By E-SMART Contributor
What can We Expect from the Monitoring Group Report?
Not Facts, not Fairness, but Trumped-up Stories
“The moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. For every false word or unrighteous deed, for cruelty and oppression, for lust or vanity, the price has to be paid at last.” — J. A. Froude
It is expected sometime in July 2012 the Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group will issue its yearly report on Eritrea and Somalia. What can one expect from a Monitoring Group devoid of moral authority or integrity? Not much. It cannot be expected to write a report that is accurate, fair, or just. This means no one is hopeful to read a balanced or an accurate report. But if the US reaction from July 5, 2012 is an indication, may be the MG, no matter how much it likes to fabricate and trump-up stories, couldn’t get the smoking gun that links Eritrea to Somalia. It is to be noted the two Eritreans the US is sanctioning is for “alleged connections” that happened before 2009.
We do expect the report to be a cut and paste, garbage in- garbage out (GIGO). The two sanctions imposed on Eritrea, 1907(2009), and 2023 (2011) were based on such false accusations labeled against Eritrea by Ethiopia and its handlers. Nothing that touches the hands of Ethiopian officers can be taken as credible information. Of course Matt Bryden and Co., will assemble false reports gathered from Ethiopian agents, phantom “credible witnesses”, and defectors who are not shy to concoct stories to trump-up their case for asylum. Once again the MG is going to accuse Eritrea for not complying with the sanctions regimes! It will accuse Eritrea of violating the arms embargo, supporting Somali factions, and, get this, “destabilizing its arch-destabilizer: Ethiopia”! It might not read any different than the previous reports, where we had phantom armies, identity rigged officers, and other fanciful stories.
Obviously Matt Bryden “as an active advocate and Lobbyist for the recognition of Somaliland as an independent country” cannot be expected to be an impartial monitor on the future of Somalia. He is expected to go after anyone or country he remotely thinks is against his agenda. As he has openly advocated for the independence of Somaliland, his interest lies not in the reconstitution of Somalia but its fragmentation. Don’t get me wrong; I have no qualm with his stand on Somaliland. It is his right. But the UN shouldn’t have appointed him to monitor events in Somalia in the first place and if he had an ounce of integrity, he would have recused himself of the job of Monitoring Somalia. More importantly the people of Somaliland have long been victims of aggression; they deserve peace and whatever they wish for their future. They have been left in a limbo for far too long. I am in support of the opinion that says: “Leave the Somali alone. Let them decide for themselves. If they want one nation well and good; if they want half a dozen mini nations: Somaliland, Puntland, Banaadir, Azania, Jubbaland, Shebelle land … out of their own will, that is fine too. Just leave them alone. U.S., your hands off Somalia; Ethiopia: your hands off Somalia; African Union, your hands off Somalia; Uganda: your hands off Somalia, and everybody, your hands off Somalia!”
For how long is the future of Somalia be based on Sodore, Eldoret, or Djibouti negotiations; Kampala, London, Ankara or Asmara declarations; or Cairo, Khartoum declarations? As there are countries who do not want to see a united Somalia, it is natural some will wish the reconstitution of Somalia; nobody should choose for the Somali. They know what is better for themselves; leave them to decide for themselves.
It is clear Eritrea had no love for and does not support Al-Shabab or any religious extremist factions in the region. More revealing is that the extremists themselves have no love for the avowedly secular government of Eritrea. In fact, their hate to government of Eritrea is very clear. That was why they boycotted the Somali conference in Asmara. Eritrea also knows well the harm of religious fanaticism. Long before the phrase “religious terrorism” became fashionable in
western capitals, and before the name Bin Laden was a household name, Eritrea was his victim. He, along with his international terrorists, including those that are now hosted in Addis Ababa, and the U.S. is doing business with, had hopes of creating an East African Islamic Emirate starting with the Sudan and encompassing Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, all the way to Tanzania. He chose to attack young Eritrea, six months after it officially became independent. Luckily Eritrea was capable of defending itself and the rest is history. So, no one worthy of a pinch of credibility will accuse Eritrea, a nation that has tasted both Christian and Islamic terrorism. Yes, in the 1940s, Ethiopia-armed and trained Orthodox Christian gangs were terrorizing pro-independence Eritreans. That is why we are saying no body can lecture Eritrea about the dangers of religious fanaticism, be that waves a cross or a crescent moon.
