New entry for The Weekly Standard‘s ever-expanding list of regimes that need changing: Eritrea, which “is looking ever more like a state sponsor of terrorism.” Eritrea’s sin is backing the ICU is Somalia.
All Eritrea’s doing in the real world, of course, is trying to prevent its larger, hostile neighbor from growing even more powerful. But this is what happens once you decide that you need to be in the proxy war business. We’ve decided that backing Ethiopia’s bid for regional hegemony in East Africa is identical with fighting terrorism, so any group or state that seeks to check Ethiopian power is now de facto a pro-terrorist enemy of the United States. Since it’s the Horn of Africa probably none of this really matters at the end of the day (except, of course, to Africans) but that doesn’t make this kind of mucking around advisable.