Why do you do this to us, Ato Meles? By Yilma Bekele

September 26th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

In the good old days it used to be the tradition of dictators to sit at home and never show their face in the capitals of the civilized world or in most parts of their own country. (more…)

In the good old days it used to be the tradition of dictators to sit at home and never show their face in the capitals of the civilized world or in most parts of their own country. They respected the self-imposed isolation in the grand palace prison they constructed and did not pretend to love of be loved by others. It was a very refreshing condition for their subjects. They listen to the pronouncements of the dictator on the radio, watch the dictator cutting some ribbon surrounded by his security on TV or read about him in the local rag that passes itself as a newspaper.

Our friends Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Kim Jung of Korea, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and others stay put in their prison. They do not venture out in broad daylight and impose themselves on the sensibilities of others. They are civilized enough not to embarrass their hosts and make others uncomfortable with their presence.

Then why is the little dictator from Ethiopia turning this tradition on its head? Why is Ato Meles popping up every place where pressing international matters are discussed? It looks like he has a bag ready to go at a drop of a hat to any and all conferences representing some obscure outfit but not the country he is purported to be leading. Why is he breaking the rule that has been working like a charm?

Ethiopia is one of the most back ward, illiterate, un electrified, un wired and famine stricken country in the entire world thanks to the backward looking voodoo economics practiced by our illustrious and fearless leader. There is no reason why the leader of such a country would want to sit on the same table as leaders of the most industrialized countries. He does not have a robust economy nor a strong military force to bring to the table. He does not have an imposing presence or a charming character to sway others. No logical reason at all. There is no reason why he will be invited to such a meeting either.

Thus in the twisted and unsurpassed cunning brain of his, the TPLF boss was able to insert himself by lobbying to represent Africa. It is a fact most of the African leaders would not dare to leave their capitals or do not have the chutzpah to sit on the same table as other elected leaders. But not our Meles. He is the indispensable, all knowing leader with the sharpest tongue East of the Nile. The word ‘shame’ is not in his vocabulary. ዩሉንታ and ስው ምንዩላል is foreign to Woyane and company. Thus while his people are starving in millions he have no qualms transporting his mafia entourage to far away places all at the expense of the Ethiopian people. You ask for what?

Vanity my friend. The dictator gets his legitimacy by rubbing shoulders with elected leaders. He strains his neck trying to have his picture taken besides powerful heads of state. While the Obamas avoid him like the plague, the Gordon Browns distance them selves away from him our hero keeps showing up again and again. Like a bad dream he does not go away. The interloper knows no boundary. The interloper marches to his own drummer.

The interloper is becoming a strain on the Diasporas budget. It took a lot of organization and finance to confront the dictator in London. The legitimate leaders drove by waving and nodding a knowing glace while our hero sunk in his chair to hide. Then he showed up again in Rome. Well our European cousins were forced to head over to Rome to unfurl the unwelcome sign again. Again hiding was the only option for the dictator.

Yesterday, It was the turn of the free Ethiopians in America to register our displeasure. That they did a good job is the talk of CNN, Al Jazeera and our independent and free websites. Those of us that did not attend owe our everlasting gratitude to you brave Ethiopians for speaking for the silenced in our homeland. Mr. Obama was heard to have said ‘the Ethiopians again, persistent aren’t they?’ Let us just say some of us are. There are many who take credit but secretly feed the monster. The ‘hodams’ among us, but that is another story.

The sad part is he is sticking around for a while. He is not ready to fade away. He is in the process of organizing his fourth ‘sham election’, which he will win. No question about that. Does it mean we have a few more unwelcome marches we have to go to? Is there a way we can convince the dictator to stay away from international conferences? Not a chance. On the other hand we want it to be registered to all conference organizers that unless you hold your meetings in some remote area like Pyongyang or Minsk we promise to be there. We do not enjoy disturbing your meeting but we believe someone have to give voice to the voiceless.

It is not news to us that the dictator and his wife were so unnerved by the protesters that they took the anger on each other. We know the only thing that would have calmed them was the sight of Ethiopian blood on the street and sidewalk. Helene Cooper of the New York Times was kind enough to record the furious arrival of the interlopers as they arrived to this lavish dinner they imposed themselves on. Here is an excerpt. There is no need to elaborate.

