Remember Somalia? In 1992, American troops on a humanitarian mission known as ‘Restore Hope,’ began assisting in relief operations in the famine plagued African nation. Ultimately thirty American military personnel lost their lives and 153 were wounded. The vision that remains is the horrific spectacle of the mutilated bodies of dead U.S. soldiers being dragged through the streets by cheering Somali mobs — the very people Americans thought they had rescued from starvation.
Fast forward to Dec. 2015. The government of Somalia has issued an edict prohibiting Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in the Muslim country of approximately 10 million, saying the festivities “have nothing to do with Islam.”
“We warn against celebration of Christmas, which is only for Christians,” Sheikh Mohamed Kheyrow, director of Somalia’s ministry of religion, said on state radio. “This is a matter of faith. The Christmas holiday and its drum beatings have nothing to with Islam.”
Kheyrow said the ministry has sent letters to the police, national security intelligence and officials in the capital Mogadishu instructing them to “prevent Christmas celebrations.”
The announcement had echoes of Islamist militants al Shabaab, which controlled the capital Mogadishu until 2011. Among their edicts was to ban Christmas celebrations.
It is now being reported that Somalia, two thousand miles from Syria, is a new recruiting hotbed for ISIS terrorists.