Open Letter to Hilary Clinton from Ethiopia By Eskinder Nega.

June 10th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Unlike the almost annoyingly fussy, routinely dead-beat and robotically mechanical welcome of the government, I extend to you the simple, warm welcome of Ethiopia’s oppressed tens of millions:

Welcome to our ramshackle of a city, the embodiment of four wasted decades and barely over a century old, though, as Henry Kissinger usually likes to point out, the history of the Ethiopian state is older than even that of China.

Be sure to enjoy authentic servings of injera and wat, slightly different than what you would have tasted in Washington. I personally recommend the vegetarian dishes. And while improbable, a short sojourn in Axum and Lalibela would be a much needed respite to your busy schedule. The massive monolithic stone carvings are unlike anything you would find elsewhere. And for those in your entourage who favor art, there are marvelous 16th and 17th paintings in Gonder.

The story of Hilary Rodham Clinton is stirring, to say the least. I would be hard pressed to class it amongst conventional rags to riches narratives. While not classically rich, your father, Hugh Rodham, was neither a pauper in any sense of the word. I think the chronicle of your phenomenal rise to fame and prominence rather stands for the ideal absent in far too many countries, but not in the US: the early recognition of merit, its cultivation, and ultimate reward.

Indeed, as is frequently intoned, only in the USA could a wife overcome the huge shadow cast by a life-long over-achieving husband. But even in the US only an exceptional person could have done it. I suspect that it is this dazzling aspect of your public profile that particularly irks your paparazzi-like critics.

Two episodes strike me as uniquely remarkable from the young-Hilary-years.

The first lies, perhaps much too predictably, in your commencement address at Wellesley. While many savor and endlessly debate about your rebuke of Senator Brooke, who had preceded you as a speaker, I tend to single-mindedly cling to one line from your wonderful speech, “the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.”

Madam Secretary, if only you knew how much those words still resonate with those of us who believe, hoping against hope, that it is possible to bring democracy peacefully to an Ethiopia run harshly by despotic EPRDF; admittedly, a valuable tactical, but by no means a strategic, ally of the US.

The second is how you abruptly approached your future husband, the young Bill Clinton, hand extended, and calmly introduced yourself: “If you keep looking at me, and I am going to keep looking back, we might as well be introduced. I am Hilary Rodham”

Woooow! That took some guts, integrity and confidence. When I first read these words I remember thinking how this ought to be the one person Americans should trust to take that 3 AM phone call. No wonder your Commander-in-Chief potential was never questioned. And somewhat
coincidentally, guts, integrity and confidence are exactly the values Ethiopians need to nurture more to realize the much longed for peaceful transition to democracy. Democracy activists could learn much from your example.

But your image amongst democracy activists, to some extent here in Ethiopia but more so in the Middle East, has suffered since the outbreak of protests against Mubarak in Egypt. The word on the street, unfairly I believe, is that Hilary favors old, violent autocrats over young, peaceful democrats. This would have had dire consequences for America’s already precarious reputation if not for the personal popularity of President Obama.

There is widespread recognition that there was rational behind your initial cautioned response to the Egyptian protests. Reasonable people do not expect the US to abandon allies summarily, particularly in a region as vital and sensitive as the Middle East. Neither U.S. interests nor world stability would be served if such was the case.

What has annoyed democracy activists is the perceived policy transformation from that of caution to that of defender of the status-quo. Indeed, the US was distressingly late to champion the values of human rights and democracy forcefully. And once again, as had happened in Iran some 30 years ago, American policy makers were curtly upstaged by events in the streets.

This policy slip-up must be avoided in Ethiopia.

Balancing idealism and realism is easier said than done in foreign policy. The dilemma that you face as Secretary of State is palpable. But more often than not realism is confused for cynicism by too many professional diplomats, many of them veterans of your State Department. I fear this in part explains the Egyptian slip. And when Ambassador Donald Booth, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia, told journalists of an imagined link between per capita income and democracy, we have had our brush with that cynicism. (For the record, America was democratic way before becoming rich and urban.)

Take this open letter as a message from the streets of Addis Ababa, a multi-ethnic, multi-religious city, from where the sentiment and aspiration of the nation’s majority reverberate.

