The Mitt Romneys of the nation, the lockdown supporters & mask Karens of today would certainly have snitched on Anne Frank in 1944, and would have then gone to bed cackling to themselves how virtuous they were.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) marched with BLM didn’t he, to demonstrate his virtue? Good old Mitt.
Ethiopian Internal Conflict
For some time in this blog’s history, there were reports on brush wars and so-called ‘low intensity conflict’. Often they devolved into proxy wars. I’ve received some e-mail from readers asking that I revisit a few these current events that are completely ignored by the mainstream media, which obsesses over President Trump preferring his hamburgers well-done instead of medium, or lauding praise on corrupt, senile old Joe (and the Ho) for being able to read what others wrote, on his tele-prompter.
On November 4, 2020, a new armed conflict broke out between Ethiopia’s central government and the government of Tigray, a regional state within Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Government claims to have matters well under control, but this is just the latest regional flap within the country.
The state’s northern edge follows the border with Eritrea, home to several disputed territories that are no longer officially claimed by Ethiopia, but were still occupied by its military forces up to the start of the new conflict.
Tigray State’s leadership still lays claim to portions of Eritrea and at the same time, the southwestern portion of Tigray is claimed by Amhara State — all within Ethiopia. It’s a lot like Texas claiming Oklahoma.
After an alleged attack by Tigray state forces on a federal military base on November 4, the political conflict immediately gave way to a military conflict, with Ethiopian national forces sent in to quash Tigray’s leadership (which used to lead Ethiopian national politics).
(1) Tigray has had battle-hardened state paramilitary forces and state-friendly militias in place for some time.
(2) Tigray’s dominant political party has extensive influence within the Ethiopian military leadership.
(3) Tigray is far from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
(4) Tigray’s state forces are boxed in by Eritrea, which now has good relations with Ethiopia but is still an enemy country in the eyes of Tigray’s leaders.
(5) National army forces from Eritrea regional state militia forces from the neighboring state of Amhara joined with the Ethiopian national army.
November 4, 2020
Ethiopian national troops were sent to Tigray state in response to the leftist/communist Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the state’s governing political party, allegedly attacking and capturing a military base. The Ethiopian government denied a TPLF claim that the federal military’s Northern Command had defected, and a six-month state of emergency was declared in the region. According to sources later cited by Foreign Policy on both sides of the conflict, about half of the Northern Command did indeed defect to the TPLF, while the other half remained loyal to the federal government.
The Tigray Flag (below) reflects the communist roots of the movement.
November 5, 2020
The TPLF reportedly seized most of the weapons stored at the national military’s Northern Command Headquarters in state capital Mekelle, while airstrikes were conducted by the Ethiopian Air Force near the city, which was confirmed to be under TPLF control. According to the Ethiopian government, the airstrikes destroyed TPLF rockets and other heavy weapons in Mekelle and surrounding areas.
November 8-9, 2020
More airstrikes were reported in Tigray, while Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed replaced his army chief, the head of intelligence, and the foreign minister. Hundreds were reported dead since the start of the conflict.
November 10-11, 2020
State media reported that the Ethiopian military had captured Humera airport, near the border with Sudan and Eritrea. The next day, Ethiopia claimed more than 550 TPLF fighters had been killed since the start of the fighting.
November 12, 2020
The Ethiopian government claimed to have seized the western part of Tigray, while Amnesty International reported that possibly hundreds of civilians had been massacred in the town of Mai Kadra. According to locals, the killings were conducted by the TPLF after its defeat by the national military, though Amnesty was not able to confirm this.
November 14, 2020
The TPLF launched a cross-border rocket attack on Eritrea’s capital, Asmara. Three rockets were fired, two of which hit Asmara’s airport, according to regional diplomats. However, the US embassy in Asmara said there was no indication the airport had been hit. The TPLF said it conducted the attack in response to Eritrea sending tanks and thousands of troops into Tigray in support of the Ethiopian government’s offensive, though up to this point Eritrea had denied any involvement. The TPLF also claimed Ethiopian forces were using Asmara’s airport.
