ETHIOPIA: A Land of Anarchy and Bloodshed

The faceless, unpopular military junta in Addis Ababa known as "the Dergue" (literally, the shadow) last week launched an all-out campaign to end the 14-year-old civil war in Ethiopia 's breakaway northern province of Eritrea. Following an appeal by Ethiopia's strongman, Brigadier General Teferi Benti, to "crush the reactionary forces," government sources claimed that tens of thousands of peasant volunteers were marching toward the Eritrean border, reportedly armed with such crude weapons as spears and ancient muzzle-loaders. But it seemed doubtful whether the government would be any more successful in putting down the rebellion this time than it...

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