Without an effective central government, Somalia is in a desperate situation, made even worse by neighboring Ethiopia recently sending troops into that country. Many observers have labeled Somalia the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. According to a local human rights group, an estimated 16,000 people have been killed since the start of 2007, with more than 28,000 people wounded and more than 1 million displaced. USAID has estimated that 3.2 million people, about half of the population, are in need of emergency assistance, including hundreds of thousands of refugees in neighboring countries.
Given these grim conditions, it is not surprising - though still inexcusable - that some Somalis have turned to piracy or extremism. There is no known relationship between the pirates and terrorist groups like al-Shabaab yet, but they are both outgrowths of Somalia's instability, and they both threaten our security..more..http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/43060052.html