November 18, 2020
The Ethiopian military reportedly captured the towns of Shire and Aksum, deep within the central part of Tigray state (though Daniel informs us that some sources soon claimed the TPLF recaptured Shire, and that fighting was apparently ongoing in Aksum). Government forces were also reportedly in control of Mohoni, 125 kilometers south of Mekelle. Meanwhile, between 200 and 300 Ethiopian peacekeepers in Somalia who were from the Tigray region were disarmed to deal with an alleged TPLF infiltration of the force.
Since November 19, the situation has continued to degrade, but it’s not unique. Read a few CIA reports from the late 1970’s, declassified a decade ago (here).
Where’s the weenie? By that, I mean, why the war now? Cynics suggest that it involves. Ethiopia’s protracted negotiations with Egypt and Sudan over the Grand Renaissance Dam. Water ministers from the three countries and experts from the African Union, European Union, and the World Bank have been gathering to talk about high finance, that left Tigray out of the big pot of money involved. War is a racket. It’s important to look at the why and how of here and now.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, formerly known as the Millennium Dam and sometimes referred to as Hidase Dam, is a gravity dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia that has been under construction since 2011. Now with big World Bank money involved, everyone wants a piece of the action.
If Joe and Ho manage to wrest control of the US, will we see American peacekeepers arrive in Tigray, supporting the World Bank’s (and global elite) interests?
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I am not anti-CIA. It performs a function vital to the security of the United States of America, and the only thing incomprehensible about CIA is its comprehensibility. It was designed to fight Soviet Russia. The Cold War Russians were big and slow. The CIA was big and slow and each worked hard NOT to kill the other’s people. Assassinations had a way of getting out of control – much like nuclear weapons. The Russians and the US both worked hard to make sure that didn’t happen, despite art.
Recruited assets (spies) were a different matter and many books and films have been devoted to that sort of intrigue, which I won’t delve into here. Jason Matthews’ Red Sparrow Trilogy is a good read if you are interested in tradecraft. They are novels, cleared for publication by CIA, but the operational tradecraft is well written for fiction. Bob Baer’s books (fiction and non-fiction) are also an excellent window into the business. I don’t necessarily agree with Bob’s conclusions on Iran or some other issues, but he’s a bight guy, he walked the walk, and there you go.
There has been a disturbing trend in the “organs of state” that became a trend during the Obama Years, wherein CIA, NSA and FBI were focused inward.
FBI went from being a law enforcement agency to an internally focused intelligence agency even before THAT. There is no secret in that ask any FBI Special Agent. They can explain it better than I can. And I’m not writing of their Foreign Counterintelligence Mission (FCI). The entire focus of FBI shifted. I’m trying to recall when specifically. Sometime around the turn of the millennium. In that process, the FBI (political at any time) became far more political. The Post 9/11 world made it more acute. Today it’s fair to characterize FBI as an internal intelligence agency with law enforcement authority and a big budget.
You need to ask yourself who runs the United States? After this past 2020 election, do you REALLY believe that we’re still a democracy with one-person, one-vote?
And Edward Snowden. Sure, he’s a traitor. He signed off on his own security clearance and he had an obligation to keep secrets that he didn’t keep. But was he wrong?
Where do you get your truth these days? CNN, Fox News, ABC? Is there a difference post 2020 election? And what about Big Tech, which hosts this blog and every other blog on their routers and systems? Do you think that they are the slightest bit neutral when it comes to the question of levers of power?
The only reason that this blog exists is that it’s too small to bother with at the moment. At any moment it could be labeled as “racist”, “xenophobic”, “white supremacist”, “homophobic” or any of the current cancel culture tags.
Today, “conspiracy theory”, is a term that I don’t toss around lightly. A senile, completely corrupt, creepy 78 year old fool named Joe Biden, and a feckless, California liberal, thought of widely as a whore, who couldn’t grab more than a few dozen people at a rally beat Donald Trump in a fair election? Really? If you believe THAT, I need to become your investment advisor. Send me ALL of your money (bankwire works) and I’ll invest your fortune in chinchilla ranches, less my commission.