Ethiopia under siege – By Yilma Bekele

July 29th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Siege is a strong term. It is normally used to describe a war situation. The invading army resorts to siege when it encounters a fortress or robust defense it cannot overcome easily. When a siege occurs the enemy surrounds the city or fortification and does not allow reinforcements to come in or permit those inside to escape.

The most famous modern day siege is that of the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ by Nazi troops during World War II. It lasted twenty-nine months. The Soviet Union lost over a million and half people. We are witnessing ‘Gaza under siege’ by Israel as you are reading this article. Human history is full of atrocities as such.

Our country Ethiopia is under siege. We are not under invasion by a foreign force. Who needs enemies when you have friends so they say. We are under siege by a homegrown enemy. We find ourselves in the most unenviable situation of crying wolf but the wolf is us. We are in a strange predicament and it is very confusing to outsiders and ourselves.

You can rally people around a foreign enemy. The enemy is identifiable. The enemy is easy to target. The brain is more willing to accept the definition of ‘enemy’. What we got in Ethiopia is blurred vision. The enemy has watered down the definition. The enemy is also relentless. The whole country is one battleground. No one is immune from being incorporated or made into a subsidiary.

Why would anybody want to destroy Ethiopia is a good question. What a diabolical thing to say or think is a rational reaction. Are you sure Ethiopia is the target is a common response. On the other hand we could be victims of what is known as the ‘law of unintended consequences’. This is how Wikipedia defines the law.

The “law of unintended consequences” (also called the “law of unforeseen consequences”) states that any purposeful action will produce some unintended consequences….

Stated in other words, each cause more than one effect and these effects will invariably include at least one unforeseen side effect. The unintended side effect can potentially be more significant than any of the intended effects.

This is a good point as any trying to understand our current crisis. What exactly was Ato Meles fighting for? How did he go about to attain that goal?

He started as an ethnic study group and formed an ethnic liberation organization. Although all those before him and around him were organized as a multi-national he choose the ethnic road.

There lies the fork on the road. His organization took the easy path. They choose to fight injustice by rallying around primitive ethnicity rather than nationality. It was a short cut.
Our current dilemma has been brewing for eighteen years or so but the seeds were planted over forty years ago. The late sixties and seventies were a time of turmoil. There were two super powers and two contending ideologies. The West was vilified due to its history of colonialism and the then war in Vietnam. Marxism was getting acceptance in the new emerging nations. Our country’s intellectuals were drawn into this philosophy to solve the many problems facing our country. The two questions of land ownership and good governance were the main issues.

We gave birth to the military junta. It was a miscarriage. Despite the Derge lasting seventeen years it was an utter failure in bringing about a positive change. We were caught between the East and the West and we were not ready or able to play that game. Everything our forefathers taught us was turned upside down. All that we learned in thousands of years were discarded in a matter of days. All that which made us Ethiopian was declared old, backward, reactionary and other not favorable adjectives. We know for a fact that most of our core beliefs were challenged and ruled unfit for the new Ethiopia

Our current leaders are the children of that era. Meles and company built their new psudo ideology on that premise. They also took the then ascending theory of socialism as a dogma instead of a scientific philosophy to be interpreted and reinterpreted as situations change. As Lenin bastardized scientific Marxism to suit his notion of the petty bourgeois seizing power in the name of the proletariat, as Mao Tse Tung reinterpreted Lenin and substituted the peasantry for the petty bourgeois our own TPLF came up with the notion of ethnic based organization to seize and hold power.

We are all products of our environment despite what some US Senators tried to claim otherwise during the recent hearing during Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation. Ato Meles and his mentor Aboy Sebhat are perfect specimens of this assertion. Ato Meles and his comrade’s tunnel vision came from their insular upbringing in the little Village of Adwa. For Meles and company someone born in Hawzen down street from Adwa is an outsider. The rest of Ethiopia is a foreign land. It will not be farfetched to claim that it was during his trip to Addis to attend high school that Ato Meles even met an Oromo, a Gurage or a Sidama.

The many years they spent fighting the Derge was not spent in devising solutions to bring about change but rather sharpening the skills necessary to control and subjugate others. The many writings by ex TPLF members show that disproportionate amount of resources were allocated to eliminating internal dissent rather than building a democratic institution. It is not far fetched to assert that TPLF killed or exiled more Tigrean than the Derge.

