Brutal wave of arrests meant to decimate Ethiopian democracy By Robele Ababya,

September 20th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Lives on the line in defense of basic values

Parents, grandparents and indeed all genuine Ethiopians and citizens of Ethiopian origin, wherever they are living in our global village, cannot stay put in the face of the increasingly intensifying wave of arrests of Ethiopian political leaders most of them young; they cannot tolerate the brainwashing of their children forcing to tow the Stalinist-Maoist ideological line of the brutal ruling regime. The Ethiopian youths cannot stay indifferent to the dark and frightening future of living in slavery; so they are duty bound to amass all support they can get in order to expedite the onset of civil disobedience and apply their creative skill and energy in order to engender their rightful demand for freedom, liberty, dignity, peace, stability, democracy, prosperity, respect for human rights and the supreme rule of law in their motherland, Ethiopia – all of which are fundamental universal values.

It is in view of their patriotic and legitimate demand for the inviolability of universal values that (in alphabetical order): Andualem Aragie, Asamnew Birhanu, Bekele Gerba, Debebe Eshetu, Eskinder Nega, Nathnael Mekonnen, Olbana Lelisa, Reeyot Alemu, Woubshet Taye, Zemenu Molla and all other political prisoners in Ethiopia have laid their lives on the line on behalf of their fellow citizens. The onus is on all of us in the larger prison in Ethiopia and those of us in the Diaspora to do our utmost for their immediate release of these heroic Ethiopian prisoners of conscience languishing in narrow, filthy and congested cells.

Zenawi’s “If it is not meant to be, so be it” cliché

The first order of the TPLF’s hidden agenda to dismantle the unity of Ethiopia started with initiating the removal of the statute of the great architect of that unity, Emperor Menilik II – the victor of the famous Battle of Adwa which proved to be the beacon of hope of all black people of African origin. Znawi should know that even European colonizers during the scramble for Africa had respect for Menilik II for his effort to defend the rights of Africans to keep and defend their independence and natural resources.

The “If it is not meant to be, so be it” cliché is attributed to Zenawi. He uses it in retaliation to criticisms of his divisive ethnic politics pregnant with the eventual disintegration of Ethiopia. He was making it clear to his critics that if the unity of Ethiopia is not meant to be, so be it. How much more arrogant, reckless and irresponsible can one be in the 21st century where common human virtues take the center stage in advancing peace and security in our global village.

The repressive ruling TPLF/EPRDF Party, which claimed a landslide (nearly 100%) victory in the fake election of 2010 has neither legitimacy nor moral authority to arrest veteran fighter for democracy, Debebe Eshetu, and progressive young individuals like Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega et al engaged in peaceful struggle. The real motive for the arrest is fear for popular uprising because the regime knows that it stole election twice – in 2005 in the first instance and in 2010 for the second time. Otherwise, a regime that claimed 99.6% victory would not have feared open dissent in a peaceful public demonstration.

The Acronym TPLF (Tigray Peoples Liberation Front) has been in use for well over two decades and tyrant zenawi is still wearing the tribal garb while he is holding the entire Ethiopian people under his tyrannical misrule. The question is when this ethnic superiority of a minority tribal regime going to end now that despot Zenawi is in iron grip of absolute power.

Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJP) and TPLF/ERDF ruling party are at the opposite poles of the political spectrum, the former earnestly seeking a democratic, pluralistic, prosperous, tolerant and united Ethiopia under the rule of law in a compassionate society; in sharp contrast the latter is using its power and donors’ direct financial support to dismantle Ethiopia into balkanized states each one so weak and subservient to the minority regime. Opposition political bodies cooperating under the Medrek umbrella such as the Oromo National Congress (ONC) and Oromo Peoples Federal Democratic Movement (OPFDM) in particular are close to UDJP in several aspects of their political programmes. This explains the current brutal wave of arrests of key members of these three political entities.

The ruling TPLF party has practically expunged the Amhara and Oromo representatives from the Executive Committee (politbureau) of the EPRDF. This situation has put Zenawi at the apex of absolute power from which he can disburse the resources of Ethiopia at his pleasure. It is bizarre that some opposition forces for selfish reasons still do not see that their lack of cooperation is keeping the tyrant in power at the expense of the suffering of peasants in serfdom and the masses under tyrannical subjugation. It is fair to ask what the hell the Amharas, Oromos and others in similar predicament are waiting for.

Conclusion

The only best way forward to defeat the thuggish TPLF regime is:

• By igniting a sustainable, well-coordinated and peaceful civil disobedience; this by the way is an increasingly popular view;
• By reversing the sectarian policy of divide-and-rule along ethnic and religious lines, which tyrant has been effectively using as his mighty weapon;
• Practical and comprehensive support for the heroic victims of the recent wave of arrests and all prisoners of conscience; uphold their noble sacrifice for the sake of peaceful change.

Finally, I fully subscribe to the widespread clarion call for the immediate and unconditional release of: Andualem Aragie, Asamnew Birhanu, Bekele Gerba, Debebe Eshetu, Eskinder Nega, Nathnael Mekonnen, Olbana Lelisa, Reeyot Alemu, Woubshet Taye, Zemenu Molla and all other political prisoners in Ethiopia.

LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!
robele_ababya@yahoo.com

  1. Anonymous
    | #1

    It took nearly 20 years for the average Ethiopian to find out the true color of weyane- a color of roborry, deceitness, looting, murdering, and divide and rule; however, it is also the begining of the end of the aiga jungle products.

  2. bonger
    | #2

    Andualem Aragie,
    Asamnew Birhanu,
    Bekele Gerba,
    Debebe Eshetu,
    Eskinder Nega,
    Nathnael Mekonnen,
    Olbana Lelisa,
    Reeyot Alemu,
    Woubshet Taye,
    Zemenu Molla

    and 1000s more are the most recent victims of the the brutal , primitive, woyane junta whose ethnicist politics is falling apart.

    Having exhausted all other means of brutalising the Ethiopian people (inciting inter-ethnic violence, relegious violence, etc) the lawless woyane junta has added what it calls the ‘anti terrorism law’ giving itself a free hand to harass, kidnap, imprison and torture the Ethiopian people at will.

    The woyane are driving fast forward to a full blooded stalinist maoist dictatoship.
    No thing is going the way of the woyane at the moment, it is a desperate act to stem the tide of popular uprising simmering below the surface.

    Sooner or later the struggle for democracy, freedom and justice will prevail.

  3. Development without freedom
    | #3

    Ethiopian army is controlled by a few individuals. It is not there to protect a country but to serves those individuals as their bodygurads.

  4. yebbo
    | #4

    It is true that 99% of the military commanders in the so called Ethiopian dEfense Force are former woyane ‘tegadalay’, and they assert their allegiance to Meles and the TPLF polit-bureau. Nepotism, tribalism is the heart of TPLF military as in everything else. It is a ‘family’ business established to protect Meles and his cadres.

    The ‘agazi’ is a special militia composed of tigrean/eritran recruits set up to protect the intersts of the woyane. if it comes to the crunch this force will be used against the ‘defense forces’ to quash any uprising and the maintain TPLF dominance.

    But the majority of the foot soldiers are fed up. they are seen by the TPLF as messenger boys to do the dirty work of the TPLF. A few have shown resolve to oppose the discrimination and nepotism of the woyane facing purges and imprisonment and torture. Promotion to the high rank of the TPLF army is hard to get unless you belong to the right tribal group and unless you have the right connection.

    This and other issues are causing frustration among the foot soldiers and an uprising is likely.

  5. Babu
    | #5

    The nature and actions of the minority controlled regime has been extensively written and said. What is needed is now to act or start the process of removing them from the seat of the government. If they want to go at it via peaceful ways we should all encourage them to do so. If not as proud people and citizens we have the right to protect and own our rights. There is no middle ground at this time…either we are for encompassing democratic rights or tolerate the current regime.
    Free all political prisoners….

  6. tewbel
    | #6

    I think you mean decimate the Ethiopian opposition,
    otherwise you cannot decimate something that does not exist like an Ethiopian democracy.

  7. aha!
    | #7

    The gathering steam for a non-violent uprising to freedom is from auto cratic rule, emanating from the TPLF Politbeurro, a spearhead for the liberation movements against oppression of nations and nationalities with Marxist/Stalinist inclinations, not a marxist movement for class struggle for land reform and workers rights, from ethnic rule (minority or majority ethnic rule)/ethnic dictatorship under ethnic federalism, instead of state federalism, and ethnic secessionism, instead of secessionism of the original states with underlying totaliarinism carried over from the Derg regime. That is the set up of the TPLF/eprdf regime in relation to those parties with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians as compared to the objectives you assigned to UDJP as ” earnestly seeking a democratic, prosperous, tolerant and united Ethiopia under the rule of law in a compassionate society”… is even fuzzier than the mantra of “no change but durable democracy, in a country where the mantra is economic development befor democracy in East Asian style by TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises, and lately by foreign corporations and governments in terms of land lease for cash crops along with its subset agenda for democracy, human right and Justice, in a country where is devoid of three indepenet judiciary, parliament and the executive branch, where individual freedom and liberty as the basic unit of democratic society is riddled with ethnic rights and secessionists rights along with totaliarinism, that precludes the silent majority of Ethiopians from land and property ownership as one the means of production in a capitalistic and democratic society. UDJP’s stand with respect to the national agenda, now in its current coalition with the loyalist opposition parties/ethnic federalist esablished under Article 46, and the ethnic secessionists under Article 39 (1), to gether with Article 8 about the sovereignity of Ethiopia do not jive well with one of objectives you assigned to UDJP, being seeking a “united Ethiopia”.

  8. Dawi
    | #8

    aha – I have to tell to submit your writings to Guinness book of Records for constructing the longest sentences in the English language. LOL!!

    You are getting me dizzy my man! The sentence goes on and on ike what is that battery comercial.

    I love it though!!
    Keep up the good work.

