What happened in Copenhagen, a personal Opinion – By Tselotachin

December 20th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

For those who followed the Ethiopian politics and history Zenawi’s betrayal is not very surprising. Betrayal goes in his family’s blood. His Father was one of the main actor’s that facilitated the rule of Italian colonialists in Northern Ethiopia and was called a “banda”, a derogatory term given to people who willingly help to promote colonialism in Ethiopia. What the father started in a small northern Ethiopian town, the son topped it by betraying an entire continent on the international stage.

The Road to Copenhagen

It is rumored that Zenawi begged and pleaded to African diplomats to represent Africa with the G20 and also to be the chief negotiator during world climate conference. Zenawi backed his begging by talking tough and using words like we “will walk out” if industrialized nations do not support Africa’s demand and we will “challenge” them into which most unsuspecting African countries bought into. Some suggest Zenawi was put to this task, from behind the scene, by top European diplomats, especially France, Germany and England in Addis Abeba. In return these diplomats worked hard to frustrate Ethiopian opposition parties during the negotiations for the upcoming 2010 election rules. From the beginning Zenawi has no regard for public opinion in his own country. His concern is to impress his Western backers so that the legitimacy of his dictatorial rule is not questioned on the international stage.

Why is Zenawi Running Scared?

During his more than two decade dictatorial rule of Ethiopia, Zenawi committed a myriad of crimes against the Ethiopian people and beyond. Some of the major crimes include:

• The Genocide of the Anuak people of Ethiopia
• The Genocidal campaign against the people of Ogaden in Eastern Ethiopia
• The ethnic cleansing of Amharas in different parts of Ethiopia
• The massacre and imprisonment of hundreds and thousands of the Oromo people of Ethiopia
• The genocidal invasion in Somalia (it is interesting that Zenawi invaded Somalia under orders from his Western backers. As soon as his army controlled Mogadishu, his top generals created the largest open market for buying and selling arms in the world. They enriched themselves by selling Ethiopian owned arms and ammunitions to the people who are determined to kill Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia. The scene was so alarming even to its Western backers, the United Nations representatives in the area have to come out and speak against it openly in trying to stop the Ethiopian generals from selling to the fundamentalists).
• The massacre of hundreds of people in Addis Abeba and elsewhere in the country during the 2005 rigged election
• The continued repression against free media in Ethiopia
• The financial plundering of Ethiopia
• The hundreds and thousands of political prisoners still languishing in prisons throughout Ethiopia

All these atrocities did not pass without notice by his Western allies. Westerners know Mugabe of Zimbabwe is a saint compared to Zenawi (But poor Mugabe annoyed the West by taking away land that rightfully belongs to the people of Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, African leaders like Zenawi continued to support Western claims that Mugabe is a sinister leader and has to be eliminated by all means). The West brings out Zenawi’s crimes when they want to corner Zenawi into performing their dirty tricks on Africa.

African countries by and large remained indifferent to Zenawi’s complex nature. In fact some African countries considered him as a genuine leader and praised him for his efforts to champion the African cause. Little did they know what a double crosser Zenawi is?

What does Zenawi want?
Meles Zenawi is a leader of a fascist organization called Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF). As customary to all fascists, Zenawi brought a system of party discipline whereby the leader of the organization is worshiped no matter how distorted his leadership and world views are. In this organization, dissent is unthinkable. This is evident as demonstrated by his followers that continue to blindly worship this man for the last several decades. One can simply explore the Aiga Forum website to learn to what great length members of this fascist organization go to convince the unsuspecting members Zenawi is a God sent for Africa in general and for Ethiopia in particular. If dissent is felt by the higher echelon of this party, it is immediately extinguished out. The elimination of dissenters has no limits. Even family members and close allies can be victims of the elimination machine that is Zenawi’s private army known as Agazi. The espionage on suspected members is facilitated by highly sophisticated espionage equipment donated by Western backers.