What exactly did they bring with them when they marched into Addis as victors on that fateful day in 1991? They brought with them the concept of Kilil, a new revised ethnic map and a new flag. All these years fighting and this is all they have to show for it? Unfortunately this is it! No new agenda to improve agriculture, no new program to encourage rebuilding of industries or learning centers or no new idea to return our old nation on the path of reclaiming our eminence place in Africa.

It was the Derge dressed up in civilian uniform. They were happy to inherit all Derge institutions that were set up for coercion. They took ‘Kebele’ organizations and replaced the heads not the function, they appropriated internal security intact and installed their trained killers and psychos as people in charge. They inherited all land and property as state asset. They transferred state owned industries to EFFORT and called it privatization. They changed the name of their ideology from Marxism-Leninism and Enver Hoxha thought to Revolutionary Democracy.

The last eighteen years they went about looting everything that is of any value. In the words of Aboy Sebhat they built EFFORT as the premier corporation in the country. That claim is incorrect. They robed from Ethiopia. To think TPLF leaders who have never worked for a living, never paid bills from their hard earned income, never even have a simple bank account in their name but were able to build such an enterprise is absurd. It is not an exaggeration to claim EFFORT is bigger than Ethiopia. TPLF is one gigantic wealth sucking vacuum devise with tentacles in all aspect of the life of our people. Transportation is owned by the Foreign Minister, Sugar is owned by the Military Generals, Brewery is owned by advisors, building and engineering is owned by party hacks, telecommunications and media is owned by the first lady, banking is owned by the party, coffee and other commodities are under the new exchange (TPLF subsidiary) and so on so forth. There isn’t a single aspect of movement of capital in the country without the involvement of TPLF or its subsidiaries.

This is where the ‘law of unintended consequences come in.’ Ato Meles and company organized this huge machine to loot and pillage. Think of TPLF as the parasite and Ethiopia the host. The parasite has been feeding wantonly for the last eighteen years. The host is dying. The well being of the parasite has the exact opposite effect on the host. The parasite is fat and flabby. The host is just skin and bones. The natural outcome is for both host and parasite to perish. It is possible the parasite can move on and find another host. But the host is too weak to survive. Other parasites are hovering to devour what is left of it.

On the other hand the host can wake up from its long slumber and develop an anti biotic to save it self. In this scenario the host did develop a vaccine to protect itself. Kinijit was the vaccine. It was not a fully developed vaccine. The parasite was able to adapt. It was mimicking the HIV virus. It became a moving target. What is required is what is known as a ‘cocktail’ drug. Scientists found out that HIV develops resistance to every antiviral drug and once one drug fails the whole combination is not effective anymore. The trick was finding the right combination of drugs. Kinijit was stuck on the concept of working within the system. A single drug solution. But TPLF was like our HIV lentivirus. One drug alone is not enough. Like the HIV scientists we have to come up with a ‘cocktail’ of resistance combinations. Some call it ‘hulegeb tigil’.

Now TPLF have come to another crossroads. This unquenchable thirst they have to amass wealth is creating its own contradictions. The well is in the process of drying up. What to do? Of course there is always the option of skipping town in the cover of darkness. But that will be admitting guilt thus hunting them down becomes a simple process. There is always the possibility of fanning civil war. But the ensuing chaos might consume them too. Except for a few million stashed away in foreign banks most of the wealth is still sitting in Ethiopia. With modern forensic accounting every penny deposited outside can be traced and any way what is the point of having it if you can’t enjoy it. Their unabashed greed is becoming their undoing.
In an attempt to understand their destructive polices we ascribe such explanations as their hate towards our country, being Eritrean (good old Eritrea always there) their vow to destroy our old kingdom or their grand plan to liberate Tigre as a nation. I have never been comfortable looking into people’s motives. I am more interested in their action. The action of the TPLF mafia group is that of a petty thief but on a national scale.

The issue in front of us is that the cadres are in the process of destroying our homeland. The question put to each and every one of us is what are you going to do about it? Yes, you what is your next move. You can sit in a coffee house or a family gathering and recount the many horror stories of TPLF and company. You can even blame the opposition for not uniting or for splitting into factions at a drop of a hat. Unfortunately that would not absolve you of your responsibilities. Why you want to shift responsibility unto others is strange. You still have not answered the question what are you doing about it? Fighting injustice takes many forms. We all are not cut out to be solders. What is asked of us is to contribute positively to liberate our homeland so we have some place to go at the end of the day.

