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About "Withdrawal from Somalia"
The US has direct military involvement in Somalia and extensive military aid to neighboring countries, trying to reduce the effectiveness of the terrorist group Al-Shabab (also spelled Al-Shabaab). But US involvement only fuels the fire. Al-Shabab derives its support by recruiting from people angry about foreign intervention in their country and by the excesses and abuses of the US-backed Somali government that uses harsh measures to crack down. The net result is that our counter-terrorism efforts are only making things worse. The best policy is to disengage from Somalia and tell the warring factions to negotiate a political settlement. Whatever happens after we pull out, it won’t be worse and will likely be better than what we’re supporting now.
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Katherine Baker competed in speech and debate for five years and was blessed with plenty of success, including three consecutive years of qualifying for NITOC in Team-Policy and Parliamentary Debate. She currently coaches Team-Policy at her local club and runs a speech and debate summer camp with other alumni. She has been so blessed by the skills she learned while competing, and seeks to give back to the speech and debate community wherever she can.