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Injustice is No Drama (Yohannes Kifle)

posted 29 Jan 2012, 06:53 by D Woldeab

Inner City Press asked Susan Rice, “What is the US Mission position is on Eritrea’s President’s request to speak to the Security Council? Several Council members I have spoken with support the request, and not only if all of Eritrea’s neighbors are also included in the particular session. What is the US position and why?”

According to Inner City Press, five hours later US Ambassador Susan Rice stopped to answer when Inner City Press asked “Is the US against the idea of the President of Eritrea briefing the Council?” Her response was, “We had the foreign ministers come in July. That was sufficient drama for my taste. I think if one comes they will all come. I am not sure what we will hear that’s much different. I think any time you bring together leaders at that level with the degree of tension that exists between them; it is not going to promote improved relations or greater peace and stability. So I think we have to be very cautious about it and thoughtful about it.”

The latest agenda on the Security Council’s table is the looming sanction on Eritrea for allegedly supporting Al-shabaab. This most recent accusation against Eritrea may be a drama to Susan Rice; nevertheless, no Eritrean in his or her right mind thinks that this baseless accusation should be treated as one. The perpetuation of this false allegation has become disturbing and the enemies of Eritrea have made up their minds to stick with their accusation and continue to ride the allegation, for better or worse, as far as it takes them. Over half a century ago, our fathers were robbed their dignities just because they chose to stay free and build their country for their children and grandchildren. On the other hand, those who were in a position to control Eritrea’s fate had something in mind: Independent Eritrea would not fit well with their future world they wanted to create and self-control of the nation. Was Eritrea inconvenient to the world? If so, what was the justification? Of course, Eritrea is situated strategically in the area and those who needed to control it couldn’t afford to let Eritrea out of their reigns due to the nature of the political of post-world war II dynamic. Since then the paradigm had shifted and the world is changing at an alarming pace. Conversely, Eritrea’s enemies are predisposed to think that there is no difference between the old, colonized Eritrea and the new, independent Eritrea. In other words, the struggle to control Eritrea is apparent more than ever. When John Foster Dulles made the statement to justify the reason why Eritrea should be linked with Ethiopia, it was obvious that he was tormented with the fact that Eritreans were not given the chance to be heard. That critical mistake is about to be repeated again after sixty years.

Susan Rice, who is the US Ambassador to the Untied Nations, is anything but cautious and thoughtful in the way she responded to what was asked. Her track record speaks for itself. The current UN Ambassador is the very same Susan Rice who served the Clinton Administration as an assistant secretary of state for African affairs. The vast majority of Eritreans are very familiar with her and with the role she played during the 1998-2000 war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. How much of her puerility contributed to the most destructive war in recent memory is a controversial subject. As an Ambassador of the most powerful country on earth, Susan Rice failed to show humility when, in the first place, showing humbleness is what is expected of any diplomat of her caliber. Her response to the questions posed to her by Inner City Press exposed her shameful hidden agenda against Eritrea and her lack of diplomatic aptitude. After thinking about it for five hours, she couldn’t even hide her partiality. One has to wonder if her current position is above her pay grade as the last one was.

Hiding behind Gabon and Nigeria, Susan Rice is pushing for more sanctions. As reported by Inner City Press, Susan Rice thinks the vote should take place and her justification is that Gabon, Nigeria and IGAD members want it. The question is: what about the great nation you are representing, Susan Rice? Remember, the country you are serving believes in fairness. Is this your fight for personal vendetta?

It is the American way for accused person to face his/her accuser. It is the American way for someone to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Don’t you agree, Susan Rice? Why don’t you allow Gabon and Nigeria to face the world and let them present their case? Perhaps, they will be able to articulate their evidence against Eritrea better than you do. Conceivably, they could come up with logical explanations to justify sanction against the people of Eritrea. I think not!

Seemingly, there is no love lost between Susan Rice and the government of Eritrea. Her comments are indicative of her feelings about Eritrea and the leadership of Eritrea. The latest Security Council’s action to sanction Eritrea for allegedly supporting Al-shabaab will certainly damage Eritrea’s economy if Susan Rice can help it and if she is able to achieve her objective.

