…….and don’t feel it fair to ask other parents to send theirs.

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  • erp

    AQ and other terrorist groups may learn a lesson from events in the M.E. and the imams in Somnalia may want to just keep their paradise intact by ousting them.