Proving the Negative

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How many times does Eritrea have to tell the whole world, at least the belligerent ones who are itching to pick a fight, that it does not supply the Somalis with weapons, nor does it send its men to fight for them in the battle field. They tell us that they have evidence, but up to now we have seen no such thing. So, what is one to do? How many times does Eritrea have to tell the whole world, at least the belligerent ones who are itching to pick a fight, that it does not supply the Somalis with weapons, nor does it send its men to fight for them in the battle field. They tell us that they have evidence, but up to now we have seen no such thing. So, what is one to do?
The other day I met someone who sympathizes with the TPLF leader, who told me that they found dead Eritreans between skirmishes. When I asked him how he knew, because many Somalis very much look like Eritreans, he said they found documents and pictures on their bodies.  Who is to believe that? Clandestinely sending your men to fight another war and stuffing them with evidence and identities is not a good idea. And it is not the Eritrean style.  Anyway, even that proof we did not get to see, if at all it exists.   It is all hearsay, which, in the real world, no court would allow to hear. 
What is the US motto with regards to the law? Innocent, until you have been proven to be guilty. But until today we have seen no evidence of what they say Eritrea is guilty of.  It is something like the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) which they claimed Saddam Hussein had. They even went to the extent of putting the Secretary of State, Collin Powel, to stand before the United Nations claiming that they had proof – when they knew very well that there was absolutely none. So they went and destroyed Iraq , supposedly based on that lie, and then, after eight years had elapsed, told the world they had been mistaken, all the same, of course,  patting themselves on the back, for having gotten rid of Saddam Hussein, because he was bad to his people, although this is not why they launched the assault in the first place.
Lest we forget, it was supposed to have been about finding the terrorists of 9/11.  Those terrorists had never lived in Iraq, but rather in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, based on all those lies, the United Nations took it all in stride, afraid to say anything.  But on the other hand, when it comes to small nations like Eritrea and Somalia, it starts to throw all the books at them, and flexing its muscles, and screaming, at the top of its voice, for sanctions, based again on yet another lie. 
How could the world have forgotten that so quickly?  And this is what they want to do with Eritrea. They want to find some fault and later apologize for it after the damage has been done. As they often do with friendly fires. The secret behind all this, is that, they had left an unfinished business in 1991 with Saddam Hussein, after having acted indifferently when he told them he was going to attack Kuwait, and after having given their approval, as soon as he started the war, they betrayed him and began to interfere in the Gulf War. In that war too they had made up a false story, about killing babies in incubators, when later it was found out that the person who was accusing them was the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador. All based on lies and made up stories.
Likewise, they did not finish the job they had started in 1997 to 2000 on behalf of the TPLF regime.  What did they gain from Iraq this time around, except hundreds of dead US soldiers and millions of Iraqis displaced, not to mention the constant lack of security? And what will they gain from sanctioning Eritrea except show to the world who wields power? Otherwise, if there is any truth in what they say, then show us the proof first before the sanctioning begins. And the United Nations seems to have no teeth in the matter except to echo what is said by the US and the Western world, whether it be true or otherwise.
I read an article the other day by a Somali who was fighting with the Kangaroo government of Somalia.  He got tired and fled his country to come to the West.  He said that; indirectly it was the United States of America who was supplying the ammunition to the opposition. How?  Well it is no secret: through Ethiopia of course. The US is supplying all the ammunition to the Kangaroo government that the west had set up outside the country.  Now some of the Somalis get tired of the war and want to leave,  therefore, instead of returning their guns and ammunition to the existing government, they give it (or sell it) to the opposition.  Who knows, some of them even switch sides just to get to American ammunitions from the Ethiopians.  And who knows some of it is even exchanged by the Ethiopian soldiers themselves in order to gain money.  Ethiopia, we all know receives millions of dollars just for ammunition.  If we are to speculate, we might as well speculate on this, for it certainly makes more sense.
So when there is already so much ammunition changing hands within the country itself, and when there are suppliers like Israel who like to sell to African countries in turmoil, what possibility does Eritrea have either directly or indirectly, slipping in ammunition or soldiers, when France and the USA are right at their door step monitoring every move they make? 
So, rather than face sanctions, it would have been easier for Eritrea to stop what it is being accused of doing. But it is difficult to stop doing what in the first place you were not doing at all.  So we shall continue to see the charade go on, and the African nations continue to play in the game for the little scraps they receive from the west.  But most of all, it makes one wonder, what it is that the US actually wants from the small nation of Eritrea.  We might not know the whole story, but the US did get something out of Iraq.  Perhaps it is helping the gun and ammunition industry gets richer, which seems farfetched but is something that the USA has done in the past. And there could be much more which we are not aware of. But something we should definitely be sure of is that, it is not about transfer of ammunition or soldiers. Because, like the hidden WMD of Saddam or babies in incubators in Kuwait, this too did not happen.  Who knows? Time will tell.