  9. Decimate Which Democracy???
    | #9

    Some articles are very misleading in that just only because they intend to oppose the incumbent Weyane they do not as such care to say something that is coherent with the existing reality of today’s world. Democracy never existed in Ethiopia before. What really exited meaningful and vital was our identity integrity and freedom as an Ethiopian. For me that is something more meaningful to talk about. And in my view what we are losing from time to time is not the bogus and stereotypical democracy but what we really have secured for so long generations, that is our identity integrity and freedom as an Ethiopian. In fact I do not as such worry about this too stereotypical word and as such do not want to emphasize and reiterate it like a parrot. Like any Ethiopian I really never experienced democracy and why I worry that much about it more than what I experienced and that is of my survival issue but that is now being endangered, our identity integrity and freedom as an Ethiopian. I am very much surprised by the naivety and gullibility of many intellectual Ethiopians arguing over Democracy, something that even never exited before. How the writer even dares to say decimate democracy? What really existed was bogus democracy. Are you as such worrying over something that is bogus? Is democracy after all casting ballots during election and talking any thing you want on press or what ever means? Or is it only a matter of installing Mr. X and uninstalling Mr. Y by mere election?
    About what sort of Democracy we are even talking? Are we viewing and judging democracy as a means or as an end or both for our life? We are usually confused between ends of life and means of life. When we are delivered means of life we simply take it as if it is our end goal and hence get stuck with it. There is a very huge cloud of confusion, especially among the naïve intellectual young generation regarding this issue.
    We need to reclaim rationality and scientific methods to clarify this definition and interpretation regarding democracy that is entangled with pop-psychology.
    We have to use commonsense logic and rational thinking more than mere pop-psychology that is very misleading. Many worry about bogus and stereotypical word called Democracy which even never exited before rather than the identity, integrity, freedom which is becoming endangered from time to time by the incumbent irresponsible and racist Weyane regime. I do not mean that we do not want Democracy but is it a mandatory necessity at this very critical condition in Ethiopia where things are even becoming very dangerous for our own survival as an Ethiopian?
    I think we are some how confused, especially by the very stereotypical word Democracy. Where do you apply democracy if you do not have your own country that has its own identity, integrity, freedom? Is Ethiopia surviving as a nation for the last 3k Years by mere democracy?
    ዝንጀሮ መጀመሪያ የመቀመጫዬን ነው ያለችው፡፡ሰው እንደ ሰውና እንደ ዜጋ የእኔ የሚለው ሀገሩ ህልውናና ደህንነት አደጋ ላይ እየወደቀና በዚህም የራሱ በህይወት የመኖር ህልውናውና ደህንነቱ ከፍተኛ አደጋ ላይ እየወደቀ ባለበት ሰዓት ቀድሞውኑም ስለሌለ ዲሞከራሲ ማውራት እጅግ የተምታታ አካሄድ ይመስለኛል፡፡ዲሞክራሲ እንደሸቀጥ ተጭኖ የሚገባ ይመስለናል ለብልን?ብዙዎቻችን ይህ ዲሞክራሲ በሚባለው ነገር የማይሆን ችግር ውስጥ እንዳንገባ በጣሙን እፈራለሁ፡፡አንዳንዱ እኮ የሀገሩ መሬትና ሀብት በሀራጅ ለውጪ ሰዎች ተሸጦ በልዋጩ የተከበርከው ውድ ኢትዮጵያዊ ሆይ ለዘላለም ስትመኝ የነበረውን ዲሞክራሲ እንካ ተብሎ በስጦታ እቃ ተጠቅሎለት በገፀ በረከትነት ቢሰጠው ምድር እስክትጠበው ጮቤ የሚረግጥ ይመስለኛል፡፡
    በእውነት ለመናገር ብዙዎቻችን በትክክል ምን አንደምንፈልግና ምን እንደሚያስፈልገን በቅጡ የተረዳን አይመስለኝም፡፡ብዙዎቻችን ጭራሽ የምንፈልገውና የሚያስፈልገን ነገር ሁሉ የተምታታብን ይመስለኛል፡፡ዲሞክራሲ ልንፈልግ እንችላለን አልቃወምም፡፡ነገር ግን ከዚህ ከምነፈለገው ነገር የበለጠ የኢትዮጵያችን እንደ ሀገር ህልውናዋና ደህንነቷ ተጠብቆ መቀጠሉ የግድ የሚያስፈልገን ነገር እንደሆነ ነው የማምነው፡፡በዚህ እምነቴ ግን ልሳሳት እችላለሁኝ፡፡የቆጡን አወርድ ብላ የብብቷን ጣለች እንደሚባለውና ሰዶ ማሳደድ ካማረህ ዶሮህን በቆቅ ለውጥ እንደተባለው በቅጡ ያላየነውንና የማናውቀውን አዲስ መጤ ነገር ለማግኘት ስንራወጥ እንደ ኢትዮጵያዊ በእጃችን ያለውንና ለህልውናችንና ለደህንነታችን የሚያስፈልገንንና የሚበጀንን ነገር እንዳናጣ ብንጠነቀቅና በማስተዋል ብንሄድ መልካም ይመስለኛል፡፡
    Therefore dear writer you better rectify the title from saying it “Decimate Democracy” to “Decimate Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet”
    Let’s not live in fantasy and illusion. Let’s give priority for what we need for our very survival rather than for what we want for luxury. Let’s be wise and longsighted and stop being naïve and gullible. Especially the young intellectual generation is being misled by so called democracy. Some selfish politicians want to induce fantasy and illusion in to the young generation about democracy and under this disguise want to advance their own insidious interest. It is like a saying by one royal family member that once said for a revolting and hungry mass “why they do not eat cake if they are hungry”
    What some naïve and/or selfish politicians or individuals recommend for our deep=rooted and multifaceted problems is like “why they do not eat cake if they are hungry”.
    They recommend us not based on what we really need but rather based on what we naively want like a kid.
    It is the very moment of time in history that the 3rd world young generation, especially the naïve and gullible intellectuals, rectify their fanatical and illusionary perverted view and understanding about Democracy. Most naïve and gullible Ethiopian young generation intellectuals are stuck in free-market economy and Democracy and hence want to address and solve our deep-rooted and multifaceted problems using these tools only.
    The very big confusion arises from this very perverted prejudice and mentality.
    Those arrested are being labeled as terrorists which are such a very disgrace and shame for we Ethiopians who has nothing to do with such act and never had the history of being a terrorist. What terrorism has to do with we decent Ethiopians who have a decent and respected religious history of 3k Years? How comes such decent Christians like Andualem Aragie or Debebe Eshetu or Eskindir Nega be a trriorist?Is it the way and tradition that we solve our internal problems as an Ethiopians?
    The whole move by Ato Meles and Weyane is not that much about to decimate the bogus and non existent Democracy which I do not care as such. It is more rather mainly to disgrace and decimate the most prominent, meaningful and vital thing I call it Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet. Why you automatically default to democracy. Because it is the current hype that gives more meaning to the naïve youth? First let’s give priority and work hard to save Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet. Believe me when we do so this, if not a matter of time, then we can secure and play games by on you aspire for it, that is called Democracy.

    And hence dear writer please think over it!!!

  10. Adam Chamo
    | #10

    Meles Zenawi is an ethnic fascist and democracy and the rule of law can not exist under fascism. Fascism does not accept and tolerate any sign of dissent and freedom of expression. The arrests and killings in Ethiopia have an ethnic pattern and this is not a coincidence at all. The TPLF Ethnic fascists under the leadership of Meles Zenawi lump and treat all Ethiopians who do not belong to their ethnic group as enemies and potential threats. The common and widespread arrests and killings of the Oromo Ethiopians proves that Meles Zenawi`s fascist rule will not stop short of committing genocide. Meles Zenawi had brought the issue of the Interhamwe in 2005 to remind Ethiopians of his evil plans and to intimidate and silence them. The hatred and contempt the followers and supporters of Meles Zenawi eschew out should be taken as a warning by all Ethiopians. Meles Zenawi is holding the people of Tigray as his hostages by beating his racist and fascist drum and playing his anti-Amhara music.

  11. Dawi
    | #11

    Decimate Which Democracy??? is a well thought response. Thanks.

    To paraphrase Aristotle, in a society where few citizens live in a real poverty, the population can smartly participate in politics and develop the self discipline to avoid demagogues.

    So in a society of where inter group inequality, instability, famine and other national disasters exist, the requirement of fast decision making and less of freedom/liberties is called for. In other words, Democracy may not be viable. In short, among poor nations, “an authoritarian political system increases the rate of economic development, while a democratic political system appears to be a luxury which hinders development”.

    Under such conditions economical development is promoted by Dictatorships, example the Asian Tigers. History have shown that richer, educated and more equal countries are more likely to be democratic.

    Our country needs some kind of balance between the Meles Dictatorship and the Liberty advocates that are put in jail today. The Liberty advocates are needed to go side by side to eventually take over when the country reaches certain level of economic development.

    For such thing to work, accepting the rule of the game and understanding the historical role the Meles Dictatorship can play as in the “Asian Tigers” and the eventual take over of the Liberty advocates need to be mutually clear. Until then we will have problems.

    That is why “Messay’s principles” of reconciliation is the necessary evil.

  12. Abi Adi
    | #12

    Yebbo,
    I tend to agree with your assesment.With out adequately making any assessment about the weyane army composition and her makeup, the thought came to me last week about this, and this is what I stated about it then.
    We have to be ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice, for justice, law, order, and the well being of our people. The one man absolute rule of Marshal Legese against our people need to end.We should not sit by and let him take us one at time.We have to join the victims in the struggle against the Nazi and communist hybrid philosophy of Melse against Ethiopians. We need to accept the fact that Melese has put our citizens in a police state against their will.
    He may think, for now, he is in control of the situation, in reality he is not. In the moment of stress and strain he will quickly find out other powers and individuals, within his rank, will come to the fore to alter the course of events. He can’t not be absolutely confident about the army and agazi he is in command of. I do believe in such a time as this somewhere some junior soldiers or a group of rank soldieries will come to the fore to make history, to end the madness there by canceling out the effectiveness of perpetrators out of the equation.

  13. aha!
    | #13

    Dawi, thanks for your comment of my run-away sentences, which partly to being unedited and partly not to leave any phrases, that describe the TPLF/eprdf political model. Hoever long, a sentences defines a model. In retrospect, those phrases would have been put in parenthesis or put in sentences to reinforce the topic sentence in a paragraph.

    The other thing that contributed to the length of the second sentence, is the the citation of the part of the lengthy objectives of UDJP stipulated by the author. All in all this is only a draft, containig descrptions of the TPLF/eprdf political model, in relation other political models in terms of their platform of ethnic vs national agenda and specific objectives/goals interms of the two agenda: National and ethnic agenda, where the former seems to me works towards restoring individual freedom and liberty to supecede ethnic rights and secessionist rights, to restore Ethiopian Nationalism , Ethiopian territorial integrity, and the sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, and the latter bases its platform on supporting Articles 46, 39 (1)and and 8, with two dimetrically opposed political forces.

  14. Samuel
    | #14

    Dawi,

    You white wash the structure of the current government in order to advance Meles’s developmental economy. Meles did not come up with this theory out of the blue. He saw in it that he can model his dictatorship to that of chinese authoritrian government and legitimize his ethnic hegemony over the rest of the Ethiopian people. In China, the communist party does not come from a minority ethnic group. The Hans comprise a larger demographics of the country and many communist party members come from this group. That is not to say that others are not part of the party and the government. The odd thing about Ethiopia is that the TPLF usurped the central power of the country and marginalized over the 90% of the Ethiopian people. It is not through the free will of the people but through the barrel of the gun. The moment the Ethiopian people defeat the divide and rule policy of the TPLF the false tower that the TPLF built on the blood of many Ethiopians will come down crumbling. We are seeing the beginning of the end of the TPLF era. Dictatorship under ethnic hegemony has no place anywhere. Get ready to disembark your beloved Woyane train.

  15. Dawi
    | #15

    [[…Get ready to disembark your beloved Woyane train….]]

    “Messay’s Manifesto” is probably hope against hope.

    I understand my people’s capability Samuel; “disembarking” is our trade mark.

    Woyane disembarked the Derg to reach Arat Kilo with warp speed and on its way made sure EPLF drank its poison (colonial clause) dividing the country into two. [BTW, did you hear what Dima Negewo has to say about OLF secession clause? He said it was put to differentiate itself from EPRP. Laughable! IMO.]

    [[..Meles did not come up with this theory out of the blue. He saw in it that he can model his dictatorship to that of Chinese authoritarian government..]]

    So what? Would “Chinese authoritarian gov.” style work? Is the question?

    IMO, Meles’s aspiration goes beyond “ethnic hegemony”. He has proven that several times for those who can read. I don’t need to repeat it here as Messay had explained that in detail.

    So what else is new?

  16. Dawi
    | #16

    [[..In China, the communist party does not come from a minority ethnic group. ...The odd thing about Ethiopia is that the TPLF usurped the central power of the country and marginalized over the 90% of the Ethiopian people...]]

    In “democratic” India elite ethnic groups bargain for positions of power/privilege in both central and state government. Using ethnic identity they argue appointing them to postitions of power/priviege to demonstrate “inclusion” of the particular ethnic group. That is supposed to conferm the “dignity” of the whole ethnic group. They say this “dignity” should come first before roads, hospital and schools that benefit the masses.

    These arguments are widespread across Africa. by appointing minister so and so of a given tribe means that tribe is included in power. This is how elites appropriate democracy for their own benefit. They hide behind identity to obscure this reality. ANC drawn from majority today largely serves elite interests. On the other hand, RPF drawn from ethnic minority bypasses Hutu elites and seek support from ordinary Hutu masses.

    My friend, as they say, the Proof is in the Pudding.

