March 17, 2013

"The British and Americans preferred to cede Eritrea to the Ethiopians as a reward for their support during World War II..."

Says the "History of Eritrea" page at Wikipedia. (In our "History of" project, we're proceeding through the world's 206 countries in alphabetical order.)
The resolution ignored the wishes of Eritreans for independence, but guaranteed the population some democratic rights and a measure of autonomy. Some scholars have contended that the issue was a religious issue, between the Muslim lowland population desiring independence while the highland Christian population sought a union with Ethiopia....

20 comments:

Methadras said...

I've met some really hawt Eritrean women in my time. It's the eyes that get me first.

edutcher said...

One of the first spec ops campaigns in WWII.

It set the stage for much of what happened in Burma and the Solomons.

wyo sis said...

I was really not following global politics in the sixties and seventies, but in reading the history I was struck by how it made me think of Mission Impossible.

Big Mike said...

That Ethiopian Airlines plane that was hijacked then ran out of fuel and crashed just off the beach at a resort hotel in the Comoro Islands, those were Eritrean hijackers, were they not? A lot of people lost their lives in that crash, not to mention the Ethiopia - Eritrea civil war, just so that the Brits and Americans could feel good about themselves.

Big Mike said...

That Ethiopian Airlines plane that was hijacked then ran out of fuel and crashed just off the beach at a resort hotel in the Comoro Islands, those were Eritrean hijackers, were they not? A lot of people lost their lives in that crash, not to mention the Ethiopia - Eritrea civil war, just so that the Brits and Americans could feel good about themselves.

Big Mike said...

The dreaded double post strikes again. You'd think Google would try to fix obvious bugs.

ironrailsironweights said...

There have been a few reports of snow in the highest elevations, but not for at least a century and their reliability is questionable. A purported snowfall in the capital of Asmara in August 2011 turned out to be hail.

By the way, if your idea of leisure is floating down a river in a boat, don't go to Eritrea. There are no rivers in the entire country.

Peter

Chip Ahoy said...

The dreaded double post strikes again. You'd think Google would try to fix obvious bugs.

You can make that go away. Yes, you have the power within you, Luke, FOCUS! I meant to say softly, concentrate.

Chip Ahoy said...

Look to the garbage can, Luke, Look to the garbage can.

Big Mike said...

@Chip, I prefer to leave the second comment in place, the better to vex the veteran commentators.

But I build healthcare systems for a living and software bugs are very offensive to me. Software bugs in a healthcare system may mean someone dies who should have lived.

rcommal said...

See: Foreign Policy, realist sector branch.

(Full disclosure: I'm much closer to the realist FP crowd than I am to the neo-con one, and always have I been, which is not to say I don't also have a healthy streak of skeptical isolationism somewhere in there. It's a good thing, too.

Gahrie said...

A lot of people lost their lives in that crash, not to mention the Ethiopia - Eritrea civil war, just so that the Brits and Americans could feel good about themselves.

Yes clearly things would have been much better off if the west had turned the country over to the crimelords and kleptocrats that now run it sooner.

John Lynch said...

I don't see how creating more small countries and more landlocked countries helps anything.

MSG said...

Since Ethiopia had been occupied by fascist Italy, it wasn't as if they needed any kind of "reward" for supporting the Allies.

Jeff Teal said...

Hey but let's set up some more Christian-muslim conflicf zones while we are remaking the World's boundaries.I mean we did SO well after WW1.

Jason Hops said...
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Jason Hops said...

ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?
How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.
Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

Paco Wové said...

"Software bugs in a healthcare system may mean someone dies"

Well, that's one way to keep the defects-per-line-of-code count down. Can't help but think it's bad for programmer morale, though.

David said...

Djbouti's next door neighbor. Two of the most unlovely places in the world.

Mitch H. said...

Eritrea has been nicknamed as the "North Korea of Africa," and is among the harshest dictatorships in the world, where limitations on freedom of movement are extreme and punishments severe. The group 'Doctors Without Borders' ranks the place 179th among 179 countries when it comes to freedom of expression, even lower than North Korea.

Yikes. I wonder what's the metric they're using to put them below the NorKs?

I'm pretty sure that the great "Ethiopian" famines of the Eighties were state-sponsored African Holomodors by the Communist-Bloc Mengistu regime, waged against the Eritreans. Africa in general is a curative for the soggy-liberal cult of victimhood - whether you're talking about Tutsis or Eritreans or whomever, you have to acknowledge that terrible things were done *to* them, and yet as soon as the whip-handle was in the other hand, they can be almost as bad or worse than their persecutors.

I'm surprised to see that the Italians managed to at least partially Catholicize the Eritrean population during the colonial era. That's exceedingly rare - Muslim populations were generally extremely hostile to this sort of evangelical conversion under imperial rule. Most colonial governments chose to preserve order rather than support missionaries.