Next arrives Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi, who clearly did something in the car to anger his wife because she glares at him, Mr. Obama, Mrs. Obama, and anyone unfortunate enough to cross her line of vision.

The Obamas both look slightly taken aback by her. Wonder what happened in the car? The Ethiopian First Couple are quickly dispatched inside.

Now you know why Parliament members are sure to wear their diapers when in the presence of the Representative from Welkait. Being in her line of vision causes temporary loss of bodily functions, nervousness, twitching, stuttering and absolute cowardice. If you don’t believe me ask Teshome Toga.

  1. kiros@fas.harvard.edu
    | #1

    I dmired your brilliantly written piece. Indeed, persisence is the only kind of political action that produces results. Let us keep on protesting, even with one person, until we exact a regime change.

    Happy Meskel to you and your family.

  2. ethiopiawi
    | #2

    because he is banda.
    his grandfather wees banda his father wees banda.
    (Our friends Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Kim Jung of Korea, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and others stay put in their prison. They do not venture out in broad daylight and impose themselves on the sensibilities of others. They are civilized enough not to embarrass their hosts and make others uncomfortable with their presence)
    its simple banda+banda=banda.for all ethiopians plies don’t west time to understand the mind of this human face animal.
    melkam mesqel,sew meslew mahalachin kemigebu awrewoch adnen amen

  3. Anbese
    | #3

    Crime Minster Mlass Zenawi must invite to INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.
    -The innocent Ethiopian SOUL inviting “JUSTICE” as soon as possible.

  4. belay
    | #4

    insulte the chef,donnot insult ethiopia ..
    ethiopia is one of the mostback ward… please
    belay

  5. belay
    | #5

    donnot insulte ethiopia

  6. Lij-egir
    | #6

    Belay is amused why an Ethiopian from a dirt poor Ethiopia sits with white wealthy people.

  7. Sammy
    | #7

    Dear harsh on ethiopia Aberra; you forgot to mention the new dictator on the block (Talaban) Issayas afeworki. people who used to live and love ethiopia all of a sudden expelled by Meles unexpectdly ,I deeply understand your anger and frustration. I share your pain , sometimes I have that kind of anger too, but your anger is based on jeoulsy, pure and simple. Ethiopia is in the spot light because of Meles, his communication skill is much better than the others .The West has some kind of love affair with him ,love it or hate it he made history .Meles cut short his education to topple and harass Fasist DURG .While most of us chasing where the best Tella And Tej can be found .Dear friend the means of hating individual can bring the worst of him yet to come.But hating insulting the country as a whole doesnt do no good to no one .Rememmber we the one who did bad to our country

  8. Sammy
    | #8

    Dear (yilma bekele)
    deeply understand your anger and frustration. I share your pain , sometimes I have that kind of anger too, but your anger is based on jealousy, pure and simple. Ethiopia is in the spot light because of Meles, his communication skill is much better than the others .By the way, you forgot to mention the new dictator on the block (Tallaban) Issayas. The west has some kind of People who used to live and love Ethiopia all of a sudden expelled by Meles unexpectedly ,I love affair with Meles ,love it or hate it he made history .Meles cut short his education to topple and harass Fascist DURG .While most of us chasing where the best Tella And Tej can be found .Dear friend the means of hating individual can bring the worst of him yet to come. But hating insulting the country as a whole doesn’t do no good to no one .Remember we the people who did bad to our country ,some how some way we contributed to the demise of the nation .Forward with positive good thinkers.

