The NYT did a "support piece" on the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) today portraying them as "rebels" and doing the good fight against the terrible Ethiopian government in Ogaden, a spindle-legged corner of Ethiopia, see map and connections to Somalia.
Regular Atlas readers know Ethiopia has been on the real frontlines in the war against the jihad so it is, of course, most disturbing but hardly surprising that The New York jihad Times would launch it's missiles at Ethiopia and come out strongly for murdering Islamazis.
Just recently Ethiopia, with the assistance of the US Military, targeted al-Qaeda based "rebels" in Somalia and killed or captured hundreds of terrorists, see prior stories from.....
USA TODAY: Officials: U.S. airstrikes target suspected embassy bombers in Somalia Monday's attack was the first overt military action by the U.S. in Somalia since it led a U.N. force in the 1990s that intervened in Somalia in an effort to fight famine. The mission led to clashes between U.N. forces and Somali warlords, including the "Black Hawk Down" battle that left 18 U.S. servicemen dead.
Also see the Christian Science Monitor here;
US takes hunt for Al Qaeda to Somalia "Ethiopia is central to the ideology of the Islamists," says Medhane Tadesse, an Ethiopian historian in Addis Ababa and expert on the Islamist movement Al Ittihad.
"One of the issues that divide moderate Muslims from extremists is the position they take on whether Ethiopia should be Islamicized. The prophet Muhammad exempted Ethiopia from jihad, and now the extremists say that Muhammad was wrong.
"By making Ethiopia the enemy, they know they will attract Islamic NGOs (non-governmental organizations) from Saudi Arabia and Iran," Mr. Tadesse says.
Published: June 18, 2007 New York Times
THE OGADEN DESERT, Ethiopia — The rebels march 300 strong across the crunchy earth, young men with dreadlocks and AK-47s slung over their shoulders.
uh, note "rebels"
Often when they pass through a village, the entire village lines up, one sunken cheekbone to the next, to squint at them.
“May God bring you victory,” one woman whispered.
This is the Ogaden, a spindle-legged corner of Ethiopia that the urbane officials in Addis Ababa, the capital, would rather outsiders never see. It is the epicenter of a separatist war pitting impoverished nomads against one of the biggest armies in Africa.
What goes on here seems to be starkly different from the carefully constructed up-and-coming image that Ethiopia — a country that the United States increasingly relies on to fight militant Islam in the Horn of Africa — tries to project.
The Ethiopian government calls the Ogaden rebels terrorists and says they are armed and trained by Eritrea, Ethiopia’s neighbor and bitter enemy. One of the reasons Ethiopia decided to invade Somalia was to prevent the rebels from using it as a base.
The government blames them for a string of recent bombings and assassinations and says they often single out rival clan members. Ethiopian officials have been pressuring the State Department to add the Ogaden National Liberation Front to its list of designated foreign terrorist organizations. Until recently, American officials refused, saying the rebels had not threatened civilians or American interests.
“But after the oil field attack in April,” said one American official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, “we are reassessing that.”
What American leftist lacky leaking official?