“Abate Yachin Se’at”: Major General Demissie Bulto and the coup d’état of May 1989. A new Book by Derege Demissie

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In “Abate Yachin Se’at,” author Derege Demissie narrates the story of his late father, Major General Demissie Bulto. (more…)

In “Abate Yachin Se’at,” author Derege Demissie narrates the story of his late father, Major General Demissie Bulto.

Derege’s story is about the private and public life of his father as well as a number of other high-ranking officers whose life run in tandem with the rise and fall of the post-WWII Ethiopian military history.

Derege’s book follows the arc of his father’s life and career from this period of Ethiopian history until his fateful death in 1989, by which time General Demissie had reached the pinnacle of his career as a Major general in command of the largest single military unit in Ethiopia. But Derege’s book is more than a son’s narrative of a beloved father’s public life. Throughout the book an intimate portrait of the private life of a father and a husband is threaded expertly on the large canvass of great historical moments that have shaped the attempt to establish and maintain a modern African nation-state. The promising ascent and catastrophic demise of the Ethiopian military under the otherwise inept leadership of the revolutionary Derg regime closely trace the triumphs and failures of the many campaigns of the country’s military, in all of which General Demissie participated.

General Demissie’s career began more or less with the very first attempt by the late Emperor Haileselassie to transform the Ethiopian military into a modern, thoroughly westernized fighting force. Demissie joined the emperor’s own Kibur Zebegna (literally meaning “honor guards”) as an officer candidate of the third intake. It was a novel experiment in Ethiopia’s storied martial history, and Demissie’s time as a cadet was perhaps the most formative years of his life. After a giddy, joy-filled three years as an officer candidate, Demissie and his fellow cadets were hastily shipped to the USS Radford, a United States Navy destroyer, and were unceremoniously commissioned as first lieutenants en route to the Korean peninsula. It was the Korean War, and the Ethiopian emperor, eager to impress western powers, had volunteered four successive reconnaissance battalions to be attached to the U.S. 7th Infantry Division as part of United Nations forces. The Korean War was to be the first of innumerable campaigns in which Demissie participated in his military service of more than three decades.

The story Derege narrates, is at once a story of personal courage and conviction as well as the moral dilemma inherent in war. Fade up with the dictatorial ruler who continually ignored their informed and professional counsel to institute crucial policy changes to end the war in the North and the government’s refusal to seek political solution to the internal problems the country faces, three high-ranking officers decided to design a daring plot to overthrow the government. These officers were: Maj. Gen. Merid Negussie, the Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Fanta Belay, the Minister of Industry and former Commander of the Air force, and Maj. Gen. Demissie Bulto, the Commander of the more than 200, 000 strong Second Revolutionary Army (SRA) . They convinced many others to join them and attempted the May 89 coup d’état against the dictator Mengistu Halemariam.

When the attempt organized at the capital city failed in the first day of the coup, Gen. Demissie continued the effort in Asmara, then Ethiopia’s second largest city. For three days, Gen. Demissie continued his call for the end of dictatorship and for the formation of a representative government. The EPLF agreed to a 15-day cease-fire and preparations were underway to send troops to the Capital to crush the Palace Guard that was protecting the dictator. It was a daring plan, but one with increasingly diminishing chance of success. Yet, Gen. Demissie chose to fight to the end instead of boarding one the many planes under his control at the Asmara Air force base and saving his life. At that critical hour, Derege intimately examines the intense challenges his father faced and the personal courage he displayed.

The bloody massacre of the ablest generals and imprisonment of hundreds of officers, during the coup and its after math, became one of the major factors that contributed to the demise of the Ethiopian armed forces. Decapitated off its highly professional and brave leaders and officers, the Ethiopian army was now unable to withstand the continued push of the rebel forces. Engulfed with multifaceted contradictions, and ever alieniated from deeply dissatisfied populace, it took mere two years after the May 1989 aborted coup for Col Mengistu’s regime to finally succumb to the coordinated assault of both the EPLF and TPLF. The collapse of the regime was to be followed by another era of tyranny under the dictatorial and ethnocentric TPLF/EPRDF that continues to date.