  9. ይህን በለው!
    | #9

    እንደቀድሞውማ ቢሆን በአለም ዓቀፍ ስብሰባ ተካፍለው ሀገራችንን ከውጭ ጠላት ለመከላከልም ሆነ
    ለአፍሪካ የቅኝ አገዛዝ መቆም የተሟገቱ ታላላቅ ዜጎች ነበሩን: የዛሬውን ለየት የሚያደርገው
    1) በስብሰባው የተካፈሉ መሪዎች ሥነ-ምግባር (የዱርዬ)(የጨረባ ተስካር) አድርጎታል ተቀምጦ ካዳመጠው ጥሎ የወጣው ይበልጣል:: ንግግራቸው ዘለፋን ንቀትን የያዘ እንጂ ፍሬ ሀሳቡ አልተደመጠም ይህ የሚያሳየው ማንነትህን እንድነግርህ ጓደኛህን ንገርኝ ነው::
    2)ለልመና የሀገራቸውን ባንዲራ ካውለበለቡት ጠ/ሚ አፍሪካንም ወክያለሁ ካሉ ማሳዘን ሳይሆን ያስለቅሳል እንዲያውም ለድጋፍ የውጡ የአሜሪካ ነዋሪዎች እውቀታቸው በሀንበርገር ተደፍኗል::
    3) ታጋይ አዜብ መስፍን ግን የኢትዮጵያን ባሕል ልብስና ሹርባቸውን አንዥርገው መታየታቸው
    ግሩም ነው ቢቻል ቄጤማ ግዝጉዘው አለም አቀፉ መሰብሰቢያ አዳራሽ ቡና አፍልተው ቢሆን
    ይጠቅመን ነበር አሁንም ቢሆን የሀብታም ሀገር መሪ ሚስቶች እንዝርት አስመጥተው ፈትል
    እንደሚለማመዱ ተስፋ አለን:: ይህ የልመና ጉዞ ግን ውጤት አልባ የወሮ በላ ሁካታ ነበር::

  10. ባሳምን ዛሬ
    | #10

    ከዕለታት አንድ ቀን ሃገራችን ጠንካራ ብልህ መሪ ,ከዚያም ቀጥሎ ጥሩ ደራሲዎችን ;ታሪክ ፅሃፊዎችን ;ብልህ ኢኮኖሚስቶችን ; እንዲሁም ሌላ ሙያዎች ያላቸውን በተጣራ መልክ ማፍራትዋ አይቀርም : እስከዚያው ድረስ ግን በግምት ውሳኔ መስጠት; በመጥፎ ዳኝነት መኖርን ;ማፍረስና መገንባትን መቀበል ዓለብን :አለበለዚያ ምንም ምርጫ ያለን አይመስለኝም : ሙዚቃዎቻችንና ድራማዎቻችን ላይ ምንም ትኩረት አለመስጠታችን ከማንኛውም አብልጦ እንደጎዳንና ወደ ድንጋይ ዘመን አካባቢ እንደመለሰን ሁኔታዎች ይመሰክራሉ::ክቅዥት ጋር ተመሳሳይነት ያለው ወፈፌ ሙዚቃችንንና ድራማ እየተባሉ መጀመሪያቸውና መጨረሻቸው ጨርሶ መለያ የሌለው ዬእብዶች ጨዋታ ዕትብት እየቀረበልን በገዛ ገንዘባችን ዕንዲህ መጨዋቻ ለመሆን የበቃንበት ምክንያት ,መጥፎው ትምህርታችን ለመሆኑ ምንም ጥርጥር የለኝም :ይህንን እንኻ አርመን ይሄን ሁሉ ዘመን አለማስተካከላችን ,ትምህርታችንን ይገባዋል የሚባል ደረጃ ላይ በጥራት መሰጠት እንዳለበት እያወቁ ለእዚህ ያበቁንን የተረት አርበኞቻችንን (ቂል የሰምና የወርቅ ተረተኞችን) ታሪክ ይታዘባቸዋል::

  11. FRETSIDIQ
    | #11

    Those who cant think Ethiopiawinet are deficient of Ethiopian consciousness

    Sadly enough, the past 18 years we have witnessed that Ethiopia’s history and geographical limitation have been marginalized and relegated all its valuables; by envious narrow nationalist elites born out of the seed of dissolution in Tigray, and by other historical enemies. As a result of this, our motherland has more ever become a victim of its own children of “liberation fighters”; with consecutive atrocities, distortions, miss education (disorientation), and unaccountable crimes perpetuated upon and the citizens are being left alone bare naked to cope with.

    Recently, startling and extraordinary social, Political, and economical phenomena are taking center stage, and heralded heavily via media outlets and websites. Starting with impoverished economy up to political embezzlement; the territorial integrity of the country, etc. are mainly knocking on everyone’s door eliciting a sense of urgency. One can possibly reach at conclusion without political rhetoric and interpretation (analysis) given as a prerequisite. The mission of modern and historical enemies of the mother land is almost accomplished by the incumbent, self declared, run-of-the-mill government of weyane. A land once begot patriots, who had been uncompromisingly custodians of its sovereignty, is occupied by traitors who are diabolical intrinsically and stir up its demise. These very creatures have plotted the demise of Ethiopia from where they were conceived and sprouted up, long before seizing power by their western collaborators. With no doubt and hyperbolic expression, among the elements surfaced Ethiopia then and now, the TPLF government unequivocally disgraced what has been exalted and fought for by our predecessor for eons-that is the sovereignty of Ethiopia. Why?

