USA TODAY: 'U.S. Support Key To Ethiopia's Invasion'

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"The United States has quietly poured weapons and military advisers into Ethiopia, whose recent invasion of Somalia opened a new front in the Bush administration's war on terrorism," according to USA TODAY reporter Barbara Slavin in a January 7, 2007, report datelined Washington, D.C.

Ms. Slavin said Ethiopia, "a Christian-led nation in sub-Saharan Africa, surrounded almost entirely by Muslim states,"  has "received nearly $20 million in U.S. military aid since late 2002. That's more than any country in the region except Djibouti."

"Last month," she notes in her dispatch, "thousands of Ethiopian troops invaded neighboring Somalia and helped overturn a fundamentalist Islamic government that the Bush administration said was supported by al-Qaida."

It seems to mean nothing to the Bush Administration that,  The Islamic Courts movement brought a few months peace to Somalians after it ousted the warlords that kept Somalia in turmoil for 15-years. It wants no movement movement, party or leader in power it doesn't control. Ordinary Somalians don't matter in this power struggle.

By the way,  If al-Qaida wasn't operating in Somalia before the invasion, it will soon be there. According to The Associated Press,  "Some of the [Islamic Court] fighters in hiding told The Associated Press on Thursday [January 4, 2007] that they would heed a call from Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's deputy, for guerrilla attacks and suicide bombings against the troops from Ethiopia, which has a large Christian population."

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