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Do you think Ethiopia said to itself "hey, let's start a war here while the rest of the world is not looking because of Lebanon"?

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jul 21st, 2006 at 10:58:23 AM EST
In part sure, the timing is good.

But in general, they probably planned an advance for a while since the islamic courts and the Ethiopian government are not to fond of each other. Lebanon provided a much wanted cover to go ahead, but they probably would have anyway, but maybe a bit smaller and/or a bit later. Primarily events are dictated by other events on the ground. Nobody much cares about Africa anyway.

Eritrea arrested the opposition, outside and inside the party, closed the private press and arrested journalists in the week following 9/11. Same thing there, they would have done it anyway (evident by the arrest of the university students in july-august 2001 and jailing them in a prison camp where two died), but if they can they use cover.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jul 21st, 2006 at 11:06:49 AM EST
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