  17. Decimate Which Democracy???
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    Dawi I am not sure whether you fully understand my idea.
    To talk about any own governance one and only one thing is very mandatory.
    That is loyalty,love and respect for own citizens and country is very very necessary condition though not a sufficient condition.Therefore based on the last 20 or more years Melese and Weyane under any measure does not fulfill any of those necessary preconditions as a leader of this country. I do not understand how we view and judge things.This man can be as genius as Albert Einstein however, if he can not fulfill all the above necessary preconditions then he can not be any more any longer a leader of any country. Hey guys we are human beings not animals or robots.As any sane human being we deserve loyalty, love and respect. It is our inherent emotional need. We human beings not only do we need material needs but also we need emotional needs. Meles is a racist and savage person for we majority Ethiopians that he does not have the slightest loyalty, love and respect. So there is no need to make this person as a reference for any of our future issues.
    When i say “Decimate Which Democracy” i do not mean to support the bogus and misleading approach under the disguise of “Developmental State” that is claimed, disseminated and propagated by Ato Meles.
    Any body can declare and claim that he/she is something and it is his/her individual write as long as it is not imposed on others forcefully.For the last 20 Years Meles has been selling off every public service sector to the so called investors and his business enterprise called EFFORT that was even established owned and run by the Derg regime.The very misleading thing about a developmental state as is misleadingly inculcated by Ato Meles and supported by Messay Kebede as a compromise solution is as follows. In the first place any regime or power that can claim it elf as developmental state has to fulfill those above necessary preconditions, that is loyalty, love and respect for own citizens and country. Second becoming a developmental state can not be accepted just simply by claiming it,it has to be proved by others based on what is existing in reality. The very idea of a developmental state originates mainly from the unbridled lust for power and economic interest by Ato Meles and Weyane. Because Ato Meles can no longer cheat blatantly by the perpetual bogus elections in order to stay in power he has to devise another means. So he claims to be a developmental state where power can not be as such challenged by mere elections every term. The very surprising thing is that even after 20 Years Ethiopians and Ethiopia have come to this stage of poverty,economical and social chaos and how comes such a leadership that caused this all mess and chaos has the moral ground to claim as a developmental state? And why Meles is doing this is immoral thing is just because of the reason I mentioned above. Just because he has no the slightest loyalty, love and respect for we majority Ethiopians and this country .His abundant and limitless loyalty, love and respect is only and only for his own power and economic interest that enables him to have power to oppress impoverish and then ultimately destabilize and disintegrate Ethiopians and Ethiopia.ስለዚህም ልማታዊ መንግስትም ቢሆን በራሱ ህዝብ ያመነው የወደደውና ይሁንታውን የሰጠው ነው መሆን ያለበት እንጂ እንደ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ሀገር የገነጠለ ያስገነጠለ የባህር በር ያሳጣ ኢትዮጵያውያንን በዘር በሃይማኖት ወዘተ የከፋፈለ ዜጎችንና ህዝቦችን በተንኮልና በቂም ስራ-አጥ አድርጎ ወደድህነትና ርሃብ የከተተና ወደ ባእድ ሀገር እንዲሰደዱ ያደረገና ሀገርን ለመበታተንና ለማጥፋት ዘወትር እንቅልፍ አጥቶ የሚባዝን አረመኔና ከሃዲ እንዴት ብሎ ነው ልማታዊ መንግስት ነኝ ሊል የሚችለው፡፡ሁልጊዜ ግለሰቦች ሀብት የሚያከማቹት ዋነኛው መንገድ በተለያየ መንገድ ከህዝብና በህዝብ ስም በሚሰበሰብ ገንዘብ የመንግስት ካዝና ከገባ በኋላ በተለያየ ልማት ስም ተመልሶ ጥቂቶች እጅ በረቀቀ መልክ እንዲገባ እሆነ ነው፡፡ልማታዊ መንግስት የሚለው ምስጢሩም እንደዚህ ነው፡፡የአቶ መለስና የወያኔ እንደ ንበረት የሆኑት ኤፈርትና የመሳሰሉት የተከታዮቻቸው ሸሪክ የንግድ ድርጅቶች መንግስት በዋናነት የሚያስኬደውን ልማት በቻሉት አቅም ሁሉ ስራውን ያለ ተገቢ ጫራታ በኮንትራት እንዲሰጣቸው ይደረጋል፡፡በዚሁ በልማት ስም ለታቀዱ ለተለያዩ ፕሮጀክቶች እጅግ የተጋነነ ውድ የሆነ ዋጋ እንዲወጣባቸው ይደረግና የዚህ ውድ ዋጋ ቀጥተኛና ተዘዋዋሪ ተጠቃሚዎች እራሳቸው አቶ መለስ ወያኔና ተከታዮቻቸው ይሆናሉ ማለት ነው፡፡አንዳንዶቹ እጅግ ጠቀም ያለ ትርፍ እንዲገኝባቸው ተብሎ ጥራታቸው እጅግ የወረደ እንዲሆን ይደረጋል፡፡ስለዚህም የልማታዊ መንግስት ዋና ምስጢሩ መንግስት እራሱ ኮንትራት ሰጪ እራሱ ተኮናታሪ እራሱ አማካሪና ገምጋሚ ሆኖ የሀገርና የህዝብ አንጡራ ሀብት በከንቱ እንዲባክንና ጥቂቶች ብቻ እንዲዘርፉትና እንዲከብሩበት ይደረጋል ማለት ነው፡፡አንዱ የሀብት ክፍፍል በዚህ አይነት ቅጥ ያጣ መልክ የተጋነነና የተዛባ እንዲሆን ያደረገው ይህ ዋነኛ ምክንያት ነው፡፡ብዙዎች ከለት ወደ እለት ወደ ከፋ የድህነት አረንቋ ሲገቡ ጥቂቶች ደግሞ በብርሃን ፍጠነት ወደ ሃብት ታሪያ ላይ በአንድ ጊዜ እየተተኮሱ ነው፡፡
    እንደ ግድብ ግናባታ ያሉ ከፍተኛ የሆነ የሲቪል የግንባታ ስራ ያለባቸው ፕሮጀክቶች ከፍተኛ የሆነ የጠጠር የአሸዋና የሲሚንቶ ግብአት ያስፈልጋቸዋል፡፡ያለ ሌላ ተቀናቃኝና ያለ ተገቢ ጨረታ እጅግ የተጋነነ ውድ ዋጋ እየተሰጣቸው የእነዚህ መሰረታዊ እቃዎች ዋና ግብአት አቅራቢዎች ማናቸው?የአቶ መለስና የወያኔ ንበረት የሆነው ኢፈርትና ተቀጥላዎቹ አይደሉምን?ተከዜ ላይ 4 ቢሊዮን ብር የወጣበት ግድብ ሲገደብ ከአንድ ቢሊዮን ብር በላይ የወጣው ለሞሶቦ ሲሚንቶ አይደለም እንዴ?ስለዚህም ያለበቂ የዋጪነት ጥናትና ያለ በቂ የኮንትራት ሂደት በወከባ ብዙ ፕሮጀክቶች በልማት ስም የሚተገበሩት በዋናነት የአቶ መለስንና የወያኔ የንግድ ደርጅቶችና ሸሪኮቻቸውን ለመጥቀም ተብሎ እንጂ ለኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ያን ያህል ታስቦ አይደለም፡፡እውነታው ይህ ነው፡፡
    አምስቱ ዓመት የእድገትና የትራንስፎርሜሽን እቅድም በዋናነት በልማት ስም ሀብትና ገንዘብ በገፍ በአቶ መለስና በዋያኔ የሚዘረፍበትና ስልጣናችንን ሳንለቅ ካሁኑ የምንችለውን እንዝረፍ በሚል የታቀደ የእንብላው ዘመን ነው፡፡በዚህ በልማት ስም የሚደረግ ነገር ሁሉ ውጤቱም ከቀድሞው በበለጠ ብዙሀኖች የከፋ ድህነት ውስጥ ይገባሉ ጥቂቶች ደግሞ ሁልቆ መሳፍርት የሌለው ሀብት ያከማቻሉ፡፡
    ኢትዮጵያንና የኢትዮጵያን ህዝብ በባንዳነት በሚከዱ መሀል ሰፋሪ አደራዳሪ አንዳንድ ኢትዮጵያውያንና የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ወይንም ሌሎች ሀይሎች አማካኝነት ከአቶ መለስና ወያኔ ጋር የሚደረግ ድርድር ደግሞ ዋነኛ ተቀዳሚ አለማው የሚሆነው በዋናነት ይህንን በልማት ስምና በሌላም መንገድ በኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ስምና ከኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት በአቶ መለስ በወያኔና በተከታዮቻቸው በግፍ የተዘረፈና የተከማቸ ሀብትና የንገድ እንቅስቃሴ ባለበት እንዲቀጥል ለመታደግ የሚደረግ እጅግ መሰሪና አደገኛ የክህደት ስራ ነው የሚሆነው፡፡በዚህ በድርድር ስም አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ከቻሉና ከተሳካላቸው ማድረግ የሚፈልጉት አንዱ ትልቅ ቁምነገር ደግሞ የፖለቲካ ስልጣኑን መረከብ ትችላላችሁ ነገር ግን ይህንን ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት የመሰረትነውን የኢኮኖሚ ጥቅማችንን አትንኩብን እኛንም በስልጣን ዘመናችን ለፈፀምነው ወንጅልና ጥፋት በሃላፊነት እንዳትጠይቁን የሚል እራስን የማዳን ስራ ነው፡፡
    ከአቶ መለስ መንጋጋ አላቀን ነፃነትንና ዲሞክራሲ አመጣንላችሁ ለማለት ያቀዱ ከህዝባቸውና ከሀገራቸው ዘላቂ ጥቅም ይልቅ በስግብግብነትና እራስ ወዳድነት ለስልጣን የሚቋምጡ አንዳንድ አድርባይና ባንዳ ሀይሎች ይህንን በሰርጎ ገብነት በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መልክ ለአቶ መለስና ለወያኔ በጥቅም ተገዝተው በከሃዲነት ይህንን እንዳያደርጉ ነው አንዱ ትልቁ ስጋቴ፡፡
    ስለዚህም ከአቶ መለስ ጋር ከዚህ በኋላ የሚደረገው ሰላማዊ ድርድር አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ስልጣናቸውን በሰላማዊ መልክ እንዲለቁና ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት ለሰሩት ሀገር የማጥፋት ወንጀል ጥፋትና ዝርፊያ በህግ ፊት ተጠያቂ ማድረግና እስከዛሬ የዘረፉትንም ገንዘብና ሀብት ሁሉ እውነተኛ አጣሪ ኮሚቴ ተቋቁሞ ለዘረፉት ህዝብና ለመንግስት እንዲመለስና እንዲወረስ ማድረግ ብቻ ነው፡፡ይህንን ማድረግ ያልቻለ ማንኛውም ተቃዋሚ ነኝ የሚል የፖለቲካ ሀይል ሁሉ ምርጫና ዲሞክራሲ እያለ ሀገርንና ህዝብን ለማታለልና ለመዘናጋት እንዳያቅድ ካሁኑ ግንዛቤ ሊወሰድበት ይገባል፡፡

  18. ለምለ
    | #18

    መፋረድ ዓይቀርም
    ያዝተዛዝቨናልም ይኸ ቀን ያልፍና
    ዝም ዓትበል ወገኔ
    በቀኝ እጅህ ጠንቁል
    እየጮህ ነግ በኔ

    ዛሬ ብትነግድ
    የቆምህን መሥሎሃል
    ዛሬ ቦሌ ብትሄድ
    የቆምህን መስሎሃል
    ደግሞ እንደትናትናው
    በጎሣ ሚዛኑ
    ይተማምንሃል

    ለማስታወስ ያክል
    እስኪ ላሣሥብሀ
    ልብ ታደርግ እንደሁ
    ደጋግመህ መላልሰህ

    ትላንት ብሎ ነበር
    ንግድን ለዓደሪ
    ውርደትን ላማራ
    ኦሮምን ለንቀት
    ትግሬን ለዓፈሙዙ
    እየሸዋወደ በነገር መዘዙ
    ሰጥ ለበጥ በማለት
    ዓርፈው ካልተገዙ
    በዚህ ዓመት ደግሞ
    ዓሥፍሯል ከምባታን
    በራፍ ዓሥጠባቂ
    ዓረ ተው ወገኔ
    ዓትሁን ሰቫቂ

    መፋረድ ዓይቀርም
    ያዝተዛዝቨናልም ይኸ ቀን ያልፍና

    ዝም ዓትበል ወገኔ
    በቀኝ እጅህ ጠንቁል
    እየጮህ ነግ በኔ
    ጽሁፍ ቢከለከል
    ልትሆን ትችላለህ ዓቅራሪ ሀሚና
    መለስ ቀለስ ብለህ
    ለመሽቀርቀር ጭምር
    ከውጭ ዓገር ምላሽ
    ለሱ ጓንቴ ከሆንህ
    እንፋረዳለን
    ይህ ጊዜ ያልፍና
    እንኳን የታሰሩት
    የሞቱም ደም ጩኸት ዓይለቅህምና

    (Dedicated to the recent & all individuals jailed by Meles regime):
    ለ ደበበ እሸቱ፣ እሥክንድር ነጋ፣ ውቭሸት ታዬ ፣ ርዮት ዓለሙ፣ዓንዱዓለም ዓራጌ፣ ዓሣምነው ብርሃኑ፣ ናትናኤ ልመኮነን፣ ኦልባና ሊላሣ፣ በቀለ ገብሬ ና ሌሎ
    ችም እንደነሱ በመለስ ዘናዊ ለታቆ ሩ መታሰቪያ የተጻፈ

    ለምለም ጸጋው ደራሲ

    ©Lemlem Tsegaw, September 20, 2011

  19. Samuel
    | #19

    Dawi,

    You are too open. No economic development or political philosophy for support for an apartheid system as practiced by the Woyane regime acn stand for a long term. It has to come down and it will come down violently.

  20. Dawi
    | #20

    Decimate says:

    [[Dawi I am not sure whether you fully understand my idea.]]

    I understood your thought and I respect it however, I don’t agree with it.

    ” loyalty,love and respect for own citizens”

    This is something you can train into people but, such things are not necessarily a skill or a competency. It is like what “Ethiopiawinet” is, as G7 Dr. Berhanu explained on this subject it is different for different people. Therefore, it is not surprising if Meles’s is different from yours.

    As far as Eritrea is concerned, Woyane made sure Independence (colonial clause) was implemented, all other stands on Eritrea including supporting the armed struggle is not different from the rest of Ethiopian Student Movement. Woyane supported colonial question to out maneuver the rest of Ethiopian movements and EPLF (itself) to take power. That is history.

    The Meles Dictatorship being in charge of EFFORT gives it a leverage in implementing the Developmental State. Such states are built by strong enterprises and I have no doubt EFFORT will be used for such purpose.

