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Ethiopia’s Zenawi: Neocon

Posted By Justin Raimondo On June 9, 2005 @ 3:08 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

If neoconservatism is a biographical creed, denoting someone who has evolved from some variant of Leninism or Marxism into a supporter of George W. Bush’s foreign policy of American global military dominance, then President Meles Zenawi certainly fits the bill [1]. A former guerrilla leader of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front — a Marxist group that supported Albania’s commie dictator Enver Hoxha as the architect of “real” socialism — Zenawi came to power in 1991, and wound up an ally of George W. Bush in the U.S.-led “war on terrorism.” See here [2] for his commie background and his evolution into a neo-liberal Stalinist [3].

The United States has an intimate military and political relationship with the government of Ethiopia. In July 2003, the Pentagon held a three-month training exercise in tandem with Ethiopian military at the Hurso Training Camp. Ongoing “anti-terrorism” training exercises continue in coordination with the U.S. base at Djibouti. In January of 2004, a new joint U.S.-Ethiopian military base was established at Hurso, in Ethiopia, alongside “Camp United,” where U.S. troops train Ethiopian troops in anti-insurgency strategy and tactics. The record of U.S. military aid to Ethiopia shows a marked increase since 2001. As Keith Harmon Snow points out in an excellent bit of research [4]:

“From 1995-2000, the US provided some $1,835,000 in International Military and Education Training (IMET) deliveries to Ethiopia. Some 115 Ethiopian officers were trained under the IMET program from 1991-2001. …

“For 2002 and 2003, Ethiopia received some $2,817,000 through the IMET and Foreign Military Sales and Deliveries programs. The US also equipped, trained and supported Ethiopian troops under the Africa Regional Peacekeeping Program. Ethiopia has remained a participant of the IMET program in 2000-2004. In August 2003, the U.S. committed $28 million for international tradeenhancements with Ethiopia.”

The tyrant Zenawi is killing [5] his own citizens with weapons bought and paid for by the United States of America. But he needn’t worry about a cut-off in military or economic aid: Zenawi was warmly welcomed [6] to the White House by President Bush in 2002, just as Uzbek tyrant Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan was greeted with open arms [7].

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[1] Meles Zenawi certainly fits the bill: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4545711.stm

[2] here:

[3] neo-liberal Stalinist: http://www.ethiomedia.com/release/can_one_accuse_a_tyrant_in_ethiopia.html

[4] research:

[5] killing: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/index.php?id=P2146

[6] warmly welcomed: http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/africa/12.html

[7] greeted with open arms: http://www.thememoryhole.org/pol/us-and-uz.htm

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