FROM Ken Menkhaus
US Proposes Going Ashore to Hunt Pirates in Somalia In the early 1990's, the bodies of US soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogidishu, the capital of Somalia. Now the US is asking the United Nations to send a force to that nation. One of the Bush Administrations last policy initiatives deals with Somali pirates who've been wreaking havoc at sea. The proposal is to chase them on land . Ken Menkhaus, Associate Professor of Political Science at Davidson College in North Carolina, served as Special Political Advisor to the United Nations Operation in Somalia during the time of the deadly military clash in Mogadishu.
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