What does the conflict between Somalia and Ethiopia mean for the region, and the world? Plus, former President Gerald Ford, dead at 93. Sara Terry guest hosts. (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)
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Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States passed away last night. President Bush hailed the man who came to power briefly during the turmoil of Watergate, as a "gentleman who reflected the best in American character."
Ron Nessen, Press Secretary to then-President Gerald Ford
Fighting continues in Somalia, after Ethiopian troops attacked Islamist forces there. While Ethiopia wants to see the moderate transitional government of Somalia back in power, old regional rivalries threaten to spread the conflict. Do Islamic fundamentalists pose a real threat in eastern Africa? Is the unstable region a breeding ground for al Qaeda terrorists? Are humanitarian agencies able to cope with the number of refugees fleeing yet another war? Guest host Sara Terry looks at the rise of Islamic fundamentalists in Somalia, the implications for the region, the west and the world.
Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times (@gettleman)
Herman Cohen, Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Matt Bryden, Consultant with the International Crisis Group
Brian Jenkins, RAND Corporation (@BrianMJenkins)
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