Nation & World
Is Somalia the Next Afghanistan?
The "enemy of my enemy," as the saying has it, "is my friend." That, evidently, was the logic to the reports that the CIA has helped finance secular warlords in Somalia fighting the Islamist militia known as the Islamic Courts Union, which favors sharia law and is said to be sheltering three al Qaeda figures indicted in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 231 people. Last week, the covert counterterrorism effort seemed to have failed as the warlords were run out of Somalia's chaotic capital, Mogadishu--which many will recall as the locale of the 1993 "Black Hawk Down" incident, in which warlords derailed the U.S. effort at nation building.
A Big Secret That the CIA Held Tight
He was one of the most wanted Nazi war criminals, but according to newly declassified CIA documents, the CIA was in no hurry to help catch fugitive Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann, a key perpetrator of the Holocaust. The CIA was told by West Germany in March 1958 that Eichmann had been living in Argentina under the name "Clemens"--actually the alias was Ricardo Klement--since 1952, but the spy agency didn't do anything about it out of concern that he might expose former Nazis and collaborators who had been recruited to be anti-Communist spies. Eichmann was finally found and abducted from Buenos Aires by Israel's Mossad agents in May 1960; he was convicted by an Israeli court and hanged in 1962. A footnote: A CIA memo from September 1960 said that officials persuaded Life magazine, which purchased Eichmann's memoir, to omit any reference to Hans Globke, a former Nazi who was a senior official in West Germany's government at the time.
With Thomas Omestad and Associated Press