Al-Shabab fighters have declared an all-out war against the fragile transition Somali government and African Union peacekeeping forces in Mogadishu.
Al-Shabab's declaration of war on Friday comes amid heightened tensions over a possible government campaign against the militia's fighters.
The US and UN wouldn't even be in Somalia, were it not for the potential oil reserves, waiting to be exploited.
Of course, the political situation has to be "stable" and the population "pacified" in order for that to happen.
And generally, those two words in conjunction, "stable" and "pacified", taken together, mean that the Somali people will get little to none of the money generated by the harvesting of these resources once the large corporations come in to develop the oil.