Many writers have written about General Demissie Bulto in most flattering words extolling his farsighted and brilliant military mind and the decisive leadership he provided. In “The Ethiopian Revolution,” a newly published work of scholarship in English and focused on the modern military history of Ethiopia, Dr. Gebru Tareke, characterized General Demissie’s leadership during the war against Somalia as follows: “…The operation was directed by Brig General Demissie Bulto, Commander of the First Revolutionary Army and an officer with a well merited reputation for strategic vision, integrity, discipline, and decisiveness. These qualities had earned him the admiration and dedication of his staff and troops, who in turn fought with high motivation and determination. Demisse allowed his field commanders sufficient freedom of action while demanding full accountability. This calibrated responses to a complicated situation proved to be extremely effective. ”.

General MacArthur, the American general who led the defeat of the Japanese in the pacific front during WW II and under whose command General Demissie served in Korea while still a Lieutenant of the then Royal guard of Ethiopia, once said “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” In his book, Derege has brought back to life the legacy of General Demissie and the heroic officers who served Ethiopia with him in vivid detail. It is a testimonial about Ethiopian patriotism, heroism, and professionalism of a generation from whose life the current generation and posterity should draw strength and inspiration.

Like all good works of literature, the book has a quality of keeping one in suspense. It narrates the intricacies of the plot from many angles based on eyewitness accounts, interviews with key individuals who were involved in the coup attempt, and seventeen years of research from various published and unpublished sources, including information obtained from the United states Department of State through the Freedom of Information Act.

The book also contains a daily diary of Gen. Demissie Bulto taken during two of the most successful campaigns waged against the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) in then Northern Ethiopia. Zemecha Bahire Negash and Key Bahir Zemecha were often singled out for the sophistication of their planning and operation. Gen. Demissie, who was temporarily transferred from his position as head of the First Army in Harar, was assigned as a head of The Armed Forces Coordinating Committee that planned and executed the two campaigns. The daily notes the General took provide rich details of the coordination, planning, and execution of the campaign against EPLF forces that were entrenched in the town of Barentu and the mountains of Nakfa. Gen. Demissie’s notes give rare insight into how the ground forces, the Airborne, the Navy, and the Air force collaborated in these campaigns as well as the many logistical and structural challenges they faced.

Derege Demissie, the author, is an attorney at law and a partner at the law firm of Demissie & Church. He graduated from George Mason University in Political Science in 1994 earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He is the fourth child of the late General Demissie Bulto. Married and with a son and daughter, Derege currently lives in Boston, MA.

Neamin Zeleke, Publisher

“ABATE YACHIN SE’AT” IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE and Washington DC Ethiopian stores. To purchase a copy on-line, go to: www.demissiebulto.com

  1. Eskesta Werajoche
    | #1

    Why there was no such attempt on Meles for the last eighteen years ? When is the coup to remove Meles and his TPLF cliques from power like our heroes the Demesse Bulto’s tried twenty years ago on Ginbot 7 against the fascist Mengitu ? Had Meles faced similar coup he would have run long time ago. The make believe coup allegedly by Ginbot 7 is as fake as TPLF elections of the past and the future. We need a real coup to remove the scums from the face of Ethiopia today not tomorrow. Good job Derege Demissie for telling your father heroic contributions for his country only to be murdered by cowards led by Mengistu Hailemariam.

  2. Dll
    | #2

    The author should acknowledge the passed away laureate Tsegaye G.medihin, since the tile he borrowed with out acknowledgment belonged to the laureate for the theater he composed for Abune Petros entitled, Petros Yachin Seat.

  3. ABEL
    | #3

    What a general and what a name!! Thank you Dereje for all your hard work. History will remember your contribution and cannot forget the late-general. God bless.

  4. Lulataw
    | #4

    Mengestu Halemariam/Dergu came to power in 1974 .From the get go it was known that Mengestu & his friends were killing & arresting everbody on their way and taking the country to hell. So General Demissie Bulto(RIP) and the other Generals(RIP) tried the unsuccessful coup in 1989.The question in every Ethiopian mind that lived in that horrible time is ,why did they waited for so long ? General Demissie and the others coup plotters were under an illusion for almost 15 years ? Or they planned the coup when their personal interest was in danger ?

