Dangerous partnership By a patriotic Ethiopian
Nowadays, we hear more often about the new relationship between the armed ethnic groups of Ethiopia and G7 as partners against a common enemy- the TPLF. This article is intended to provide my take on this antiTPLF partnership and its impact on the struggle of the Ethiopian people for unity, freedom and democracy.
What seems to be a cozy relationship now going on between G7, OLF and ONLF (may be some others too??) is a reminder of the political alliance that was formed between TPLF, EPDM (Tamerat Layne, etc.), OLF and other groups about 3 decades ago. This alliance enabled TPLF to assume power in Ethiopia without the will of the Ethiopian people. It enabled Eritrea to secede from its mother land with no appropriate inputs from the people. It caused the country to be divided along ethnic lines and loss its legitimate sea port, fertile lands, national army and many other irreplaceable treasures. The alliance is also a reminder of the formation of FAD, among OLF, ONLF, CUD, SLF, etc., more recently. Many Ethiopians and other nationals, including myself, believe that the formation FDA has contributed to the dismantling of Kinijet (CUD) and to the lack of functional unity among the legitimate (patriotic) Ethiopian opposition. This has been a big blow to the struggle against the mafia regime destroying the country. Given these undeniable facts and in the absence of favorable changes in end game by the armed secessionist groups, it is irresponsible and too risky to accept or even be neutral when aggressive efforts are made to repeat or continue the same power seeking process in a slightly different way at the expense of the Ethiopian people. Unless tangible favorable change of mission is made by those wishing to further dismantle Ethiopia, such an alliance should be rejected openly by all concerned Ethiopians. As a counter to potential problems that may be associated with this alliance and to move the struggle of the people fast forward in the right direction, existing multiethnic proEthiopia armed groups, such as EPPF, need to be supported by the public. From our own experience and those of others there seems to be a need for an armed group to be behind the inevitable people’s revolution, in order to succeed. Although with ill-intentions, that was what TPLF did a few decades ago. The pro-democracy success being witnessed now in Egypt, Tunisia and to some extent in Libya has the support of the military or armed groups.
With this background, let us briefly revise the situations in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya to put things in proper perspective and draw a lesson from that.
As we all know, the revolution spearheaded by the Egyptian youth has been handed over to the army with the promise and hope of fulfilling its intended goal. At the time of the crisis, the army was the best available option left for taking care of the problem. It seems that on balance the Egyptian army is doing what it can towards the fulfillment of promised goal. In its early days of responsibility, it could at least imposed pressure on the ex-President to resign. This is a non-ethnic-based army with a strong love of country and sense of national responsibility. In Tunisia’s case, a new government that emerged upon the demand of the youth following the ousting of the former President has taken the responsibility of governing the country with the promise/hope of transforming the political system and the country for the better. Like Egypt, the new government in power is not affiliated to ethnic ideology but committed to national agenda and interest. In both cases of Egypt and Tunisia, the common factor is a strong leadership with national interest. Although a similar success story cannot be told regarding Libya, the ground work for such an institution has already been achieved. This institution comprises a fighting army which is serving as a nucleus to bring together all Libyans to fight against Gaddaffi in unison. Because of its ability to resist Gaddaffi’s army and its offensive power, it has attracted the attention of the world to the extent of getting international support. No doubt, soon or later it will succeed.
Now back to Ethiopia. How is our situation compared to those of the above countries that are on the road to success? Without a similar kind of support from patriotic armed bodies, can the change or revolution we desire to carry out be feasible? We have to prepare the preconditions to be sure to get what we want. Let us support or establish an armed group to fight tyranny more effectively and remove it for ever from our country, Ethiopia. This should be done now!!