    [[..The very idea of a developmental state originates mainly from the unbridled lust for power and economic interest by Ato Meles and Weyane. Because Ato Meles can no longer cheat blatantly by the perpetual bogus elections in order to stay in power he has to devise another means...]]

    Exactly. Capitalism is greed, lust and anger. Skinning the next guy has more polite names: competition, free enterprise, capitalism etc.. A Developmental State is kind of a State Capitalism therefore the lust of a Dictator like Meles is what will make it successful.

    [[.. after 20 Years Ethiopians and Ethiopia have come to this stage of poverty,economical and social chaos and how comes such a leadership that caused this all mess and chaos has the moral ground to claim as a developmental state?..]]

    Let us be fair. The Meles Dictatorship was in the making; he just reached the pinnacle of that power. He has made a make over of himself several times to reach where he is now. He is not afraid to adapt new ideas to stay in power. Today the only folks steps ahead of him are G7 everybody else is playing his tune. Not understanding the Woyane that came to power and today’s Meles Dictatorship is the fallacy of many oppositions.

    [[.. why Meles is doing this is immoral thing is just because ... .His abundant and limitless loyalty, love and respect is only and only for his own power and economic interest that enables him to have power to oppress impoverish and then ultimately destabilize and disintegrate ..]]

    I understand the church I grew up calls such thing as “cardinal sins.” however, such thinking distracts us from recognizing that we were all born with “lust, anger and greed.” We didn’t inherit them; in my opinion, it’s part of the baggage of life.

    I don’t see why one ultimately “destabilize” what he built; Messay is counting on Meles’s greed to stay in power and ultimately take us out of poverty.

  21. aha!
    | #21

    Against the mantra and apiration of UDJP’s press release of “no change but durable democracy”, agaist the mantra of TPLF/eprdf regime of “economic development before democracy, in East Asian style. The economic development follows the Developmental state theory/State capitlism in a totalitarian state by TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises having access to capital and land and foreign corporations having access to land as means of production, which gives it the semblance of the Afrikaners in the Apartheid system, minus the totalitarian attribute of TPLF/eprdf regime.

  22. Decimate Which Democracy???
    | #22

    Dawi how are you
    I appreciate your strive to use every logic you have in mind to defend Ato Meles and Weyane.If you are after all to compromise ones loyalty,love and respect for own citizens why after all you want to accept him/her as a leader of a certain nation?
    If Meles for you is as such a genius guy(For me juts only evil genius) that you want him to be indispensable then you we can appoint him as a consultant if as such a need arises to do so. When you want to ignore those three words (Loyalty, love and respect) I am afraid that what sort of standard or norm you have to accept some one as a leader of a nation. As a sane human being we do not only need a brilliant mind we also need a kind and a benevolent heart. When you want to ignore those three words it reminds me like to as savage way of securing ones girlfriend or wife with mere generosity and wealth. When you want to ignore those three words I feel as if we Ethiopians are subhuman. When you want to ignore those three words in fact we Ethiopians are doomed to be governed and abused by mercenary,mafia client-regime style of leadership that is the well designed way of leadership being implemented for poor 3rd world countries like as for the sake of our abundant resources. When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid whether you have the right and proper notion and understanding of what a Nation State is. When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid whether you have your own beloved family that you govern it as a husband and as a father or want to have it one day. When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid that you have the proper notion and understanding of what development really is? When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid that you properly understand what the current globalized Neo-liberal thought is in its deepest sense and implementation. When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid that you even do not understand that what Ato Meles has been implementing fro the last 20 years and until now is this Neo-Liberal policy and thought despite the fact that he says or claims this or that in different times to confuse the innocent mass.
    When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid that you have the deepest sense and understanding of humanity. When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid that you even consider that we Ethiopians deserve loyalty, love and respect.
    When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid that you are dooming us to accept abuse of any sort. When you want to ignore those three words I am afraid that you properly figure out which one is a means and which one is an end with regard to the relation between development and humanity. For me development is a means for the sake of the general wellbeing of the ultimately respected and loved value called humanity which is an end goal. Should any sane and self esteemed woman marry a man just for the sake of his money and wealth unless she really loves him?
    When I even say all this it does not mean that we are even developing as is depicted and claimed by Ato Meles.The very most confusing and misleading thing when we even talk about change or development is that we even do not have our own established standard or norm or yardstick to properly measure it both qualitatively and quantitatively. Whenever we are talking about change if it is about mere change well then a stone can even change in to a soil gradually with mere involvement of weather conditions and others. When we talk about change I guess it is about the expected and “have to” change with regard to a certain existing realities and preconditions.
    When we talk about change I guess it is about the majority mass not about the minorities or certain elitist change. The very big problem When we talk about change or any sort of the quality of a certain governance we are not even having our own established norms and standards to evaluate and judge it. However, we can at least use our common sense and inherent wisdom as a human being and as a citizen of a country that has a history of 3K years. To evaluate and judge what is really happening in this country for the last 20 years we do not necessarily need an expert from the West or IMF to witness it.The development claimed by Ato Meles and reiterated again by IMF and World Bank that has been presented in mere quantitative terms may not be as understandable (and not in fact expected as such) by the ordinary mass in Ethiopia. However the development that is being claimed time and again is not as such something hidden in secrecy and hence can be verified physically on the face and body of every Ethiopian citizenry. Whenever there is real and genuine development, as is claimed by the virtue of developmental state, then for majority citizens inevitably there exits better education, better health care, better dietary,better shelter, better moral and Ethical social conditions, better Emotional and Mental stability and hence better stability, peace and happiness in life of majority citizens. However what is happening in Ethiopia from time to time is exactly the opposite. Dear brother leave every thing others and at least look the baldness of majority young men even at the age of 20s.The very moral and ethical crisis in this country under Ato Meles’s rule for we once were a decent Ethiopians, is the very indicative of that we are indeed in some generational crisis and hence we are in the wrong direction. Thefore, dear brother please do not get guided and ruled by your mere theoretical educational backgrounds and open your eyes and be pragmatic to what is really existing and happening in Today’s Ethiopia. And finally, when you want to ignore those three words (Loyalty, love and respect) for own citizens it reminds me of the very cause of the last fall of the Roman Empire. It was the result of a moral and ethical crisis among the ruling elitists who even dare to enjoy themselves by the misery of so called Gladiators.
    And that is why I said to you that we are human beings and not as such animals or robots is to men that we indeed deserve to be ruled by some one who has loyalty, love and respect for his/her citizens. What makes a human being a human being what makes a society a society and what makes a nation a nation is mainly its ethical and moral fabrics and grounds. Do you even open and see in what sort of ethical and moral crisis we are being plunged in to? Therefore a developmental state has to even become more loving more loyal more respectful of its citizens in order to gain the required credibility and acceptance fro its populace so that does not need to be checked, challenged and disturbed by unnecessary mere elections that happen every 4 or 5 years. Such a power to claim itself as developmental state has to have a good track record and back history so that you give your heart and trust willingly with out any reluctance. I repeat it again how comes a regime like Ato Meles who makes us landlocked voluntarily, who make us involve in to unnecessary war with Eritrea, who plunges us into the proxy war in Somalia, who sell off our large strip of territory to Sudan, who even sell off public sector services previously established, who impoverished us in to repetitive starvation and famine, who heinously sews the seeds of racism hatred and disharmony among Ethiopians, Who even once says that any body even illiterate can be entitled to authority as long as he is honest to EPRDF politics which is a shame who……
    To understand or explains the sheer stupidity, heinous and racist nature of Ato Meles and Weyane even we do not need any sort of a different intellect or rational thinking to dialogue this much. What we only need is common sense and common wisdom as a lay man and any ordinary sane citizen who has all the 5 sense organs.
    Even what we usually get stuck or lost is when we are laboriously trying to explain that is in no need of rationally explaining it except just feeling and sensing it using our sense organs and subconscious emotions. Therefore dear Dawi be pragmatic and use your common sense and common wisdom to face existing realities in addition to your logics or intellectual knowledge.

    When you want to ignore those three words (Loyalty, love and respect) it remembers me the following event.አንድ ወቅት ላይ አቶ መለስ ለታታሪ ገበሬዎች የማበረታቻ ሽልማት ሲሰጡ አንድ ህፃን ልጅ ያቀፈች ሴት ልትሸለም ወደ መድረክ መጣች፡፡አቶ መለስ ልሴትዬዋ ሜዳሊያውን ከማጥለቅና እሷን እንደተለመደው እንደሌሎቹ ከመጨበጥ ውጪ ያቀፈጭውን ህፃን ልጅ ግን እንኳን ሊስሙት አይደለም እንኳን በእጃቸው ሊጨብጡት አይደለም እዚያ ቦታ እንዳለ አይነት ሙሉ ሰብዓዊ ፍጡር ቆጥረውት ያን ያህልም አትኩሮት አልሰጡትም ነበር፡፡እንግዲህ ኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦቿና ዜጎቿ እየተገዙ ያሉት በእንደዚህ አይነት የርህራሄና የፍቅር ልብ በሌለው አረመኔና ዘረኛ ሰው ነው፡፡የሚያስተዳድረውን ሀገር ህዝብ ማህበረሰብና ዜጋ የሚያከበር የሚወድና የሚታመን ልብ የሌለው እንደዚህ አይነት አረመኔና ዘረኛ ሰው ታዲያ እንዴት ብሎ ነው ስለልማት ለማውራት የሞራል ብቃት ያለው፡፡የልማት ትርጉሙና ፋይዳው የሚመዘነው በቀዳሚነትና በዋናነት ለሰው ልጅ ባለው የመጨረሻ ጥቅምና ደህንነት እንጂ በሌላ ሊሆን አይገባውም፡፡ከእለት እለት ብዙሀኑ ከሰውነት ክብር እየወረደና ወደ ድህነት አረንቋ ገብቶ እየተራበ እየታረዘና መጠለያ እያጣ በዚሁ ተመሳሳይ ክስረትና ጥፋት ተጠቅመው በማጭበርበር ዝርፊያና በሌብነት ጥቂቶች በየከተሞች ፎቅ ስለገነቡ ምርጥ አውቶሞቢሎች ስላሽከረከሩና አዳዲስ ብዙም ዘለቄታ የሌላቸው መጤ አይነት የኑሮ ዘይቤዎች መኖር ስለተቻለ አይደለም የትክክለኛ ልማት መመዘኛው፡፡ስለዚህም የራሱን ዜጋ የማይወድ የማያከበር የማይታመን አገዛዝ የማታለያ የልማት ጭንብል አጥልቆ ስለልማት የማውራት የሞራል ብቃት የለውም፡፡
    እንዲያውም እውነት እንነጋገር ከተባለ ይህ ሁሉ ዛሬ በሀገራችን የሚታየው የስነ-ልቦና፣ የስነ-ምግባር፣ የማህበራዊ፣የባህላዊ፣የኢኮኖሚና የፖለቲካ ቀውስና ምስቅልቅል ደግሞ ዋና መሰረታዊ ምክንያት በወሬና በፕሮፖጋንዳ ደረጃ ባለው የልማታዊ መንግስት ውጤት ሳይሆን በተቃራኒው አቶ መለስ ስልጣን ላይ ሀ ብለው ከወጡ ጀምሮ ላለፉት 20 ዓመታትና አሁንም ከበስተጀርባ በተግባር በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መልክ በነፃ-ገበያ ሽፋን ወደውም ሆነ ተገደው የሚከተሉት የኒዎ-ሊበራል ፍልስፍናና አስተሳሰብ ውጤት ነው፡፡ዛሬ ልማታዊ መንግስት የሚለው አዲስ የአቶ መለስ የብልጣብልጥነት አካሄድ ሳይቀድሙኝ ልቅደም በሚል የዚህ የኒዎ-ሊበራል ፍልስፍና ተግባራዊነት ያስከተለውን ወድቀትና ምስቅልቅል እኔ የለሁበትም ብሎ በብልጠት ሸፋፈኖ ለማለፍና ስልጣንንም እንደዚሁ ለማስቀጠል የታለመ ስልት ነው፡፡

  23. Dawi
    | #23

    Dear Decimate W D,

    The Meles dictatorship is qualitatively different from the Woyane that took power. His survival depends on economic success of his country. There is a need to arrive to a balance between the repression necessary to avoid the risk of insurrection. Ortega once said people have to compare their welfare in Dictatorship with that in anarchy.

    I think at present Ethiopians are doing just that.

    As much as your analysis is very touching and appealing to me I don’t see practical alternative in it that will take us to where we want to go. That is why “Messay’s Manifesto” is one alternative to consider seriously.

  24. aha!
    | #24

    Update on #21: In the ommidiate commentary above, replace the full stop between the the two sentences with a smi-colon to cmplete the political economic model of TPLF/eprdf regime.

  25. TAZABI
    | #25

    Anarchy Or Dictatorship?