  5. Helen
    | #5

    The man of intgrity deserve the hight honor than any one in Ethiopia, but the ethiopian always look side when it comes Oromo. It is a time to recogonize how oromos have paid their life for land of Ethiopia. But the one who benfit from land ethiopia is not oromo, but these who killed my brother from enemy side. Still,the killing my people (oromo) continue by these who killed my brother from the enemy side. Through out history of this country this is undenable truth. That is why we oromos we fight for us(Oromos) now.

  6. yikerbelen
    | #6

    Let almighty GOD bless his soul and rest in peace. amen.I heard Gneral demissie bulto’s patriotism and his ability of leadership in the war against Somalia. But the way how his soldiers killed was inhumany . Ethiopia has lost so many golden and heroes in it’s history. Gneral demissie is one of those goldens. Ethiopia will never have a such a dynamice military expert in the coming 50 or more years. His herice and decisive action against foreign invaders to defend his people and his nation will continue shining on ethiopia’s soil in a generation to come. God bless his soul ou

  7. Begashaw Ayele (Boston)
    | #7


    Your comment doesn’t make sense. The only sense it makes is its senselesnenn. FIRST, Dereje did not engaged in a trade mark battle nor published his father’s tragic history for the purpose of business. SECOND, even though it seems that the title of the book share the common phrase “YACHIN SE’AT”, the two stories and personality are diametrically differ one from the other since Abune Petros was a SPIRTUAL leader killed by foreign powe while General Demessie Bulto was a MILITARY leader killed by home grown denkoroch and loyal of Mengistu Hailemariam.

    DII, if you wnat to allege plagiarism on the issue, then it is the langage of the law; and Dereje is a lawyer, and we, his friends, knew his professional responsibility and can not and will not share your conclusary allegation. Good Luck.

  8. Begashaw Ayele (Boston)
    | #8

    To all reades,
    Sorry for sending the above message BEFORE correcting its gramatical errors.

  9. Baihsasahu
    | #9

    October 1st,2009
    Well done!!!! Derege, Your dad knows it was a lost case.And he also
    knows he had all the power to save his life.But he chose to die. THese
    are rare heros of a country that comes once in many generations.

  10. mateos
    | #10

    First I would like to appriciate the author for sharing of his heroic father attempt to rescue Ethiopia from the jaws of Mengistu. Many knowledgeable people as to what took place in Ethio-Eritrea bloody and unnecessary war that took the whole region and people back to the future should express their opinions freely in this reform and inform era. The great general must felt so bad for the innocent on slaught that were dying in the mountains and valleys of Eritrea and Tigry; he must felt so shameful for himself and comrades the unnecessary distructions that were taken place in the cities and villages of Tigry and Eritrea; and the great general must realy realized the cause of the Eritrean people must have hijacked by the few Ethiopian elites. After all of these unnecessary misery I’m afraid to say but the Meles and his boss Bereket may surpas Mengistu’s crime against the people of the whole region. These aiga jungle products are lethal, dangerous, short sighted, thieves, sophisticated slaves, killers, murderers, liers, and above all child traffickers. The crimes of Meles and his boss against the people of Ethio-Eritrea can not be compared to any leader in the sub-saharan countries and I JUST PRAY TO GOD THAT BOTH MELES AND HIS BOSS BEREKET WILL BE LOCKED IN THE SAME CELL WHILE THE OTHER WEYANE MAFIA FAMILIES ACCOMPANY THEM ACROSS THE SAME CELL!

  11. Eyerus
    | #11

    The question is what is his son doing for his country?

  12. Anonymous
    | #12

    Thank you Neamin.Thank you Dereje.This,I think,is the direction in which we should go.Dereje has set a shining example for the rest of us to follow.It must be a labor of love.Like him,we need to chronicle more the sagas of our heroes and heroines.We need to claim our own biographies and histories.We must be the narrators of our own stories.We should,this way,describe and define our world.Here lies the way of our survival and emancipation.

  13. Gobez
    | #13

    I picked up this book yesterday and has not been able to put it down. What a story teller this guy is. This is how our history should be told. This book is deep and also a great read.

