Conflict in Ethiopia by the United States’ conception – OpEd – Eurasia Review


Backed by America and other foreign forces, including elements within United Nations (UN) agencies, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) is attempting to overthrow Ethiopia’s democratically elected government and take over the power. It would be disastrous for the country and the region.

The impact of the one-year conflict is devastating. Perhaps as many as three million people are internally displaced, tens of thousands have been killed; women and girls raped, property ransacked, land destroyed, cattle slaughtered by TPLF combatants. At this point, it is difficult to see how a peaceful resolution can be reached; the government has said it will not start negotiations until the TPLF withdraws from Tigray, and the TPLF, unable to set conditions, demands the resignation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The conflict was sparked when the TPLF attacked the Ethiopian state on November 4, 2020 (possibly with US approval): despite this, the US and its puppets (UK, EU, etc. .) have, to the disbelief of many, supported the terrorists and not the government of Ethiopia or the people of Ethiopia. It is widely recognized that the Biden administration was behind the movement to replace the Abiy government and install the TPLF – a less independent (the United States does not tolerate independent governments), more malleable group that in exchange for the freedom to do as they like, will once again provide the United States with a foothold in the Horn of Africa.

Unsurprisingly, Jeffrey Feltman – US special envoy to the Horn of Africa, denies all of this, saying, “We have consistently condemned the expansion of the war by the TPLF outside of Tigray, and we continue to call on the TPLF to withdraw from Afar and Amhara.

True, but it’s the deeds and not the words that count (especially the words of politicians), and in light of the American response since the start of the conflict and the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the State Department, his repudiation seems to be in the dark. better misleading and is ignored. by enraged Ethiopians, many of whom have recently participated in protests. Huge crowds gathered under #NoMore in Addis Ababa, Washington, San Francisco, London, Pretoria and elsewhere, demanding an end to US interference in Ethiopia’s affairs. There is growing anger among groups in other African countries, who see US interference in Ethiopia as an attack on Africa itself, a colonial assault.

American support

The American administrations have always supported the TPLF, which forged close ties with the American government during their 27 years in power (1991-2018), contacts which they fully exploit today.

It wasn’t until 2018, after being forced to resign by years of protests, that the United States withdrew its support and celebrated the new government led by Abiy Ahmed. But, in keeping with their support for dictators around the world, until then and throughout the TPLF’s reign, the United States (plus the UK and less the EU) has turned a blind eye, turned a deaf ear. the brutality of the regime, the violations of human rights and the cries of anguish of the people.

And when the TPLF attacked the northern command headquarters last November and the bases of Adigrat, Agula, Dansha and Sero, killing security agents and stealing weapons, Washington, London and Brussels said nothing and did not say anything. did nothing. This initial betrayal set the tone for the West’s orchestrated and disgraceful response. The United States is leading the destruction and “transition” efforts – as TPLF officials and terrorist sympathizers call the decision to overthrow the government – by offering the TPLF a range of practical and political supports: it would share information on federal troop movements. , providing food, water and weapons.

They constantly feed the Western media with false or misleading information and have repeatedly called for negotiations and a ceasefire: while it seems reasonable and a political settlement may be possible at some point, de such demands elevate the terrorist TPLF to the rank of a legitimate political group and ignore the Ethiopian public. opinion. The United States is also ignoring the ceasefire declared by the government in June / July, which the TPLF not only refused to respect, but, after the withdrawal of federal forces, TPLF fighters entered Afar. and the Amhara and have committed a series of appalling atrocities.

While facilitating the TPLF aggression, spreading their propaganda and criticizing Prime Minister Abiy’s government, the Biden administration imposed a series of sanctions on Ethiopia: the Tigray crisis, “as well as” sweeping restrictions. economic and security aid ”. This affects the financial support of the United States and is potentially extremely damaging. At the same time, a request was made that the World Bank and the IMF also suspend funding. Four months later, on September 17, President Biden signed an executive decree, “Imposing sanctions on certain people regarding the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Ethiopia.” The rather vague diktat includes the government of Eritrea as well as any “military or security force which operates or has operated in Ethiopia as of November 1, 2020”.

