There is much that is astonishing about today NYT story on Somalia, above all this:
One American official recently conceded that Somalia's "best hope" was the government's new military chief, a 60-year-old former artillery officer who, until a few months ago, was assistant manager at a McDonald's in Germany.
Meanwhile, in the Guardian, you can read how the tide may be turning in Somalia, thanks to Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the current president, whose government controls a few blocks in Mogadishu, the country's capital. This snippet from the Guardian story is...well, interesting:
For full whiplash effect, read both the NYT and Guardian pieces back to back.