The Debate Over The Need For Or Inadvisability Of Cooperating With Isaias Afewerki And His Regime: Cooperation With Isaias Afewerki: A Pragmatic Necessity For Ethiopian Opposition Groups Or the Height of Folly? A Personal Observation: By Ayal-Sew Dessye

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I have been involved in Ethiopian politics since my high school years a long, long time ago. (more…)

I have been involved in Ethiopian politics since my high school years a long, long time ago. Throughout this period, everything I have done was motivated by nothing else other than a burning desire to defend the fundamental interests of Ethiopia and to improve the lot of the common citizen. I view myself as an unabashed Ethiopian nationalist and for this I offer no apologies. It is this spirit that moved me to join the recent debate among Ethiopians concerning the question whether it is wise or advisable to cooperate with Isaias Aferwerki and his regime with a view to bringing about political change in Ethiopia.

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  1. yikerbelen
    | #1

    Mr Ayale sew desse, please come next time with your own alternatives, if you do not feel good with Isayas. . typical EPRP. TO MANY PAGES. Time is percious. use your time properly. I have read both mr dawit and mr neamin’s article and I liked it. we need more people like them who push both sides towards the middle for unification. God bless both brotherly people amen. long live G7. amen

  2. ዱላ
    | #2

    yikerbelen
    Dont blame EPRPs they are just old fools who oppose anyone and everyone kkkk ayee melte ale Tigre

  3. mkedy
    | #3

    way too long. I started reading but eventually ended up skimming it. The ultimate goal is to depose Meles & co. and set up a system where political parties and freely participate without being harassed. The Ethiopian people can speak out without being killed, incarcerated, or looted.

  4. ይሁን
    | #4

    Oh my! is this a book or an article?

  5. Debebe
    | #5

    Ayale Sew Desse

    Your time is over. You have been tested and failed many times. Let others works.

    EPRP egnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  6. Gub belu
    | #6

    Ato Desse,

    Are you writing a book or an article. Gud Belu!

    Stop writing trash but fight.

  7. Ogina
    | #7

    Ato Ayalsew,
    as far as Oromos are concerned, we can also denounce “Ethnicity” with an effort for liberty and then advocate “Ethiopianity” with an endaveor for Unity of the country, if only one thing is changed: let’s demote Amharinya to only local language of Amhara region and promote Afaan Oromo to federal language of Ethiopia. Mind you I am not talking about making both Amharinya and Afaan Oromo national languages of Ethiopia, NO, NO, NO! Just let’s demote Amharinya and promote Afaan Oromo, then we are really eager to hear and read from you Amharas further denouncing “Ethnicity” and advocating “Ethiopianity”!!

  8. Guest
    | #8

    Yikerbelen, You seem to have rushed to make comment. Esayas’ government is being named as supporter of terrorists, the AU has already condemened it and UN will soon follow in condemning it. His government has already lost the diplomatic and political war in the international arena. Any group that works with Esayas can easily receive the same condemnation, I believe also this is being manouvered by USA (CIA)for its own purpose. I will not advice any group that works for Ethiopian people and unity to have any kind of cooperation with such rogue government. At least it is not wise to create any kind of overt pact with a government that is being condemened internationally. Above all, it is beyond any reason to consider Esayas as reliable ally for any cause for the good of Ethiopia, that is very naive and myopic.

  9. Molla
    | #9

    I am sick of these EPRP left-overs preaching their philosophy ad hominum. This guy is reahashing the same points that have been used by Haile Sellassie, Mengistu Haile mariam and surprisingly by TPLF.

  10. dejen
    | #10

    well
    the truth is we can go even beyond writing books,movies…..let alone this unsubstantiated article and TO MY my surprise i started reading in a hopp that i may get some tangible eidences but i found it to the contrary that it doesnt have any subatance att all but tries to convey hoplesness among ethiopians,which is a typical dirty tactic of TPLF.
    the most corupted part of it is.. it is meant to creat suspicions and deliberat blackmailing of the eritreans government out of no where and put an obstacles to the ongoing pragmatic and win-win partnership among ethiopians and eritreans to creat a better future which is in my opinion based on the facts we all know, a nightmar to TPLF.
    WE HAVE LEANED A LOT OF LESSONS AND WE HAVE COME UPP TO THE CONCLUSION THAT SAYS..”WE HAVE TO LET OUR SELVES BE DICTATED BY THE REALITY AND MOVE ON…..BUT WE CANT DICTATE A REALIY BCS NO ONE IN THE HISTORY OF MAN KIND HAS SUCCEDED THIS WAY…..”