Ethiopians covet the dignity of real citizenship possible only in a democracy. Ethiopians are adamant about voting in their first democratically elected government. Ethiopians would finally like to be free from the network of prosecutors, incarcerators and executioners who have for long made life hell for them. Ethiopians demand freedom of expression and association. Ethiopians desire an independent judiciary; a transparent, honest electoral system; and separation of powers between the three branches of government. Ethiopians insist on accountability for the unbridled corruption that has undermined the nation’s moral fabric. Ethiopians expect recovery of their stolen 8.4 billion dollars from Western banks.

Peaceful change is inevitable. It’s a question of when not if. And whatever your underlings maybe telling you, doubt not that it will come well before a significant rise in per capita income.

We hope to hear from you, Secretary Clinton. We hope to hear you tell the EPRDF that it is time to change, that the status-quo is not sustainable. But most of all, taking in to account that this short visit is in a city that is the seat of the African Union, we hope to hear you reaffirm President Obama’s pledge that the U.S. will not tolerate the killing of peaceful demonstrators. Stand up for democracy.

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The writer could be reached at serk27@gmail.com

  1. rezene kadissaba
    | #1

    Open Letter to Eskinder –
    Form a party – seriously. Or do some community work on the grassroots. Run independently and become Member of Parliament. If you live close to Megenagna – I may vote for you. Your problem is your confusion of approach – as journalist, as an activist or a politician. I dont know how one can support you, so that you can help the change you aspire.

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    Well written

    Do not fret …your voice is being heard the fire will start thought it is just a smoulder now.

    Keep it up and may Go bless you and protect you

  3. Sama
    | #3

    If Eskindir welcomes comment. Here is what I think of the letter.

    Madam Secretary would be the most appropriate form to address her. If he is mailing it to her, he should look into spelling errors. Her name is Hillary with double ‘l’. He shouldn’t be too professorial with historical details. Hillary detests getting identified as a wife of Bill Clinton. She is achieved quite a lot in her own right. It would rather be good if Eskinder highlights the fact that she is a women and she has achieved a lot and then underscore what that mean for women in Ethiopia. He also could highlight her accent was only possible because she lives in a democracy where society changes and renews itself. Ferengis don’t like to be second guessed nor does any one else for that matter and he should be wise not to get into too much of it if the whole idea of writing it is to win some hearts. Thanks

  4. Pretend Hillary
    | #4

    Dear Eskedar Nega, I read your post with a great deal of interest. It’s flattering to know a person in a country we call third world knows the biography of me. By the way, my husband never been accused of overachieving – by all accounts he could have done more if it wasn’t for that stupid woman, Monica. Your reading of my stand about the Arab uprising is fuzzy at best. Though I must admit for someone who allegedly lives under strict supervision and censorship you seem to have a pretty good grasp of the current events. I will never again believe those who allege how the Ethiopian government controls the on-line world after reading your article. If there was a lesson to be taken from your “open letter” to me, it’s that the press freedom and freedom of speech is well and alive in your native country. For you to write in such a direct way with out the fear of retribution is a testament to the Ethiopian governments commitment for such basic human rights. I salute them and say kudos to them. You know, sometimes it’s what you don’t say much more important than what you say. Is that then possible that millions of people are not on streets of Addis demonstrating because they think the country is on the right track? How else do you explain to me then the so-called “BEKA” revolution failed to materialize despite your and your followers drum beat about its success? Trust me, I’ve dealt with so many leaders of this world on so many occasions. I can assure you with great deal of confidence that your PM, Meles, is the most energetic, charismatic, intellectually deft, shrewd and able leader of all. Sometimes people don’t appreciate what they have. It’s just the case that the grass always looks greener on the other side. Yours, Meles, is a diamond in the rough. You better pray that he doesn’t throw the towel and goes to the sunset. As to your advice to get the veggie dish I’ll pass on that by saying thank you. You may not followed or read my biography as intently as you should – but at any rate, I like it hot. I’ve said in so many occasions how I like to eat hot peppers. So, I’d rather try those spicy foods made of mit-mita or berbere, okay. By the way, what the good Ambassador Donald Booth, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia, told journalists of an imagined link between per capita income and democracy is a real thing. I suggest to you to read more about it rather than belittling a well-respected diplomat. I can’t wait to see your beautiful country and its people soon. A pretend Hillary Clinton.

