The Islamist forces who have controlled much of Somalia in recent months suddenly vanished from the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, residents said Wednesday night, just as thousands of rival troops massed 15 miles away.
In the past few days, Ethiopian-backed forces, with tacit approval from the United States, have unleashed tanks, helicopter gunships and jet fighters on the Islamists, decimating their military and paving the way for the internationally recognized transitional government of Somalia to assert control.
Even so, the Islamists, who have been regarded as a regional menace by Ethiopia and the United States, had repeatedly vowed to fight to the death for their religion and their land, making their disappearance that much more unexpected.
Fortified checkpoints across the city — in front of the radio station, at the airport, at the main roads leading into Mogadishu and outside police stations — were abruptly abandoned Wednesday night, residents said.
We're not fighting a real army, we're fighting 13th century barbarians who's only weapons are fear and intimidation. When you actually fight them, instead of kow-towing like frightened little sissies, you take away their main weapon of fear. And they run away. They don't care about "diversity", or "tolerance". They're the schoolyard bullies who run the place until someone actually stands up to them.
Not that I expect the gutless shitstains in Congress to learn that lesson.
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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will miss the state funeral for former President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday night, opting instead to lead a delegation to South America with an expected stop at the Machu Picchu Inca ruins.
Reid, D-Nev., left Wednesday afternoon from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland with a bipartisan group of five other senators, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the incoming assistant majority leader, for what has been described as a weeklong visit to Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.
I guess tourism is more important than honoring a former president, if you're a Dimocrat.
The only bright spot that I can see coming up in the next two years is that since the Dimocrats are in power, they might finally be unable to hide just what classless, weak, spineless, lying, corrupt fucksticks they are. Reid and Durbin don't have the grace that G-d gave a dung beetle.