A few smart moves to ousting the Zenawi regime By Robele Ababya
Outburst of joy in the USA over the killing of Bin Laden
The truth will always catch up with criminals. The death of Osama Bin Laden is a case in point. He paid with his life for his beastly role in masterminding and ordering the gruesome mass murder of thousands of innocent people in the USA on 11/09/2001. The elimination of this monster is a monumental achievement of the century; however it must not be reason for compliance until all tyrants big and small are finished, including Meles Zenawi the invader of Ethiopia.
The American people are entitled to the spontaneous outburst of joy on the death of the evil-minded Bin Laden; and all peace-loving in the world should join them in their well-deserved ecstatic joy.
Ethiopians on the threshold of debilitating civil strike
The strike should be peaceful; the kind of magnificent display of decorum and discipline shown 08 May 2005 should be repeated so that the brutal regime will not find any excuse to fire at peaceful demonstrators. The demonstration should be highly coordinated to explode at every place.
Beware of the old adage: Protect me from my friends; I will take care of my enemies. Déjà vu imposters are resurfacing to appear as ‘friends’ forgetting the colossal damage they have inflicted on us by collaborating with the inner circle of TPLF leadership and perpetrating ethnic divide and rule. These petty traders eking a living out of human misery have left no stone unturned in dividing the Amharas and the Oromos, the two major ethnic groups constituting more than 90% of the Ethiopian people speaking Amharic, Oromifa or both. These imposters are carriers of the venom of divisive ethnic policy conceived and refined by Zenawi in Dedebit in collaboration with Shabia to weaken Ethiopia in order to achieve supremacy of the Zenawi’s mafia trading in the good names of the people of Tigray.
Rule # 1: (a) The first civil strike should be debilitating to the moral of the tyrant who has called proponents of peaceful struggle his enemies;(b) genuine truth and national reconciliation in an open forum should be welcome under the auspices of an independent commission; (c) Set all eyes on the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” working tooth-and-nail to save the desperate tyrants in Addis Ababa and Asmara; oppose direct budget support from the USA and UK to the brutal TPLF regime to deny the only source of strength of Zenawi from USA and UK
Taking inspiration from Egyptian uprising
The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, in the Middle East and Africa are mainly driven by the youth affected by unemployment. The successful uprising in Egypt continues to pay dividends: Hosni Mubarak whose power was believed to be invincible and his two sons are now behind bars for questioning for their crime of corruption and ordering the killing of heroic protesters that were able to mobilize massive crowd to Tahrir Square; his key Ministers have been charged for their crimes; a new constitution approved in a plebiscite is in place and preparation is underway for a democratic election; the state security machine has been dismantled, the state of emergency has been lifted; state governors have been replaced to mention but some of the magnificient achievements of the revolution; Egyptian revolutionaries are relishing the sweet taste of their victory. The forgoing would point to the list of demands that despot Zenawi would expect before he meets the fate of his former secret ally, Mubarak.
The Ethiopian people are on the threshold of reclaiming their country from a vicious invader that has caused colossal damage to their culture, property and loss of life to tens of thousands of fighters for liberty, freedom and democracy not counting incarcerations en masse and mismanagement of the national economy resulting in abject poverty and rampant unemployment afflicting mainly the youth.
The fate of dictators has been fall from power in disgrace. Ethiopians are on the threshold to unleash a debilitating civil strike; they will also taste the sweet fruit of victory if they, as much as possible, emulate the tenacity, discipline and incredibly smart moves exercised by the Egyptians.
Rule #2: (a) Make a solemn pledge that justice shall be sought for martyrs and victims of inhuman incarceration of tens of thousands of Ethiopians; (b) Think strategically in forging overall relations with Egypt and the New Middle East in proximity to Ethiopia.
Inspiration from Sun Tzu
“Employing psychology, deceit, strategic power, and diplomacy as the fundamental arts of combat Sun Tzu defeated numerous opponents and created a systematic treaties on war”. The following quotations are from his book in Chinese translated by Lionel Giles and published in 1910 and 2003:
1) “In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not good. So, too, it is better to capture an army than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than destroy them”.
2) “Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting”.
3) “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”.
The Derg & the TPLF regimes were blinded by communist ideology, which they understood little and probably nothing at all about the military genius of Sun Tzu. Both idiots preached and implemented the slogan “There is no construction without destruction’ and ruined the social fabric & economic infrastructures of Ethiopia.
Sun Tzu strongly underlines the importance of attacking a superior enemy on all sides at once in order to ensure victory. TPLF holds overwhelming superiority militarily; whereas the opposition forces command huge popular support, which they must mobilize for a coordinated civil strike from all directions to break resistance without a single shot and taking enemy assets in tact including the military and turn them to friendly forces.
Rule #3: Read the treatise of the military genius, Sun Tzu, for it is still valid, after 2500 years, and adaptable to peaceful struggle.
The Blue Nile River charade
The propaganda machine of the murderous TPLF regime is out on public relations spree to sell its pipe dream of building a gigantic dam on the Nile near the border with the Sudan within artillery range of a hostile fire. The study to build tens of dams along the Nile was completed during the Imperial regime but was kept in abeyance due to lack of funds but not due to objection by Egypt.
The desperate regime is out to sell the right project at the wrong time and location to kill two birds with one stone: to divert attention from the revolutionaries in Egypt and the uprising in Ethiopia. The future of good relations between Egypt and Ethiopia is certain to bring manifold benefits than bluffing to build a dam at this time to provoke hostility with the former at this time of its worldwide achievement of democratic values uniquely on its own right
Objective calculations of mutual interest, international law, natural or moral law, and compassion among imperative parameters govern relations between Egypt and Ethiopia, especially in view of the unique situation that the source of the Blue Nile supplying 85% of its waters is in Ethiopia and Egypt is at the receiving end. Nothing can change this unique bond between the two ancient civilizations.
Therefore one of the potent smart ways of beating TPLF intrigues is to deny its ploy to subvert potentially evolving good relations with the new Egypt that is truly a windfall obviating the need to squander meager resources on military adventure.
Rule #4: (a)Take a stand that construction of dams is right but untimely and at a wrong location within easy reach of artillery fire or saboteurs; amicable consultation with New Egypt is imperative.
Telling it as it is
In terms of natural resources and vulnerability to droughts, Tigray is one of the least fortunate parts of Ethiopia. It was for this reason that it was heavily dependent on incessant government support at the expense of resources from the Amhara, Oromia and other regions. Coward Mengistu told it aloud in anger to a mammoth crowd at Maskal Square (then Revolution Square) that the region of Tigray did not contribute a cent to the central treasury for the time he has been in power. The same was true during the Imperial rule.
The above being the case, the TPLF regime is allocating the natural resources of Ethiopia heavily in favor of Tigray. It is argued that this grave discrimination by the minority ruling regime is unacceptable.
Few greedy supporters Zenawi dominated by Tigrés hold expensive meetings regulated by trusted thugs to con Ethiopians in the Diaspora; their bouncers throw out genuine Ethiopians for requesting a minute of silence for martyrs and for demanding that human rights must transcend development. The majority forbidden to participate in such TPLF meetings demonstrate outside the hall. What a shame!
That is why Ethiopians say: በቃ! ገዬ! ይአክል! አሎኒ! ዲታህ! ወጣንድም! በስ! ጊደስ!
LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!
Release all political prisoners in Ethiopia!