The BBC is reporting
this morning that war has truly broken out between Somalia's Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and the Ethiopian Army. They report:
Fresh heavy fighting is reported near the weak Somali government's Baidoa base, amid fears conflict could plunge the entire Horn of Africa into crisis...Somalia's Deputy Defence Minister Salad Ali Jelle told reporters in Baidoa that 71 Islamic fighters had been killed and 221 injured so far during clashes in three locations.
This conflict does have the potential to explode, plunging the entire region into violence. Now more than ever, sensitive diplomacy is needed to withdraw Ethiopian troops out of Somalia and engage a political solution between the Transitional Government and UIC. Unfortunately, the larger and less nuanced frame of the "war on terror" may subvert any hope for such peace diplomacy.