Re: [DEBATE] : Don’t Turn on Ethiopia
MFleshman at aol.com
MFleshman at aol.com
Fri Nov 16 00:03:34 GMT 2007
not curious at all, considering who Huddleston is. Career foreign service
Head of the Cuban Interest Section, haiti during the invasion among many other
things. Came to State from the AIFLD -- the AFL-CIA outfit. They are equally
silent on the internal repression and brutality of the Zenawi regime too.
In a message dated 11/15/2007 5:59:48 PM Eastern Standard Time,
straightup00us at yahoo.com writes:
curiously silent on Ethiopia's proxy role in Somalia the destabilizing of
New York Times
November 15, 2007
Don’t Turn on Ethiopia By VICKI HUDDLESTON and TIBOR NAGY
NINE years ago, two nations began the first modern war in sub-Saharan
Africa, leaving in two years more than 100,000 dead. Today Eritrea and Ethiopia
could reignite their old border conflict. Arms and money from radicals
throughout the Middle East, as well as troops trained in Eritrea, have strengthened an
insurgency in Ogaden Province, in southeastern Ethiopia.
A new war in the Horn of Africa would destabilize the region and bolster
radical Islam’s push to build a Muslim caliphate.
Sadly, Congress is poised to fuel the march toward war by passing a bill
that threatens to cut off technical assistance to Ethiopia, one of our closest
allies, if it does not, among other things, release political prisoners,
ensure that the judiciary operates independently and permit the news media to
operate freely. Ethiopia has already freed opposition leaders, reformed
parliamentary rules to give opposition parties greater legislative responsibility and
approved a new media law that meets international standards. By singling out
Ethiopia for public embarrassment, the bill puts Congress unwittingly on the
side of Islamic jihadists and insurgents.
A far better approach would be to buttress Ethiopia against threats to its
survival — by helping it resolve its border conflict and ensuring that it
reopens negotiations with insurgents and traditional leaders and permits
international investigation of reported military abuses (including allegations of
rape and murder). Ethiopia has begun this process by allowing the United Nations
and humanitarian aid agencies to assist civilians in the Ogaden.
Eritrea demands that the border be marked exactly as determined five years
ago. But this places some Muslim and Christian villages on what they consider
to be the wrong side of the border, cuts through others and splices certain
roads several times. The United States should press both governments to let
people who live on the border help reach a mutual agreement on the final
Ethiopia is a nation where 77 million Orthodox Christians and Muslims live
in peace, engaged in building a democracy while besieged from within and
without by enemies of democracy. Congress should put aside its bill and instead
use creative diplomacy to deal with the combined threat of insurgency and war.
Vicki Huddleston, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Tibor
Nagy, a vice provost at Texas Tech University, are former chiefs of mission
at the American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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