Next to us, we Saudis, and within our strategic security sphere, lies a country biting the dust for more than two decades.
Its collapse began when its last “effective” government, which was neither successful nor popularly elected, fell.
Even if that government had survived to this day, it surely would have been swept away by the Arab Spring.
Together with our neighbors in the region, we looked after it on one or two occasions, and then moved away.
Even the Americans ran out on it after a solitary attempt to save it in the wake of the war to liberate Kuwait. At the time, George Bush Sr. may have wanted to show his country was also ready to intervene and help a poverty-stricken Muslim country, unlike oil-rich Kuwait. It turned out to be a bitter American experience.
I am referring to Somalia.
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