  11. keferesu gariwu
    | #11

    To the following participants:
    yikerbelen,ዱላ ,mkedy ,ይሁን ,Debebe,Gub belu,Ogina,Molla…
    Are you realy born in that country, the country under disscussion?
    If your answer/s is yes, you must be one of those whom the ethiopian people are fighting to get rid of them. That is why you’re here impersonating dedicated ethiopians….You shouldn’t have mocked the writer …you should have come up with your opinions were ethiopians and cared for the people..
    We did have people more than ENOUGH people like you before and that’s why we are here now. Don’t fool yourselves …we have more exprience…
    For your information…I didn’t read the participant’s contribution(since you’re not sure after reading it whether it’s an article or a book I just call it a contribution). Your attack gave me the clue about the article. So you should be ashamed of yourselves….You know WHY?…

  12. yikerbelen
    | #12

    Guest,As far as i know Isayas is the only africa’s leader who refused to be a part’s of westren countries dogs. You told me AU has condmened Isayas? what a joky condemnation. I think bloody dictators who have been terrorizing and killing their own people have no legal right to condmen Isayas.Who are hidding with in AU? Are you telling me that melese , alebeshir and others have a moral ground to talk about terrorists when they have been terrorizing their own people for the simple reason the people refusedto give their vote during election time.By the way,who wrote all these trashes for meto aleka ayale sewu desse? I think the ethiopia’s people have had enough experince from all old aged party like eprp and meison. If ayale sew desse is a man from gonder, it is time to go back to gonder and stand with the people or shut his mouth and wait for the out come.He and his old eprp has never come up with any single statement when 34 ethiopia’s farmers are being taken by sudan ,beated and imprisoned. when TPL has given the fertile soil from gonder to gambella , meto aleka ayale sewu and his bosses were hidding some where in usa. Now , when G-7 the nightmare of TPLF with popular supporters appeared on earth, all old aged parties started to bark every where.In the civilazed world , when politicians got old, they retired from their position and became an advisors. But in ethiopia’s case , there is no retirement in politics.So meto aleka ayale sewu, why do you hidde your military rang? do you know that eritrea is the only save place for ethiopians at this movement? Do you know how many gonders are living in eritrea to save their life from TPLF’s sword and from TPLF’s strilization of the women who refused to have children from tegeres in wolqiyide tegedeye? Just get a life man.

  13. Molla
    | #13

    Keferesu..

    Yes, I know why. We are tired of rehashing the old politics. There needs to be anew vision to get rid of Woyane. The old slogans don’t work. Remember that Ethiopia is not only for Amharas to care about. It is the responsibilty for all others. This new vision entails that Amharas should give up their motto of Ethiopian unity and struggle only under their program. Do you believe that TPLF would be in power for 18 years if these slogans were strong enough to attract all protagonists. It is weak and it does not have any relevance in, at least, 12 administrative regions. The rest of the Ethiopian people are telling you both in action and inaction that your vision does not represent the greater Ethiopia.

  14. game plan!
    | #14

    Ogina, sorry i don’t understand your point? what are you trying to say?
    What is the purpose of demoting one and putting the other up about ? are you Oromo or Woyane/shabia masquariding like oromo? if you are oromo is it your idea or your party/peoples idea? please make it clear?

    When it comes working with Eri. It should be the opposition parties by Eritrians and Opposition parties from Ethiopia having a plan how to work
    for a better future. they should present it to Western powers, then they would make themselves an alternative! Otherwise an Ethio. oposition paying homage to Unpridicateble Isayas does not go too far.
    The only thing which explains all this madness in our homeland is, the insanity in the plan for the New World Order, by the Agloamerican banking cartel! Fox, do you know how much is the ideal population according to global planners/dicision makers? read this
    http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-population-reduction-agenda-for-dummies.html

  15. bunabuaua
    | #15

    To those who want to bend over to shaebia let me tell you something…
    if you think by working hand and glove with the international terrorist
    organization leader like essayas will help you achieve your evil dreams
    then try it.I know you will not succeed because shaebia’s nightmare is to see ethiopian unity,development etc. so to associate oneself with
    shaebia thinking change will come to ethiopia is like trying to grap an air.

  16. Guest
    | #16

    Yikerbelen,

    You missed the point, it doesn’t matter whether African leaders have the moral ground or not. The point is Esayas is a loser. He didn’t know how to play the politics. Whether you like it or not the Westerners have tremendous power to influcence all affairs in Africa. So one has to be smart. That is why Ethiopians in the Diaspora are continuously pleading for support at the doors of foreign Embassies. NO smart group wants to be named a terrorist by an international organisation, it doesn’t matter whether that is based on facts or just simple villification campaign.

