War in The Horn of Africa

Background article in the New York Times on Ethiopia, Many in Ethiopia See Premier’s Talk of War As Ploy to Tighten Grip,

“…Meles is using the conflict to distract people from a vast array of internal problems and to justify further repression of opposition groups, including ethnic Somalis in Ethiopia.”

The U.S. Council on Foreign Relations on Proxy War in Africa’s Horn,

Ethiopia “may drag Washington into a conflict that will be framed in many parts of the Muslim world as another U.S.-sponsored attack on Islam.”

Matt Bryden on Washington’s Self-Defeating Somalia Policy,

“Washington’s new Somalia policy is not just self-defeating: it is inflammatory…

The apparent determination of the United States to approach Somalia as a new front in the Global War on Terror is well along the path to becoming a self-fulfilling policy.”

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