Zenawi knows that all fascists have their days but also knows he has to come to justice in the end. All Zenawi want is to extend his stay in power and continue to plunder Ethiopia and now Africa. He hopes to dismember Ethiopia when he runs out of tricks so that no one nation has the legal right or ability to pursue and bring him to justice from where ever he is planning to hide. At this point we do not know where his planned refuge will be. All we know is he has amassed so much wealth as to make him the 11th richest leader in the world. Imagine a person that came to power with a short pant and a sandal for his feet becoming the 11th richest leader! Zenawi hopes his Western backers will protect him in time of his need. It seems the cunning little man is not so wise after all. It is well known fact when push comes to shove, the same Western backers will be his prime pursuers. He cannot out-fox the West; they have refined the art of trickery for centuries unlike his decades long adventure into the business of political trickery. The prime example of Western trickery was played out in front of our eyes during the last two weeks.

Zenawi’s administration record of human rights and justice came to the fore front at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva just days before the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen. During the Human Rights proceedings Zenawi was accused of gross violation of Human Rights and that his Ethnic party that represents only 6% of the Ethiopian population, holds virtually all state apparatus especially evident in the army where almost hundred percent of the arm generals come from his ethnicity. Zenawi reacted to the accusation by calling the USA diplomat idiot. (It is uncanny to learn Obama talked to Zenawi on friendly terms after having one his diplomat insulted by Zenawi and shows the nature and untrustworthiness of all Western politicians).

We now know how Zenawi dared to call diplomats idiots. All along, it seems he was promised that nothing will happen to him as long as he works for the interest of the West. As a pay back, Zenawi announced Africa has agreed to the proposal put forward by the West even before he arrived in Copenhagen where the real negotiation on Climate Change was going on. He managed to divide the G-77 camp. He played the tune written by the West forcing some negotiators to wonder what Zenawi got in return.

Lessons Learned and Course of Action for Opposition Groups
As it is said, God works in mysterious ways and for the faithful everything works for the good. This is a great opportunity for opposition parties to expose the nature of Zenawi to African leaders who, until now, remained indifferent. So far the bulk of the opposition was targeting Western audiences and focused on exposing the atrocities of Zenawi to the developed world. As proved historically, this audience is not responsive to matters of repression in developing countries. If anything they support repression. Until now, the opposition has ignored any political work with African leaders.

The time has come for us to focus our attention back to Africa. We have to present our case with evidence to influential African leaders and African NGO’s. We have to approach African community associations here in the West and form alliances to form a huge voting block that will become a formidable force for any politician to ignore. United we stand, divided we fall. I earnestly beg parties like UDJ, Ginbot 7 and others to focus our diplomatic effort to Africa where we can try to alienate Zenawi and warn them the dangers of associating with Zenawi and how he is untrustworthy.

  1. Mitmita
    | #1


    Where do you get your lies?? I can split each of your sentences, but why bother? but this is the funniest of all!

    “11th richest leader in the world”

  2. akakizeraf
    | #2

    I wouldn’t spend valuable time and energy on african leaders other than Esayas Afewoki.His country is under illegal sanction and ours is under occupation.Together we can be a formidable force to be recognized.

  3. dedoboch
    | #3

    gimel yihedal wusha eyechehe yiketelewal gin minm ayaregim

  4. Anders
    | #4

    Mugabe is a racist. Your reference to the ‘people of Zimbabwe’ is equally so.

    The Sudanese dictatorship, which ended up representing Africa, is equally guilty of genocide (I don’t know the Ethiopean case, but equally assuming that you are right in your observations). Besides, if anybody betrayed Africa it is no doubt the Sudanese who are puppets on a string for the Chinese government. They effectively stalled the process. Even though Africa might not have gotten justice in Copenhagen, they could have gotten so much more than they did. Had it not been for China/Sudan.