    Anger and emotional outburst do not bring any good. I support the writers idea that any struggle for the freedom of the Ethiopian people has to be by the Ethiopian people with in the Ethiopian territory. Anyone who failed to organise the Ethiopian people for this purpose and can not win their trust is not then good enough to lead such a struggle. I will repeat once more that “it is very very naive and short-sighted tactic to think of Esayas as an ally in a struggle for the freedom of the Ethiopian people”. I even doubt whether organising an armed struggle is really necessary, as long as one is after a true cause, win the trust of the Ethiopian people, dicators can simply be dethroned and chased out of the politics. This has been done in many countires through out the world.

  17. Guest
    | #17

    Ogina,

    You are ጅል:: You simply forgot that there are more than 80 ethnic groups in Ethiopia. You made everything the issue of Amara and Oromo (perhapse you are Woyane). I you are an Oromo your comment clearly shows your inferiority complex. Please, take back your stupid comment and get lost.

  18. Anonymous
    | #18

    I’m tired of these childrens of the Derg esepa cadres. Who the hell told you that Ayalsew Dessie is EPRP? The derg regime sent these nut heads to East Europe as a favour for the service that their fathers rendered to derg in killing thousands. Now they escaped from the east and became advocates of democracy that their fathers killed long a go. EPRP has fought your fathers as it fought the feudalsist. It is fighting TPLF and the fight goes on until Ethiopia is free from regimes like DERG and TPLF. Keep screaming EPRP bla bla

  19. Anonymous
    | #19

    game plan! :Ogina, sorry i don’t understand your point? what are you trying to say?What is the purpose of demoting one and putting the other up about ? are you Oromo or Woyane/shabia masquariding like oromo? if you are oromo is it your idea or your party/peoples idea? please make it clear?
    When it comes working with Eri. It should be the opposition parties by Eritrians and Opposition parties from Ethiopia having a plan how to workfor a better future. they should present it to Western powers, then they would make themselves an alternative! Otherwise an Ethio. oposition paying homage to Unpridicateble Isayas does not go too far.The only thing which explains all this madness in our homeland is, the insanity in the plan for the New World Order, by the Agloamerican banking cartel! Fox, do you know how much is the ideal population according to global planners/dicision makers? read thishttp://www.prisonplanet.com/the-population-reduction-agenda-for-dummies.html

  20. Abdii
    | #20

    Response to comment # 17 , The case of Oromos is nothing to do with at this point . But the writer of comment #17 tried to spit his dirty idea (that is all he has in his mind) by using this opportunity. Let me tell you this: Whether you idiot Habeshas like it or not , the case of Oromos is clear .Our history shows the bitter enmity b/n habeshas and Oromos . So we never ever don’t want to repeat history . Habeshas are the worst enemies of the Oromo people and working with them is a shame. Now who will come out for the rescue of habeshas for the upcoming imminent confrontation with the Oromos? May be the British,the Spanish,the Portuguese,or the Russians? None of them . This is a response to that stupid hate monger comment #17 writer.

  21. keferesu gariwu
    | #21

    Molla! Ere Molla! Do you here me?
    You made it easy for me when you said “The rest of the Ethiopian people are telling you both in action and inaction that your vision does not represent the greater Ethiopia.”.

    You should know that your afewerki is not different from meles you want to get rid of. Both would pay for all the atrocities they committed.

    By the way, from where did you derive that I’m “AMHARA”?
    You’re insulting your own inteligence.

  22. Guest
    | #22

    To Abdii,

    Shame on you and all the likes of you who claim to stand for the Oromo. Bunch of losers!!

    You haven’t done anything and will not do anything. I even doubt whether you are an Oromo. The Oromo’s are great people, they will laugh at the childish threat you are making in the above comment. Go back and learn some moral and civility from the Oromo people. Understand their need and interest. But I assure you that you are very immature and dumb to stand for the Oromo’s in anyway.

  23. mekele haylachew
    | #23

    Issayas is the only guy with balls who stood againist expansionists…U know how much Ethiopia is losing by paying the Djibouty port authority 320 million US dollar just to use their facility annualy whereas Issayas used to charge weyane 70-80 million US dollar before the war….so here is our strategic interest being compromised…what do u say fight Issayas for the next 10 -20 or 30 yrs or cooperate with eritrea for the benefit and mutual interest of both ppl who belong to the same creed.Brothers I’m an ethiopian of tigre ethnicity but no matter what we ethiopians should work together peacefully with Issayas who is 100% tigre weyane blood to benefit ethios and eres.

