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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 06:46 PM

Trump should be mediating the dispute over the Nile dam. Instead he is inciting war.

Opinion by Editorial Board

ETHIOPIA, EGYPT and Sudan have been locked in an increasingly tense standoff over an enormous dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile river, upstream from its neighbors. Nearing completion, the $5 billion project is crucial to Ethiopia’s development plans. It would more than double electricity output, transforming the lives of 65 million people who now lack it. But Egypt and Sudan, which also depend on the Nile, fear they will be starved of water as the giant reservoir behind the dam is filled.

This is a dispute that the United States ought to be helping to solve. Egypt and Ethiopia are long-standing U.S. allies and aid recipients, and relations between Washington and Khartoum are rapidly improving. Instead, President Trump is inciting war. Egypt, he proclaimed last week during a phone call with Sudanese officials, “will end up blowing up the dam . . . they have to do something.”

Probably, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, whom Mr. Trump has called “my favorite dictator,” won’t heed Mr. Trump. But Mr. Trump’s rash and ignorant remarks underlined how his administration has squandered U.S. leverage and abdicated leadership in Africa and around the world while alienating important allies. The latest example is Ethiopia, a country of 100 million people whose prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for making peace with neighboring Eritrea.

The United States initially tried to mediate among Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan earlier this year. Most experts believe a solution is possible: The countries must agree on how quickly the reservoir behind the dam is filled and how water supplies will be managed during future droughts. But rather than play honest broker, Mr. Trump sided with Mr. Sissi, a brutal but inept dictator whose regime blames Ethiopia for water shortages that are largely of Egypt’s own making.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trump-should-be-mediating-the-dispute-over-the-nile-dam-instead-he-is-inciting-war/2020/10/26/4747e252-17ab-11eb-aeec-b93bcc29a01b_story.html

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Reply Trump should be mediating the dispute over the Nile dam. Instead he is inciting war. (Original post)
Zorro Oct 2020 OP
AleksS Oct 2020 #1
Ilsa Oct 2020 #2
marie999 Oct 2020 #3
BlueMTexpat Oct 2020 #4

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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 06:50 PM

1. There are so goddamn many messes for Joe to clean up

After he’s elected. That’s not even counting the crap Donnie will destroy on his way out.

I can’t imagine what Joe’s to-do list looks like. I do not envy him one bit.

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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 06:59 PM

2. The US, under trump, is no longer a world leader.

It's just too much work for the twitterer.

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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 07:45 PM

3. Being president is a tough enough job without having to be president after trump.

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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 08:36 PM

4. tRump hasn't the slightest

concept of what mediation involves! Sheesh!

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