Beyond inevitable fall of Zenawi and Mubarak By Robele Ababya
“Where Law ends, Tyranny begins” is a quotation attributed to one of the most influential English philosophers, John Locke (1632 -1704). The interesting corollary: “Where Tyranny ends, the Law takes effect” (more…)
“Where Law ends, Tyranny begins” is a quotation attributed to one of the most influential English philosophers, John Locke (1632 -1704). The interesting corollary: “Where Tyranny ends, the Law takes effect” should scare tyrants and embolden fighters for dignity and decency, which can thrive only in a compassionate democratic society under the supreme rule of law.
The TPLF invaders routinely and arbitrarily break their imposed constitution; policies, laws, regulations, and rules are made on the spur of the moment under the direction of the top tyrant Meles Zenawi. No need to mention the litany of abuses and betrayal of vital national interests, for all the crimes of the brutal regime, including genocide, secret ceding of fertile land to the Sudan and leasing large chunks of farmland at cheap price to unscrupulous investors are well recorded.
Crackdown on peaceful protesters in Egypt
The heavy crackdown by thugs in Egypt bears a shocking similarity with the ones Ethiopians had witnessed in the aftermath of election 2005 tempting one to conclude that Mubarak might have solicited practical advice from the experienced Zenawi. The pro-Mubarak demonstration is like a copycat of the TPLF-sponsored demonstration staged by paid thugs against the EU Election Observer Mission report which concluded that the Ethiopian election 2010 fell short of international standard.
The sustained tenacity and discipline of the anti-Mubarak protesters is amazing. The protesters come from a wide spectrum of the Egyptian society. Divisive issues such as religion, social status, and political party affiliation are conspicuous by their total absence. The target is to kill Mubarak politically; the demand is freedom and dignity now.
The fall of Mubarak is inevitable. He is too old to carry the heavy burden of office. The international community and his backers the Western powers been forced by Egyptians to abandon him. The African tyrants worried about similar ordeal coming their way are helpless to help him.
True, the uprising has been costly in human sufferings and destruction of property. But this is due to draconian neglect of freedom and dignity of individual citizens by the regime for thirty years giving precedence to misplaced heavy expenditure on infrastructures culminating in lucrative income to corrupt and greedy rulers.
Ethiopia-Egypt relations beyond the fall of Zenawi & Mubarak
The period beyond the fall of the duo will be one of strong, harmonious and mutually beneficial relations between ancient civilizations of Ethiopia and Egypt. There will be no need for acrimony over the use of the waters of the Blue Nile for the two democratic countries will amicably, fairly and logically determine their equitable shares. There will be free exchange of information, skill and scientific information on the development of the Nile Basin.
The centuries old sour relations over the share of the Blue Nile will be put to rest. Politicians will no longer use it as a as a scapegoat to divert attention from domestic issues. There will be drastic reduction in military and security expenditure allowing the savings to be allocated to, inter alia: education, health services, job creation scientific research, agriculture, and environmental.
The losers in the ensuing good relations will be separatist liberation movements and extremists.
Vision beyond the fall of tyrants in the region
The uprising in Egypt is a popular revolution cutting across a wide spectrum of Egyptian society. It is a consensus revolution with well defined core value of “freedom and dignity for all”. It is a demand for a secular state that will change the political landscape in the Middle East, East Africa, and North Africa and for that matter in the entire world where extremists wreck havoc on human rights and political stability.
Consequently, the following and many more outcomes can be envisioned:
1. Egypt and Ethiopia are compatible in terms of population and ancient culture. As such they can, as democratic countries, positively influence stability in East Africa and the Arab world;
2. The African continent and the Arab world will get rid of their corrupt, inept and greedy dictators thus creating a political environment that is conducive to development; local manufacturing of goods and services will be enhanced and a large market for selling goods and services will emerge;
3. The AU and UN will have the benefit of beefing up their respective organizations with competent diplomats coming from emerging democratic countries;
4. Regional peace and harmony will set in and prevail to the detriment of extremist forces;
5. Social justice, economic justice, and political rights in respect of freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and peaceful demonstration will be upheld in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
There is a flurry of calls to remove Zenawi from power; there are worldwide calls to vanquish despots. The walls around Meles Zenawi are crumbling; there is no place for him to hide; his 99.6% ‘win’ in election 2010 will not save him; his mentors George W. Bush and Tony Blair are helpless to come to his rescue. It goes without saying that the tyrant is terrified of the inevitable tsunami of popular wrath inundating the streets and squares in Addis Ababa and cities across Ethiopia to demand regime change.
The racist Zenawi regime is a lawless misfit in the longstanding culture of the law-abiding Ethiopian society. The tyranny must end so that the law can fill the void in our society. To that end Ethiopians should spontaneously rise up in unison – regardless of age, gender, religion, party affiliation or ideology – to reclaim their stolen election victory of 2005 and nullify the fake election of 2010.
The mammoth Egyptian uprising has indeed opened a new chapter of revolution for secular world in which individual rights will be eternally upheld. It has rendered ideology, religious, and ethnicity irrelevant to the struggle for freedom and dignity. The call for solidarity with Egypt uprising is mounting!
Egyptians deserve hearty congratulations for their sterling exemplary revolutionary performance, which has set “freedom and dignity” of citizens as best measure of good governance, globally.
Finally, this writer would like to end this piece with the quotation: “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry” attributed to Sir Winston Churchill. This is a stern warning to Meles Zenawi that he will be forced to dismount – possibly by his own thugs – unless he does it on his own by relinquishing his illegitimate power peacefully.
LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!
Release all political prisoners in Ethiopia!