    “That’s a simple question for me!”

    “If there’s anything that I learned from my college political science classes it was that dictatorships can be benevolent or malevolent whereas all anarchies are unending chaos and violent. In a dictatorship there’s one enemy and you know who he is. In an anarchy, there’s many enemies and you have no clue as to who they all are.”

    “Who are the rebels in Libya? Who does one pay taxes and homage to in Eastern Libya? Everyone knows Qadaffi and they also know how to appease him; however, how does one appease many differing groups of rebels?”

    “The loosely organized rebel force had been acting in a more disciplined fashion in recent days, but what uniform are they wearing and is it any wonder that NATO accidently bombed and killed a dozen or so very recently? The Middle East is being transformed over night. Long standing dictatorships are being overthrown in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and other nations; however, think not that DEMOCRACY is on the rise.”

    “What we’re seeing is a rise in ANARCHY!”

  26. aha!
    | #26

    In aligning onself to the non-violent uprising to freedom from autocratic rule, emanating from TPLF Politbeurrow, ethnic rule (majority or minority0 /ethnic dictatoship with ethnic federalism and secessionism with the underlying totaliarinism, one must orient oneself to being accountable to Ethiopian taxpayers than to the party or factions in the armed struggle; one must put Ethiopian National Interests ahead of ones own interest; one must must have a political outlook/identity of Ethiopiawinet first and ethnicity second, with due respect to ones citizenship to Ethiopia to uphold individual freedom and liberty to supecede ethnic rights and secessionist rights, and to restore Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethiopian ntional interests and the sovereignity of Ethiopia. I do not put much emphasis to “love, loyality and respect” to ones citizens”, have the same impact of rallying the masses to the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians along with strategies, mentioned in part in this article. It is not negotiations for participatory democracy, power sharing or costitutional monarchy, or the current press rlease that call for negotiations with the regime for developing the country together, while protesting the arrest of the party Officials in lieu of terrorist law, instead of condemnig the constitutional frame work of ethnic and secessionist politics and /or policies and the subsequent laws passed by the non-independent branch of the government and the judiciary process by another non-independent branch of the government, as a proponent of capitalism and democracy with underlying totaliarinism.

    Are those with national agenda and those with ethnic-agenda on the same page with respect to setting themselves apart from the TPLF/eprdf poitical and political economic models.

  27. anon
    | #27

    Thank you very much Mr. Robele Ababya,once again for this inspiring piece.

    “The real motive for the arrest is fear for popular uprising because the regime knows that it stole election twice – in 2005 in the first instance and in 2010 for the second time. Otherwise, a regime that claimed 99.6% victory would not have feared open dissent in a peaceful public demonstration.

    The Acronym TPLF (Tigray Peoples Liberation Front) has been in use for well over two decades and tyrant zenawi is still wearing the tribal garb while he is holding the entire Ethiopian people under his tyrannical misrule.”

    As Mr.Robele Ababya you have rightly pointed out in the above quotation, the weyane chief is caught red handed with his lies. In a country where the population is above 80 million, the zenawi minority make up is only less than 7 million not mentioning the fact that he is not backed by all Tigrians.yet,in the 2010 election the government boasted winning by over 93% vote. After the election result the regime began its propaganda claiming that TPLF/EPRDF is stabilizing factor there by justifying its theft. If the regime really won the 2010 election popular vote what explains to the current crackdown? I mean if it has such popular support why is TPLF intensifying its arrest, in particular, to non TPLF Ethiopians under the pretense of terrorist activity. The answer is clear Zenawi’s absolute dictatorship has no limit. He and his select advisors are immune from the law and run business in the country as they see it fit their personal interest. Manufacturing lies, deception, and provocation, are all frequently tools by a paranoid regime employed to scare and break the spirit of patriotic Ethiopians.

    Decimate Which Democracy, you wrote

    “Some articles are very misleading in that just only because they intend to oppose the incumbent Weyane they do not as such care to say something that is coherent with the existing reality of today’s world. Democracy never existed in Ethiopia before. What really exited meaningful and vital was our identity integrity and freedom as an Ethiopian”.

    I think your comment is entirely based on miss understanding of this article. The author is not there when he says, “…arrests meant to decimate Ethiopian democracy”, so much arguing that there is democracy under TPLF.He is simply saying the ,arrest is meant to derail the opposition’s struggle for democracy.
    As I understood his message that is the intent and spirit he is communicating. I don’t know why you take this topic out of context and introduce altogether different idea as the follow up of decision is seen between you and DWI. Beside I don’t approve the tone of your original message; I think you need to weigh your choice of words. The writer is a regular commentator, he does not deserve the type of criticism you raised. I do believe ABUGIDA is truly committed forum for the spread of democratic ideas. As a result, we need to follow some forum honor. I mean we need to stick to the topic and discuss about it instead of digressing from the original message. That way there will be an orderly way of debating. If you think democracy is not a galvanizing principle for the opposition at the moment, and you think there is some other means that works better then why don’t you consider to prepare another piece?
    To what I like to call values you have raised I don’t oppose your view. I think everyone is expected to love his country “in deed and in word”. Although I don’t hold any more everyone is in the same wave length when it comes loving her and promoting her interest. My own view of this is that one can only be responsible about his/her own personal conduct and the measure of love that can be expressed to country and fellow countrymen. In other world it cannot be imposed upon others; contrast this with the principle of democracy and you draw your own conclusion. Generally people who have faith in GOD tend to be faithful to their maker, to their country and fellow citizens. Whether we like it or not the crisis of the moment is a cast of spiritual darkness upon many of the inhabitants of the earth. We see this crisis manifested in many governmental bodies, financial institutions, business entities, and inter personal relationships. The evil is within every one of us not out there, for each war that takes place in our planet, the source of it is in the human heart, in within the human soul.
    Man needs salvation from GOD before he is expected, especially collectively, to do something meaningful to humanity.

  28. Decimate Which Democracy???
    | #28

    Dear brother Anon in fact it has never been my intention or interest to make such sort of prolonged arguments. However fortunately the commentators involved, specially Dawi, are such decent guys and that is why I got encouraged to say what I feel and understand regarding the subject matter. whether some one is a pioneer and regular one or a new comer what matters most is the substance ,truthfulness and relevance of what is being said on the subject matter at hand. Therefore i am not as such expected to know who personally Robel Abaya really is as long as my comments are politely delivered and are not personally targeted. Therefore, I do not as such accept your systematically targeted comments that somehow harass and disarray my focus on the burning issue that is becoming a source of confusion.I mean you said that Abugida stands for democratic values (which I also understand, agree and support) and at the same time you want to discourage and disarray me not to express what I feel and understand about the subject matter at hand which is contradictory by itself. You even wanted to induce some subtle way of discrimination making regular and new-comer regarding the Abugida forum.
    Any body can be a new comer regarding this forum, and what it has as such to do with the subject matter being raised?Does a new comer to Abugida means a new comer to the concept of democracy or Ethiopian politics? Hey gut please be logical when you say such irrelevant thing. However, the way Abugida respectfully serves its customers does not match with what you say and it is my hope that it continues this way as long as there are decent customers who advance their view politely.
    In fact i delivered only one comment that is relevant to the subject matter and the others are subsequent dialogues with Dawi not directly with the writer Robel if you carefully read it.
    Why i wrote all those things is just because from time to time I happen to understand and believe that there is some sort of confusion among the naive and gullible young intellectual generation regarding Democracy. Usually wrong premises lead towards wrong and unnecessary arguments, perceptions and conclusions. And that is why i say “Decimate which Democracy???” I never said that there is no struggle by oppositions or any other concerned bodies for the sake of Democracy though it has not as such attracted my attention with regard to burning issues and existing realties. While we are wasting making some how irrelevant and laborious arguments about none existing democracy, which is totally incoherent with existing realities, we are rather jeopardizing our very survival basis as an ordinary Ethiopians. If those bold and courageous our forefathers were alive at this moment of time in history when we are land locked and a large strip of territorial fertile land is sold off to Sudan by such act of blatant treason well then they would not have made such nonsense and irrelevant arguments like you and me. I do not really understand why we majority intellectual Ethiopians are indulged to this extent of undeserved illusion and fantasy about democracy and expect it likewise from the incumbent Ato Meles and his Weyane that is historically and inherently racist, corrupt and traitor even from the beginning of its inception. I am even very much surprised when so many Ethiopians make the 1997 election as an exemplary and missed opportunity for the democratic process of Ethiopia. This is called pop-Psychology that is related to wrong premise or wrong expectation that is not matching with existing realities on the ground.This is a sheer pop-psychology in that why the mass supports and elects the oppositions is mainly because of the blatant demerits of TPLF and the subsequent grievance of the mass over the incumbent TPLF,and not that much due to the merits of the oppositions. Real and sustainable strength and success is built on own merits and values and not on built on the demerits or weakness of the rival.
    And this naive and gullible pop-psychology mainly arises from complete lack of deep understanding of the inherent historical nature of TPLF and its previous mentor EPLF. What has been the inherent aspirations and grand plan of TPLF & EPLF for the rest of Ethiopia and its peoples during its very inception and before they embarked to power? Democracy for Ethiopians?Dear all innocent fellow Ethiopians let’s face boldly and truly this vital question. I think the main problem as i understand is due to wrong premises, wrong expectations and hence wrong response and wrong way of addressing the existing realities on the ground. And due to this almost all oppositions, until recently that the true nature of Ato Meles and Weyane is uncovered and bared to this extent, they had been gullibly dancing to the wrong misleading song and music of democracy that had been systematically composed, orchestrated and maneuvered by the slick and heinous Ato Meles and Weyane. while Ato Meles and Weyane have been doing, mainly deliberately, all this prominent catastrophe to this country and its peoples for God’s sake i do not really happen to understand as such how comes the bogus, confusing and stereotypical word called Democracy is this much inculcated and hyped catching this much undeserved attention. I am afraid that those who laboriously inculcate and hype this word hardly know the very existing realities of life and this world.Those guys trapped by the unwarranted indulgence in democracy are those who sometimes forget that 85% of their country’s population is a farmer living in rural areas. I am afraid that those who want to mainly indulge in it are those slick politicians, and their respective naive and gullible followers, who simply let others live the illusion of democracy and want to systematically sideline the burning and vital issues of a certain society that are of survival nature. Because deliverance of the dream of democracy for such naive and gullible followers is the simplest and greatest thing they can do for their followers they claim they stand for. And i dare to say that those who blindly follow such slick typical politicians with out proper scrutiny are those naive and gullible innocent ones who live this undeserved fantasy and illusion that is incoherent with existing realities. One of the main reason why Ato Meles and Weyane aggravate their corrupt, oppressive and racist governance from time to time ,with out forgetting their inherent historical nature, because most of the opposition camp is systematically guided and contained under the illusion and fantasy of democracy. And it is this illusion and fantasy with out the necessary proper preliminary populace awakening and enlightenment at a grass-root level that has been causing chaos in 3rd world countries. When we even talk about democracy is it with in separate variety of domains (intra-domain) or across different domains(inter-domain)?I mean based on different classes in a society or between different countries across the globe. For example think of a rich man like Alamoudi and any poor person like me treated under the same law or justice system.Or think of Veto Power in UN even with the current Palestinians request of statehood and the threat against it posed by Obama of US. That is why Ato Meles him self once said that if there are those who believe that the world is governed by democracy and rule of law alone then it arises from being naive or “YEWAH” .The very historical grave mistake committed by the so called opposition is they naively indulge and hype the issue democracy with out taking historical and existing realities in to consideration. And with this unwarranted indulgence the populace has been misled in to trusting and relying on the entire political system and hence has been doomed to systematically further extend its agony by TPLF. while our very survival basis for we most poor Ethiopians has been deteriorating from time to time even to eat our daily bread, many politicians have been focusing about the desert or the tasty luxury cake after the main dish. And this narrow view and unwarranted indulgence that primarily focuses on this bogus democracy has created such a great room and conducive opportunity for Ato Meles to distract the attention of the populace from seriously following the day to day destructive moves and acts of the Weyane regime behind closed doors in secrecy. We need a farsighted understanding and interpretation of prominent events like that of 1997 election. The very event was very telling in loudness that Democracy had never been and in fact it would never be the aspiration and agenda of the TPLF regime. The very event is very telling in loudness in that it is some thing discouraging rather than encouraging and hence we better not mention it as a missed opportunity for democracy. The entire event was not supported seriously and wholeheartedly by the incumbent regime and no prior psychological or any other willingness and preparedness at all to accept any genuine outcome of the election. When Meles later on the eve of the 2002 election said that they(Weyane) have got good lesson from events of past 1997 election and it would never be repeated it was a bitter irony in that it was meant to discourage rather encourage any sort of possibility of meaningful democracy in the foreseeable future. And that bitter irony had in fact later revealed it self in to the subsequent prominent realities we have been experiencing till these days and that is also in continuum. And what really this bitter irony is telling us in loudness is that the premise that 1997 election event was a missed opportunity for Ethiopians democratic process is such a big fallacy. Therefore rather than simply dancing with the wrong music of the bogus democracy as is orchestrated by TPLF we better boldly face the perpetual attrocities treasons corruptions blatantly committed since day one of its clinge to power.How comes from the very begining that we even expect democracy from an ethnically driven thug that is organised from its inception under the banner of TPLF and that collaborated with similar sessesionist thug called EPLF?Therefore the gullible dance with the wrong music only helped TPLF to take ample time time and also to camouflage the insidious destruction commited under the guise of their bogus democracy that is misleadingly delivered to us in the form of mere elections every 5 years that mainly serves to legitimize and elongate power.What Ato Meles replied recently regarding the current Arab uprising in that it will not be as such a threat for him that he recently take power by landslide election victory evident that how he systematically manages to abuse the essence of democracy for his own advantage.Therefore for the last 20 years the hype and undeserved indulgence under the guise of the bogus democracy mainly served the heinous agenda of TPLF in its advantage.The opposition camp time and again had been manipulated ,mocked and cheated by the mafia characteristic nature of TPLF.Is it not a shame and disgrace for the entire nation in that after 20 solid years that ony one opposition MP manages to get a seat at the parliament.Is it not a shame and disgrace for the entire nation in that after 20 solid years that Ato Meles and TPLF failed us to provide us neither the demcracy nor the twice a day meal let alone the promised 3 times a day.Let alone the fulfilment of those to promises,rather another unexpected tragic event is happening in that innocent ethiopians are disgracee and savagely labeled and accused as terriorists under the banner of a terriorist.Then how such powerless and weak phrase “decimate democracy” is as such able to fully express the inherent diabolical nature and act of such racist and corrupt regime that clings to power by force and has been deliberately causing these all destruction and mess and agony to this country its peoples.At this moment of time both “decimate democracy” and the word democracy are not as such a proper descriptive word that has ample power to express the existing tragic situations in Ethiopia.At this moment of time both “decimate democracy” and the word democracy are not as such a proper descriptive word that has ample power to unite and mobilize the mass for struggle and change. We can somehow easily detect or recognize and then rectify blatant white lies. However it somehow difficult to easily detect or recognize and then rectify sugar-coated half-truths. And hence such sugar-coated half-truths when inculcated, disseminated and induced in to a certain society have the greatest potential to gradually and systematically turn into mythical pop-psychology knowingly or unknowingly.
    And it is such mythical pop-psychology that is creating a lot of chaos and agony because it traps or entangles us in to a complicated vicious-circle that is a bit difficult to unravel its puzzles easily. Political-rights (democracy) and Economic-rights are two inseparable entities of two sides of the same coin like emotional-needs and material-needs of a certain sane human being. Under the current conditions of our society, it is very vital to ask one question. Why after all our rulers or certain powerful elitist groups want to decimate or deny our democracy or political-rights in the first place? Is it not to systematically pave the way in order to ultimately deny or decimate our economic-rights or material needs? And using the same converse logic why after all our rulers or certain powerful elitist groups want to decimate or deny our economic-rights or material needs in the first place? Is it not to systematically pave the way in order to ultimately deny or decimate our democracy or political-rights or emotional-needs? Any way depending on the type and stage of a certain society, in both cases having a combined control and power over both democracy or political-rights (Emotional Needs) and the other side of economic-rights or material needs is the ultimate inherent desire of greedy, selfish and insane minority elitist individuals who have unbridled lust for POWER!!! Yes POWER over others!!!
    And that is why Ato Meles and TPLF are using both Political power and economic power interchangeably in order to oppress impoverish and destabilize this country and its peoples. However my main argument is why we prematurely and naively as such aspire to utilize our inherent political-right or political-power through the bogus, unfamiliar too stereotypical word called democracy in our society? Our forefathers and foremothers did not know the very word democracy. However, this sort of backwardness with respect to democracy did not hinder them from defending the sovereignty of their beloved country and their mother land from foreign aggression. But while we are laboriously wasting our times on such sort of bogus democracy the irresponsible and corrupt Ato Meles and its TPLF thug are selling off such a great proportion of our fertile land to foreigners and to Sudan that had been reserved for generations by the sacrifice of our ancestors.
    We have lost commonsense,wisdom,boldness,courage and pragmatic personalities and that is why we are stuck with terms like “Decimate Democracy”. Ato Meles and Weyane clearly know this reality and that is why they ignore, abuse and treat us this way to this extent of shame and disgrace.
    While the very pre existing survival basis of the majority of Ethiopian societies has been systematically decimated, does it make that much sense, relevance and credibility to say “Decimate Democracy” which is as such significantly non existence in the first place? You even wanted to improve the phrase that it was meant to say decimate oppositions. Which sort of meaningful, significant and powerful opposition until recently? If there were real powerful opposition forces how on earth that Ato Meles and Weyane dare and succeed to commit this all crimes and plunder for the last 20 years under the disguise of bogus democracy and bogus elections?
    Let’s open our eyes and then boldly and wisely face existing realities. Therefore, dear brother it is the very moment of time in history that we need to make a paradigm shift regarding the very word democracy. Let’s not fantasize and illusion ourselves under the unwarranted indulgence under this umbrella of pop-psychology and fiasco. I am not as such a slick politician and only what I can do is tell what I really feel and understand deep inside based on my experience though It can be mistaken.
    And it is my strong belief that the better way for this country at this moment of deep crisis is such genuine way approach not the slick way of other way round because we have seen it already where it will possibly take us.
    ይህ የመጨረሻዬ ምላሽ ይሆናል ስለዚህም ከዚህ በኋላ ሌላ አላስፈላጊ እሰጥ አገባ ውስጥና ክርክር ውስጥ በመግባት ከዚህ ወዲያ ሌላ ምላሽ ለማንበብ ብፈልግም ግን ቅሉ ሌላ የራሴን ምላሽ ግን ለመስጠት አልፈልግም!!!
    ከአክብሮትና ከምስጋና ጋር!!!