  5. Assefa
    | #5

    I like what you(I am sorry, I don’t see your name) said below. We have to work on our African brothers and sisters in conjunction to what we are doing all over the world, and more importantly in the West despite the discouraging actions of Obama.
    We have to approach African community associations here in the West and form alliances to form a huge voting block that will become a formidable force for any politician to ignore. United we stand, divided we fall. I earnestly beg parties like UDJ, Ginbot 7 and others to focus our diplomatic effort to Africa where we can try to alienate Zenawi and warn them the dangers of associating with Zenawi and how he is untrustworthy.

  6. Joseph
    | #6

    Dear Tselotachin,

    I can’t add more. Yes we have to collaborate and act in all forms and ways to bring this thug/his cronies to justice. Meles’ target has been all along to use Copenhagen as a means to get the attention of the World leaders, in particular that of Mr Obama, which he has achieved. Even then, Obama’s change of tone in Meles’ favour is temporarily. Zenawi is not getting anything by smoothening his relationship with the President. In fact, Zenawi has caused himself a damage manifested by charging the African leaders/organisations against him. The worst outcome for us is that this guy who has got blood in his hands has also tarnished the name of the nation of Ethiopia – Africans never trust Ethiopia anymore!

    I don’t know if Birtukan can mend and stitch the wounds once she has been freed from barbarism!!

    What a ruthless dictator has been implanted in the holy land of our country!!! Can you imagine of any other ruler committing atrocities in the 21st century?

  7. Assta B. Gettu
    | #7

    Does Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) need the Lord’s Prayer? “When you pray, say: ‘Father…give us each day our daily bread.” (Luke 11:2-3) However, 1.2 billion is more than a daily bread.

    According to the Ethiopian living standards, 1.2 billion is a lot of money amassed by one person within less than 20 years, and if this same person stays, God forbid, for another five years, his fortune will be more than what it is now.

    The burning question from the Ethiopian poor peasants, however, is how did Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) manage to pile up this much money and where did he get it from? The simple and short answer to the question is he stole it; he didn’t earn it.

    There are two types of theft: day-time theft and night-time theft; day-time theft is not common like the night-time theft because most people are more vigilant during night time than during day time. The day time-theft is very sophisticated in the art of stealing someone’s properties and most of the time going free without being caught. Meles Seitanawi, nevertheless, has a graduate degree in both day-time and night-time stealing, and he has never been caught so far.

    In America and in other democratic countries, the president has a fixed monthly salary, and, like any ordinary citizen, the president always pays taxes to his government, and he can also be removed from his office if he abuses his power.

    In Ethiopia, however, no question is asked whether the prime minister has a fixed salary or whether he pays taxes or not; asking such democratic questions or writing them in the newspaper is bringing untimely death upon oneself. For not revealing his monthly salary to the Ethiopian people and for not paying taxes, Meles Seitanawi has demonstrated that he has been a well-trained day-time and night-time thief in the history of Ethiopia.

    In the eyes of a rich country such as the United States, 1.2 billion is nothing, but in the eyes of a destitute country like Ethiopia, it is indeed an impressive amount of money that can feed millions of Ethiopian poor children. Americans and Europeans still continue doubling Meles’ fortunes as far as Meles remains as one of their most reliable friends in curving the threat of terrorism in East Africa.

    Modern theft is different from the old day’s theft: In the old day, a person may steal an ox, a donkey, a goat, a chicken, or a sheep and he will never be rich by stealing such perishable properties, and many times he is caught and punished severely.

    For example, following the rule that says “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15), Moses says: “If a man steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it, he must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.” (Exodus 22:1)

    In this case, what will be the penalty of a person who intentionally stole 1.2 billion from the Ethiopian tax payers? If a person is punished to pay five head of cattle for stealing just one ox, then Meles Seitanawi, Meles the thief, must pay 5×1.2 billion + interest to the Ethiopian tax payers.

    How come he ignores St. Paul’s advice to the Ephesians, and how come he continues stealing the Ethiopian money all these years! The Apostle Paul advises the Ephesians: “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.” (4:28) Is Meles Seitanawi going to stop stealing or misappropriating the Ethiopian money? The only time we can be sure that he has stopped stealing is when we see him stepping down from his power voluntarily or by force.