    Beyond the physical, the psychological experience weighs more in perpetuating beliefs (since beliefs are a psychic element) thereby influencing individuals to act in distinctive manner. As the aphorism states “what a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. This is evident in the case of butcher Meles Zenawi. His perception is a conclusive evidence to ancestral psychic impediment ( the spirit of a banda ) bestowed up on him; thus became of a personage nothing less than a traitor, idolatrous, conceit, any evil epithet you can name! . convincingly, he is the exact out put of his papa and grand papa‘s cerebral. Ethiopian history and evolutionary mechanics are yet a myth to his wicked intelligence. What do we expect any good to come out of the banda whose psychological make up or cognitive development , and political adherence is inherently alien to our convention? If my argument is concise enough, I dare to deduce Ethiopia is occupied by alien force – nothing more or less than a foreign invader.

    This is not an insult intended just to disparage one’s personality and capitalize on antithetical opposing view ; however, is a good example to correlate between the behavior being exhibited by the prime minister and his familial inscription. So ironic! isn’t it? No, it isn’t. It is factual and logical that whatever he thinks cant depict a complete Ethiopian consciousness as a result there of. Prima facie, his political motives and intents are absolutely to terminate the existence of Ethiopia. Do I need to chronicle all what he and his Tigrayan “decadents ” have done or presently doing? No, I don’t. but I will mention a few. There was nothing as such Meles and companies concealed from Ethiopians for a fear of a public riot or disobidience. Whatever has been done to us and the country, done in disdain. For that matter, Meles or weyane made it easier for us to react sooner than later; unfortunately, we didn’t. In short, there hasn’t been a political secrecy weyane held and executed behind a closed door for us to declassify nor to react late.
    Among the lists either or not chronologically recorded below, which one of the following has been concealed from the public knowledge? Be your own judge if Ethiopiawinet bear such acts.

    From its inception to present, The TPLF manifesto declares the ultimate purpose of its struggle is establishing the Tigray republic.
    Ethnic federalism, the main theme of the Ethiopian constitution is incorporated from the TPLF manifesto and was ratified in 1994.
    The cessation of Ethiopia’s northern province, Eritrea, in 1993 with out a referendum that involved the majority per se.
    From its inception to the present, TPLF deliberately distorts and refutes the countries 3000 plus histories.
    Genocide and atrocities against the Amharas, Oromos and Agnuwaks, who are the majority collectively, has been committed by the TPLF.
    Vital economic privileges has been given to one specific ethnic minority (the Tigrayans) under the provision of the federal government.
    Human right abuse.
    Badme. Here is a case that serves no particular purpose, as a matter of fact, left a historical predicament for the country to win over a war and yet loses a territory fought for. What a paradox!
    Rigging and losing an election, subsequent prosecution and jailing including the leaders of the opposition .
    The aggression on Somalia, which can be defined as proxy war, special servitude given by the prime minister to his Masters, Tony Blair and George W. Bush, under the pretext of war on terror. Logically, a terrorist government cant ensue stability to others by destabilizing his own. Virtually, it is a political reciprocity norm enmeshed in human sacrifice.
    Persecution and coercion.
    Prevalence of corrupt judiciary system thus unable to implement the rules of law.
    1600 km of lands giving up to Sudan. This is a confirmation to every one of concerned citizens that Weyane facilitate a means to establish the Tigray republic by blocking a gateway to contiguous region like Gondar. We can as well correlate this with the annexation of lands from Gondar and Wello which took place a while ago.

    I can take it back if anyone comes up with any counter point of argument to pin point if any of the above mentioned is used just to serve a political motivated mind. Or, attempt to persuade me in any style of reasoning, be it inductive or anything else ( except Malelitizm), whatever weyane has done or will do has justifiable cause? This puppet at the worst case scenario will have done anything unbearable to our perception. To deter his act and save Ethiopia from total annihilation is the responsibility of every citizen. He must go therefore i say.

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