Since Somalia’s state collapsed in 1991, life expectancy has increased by two years, vaccination rates have increased, deaths from measles have dropped by close to a third, telephones and radios have multiplied . . .
I wish I’d said that:
The golden apple in Somalia is the expectation that there will soon be a central government. As long as there is that expectation, the clans must fight over who will control it.
(Wait, I did say something like that, circa twenty years ago, about Lebanon.)
Most of the article (cited by Perry Metzger) is about the traditional system of law.