War as a (Fatal) Diversion from Reality. Egypt has been in a proxy war for some time with Ethiopia. Ethiopia has failed to grasp this, largely because escalating the war would seem fatal for both sides
Analysis, by Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. Egypt and Ethiopia stand on the brink of a formal war neither can afford. It is a war, moreover, demanded by the Egyptian media and street. It is unjustified and will resolve none of Egypt’s urgent needs.
It is a war which would, in fact, dramatically worsen Egypt’s strategic position at a critical time; turn a potential major strategic partner into an implacable foe; damage the security of one of the world’s most important sea lines of communications (the Red Sea—Suez) at huge risk to the fragile global trading system; and cause the death and disaffection of many Ethiopians and Egyptians.