Meles Zenawi’s fear-mongering with Eritrea and other external “enemies” has reached fever pitch to divert attention from the nonviolent revolution that many experts are saying is coming to Ethiopia to remove Zenawi’s 20-year tyranny and domination. Below is a video montage featuring Zenawi himself talking about the need to create an external “enemy” in order to divert attention of the public.
In addition, the Zenawi regime has stepped up the fear-mongering with Eritrea in order to divert the public’s attention from the wave of mass arrests currently underway in Oromia. In a matter of two weeks,the regime has unleashed a wave of mass arrests of hundreds of Oromo nationals from all corners of Oromia. With more than 90% of the prison population being Oromo political prisoners, the prisons and concentration camps in Ethiopia are overwhelmed with Oromo political prisoners, whose only crime is their opposition to Zenawi’s tyranny and domination.
The Horn of African region is a fertile breeding region of external “enemies” (real or imagined), and a tyrant in that region doesn’t run out of an external “enemy” or two to blame all the ills of his own tyranny and domination. Zenawi has a basketful of external “enemies,” some of which he deliberately provokes at certain times in order to solicit reaction from them and turn them into “real” external “enemies” in the eyes of the public. For now, Eritrea, the menace of Somalia & Egypt are on his external “enemies” list.
Ethiopia warns of action against Eritrea
Reuters – Ethiopia warned on Saturday it would take “all measures necessary” against Eritrea, in a rare threat of direct action against a neighbour it routinely accuses of supporting rebel groups.
Ethiopia and Eritrea have often traded tough rhetoric since a 1998-2000 border war killed some 80,000 people, but Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has up to now ruled out confrontation.
“What we are saying is that we will not sit idle and watch Eritrea challenge our sovereignty and our development efforts,” foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told Reuters.
Ethiopia claims Eritrea is trying to destabilise the Horn of African nation by backing rebels, while also supporting Islamist militants in Somalia. The Ethiopian government usually says it is content to keep security tight at home to deter attacks.
Eritrea fiercely denies the charges and accuses Western nations of siding with Ethiopia over the unresolved border row.
Dina accused Eritrea of attempting to carry out attacks inside Ethiopia during an African Union summit in February and said Addis Ababa was asking the international community to pressure Asmara into “refraining” from such moves.
“If they (international community) don’t heed, then we will take all measures necessary to defend ourselves,” he said.
Prime Minister Meles told local media earlier this week that his administration should “either work towards changing Eritrea’s policies or its government”.
“This could be done diplomatically, politically or through other means,” he said.
Eritrean authorities were not immediately available for comment on the apparent hardening of Ethiopia’s stance.
The Red Sea state was part of Ethiopia until 1991 when rebel forces led by President Isaias Afewerki fought their way to secession following a 30-year liberation war.
Meles and Isaias were allies when they led separate rebel groups fighting former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, but they have been foes ever since the border war.
Eritrea is one of the world’s most secretive nations. Analysts and rights groups accuse Isaias of subjecting his opponents to arbitrary detentions and torture.
Eritrea was also hit with U.N. sanctions in 2009 over charges it provided funds and weapons to Islamist insurgents in Somalia — an accusation it denies.