"The warlord Mohammed Dheere, who was chased out of Jowhar by the Islamists a few months ago, was at the front of the advancing troops - an indication as to how Ethiopia intends using former warlords to help control the captured territory." For those who have any doubts that a stable and united Somalia is in the interests of the West, think again. In the old days, 'they'd' send the gunboats, now you just arm local warlords. If that's not enough, fund a neighbour to do the invasion for you. Running an empire in Africa is now wonderfully cheap and efficient compared to the old days.