Kenya: Success at Pacification

We undertake a vow to skin some people, make paper out of their skins, take their blood and use it as ink, use their bones as our pens and make their flesh our rations.

Instructions for cannibals who have literary ambitions? Hardly. That grim promise is simply one dose of the tough talk that is familiar fare on Radio Mogadishu, the official voice of the Republic of Somalia. For the past four years, Somalia has been working over time to keep Somali guerrillas, who are called shifta (bandits), in revolt against the government of Kenya.

The Somalis argue that much of...

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