The one man regime in Eritrea has been a thorn in the flesh for all the Horn countries for over a decade. Every country in the horn has been victimized by the regime at one time or another. In the case of Ethiopia, ever since the regime’s costly defeat during the war of 1998-2000, it has been engaged in covert action to derail Ethiopia’s peace. The regime is the primarily sponsor of the terrorist wings of the ONLF, OLF and Ginbot 7.
Resolving conflict by dialogue is normal and is the civil way. In many cases two warring parties will sit down to negotiate a win-win solution if the alternative is a zero-sum outcome. Ethiopia has begged the one man regime in Eritrea to sit down and resolve any issue it has ever since it came to power. Even during the aggression war of 1998, Ethiopia was ready to sit down and negotiate than to continue the costly war!
Ethiopia has been ready to sit down and negotiate to resolve any issue Eritrea has even though as a victor of the last war it could have demanded a final solution unilaterally. Isaias Afeworki declined all gestures. Instead of sitting down to negotiate it has been recruiting terrorist foot soldiers to cause mayhem inside Ethiopia.
Now the question we want readers to answer is why negotiate with the devil? We know the Ethiopian government will even sit-down with a Monkey if the Eritreans think monkey is all they have for now! But Isaias is not a monkey he is the Devil! Isaias is a devil who will do all in his power to survive. He has survived this long by signing at the dotted line at the 11th hour during the last war only to come back to plan and execute a Bagdad event- that never came thanks to Abune Aregawi, in Addis Ababa!
Isaias is cornered and is frightened. His best buddy Gaddafi is gone, his next best Mubarak is bed ridden waiting in jail and his key sponsors in other Middle East countries are hibernating due to fear of not knowing when their turnwill be to face Gaddafi’s fate. Now why give Isaias breathing space when the UN is working hard to sanction him more? Would Ethiopia benefit by sitting down with Isaias Afeworki regime today? Have Your Say!