The ruins of my country make me grave. There are times when I think that, yes, it can be salvaged and restored, and take heart with the news of the establishment of a government, believing that any sort of governance ought to be better than non-governance, and there I stand brimming with pride and optimism. For a bad government, once established, can later be transformed. But at times, pondering upon the petty feuds and clannish squabbles of my people, my high hopes turn to despondency and dejection.
Then the Islamic Courts came and rose to prominence, sending shock waves through the hearts of many. And most people even see the current government as a “faction” rather than an authority demanding its rightful place. And what’s the result? Turbulance!
But I strongly believe all this turbulence doesn’t stem from the the Somalis itself, but from external actors who aim to take advantage of Somalia by exploiting its clannish squabbles to suit their own interests. External actors such as Ethiopia, Eritrea and the US. Somalis, despite their differences, know how live with one another even at times of war, and would have had the situation not been exacerbated by these external factors.