It is difficult to convey to people here in the United States the severity of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Somalia. When the average American hears that there are people starving to death somewhere in Africa it comes as no surprise. We have heard this so many times throughout our lives that we have come to expect it and sadly, to even accept it as an inevitability. It is for this reason that we here at the Liberal Mob have blogged about the situation taking place on the Horn of Africa a couple of times in recent weeks. First about the Failed State status of Somalia and how it compounds and worsens the ecological and humanitarian crises taking place there, and later why the United Nations & the International community had trouble responding quickly and decisively declaring a famine.
Our use of energy is effecting the climate and changing drought, flood, storm, and various other weather patterns. Our totalitarian form of agriculture has given rise to a global system where there is enough food produced to feed all of humanity yet millions go hungry. Our global economic system exploits billions in the third world so that first world inhabitants can live in relative comfort. We contribute to worsening the often dysfunctional and volatile geopolitical landscape exacerbating armed conflicts, economic instability, degradation of social and political institutions, and leading to failed governments and ultimately failed states.