Eritrea is only being punished for not kneeling down to Ethiopia. It would have been beneficial to both countries to make peace with each other. As neighbors, they are destined to live side by side. But for peace to come, Ethiopia needs to vacate sovereign Eritrean territories it is illegally occupying. It needs to unequivocally implement the “final and binding” demarcation decision of the Eritrea and Ethiopia Boundary Commission. Without taking these basic baby steps to peace, there cannot be normalization. You cannot normalize relations with a group that is not willing to abide by agreements it signed to be final and binding. What guarantee do you have it would not refuse the next agreement. In other words, there cannot be positive or constructive relationship, negotiation or dialogue on a closed case. The government in Addis Ababa knows this. [So do its Washington handlers.] That is why they are throwing side issues to help Ethiopia get away from its treaty obligation.
The Monitoring Group and its sponsors might turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the real cause of problem in the region, but they can’t gloss over the root cause of the “no peace, no war” situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia forever. Ignoring the root cause of all the instability in the Horn of Africa, the Group is expected to repeat Ethiopian lies by making it look like every ailment in the Horn of Africa is due to Eritrea. The false premise is that: Eritrea is the “spoiler”. If it was not for Eritrea Ethiopia would be able to feed its people, South Sudan would not have seceded from the North, Somalia would have been free of pirates and terrorists, Yemen would have not hosted AQAP, Djibouti would not have needed the protection of French and American troops, even rain would have been in abundance. That is exactly what they are making it look like. Ethiopia has long been manipulating the African Union, and the Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) by supplying them false information and accusations against Eritrea. This was done in coordination with the US UN Mission in New York. AU and IGAD members have been deceived, duped, and rushed to support unjust, illegal and unfair sanctions on Eritrea. The case of Uganda, and how the US Ambassador to the UN twisted its arm to sponsor 1907(2009) is a case in point. How Kenya was deceived to echo about three phantom planes that landed at Baidowa that even the MG is claiming attesting it never happened. According to the Secretary General’s Report, the MG has been waiting from Kenya for seven months. I guess the Ethiopians are still working on that and might show in one of the annexes of the SEMG’s Report. Be ready one of the pilots might be a Feyissa, another Demeksa, the third Bedassa (three more Oromo names passed as Eritreans).
We do know the United Nations does not function outside the whims and wishes of the United States! According to John Bolton, a former US ambassador to The UN, the United Nations functions by the orders of the US and the US alone! The recent deletion of the Secretary General’s report on Eritrea is a good example of who is in command at the UN! The Security Council has also become a theatrical place where the United States is the sole actor. If there is an undemocratic institution in the planet it must be the UN Security Council, a body where one of 5 countries rules supreme over the whole world body with their veto. Currently the UN has 193 full members, and all of them are dummies except the five countries with a veto power. This means one out of the P5 (permanent five) can legally hold off a unanimous wish by the other 192. Such has been the history. Since its first veto in 1970, on the issue on Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), by far the U.S. has been the most frequent user of the veto. Between 1970 and 2012, the United States used its veto power more than all other countries have used their veto on all other issues combined. Before 1965 the Soviet Union (no more in existence) was the vetoing Champion. It still holds the record of 119, almost all before 1965. In short, the two, the US and the USSR are responsible for 205 vetoes out of a total of 263. If the United Nations would work out of moral conviction, respect of international law, justice, and fairness, we would not have all of the political conflicts, wars, destructions, and dislocation of civilians in several places of the world.
We have read lots of Wikileaks cables that exposed the coordinating of activities of the Ethiopian and American diplomats and their sinister plans to sanction and destabilize Eritrea, and how they came up with phantom witnesses or stories to drum up the two sanctions. We should not expect anything new or tangible evidence to come out of the MG whose main creation was to be a partner in this crime against Eritrea.
Unfortunately, Eritrea has a neighbor that does not want o live in peace with Eritrea but more importantly with itself, a country that does not respect international agreements! Ethiopia is the source of all instability in the Horn of Africa! Ethiopia was the one that needed to be restrained and sanctioned for its wanton manipulation of the Somali crisis. It is a day light fact, yet is Ethiopia is being protected and Eritrea is the sacrificial lamb.
Whether the MG writes a false report or not, peace-loving people should not be deterred from calling for the lifting of the illegal, unjust, and unfair sanctions against Eritrea. We should not leave any stone unturned to have the sanctions repealed and annulled without any delay or equivocations. We need to continue supporting Eritrea, the only principled country in the region. It is morally correct and just to stand with those who are unwilling to become pawns of political manipulations, and machinations at the theatre of UN headquarters.
Again all what we can expect from the MG report is a lot of what the English call “cock-and-bull stories”: “exaggerated and fanciful stories”. Enough is enough! Let international justice prevail at the corridors and hallways of the UN!