  14. way too gooo
    | #14

    i know this guy ,if he really care about history some times should involve in Ethiopian politics or contribute money but never does now he wanna make money the name of his father and ethiopia shame on him am not gonna buy his book

  15. awesom
    | #15

    dereje might wrote good about his father,i knew major general demissie some how, but the coup he was attempted fully wrong.
    Dereje ,are you ever hered how far he hated the 102nd air born divison ?,he was contributed alot to shabia and woyane to avoid menigistu from power.

  16. ይቻላል
    | #16

    ውድ ነአሚን ዘለቀ የዚህ ፅሑፍ አቅራቢ ለጽሑፍህ ምሥጋና እያቀረብን ጥያቄም አስተያየትም ብናቀርብ ይፈቀዳል?

    መጽሐፉ የተፃፈው በኛው ቕንቕ ለኛው እንጂ ለፈረንጆቹ አይሆንምም አይደለምም:: ታዲያ ስለመፅሐፉ የተሰጠው አስተያየት ለምን በእኛው ቕንቕ አልሆነም? በእርግጥም የዚህ መጽሐፍ አንባቢዎች ልንሆን የምንችለው እኛው ብቻ ነን
    ለምንስ ለማንስ ብለን ነው የኛ በኛ በሆነ ጉዳይ በነሱ ቕንቕ የምንወያየው? ተቸግረን ዘዴ ጠፍቶ ካልሆነ በተቻለ ቢታሰብበት በዚህ አጋጣሚ ለሌሎቻችንም ለፀሐፊዎቻችን በሙሉ መልእክቱ ይድረስልን::

    ቻይናዎቹና ጃፓኖችሁ እኮ የራሳቸውን ቕንቕና ፊደል አክብረው ዓለምም አክብሯቸዋል ያከብራቸዋልም:: እባካችሁን እባካችሁን ፀሐፊዎቻችን እኛም የራሳችን የሆነውን ብቸኛ የአፍሪቃ ፊደል ክቅኝ ገዥዎች ያመለጠውን ቕንቕችንን እኛ በእኛነታችን ያቆየንውን የአፍሪቃ ክብር በክብር እንድንይዘው መልህክት ለማስተላለፍ ነው::

    የምርምር ወይም የመመረቂያ ጽሑፍ ሲሆን ምርጫም የለም ግን እንዲህ ዓይነቱ ቢታሰብበት መልካም ነው:: ነአሚን በዚህ አስተያየት ቅር የሚስኝ አይመስለንም ግን በዚህ አጋጣሚ መልእክቱ ለሁሉም እንዲድርስልን ነው:: ከምስጋና ጋር::

    አቡጊዳዎችም በኛው ቕንቕ አስተያየት መስጫ ስላመቻችሁልን እግዜር ይስጥልን::

  17. Danu
    | #17

    What the hell does this book have to do with the current Ethiopia?

  18. Anonymous
    | #18

    አስቀድሜ በዚህ ታሪካዊ ጉዳይ ላይ ምንም እንኳን መጽሃፉን ባላነበዉም መጽሃፍ መጽፉ የሚመሰገን ነው.
    አርስቱ ግን ጴጥሮስ ያቺን ሰአት ከሚላው ያቶ ጸጋዬ ገብረ መብህን የትያትር ጽሁፍ የትቆጵዘ ነው.
    በአሁ ሰአት አንድ የተለመደ ነገር አለ, ,ደጋግሞ ይፈጸማል አንድ የታዎቀ አርስት ካለ ያን የመስለ ብዙ ስኮንዶ ሚስቶ ይቀርባል
    ለምን የራሱ የሆነ አረስት አይኖረዉም ለምን ሁሌ ትዋሳላቹሁ ለምን በራስቺሁ ዐእምሮ አታፈልቁም ይሰልቻል
    ትጉሁን ደርሲ ስለድርሰቱ አምሰግናለሁ.

  19. Binyam
    | #19

    What a great patriotic general Ethiopia had. Dereje, thank you for reminding us the many contributions of your father to our motherland.

