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Richard Bowen | 18:02 UK time, Monday, 26 February 2007

Tonight we were talking about the UN decision that Serbia wasn't responsible for the genocide that happened in the Bosnian war. We're also asking if Africa should take more responsibility for the situation in Somalia.

If you missed the show, you can hear it again by clicking on the "Monday" button on the right. You can read the emails and text messages here, and of course post your own comments as well.

And remember to get your thinking caps on for our big show coming up on Wednesday - How do you feel about the news from Iraq?

Ros has just spoken to one of the guests on the Somalian story, Joseph. He's in Kenya and believes that his country is doing it's fair share to help with the stability of Somalia.

Leland from Indiana

If it is illegal in the International Court in the Hague to incite genocide or violence against a state, then why has the Iranian Supreme Leader and the Prime Minister, among all the others who have called for the destruction of the U.S. or Isreal or Jews or Non-Muslims, not been tried and found guilty? Why does the international people seem not to care about threats against the U.S.A. by Iran and others, but only care whenthe U.S.A. threatens other countries (which is bad too)? What do non-Americans think the U.S. should do if someone attacks the U.S. with WMDs? If New York gets hit by a dirty nuke, which could be linked to any country, would the international scene accept a U.S. nuke retaliation and say, vaporize Iran or North Korea?

David Huber

To make a country in its entirety liable for billions of dollars in fines or other levies would be to put the country in the same situation as Germany was post WWI and would foster hardships and resentment. This resentment would lead to hatred, and not reconciliation. Leaders are one thing and the entire country is quite another.

Chris - UK

A very good question and on the surface the answer was at the time a very clear YEs of course they were Serbia actively encouraged ethnic cleansing and
genocide in Bosnia. There is however a rather big BUT to attach to this situation,
Serbia had been more or less ordered to let go of other provinces in former Yugoslavia on the grounds that the local ethnic populations was not mainly
Serbian but also told that Bosnia could not be divided. This seems a somewhat
illogical attitude as there were areas of Bosnia that were mainly Serbian so why not apply the same principles there as had already been applied elsewhere.


HanaZ, Prague
The Germans have been repentant for 60 years. The Serbs put on a hurt look, and blame the world of injustice. It's a shame.

Anis.Pakistan

My request is to International community that why every 1 not give attention to own country problem and people,Y we interefare in other?.

Salih has called the show and says that he has seen his friends die and nearly died himself. He thinks this ruling is a joke. And in response to claims that there were atrocities on both sides he says all he knows is that he was in hiding and now has to live in in another city for fear for his life.

ANON

If the state is found guilty then the taxes go up and the profits to pay reparations and the poor end up paying .

Sue Bartlett - Portland, OR, USA

My question: Is there a way to prevent genocide via consitituion?
Powerful authoratarions always seem to be able to instigate it and whether they are directly responsible or not, they are instrumental in setting up the circumstances that allow people to behave in these genocidal ways. Revenge goes on forever. How do we stop this and foster forgiveness?

Now onto Somalia

Idris Iyoha, from Kaduna-Nigeria.

Ethiopia and outsiders, leave Somalia alone 2 solve its internal problems.

From Moses,Nigeria

It's a pity dat Ethiopia just went into Somalia 2 destabilize d place.Where there once was peace,they have driven peace away.

ANON

Let the somalis and their african brothers be allowed to address the problem of somalia.Too much interference by America and its allies can only fuel the hatred

Fidelis, Lagos

I advocate a return to an international admin of Somalia for 20yrs to restore sanity in their psyche and prepare them for a fresh start.

ANON

Somalia itself should first decide whether they want/need help, then its neighbors, then the whole of Africa, then the rest of the world, in this order.

Leland in Bloomington Indiana U.S.A.

If Islamist fundementalists, whether home-grown or foreign, are "Internationally" allowed to take over a country, then why are non-Islamist Fundementalists, whether home-grown or foreign, "internationally" allowed to take over countries on this planet? Answer me this.

From Moses,Benin City,Nigeria

Ethiopia created the mess in Somalia, let them alone clean it.

Iddi amin in ghana

No one cares about poeple who do not care about themselfs start first with the AU!

Lubna,Iraq.