  24. Ogina
    | #24

    Hallo Abugida,
    why did you delete the reply I gave to Ato Game-plan? I just tried to explain for him, what I mean by demoting Amharinya and promoting Afaan Oromo. Please don’t delete this one.

    Ato Game-plan,
    just for you to comprehend why I did say so! Almost 99.99999999999% Amharas think they are pro Ethiopianity and anti “Ethnicity” and with that to have moral upper hand. For them to develop an other view, let’s demote Amharinya to local language of only Amhara region and promote Afaan Oromo to federal language. Till now, just based on the fact that Amharinya being federal language, they used to cry about Ethiopianity, which in essence meanse actually Amharanet for they knbow how amharanization is still going on. When we change the role of the two languages, I am sure Oromos will start to sing about Ethiopianity which will be equivalent to Oromummaa and denounce “Ethnicity”. Then Amharas will start to defend them selves from oromonization and will denoune Ethiopianity with Afaan Oromo as federal language, then they will be automatically pro “Ethnicity”. You see how simple it is to be moralisit without understanding the mechanism behind all what we do believe?

    Dehina hun, cher yigxemen!!

  25. keferesu gariwu
    | #25

    Ogina!
    Don’t lament too much. You deserve it. One day we will have web sites where the owners take full charge of the webs and scrutinize all posts and throw to dust bins such of yours, since such posts are good for nothing.
    You’re here as foot soldier of afawarki. You have no any clue about the OROMO people.
    saamunke saamu endanko gaadi.seegalee?

  26. Ogina
    | #26

    Ye Gaari Feres,
    Cool down! Why do you then speak to me in Afaan Oromo, if you believe I am Eritrean, a foot soldier of Afewerqi? By the way all crying about Afewerqi now a days are Weyane mad dogs camouflaged as Amhara. You seem to be one of them!

  27. Forsido
    | #27

    OGINA
    Don’t be ethnocentric! You know, for a language to be official language there must be criterias that should be fullfilled ahead.As u proposed we can denounce amharic and then set criterias for eligibilty to be official language. But during this time it is not only amhara and oromo peoples that r going to seat for decission, but the other 85 tribes too.If we agree on this all ethiopian people have got the chance to decide which language deserves for that.Otherwise, if u and ur resemblace decides blindly u will be a bunch of losers. If u do not respect the decission made by the people u can go back to ur ancesstors place, Medawelabu and moyale.

  28. Free Bertukan
    | #28

    The Ethiopian people are still in a latent state of shock with regards to losing its ports due to Eritrea’s independence. Can we expect any good to come out of OLF, EPLF, TPLF, and other “revolutionary” criminals? Under a normal situation, they should have been sent to prison, not Bertukan Medaksa and the likes. Now to use Eritrea to gain political power to rule Ethiopia is prolonging Ethiopia’s pain. It is in fact giving Isaias free access to colonize or control Ethiopia, as the Eritreans did during Menilik’s war wih the Italians. Isaias and his people have no remorse for what they did to our people then. They have been conniving Ethiopia’s demise for over a century. The more Haile Sellassie and the Ethiopian people showed them favortism and kindness, the more their cotempt toward Ethiopians. The look like Ethiopians, but they are not. I wish they were. Menilik, Haile Selassie and Megistu tried to tame them by showing Ethiopian gentleness and kindess but failed. So, please, keep on working with the opposition within Ethiopia for freedom and equality. All sane-minded Ethiopian should distance themselves from Isaia’s Eritrea. Isaia’s Eritrea has been a cancer in the Horn of Afrria devouring the region.

  29. Yigermal
    | #29

    I don’t know the author, but I took my time to read the said article and am happy that I did. It is lengthy as he did warn us from the start. I wish he wrote it in Amharic also. Otherwise I found it interesting. It is balanced, insightful and very well articulated. I think some people either are biased or did nor read it fully or do not understand English. I know why some, especially Shabia, ONLF, OLF types, are angry because of not what is written, but simply because it comes from an Ethiopian nationalist. What is wrong with being an honest and straightforward Ethiopian nationalist? That is what I could discern from Mr Dessye’s writing. I wish we’d more people like him. As a woman I was especially thankful that he tried to address the plight of Ethiopian and Eritrean women’s plights in Arab countries. I tried to send the author my thanks for having the courage to write it and my suggestions but could not; the e-mail address given has a problem. I hope the author (Mr Dessye) reads this message and forwards his correct email address. Ethiopia will prevail!

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