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The Decline of the Truth at the UN

The Decline of the Truth at the UN
The Report of the Somalia Monitoring Group shows how much

The report of the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia has again shown how low the United Nations has sunk in its credibility as a world
For Eritreans, this is nothing new; in fact, it is part of a pattern of spinning the facts beyond recognition, or creating “a
reality” based on a purely fabricated set of “facts” by those who run the show at the UN to get their way in the world today.
The Nairobi-based monitoring group claim that 2,000 Eritrean troops were in Somalia, supporting the Islamic Courts Union (ICU).   To fortify their fraudulent claim, the group went into extreme details about the departure, travel and final destination in Somalia. It told us when these “fictitious” 2000 Eritrean troops left Eritrea (August 26, 2006), the mode of transportations (three dhows), that they were “fully equipped,” and how they entered Somalia (through Warsheikh, located north of Mogadishu, along the coast); then the monitoring group said “the troops were re-located to an area in north Mogadishu for ultimate re-deployment to different ICU held areas.” 
Wait, there are more details: “They were re-deployed as follows: 500 of the Eritrean troops went to Baledogle, 500 to Hilweyne
training camp, 500 to Lower Shabelle, and 500 remained in Mogadishu and were stationed at Villa Baidoa and the former Police Academy, Bolisiya”—A well rounded number, 2000, divided into four neat batches! Wow!
 A lot of very neat details, but assessments about the situation in Somalia the last four to five weeks by neutral observers
show how far some “experts” are willing to go to cover up their lies. The question some innocent media consumers may be asking is: How could they have so many details and the allegation be an outright fabrication?  That is exactly the point.  The disinformation artists who either fed the group or the group members themselves know the value of details when they are selling a lie constructed, refined and wrapped up in details for a purpose: to provide a cover for Ethiopia’s naked invasion of poor Somalia by inventing a national security threat for the Tigrayan-dominated Ethiopian regime.
But, what does this say about the United Nations? All this disinformation was produced, processed and distributed in the name of this institution. 
We are not talking about the criminal minority regime in Ethiopia. The prime minister of that country is truth-challenged on issues that matter to the region. In fact, we can confidently say that in almost every sentence he utters about Eritrea or Eritreans he lies. That was why Eritreans were not surprised to hear him spout a stream of lies about Eritrea and Eritreans as soon as he launched his crusade in Somalia.
And we are not talking about the Ethiopian regime’s enablers who routinely fabricate “evidences” in order to get their way in the
world affairs today.
But, we are talking about the United Nations which is supposed to maintain some level of credibility to function as a global
institution; it is supposed to reflect the best in all of us; yet, we see this world body sink under the torrent of misinformation it is responsible for creating, processing and distributing throughout the
globe.  The institution has been thoroughly corrupted by the powerful few who believe it is there to serve their interests, not those of small, weak nations like Eritrea.  This is tantamount to be guided by the law of the jungle.  If that is the case then, what is the point of having the United Nations? To provide cover and platform for the powerful and their clients?
The Nairobi-based monitoring group said in describing its “methodology” that the “data” was collected from government officials,
representatives of diplomatic missions, civil society organizations and aid agencies. It also “contacted numerous key and knowledgeable individuals from Somali civil society and the business community.” The group is composed of two arms experts (one Belgian, the other American), a maritime expert (a Kenyan), and a finance expert (a Colombian).  They traveled to Ethiopia—of course—Madagascar, and Yemen.  Why they chose these countries out of the many countries they have been “monitoring,” we don’t know.  Why they didn’t visit Eritrea, which is at the center of their allegations, also they didn’t say.
But, we know now getting to the truth about Eritrea’s involvement, or lack thereof, in Somalia was never the group’s
intention. They just wanted to have a tone of misinformation about this poor, young African nation out in the marketplace of disinformation to provide Ethiopia enough cover for its brutal invasion of another poor nation, Somalia. Job well done!