“Peace in Africa”: These are the three magical words which give sleepless nights to ‘Sleepy Joe’. Biden’s war machinery runs by waging war in the African Continent as America gets to sell more and more weapons and ammunition if Africa remains destabilized. However, Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed has closed one more door for Joe Biden to intervene in Africa. Biden wanted to control the “Horn of Africa”, owing to its strategic importance. But this time Africa is not under the control of Biden’s war machine and its proxy TPLF has come to an end. Abiy Ahmed led Ethiopian government and the TPLF has agreed on “permanent cessation of hostilities” in order to end the War in the Northern Tigrayan region. The Chief mediator Olsugen Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria, stated on the first press briefing on Wednesday that, Ethiopian Government and TPLF have agreed on “orderly, smooth and coordinated disarmament” along with “restoration of law and order”, “restoration of services” and “unhindered access to humanitarian supplies”. The agreement marked a new “dawn” for Ethiopia, he stated while addressing a news conference.
Congratulations #Ethiopia. A Cessation of Hostilities in northern Ethiopia🇪🇹 is an encouraging step. I commend all parties for their tireless efforts in the @_AfricanUnion-led talks. The 🇪🇺 stands ready to help translate this CoH into a lasting peace.
— Annette Weber (@EUSR_Weber) November 2, 2022
A peaceful “Horn”
The emerging news from the Pretoria, SA, looks like it is the beginning of the end of West’s hegemony in the Horn of Africa region. With the obliteration of the TPLF’s armed insurgents, Biden’s dreams of controlling and exploiting the horn are shattered. This is a major headway for the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed who expressed that Ethiopia will be the one which will dominate the region.
Abiy Ahmed expressing the state of truce said, “If a victory found in war isn’t repeated in peace, if the peace found through victory isn’t repeated with prosperity, Ethiopia’s existence/sovereignty will inevitably be violated one way or another,” (sic) Since the negotiations began the West has continuously tried to manipulate the parties into delaying it so that it can be the hegemon in the region.
West’s support for the TPLF
Throughout the war, the West, particularly the US, supported the TPLF politically, diplomatically, and narratively. Now, however, they are stumbling. The UN secretary general, António Guterres, as well as Western officials and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) continue to call for a “cessation of hostilities,” which appears to be a demand that Ethiopia and Eritrea end all hostilities before the talks. The misinformation campaign against Ethiopia and Eritrea is becoming more harsh and vociferous every day. According to Reuters, the TPLF delegation and Mike Hammer, the US special representative to the Horn of Africa, arrived on a US military aircraft. This overt demonstration of going along with things further clears up the question of who is in charge of the TPLF. But with the truce, the war has ended and with it the hegemony of the US. It also tried to control the other countries in the neighboring region including Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, and Kenya but failed miserably. One country which is still under the control of the US is Somalia which is infested with the Al-Shabab terrorists.
With the liberation of countries like Mali, Ethiopia, and DRC among others from the clutches of the West, leaders of countries like Somalia and Chad are seeing that it is not in their national interest to remain in the clutches of the West. They will get nothing in return but servitude. Ethiopia and Eritrea after this truce will now be able to focus on their economy and stability. Stability will give confidence to the investors that they can invest in these countries. And with the rise of countries like Ethiopia, the whole Horn of Africa will stabilize and prosper. This may give some heartache to Biden as his war machine will not get resources from these countries ultimately benefiting the African continent.