Was the Mogadishu incident the most significant moment of the 20th century? Watch
What are your thoughts on this event and its knock-on effects?
Or do you consider there to be a more important event that still has large implications on our lives today?
I personally think this shouldn't be attributed to just the USA's failure and that it should be a lesson to other countries that they should stand up and stop being so reliant on the US.
Really - you see this all the time. No matter what happened in a country before, or what could have potentially happened - any intervention is automatically murderous western imperialism and the murder of innocent Muslims/Africans (delete as necessary).
As for Mogadishu making the US avoid military action - that's highly debatable. They put a whole light infantry division on the ground in Haiti the year after Somalia. Between the first Gulf War and Somalia, there were arguably fewer US deployments than between Somalia and 9/11
However I agree that the world shouldn't be reliant on the United States and the West to intervene. The United Nations Peacekeeping Force powers should be be vastly increased so they can engage combatants to prevent tragedies like this.
This incident heavily affected the USA's international policies and meant they ignored the most violent 100 days the world has ever seen and even led them to be less active in monitoring terrorism.
It could even be argued that this is why the US still haven't taken any action in Syria even though crimes against humanity have very clearly been committed. I believe this is another reason it was such a significant event because it still has a huge impact on our lives today.
Splattered all over the US media was Britain's choice to hold back, this massively influenced Americans public opinion especially as many were unsure. The result was John Kerry warmonger throwing his dummy out of the pram and disliking the Brits, instead turning to France as their new best friend. France, being against the invasion of Iraq a decade ago jumped to the chance to redeem themselves.
What do I think about Mogadishu? Maybe it did have some impact on US foreign policy for a while, but it's not had a lasting impact.
I can sort of see your line of argument but I think you're stretching the chain of cause and effect a bit far here.