Hi guys,welcome back Ross,all Somalies must decide their fate by their own,Oh, please,i don't want to see an other iraq,world must leave Somalia alone

Victor U. M

Did I hear u say 'the SABBIAN govt provides both weapons and financial support but did not bear responsibility? Total mess. Unfair judgement..

Bjay

The Somalia toilet have been backed up again & again?

Ella Nbi

Somali clans and their honour killings dynamics are too complex for conflict resolution. Kenya is wise not to send troops.

Prince, Nigeria

The Islamic world should wake-up to assist Somalia.

ANON

Ethopians are invading Somalia. They have been looking for a port since Ethiopia is landlocked country. AU is responsible for the cause of invasion.

Jabar from Malawi.

I think Ethiopia should mind their own business. Let the Somalians sort the mess themselves.

Anon

We must send peacekeepers to Somalia. It is not practical to expect warring parties to make peace by themselves.

Shehu Aware from Kano, Nigeria.

Somalia can only be rescued by the U.N. The A.U has failed in situations like this.

Baitallah,Jos, Nigeria.

Its really sympathetic that Serbia has to go free. Is it because Bosnians are Muslims?Justice should be objective not subjective.

Anon

This should be but just like UN we Africans are really drugging our feet to the detriment of our security and pride as well .

Obed Sarpong

There is no gold, cocoa or cheap oil in Somalia so no Western nation has or will step there.

Ambassador Mohamed Ali Foum, the African Union's Special Representative to Somalia was also on the show. He didn't want to speak to callers directly but he did answer points that they made to Ros. Many didn't want to AU in Somalia, but he said that the African Union would be sending troops when they get the all clear.

Leland in Bloomington Indiana, U.S.A.

If a foreign power invades another country and takes over that country, when can that conquered country be officially assimilated under the auspices of the invading power?

Clement

Somalia should wake up and look forward, the Western countries and African union has done enough in that country. Let Somalians look for their race, language and God.

kalypso riting from austria says

I just hope, the situation in Somalia will stabilize very soon. UN- and AU forces should replace the Ethiopian troops. The international community cannot leave Somalis alone!

Josimar from Jamaica

The war in Somalia is affecting neighbouring countries especially through immigration. If this is a threat to the politics, economy and social life of Kenya and Ethiopia then those countries have a right to intervene an attempt to attain stability.

Anon

Somalia is like an unattended Niger Delta in - say - ten years.Every problem can be resolved if tackled early.I suggest both trouble spots be dealt with pronto.

Damisa, Nigeria

The africa continent is developing & it's our tradition to be one another's keeper. therefore the AU should intervene & restore peace. we can't leave them alone.

Kindama, Freetown.

Let Somalians get what they want please.

Anon

It was absolutely illegal for Ethiopian troops to make an invasion into Somalia. It was an attack on the country's sovereignty.

Mark, Kampala

Uganda, a foreign country to Somalis, has hosted large Somali communities 4 decades. So all talk that there shouldn't be foreign involvement there is two late.

From Uganda

The interim government does not have majority support in Somalia. The same for the islamic courts. The AU should promote reconciliation and cooperation.

Anon

The International world should support the Interim President's Conference which should be radical by introducing rotational sharing of power from bottom to top!

Anon

I fail to understand why we Africans want to give the world the impression that we can solve our internal problems even when we know so well that what we can't.

Pane in Nigeria

Legitimacy in any peacekeeping operations matters a lot and Somalia is not an exception Also a nexus between peace keeping, making and building should exist

Bernard in Kenya

We must send peacekeepers to Somalia.it is not practical to expect warring parties to make peace by themselves.Please call me back.

CHINTHULI PETER MALAWI

Somalia's chief religion is Sunni Muslim, which is that controversial one in Iraq. UN is therefore viewed pro-USA than AU.

James Eze in lagos

When ever there is a fire out break in any compound in Africa its neighbours don't come to their aid so its duty of the AU to solve it.

Anon

Help me tell the AU to consider the right of we the easterners in Nigeria and give us presidency

Ese: Nigeria.

The Ethiopians have done well. The UN should be directly responsible to somalia, as they have done in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Greg from Nigeria

The problem in Somalia is global one, until the world sees it that way there will be no peace.

