Posted by lex, on January 16, 2007
‘Realism” is often shorthand for living with a distasteful situation, forging an alliance of convenience for example. Politics – and warfare is policy by other means – often makes for strange bedfellows.
But for strange bedfellows, this is hard to beat: According to the New York Post, a significant driver of the collapse of the Islamist government in Somalia was an alliance between the occasionally controversial Army LGEN William Boykin and the son of his former nemesis, Mohammed Farah Aidid:
A controversial U.S. general and a Somalian warlord whose father was responsible for the infamous “Black Hawk Down” violence in 1993 are now allies in the war against al Qaeda-connected fanatics in East Africa.
In an extraordinary set of circumstances, Lt. Gen. William Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense, and warlord Hussein Farah Aidid, have been intimately involved in covert operations on the Horn of Africa that resulted in the rout of Islamic fanatics from Somalia earlier this month.
Boykin, who set up the current Somalia operation, commanded the Delta Force unit that lost 18 men in the notorious “Black Hawk Down” incident.
Aidid is the son of Mohammed Farah Aidid, whose 4,000-member militia battled U.S. troops and dragged the bodies of two U.S. soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu.
Any port in a storm, I guess.