posted on Nov, 23 2006 @ 02:50 PM
Ethiopia's Prime Minister indicated that Ethiopia could use force to defend itself against Somali Islamists. Islamic Courts Union had earlier
declared a Holy War against Ethiopia. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that the Islamists who declared Holy War against Ethiopia are a "clear and
present danger" to Ethiopia. Ethiopia has not declared war against Somalia, if the problem is not solved peacefully, then the parliament should
allow the government to defend the country. Lawmakers in Ethiopia's parliament ended up rejecting Meles motion.
"I'm hearing that the prime minister's message is going to be misinterpreted, that the country of Ethiopia has declared war against Somalia,"
said Hailu. "That is completely wrong. What the prime minister said is that we are trying to solve the problem peacefully. If this option is not
successful, the parliament should allow the government to use its legal right to defend the country."
But officials of the Islamic Courts Union, who reportedly met in the capital Mogadishu to discuss the issue shortly after the motion was put forward,
The French news agency, AFP, quoted an Islamic Courts Union spokesman as saying Meles' motion is a threat to regional peace and that Ethiopia was
showing what he called "reckless, war-thirsty behavior."
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When first reading this it made my stomach turn, not good at all. Then I wondered if the Prim Minister could just be blowing some wind to get the
attention of political parties. I have not been to good at telling when someone is just blowing wind. I looked up Ethiopia on Google Earth.
Ethiopia is bordered by Somalia, and Sudan, among others. The violence committed by Sudan in the last few years goes beyond being horrible, barbaric,
uncivilized atrocities. So what if this situation should break out into war? Could the fate of Ethiopia fall to the same fate of the Darfur region
of Sudan? It has been said hear on ATS that eleven nations have been funding Islamists in one way or another. Should the same happen with a conflict
between Ethiopia and Somalia? I can't say that I know the answer, but I do know that the Islamic countries that give to support Islamic movements
definitely do not lack the gold to do so.
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to map of Ethiopia and the surounding nations.
[edit on 23-11-2006 by RedGolem]