THE LEGACY OF BLACK HAWK DOWN

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Blackhawk down in Somalia

Somalilandsun- The Smithsonian magazine’s January/February 2019 has a special issue, that focuses on the 17-year war on terror and brings into focus who is fighting this war, why, where, and what they’ve left behind.

 

In “The Legacy of Black Hawk Down,” author Mark Bowden argues that twenty five years after Black Hawk Down, the disastrous battle in Somalia chronicled in his best-selling book, we’ve learned the wrong lessons about fighting terrorism overseas.

 

“Our experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq— and, years ago, in Vietnam—showed us that American efforts will continually fail if there isn’t a willing local government with the support of the people. But just because those approaches failed in the past doesn’t mean they have to fail in Somalia,” writes Bowden. “Radical Islam takes different forms, and there can be no one-size-fits-all approach to fighting it. In countries where leaders are friendly and ideologies don’t run deep, there may still be an opportunity to build enduring stability. These days, that might be as good a definition of ‘victory’ as we can get.”

You can read the entire piece here.

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