    Dear brother Anon in fact it has never been my intention or interest to make such sort of prolonged arguments. However fortunately the commentators involved, specially Dawi, are such decent guys and that is why I got encouraged to say what I feel and understand regarding the subject matter. whether some one is a pioneer and regular one or a new comer what matters most is the substance ,truthfulness and relevance of what is being said on the subject matter at hand. Therefore i am not as such expected to know who personally Robel Abaya really is as long as my comments are politely delivered and are not personally targeted. Therefore, I do not as such accept your systematically targeted comments that somehow harass and disarray my focus on the burning issue that is becoming a source of confusion.I mean you said that Abugida stands for democratic values (which I also understand, agree and support) and at the same time you want to discourage and disarray me not to express what I feel and understand about the subject matter at hand which is contradictory by itself. You even wanted to induce some subtle way of discrimination making regular and new-comer regarding the Abugida forum.
    Any body can be a new comer regarding this forum, and what it has as such to do with the subject matter being raised?Does a new comer to Abugida means a new comer to the concept of democracy or Ethiopian politics? Hey gut please be logical when you say such irrelevant thing. However, the way Abugida respectfully serves its customers does not match with what you say and it is my hope that it continues this way as long as there are decent customers who advance their view politely.
    In fact i delivered only one comment that is relevant to the subject matter and the others are subsequent dialogues with Dawi not directly with the writer Robel if you carefully read it.
    Why i wrote all those things is just because from time to time I happen to understand and believe that there is some sort of confusion among the naive and gullible young intellectual generation regarding Democracy. Usually wrong premises lead towards wrong and unnecessary arguments, perceptions and conclusions. And that is why i say “Decimate which Democracy???” I never said that there is no struggle by oppositions or any other concerned bodies for the sake of Democracy though it has not as such attracted my attention with regard to burning issues and existing realties. While we are wasting making some how irrelevant and laborious arguments about none existing democracy, which is totally incoherent with existing realities, we are rather jeopardizing our very survival basis as an ordinary Ethiopians. If those bold and courageous our forefathers were alive at this moment of time in history when we are land locked and a large strip of territorial fertile land is sold off to Sudan by such act of blatant treason well then they would not have made such nonsense and irrelevant arguments like you and me. I do not really understand why we majority intellectual Ethiopians are indulged to this extent of undeserved illusion and fantasy about democracy and expect it likewise from the incumbent Ato Meles and his Weyane that is historically and inherently racist, corrupt and traitor even from the beginning of its inception. I am even very much surprised when so many Ethiopians make the 1997 election as an exemplary and missed opportunity for the democratic process of Ethiopia. This is called pop-Psychology that is related to wrong premise or wrong expectation that is not matching with existing realities on the ground.This is a sheer pop-psychology in that why the mass supports and elects the oppositions is mainly because of the blatant demerits of TPLF and the subsequent grievance of the mass over the incumbent TPLF,and not that much due to the merits of the oppositions. Real and sustainable strength and success is built on own merits and values and not on built on the demerits or weakness of the rival.
    And this naive and gullible pop-psychology mainly arises from complete lack of deep understanding of the inherent historical nature of TPLF and its previous mentor EPLF. What has been the inherent aspirations and grand plan of TPLF & EPLF for the rest of Ethiopia and its peoples during its very inception and before they embarked to power? Democracy for Ethiopians?Dear all innocent fellow Ethiopians let’s face boldly and truly this vital question. I think the main problem as i understand is due to wrong premises, wrong expectations and hence wrong response and wrong way of addressing the existing realities on the ground. And due to this almost all oppositions, until recently that the true nature of Ato Meles and Weyane is uncovered and bared to this extent, they had been gullibly dancing to the wrong misleading song and music of democracy that had been systematically composed, orchestrated and maneuvered by the slick and heinous Ato Meles and Weyane. while Ato Meles and Weyane have been doing, mainly deliberately, all this prominent catastrophe to this country and its peoples for God’s sake i do not really happen to understand as such how comes the bogus, confusing and stereotypical word called Democracy is this much inculcated and hyped catching this much undeserved attention. I am afraid that those who laboriously inculcate and hype this word hardly know the very existing realities of life and this world.Those guys trapped by the unwarranted indulgence in democracy are those who sometimes forget that 85% of their country’s population is a farmer living in rural areas. I am afraid that those who want to mainly indulge in it are those slick politicians, and their respective naive and gullible followers, who simply let others live the illusion of democracy and want to systematically sideline the burning and vital issues of a certain society that are of survival nature. Because deliverance of the dream of democracy for such naive and gullible followers is the simplest and greatest thing they can do for their followers they claim they stand for. And i dare to say that those who blindly follow such slick typical politicians with out proper scrutiny are those naive and gullible innocent ones who live this undeserved fantasy and illusion that is incoherent with existing realities. One of the main reason why Ato Meles and Weyane aggravate their corrupt, oppressive and racist governance from time to time ,with out forgetting their inherent historical nature, because most of the opposition camp is systematically guided and contained under the illusion and fantasy of democracy. And it is this illusion and fantasy with out the necessary proper preliminary populace awakening and enlightenment at a grass-root level that has been causing chaos in 3rd world countries. When we even talk about democracy is it with in separate variety of domains (intra-domain) or across different domains(inter-domain)?I mean based on different classes in a society or between different countries across the globe. For example think of a rich man like Alamoudi and any poor person like me treated under the same law or justice system.Or think of Veto Power in UN even with the current Palestinians request of statehood and the threat against it posed by Obama of US. That is why Ato Meles him self once said that if there are those who believe that the world is governed by democracy and rule of law alone then it arises from being naive or “YEWAH” .The very historical grave mistake committed by the so called opposition is they naively indulge and hype the issue democracy with out taking historical and existing realities in to consideration. And with this unwarranted indulgence the populace has been misled in to trusting and relying on the entire political system and hence has been doomed to systematically further extend its agony by TPLF. while our very survival basis for we most poor Ethiopians has been deteriorating from time to time even to eat our daily bread, many politicians have been focusing about the desert or the tasty luxury cake after the main dish. And this narrow view and unwarranted indulgence that primarily focuses on this bogus democracy has created such a great room and conducive opportunity for Ato Meles to distract the attention of the populace from seriously following the day to day destructive moves and acts of the Weyane regime behind closed doors in secrecy. We need a farsighted understanding and interpretation of prominent events like that of 1997 election. The very event was very telling in loudness that Democracy had never been and in fact it would never be the aspiration and agenda of the TPLF regime. The very event is very telling in loudness in that it is some thing discouraging rather than encouraging and hence we better not mention it as a missed opportunity for democracy. The entire event was not supported seriously and wholeheartedly by the incumbent regime and no prior psychological or any other willingness and preparedness at all to accept any genuine outcome of the election. When Meles later on the eve of the 2002 election said that they(Weyane) have got good lesson from events of past 1997 election and it would never be repeated it was a bitter irony in that it was meant to discourage rather encourage any sort of possibility of meaningful democracy in the foreseeable future. And that bitter irony had in fact later revealed it self in to the subsequent prominent realities we have been experiencing till these days and that is also in continuum. And what really this bitter irony is telling us in loudness is that the premise that 1997 election event was a missed opportunity for Ethiopians democratic process is such a big fallacy. Therefore rather than simply dancing with the wrong music of the bogus democracy as is orchestrated by TPLF we better boldly face the perpetual attrocities treasons corruptions blatantly committed since day one of its clinge to power.How comes from the very begining that we even expect democracy from an ethnically driven thug that is organised from its inception under the banner of TPLF and that collaborated with similar sessesionist thug called EPLF?Therefore the gullible dance with the wrong music only helped TPLF to take ample time time and also to camouflage the insidious destruction commited under the guise of their bogus democracy that is misleadingly delivered to us in the form of mere elections every 5 years that mainly serves to legitimize and elongate power.What Ato Meles replied recently regarding the current Arab uprising in that it will not be as such a threat for him that he recently take power by landslide election victory evident that how he systematically manages to abuse the essence of democracy for his own advantage.Therefore for the last 20 years the hype and undeserved indulgence under the guise of the bogus democracy mainly served the heinous agenda of TPLF in its advantage.The opposition camp time and again had been manipulated ,mocked and cheated by the mafia characteristic nature of TPLF.Is it not a shame and disgrace for the entire nation in that after 20 solid years that ony one opposition MP manages to get a seat at the parliament.Is it not a shame and disgrace for the entire nation in that after 20 solid years that Ato Meles and TPLF failed us to provide us neither the demcracy nor the twice a day meal let alone the promised 3 times a day.Let alone the fulfilment of those to promises,rather another unexpected tragic event is happening in that innocent ethiopians are disgracee and savagely labeled and accused as terriorists under the banner of a terriorist.Then how such powerless and weak phrase “decimate democracy” is as such able to fully express the inherent diabolical nature and act of such racist and corrupt regime that clings to power by force and has been deliberately causing these all destruction and mess and agony to this country its peoples.At this moment of time both “decimate democracy” and the word democracy are not as such a proper descriptive word that has ample power to express the existing tragic situations in Ethiopia.At this moment of time both “decimate democracy” and the word democracy are not as such a proper descriptive word that has ample power to unite and mobilize the mass for struggle and change. We can somehow easily detect or recognize and then rectify blatant white lies. However it somehow difficult to easily detect or recognize and then rectify sugar-coated half-truths. And hence such sugar-coated half-truths when inculcated, disseminated and induced in to a certain society have the greatest potential to gradually and systematically turn into mythical pop-psychology knowingly or unknowingly.
    And it is such mythical pop-psychology that is creating a lot of chaos and agony because it traps or entangles us in to a complicated vicious-circle that is a bit difficult to unravel its puzzles easily. Political-rights (democracy) and Economic-rights are two inseparable entities of two sides of the same coin like emotional-needs and material-needs of a certain sane human being. Under the current conditions of our society, it is very vital to ask one question. Why after all our rulers or certain powerful elitist groups want to decimate or deny our democracy or political-rights in the first place? Is it not to systematically pave the way in order to ultimately deny or decimate our economic-rights or material needs? And using the same converse logic why after all our rulers or certain powerful elitist groups want to decimate or deny our economic-rights or material needs in the first place? Is it not to systematically pave the way in order to ultimately deny or decimate our democracy or political-rights or emotional-needs? Any way depending on the type and stage of a certain society, in both cases having a combined control and power over both democracy or political-rights (Emotional Needs) and the other side of economic-rights or material needs is the ultimate inherent desire of greedy, selfish and insane minority elitist individuals who have unbridled lust for POWER!!! Yes POWER over others!!!
    And that is why Ato Meles and TPLF are using both Political power and economic power interchangeably in order to oppress impoverish and destabilize this country and its peoples. However my main argument is why we prematurely and naively as such aspire to utilize our inherent political-right or political-power through the bogus, unfamiliar too stereotypical word called democracy in our society? Our forefathers and foremothers did not know the very word democracy. However, this sort of backwardness with respect to democracy did not hinder them from defending the sovereignty of their beloved country and their mother land from foreign aggression. But while we are laboriously wasting our times on such sort of bogus democracy the irresponsible and corrupt Ato Meles and its TPLF thug are selling off such a great proportion of our fertile land to foreigners and to Sudan that had been reserved for generations by the sacrifice of our ancestors.
    We have lost commonsense,wisdom,boldness,courage and pragmatic personalities and that is why we are stuck with terms like “Decimate Democracy”. Ato Meles and Weyane clearly know this reality and that is why they ignore, abuse and treat us this way to this extent of shame and disgrace.
    While the very pre existing survival basis of the majority of Ethiopian societies has been systematically decimated, does it make that much sense, relevance and credibility to say “Decimate Democracy” which is as such significantly non existence in the first place? You even wanted to improve the phrase that it was meant to say decimate oppositions. Which sort of meaningful, significant and powerful opposition until recently? If there were real powerful opposition forces how on earth that Ato Meles and Weyane dare and succeed to commit this all crimes and plunder for the last 20 years under the disguise of bogus democracy and bogus elections?
    Let’s open our eyes and then boldly and wisely face existing realities. Therefore, dear brother it is the very moment of time in history that we need to make a paradigm shift regarding the very word democracy. Let’s not fantasize and illusion ourselves under the unwarranted indulgence under this umbrella of pop-psychology and fiasco. I am not as such a slick politician and only what I can do is tell what I really feel and understand deep inside based on my experience though It can be mistaken.
    And it is my strong belief that the better way for this country at this moment of deep crisis is such genuine way approach not the slick way of other way round because we have seen it already where it will possibly take us.
    ይህ የመጨረሻዬ ምላሽ ይሆናል ስለዚህም ከዚህ በኋላ ሌላ አላስፈላጊ እሰጥ አገባ ውስጥና ክርክር ውስጥ በመግባት ከዚህ ወዲያ ሌላ ምላሽ ለማንበብ ብፈልግም ግን ቅሉ ሌላ የራሴን ምላሽ ግን ለመስጠት አልፈልግም!!!
    ከአክብሮትና ከምስጋና ጋር!!!