  20. ግሩም ርዕስ
    | #20

    “አባቴ ያቺን ሰዓት” ግሩም ርዕስ ነው:: ከ ደራሲ ጸጋዬ ገ/መድህን “ጴጥሮስ ያቺን ሰዓት” ጋር መያያዙ ኩረጃ ሆኖ ሊታሰብ አይገባም:: እንዲያውም ጸጋዬን የሚያገን የደራሲ ደረጀን የብዕር ርቀት ደግሞ የሚመሰክር ነው:: አቡነ ጴጥሮስ ሆኑ ጄኔራል ደምሴ ቡልቶ የሚጋሩት አንድ ነገር ቢኖር ዓላማ ጽኑዕነታቸውና መስዋእት ለመክፈል መፍቀዳቸው ነው:: ሁለቱም መስሎ አዳሪ አለመሆናቸው ነው:: በተረፈ ደረጀ እንደ ልጅነቱ አባቱን ማስታወሱ በአክብሮት ሊታይ ይገባል:: ብዙ ደክሞ ይህን የታሪክ ክፍል ማስነበቡ ሊያስመሰግነው ይገባል::

  21. Dll
    | #21

    Hello Ato Begashaw,
    Ato Begashaw, you have become a shield for your friend as your name gives that sense to be and act in that mood.
    But, you become a shield in senses of master and servant relationship type or culture of ASHIKENET to the extent that you lost your sense even to re read, correct and post what you would like to comment.
    .I said, the title belonged to poet Tesgaye G/Medihn.
    And thus, it deserves to be accknowleged.nothing more nothing less.
    What had to frame your ASHIKENET in the defense or being a shield was that, no Mr. Dll, it is white lie. The title do not belonged to the poet, therefore no acknowledgment is required. Finished.

  22. Mekdi
    | #22

    Dereje is a man who has never been participated in Ethiopian cause. He is trying to promot himself and collect money in the name of his father.

    Get honor by yourself not at the expense of your father. Thanks

  23. Yonas
    | #23

    አንድ ጽሁፍ ድረገጽ ላይ የሚታተመው፤አስተማሪነቱ ታይቶና ተመዝኖ የጎደለው እንዲሟላ፤የተጣመመው እንዲቃና እንጅ ጭብጨባችሁን አቦ ጀባ በሉን ለማለት አይመስለኝም፡፡
    ስለሆነም አቶ በጋሻው ከልክ ያለፈ ጋሻነተወ ያስተዛዝባል፡፡
    ይህን አስተያቴን የወረወርኩት ላነድ ስሙ በውል ላልገባኝ ወንድም በደም ፍላት የሰጡትን አስተያየት በማንበቤ ነው፡፡

  24. Defar
    | #24

    I am reading this book with a lot of interest. It is clear that Derege has spent enormous time writing it. Its exciting and interesting.
    This book i not like I expected. You guys should at least pick up the book and look at before saying anything more than “thank you for writing.”

  25. Mahlet
    | #25

    ጉድ ነው
    ዘፈን ኩረጃ
    ዳንስ ኩረጃ
    ዜማ ኩረጃ
    ግጥም ኩረጃ
    አለባበስ ኩረጃ
    ጸጉር አቆራረጥ ኩረጃ
    አነጋገር ኩረጃ
    አሁን ደግሞ የመጽሃፍ አርእስትመ መኮረጅ ተጀመረ፤
    ምን አለ መቻቻልን፤መከባበርን፤መደማመጥን፤ያገር ፍቅርን፡መተሳሰብን፤ሳይንስና ብልጽግናንም መኮረጅ በቻልነ

  26. TBegashaw Ayele (Boston)
    | #26

    TO (1) DII and (2) YEKERBELEN (3)MEKDI

    To DII.
    You manifested your true character as BALEGE as truly as you are. You labeled my defense to the truth as (a) servant-master relationship (or ASKERNET) to Dereje. I am not ashker, and I am not subservient to anybody as you would like others to believe. I would rather throw more nasty words against you but that is not worthy since that make me another YOU.


    YOU assumed my name was a pen name. I did not need one as long I have one Real name- and that is Begashaw Ayele, defender of Ethiopian nationals regardless of their national origin, Ethinic identity, political/religious affiliation and the like. I didn’t identify people as ASHKER and GETA since I am not in the era of Feudalism.

