God brought the Light of the world. This same God beholds all that exist. As this Light extends from the Beginning, God also sees the End. Man will only prevail in the Truth, wisdom, and knowledge of God.
Carl A. Patton, FreedomJournal
THE HORN OF AFRICA: THE TRAGEDY
OF IMPERIALISM AND COLONIALISM
(The Need To Know God)
By Carl A. Patton
the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Writers Note: One of the leading scribes who has fervently written about the conflict in the Horn of Africa has asked the FreedomJournal to record a statement on the crisis. There are many and varied reports related to the struggle between Ethiopia and Eritrea noted daily. Nevertheless, there is much to learn from revelations noted in the scriptures. Also we note that we are writing from a Black American perspective outside the Horn of Africa.
hostilities in the Horn of Africa are a prominent example of the results of
economic exploitation. This conflict is even more
tragic because the people that seek to destroy each other are Brothers.
Thus we come to warn the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea that they must reach an
accord, and they must seek harmony. Therefore this bloody exchange must
end and peace should come to the region.
The conflict between Eritrea and
Ethiopia is rooted in the historical development of Imperialism and
Colonialism. The historical record of humanity often paints a picture of war
and suffering as a result of Imperialism and Colonialism. The
exploitation of humans and natural resources often devastate a
country and land. Thus leaving the land and its people confused, bitter, and
Meanwhile their sense of kinship and
unity is destroyed and since the real enemy is not nearby they
wage civil wars or war of aggression against their neighbors. Eritrea
has had a long history of Colonization. There was a displacement of the Nilotic
people by the Hamitic people early in the history of Eritrea.
Between 1000 and 400 B.C. peaceful colonizers came across the
Red Sea. However, other colonizers came as conquerors. By 300 A.D.
most of Eritrea and Tigray formed the Christian Axumite Empire.
Islam affected the region by 640 A.D.
The emergence of Islam and the coming of the Ottoman Turks
greatly affected the region. After more than three hundred years of Turkish
hegemony Egypt made a bid to succeed the Ottoman Turks as the
regional power. The British came to help the Turks. Meanwhile,
the British coalition with Egypt rested on the attempt to keep the French
out of the region.
"Eritrean people's sense of
entrapment and isolation, as succeeding colonial powers either encircled
them or occupied their land, lies at the root of Eritrean nationalism and a
fierce spirit of independence. It is not a new phenomenon, it
has its history in the struggle of the Eritrean people against
repeated attempts to overthrow alien rule." (Bereket Habte Selassie,
"Conflict and Intervention in The Horn of Africa," p. 51).
The successive attempts to colonize
the Eritrean people have produced a long and protracted struggle
for self identity. The two significant outside forces were the Italians and the
British. Italian colonial rule lasted from 1889-1941. The
Italians were not successful in their attempts to colonize
Ethiopia but the Ethiopians recognized the colonial rule of Eritrea. Professor
"Two different imperial
territories now existed side by side, or governed by an African imperial power,
the other by white European colonial power."
As the hostilities and the factions
associated with WW II developed the British reached an agreement
with Eritrea. They promised to help the Eritrean people win self-determination.
However they lied and the area suffered from the colonization by the British
Nevertheless, the British did allow
for certain measures of Free Speech to support their interest in the
exploitation of the region. These facts sowed the seeds for the growing
resistance movements. Thus, the Eritrean move for independence
became entrenched in various political movements. This set the
stage for the imperialism from within.
Meanwhile, with the end of British
colonialism in 1952, Eritrea became federated with Ethiopia. This
Federation resulted from a U.N. resolution sponsored by the U.S. Since then,
self-determination by the Eritrean people has been a national reaction to the
attempted domination by their Ethiopian Brothers.
As we pray and note the need for
Brotherhood among the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea we turn to
the Bible. God is in the midst of all that exist on the planet earth. However,
the call to God must be made by someone with a relationship
As we look to the Bible for comfort,
strength and direction, we turn to the book of Isaiah. The Book
of Isaiah makes a dramatic shift with the 40th chapter. Here we see God telling
the prophet Isaiah to speak words of comfort. Isaiah also
foretells of the coming of the Suffering Servant, Jesus
Christ. Sometimes the only comfort we have is in the knowledge that someday we
will be with God. Only in God's eternal Word will we find
lasting solutions to our problems.
Isaiah 40: 30-31
"Even the youth, shall faint and
be weary, and the young he shall utterly fall."
"But they that wait upon the
Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles,
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
There is but one important difference
between a Prophet and a Historian. The Prophet records a fact
before it happens, the Historian after it happens. If God inspires both, they
are equally authentic since God understands the future and the
Isaiah 46: 10
"Declaring the end from the
beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying,
my counsel shall stand, and I will do my pleasure."
God can see into the future. Thus Almighty
God can plan for the future and for what He thinks is best.
The Word of God reveals that His plans for the future will be brought to pass
despite the enemies of God.
Finally in Acts 5: 39 in the New
Testament we see that the Word of God will stand against all that seek
its destruction. Our stay on the planet earth is a brief one. However the
scribes have noted that wrong will never will over Right and
Peace and Paradise,
Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal June 12, 2000 all rights reserved.
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