  5. More letters please!
    | #5

    Thank you Eskinder for being the voice for oppressed Ethiopians. You are amazing. Let us hope that many of our educated Ethiopians follow your steps and spend their valuable time writing letters after letters to Secretary Clinton and others like her about the dire situations in Ethiopia to bring awareness of what is really going on in Ethiopia.
    Once again, I beg and urge the well educated, articulate and astute Ethiopians to write more letters repeatedly addressing the horrible conditions in Ethiopia to various world leaders, Associations and Organizations. Please people, use your God given skills and be the voice to the voiceless Ethiopians.

  6. Oda Tulu
    | #6

    It is foolhardy to expect Secretary Clinton to do anything different than the public support that her predecessor Condolezza Rice gave to the genocidal leader Meles Zenawi. Affter all, Zenawi is a puppet serving the interests of the U.K and U.S.A.

    I sincerely hope Secy Clinton will prove me wrong.

  7. መቅደላ
    | #7

    አቶ እስክንድር ነጋ በእውነት ኢትዮጵያ አላት ለካ ልጆች እንዳተ ያሉ አምላክ የብእርህን አፈሙዝ ይስማት;;
    ይነገር ስለ አንተ ይጻፍ ስለ ሉሲ
    አገር የሚጎብኝ ከመጣ ደራሲ
    አላውቅም ነበረ ነብር ሲበላ አሳ
    እንገናኝ እንደሁ ከመጊሳው ማሳ
    ተነስ ያገሪ ሰው ይበቃል ልመና
    አብራ ቀንዲልህን ባፈሙዝ ጎዳና

    አመስግን አለሁ

  8. Daniel
    | #8

    @Oda Tulu
    you are right secy Clinton will prove you wrong because your assumption about her and her predecessor stand is totally wrong. She is coming to deal with a States man who re[presents Ethiopia as well as Africa. Don’t full yourself. Come to your real senses.

  9. Daniel
    | #9

    Sama :
    If Eskindir welcomes comment. Here is what I think of the letter.
    Madam Secretary would be the most appropriate form to address her. If he is mailing it to her, he should look into spelling errors. Her name is Hillary with double ‘l’. He shouldn’t be too professorial with historical details. Hillary detests getting identified as a wife of Bill Clinton. She is achieved quite a lot in her own right. It would rather be good if Eskinder highlights the fact that she is a women and she has achieved a lot and then underscore what that mean for women in Ethiopia. He also could highlight her accent was only possible because she lives in a democracy where society changes and renews itself. Ferengis don’t like to be second guessed nor does any one else for that matter and he should be wise not to get into too much of it if the whole idea of writing it is to win some hearts. Thanks

    Good points.
    However, look at your writing before challenging others. see those in bold at the above quote of yours. Also, how do you know that Hillary ‘detests getting identified as the wife of Bill…’? Good advice but aren’t you being a little presumptuous?
    Otherwise, you have offered some great advice

  10. nbere
    | #10

    እሰከንድር፣ ህሊናቸውን ለሆዳቸው የሸጡትን እርሳቸው፣ ዛሬ ደግሞ ተለቀዋል፣ የአንተን ጽሑፍ እየጠበቁ መልስ እንዲጽፉ ታዘዋል፣
    እናም እንዘንላችው፣

    የእስክንድር ብዕር ወያኔን አንጋጋ
    ጨለማውን ገፎ ሌሊቱን ሊአነጋ፣
    የጥንቱስ እስክንድር ጦር ነበር ጉልበቱ
    የዛሬው ጦረኛ ብዕር ነው ሐሞቱ፣
    አጠር ምጥን ያለች የብዕር ቅመም
    የካድሬን ክፍለጦር አሳጣች ሰላም፣
    በሀቅ በተዋበች የብዕር ጠብታ
    ካድሬ በያለበት በስክንድር ተፈታ፣
    ክብርና ነጻነት ለሆድ የሸጣችሁ
    በቁም ሞታችኌል እግዚአብሔር ያጥናችሁ፣

  11. Observer
    | #11

    Honestly speaking, Ethiopia does not need democracy but a strong and firm leader. History shows that Ethiopia existed as a nation because of strong leaders who withstood inside /outside dividing forces by exerting force.