    Learn from one of the above commentater (YEKERBELEN) how to honor those who deserve Honor. MEKDI,the other commentator too, find your mind because you have lost it in the bush or booth since you came to point thinking that one is writing book to get money. In a netshull, my conclusion as to all critic of Dereje is because you are ordinary thiefs, lairs and psycotics of the century that no body can treat you but the ALMIGHTY ONE. I pray for all of you.

  27. Betty CA
    | #27

    Begashaw, I agree with you. What the hell is wrong with some people? How on earth can you even think of anything negative to say about a son who writes what must have been a very difficult book about his father? Some people simply must either be plain old negative or just too stupid. Read before you criticize. Otherwise, keep your dumb opinion to yourself.

  28. Anonymous
    | #28

    አቶ ይቻላል ለንም የአገርቺን ምሁር በራሱ ቋንቋ አስተያየቱ ን አይጽፍም የሚለው ሙግት በአሁን ሰአት በጣም አስፈላጊ ነው.
    እኔ ብዙ ጥርጥር አለኝ ከጥርጣሬየም መሃል አንዱ አንደዚሁም ዋናው በራሱ ቋንቋ መጻፍ ስለማይቺል ነው የሚላው ነው.
    በራሱ ቋንቋ መጻፍ የማይቺል ግን በሌሎች ቋንቋ በመጻፍ ጥበበኛ የሆን ምሁር ያለው አፍርቃ ዉስጥ ብቻ ነው ሌሎች አገር ዉስጥ
    እንኳን ሊደረግ ሊታስብም አይቻል. እንደዚህ አይነት ምሁሮች ሙሉ ምሁሮች ናችቸው ውይስ ግማሽ መሃይም
    ከዚህም በላይ የአፍሪካ ቋንቋ ቁሻሽ ነው ብለው ለማጥፋት የተነሱ ሃይሎች አሉ. አንድ ሰው በገዛ ቋንቋ መናገሩ መጻፉ ከተፍጥሮ
    የተስጠ መሰረታዊ መብት ነው የሰው ልጅ መብት ቁጥር አንድ ነው ይህን መብት ከላይ እንደ ገለጽህት ሊነጥቁት የተስማሩ ሓይሎች
    west ዉስጥ አሉ. ከአርስት በመውጣቴ ይቅርታ

  29. truth
    | #29

    infatuated with history we don.t need that.all of the past leaders,emperors,mengestu, still meles they all were blood suckers and the present one is the same.at this time i don’t want to know what kind of generals were in the past they still were criminals they work for hailsslasie,but they were tired of killinig during megestu.there fore that your father history not all ethiopians.

  30. ግሩም ርዕስ
    | #30

    ግሩምና ትክክል አሳብ ነው።

  31. Tabotu
    | #31

    Betty CA
    Do not insult any body as the man whom you mentioned in his name.
    To insult some body do not demand an education apart from to be a product of evils.

  32. Azalech
    | #32

    ሰዎች ለምን በኋላ ታሪክ ብቻ ይኖራሉ?
    ያለፈውን በሙሉ ለምን እንከን አልባ ይላሉ?
    መልሱ ግልጽ ነው:: በዘመናቸውና በጊዚያቸው ካለፈው ተምረው ዛሬን መርምረው
    መጭውን ቀምረው የራሳቸውን ታሪክ ለመስራት ወኔው፤ድፍረቱ፤ብልሃቱ፤ትጋቱ ስለሚያንሳቸው ብቻ ነው፡፡

  33. Zemzem
    | #33

    እመት አዛለች
    ላወቀበት እንኳ ያለፈው ታሪክ ለውደፊቱ መንደርደሪያ ነው፡፡
    እሩጫ እንኳ ሲጀመር ወደኋላ ትንሽ ራመድ ተብሎ እንጅ ባንዴ ወደፊት አይሮጥም፡፡
    ለማንኛውም ሃሳብሺን ባልደግፈውም አልቃወመውም፡፡

  34. Peter
    | #34

    Leave alone generals who served the most beast system in our country as a spearhead of the system; it is hardly possible to find intellectuals who served Ethiopia in the sagacity of full gusto above all in the two fascist systems of governance explicitly , during the military junta and the incumbent tribal junta systems

