The growing tensions in the Horn of Africa over the last couple of years can’t have escaped the attention of anyone with even a passing interest in foreign affairs. I have my own thoughts and the history and underlying issues are complex so I’ve not gone into depth at this point. However, the situation in Somalia took a potentially worrying turn over the summer with the capital being seized by an Islamic militia (the UIC) who evicted the US backed coalition of warlords that held it. There are mixed signals coming from this controlling militia; reports of veiled threats about the consequences of further US intervention. Coupled with the historical animosity and growing tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as Somalia the potential for a regional conflict is serious. There are reports of terrorist training camps, and of Somalis lending support to and recieve training from Hezbollah. UIC leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys denies these reports and that the the UIC intend to form an Islamic state. However, the former al-Itihaad al-Islamiya leader (which had Al-Qaeda links)is on the US Terror suspect list and has been accused of ‘calling’ for terror attacks in the region, especially Kenya. He is quoted as saying "If US forces intervene directly against us in Mogadishu, then we are ready to teach them a lesson they will never forget and repeat their defeat in 1993." Bush, reportedly 'concered' about this is quoted as saying: "The first concern, of course, is to make sure that Somalia does not become an al-Qaeda safe haven - it doesn't become a place from which terrorists can plot and plan." I’m sure memories of the beating it received at the hands of the late General Aidid and his cronies must still sting but I’m curious - How would US citizens may feel should Bush attempt action in the region once again?