How Surreal is Somalia?

“It’s kind of this post-modern, science fiction chaos,” said J. Peter Pham, an expert on Somalia with the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C., think tank.

That description comes from a weekend article in the Buffalo News. It’s actually a profile of an anonymous NY state bureaucrat that opens this way:

His first day back to work was a bit surreal.

Less than two months ago, he was prime minister of Somalia. He battled terrorists, pirates and warlords. He addressed dignitaries from the United Nations.

Now, Mohamed A. Mohamed is back at his old job at the [NY] state Department of Transportation downtown, back to his little cubicle with a window overlooking Swan Street.

That was the job he had before becoming Somalia’s prime minister.

That’s Somalia.

One Response to “How Surreal is Somalia?”

  1. harrywr2 says:

    This is a map of Soviet Strategic Supply lines drawn in 1942.
    All the countries with the red-lines running through them have been FUBAR for 60 years.
    The cold war wasn’t ‘cold’ if you were one of the poor unfortunates that happened to live in an area where both superpowers had a ‘strategic interest’.
    To quote Zbigniew Brzezinski(National Security Advisor to the ‘peace’ President Jimmy Carter)
    What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?


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