“Let He who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone” – Hagere Kibre

December 7th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Most of us have likely heard on many occasions a version of the saying “those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” But living in glass houses does not deter us from hurling stones at others. We are merciless and fast at criticizing others but awfully bad and slow at making constructive contribution of our own. The same fingers that stretch out with supersonic speed to accuse others are too weak and slow to pull a $5.00 bill to help the very cause for which we ask others to give their life.

The few Ethiopians who tirelessly work to end Meles’ dictatorship might be justified for being disappointed with those who, true or not, appear to be betraying the fight for justice and freedom. But I wonder where the rest of us find the moral authority to condemn others. For the most part we are mere casual cheerleaders who become active only when things go very well. When Woyane seems to gain strength we stay home complaining that there are no strong opposition as if it is others’ responsibility to create it. When those who confront Meles are locked behind bars or made destitute, we often forget them. Lately we have witnessed few encouraging signs including fundraising events in support of Weizerit Birtukan Midekssa’s family. Yet how many of us have signed petitions? How many of us have visited or sent letters to victims languishing in the notorious Woyane concentration camps? How many of us have contacted our congressmen/women and members of parliament seeking help to secure freedom for political prisoners? If we have not done even these things we have no one but ourselves to blame for the harm Woyane continues to inflict against our people.

It is understandable to be upset with those who have obviously betrayed the people and joined the enemy camp. But even in these cases we should not forget our role in making it attractive for the schmuks like Lidetu and Hailu to run to Meles. If we were united, focused and strong in the struggle to end dictatorship, Meles would not have been around to shelter Lidetu, Ayele, Hailu and others like them. As long as we remain divided and lack focus, hode amelakus will continue to run to Meles.

Let’s, for a change, suspend judging others and ask ourselves “the man or woman in the mirror” ‘have I done enough to defeat Woyane?’ Have we done our dersha? Let’s be angry at ourselves for failing to unite and support the principles and goals we claim to believe in. Let’s exert less effort and resources on attacking those who for all practical purpose are still with us and start supporting causes and groups that we believe in – Andinet, Ginbot 7, and Obang. We will be more effective when we focus on our own actions.
Let’s suspend judgement.

  1. Shewit
    | #1

    ሐገሬ: ሃሳብሽ በሙሉ የሚደገፍ: ቃልሽ መሬት የማይወድቅ ነው:: እደግፍሻለሁ::
    ግን: አንቺው ራስሽ የምትመሪበት መርህ ሆኖ አላገነሁትም:: እነ ሐይሉ,ልደቱ ላይ የምትወረውሪው ደንጊያ ቡመራንግ አድርጎ እንዳይመታሽና እንዳይጥልሽ እሰጋለሁ::

  2. ደምስ
    | #2

    No one wanted to sacrify him/her self in Ethiopia. That’s the main reason dictator is still in Addis. Starting from my self, you the writer and every one else are cheer leaders from outside.

    If you want change, we can do what the somalis doing right now. They die for what they belives in. We do not die and expect change. In Ethiopia we want change with some kind of miracle. Miracles do not happen unless we make it happen.

    Dictator melese will be gone if few days if we are ready to die for it. May be 10,000 or more people will die, but change will happen.

  3. Hagere
    | #3

    Dems, thank you. I fully agree

    Shewit, thank you. Maybe you are right. I am asking us to stop rushing into judging others. But this does not imply that we should have a limitless tolerance for those who clearly and consistently work against the cause of justice and freedom for which our people are dying. Ato Ayele Chamiso has betrayed Kinijit, and hence those who had their trust in Kinijit, and stole CUD with help from Meles; Lidetu is a man who prides himself as a smart politician who ensures his political survival by adjusting to the circumstances of the day. For Lidetu, if joining the dictators club is the currency for political survival he will do it and he is doing it. How can I respect these two much less ask of others to respect them? Finally, if I listen only to the interviews and speeches made by Engineer Hailu since his release from prison, which are full of contradictions and lies, do not you think I will be justified for refusing to continue giving him the respect and support I used to give him in the past?

    Unfortunately, Professor Mesfin, whom I respected for many years, is also testing my patience and I am sure the patience of many others. When the esteemed professor dismissed Dr Berhanu’s book as not even worthy of being called a book, I was saddened. I expected from the professor at a minimum to give the author credit for producing the book while in prison. That was not right but tolerable. But what he has been doing against Andinet these days is unthinkable. It looks like he is determined to sabotage the party that no longer has him as one of its leaders. This is very sad. Whatever differences they have they should solve it through discussion instead of exposing the party for an assault by an enemy as merciless as woyane.

    But if I am wrong I stand to be corrected.

    | #4


    “Politics is a social science without moral”, or as many say, it is the “possibility”. I am not a politician who knows what is ‘possible’ in the effort of democratzing Ethiopia under the circumstance nor convience those in power to understand the difference between moral or murder but my concern is abouth the author of this small article in addressing under plagarism without giving due credit to Jesus – the Christian God. The Biblical verse ” He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” in John 8:7 is the word of Jesus. Rephrasing slightly such word and REPRESENT AS ONE’S SELF doesn’t msak the fact no matter how small that may be. “Repent and turn to God” (Acts 3:19)

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