Somalia cries out for international intervention. There is no sovereignty, no national integrity left to violate. Any doubts about that are ended by the vivid and heart-wrenching reporting of The Sun's Richard O'Mara in a series of articles Sunday. It is a picture of total breakdown, anarchy and chaos following the overthrow of a dictator, with no system of life support that still works, and gangs with guns ruling bits of turf and clan in what had been an authentic nation and nationality.
Africa's drought is the part of the famine that can be overcome by foreign aid and relief agencies. Millions of Somalis are hungry or starving or dead, however, because Somalian gangsters steal food sent for relief and deny it to the starving. To distribute food to the dying takes bigger guns than the gangsters have, which relief workers do not carry.
The American airlift of food to Somali refugee camps in northern Kenya, just completed, and the plan for American planes to ferry Pakistani soldiers to protect relief operations, are a good start at dealing with mass starvation that has been inevitable for 18 months. But such actions will not end Somalia's anarchy. Only Somalians can do that, and as of now it is the last thing they can do.