Abdishakur Mogadishu.

The situation is deteriorating here people are evacuating from the city for seeking peace to the rural areas. Somalia needs urgent help.

Anon

There's Dafur, now Somalia, next is the war crimes tribunal. What hypocrisy! Why is nothing done to save lives when it really matters?

Prince, Nigeria

The Islamic world should wake-up to assist Somalia.

Anon

Ethopians are invading Somalia. They have been looking for a port since Ethiopia is landlocked country. AU is responsible for the cause of invasion.

Jabar from Malawi.

I think Ethiopia should mind their own business. Let the Somalians sort the mess themselves.

Anon

We must send peacekeepers to Somalia. It is not practical to expect warring parties to make peace by themselves.

Shehu Aware from Kano, Nigeria.

Somalia can only be rescued by the U.N. The A.U has failed in situations like this.

Baitallah,Jos, Nigeria.

Its really sympathetic that Serbia has to go free. Is it because Bosnians are Muslims?Justice should be objective not subjective.

Anon

This should be but just like UN we Africans are really drugging our feet to the detriment of our security and pride as well .

Obed Sarpong

There is no gold, cocoa or cheap oil in Somalia so no Western nation has or will step there.

It's James here, chained to the desk, last in the office, charged with the task of making sure that all the texts and emails we receive make it here on the blog. Before I post the final lot, perhaps I can answer this question from and anonymous, and it seems luckless, texter ...

I always listen to world have your say and each day l have something to say. However l've never head my texts read. Just how do you choose what to read?

I was in the studio tonight with Ros, reading out the texts, and we tried to get as many of those that came in on air as we could. There was a huge amount coming in, so it wasn't possible to do all of them. When they're coming in that fast I tend to go for the ones that need least editing (some texts require a fair bit of untangling), and also ones that express an interesting view, move the debate forward, or respond to something raised on air. That's if everything's under control - sometimes when it isn't i'll read whatever I can get my hands on first. But to our anonymous texter, as you'll see, we do post everything to the blog, and please keep texting, i'm sure we'll get you on air soon.

Now, on with the show:

Charles

The United States and other nations treat it with contempt. What would it have done if it had found the Serbian state guilty?

Anon

Africa, America and UN have their own interest. Let us solve ours.

Anon

But isn't it western companies that supply the warlords with weapons. First we should track down these suppliers in the west and punish them heavy.

Abdirahman, Mogadishu

The problem in Somalia is the making of the West. A locally brewed solution to the mayhem has always met unwarranted opposition from outside.

Bjay

Who supports the WARLORDS?

Silang, Tripoli, Libya

Stabilize Somalia & the region.

Anon

Bravo to Ethiopia for doing what AU can't do for long. AU has proven to be a paper tiger, a lame dog & a champagne drinking club. Let the UN help Ethiopians stabilise the country.

Orji, Nigeria

Africa will be no more, if they don't stop killing each other. The UN should intervene in Somalia instead of the AU. And the government of Somalia should be held responsible.

Gabriel from Nigeria

BBC should tell the UN to save Somalia now before is to late please

James in Liberia

Some evil Somalis want to turn Somalia into another Iraq. Let the AU resist them.

Patterson, Liberia

The AU can't stabilise Somalia because it lacks the financial capacity. An international force is needed to rescue the situation.

Anon

The interim government does not have majority support in Somalia. The same for the islamic courts. The UN should promote reconciliation and cooperation.

Juma, Kenya

President Kibaki & his Western masters should leave the Somalis alone.

Dan, Malawi

The AU must move in asap, in addition the UN.

Bah Al-haji, Monrovia

Please Union of Islamic Courts keep on mounting your attack on this illegitimate, biased goverment and its allies Ethiopia.

Anon

The world must save Somalia from long term destruction. I worked in Somalia as aid worker and no doubt international force is the answer.

Hajiya, Nigeria

Apart from chasing individuals this court is just a do gooder joke. It has no worthwhile clout....it is powerless to call nations to account. No wonder Somalia was better under the islamic courts union. But with the present mess we need the AU in Somalia.....

Anon

I would like to remind the government of Uganda that people would be much happier if you got rid of the rat in your own house first before venturing into your neighbour's.

Thank you, goodnight.

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