To Understand How much Martin Plaut has a deep hate and vendetta against Eritrea, you need to see what he wrote in 2007 a paper for Chatham house entitled “Ethiopia and Eritrea: Allergic to Persuasion” in that paper in page 9, he said that since Ethiopia won the war between the two countries, Badme should be given to Ethiopia. this is what he wrote…….
“It is also worth asking whether the ‘colonial borders’ methodology was the right one to employ in circumstances where one side had apparently already won the war. Africa is the exception in having its boundaries decided by third party treaties: most state borders represent the realities of power. Christopher Clapham has drawn attention to the striking flaw at heart of the Boundary Commission ruling, namely that it flew in the face of the result of the fighting – literally requiring Ethiopia to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
The interpretation of colonial treaties might have been an adequate method to decide on the boundary if – as was proposed by US mediators in 1998 – Eritrea had pulled out of Badme while an adjudication took place. But Eritrea refused to pull back and was only removed by force. This reality underscores the limitations of the legalistic approach to boundarymaking”