September 18, 2007


Eritreans Deny American Accusations of Terrorist Ties (JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, September 18, 2007, NY Times)

Eritrean officials, responding to American accusations that they have abetted terrorists in the volatile Horn of Africa, defended their actions on Monday and said that while they would like to have better relations with the United States, they had no intention of bowing to American pressure.

Over the weekend, the Eritrean government held a conference for Somali opposition leaders that included some prominent Islamists whom Jendayi E. Frazer, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, has called terrorists.

American officials have threatened to list Eritrea as a state sponsor of terrorism, accusing it of funneling weapons to Somali insurgents. But on Monday, Eritrean officials denied that they were trying to destabilize Somalia, and said their conference was a legitimate way to rebuild the shattered country.

More than that, said Ali Abdu, Eritrea’s information minister, if Ms. Frazer was trying to make “Eritrea kneel down in front of her,” she had better learn what he called a basic Eritrean fact.

“Eritreans kneel on only two occasions,” he said. “When they pray and when they shoot.”

In the context of Somalia, at least, it is America that has acted like a state sponsor of terrorism, supporting the violent overthrow of a government that had the support of the people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2007 10:28 AM

Consider it a lesson learned - if you make common cause with the "Death to America! Death to the Great Satan!" crowd we will try to overthrow you, no matter if you are popular with your people.

Dear World:

Trust me on this - there is nothing more we would want to do than ignore the lot of you. Don't tick me off.

Very truly yours,

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 19, 2007 7:41 AM

Except that we'll welcome them back when they return to power shortly.

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2007 10:06 AM

"Except that we'll welcome them back when they return to power shortly."

So long as they behave and pick better friends. Vow to leave us alone and for the most part you'll be fine; vow Death to America and you're back out on your rear.

It really is very simple - or should be.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 19, 2007 1:32 PM

Which is why this interlude was such a waste, particularly for the people of Somalia themselves.

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2007 4:16 PM