The United Nations is now impotent to resolve conflict in Europe or Africa

The United Nations Security Council meet on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Friday Feb. 25, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Source NPR. Russia vetoed any action by the United Nations. Previously any action regarding the Ethiopian invasion of Tigray with documented atrocities was stopped by Russia and China.

The absolute inability of the United Nations, African Union, and other international collaborations to solve issues aggravating against global peace is now undeniable.  The events of the past year have been the culmination of a process going on for years where the countries of Myanmar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and now Russia have decided that might not reason will determine the outcomes of disagreements.  The United Nations appears to be following the same course as its predecessor the League of Nations which failed to prevent World War II.

As regards the Ethiopia and Eritrean war on Tigray this continued deterioration all but predicts that any political dialogue mediated by the African Union or United Nations will not happen. Abiy Ahmed is living in his personal fantasy of grandeur and influence while increasingly being transformed into the nightmare of a pawn of Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki  and apparatchik for Russia and China. In simpler terms just a puppet on a string. All the while the people of Tigray starve and  Ethiopia becomes poorer by the minute.

Ethiopian diaspora imagining any closer relationship between Ethiopia and the United States while Ethiopia is actively promoting the military alliance with Russia are not in touch with evolving global realities. Many are expecting that Russia will use Eritrea and Ethiopia as bases to project power over the Red Sea to confront NATO presence.

Author: Professor Tony Magana

Professor Tony Magana is Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He directs a neurosurgery residency and training program as well as neuroscience research.

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