  29. Decimate Which Democracy???
    | #29

    Howe are you dear brother Anon!!!
    Dear brother Anon in fact it has never been my intention or interest to make such sort of prolonged arguments. However fortunately the commentators involved, specially Dawi, are such decent guys and that is why I got encouraged to say what I feel and understand regarding the subject matter.Whether some one is a pioneer and regular one or a new comer what matters most is the substance ,truthfulness and relevance of what is being said on the subject matter at hand. Therefore i am not as such expected to know who personally Robel Abaya really is as long as my comments are politely delivered and are not personally targeted. Therefore, I do not as such accept your systematically targeted comments that somehow harass and disarray my focus on the primary burning issue that is becoming a source of confusion. The very aim of my comment is not to totally decimate and devalue the good things the writer Robel wrote in the article. Or it is not either to decimate democracy. But rather to rectify the wrong perception that is living inside the phrase Decimate Democracy” in the headline of the article. You said that Abugida stands for democratic values (which I also understand, agree and support) and at the same time you want to discourage and disarray me not to express what I feel and understand about the subject matter at hand which is contradictory by itself. You even wanted to induce some subtle way of discrimination making regular and new-comer regarding the Abugida forum.
    Any body can be a new comer regarding this forum, and what it has as such to do with the subject matter being raised? Does a new comer to Abugida means a new comer to the concept of democracy or Ethiopian politics? Hey you guy please be logical when you say such irrelevant thing. However, the way Abugida respectfully serves its customers does not match with what you say and it is my hope that it continues this way as long as there are decent customers who advance their view politely.
    In fact i delivered only one comment that is relevant to the subject matter and the others are subsequent dialogues with Dawi not directly with the writer Robel if you carefully read it.
    Why i wrote all those things is just because from time to time I happen to understand and believe that there is some sort of confusion among the naive and gullible young intellectual generation regarding Democracy. Usually wrong premises lead towards wrong and unnecessary arguments, perceptions and conclusions. And that is why i say “Decimate which Democracy???” I never said that there is no struggle by oppositions or any other concerned bodies for the sake of Democracy though it has not as such attracted my attention with regard to prominent burning issues and existing realties. While we are wasting making some how irrelevant and laborious arguments about none existing democracy, which is totally incoherent with existing realities, we are rather jeopardizing our very survival basis as an ordinary Ethiopians. If those bold and courageous our forefathers were alive at this moment of time in history when we are land locked and a large strip of territorial fertile land is sold off to Sudan by such act of blatant treason well then they would not have made such nonsense and irrelevant arguments like you and me. I do not really understand why we majority intellectual Ethiopians are indulged to this extent of undeserved illusion and fantasy about democracy and expect it likewise from the incumbent Ato Meles and his Weyane that is historically and inherently racist, corrupt and traitor even from the beginning of its inception. I am even very much surprised when so many Ethiopians make the 1997 election as an exemplary and missed opportunity for the democratic process of Ethiopia. This is called pop-Psychology that is related to wrong premise or wrong expectation that is not matching with existing realities on the ground.This is a sheer pop-psychology in that why the mass supports and elects the oppositions is mainly because of the blatant demerits of TPLF and the subsequent grievance of the mass over the incumbent TPLF,and not that much due to the merits of the oppositions. Real and sustainable strength and success is built on own merits and values and not on built on the demerits or weakness of the rival.
    And this naive and gullible pop-psychology mainly arises from complete lack of deep understanding of the inherent historical nature of TPLF and its previous mentor EPLF. What has been the inherent aspirations and grand plan of TPLF & EPLF for the rest of Ethiopia and its peoples during its very inception and before they embarked to power? Democracy for Ethiopians?Dear all innocent fellow Ethiopians let’s face boldly and truly this vital question. I think the main problem as i understand is due to wrong premises, wrong expectations and hence wrong response and wrong way of addressing the existing realities on the ground. And due to this almost all oppositions, until recently that the true nature of Ato Meles and Weyane is uncovered and bared to this extent, they had been gullibly dancing to the wrong misleading song and music of democracy that had been systematically composed, orchestrated and maneuvered by the slick and heinous Ato Meles and Weyane. while Ato Meles and Weyane have been doing, mainly deliberately, all this prominent catastrophe to this country and its peoples for God’s sake i do not really happen to understand as such how comes the bogus, confusing and stereotypical word called Democracy is this much inculcated and hyped catching this much undeserved attention. I am afraid that those who laboriously inculcate and hype this word hardly know the very existing realities of life and this world.Those guys trapped by the unwarranted indulgence in democracy are those who sometimes forget that 85% of their country’s population is a farmer living in rural areas. I am afraid that those who want to mainly indulge in it are those slick politicians, and their respective naive and gullible followers, who simply let others live the illusion of democracy and want to systematically sideline the burning and vital issues of a certain society that are of survival nature. Because deliverance of the dream of democracy for such naive and gullible followers is the simplest and greatest thing they can do for their followers they claim they stand for. And i dare to say that those who blindly follow such slick typical politicians with out proper scrutiny are those naive and gullible innocent ones who live this undeserved fantasy and illusion that is incoherent with existing realities. One of the main reason why Ato Meles and Weyane aggravate their corrupt, oppressive and racist governance from time to time ,with out forgetting their inherent historical nature, because most of the opposition camp is systematically guided and contained under the illusion and fantasy of democracy. And it is this illusion and fantasy with out the necessary proper preliminary populace awakening and enlightenment at a grass-root level that has been causing chaos in 3rd world countries. When we even talk about democracy is it with in separate variety of domains (intra-domain) or across different domains(inter-domain)?I mean based on different classes in a society or between different countries across the globe. For example think of a rich man like Alamoudi and any poor person like me treated under the same law or justice system. Or think of Veto Power in UN even with the current Palestinians request of statehood and the threat against it posed by Obama of US. That is why Ato Meles him self once said that if there are those who believe that the world is governed by democracy and rule of law alone then it arises from being naive or “YEWAH”.
    I have to quote it because it is true. However, such truth should not serve as a pretext or excuse or cover for Ato Meles and TPLF or any other tyrants to do whatever they want to do to that agonizes their citizens and peoples.
    The very historical grave mistake committed by the so called oppositions is they naively indulge and hype the issue democracy with out taking historical and existing realities in to consideration. And with this unwarranted indulgence the populace has been misled in to trusting and relying on the entire political system and hence has been doomed to systematically further extend its agony by TPLF. while our very survival basis for we most poor Ethiopians has been deteriorating from time to time even to eat our daily bread, many politicians have been focusing about the desert or the tasty luxury cake after the main dish. And this narrow view and unwarranted indulgence that primarily focuses on this bogus democracy has created such a great room and conducive opportunity for Ato Meles to distract the attention of the populace from seriously following the day to day destructive moves and acts of the Weyane regime behind closed doors in secrecy. We need a farsighted understanding and interpretation of prominent events like that of 1997 election. The very event was very telling in loudness that Democracy had never been and in fact it would never be the aspiration and agenda of the TPLF regime. The very event is very telling in loudness in that it is some thing discouraging rather than encouraging and hence we better not mention it as a missed opportunity for democracy. The entire event was not supported seriously and wholeheartedly by the incumbent regime and no prior psychological or any other willingness and preparedness at all to accept any genuine outcome of the election. When Meles later on the eve of the 2002 election said that they(Weyane) have got good lesson from events of past 1997 election and it would never be repeated it was a bitter irony in that it was meant to discourage rather encourage any sort of possibility of meaningful democracy in the foreseeable future. And that bitter irony had in fact later revealed it self in to the subsequent prominent realities we have been experiencing till these days and that is also in continuum. And what really this bitter irony is telling us in loudness is that the premise that 1997 election event was a missed opportunity for Ethiopians democratic process is such a big fallacy. Therefore rather than simply dancing with the wrong music of the bogus democracy as is orchestrated by TPLF we better boldly face the perpetual atrocities treasons corruptions blatantly committed since day one of its cling to power. How comes from the very begining that we even expect democracy from an ethnically driven thug that is organized from its inception under the banner of TPLF and that collaborated with similar secessionist thug called EPLF? Therefore, the gullible dance with the wrong music only helped TPLF to take ample time time and also to camouflage the insidious destruction commited under the guise of their bogus democracy that is misleadingly delivered to us in the form of mere elections every 5 years that mainly serves to legitimize and elongate power.What Ato Meles replied recently regarding the current Arab uprising in that it will not be as such a threat for him that he recently take power by landslide election victory evident that how he systematically manages to abuse the essence of democracy for his own advantage. Therefore for the last 20 years the hype and undeserved indulgence under the guise of the bogus democracy mainly served the heinous agenda of TPLF in its advantage.The opposition camp time and again had been manipulated ,mocked and cheated by the mafia characteristic nature of TPLF.Is it not a shame and disgrace for the entire nation in that after 20 solid years that only one opposition MP manages to get a seat at the parliament. Is it not a shame and disgrace for the entire nation in that after 20 solid years that Ato Meles and TPLF failed us to provide us neither the democracy nor the twice a day meal let alone the promised 3 times a day. Let alone the fulfillment of those to promises, rather another unexpected tragic event is happening in that innocent Ethiopians are disgrace and savagely labeled and accused as terrorists under the banner of a terriorissm. Then how such powerless and weak phrase “decimate democracy” is as such able to fully express the inherent diabolical nature and act of such racist and corrupt regime that clings to power by force and has been deliberately causing these all destruction and mess and agony to this country its peoples.At this moment of time both “decimate democracy” and the word democracy are not as such a proper descriptive word that has ample power to express the existing tragic situations in Ethiopia.At this moment of time both “decimate democracy” and the word democracy are not as such a proper descriptive word that has ample power to unite and mobilize the mass for struggle and change. We can somehow easily detect or recognize and then rectify blatant white lies. However it somehow difficult to easily detect or recognize and then rectify sugar-coated half-truths. And hence such sugar-coated half-truths when inculcated, disseminated and induced in to a certain society have the greatest potential to gradually and systematically turn into mythical pop-psychology knowingly or unknowingly.
