Obsrvations on Comments on The Renaissance Dam By Abebe Haile

April 29th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Deception or Double-Cross?

I may be wrong but I found the article, “The Millenium Project or the Deception of the Millenium” by Abebech Belachew (April 25, 2011) subtle and highly suspicious. Notwithstanding the phantom Renaissance Dam which the writer redicules like many other Ethiopians, no where does he/she states Ethiopia’s right and interest on the waters of the Blue Nile. He/she condemns successive Ethiopian leaders, including Haile Selassie, for raising legitimate questions about the sharing and use of the Nile waters.

It is not that Ethiopia has other rivers to build dams as this writer claims, it is about the millions of Ethiopians who live along the river who should have as much rights to use the waters as anyone else. While emphasizing the water needs of Egypt, the commentator glosses and mentions just in passing the many years of Egyptian objective of destabilizing the region, particularly the Ethiopian state. To the detriment of both Eritrea and Ethiopia, Egypt sponsored and funded the Eritrean rebellion from its inception in Cairo.

When war broke out between the brothers in 1998, Egypt lost no time in rushing arms and military advisors to Isaias Afeworki. In addition, it gave Eritrea an out right grant of $200 million with the aim of breaking up and weakening the country. In most cases, Egypt has been most cunning in sponsoring terror and conflict by hiding itself behind third parties like Syria, Iraq, Sudan, PLO, Somalia etc. Even now, many experts believe Egypt is behind the funding of Al Shabbab in Somalia, ostensibly through Eritrea.

Where else impoverished Eritrea get the funds and arms to continue its proxy war in Somalia? Egypt, along with Syria and Iraq, also sponsored other Ethiopian groups like TPLF, EPRP, OLF, ONLF who probably didn’t know or cared about the Egyptian motives. The commentator (Abebech Belachew?) should have focused on these destabilizing and nefarious deeds of Egypt instead of questioning the legitimate demands for the share of the Nile waters by all riparian states. I would urge Abugida to carefully scrutinize divisive and insiddious artiles like this one next time.

  1. Dawit
    | #1

    I am amaze how some people think those who oppose this dam you are enemy of Ethiopia

  2. banjaw
    | #2

    completely agree

  3. Demes
    | #3

    No one, no where, no Ethiopian has ever (so far I know) has objected to the slightest the rights of Ethiopia to the Nile waters. Egypt, the country that currently uses 85% of it does not say explicitly it opposes the ‘rights of Ethiopia’.
    Why are you changing the subject just to attack another writer? It would have been really helpful had you made some comments (valid or invalid) instead of just labeling the whole project as phantom and just attack another fellow Ethiopian.

  4. DRAMA
    | #4

    WHERE DO YOU GET THESE BOGES CLAIMS FROM? WHERE IS YOUR EVIDENCE?????YOU ARE CLAIMEING THAT EGYPT, AN IMPORTANT ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES, AIDS AL SHABAB AND ERITREA? WHAT A LAIM CLAIM????????? YOU MUST BE ONE OF THOSE THAT IS CREATING STORIES TO MAKE US BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT DON’T FIT.
    LET’S US MAKE IT SIMPLE HERE. THE WEST KNOWS EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THESE COUNTRIES. REMEMBER ISSAYS CLAIMED THE CIA MADE THE TWO BROTHERS TO GO TO WAR IN 1998. HE HAS A BETTER CLAIM THAN YOUR B.S. EGYPT HAS NO ALLIANCE WITH ANY GROUPS IN THE HORN; IT ONLY SIDES WITH WHOEVER THE USA SIDES WITH. EPRDF IS ONE OF THEM. JUST BECAUSE EPRDF IS COMING OUT WITH THIS NILE AGENDA DOES NOT MAKE THEM ENEMIES OF EGYPT. IT IS ALL A BOGUS DRAMA FOR AN ALLEGED DAM, TRYING TO FOOL US. AND YOU PUT FUEL IN THE SMALL FIRE TRYING TO IGNITE RELATIONS BETWEEN THESE NEIGHBORS. YOU ALSO MENTION ALL GROUPS WITH DIVISIVE AGENDAS. ARE YOU THE MINORITY WHO IS TRYING TO FOOL THE MAJORITY? DON’T TRY TO COMPLICATE MATTERS INTO WHAT DOES NOT EXIST. ARE THE MISLEADING INFORMANT OR ? THERE IS MANY OF YOU OUT THERE? AND BELIEVE ME, THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE ARE MUCH SMARTER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS. YOU AIN’T FOOLING NOBODY.

  5. Abay
    | #5

    “I would urge Abugida to carefully scrutinize divisive and insiddious artiles like this one next time.”

    Indeed

  6. Abebech Belachew
    | #6

    I thank Abebe Haile for commenting on my article. His comments reminded me of those old days under Haile Selassie’s autocracy. When we demonstrated for “education for all” in 1968, he branded some our leaders as foreign agents and in fact expelled Patrick Gilkes (a Briton). This kind of commentary is the most terrible legacy of feudalism. Questioning the motives of the writer and in my case even my nationality. May be another one may even resort to Woyane type of ethnic categorization. You are expected to comment on the gist of my article: that the millennium project is diversionary, a deception. You haven’s said a word on the theme. This won’t contribute to a healthy discussion and dialogue.
    The fact that all riparian countries have the right to equitable use of the Nile waters is not disputable. I don’t need to repeat that all the time I deal with the issue. The issue is not even about the Nile as such. Woyane is also using the same tactics. When a critical article that exposes them is printed out, their major tactic is to divert the discussion by commenting on the writer that he was this and that at some point on time, etc…. Abebe Haile is doing exactly the same. Focus on the main theme raised when you want to comment. Otherwise, “Kebt balwalebet kubet lekema”!

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