    Ethiopian’s mind set and culture is not suitable for democracy. Children don’t listen their parents unless chastised or beaten. Adults don’t appreciate each others opinion. Hostility is part of the culture; family against family, tribe against tribe, etc. I believe, introducing democracy to such culture can harm the country’s existence beyond repair.

    As an observer, I can say the current remarkable economy growth indicate that there is peace and relatively better leadership in the country.

  12. Fano
    | #12

    Eskindir may God bless you. You’re the one stands to tell our problems by your comentary living under repression. We know weyanes and thugs they trying to criticizing your open letters in different angel even miss letter, yes we know the last 20 years Dictator zenawi and his cadres what they think and what they call or giving names for thier opposition, still they keep doing this for 20 years.They fool them selves. We ethiopians said “ENOUGH” or BEQA in amharic word. Maybe dictators and thier supporters don’t believe till the day comes, like Ben ali, Mubarak and Al asad and others. We counting days. Maybe Madam secretary clinton she read this open letter or even she don’t that doesn’t work. We ethiopian bring our democracy by our selves. We saw them USA and GREAT BRITAN same old same old. They shake hands with dictators unless not thier allies. Things different now allies that doen’t work be fair for world stability, All people the same they don’t need money needs freedom. STOP SUPPORTING DICTATORS.

  13. love Ethiopia
    | #13

    1st a lil bit try to ask ur self the question….Why is Africa like this and especially the Horn including Ethiopia? it is due to external (due to some western countries negative role)interferences and of course our own internal problems could not b also ignored.do u think it is not possible to make Somalia stable? but it is possible westerns need destabilized Africa…why? hahaha ……even though I respect ur view; personally I don’t accept ur mission and you can’t generalize as every body hate EPRDF….very simple example even in USA there are also more than half of Ethiopian communities are supporting current government,,,right? it is the way how u fell towards politics…I am pretty aware of some faults of government but for our farmers EPRDF is better than who ever you….opposing groups try to agree 1st among yourself at least on ur basic agendas, if not how you can lead 80 million people?????????? I guss most of u have dream to enjoy being higher officials …cos u already have some money and now u are searching to order somebody or some people=power…or you have mission of bringing some leader from tribe which belongs to or you like more…haha or some of you did some crime in Ethiopia and you can’t return back if current government exist….but also there are genuine opposition just seeking positive change in Ethiopia…so which groups represent you? ask yourself 1st? what I want to say finally is try to identify internal case and external cases and try to analyze national interest sometimes, what does it mean doing some evil act related with secretory Clinton ……???????????

  14. Eritrean
    | #14

    @Pretend Hillary
    Wow, that is a beautiful response from a Pretend Hilary.

  15. Anonymous
    | #15

    This is not an official letter. “Dear Sec Clinton” is ok. @Pretend Hillary

  16. Oda Tulu
    | #16

    Daniel, You forgot (perhaps delibeately) that as a First Lady Mrs. Clinton visited Eritrea showering accolodes of praise on her hosts. She wore the Ethiopian national attire presented to her as if the dress originated in Eritrea. She or her husband never set foot on Ethiopia during the eight years they were in power.

    I hope her visit will change all that by telling the genocidal leader Zenawi that his regime is illegitimate having stolen election twice and that his human rights record is atrocious according to the 2009 Report by the US Department of State.

    By the way revisit your own comment and note your own grammatical and spelling mistakes before you rush to criticize others, for example Sama.

  17. Oda Tulu
    | #17

    CORRECTION: Daniel, You forgot (perhaps deliberately) that as a First Lady Mrs. Clinton visited Eritrea showering accolades of praise on her hosts. She wore the Ethiopian national attire presented to her as if the dress originated in Eritrea. She or her husband never set foot on Ethiopia during the eight years they were in power.
    I hope her visit will change all that by telling the genocidal leader Zenawi that his regime is illegitimate having stolen election twice and that his human rights record is atrocious according to the 2009 Report by the US Department of State.
    By the way, I suggest that you revisit your own comment on Sama’s and note your own grammatical and spelling mistakes before you rush to criticize him.

  18. Solomon
    | #18

    Ato Eskinder,

    What is “Freedom of Speech”? You are writing all this stuff from Ethiopia, and in fact a few weeks and months ago you were preparing Ethiopians for the “Beka” movement, openly, so the question is can you do that without “Freedom of Speech?” How is it possible for you to write all these articles everyday without any “Freedom of Speech”? I am confused? You have access to the news about Egypt, Yemen, Libiya, and even write about potential problem in Ethiopia, and still declare you don’t have “Freedom of Speech”. The simple question is can you do this in Eritrea, and live to tell about it?

