In other posts I’ve gone on about the mess that is Somalia and the ineffective and expensive efforts of the UN and, through various indirect methods, the US in bringing stability and peace to the country. I have also mentioned that in some parts of the country, stability and order seems to be maintained despite the lack of UN involvement.
This recent article on the presidential elections in Somaliland suggested that we should be concerned that, should the opposition party win, there would be no peaceful transfer of power:
Now, a week later, the votes have been counted, the opposition candidate won, and the sitting president peacefully conceded defeat:
With this successful transition of power, Somaliland has held 4 (I believe) successful democratic elections.
So here’s the question: Why does the US, a nation that claims to want to see “democracy” or “governments responsive to the will of the people” (or whatever obtuse phrase Obama used when he was in the PRC in the Fall) continue to deny standing to democracies like Somaliland, which has been operating on its own for nearly 20 years? What I am missing here?