This is a question that many Somalis have asked themselves over the past 21 years. Not a single Somali; warlord, terror leader, or corrupt government official has been put on trial for destroying the country, stealing aid, raping women in IDP camps, committing executions, mutilations and other horrors. And that’s just the Somalis. Since the collapse of the Somali state in 1991, the country has hosted the international UNOSOM I & II forces (mostly American), the Ethiopian army during the 2006 invasion (who continue to occupy pockets of territory in Somalia), and now the African Union forces. All of these foreign forces have been accused of committing war crimes in Somalia, none more so than the Ethiopian forces during the occupation which spawned Al Shabaab, who then went on to commit brutalities of their own to the present day. Just yesterday a Kenyan soldier fighting with AMISOM in southern Somalia shot dead 6 Somali civilians. On the face of it, he should be tried for war crimes. During the UNOSOM II conflict the Belgian soldiers were also accused of abuses of civilians, they could not be prosecuted because “UNOSOM II mission could not be considered as “combatants” since their primary task was not to fight against any of the factions, nor could they fall into the category of an “occupying force”“. AMISOM on the other hand, despite still refering to itself as a peacekeeping force, is quite clearly an occupying force fighting a conventional war to gain territory from Al Shabaab. This Kenyan soldier should be prosecuted, so should Al Shabaab leaders for that matter and other Somali culprits. I won’t hold my breath though.