  19. nega
    | #19

    Great article as usual!

  20. Michael
    | #20

    Solomon, How idiot must one be to ask the question you just asked. If there is freedom of speech in Ethiopia as you say why did they stop him from starting a newspaper. Obviously, they don’t want people in the country to read his writings.

  21. love Ethiopia
    | #21

    Hiiiiiiiiii some one
    By the way Eritrea is one of the region of Ethiopia or not…? I really confused , any one could help me?…cos am reading different sites they are complain g always Ethiopia and preach only bad things about Ethiopia…why is that? I read a lot of interesting early civilized Ethiopian history…currently watsup there?
    am from Brazil and currently doing ma Msc in East Africa’s history
    Jhan!

  22. deriba aleme
    | #22

    Observer
    I think there is evidence about our mind set towards democracy as stated by the observer (above). It could be a passing remark by a reader and we may all choose to ignore it, but I believe there is a lot of truth in it. As a society we rarely find anything democratic about us. A little sober self-examination will show us that our child rearing, inter-personal relationship, bureaucratic practices, the whole lot are far from being democratic. This is by no means a vote of confidence the current leaders or those of the bygone era. No question of them being undemocratic. Some of the recent leaders might have started with some good intentions be it fuzzy one, they ended up being worse than anybody who came before them, i.e. became utterly repressive and massively intolerant of any alternative views and policies, right or wrong. At the end of the day one should ask who are these guys are. Simply they are the products of the fabrics of our society. They certainly came to assume power through sheer accident of history rather than by some design or credible voting system. Once they got there all the wish list went out of the window under the complex ethnic and prevailing dire economic woos of the country. Some of the glaring facts are ethnic politics laced with false hopes of have been ruthlessly exploited as a chief weapon to prolong survival in power. They resorted to the might of gun like evereybody before them. Mind you this is not an isolated case as to what happened in our recent history. So, the question now what can we do to turn this ugly trend for good? It may be important to inject some lateral thinking in the face of such kind of serial offence and monotony in governance. It is refreshing in some way to see high-powered articles critical of these practices and calling for democracy. At the end of the day of it is futile to rely on individuals or current or aspiring leaders’ declaration of wish list to change things around. We should convince ourselves that is not going to happen. Perhaps it is high time to think strategically in the way of democratizing the society at large and in effect finally which will be easier to work for vote based governance? May be lets all start with our kids at home and at kindergarten. Let’s talk of new ways!!

  23. Sama
    | #23

    @Daniel
    @Daniel, I have noticed my mistakes immediately after I pressed the “submit comment” button. I didn’t bother to go back and correct them for a couple of reasons. First,the purpose of my comment is not to impress or win anyone’s heart and secondly, the mistakes do not distort the message I am trying to pass, that is if Eskinder will take the time to read these comments. I wasn’t playing the gotcha game here. I was rather very courteous if you noticed in the bigenning of the comment. I have wondered if Eskinder welcomes a comment. Having said that, let me put a correction here for the ‘few’ mistakes I committed. “…she has achieved…”, “…she is a woman…”,”…her ascent…”. Thanks a lot (:

  24. kaitama
    | #24

    First and fore most,BEKA is a movement,not a deadend sign.Zinawians,since they are blind on their mind’s eyes,they can not and will not see what BEKA is.

    Eskinder is quite brilliant and an excellent thinker who sees and presents facts and realities in their multidimensinal existence.It has always been said that Ethiopia never has been short of producing the finest sons and daughters.

  25. Belachew
    | #25

    I gather that Eskinder’s letter hopefully is not meant for Mrs Clinton, but an allegorical Clinton 101 for those not too familiar with her, and Ethiopia 101 for those not so familiar with Ethiopian history and culture. If however, this is a serious letter meant for Mrs Clinton, it will be a puerile hodge podge of misspelled and comically patronizing flight of ideas that will definitely offend the astute and veteran politician as a misogynistic third world dribble. For those for whom this is meant as a lesson on Ethiopian history there are more succinct and straightforward introductions. The letter though may have some appeal to those who are swayed by pseudo intellectual hyperbole. Let us pray that sooner or later our beloved country will give us the leader and leadership our people deserve.

