It does surprise me that intelligent people in the 21st century could claim that if you respond to the terrorists with force, you spawn terrorism, but if you appease them, you somehow tame them. This argument, as I said, is very interesting, and very surprising.
An oversupply of national sentiment is not the problem in Somalia. The problem is a lack of it. The problem is an oversupply of sub-sub-clannish attitude.
As a person, I have never been discourteous or nasty to anybody. I may have stood my ground a bit too directly, a bit too firmly, and I believe I have, over a number of years, learned to be a little less direct.
The most stupid mistake a counter-insurgency operation can make is alienating the population. If you alienate the population, you're finished.
I know more now than I did in the past about the process of democratization. I know more about the pitfalls.
Of course everybody's thinking evolves over time.
Democracy cannot be a plaything for the capital cities. It has to infiltrate every nook and cranny in the country, including the village.
Eritrea is hellbent on destabilising Ethiopia. It does not care who it sleeps with.
I am not worried that the Egyptians will suddenly invade Ethiopia. Nobody who has tried that has lived to tell the story.
I cannot separate my achievements from what can be considered as the achievements of the ruling party.
I would love to be the African leader that steps down, that overthrows this idea of a Big Man ruler. I don't want to stay in office forever.
In the urban areas, we have focused on infrastructure roads, telecommunications, power.
It is illegal to be a member of an organization that is challenging the constitution by armed force.
Of course everybody's thinking evolves over time. Only dead people cease learning, and I am not certified dead yet. So I am still learning.
Our position is that we can sit down and talk to try to solve our problems through dialogue.
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