  35. sammy
    | #35

    እንዲሁም ተመሳሳይ አመለካከት ላላችሁ የሃይማኖት አርበኞች ሁሉ :የአርኪዮሎጂ ጥናት ካልገባን የዳይኖሶር መኖርና መጥፋት ካልተዋጠልን ,የሳይንስ ጠላቶች ነን ማለት ነው:: የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤ/ክናችን ለሃገራችንና ለህዝባችን ወደሃላ መቅረት ትልቅ አስተዋጻኦ ለማድረጋቸው ሁሉም የሚያውቀው ሃቅ ነው:ይህ ደግሞ ኢትዮጵያን ተቀዳሚ ተራማጅ ሃገር አላደረጋትም :አቡኖቻችንና ሊቀ ሊቃውንቶቻችን ከጊዜው ጋር አለመራመዳቸውና ዘመናዊ ትምህርትን እንደ ጥቅም አለመመልከታቸው, ዕውቀታቸውን ውስን አርጎባቸዋል ብሎም ሃገሪቱን (paralized)ገርዙዋታል::በየሰንበቱ ሰው ማሳዘን ተግባር አርገው ይዘውታል ሰንበቱም አልበቃ ብሎዋቸው የየ44ቱ ታቦታት አመታዊ ንግስ በአል በተለይ ድሃውን ሙጥጥ አርጎ እራቁቱን አስቀርቶታል ::ይኅውና ይህ ውልግድግድ ያለውና እንደአባድር ጨርቅ ዝብርቅርቅ ያለውን ባህላችንን አንድ ማድረግ ተስኖዋቸው ህዝቡን እሱ ተሰቅላል እሱ ተነስቶዋል ከማለት ሌላ ሌላ የሚነግሩት ነገርም የለ

  36. ታዛቢ
    | #36

    ‘ይቻላል’#16ና anonymous#28እንዳሳሰቡን በአማርኛ ስለተደረሰ መጽሓፍ አስተያየቱና ነቀፈታው ሁሉ በአማርኛ መሆኑ ተገቢ ነው::ከተወቃሾቹ መሃል አንዱ የሆንኩት ሂሱን ከምስጋና ጋር እቀበላለሁ::

  37. ያየህ ይራድ
    | #37

    sammy የጰንጠ ቆስጤ መንግስት ዎደፊትተ ኤትዮጵያ እንደገና ልሁለተኛ ጊዜ ካጠመቀ በኋላ ስይንስና ይስፋፋል
    ግን አንድ ነገር ልጠይቅህ የአሜሪካ ጥቁሮች ፕርቴስታን ናቸው ምነው በሳይንስ በትምህርት ውደ ኋላ ቀሩ
    አስተያየትህ በ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስትያን ላይ ዘመቻ ነው . ለምን ያንተን ሃይማኖት ተከታዮች ገበና ሸሽግኸው
    ከምሃከላችሁ ሃጢአት የሌለብት ይውገራት. ወይም ኦርቶዶክስ ህይማኖት ፍልስፍና እንዲህ ይላል.
    ሃጢአት ለሰው አንዱ ባህርዩ ነው ወይም ሃጢአት ባህሪያቺን ናት

  38. Yethiopia Lij
    | #38

    Those who don’t know their history are bound to repeat the mistakes of heir forefathers. We write and pass history to the next generation because that is how we continue to grow as people. Derege has set a great example.

  39. WOW
    | #39

    I lived in Jijiga in the late seventies and early eighties and know very well this General’s gallant effort to drive the invading Somali forces out of Ethiopian territory. He was one the most decisive leaders our country produced. I very much look forward to reading this book. Well done, Derege.

