US: Wrong To Favor Egypt in Water Rift
Posted by addisethiopia on August 14, 2013
Very seldom when Western writers come up with something in defense of Ethiopia To be honest, it’s probably the first time that I read a Westerner giving an unbiased assessment on the Nile issue. Though, I overwhelmingly share the authors honest thoughts, I slightly disagree with the statement,“Egypt brought peace with Israel.” Actually, the two countries had a temporary peace treaty, only temporary, nothing else! In fact, Egypt brought the Muslim brotherhood/Al Queda and the 9/11 terrorists. The only thing Egypt and the United states share is their national emblem: the Eagle. In the past, “Christian” Americans supported Muslim Egypt to invade Christian Ethiopia (1800s). 200 years later, we notice, that, never before in American history have Christians experienced being hated for following Jesus Christ as they are today. The question is, will America fly again with the bird of prey, the Eagle, or will it recognize the visible signs of Jesus Christ? Will it now listen to the powerful voice of The Lord, the Lion of Judah? (In this German satellite image, we could clearly identify the face of a lion over the mountains of Ethiopia.)
“Your people give themselves gladly in the day of your power; like the dew of the morning on the holy mountains is the army of your young men.” [Psalms 110:3]
The writer share with us the following interesting outlooks:
- America will be tempted to intervene – on the wrong side.
- For many years, all the Nile’s water has been divided between Sudan and Egypt; any other country that dared to touch the Nile was met with stern threats from Egypt and its protectors: first England, then America.
- Ethiopia brought us nothing, Egypt, under Mubarak, brought peace with Israel. So we did Egypt’s bidding with the World Bank. ()
- Morsi is gone. Secretary of State John Kerry has embraced the new military government. The danger is that the U.S., in its effort to prop up the Egyptian military successors to Morsi, will try to give them a victory over the dam issue.
- There are many ways for America to signal its support of the new regime in Egypt. Shutting down Ethiopia’s dam, or looking the other way while Egypt does so, is not one of them
When has the U.S. managed to play the internal politics of another country with any success? It is so much more likely that, if we go down this route, we will alienate our ally in the fight against extremism in Somalia, and do nothing to appease the widely held belief in Egypt, voiced at that televised meeting, that somehow all wrongs are due to America. We’ll choose the wrong side – once again.
Why do we need to take sides at all? We can’t stop Ethiopia by cutting off its financing: Ethiopia has come up with the funding for this project from the sale of bonds, and loans from China. The dam, once finished, will produce tremendous amounts of electricity that can be sold to neighboring countries to retire the bonds