to Make of Eritrea’s Latest Desperate Act
‘Aiga Forum’ put out an article citing FDRE Foreign Ministry’s statement which
claimed that the Asmara administration is running a diplomatic spree to overturn
the sanction (that was levied on it) without making any policy or behavioral
this statement clearly affirms, the fact that the Ato. Isaias Government is
trying to overturn the UN levied Sanctions without stopping its relationship
with terrorists, altering it wreck–havoc-in-the–region strategy and without
halting it military and logistic support to Somali rebels is a mockery. This is
even funnier considering Shabiya’s action and innate nature are two opposite
any reader of this article knows, Ato Isaias Afewerqi’s regime had in the part
got recognition for its troubles of wrecking havoc throughout East Africa so
much that the UN Security Council has given its deserving award in the shape of
Sanctions twice. And how it’s recent diplomatic “spree” and finessing will get
it out of its political Isolationism and sanctions without making any change in
its approach; only themselves know.
the charm of Asmara’s regime antique ‘lie with straight face’ diplomacy, this
will not be enough to fool the IGAD /Intergovernmental
Authority on Development/ or the International community. Thus, I don’t
think the recent diplomatic spree of shabiya won’t amount to anything other
than reveal its mischief's. ‘.
I think it’s important to ask the questions “what are the sanctions that are
driving the Asmara’s government mad?” “What type of policy and behavioral changes
and alteration did the regime make for it to ask for Sanction-lift?” “What is
the real motive behind its diplomat’s recent intensified spree?”, and look into
these issues thoroughly.
is because it will allow the readers of this article to see; as a tiger doesn’t
change its spot, that the Ato Isaias administration’s havoc strategy is not
changing for the better and will not halt its ‘til’ death do us apart’ marriage
to terrorists. And in fact graduating itself from East Africa, the regime is now
putting its hands onto the conflicts of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and
Central African Republic (CAR).
order to help us understand, it’s important to probe into the Ato Isaias led
government’s innate nature from its start Forty and Fifty years ago. Shabiya
under the name ‘Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF)’ started a
struggle for Eritrea’s freedom in Sahel desert, and under its People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) name (a name which doesn’t match with
its activities) took the mantle of the new independent Eritrea’s government.
its Sahel days, shabiya was sitting on the mountains and learning the ways of anti-democracy,
military bravado and exploitation which made them its way of life. After the
demise of ‘Derg’, shabiya graduating these behaviors into its nature became
government of Eritrea and entered into its Asmara palace.
being demons of anti-democracy and exploitation are hard to exorcise and also
overestimating its military prowess, the shabiya administration totally forgot
that it’s a government that has to succumb to international rule and law, and
end up being the chief sponsor of havoc and destruction in the region.
According to many analysts who followed Shabiya closely claim, the regime is
consumed with undemocratic and exploitative behaviors.
the Asmara’s squad was trying to run its economy on the back of others wealth
since the independence of Eritrea, it entered into wrecking havoc and
destruction throughout the region after it realized its aspiration of being the
great conqueror of the region won’t come into fruition. Instead of halting its
aggression and putting efforts to revive its ailing economy, it chose to pour
kerosene on the region’s conflicts.
its havoc and destruction network that spanned from Asmara, through Ethiopia
well into Mogadishu was destroyed by the gallant Ethiopian military forces through
the participation of our people; it turned its attention to the internationally
recognized Somalia’s Federal transitional government and vowed ‘to overthrow it’.
isn’t a rocket, grenade, rockets or bullets left unload in Somalia by Ato Isaias
Afwerqi’s dictatorial regime; which by the way is immune to peace and
development, using the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab and the fundamentalist
Union of Islamic Court (UIC).
one side, the Asmara’s honcho appearing all “concerned” talk about peace to international
Medias by claiming “Somalia’s problem can only he solved by Somalis”. Then he turns
back on his own word and works to put the lights off of the glimmer hope of
peace by arming and giving logistical and financial support to terrorist and
extremists groups like Al-Shabaab.
its own economy is heading into the gutter ravaging its people by poverty and misery,
the regime is keeping up its reputation of anti-public and anti-neighbor
attitude to the international community by providing arms, rockets, cluster bombs
and Grenades to terrorists ‘in droves’.
it can be recalled, the Eritrean government consumed with military Bravado (of
its Sahel days) had played mischief with in Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan
and Yemen as part of its ‘wreck havoc in Horn of Africa’ agenda.
satisfied with its regional terrorist position, it moved across the sea into
the Middle East up to Sri-Lanka and promoted itself into terror–in–chief. However,
its promotion to managerial position of the world Terrorists organization
caught the eye of the international community.
the UN carefully investigated the Asmara’s government havoc and destruction
activities by tasking a monitoring group, the Security Council had decided to
impose its first sanction claiming the shabiya Administration “is a danger to
the region’s peace and stability”.
