Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Too Wild for Al Qaeda

Foreign Policy's new Failed States Index has been out for a few weeks now, but Daily Dish just discovered it. They point out an odd little item amongst all the data and analysis:
...Somalia, once again the No. 1 failed state on this year’s index. A recent report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, drawing on captured al Qaeda documents, revealed that Osama bin Laden’s outfit had an awful experience trying to operate out of Somalia, for all the same reasons that international peacekeepers found Somalia unmanageable in the 1990s: terrible infrastructure, excessive violence and criminality, and few basic services, among other factors. In short, Somalia was too failed even for al Qaeda.

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