What is universally clear is no masters have voluntarily let his slaves go, no colonialist have granted freedom without a fight, no dictator have vacated power without struggle. Ato Meles and his inner group have to be forced to see the dead end road they are traveling. It is not about rational discussion with irrational people. Their greed is their Achilles heel. Their perceived economic strength is their vulnerability. That is where we should concentrate our fire. We don’t have to bring them down. We just have to make them stagger and they will fall.
As Henry Thoreau said ‘there are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the roots…’ don’t tell me you are still hacking at the branches!


  1. Nagasso Gidada
    | #1

    EFFORT is nothing but money looted from the rest of Ethiopia through several ways and means as follows:

    1) through forceful taking, saling and dealing of the the natural resources of Ethiopia i.e. mines, cash crops such as coffee, factories and commercial farm lands;

    2) taking money sent to Ethiopia in many forms of the goodwill of European and US Aid; including money sent to alleviate poverty and prevent HIV-Aids

    3) corrupt siphoning of money obtained from World Bank and IMF; and

    4) taking commission and bribe through all development projects funded by foreign and local investment.

    In conclusion EFFORT is money looted from Ethiopia and Ethiopians by Tigre thugs led by the murderer criminal Legesse (Meles). In the process of the looting, these criminals committed genocide against other ethnic groups (Agnuaks, Sidamas, Oromos, Somalis and others). Therefore the EFFORT money is blood money!!

  2. Anteye
    | #2

    Yilma Bekele
    do you have anything action orietned ? or you just like keep writing every night for intertainment kkkk. please stop writing coutless articles and join armed struggle. we all have read enough about woyane

  3. alula
    | #3

    That police gurd is the tigrain. I was in addis in 2005 uprising. all loyal troops are tigrains

  4. game plan!
    | #4

    This is one of the best article concerning the state of the union.
    WE ARE UNDER SEIGE! this is no exaguration!
    Either we come together and save the union/nation or adieu to whatever we knew to be Ethiopia!
    This fashism is IMPOSED from LONDON! The site of the finicial Empire of the demonic Ologarchial system which has denominated the world!
    Ethiopia, historically has the “envieable position of leading the world in defition this specific virous!
    Either we take advantage of this or perish as a nation and nation state!
    The God of our fathers please hear our prayer!
    Give us a spirit of repentance and forgive us!

  5. Sami
    | #5

    It is true that Ethiopia is under siege by evil weyannes but, for how long? Even stupid weyannes know that they just can’t keep doing this non sense for so long any more. That is why Meles is talking about quitting it and quite a few weyannes are talking about seceding Tigray for good. All these indicate that the current political status of Ethiopia is not sustainable. In my opinion whatever it takes we have to get ride of weyanne from our back even if it means the secession of Tigray. I see Tigray as a breast that is full of cancer any ways. It is natural to cut the sick breast off, so the rest of the body lives more. Go away weyannes, go away, we hate you, so much it is good for you to go away. We just can’t stand shameless and stupid people like you.

  6. Dawit Solomon
    | #6

    you hit the nails on its head,you Exposed TPLF’s Empire and its looting Spree in a way i never read before
    Thank you Sir -

  7. alazar
    | #7

    Ethiopia has been under sieged by weyane TPLF for the last 18 years. if we ethiopian don’t wake up. it will contune and our people will suffer.
    The looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. you only have to listen to the interview he gave to Elias of ethiopian review.

    make your judgement.

    weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government. that is weyane worest fear.
    Medrek party is a wayne extension, the core economic & military power is tplf, tigrain 1st citzen and other second. yeap. seya, and gebru asert is another coin of TPLF. They(seya&Gebru) are more loyal to tigrain people than ethiopia. real ethiopian oppostion are G7,OLF,ONLF,EPPF & TPDM. other in addis are power hungery of seat.

  8. Teklu
    | #8

    Dear my Brother and Sisters Ethiopians, It has been over 35 years since we lost our pride and freedom, as our ancestors said (Pants down).
    The First 17 years was during a Communist dictator Mengistu the Butcher Hailemariam and then followed by a Communist Ethno-center tribalist Meles the Butcher Zenawi.
    We all has been writing articles, suggesting and commenting on current issues to bring democracy to our people for 35 or more years In front of defeated people.
    Even while we know Meles Zenawi/ Gidey Zenawi or what ever his name was or is, has never fought for Ethiopians freedom or for democracy for all Ethiopians. We continue to lie to ourselves believing tomorrow will be better and or god will bring Ethiopians enemy to its Knees some day, We continued to submit and kneel down with out a fight for freedom.

    “There is no Peace with out Freedom, There is no Freedom with out a Fight” “I am done cheating my self, I don’t know about you?” (GO G-7)

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