Politics War, What Is It Good For?
posted by December 26 at 15:32 PMon
There is no easy way to explain the new war in the Horn of Africa. From one side, it is a war between Ethiopia and Eritrea in much the same way that the recent war in Beirut was really between Israel and Iran—Eritrea backs the Somali Islamist; Iran backs Hezbollah. On another side, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is not exactly the ideal African leader but one that’s often as bad, as cruel, as corrupt as all the rest of them—Mugabe, Banda, Kaunda. But in the end, how can one side with the Islamic fundamentalists? With their fascistic fantasies, their mad will to make on Earth what they believe is in Heaven? And look at Sudan. Will a Somalia under the power of Islamic fundamentalist not be a lot like Sudan? No one wants war, but it is impossible to support men who believe the law of their God must be the law of all, the law of the land. What a bloody mess.