30, 2006 With the World focused on an imminent
all-out civil war looming in Iraq and the Middle East
at large, the warlords in the horn of Africa are gearing
up to show the world the mother of all civil wars.
Totally consumed by the Middle East crisis, the world
has turned away from the Somalia crisis, an unfortunate
development taken by Ethiopian government as a green
signal to begin its adventure in Somalia. The U.S.
is half-attentively pushing for a U.N draft resolution
to allow foreign troops including Ethiopias
in Somali, a recipe that may provide the full momentum
for a grandiose disaster in the region.
Union of Islamic Court (UIC) that has now controlled
most of Somalia has brought unprecedented peace and
stability to the Somali people after 15 years of mayhem.
Despite its apparent success, the UIC has neither
been supported nor has the weak interim government
been encouraged to work with UIC to bring permanent
stability in Somalia. The reason is simply that the
Wests policy in Somalia is predominated by their
Islam-paranoia. Meles regime is effectively exploiting
this paranoia and has been distorting the reality
to make the West believe that the UIC poses threat
of terrorism. What Meles desires to get out of creating
fear is to be elevated to the status of policing/caretaker
of the horn region, for which he anticipates support
from the West that gives him the capacity to extend
the horizon of its tyranny beyond the borders of Ethiopia.
tyranny under which the peoples of Ethiopia and the
Oromo people in particular, are living defies the
imagination. The brutal dictator of Ethiopia has gained
notoriety for his violent suppression of dissenting
voices, and the regime has been directly responsible
to the genocide of the Anuaks, the Oromos, and other
nations and nationalities of Ethiopia. This genocide
is still ongoing. The minority regime of Meles Zenawi
has managed to pull the wool over the Wests
eyes while he was busy committing these atrocities.
Genocide Watch and other widely-respected international
NGOs have documented the genocide committed against
the Anuak people of Ethiopia in 2003 by uniformed
soldiers of the Ethiopian Defense Force1. On the 2001s
World Conference against Racism, the genocide of Oromos
and other people was also brought to the worlds
attention by the Oromia Support Group. Other NGOs
have also produced similar alerts.
menace of the regime on the Oromo people has also
been committed on the Sovereign territories of neighboring
countries. The regime of Meles Zenawi is accustomed
to violating the sovereignty of Ethiopias neighbors
and uses its military power to intimidate neighboring
governments into no reaction. It has been reported
by various media that Ethiopian defense force has
made frequent incursions since 1992 into Somalia and
Kenya in pursuit of Oromo refugees that the regime
alleges to be members and sympathizers of the Oromo
Liberation Front (O.L.F) - a politico-military movment
that enjoys support from the vast majority of Oromos.
The Meles regime has cowed the Kenyan government
to be complacent to the Ethiopian troops abuse
of Kenyan citizens and in many instances, the Kenyan
government has indeed cooperated in the rounding up
and mistreatment of Oromo refugees in Kenya as well
as Kenyans of Oromo descent. The Meles regime
has gone as far as running the Kenyan court that was
hearing the cases of Oromos. This testifies to the
extremely aggressive nature of the Ethiopian regime
in dealing with real or perceived dissidents that
has clearly taken a form of ethnic cleansing. The
regimes tyranny knows no national boundaries!
Ethiopias interference in the Somalis
affair may come as news to those who have never known
the existence of a terrorizing regime in Ethiopia.
After denying for so long the eyewitness accounts
on the presence of Ethiopian troops inside Somalia,
Meles Zenawi has recently acknowledged the presence
of his troops in Somalia. His own sham parliament
members were as oblivious as the rest of the world
to this activity of Ethiopian troops. In his usual
and blatant way, Meles zenawi, without consulting
the parliament, has single handedly declared that
his regime has finished preparation for official war
with Somalias UIC.
war-cry of Meles Zenawi is nothing but a gimmick to
divert the attention of the Ethiopian public and international
community from the real internal political tensions
to an outside deliberately created problem. After
falling from grace, the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
is facing immense resistance both at home and internationally
for its continual atrocities against the peoples of
Ethiopia. With an increasing unpopularity in the West,
the Meles is desperately seeking a cause that makes
him the Wests lap-dog in order to receive the
support he needs to thrive as a tyrant.
fact of the matter is there is no tangible evidence
that implicate the UIC as a threat to Ethiopia and
the rest of the world. The UIC has given ample time
for the world to realize their sincerity to bring
peace and stability to Somalia. In a bid to show off
their achievement, the UIC has recently invited U.S.
authorities to visit the capital Moqadishu. Such a
genuine gesture has been ignored and the U.S. backed
U.N resolution is being drafted as we speak to lend
legitimacy to Meles regime invasion
of Somalia to prop up the weak interim government.
This news came few days after the Ethiopian regime
declared its readiness to engage the UIC militarily.
It seems that Meles Zenawi has once again succeeded
in duping the West! Meles is not your average dictator-
he also knows how to sucker the West.
U.S., the U.N. and all concerned parties should be
awakened to the fact the Meles Zenawi is deliberately
trying to create chaos in the region hoping to emerge
as a stabilizing force. When his undemocratic nature
is unveiled, Meles is frantically trying to jump on
the war on terror bandwagon by fabricating
fear. This appears to be his last token to draw off
cash from the West to finance further massacre of
the peoples of Ethiopia, and his main targets-the
Oromos. This will undoubtedly prolong the anguish
of Ethiopians, the Somalis, and all the people in
the region. At a time when the policies of the West
is being resented by people in the Middle East, the
last thing the West should be doing now is creating
more regions that are desperate and resentful. After
failing gravely in the Middle East, the West should
finally wisen up on how they deal with troubled regions
where tyrannical regimes have taken hold of peoples
Abdi Galgalo is a graduate student in life sciences
and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.