ASMARA, Eritrea -- The UN inSecurity Council has done it again in the Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia has been committing genocide in the Ethiopian Ogaden and in response
the UN Security Council, in a closed door meeting, passed sanctions against . .
In the bizarre world of the UN Security Council, black is
white, up is down and right is wrong. Ethiopia can invade its neighbors
(Eritrea in 2000, Somalia in 2006) steal an election (2005, in the process of
which Ethiopian troops gunned down over 500 protestors and locked up another
50,000) and commit crimes against humanity against its own people, including
ethnic cleansing in western Ethiopia and outright genocide in the Ogaden, and
Eritrea can help bring peace to Sudan, including eastern
Sudan, the North-South civil war and now in Dafur and in reward be sanctioned
by the UN Security Council. What were the charges against Eritrea? Supporting
terrorism in Somalia, i.e., providing arms to the Al Shabab Somali
As one who spent many hours sharing cappuccinos with the
Somali resistance in the lobby of the former Imperial Hotel here in Asmara (I
have renamed it the Peace Hotel for it seems all of the peace deals brokered
here in the Horn of Africa were born there), I can speak from firsthand
experience that the one Somali resistance organization that I have never been
introduced to is the Al Shabab leadership. Of course, the evidence for such
charges is pretty non-existent or even laughable. For example, the UN
�Monitoring Committee� for Somalia is the main source of charges that Eritrea
has provided weapons to Al Shabab. Never mind that this same �Committee� also
issued a widely ridiculed report that Somali Jihadists fought alongside
Hezbollah in the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war. Even Israeli intelligence officers
had a good laugh at this one.
In contrast, Dumusani Khumalo, South Africa�s Ambassador to
the UN and the chair of the UN special committee on Somalia has just issued a
report that said that at least 80 percent of the arms available in Somalia came
from Ethiopia or were arms �donated� by the USA and other Western countries to
the so-called �Somalia Transitional Government� and then sold on the black
market, oftentimes to the resistance. So much for enforcing the UN arms embargo
for Somalia. Just another case of acquired amnesia for the �distorters� working
for the Western media here in East Africa.
A few years back, the �Special Monitoring Committee for
Somalia,� aka the CIA, issued a report that arms shipments were arriving in
Somalia via Asmara Airport here in Eritrea and even provided a registration
number for the aircraft. But when a little research was done, it turned out
that the aircraft in question was registered to a well known Russian arms
dealer with a long history of working for . . . the CIA!
No one has bothered trying to explain how Eritrea was able
to sneak arms shipments past all the naval task forces assembled in the Indian
Ocean to try to prevent piracy. No one has been able to explain how Eritrea was
able to sneak arms past both the French and USA military in Djibouti, with all
their satellite technology and around the clock intel systems. No one has been
able to explain how no arms shipments from Eritrea to Al Shabab have ever been
captured. But then the Western media doesn�t have to explain anything, just
report whatever the CIA tells them and move on to the next story.
As someone with a long background in the history of the Horn
of Africa, this latest distortion of reality by the UN Security Council comes
as no surprise. The UN has violated its own charter so many times in matters
concerning Africa�s Horn we have lost count. This latest shameful act is just
another in a long, disgraceful history going back to the UN/USA handing over
the former Italian colony of Eritrea to the USA cop on the beat at the time,
the Haile Selassie regime in
Ethiopia and Eritrean independence be damned.
We here in Eritrea have come to expect that no good deed
goes unpunished and bringing peace to the Horn of Africa is in opposition to
USA imperial policy. The USA does NOT want peace in Africa, just the opposite.
With peace could come strong, nationalistic governments and how is the USA and
its Western partners in crime going to be able to rape and pillage Africa�s raw
materials at will if this is the case?
A good example is how the Anglo-American Mining company
operates one of the largest gold mines in the world in Tanzania, for which the
Tanzanian people receive a whopping 5 percent royalty. That�s right, for every
$1,000 per ounce of Tanzanian gold sold. Anglo-American receives $950 with
Tanzania receiving just $50. This isn�t partnership; this is theft.
Compare this to Eritrea where the Canadian company Nevsun
will be opening the Bisha Gold Mine later this year. Eritrea will be receiving
40 percent of the profits and Nevsun 60 percent. This should give you pretty
good idea of why the USA and its Western capos are hell bent on destroying
Eritrea, or at least bringing us to heel, you know, kneel down and kiss the
masters feet. Africa remains about the only place in the world that the West is
able to exploit without restriction and without Africa�s wealth it will be
increasingly impossible for the Western countries to maintain their bloated
standard of living.
Stay tuned to Online Journal for news from the Horn of
Africa that the so-called Free Press in the West refuses to cover.
Thomas C. Mountain was, in a former life, an
educator, activist and alternative medicine practitioner in the USA. Email
thomascmountain at yahoo.com.