    | #40


  41. መርሶ
    | #41

    የእትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስያን አሁን ተማርን እያልን ላይ ላዩን ከምንጋልበው ትውልድ ሶት ሺ አመት በፊት ስለ Atom አስቀድሞ
    ያውቅ ነበር ይሃንን ለምረጋገጥ ያለቃ ኪዳነ ዎልድን ውይም ስለ ተፈጥሮ ስይንስ የተጻፈዉን መጽሃፈ ጸሃይ ተመልክት.
    መጽሃፎቹ ዉስጥ እቶን ውይም አንድ አንድ መጽሃፍ ዉስጥ ዓቶን የሚል ቃል ታገኛለህ ትርጉሙ ክሳት ዘር አንስቶ
    የተለዬ ግንዝቤ ይሰጡታል የኛ ትውልድ ለምሳሌ ነፍጥ ነፍጠኛ የሚለዉን ቃል አዘውትሮ ይጠቅማል ለመሆን ነፍጥ ነፍጠኛ ምን ማልት
    ነው .ነፍጥ NEFT ወይም ናፍጣ ከሚለው የግሪክ አፈታሪክ mythology የተዎስደ ነው ትርጉሙ እሳት የሚዎልድ ማለት ነው
    ይህንን ቃል የዛሬ ሶስት መቶ አመት ገደማ የመጀመርያው ጠብ መንጃ ብረት አገራቺን ሲገባ ነፍጥ ብለው ጠሩት . በዛን ጊዜ የነበረው
    ጠብ መንጃ አሳት የሚተፋ ነበር በግሪክ አፈታሪክ NEfT የሚለው ቃል እሳት የሚተፋ ለሚለው ግንዛቤ ይጠቀሙበታል .
    ሽቅብ ወጥታቺሁ ከመሳደባቺሁ በፊት ስለ አኢትዮጵያ ቤተ ክህነት ረዥም ታሪክ እውቀት ቢኖራችሁ ጥሩ ነው
    በድንቁርና የተመሰረት

  42. Great Man
    | #42

    Sima Bellew, Please don’t write about stuff you have no idea about. I served as a young Captain in Asmara between 1987 and 1990. Actually, general Demissie came to Asmara as the head of the army in 1988 after Afabet was taken. He sucesfuly led the defense of Keren, led the army’s sucessful attck and capture of Adikey and protected Massawa. Our moral was high and we were on our way to Afabet when he was killed by cowards and ignorant beasts. After his death, he was replaced by gen Wubshet Desse, who was promoted from a simple major to major general. The army was demoralized and the new leader made many tactical errors like withdrawing troops from Massawa. We lost Massawa and other grounds. So, under Gen. Dmeissie’s command, the army did not lose a any ground at all. So please if you want to write abut history, make sure you know what you are talking about.

    | #43

    Great Man! I can see that you were a little bit frustrated. Why? Is it because i put a line or two of the truth what is actually missed by the auther or you want to put your a minute ego in this opinion section.
    i wouldnot be surprised after all you massacared the inocent people there and throw your pant and run out the back door.I really did not want to discuss about your heroic time. after all you are a coward not a hero in my book. There are still many Generals who knew Gen. Demisse from the time he was a major. Ask them they will tell you all the facts. I put my opinion with some facts. I did not write a history too. It was just an opinion ok!

  44. Ahadu
    | #44


    This type of peoples are always to find any where in our society no matter the situation they are the first with a negative approach most of the times they are suffering of inferriority and need too much attention that they dont desrve .In these very hard time of our country rather than giving their time to the big issues like free the country from dangerous occupier like woyanne they rather spent their time hair splitting from the deeds of braves .Dont get me wrong i am not sensible of critics i love it but if it takes me or other ethiopians one step ahead the reason why i am trying to comment on this situation is this type of peoples are in the mean time everywhere in paltalks in meetings and they are loud i personally appreciates peoples who say nothing and learn from a better ones as a saying goes (zemeta worque new) critics for progress not to pull down the one who is trying to do good .After saying that all this comment is for Ethiopians woyannes excluded whom i am ready to fight where ever i got them even though they are not worth of any respond

  45. Jack
    | #45

    I worked for MSF-Belgium, an NGO in Addis, in the late eighties. I have been following developments in Ethiopia ever since. I always thought Ethiopians were decent people. Coming from France, I had a chance to interact with people from different nations etc. Reading the above comments, I am shocked to read couple of the outrageous comments. I guess evil exists everywhere. You are indeed a disgrace to your nation. Pls seek medical attention before you produce children with you sickness.

  46. Ewunettu
    | #46

    Thank you Jack for the nice comment. Indeed ‘evil exsist every where!’

  47. arad
    | #47

    @Great Man
    Freind have you read the book? If you dont try to read the contents and post your comment based on that.

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