War clouds in the Horn of Africa (external - login to view)
As we collect our thoughts and reflect about what a future war could possibly mean to the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia, dark rumors of war are rampant in the African Horn; whether these rumors of war are an indication of an impending war or simply a function of public posturing is something that only the near future can tell. If it happens, a fresh war now could spell disaster of tragic proportions for both countries, but especially for Eritrea. It appears that Ethiopia is determined to take advantage of the desperate internal Eritrean conditions. The recent assessment of the International Crisis Group (ICJ) is apt here: “It would not be surprising if Addis Ababa believes an effort in the near future to stage a coup in Asmara and use force against an Eritrean government that has few friends would also be tolerated in Washington.” This feverish Ethiopian preparation for aggression on Eritrea has a crucial international dimension, supplied by none other than the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Jendayi Frazer. She has actively been on a personal crusade to orchestrate an international demonization of the Eritrean leader and his regime as part of a coordinated effort to facilitate aggression.
Posted Nov 13, 2007 08:51 AM (external - login to view)
Category: AFRICA (external - login to view)
Africa - in terms of unexploited natural resources - is about to become the "new Middle East".
That's why the US has just established its "Africom" Division.
If one takes a look at the "Africom" home page (located at www.africom.mil/AboutAFRICOM.asp (external - login to view)
), you will notice on their "FAQ page that it is designed to "... better enable the Department of Defense and other elements of the U.S. government to work in concert and with partners to achieve a more stable environment in which political and economic growth can take place. U.S. Africa Command is consolidating the efforts of three existing headquarters commands into one that is focused solely on Africa and helping to coordinate US government contributions on the continent."
That translates into making sure that the heads of governments of Africa's countries are going to be "encouraged" to make sure that American interests in the region are their interests. And in this process, we will continue to prop up petty dictators who are thugs, but who are "our thugs", in the name of so-called stability and at the cost of real economic and political development for the people of these countries.
www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article24685 (external - login to view)