    We know Meles came to power, using force and continues to rule the country he hate with threat of violence, intimidation and murder because he is a thief as St. John says: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy….” (John 10:10) And that is the only thing Meles Seitanawi is good for: to steal, to kill and to destroy. He has stolen 1.2 billion; he has killed hundreds of innocent Ethiopians, and he has destroyed many homes and properties.

    For sure, Ethiopia will not get out of its misery until this thief, this criminal Meles Seitanawi is destroyed because he has amassed stolen money that does not belong to him.

    When Joshua was defeated by the men of Ai, he tore his clothes, and he prayed to God Why the Israelites were defeated by the men of Ai, and God revealed to him the reason. The reason was that some of the Israelites had stolen some valuable items from the plunders God had told them not touch. Immediately, Joshua identified the man who stole the forbidden items, and that man was Achan who later confessed before Joshua he had stolen some forbidden items. “It is true! I have sinned,” said Achan, “against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” (Joshua 7:20-21) And for stealing such valuable forbidden items, Achan with all his family was stoned to death.

    1.2 billions is not the only money Meles has; he may have more than that hidden somewhere in the Tekezie Valley or in the foreign banks. When the truth about the total amount of money he has so far comes out, we will bring him to justice and according to the rule of law, we may not stone him with his family, but we earnestly demand justice to be carried out in the names of all the Ethiopian people.

    Ethiopia is facing endless disasters such as day-time and night-time robberies by its secular leaders who steal anything they want: land, gold, currency, building, and other properties, and to such land of some powerful thieves, the prophet Obadiah says: “If thieves came to you, if robbers in the night—Oh, what a disaster awaits you—would they not steal only as much as they wanted?” (Obadiah 1:5)

    Is only 1.2 billion that Meles wants from Ethiopia, or does he want more than what he has already stolen? As he is preparing himself to be elected as a prime minister in 2010, I think he is angling to stealing more money from this poor country of ours.

    No general, no patriarch, no clergy, no Imam, and no rabbi dare to tell him that stealing is sin because all of them, including Aba Paulos, are his companions – robbers.
    A person can easily advise another person who has stolen a candy or two or five dollars from a store or somewhere else, but how can someone advise or counsel a 1.2 billion thief to stop stealing anymore and to return the money he has stolen from 80 million Ethiopians?

    My advice to such a person is to read St. Matthew’s Gospel that says: “Do not store up for your-selves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for your-selves treasures in heaven….” (Matthew 6:19-21)

    One day, the oppressed, the hungry, and the homeless Ethiopians may break in, not as thieves, but as legitimate owners of Meles’ stolen money and claim it as their own, and no one will stop them, and if some one tries to stop them, that someone will have the fate of that unfortunate officer “on his arm he (the King of Israel – Joram) leaned in charge of the gate, and the people trampled him in the gate way, and he died, just as the man (Elisha) of God had foretold when the king came down to his house.” (2nd Kings 7:17-18)

    I pray such disastrous fate never happens to any Ethiopian in Ethiopia or abroad!

  8. ደስ_ፐስ
    | #8

    የተመዛዘነ ዘገባ እና ትንተና በመጨረሻም የጠራ ማጠቃለያ አነባለሁ ብዬ ተስፋ አድርጌ ነበር:: ሆኖም ግን ከተለመደው ባዶ ዲስኩር ሌላ ስለ ኮፕንሃገን ክስተት, የሚመስልና የሚመጥን ነገር አላነበብኩም::

    ይህ ፅሁፍ ባዶ ፍካሬ ነው::

    ደስ_ፐስ ከምድረ ካሊፎርኒያ

  9. ደምስ
    | #9

    In Copenhagen the dictator melese and the west were the winners. All the African nations and including his colleague dicatotors were the losers.

