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ICC NOTE: Journalists are calling the conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia merely a “proxy war”. However, the message the UIC gives reflects quite another agenda. This article notes quite accurately “The Islamists of Somalia have made clear their intention to attack adjoining Ethiopia in order to “liberate” its Muslim inhabitants and to add the entire country to Islam.”

Ethiopia in peril

Spero News

December 21, 2006

US military is assisting Ethiopia to defend itself from Islamists in next-door Sudan ; Salafi Islamists in the Sudan draw funds from Saudi Arabia and imperil Christians.

In recent weeks the news media have touched upon the threat to Ethiopia initiated by the Islamists of Somalia who are reducing the latter country to their control in a ruthless civil war.

The Islamists of Somalia are Salafi, i. e. Muslim “true-believers” who draw inspiration and financing from the Wahabbis of Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. The Islamists of Somalia have made clear their intention to attack adjoining Ethiopia in order to “liberate” its Muslim inhabitants and to add the entire country to Islam.

For the information of our readers, Ethiopia is an ancient mountainous sub-Saharan which lies between the 5th and 15th parallels north and is surrounded on three sides by Muslim countries which have isolated it from the rest of the world. Its conversion to Christianity took place in the 4th century after Patriarch St. Athanasius of Alexandria send Syrian bishop, St. Frumentius, to evangelize the country.

In the past, Muslim armies have tried repeatedly to invade and subdue Ethiopia but were defeated in every instance by the mountain fastness of the country and the stout resistance of its Christian inhabitants.

Today the threat from Somalia is more serious. Modern improvements in weaponry and transportation make an attack on Ethiopia more feasible.

Moreover the Salafi of Somalia are richly financed by donors in nearby petroleum-rich Arab countries. For them the reduction of Ethiopia ’s Coptic Christians to dhimma status (a social, political and economic condition of absolute subservience to Muslims sanctioned by the Quran) remains unfinished business.