Ethiopian & Eritrean youths should work for peace & democracy By Roble Ababya

March 31st, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Needless to mention that each time tyrants are confronted with suffocating domestic issues they concoct a foreign enemy to divert attention. For tyrant Zenawi, it was war with Egypt over the Blue Nile. Now that his accomplice in the fake drama Hosni Mubarak is disgracefully gone, Zenawi is beating the war drum to engage in ‘war’ against his twin tyrant Isaias Aferworqi. But, no one is going to believe the charade coming as it did from worn out deception of the dictator who has long lost the trust of the Ethiopian people.

The utterly irrational and despicable war of 1998 -2000 between Ethiopia and Eretria cost the precious lives of 70 to 80 thousand – some say 100, 000 – soldiers (arguably the overwhelming majority in their prime age) on both sides not to mention the billions of dollars spent on modern military hardware, personnel recruitment and training. Laughably, the war was between former comrades-in-arms that jointly fought the Derg regime with massive all round support of autocratic rulers in the Arab world, notably Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia Syria, et al.

The aristocratic rulers in the Arab world are vividly seen frantically fighting for their survival in view of the success of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt speedily coming their way; they have lost direction engulfed by a tsunami of change.

In view of the above, the source of fund and all round support from the Arab world are no longer available to TPLF and Shabia, including to the proxy of the latter, the Al Shabab in Somalia; the two tyrants Meles and Isaias have no chance of survival now that their mentors can no longer support them. Who would have thought Muammar Gaddafi would become so poor and helpless in such a short time?

So the youth of Ethiopia and Eretria should seize the pivotal moment to defy their respective tyrants in order to play a constructive role in engendering regional peace, harmony and amicable neighborly relations. They should say categorically no to the kind of carnage and blood bath seen in the 1998 – 2000 senseless war (acclaimed as such by the international community) and the colossal amount of resources spent on this madness between the peoples with centuries of historical ties undeniably bound by blood.
It is long overdue to take stock of our recent past of destruction to our livelihood due to shallow understanding of our common history and rich culture. We have paid mammoth sacrifice in the last 40 years in particular in terms of precious lives and on military weapons, which we could have turned on ploughshares to alleviate our abject poverty. It is a shame that Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees are scattered in no small numbers everywhere in our global village swallowing their pride and subjected to horrendous human misery in some places in the Arab world.

The youth of Ethiopia and Eritrea should collaborate to reverse the shame perpetrated by their respective tyrants; they should seize this propitious moment of massive movement driven by the young generation for democratic change to usher in a new era of human dignity, liberty, freedom and social justice.

Meles Zenawi and his wife Azeb Mesfin were poor communists yesterday turned corrupt multi-millionaires today. The couple is surfing on the crest of power having put all pillars of democracy under its family control. The TPLF regime under the couple is notoriously known, among its other heinous crimes, for: committing acts of genocide; torturing prisoners of conscience; enslaving Ethiopian peasants in serfdom; stealing elections; selling fertile Ethiopians lands; and holding monopoly of all lucrative businesses.

What is worrying most of all is that Zenawi has publicly called opposition forces as his enemies for vying for peaceful democratic change, thus instigating public uprising.
Isaias has been ruling and still does without constitution. His mentor, Gaddafi, has at least his Green Book, which he displayed in a televised reading of the verses in the Book warning that the uprising in Libya was illegal and punishable by death. Isaias owns Eritrea as a founding father just like Gaddafi does in the case of Libya. Isaias has reportedly stashed hundreds of millions of dollars in a Chinese bank in his and his son’s names. Dr. Berket Hapte Selassie, his former close adviser to Isaias, agreed to the claim of such stashing at his interview with the VOA.

All tyrants are alike in many ways than one. In the end, their fate is to part with their amassed wealth and fall from power in disgrace. The youth of Ethiopia and Eritrea should make this fate of their respective tyrants happen promptly.

To the tyrants Meles and Isaias we should say: በቃ! ጋዬ! Enough! We should say the same to parochial views, tyranny, wars and abject poverty.

Lastly, I wish to underline that call from several quarters for the inevitable Ethiopian uprising is most welcome, and that it should begin with a call for peaceful demonstration demanding for fundamental rights of citizens. The uprising should be highly coordinated and spontaneous. A successful conclusion of the uprising will no doubt engender future leaders accountable to the will of the people.

Release all political prisoners in Ethiopia!

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