the background for the second sanction goes like this…. Instead of not
continuing its terror activities after the first sanction was imposed on it, it
choose to intensify its havoc activities. The UN tasked monitoring group came
up with 417 pages long report on the situation East Africa after deeply
investigating the region.
report claimed the Ato Isaias government has continued with terror activities by
violating the Security Council’s arms embargo, which was consistent with information
that were presented (by other bodies) to the UN. This report which was done
carefully and neutrally (claimed the Asmara’s administration’s heavily involved
in terror activities.
monitoring group report also stated that the bomb attacks carried out in
different Somali parts by Al-Shabaab, the foiled terror
attempt plotted to attack an African Union summit in Addis Ababa, along
with other failed terrorist attacks in different parts of the capital conceived and directed by the
Eritrean government’s external operations directorate, under the leadership of
General Te-ame Goitom.
Isaias administration’s close relationship with the so-called ‘liberator”
Al-Shabaab was also a surprising revelation in this report. Apparently the
Eritrean government had put ‘Al-Shabaab’ in its payroll for a monthly pay of 80
thousand dollars under vouchers marked ‘State of
Eritrea’, and has been utilizing its Kenya Embassy for this end.
only this – This report also claimed that the Eritrean government refusing to withdraw troops from its disputed territory with Djibouti
of Ras doumeira, it has violated the UNs decision.
C-4 cluster bomb Al-Shabaab used to carry out its attack in Kampala which took
the lives of 76 civilian lives was the same as the confiscated cluster bomb
that was about to be used on the foiled AU summit attack that was meant to be
carried out by the shabiya sponsored and directed, ‘OLF’.
only this. It has been confirmed that the Eritrean government by violating Security
Council Resolution 1907 (2009), it has been giving training, financial and logistical
support to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda rebels and terrorists…
deliberating on the Monitoring Group’s report and also after contemplating the
additional information presented by the regional bloc IGAD /Intergovernmental Authority on Development/ and
AU (African Union), the UN Security Council imposed its second sanction (on top
of the already imposed sanction) which imposes an arms embargo on Eritrea, travel bans on
its leaders, and froze the assets of some of the country's political and
military officials and a ban on the 2% remittance the
regime collects from its diasporas (which it uses for arms procurement).
Eritrean government should have restrained from its terror-facilitating
activities. However, the regime is still heavily involved in it, and recently another
report put out by UN monitoring group confirmed this fact.
it’s inevitable to ask here ‘What behavioral changes did the Eritrea administration
crafted that’s driving it to make an intensified diplomatic spree to lift the
sanctions’… recently UN Monitoring Group on Eritrea and Somalia; whose tenure
has been extended (after the sanctions), casted
fresh doubt about Asmara’s regime so-called change of policies:
Eritrean government has continued with its interference in Somalia, shrugging
off the two sanctions imposed upon it. The Asmara administration has not
changed its havoc strategy in the country as it still giving arms support and
equipment to various Somalia warlords”
remark of the monitoring group confirms that the Eritrean government did not
stop its relation with terrorists even after the two sanctions. In addition to
this, it has also been confirmed that the Asmara havoc–squad has tried to
hinder the development and democratic order building process of the region’s
countries by sheltering every terrorists and anti–peace forces that operate in
the region. Mentioning the recent attack that was carried out in Afar region
Ethiopia, orchestrated by the regime, can be enough to support the above remark.
the fact that Asmara government assembles terror groups like ‘OLF’, ‘ONLF’, ‘Ginbot
7’ etc … who it crafted in its own split image to use them create the notion ‘there
is no peace and stability in Ethiopia’ and who it also uses to carry out its
terror plots, its terror act carried out in Afar regional government has
reaffirmed that no sanction or ban will divorce it from its matrimony with
year and half ago; before an AU summit was about to start, the Ato Isaias administration
have carried out an attack on civilian tourists who were present around Ertale,
in Afar region. As a result of the regime’s this diabolical attack, five
tourists were killed and many others were taken against their will.
can also see another recent instance which further suggests that the Eritrean
government hasn’t changed its terror ways. Journalists based on Asmara asked
Ato Isaias the question “the Ethiopian government high official who recently
came to power is saying that they are ready to open talks with the Eritrean
government; What do you make of this?”
Isaias with his usually poker face pose replied, “this remark cannot be
anything more than an attention or headline grabber, the Eritrea government
don’t want to be involved in this drama”. He reaffirmed its ‘till death do us a
part’ relation with anti-peace activities, by refusing to take Ethiopian’s
will add another. As we all recall Ato Isaias Afwerqi’s government has
forcefully occupied Djibouti’s Ras Doumeria requesting
to cross the border in order to get sand for a road.
the regime refuses to accept that it has occupied the territory even today. The
regime’s refusal to withdraw its troops from its
disputed border with Djibouti
and its total rejection of all calls for
negotiation over its unprovoked attack and invasion of Djibouti territory, had forced
the international community on its part to give the regime a warning to
withdraw from Djibouti’s sovereign territory. But, the regime wouldn’t budge.
