[Ethiopia formally resumed war with Islamic Somalia.]

In 1993, Clinton refused to retaliate for the Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia. Since, in his opinion, the world knows that the US could flatten Mogadishu, there was no need to enact the already credible threat. Events proved him wrong.

The First Battle of Mogadishu was a great encouragement for Muslims worldwide; it also changed the regional balance of power.

Ethiopia, a country friendly to Israel, was locked in a struggle with Somalian Islamic militants. Given money and weapons, Ethiopia could have dealt them a lasting blow. When the US decided to run from Somalia, it covered the evacuation with the UN-sponsored “peace process” (America similarly pushes Israel to acquiesce to the hostile Palestinian state to divert attention from the Iraqi fiasco). The peace saved the core of the Islamic militia which mushroomed in the extensive system of Islamic courts. Eventually, Somalia became a fundamentalist Islamic state and stepped up the subversion of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti, its neighbors. For a decade, Ethiopia tolerated Somalia according to UN policies instead of thrashing the Islamic state.

Somalia is less dangerous than Afghanistan, and many Arab mujahedeen choose it for jihad (against Christian Ethiopia). Eritrea, a long-time rival of Ethiopia, provides the Islamic guerrillas with funds, plenty of light weapons, and logistical support. Tribal war in Somalia, which America chose to overlook rather than brutally extinguish with Ethiopian help, grew into a full-blown jihad. Some problems go away when forgotten; radical Islam doesn’t.

The Battle of Mogadishu was not even a setback but an overwhelming success with a kill-to-loss ratio of more than 100. Whatever minor losses the US troops suffered could have been avoided by involving Pakistanis and Ethiopians.