By Bereket Kidane,
FORMER Secretary of State, Colin Powell, went in front of the United Nations and pointed at the map of Iraq declaring, “We know where those weapons of mass destruction are…they are here, here and here.” It never occurred to him that he had been duped. Or may be he knew all along. To date, 12 years later, those WMDs that served as the rationale for the invasion of Iraq have yet to be found.
It was all based on lies and fabrications. The same thing that Mike Smith and his UN bureaucrats are doing these days under the guise of “Commission of Inquiry” (COI). These UN bureaucrats have been concocting baseless, fabricated charges against Eritrea for years now. Before Mike Smith and Sheila Keetharuth came along there was a guy named Matt Bryden who brought fantastically outlandish charges against Eritrea while openly admitting that he had no evidence whatsoever to prove any of his allegations.
Matt Bryden’s successor had a fellow by the name Dinesh Mahtani on his staff who was caught red-handed while advocating regime change in Eritrea on a United Nations letterhead and was forced to resign in disgrace.
These bogus charges against the State of Eritrea have become annual rituals at the United Nations. If it’s June-July, it is time to fabricate charges against Eritrea. It’s become crystal clear by now that the UN’s sustained attack against Eritrea is not so much aimed at undermining the Government of Eritrea as it is against the very notion of a sovereign Eritrea. It’s aimed at reversing Eritrea’s sovereignty little by little, one UN Commission at a time.
Eritrea has had the unfortunate distinction of being the only African nation whose nation-building efforts and sovereignty are continuously challenged by the UN bodies. The only nation who has a determined enemy that happens to be an obedient servant of the West and whose sole obsession is to erase its sovereignty.
None of the countries who are one-party states get anything near the relentless, obsessive, guilty without due process bullying that Eritrea receives at the hands of UN bodies.
No other country faces continuous threats, bullying and sanctions passed by UNSC on fabricated ground and without any evidence whatsoever.
No other country has its right to self-defense challenged as Eritrea does, even though it acts no differently than any other nation would if confronted by periodic military adventures and invasions. Self-defense is the essence of sovereignty. The ultimate aim of this latest UN slander and wild allegations is to demonize and de-legitimize the State of Eritrea before stripping it of its right to defend itself.
The thing that is outrageous in all of this and makes Eritreans indignant is that the UN has historically proved itself to be completely oblivious to the suffering of Eritreans over the last 65 years. It did not establish a single committee to look into human rights abuses and war crimes committed by successive Ethiopian governments when Eritrean civilians were being lynched in towns and villages and their mothers were having their breasts torn off causing the floor to be awash in blood. As a result, the UN has zero credibility in Eritrea.
Monday’s demonstration by Eritrean citizens in Geneva against the COI and the UN’s continued belligerence toward the State of Eritrea was a show of force. Some 6,000 Eritreans dropped everything they were doing and showed up at a moment’s notice to stand up for Eritrea. Eritreans have always leapt to the defense of Eritrea whenever it is threatened. This effort needs to be repeated again in New York this fall when the General Assembly meets. This too shall be defeated so long as Eritreans stay together and united. Nobody circles the wagons like Eritreans.