  26. love Ethiopia
    | #26

    Hiiiiiiiiii some one
    By the way Eritrea is one of the region of Ethiopia or not…? I really confused , any one could help me?…cos am reading different sites they are complain g always Ethiopia and preach only bad things about Ethiopia…why is that? I read a lot of interesting early civilized Ethiopian history…currently watsup there?
    am from Brazil and currently doing ma Msc in East Africa’s history
    Jhan!

  27. decency
    | #27

    @ pretend Hillary,
    Job well done to protect and representing the repression!I think you seem to read the madam`s biograghy and her political move but failed
    to present her loyality to justice and democracy that you end up as
    if you would praise Meles I you did for your belly!poor girl!

  28. love Ethiopia
    | #28

    May God bless great Ethiopia abundantly!

  29. Death to woyanes
    | #29

    Obviously, we know who you really are and says a lot about you who criticize Eskinder or anyone else for that matter that is against the brutal dictator Meles who is responsible for countless number of innocent lives, over the scale looting and land giving to foreigners and abuse of power. Consider yourselves to be in the company of Thugs and Evil-worshipers who love and admire tyrants that slaughter human beings like insects and rob poor people. How nauseating!

  30. sissay
    | #30

    @michael
    all his posts are printed at two news papers awramba& fithe so he isn’t write 4 online only

  31. Mumia. Abu Jabal
    | #31

    Grow up African kids. Imperialism is kiking ass and Alive! Yes Malady Meles is our ass hole. You are ass holes so are all sponsors and supporters are ass holes. I am Hillary Not Monica. Leave Eskinder Nega – he is steeled and Z light in Z darkness. Amen.

  32. haq
    | #32

    Solomon is a smart cookie weyanie. He pretends that Ato Eskinder enjoys freedom of speech for writing on the internet. This is disingenuous because weyanie cares little about the internet. Few Ethiopians have access to it and it is blocked inside the country anyway.

    What weyanie really cares about is radio transmitted inside the country as this is accessible to the peasantry. They worry much less about Satellite TV, although enough to block it from time to time.
    .
    The truth is Weyanie feared Ato Eskinder most when he had a newspaper to run. That is why they took it away from him.

  33. Bekumsa
    | #33

    Democracy as a culture or democracy as a governance? May be a careful study of present day and historical analysis is needed on this question. Let me make some comments based on my personal opinion.
    In our country, Ethiopia, we lack a culture of democracy. Peking order prevail everywhere and people assume authority when it doesn’t exist. This is true in West to East and South to North boarders of our country. This imply, based on the prevailing culture, Ethiopia needs a strong top down approach to governance and leadership. But such an approach is problematic due to struggle to get to the top by several political groups within and outside of the country.
    I would argue, we should adopt democratic governance first and then move on to a culture of democracy. Making a democracy an integral part of our culture, the guiding principle, begin with education at all level. Media plays a major role here, especially for the out of school people of the country. Now we lack both and it is imperative that we embark on democratic governance now.
    Final note to Eskinder, you are doing a very great job but it would be really nice to either an activist, a journalist or political commentator. We have PM who is everything in the country including a judge and it is not helping.

  34. Daniel
    | #34

    @Bekumsa
    I think we should not restrictively assign the name ‘journalist’ to reporters only. The minority regime in Ethiopia accuses all who oppose it and write in the media as activists and not recognize them journalists. We should be careful not to fall in to that trap.This, we should identify, for what it is, as just a smear campaign.

    A journalist can be a reporter who reports what he knows sees, or hears. A journalist could be a columnist who writes regularly columns opinionated/not, or a journalist could be an editor who edits,selectively publishes articles or news items that he/she thinks are relevant and worth of printing.

    To Sama: I was not trying to be mean or a policeman who wants to enforce language rules. We all commit mistakes. Eskender as a prolific writer as he is made mistakes too. This is a place for exchange of opinions.We should all worry about our opinions: whether we have said what we wanted to say. I have agreed with you on your opinions and that is important. I said what I said to try to preempt Woyane people attack along that line Eskender. Sorry!

  35. Mesfin Getu
    | #35

    GREAT ETHIOPIAN! THANK YOU SIR.

