Re: POL: Extropianism and Politics

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 24 Mar 1999 02:27:28 -0500

Randall Randall wrote:

> >
> >??? The Somalis killed a few soldiers, and the Clinton administration
> >decided it didn't want bad press on the issue and pulled out. There was
> >never any attempt to attack the warlords responsible, so it hardly counts as
> >a war.
> The point of that operation, I believe, was to restore State in an area
> where the local mini-States were having difficulty. Regardless of hype,
> the UN forces were supporting at least some of the warlords. I was in the
> US Army at that time, and some people from my unit (501st Signal Batt)
> went to Somalia -- they were confused, upon return, that family and
> friends thought that they'd been *looking* for a particular warlord, when
> in fact they'd been ferrying him around the country...

As I recall, the reason the Somali people revolted against us was cause some religious American army colonel wouldn't let the khat supply planes land. Some of you may be familiar with this drug, it is a leafy plant which produces a substance called kathenine, which is refined in Germany. The Somalis were all apparently Khat junkies and needed their supply kept up to feed their habits.

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