Tigrai Online March 24, 2013
Now and then the Eritrean media puts out rumors to take away the spot light from the ever worsening political and human rights situation in the tiny red sea country. Eritrean has been plagued by negative news related to its youth fleeing in droves and more recently attempted military coup d’état that failed but indicated how volatile the situation inside Eritrea is.
The Eritrean government is a great pressure from the public and its own army seeking change internally and externally from the no war no peace Ethiopian policy. Ethiopia reversed the Eritrean invasion in 1999 by beating the Eritreans on their own game. The Eritreans were forced to abandon one third of their country and thousands of Eritrean civilians were displaced. The war ended officially when Eritrea was forced to sign a peace agreement on12 December 2000 in Algiers.
Even though the war was over officially a new kind of war was starting at the same time. Eritrea started organizing, training and arming the Islamic Courts of Somalia to open another war front for Ethiopia and stretch the Ethiopian army. Eritrea was also betting on the Ethiopian terrorist groups which Eritrea calls freedom fighters.
Mean while Ethiopia was working in a multi discipline three pronged attack on Eritrea.
Ethiopia's no war no peace strategy is draining Eritrea's economy leaving it in shambles. Having 95% of the Eritrean youth in the front lines skyrockets the direct military related expenditures. Fifteen years after its reckless military adventure Eritrea finds itself stuck between a rock and hard place. When Eritrea is weak and helpless the Eritrean government is leaking romors through its agents to give hope to its supporters.
In the back drop of all of that is what the Eritrean websites spreading rumors that the tiny Middle East nation of Qatar will lease Assab and lease it to Ethiopia. The false reasoning behind the rumor is that the Djibouti is not able to handle the Ethiopian export and import needs. Ethiopia is doing great using Djibouti, Hargessa, Mombassa, and Port Sudan no need for Assab. There is no need for Ethiopia to use Assab, Assab will be a watering hole for the camels and desert rats.