From January 1, 2022 (unless there is a significant change on the ground) Ethiopia’s special trade status, which allows Ethiopian goods to be sold to the United States duty-free, will be removed. . This is potentially the most damaging measure and threatens to cause large-scale job losses among the poorest workers. According to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration, this “will reverse significant economic gains in our country … We urge the United States to support our ongoing efforts to restore peace and the rule of law – not punish our people for facing an insurgent force. who is trying to overthrow our democratically elected government.

The United States is also targeting tourism in Ethiopia (in 2018, the sector grew by 48% and contributed $ 7.4 billion to the economy); urging its citizens to leave the country and dissuading anyone from going there. Those who have been warned that there is a good chance they will be killed and asked to make a will before traveling. It is blatant fear. It is a coordinated effort (UK, France, Turkey, Germany and others have issued similar guidelines) to portray Ethiopia as broken and dangerous and to isolate the country, and as US citizens who made the recently discovered trip, is completely wrong. These measures could cost the country billions of dollars.

And in June, around the time the Ethiopian government launched a ceasefire in Tigray, the US State Department announced “a review for a determination of genocide” – by the Ethiopian government against the Tigrayans. This is utter nonsense, but it represents another triumph for the TPLF and indicates the level of influence they have in Washington. The Ethiopian government is fighting the TPLF, not the people of Tigray, however, the impact on civilians in Tigray, as well as in Afar and Amhara, has been devastating (resulting largely from TPLF violence) and some reports report Tigrayans unduly targeted following the imposition of a state of emergency (SoE) on November 2.

While it is important that security forces have the freedom to identify anyone working with the TPLF and reduce the risk of random terrorist attacks, actions such as indiscriminate arrests risk fueling anger against ethnic groups. , especially Tigrayans (many of whom are not involved in TPLF) and should be avoided whenever possible.

In the chaos of the conflict, a strong sense of national unity emerged; the people have a common enemy – the TPLF, as well as the United States, and the Western media, which have lost all credibility with the Ethiopians. It is essential that this sense of unity is maintained and that the fragmentation along ethnic / tribal lines, which the TPLF stirred up when in power, is minimized. Introduced as a means of divide and rule, the TPLF’s policy of ethnic (or tribal) federalism has divided communities, inflamed resentments and fostered the creation of ethnocentric political groups, some of which, the Oromo Liberation Front for example, now working with the TPLF in an unholy alliance, turned into armed insurgencies.

Stay away from the United States

American administrations, self-righteous and arrogant, never seem to learn from their pervasive mistakes, nor recognize how despised they are in some parts of the world. It’s not a sense of global responsibility and altruistic kindness that prompts the United States (and other former predatory powers) to interfere in a nation’s affairs, it’s self-interest. , corporate gain, fear and arrogance, and is seen as such by people all over the world. the world; just ask the abandoned and raped Afghan people, the abused Palestinians forced to live under occupation on their own land, or the millions of Iraqis whose lives never recovered from the 2003 invasion.

Ethiopia, much to America’s fury, is now looking elsewhere for allies; China, which has close ties with the country resulting from the Belt and Road Initiative, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – which is believed to provide arms – Russia and other African neighbors. The message to the United States from Ethiopians and people in solidarity with Ethiopia is clear: “Stop interfering”, “Mind your own business”, “We see you”. If you cannot be a friend of Ethiopia, a supporter of democracy and a Force for good in the country, then stay away. Ethiopia is an ancient nation with a rich and diverse culture, it has never been colonized: this fact is a source of great pride for the Ethiopians, who are a deeply proud people, they will never “bow down” like the ‘said one protester, so as not to be modern day terrorists or colonialists, not now, ever.

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