The residents are fleeing in droves, but the hard-core crazies are staying to fight.

Good reporting from the New York Times on this war, by the way.

New Sisyphus put up a quote from General Sherman the other day that I think appropriate:

“War is the remedy our enemies have chosen, and I say give them all they want.”

The Somali Islamists have chosen war as their remedy.

Meanwhile, in Mogadishu, clans are being asked to help find the Al Qaeda lurkers, including the embassy bombing suspects.

By the way, keep your eye on Jendayi Fraser, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, mentioned in that article. I have met her and thought her extremely competent. Although there have been the typical diplomatic noises made about stopping this war, Fraser has had the good sense to keep America’s profile low and keep us out of the way.

UPDATE: Now is the time to break out the secret weapon.