 

 

The government of Eritrea has sensibly asked to defend itself from the alleged accusation of helping Al-shabaab. Unfortunately, Susan Rice is only worried about what is sufficient for her taste not the truth, which is the most critical subject to Eritrea and its people, including to the region that desperately needs peace. Her desire to block the president of Eritrea from speaking to the Security Council suggests that she has an ax to grind against Eritrea and its people. Sometimes sanction is used as a weapon to force a nation to revolt against its own government. Unfortunately for Susan Rice, the people of Eritrea have demonstrated time and time again that they are behind their president. The latest support to the president of Eritrea was recently unveiled not too far from where the Security Council is presiding over the alleged allegation. Perhaps the Security Council is her best and last option to accomplish her objective. The world is changing in alarming pace and Susan Rice is having a hard time to catch up with the change she is witnessing.

History taught us that what is best for Eritrea is not a priority to the West. It is for that reason the people of Eritrea sent a message to the enemies of Eritrea in unambiguous terms that Eritrea is capable of handling its own affairs be it internal or otherwise. President Isaias Afeworki is insisting a face to face meeting with the Security Council to defend the unfounded allegation of supporting Al-Shabaab; the nation is confident in his ability to make the case. Back in the 1950s, Eritrea was denied the opportunity to speak to the world. Instead, the west and institutions controlled by the west had to decide Eritrea’s fate. What we are presently witnessing is a duplicated effort of what had transpired back in the 1950s. Absurdly, there is a concerted effort to silence Eritrea from speaking the truth. Sadly, Gabon, Nigeria and other countries with skeletons to hide are dragged into this drama as Susan Rice calls it. Gabon and Nigeria are tugged into this quagmire. Perhaps, they are in dilemma as Eritrea is. Nevertheless, that is where the similarity ends.

The truth will be damaging to those who are behind this unfounded allegation against Eritrea. Once again, Eritrea and its people must continue to fight the injustice that is about to take place if Susan Rice is allowed to succeed in her effort to block Eritrea from defending herself. Unlike Susan Rice, Eritreans do not consider the allegation by enemies of Eritrea as a “drama”. Moreover, Eritreans have yet to achieve justice that is sufficient to their taste. Fighting for justice is the Eritrean way. Noticeable injustice is no drama to Eritreans. It is distasteful and must be fought vigorously!

 

Eritrea shall prevail!

 

 

The government of Eritrea has sensibly asked to defend itself from the alleged accusation of helping Al-shabaab. Unfortunately, Susan Rice is only worried about what is sufficient for her taste not the truth, which is the most critical subject to Eritrea and its people, including to the region that desperately needs peace. Her desire to block the president of Eritrea from speaking to the Security Council suggests that she has an ax to grind against Eritrea and its people. Sometimes sanction is used as a weapon to force a nation to revolt against its own government. Unfortunately for Susan Rice, the people of Eritrea have demonstrated time and time again that they are behind their president. The latest support to the president of Eritrea was recently unveiled not too far from where the Security Council is presiding over the alleged allegation. Perhaps the Security Council is her best and last option to accomplish her objective. The world is changing in alarming pace and Susan Rice is having a hard time to catch up with the change she is witnessing.

History taught us that what is best for Eritrea is not a priority to the West. It is for that reason the people of Eritrea sent a message to the enemies of Eritrea in unambiguous terms that Eritrea is capable of handling its own affairs be it internal or otherwise. President Isaias Afeworki is insisting a face to face meeting with the Security Council to defend the unfounded allegation of supporting Al-Shabaab; the nation is confident in his ability to make the case. Back in the 1950s, Eritrea was denied the opportunity to speak to the world. Instead, the west and institutions controlled by the west had to decide Eritrea’s fate. What we are presently witnessing is a duplicated effort of what had transpired back in the 1950s. Absurdly, there is a concerted effort to silence Eritrea from speaking the truth. Sadly, Gabon, Nigeria and other countries with skeletons to hide are dragged into this drama as Susan Rice calls it. Gabon and Nigeria are tugged into this quagmire. Perhaps, they are in dilemma as Eritrea is. Nevertheless, that is where the similarity ends.

The truth will be damaging to those who are behind this unfounded allegation against Eritrea. Once again, Eritrea and its people must continue to fight the injustice that is about to take place if Susan Rice is allowed to succeed in her effort to block Eritrea from defending herself. Unlike Susan Rice, Eritreans do not consider the allegation by enemies of Eritrea as a “drama”. Moreover, Eritreans have yet to achieve justice that is sufficient to their taste. Fighting for justice is the Eritrean way. Noticeable injustice is no drama to Eritreans. It is distasteful and must be fought vigorously!

 

Eritrea shall prevail!

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