An Ethiopian expatriate now living in Cincinnati says that Arabs, Chinese, Indians, and other foreign concerns are buying up his country under the name of “investment.” They pay farmers very little for their land, not enough for them to live on for more than one year, and are farming it themselves. They of course are also buying off the unelected government, which not only allows this to happen, but imprisons anyone who protests. The government may spend some of this booty on infrastructure but they squirrel away the rest in foreign banks.
Ethiopia has been independent for 3,000, says this Ethiopian, who is also an Orthodox Christian from one of the oldest Christian churches anywhere in the world. Cincinnati has an Ethiopian church, Kidnemehiret Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church.
Ethiopia has not been colonized before this. Now mosques are being built there while Christians are being forced out from some parts of the country. The political situation in the region is of course even more complex, but the general trend is clear.
The United States at one time could be counted on to lend support to nations undergoing this sort of invasion, especially from quarters not friendly to us. Even if we bought and fought our way in, we could give value for our profits, and leave the churches alone.
Now, it seems there will be no help forthcoming from the U.S., even though we are in the neighborhood anyway, and could use more allies in that region. Obama’s sympathies, if his attention could be drawn to this situation, would probably be with the foreign investors, particularly the oil-rich nations and China. He probably feels more affinity with Muslims than with this ancient Christian people. Also, the current Ethiopian government is Marxist and Obama is definitely more aligned with that ideology than he admits.