  36. love Ethiopia
    | #36

    May God bless Ethiopia abundantly!

  37. DRAMA
    | #37

    ????? WHO ARE WE PROTECTING HERE???? FROM WORDS?/

  38. abiy
    | #38

    DRAMA is weyane pretending be hailu shawel supporter.wellcome DRAMA weyane!

  39. መቅደላ
    | #39

    ስው ሲታጣ ይመለመላል ጎባጣ ይላሉ የኢትዮጵያ እናቶች ምን ለማለት ፈልጊ መሰላችሁ ከመጀመሪያው ላይ አቶ ረዘነ የጻፈውን አስተያየት አነበብኩ;; መልክትህ እራሱ ወያኒ ወያኒ ነው የሚሸተው መልካም ነገር ብትጽፍ ጥሩ ነበር ቢያንስ ያቀረሽህን ያክል ልትተፋ ከሞሞከርህ በፊት አቶ እስክንደር ወይም ጋዚጠኛ እስክንድር ስለ ኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ያለውን ተቃርቃሪነት አሳየ ያም በአይን የሚታይ በእጅ የሚዳሰስ በወሪ ሳይሆን በፊት ለፊት እየተጋፈጠ እውነቱን ለማሳወቅ ጊዘውን እውቀቱን የቻለውን ሁሉ እያደረገ ያለ እውነተኛ አገር ወዳድ እንጅ እነደ አንተ እንደ ረዘነ አሚሪካን ሀገር ቁጭ ብሎ ሀምበርገሩን በየሰአቱ እየገመሰ የሚኖር የሆድ ሰው አይደለም ስለዚህ እስክንድርን ለቀቅ ከዚያው ከለመድከው ከሆድህ ጋር ውደቅ;;ደግሞ አዲስ አበባ ነኝ ብሎ የሚዋሺ ፈሪ እንድይመስልህ በል ለዛሪው በዚሁ ላብቃ?

  40. amazing
    | #40

    lOVE eTHIOPIA,

    We Ethiopians are still naive about sentiments of Eritreans to Ethiopia, look every news and blogs on Eritrean sites, it is more anti Ethiopia than even Anti Meles. The resentment of Eritreans toward Ethiopia is still very much alive. I hope some Ethiopians who support Eritreans support only in mutual situations and blindly give more power to Eritrea, this will be a big mistake. The reason being, Eritrea already controls Ethiopia through TPLF, there are many Eritrean agents in TPLF and yet we still remain naive and being weak for Eritrea. Will we once again lose ourselves for Eritrea? That will remain to be seen. God protect Ethiopia of course Ethiopians have become greedy, selfish, careless, not like out fathers and forefathers who sacrificed for the country. Well we are now waiting for deliberately to allow ourselves enslaved by Eritreans, here Eritrea tie the chain around my two wrists. We can even obviously see the influence of Eritrea as colonizers in our country. In the West, they insult Ethiopia, in Ethiopia they are mansion, building and business owners approved by Meles and TPLF while Ethiopians don’t have anything to eat. Take for example, Shew Dabo bet (Shoa bakery shops) in Ethiopia have become more wealthy than ever before and exapanding all over Ethiopia, the owner is Eritrean and for love of god, his wife is non Eritrean still brainwashed by her husband. The children are all staunch pro Eritreans. However, they have high end lives in Ethiopia. In fact they voted for Eritrea’s indpendence as well. Then why are they in our country? It is because they want Ethiopia for economic reason only. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. This is where Ethiopia has been in the past 20 years, saddest situation for Ethiopia. In truth, the driving force of Meles and TPLF is still Isayas and Eritrea. Why else Clinton ignored all these years to visit Ethiopia but visit Eritrea because Eritrea is doing the job of what the U.S and UK wants and of course what Eritrea wants correlate with eachother and that is weakening the country Ethiopia to crush the pride of independent country so that Ethiopia will no longer be a model of indpendence for other countries. Both West and Eritrea, their interest is the same, weakening Ethiopia but the goal is different. Let us not even start with Egypt, who wants the total distruction of Ethiopia, work hand in hand with Eritea, Arab countries and the West to crush Ethiopia. bUT IT IS EVIDENT THAT GOD WILL PROTECT ETHIOPIA, IT IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE, SO IT SHALL HAPPEN.

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