Ethiopia: Time for Apologies

Arriving somewhat belatedly on the scene last week, 50 foreign newsmen trooped past a pair of gazelles and a frolicsome antelope on the gracious lawns of bullet-pocked Jubilee Palace in Addis Ababa. Inside, they learned from Emperor Haile Selassie (the Elect of God, the Lion of Judah, etc.) the official story on the army revolt that had bloodied the capital city just a few days before. The attempted coup, said the Emperor, had been the work of a "small, isolated group of officers." According to Haile Selassie, the rebels' own proclamations demanding an end to oppression and poverty amounted to...

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