    He got what he wanted in Paris and a call from Obama. Plus what ever under the table they offered him. Tyrant melese let down the other African dictators supposed to get some kick back.

    No one in the right mind will agreed from $400 billions per year to 40% of 10 billions per year for all African nations.

    Now he has enemy from many direction. The west will cheer him next year fake election. The African people are the looser, especially Ethiopian. Who knows God will entervine on be half of poor Ethiopians in the coming days.

    In the past two weeks even Tigre Woods comes to down to earth. No body saw that coming!!!! Any thing could happen.

  10. ዘሩ
    | #10

    ደስ በለ…የቱ ላይ ነው የ ጸሎታቺን አቅርቦት ፉከራ የሆነብህ?
    ደስ በለ አልስማማህም
    ደስ በለ ረጋ ብለህ ጽሁፉን ብታነብ ትምህርት ታገኝበታለህ ብዬ አምናለሁ.

  11. ተስፈኛው
    | #11

    በርግጥ አሪፍ ፅሁፍ ነው ነገር ግን ከተለመደው ዘገባ የተለየ ብዙም ጭብጥ አላየሁበትም ነግር ግን ፀሎታችን አመሰግናለሁ ምክምያቱም atleast የበኩልሸን idea በማቅረብሽ
    ኢትዮጽያንና ህዝቦቿን እግዚአብሄር ይባርክ:: አሜን::

  12. Kasa
    | #12

    You forgot the Sidama (Loqe) massacre.
    Thx for exposing this “banda”.

  13. Kerchele
    | #13

    Give our Africal leaders Trillions of dollars, and in the nick of time the money will laugh all the way to foreign banks under the private account of those bunch of dictators. Do you think they care about global warming eh? This morons are care less if the whole continent burns up to ashes as long as they live comforatably. It is stupid to think, in the first place, that the developed nations are sincere about the population of Africa when their ultimate goal is depopulation in order to “save” the planet. And make no mistake, Arica is their prime target. Remember the aids virus-tainted condoms sold in Africa, preceeded by the BIG push for “safe”sex propaganda. Crime against humanity is in the making. It is just staggering but lets face it and deal with it. Yet, their evil plan will never succeed as long as God is in control and bring His judgement upon them and their evil scheme.

  14. abebe astatke
    | #14

    this is one of the same hate mogerese article and it is sad when this haters will get educated? do they think the whole worled is blind and listen to the lies they talk about melese with out chacking the truth? i don’t think so, the whole worled is not blined, when the dealt with one of the smartest leader of africa”acording to barak obama”. b/se the knew who this guy is. and it is time to learn from him instead of spreading hate which makes him more famouse when people find you are haters.

  15. Ayenew
    | #15

    The Tigrai Tribal Thugs Climate Negotiator is Alos the Security Guard to Tyrant Meles Zenawi

  16. peace
    | #16

    It is obvious, Meles is going to be allowed to repression and he will win the election. I heard someone told me also who maybe close to TPLF that, West have signed with Meles for 99 years contract as an ally and the support and existence of TPLF rule by the West all the way up to 99 years.

    Although the West will pretend talking about human right abuse to calm the diaspora, they fully support TPLF.

    What worries me the most now Africans have realized the betrayal of Meles, powerful Africans such as Qadaffit will try to more AU and Economic commission institutions to other African countries that are credible countries such as Ghana, Lybia and South Africa. This will hurt Ethiopia tremendously economically, leadership and recognition of Ethiopia throughout not only Africa but also the world.

    Even though we should now seek the support of Africans, let us not foget that the U.S and now China and India hold the key of power without making awareness to the West, Africans don’t have that much influence. Besides, the West might counter attack any Africans support. However we Africans as a whole should have united and support the democracy, equality and protection of human right within Africa. We should have hand such institution rather than allowing the West to use us and our resources which they have never been for support of the unity of Africa. If such unity happens, there will be cover operation from the West to stop the unity of Africa. In fact it is happening right now. By dividing the Congo people, they are looting the resources.

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