I missed this story when it ran, but it seems that a couple of days ago Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer took a trip to Somalia to try to urge the creation of a truce in Mogadishu. Does this count as a concession that the “let’s help the Ethiopians invade and install a new government!” policy of December didn’t exactly work out? After all, there was a truce in Mogadishu in place before this all started up. How this plays into the mind-boggling decision to undermine the sanctions regime against North Korea that we insisted the UN adopt, I couldn’t quite say.
To make a long story short, nobody cared when it happened and I don’t expect anyone to care now (note how the rightwing cheerleaders for the Ethiopians’ swift victory seem to have completely lost interest in the subject), but I really wish we hadn’t gone down this road.
UPDATE: See this report from Human Rights Watch: “Fighting between Ethiopian armed forces and insurgent groups in Mogadishu escalated between March 29 and April 2 and resulted in deaths and injuries to hundreds of civilians, including from indiscriminate shelling and mortar attacks on heavily populated areas.”