Military bravado and exploitation which has been part of its rhetoric (since
its Sahel days) are still part of its inner workings.
only Ato Isaias knows what kind of behavioral “Change” the regime has made. The
other thing I find baffling is the fact that Shabiya’s fighting to rejoin IGAD.
It was the regime in the first place that wanted to quit IGAD, calling the
regional block, a stooge.
when the Eritrea government wanted to reclaim its membership of the bloc,
member states told the regime it has to stop its terror activities and its
relationship with terrorists (before its request for membership is answered). It
isn’t acceptable the fact that Shabiya demanded to be member of the block
without making any kind of change in its policy or behavior.
course the Asmara squad’s real motive behind its demand of membership can be
seen from two angles – from the big changes its facing and its plot to weaken
the member states. Shabiya; which has been destabilizing the region from its
days of ‘conquering’ to its current status of terrorist-in-chief, hasn’t done
anything positive or fruitful to the region.
it’s normal to ask the question, “then why does the regime demand to be part of
IGAD?” The answer has to do with regime’s adhered ‘double-edged’ diplomacy. Today
Ato Isaias administration is pinned back in many aspects. The days in which it
used to get support from Mubarak and Gaddafi are now degraded to history books.
are not in a position to help themselves let alone back the Eritrea honcho. One
is appearing in court on a stretcher and other fall victim to a revolution. And
the 2% remittance it used to get (forcefully) from its citizen is now dwindling
as a consequence of some government’s actions taken.
it capability to tube-to-tube transfer arms is dwindling. In parallel, the fact
that Al-Shabaab is driven out of Somalia by the country’s transitional
government and security forces, is further turning the Asmara’s government ‘havoc
aspirations’ into a nightmare. Its terror and wrecking days are fast becoming frosty.
it’s only option is to seek to rejoin IGAD, as if it hasn’t used to belittle
the organization. However, the regime’s either ‘I will wreck havoc when
conditions are conducive’ or if not ‘I will weaken IGAD member states by
dividing them’ kind of ‘double-edged’ diplomatic finessing is not acceptable. The
doors of African Union (AU) Intergovernmental
Authority on Development IGAD) and the international community is always
closed to terrorists.
think the hidden agenda of the Eritrean government behind its demand to rejoin IGAD
is clear to everyone – to weaken the organization by dividing the member
the IGAD member states are all aware of the Asmara’s regime unchanging nature,
including it’s not so bright calculations. So, I don’t think they’ll even
consider its diplomatic spree as the regime attraction to violence rather than cooperation;
havoc instead of peace is undying.
are two scenarios the Ato Isaias administration can take. one is for shabiya to
align itself with peace-loving forces, completely stopping its terror and havoc
strategy. The other is to continue with its destruction and havoc ways.
the choice is left to shabiya itself, but I believe it will choose the second
scenario. This is coming from knowing its nature and behavior. You can bet that
Ato Isaias will find it impossible to cut off its (‘till death do us a part’
relationship) with terror and havoc.
naivety to think that he’ll just wake up and get rid of this behavior of his,
which he lived it through 30 years of rebellion and 22 years as a government.
It will be wiser to bet Hosni Mubarak will led Egypt for the next few years,
than expecting the Eritrean government to change its destructive way’.
he can’t turn his back on the terrorists and anti-peace forces that operate in
the region, and he won’t back down from supporting them. He doesn’t want to
lose the benefit that comes from its exploitative policies.
the situation is not only hard to turn its back on, but it’s a survival issue.
Thus, the UN Security Council has to take another strong measurement and not
lift (soften) the sanction to stop a government that’s consummated with terror
and terrorists – as its own Monitoring Group has reported successively.
in all, if there is anything the recent episode implicates is that there is no
point in making strides without making any behavioral change.
it would be behoove of Ato Isaias to stop its terror activities before it’s too
the Asmara squad despite its “we support Somali’s Transitional government’’ mockery
on the international community and the regional bloc, it has yet to show any
change. In fact as I have tried to mention it earlier the UN monitoring group
has reported that it hasn’t refrained from its terror activities.
the Ato Isaias squad has made a living out of after its invading days was cut
short, it can’t get out of its terror and mischief days. And this is known even
by an ‘average Joe’ like me, let alone by big international and regional
what’s aim of the recent diplomatic spree started by Ato Isaias and his
double-dealing diplomats? Is this his usual ‘lie with a straight face’
diplomacy or ‘please, let me fool you?’ mockery. All in all it would be behoove
of Shabiya to know that its lies and mockery won’t get him far, as straight
face lies could only take you so far.