    And it is such mythical pop-psychology that is creating a lot of chaos and agony because it traps or entangles us in to a complicated vicious-circle that is a bit difficult to unravel its puzzles easily. Political-rights (democracy) and Economic-rights are two inseparable entities of two sides of the same coin like emotional-needs and material-needs of a certain sane human being. Under the current conditions of our society, it is very vital to ask one question. Why after all our rulers or certain powerful elitist groups want to decimate or deny our democracy or political-rights in the first place? Is it not to systematically pave the way in order to ultimately deny or decimate our economic-rights or material needs? And using the same converse logic why after all our rulers or certain powerful elitist groups want to decimate or deny our economic-rights or material needs in the first place? Is it not to systematically pave the way in order to ultimately deny or decimate our democracy or political-rights or emotional-needs? Any way depending on the type and stage of a certain society, in both cases having a combined control and power over both democracy or political-rights (Emotional Needs) and the other side of economic-rights or material needs is the ultimate inherent desire of greedy, selfish and insane minority elitist individuals who have unbridled lust for POWER!!! Yes POWER over others!!!
    And that is why Ato Meles and TPLF are using both Political power and economic power interchangeably in order to oppress impoverish and destabilize this country and its peoples. However my main argument is why we prematurely and naively as such aspire to utilize our inherent political-right or political-power through the bogus, unfamiliar too stereotypical word called democracy in our society? Our forefathers and foremothers did not know the very word democracy. However, this sort of backwardness with respect to democracy did not hinder them from defending the sovereignty of their beloved country and their mother land from foreign aggression. But while we are laboriously wasting our times on such sort of bogus democracy the irresponsible and corrupt Ato Meles and its TPLF thug are selling off such a great proportion of our fertile land to foreigners and to Sudan that had been reserved for generations by the sacrifice of our ancestors.
    Dear brother Anon can you explain me this paradox?
    We have lost commonsense, wisdom, boldness, courage and pragmatic personalities and that is why we are stuck with terms like “Decimate Democracy”. Ato Meles and Weyane clearly know this reality and that is why they ignore, abuse and treat us this way to this extent of shame and disgrace.
    Deep deep inside the very ironical repetitive message that TPLF wants to subtly and sometime overtly convey is that “As we have come to power by sacrifice not rather by mere shouting and talking let others come to same power as well by passing through same path or at least closer to it or else simply bow and obey to what we say and order you.” And it is with this sort of regime or thug that we want to dance around the song of democracy. And that is why our shouting and struggle about democracy as such does not work effectively that much. While the very pre existing survival basis of the majority of Ethiopian societies has been systematically decimated, does it make that much sense, relevance and credibility to say “Decimate Democracy” which is as such significantly non existence in the first place? You even wanted to improve the phrase that it was meant to say decimate oppositions. Which sort of meaningful, significant and powerful opposition until recently? If there were real powerful opposition forces how on earth that Ato Meles and Weyane dare and succeed to commit this all crimes and plunder for the last 20 years under the disguise of bogus democracy and bogus elections?
    Let’s open our eyes and then boldly and wisely face existing realities. What has been proven and revealed from time to time is that democracy is mainly a bottom up process (not as such top down) and not as such something that can be imposed on a certain society overnight. It has to be exercised and implemented in every day to day walk of life in society at a grass-root level. And that is why those almost all political parties who appear(እንደ መስቀል ወፍ ብቅ የሚሉ) only on the eve of periodical election times every 5 years failed to contribute some sort of meaningful contribution to the democratic process in this country.
    Let’s face boldly truth and existing realities.It is not only democracy but also truth that has the ample genuine and sustainable power to liberate us from the Shackles and bondage of our deep-rooted and multifaceted confusion or vicious-circles we are entangled with.
    If democracy itself is not to be rooted on the basis of truth and existing realities,then it will be a fake and bogus one full of nonsense and useless games that has no significance to the majority mass and the society that only few manipulate and maneuver it for their own greedy and selfish interest and agenda .
    The other very important thing is that democracy and responsibility are two sides of the same coin. And hence democracy can not work effectively in a society where there is a deep feeling of reluctance and indifference among citizenry. Democracy is not something we indulge by only and always asking our share of rights or freedom it is also something that we have to in advance fight and sacrifice for it. What we saw is usually what we already reap. This is not only mere politics but also scientific reality.
    What was the contribution of the society in our country for the democratic process? Making a queue and casting ballots every 5 years? Is it the only contribution and sacrifice that is expected from a certain society or citizenry in order to consequently claim its democratic rights? I am not blaming any body for this but we have to not cheat ourselves as if there exits something which does not exist at all already. When, I say wrong premises, confusion indulgence and gullibility it is mainly related to this. If we are really honest and responsible individuals as an Ethiopian, then we can not as such have a credible moral, rational and scientific basis for blaming Ato Meles or TPLF based on the prevalence of democracy. Rather the very important and meaningful credible moral, rational and scientific basis that we can have to challenge blame and make accountable Ato Meles and TPLF is based on the prevalence of the crimes committed based on racism, treason against national interest and rampant corruption and plundering of the country’s wealth that led to such moral, ethical, social and economical chaos and instability. Yes we have confidently such a good credible moral, rational and scientific basis to challenge blame and make accountable Ato Meles and TPLF is based on the crimes they committed against Ethiopiawinet and Ethiopians. We have such a confident, credible, efficient and reliable basis to challenge, fight and make accountable Ato Meles and TPLF with different agenda than that of “Decimate Democracy”. I mean think of the majority mass, other than I and you and others similar arguing behind key boards. How can such weak phrase “Decimate Democracy” can as such have a powerful emotional and psychological impact to agitate the majority mass and make it remember the pain and misery it is suffering dues to such rampant racism, corruption, poverty, social crisis and economic crisis? If I am mistaken you can make some sort of study in the society and ask what they really worry about and what they really need and they really want and then can get some response. The mass is even losing confidence on those politicians who indulge on the word democracy and reiterate it like a parrot. And hence if things continue the fake and bogus way of democracy that in return deprives majority mass survival basis one day the society may even psychologically guided and tracking back to those genuine nationalist dictators who are based on good governance and hence strongly and genuinely work to advance the interest of the majority mass based on economical developments, national integrity and nationality feelings. Here I am not to oppose the inherent values of democracy and in fact I strongly support and fight for it in a relevant way that makes sense and rationale based on realities.
    Therefore, dear brother it is the very moment of time in history that we need to make a paradigm shift regarding the very word democracy. Democracy is not only becoming the aspiration of the intellectual youth in the 3rd world but also it is becoming its own test and challenge as to how to advance and utilize it wisely and properly. Let’s not fantasize and illusion ourselves under the unwarranted indulgence under this umbrella of pop-psychology and fiasco. I am not as such a slick politician and only what I can do is tell what I really feel and understand deep inside based on my experience though It can be mistaken.
    And it is my strong belief that the better way for this country at this moment of deep crisis is such genuine way approach not the slick way of other way round because we have seen it already where it will possibly take us ultimately.
    ይህ የመጨረሻዬ ምላሽ ይሆናል ስለዚህም ከዚህ በኋላ ሌላ አላስፈላጊ እሰጥ አገባ ውስጥና ክርክር ውስጥ በመግባት ከዚህ ወዲያ ሌላ ምላሽ ለማንበብ ብፈልግም ግን ቅሉ ሌላ የራሴን ምላሽ ግን በዚህ አጀንዳ ላይ ግን ዳግም ለመስጠት አልፈልግም!!!
    ከአክብሮትና ከምስጋና ጋር!!!

  30. Good Article!!!
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    It is good article.
    Keep it up!!!

  31. anon
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    Decimate which
    Democracy?

    How are you?Sorry for not responding about your reply timely? When I said Mr. Robele Ababya, am a regular on Abugida, I was not suggesting you are late arrival and therefore undeserving of space over this forum. If you have read his articles, the title aside, it was clear that he is referring the government’s arrest of opposition members mean to prolong and frustrate the resolve of Ethiopians for their freedom or put off their ambition for democratic rule. I spoke in this form because I have read many of his writings, and he happens to share my core value. There is no doubt in my mind that he is and a staunch nationalist. My contention with you is if the purpose of your comment was to correct the title you could have stated it in one sentence in the way you think need to be phrased. Even though the article discussed about the “lives and basic core values are being threatened”, Zenawi’s careless ness, and put forth prescription for the solution- the removal of weyane. However, I did not see you paying attention to this fact .As a result, you went with your comment as though the writer argued there the availability of democracy in Ethiopia .To be honest with you could have shared your ideas in a number of ways, as an article or you could have introduced differently. Say, you could have argued I have problem of accepting the notion of democracy being presented in may forums or any other form. You have said much but just responding a word or so on some of comments, of your views As I read your piece, I realized you introduced, let me say, a sort of theoretical frame work for democracy. After you discussed the need for bottom up democracy, in order to assure lasting peace and benefit the society, you said nothing how to go about implementing this in Ethiopian reality. Beside you introduce an idea or event and before you conclude the idea you start something else.

    For instance the following quote demonstrated this very point I raised above.
    “I never said that there is no struggle by oppositions or any other concerned bodies for the sake of Democracy though it has not as such attracted my attention with regard to prominent burning issues and existing realties. While we are wasting making some how irrelevant and laborious arguments about none existing democracy, which is totally incoherent with existing realities, we are rather jeopardizing our very survival basis as an ordinary Ethiopians. If those bold and courageous our forefathers were alive at this moment of time in history when we are land locked and a large strip of territorial fertile land is sold off to Sudan by such act of blatant treason well then they would not have made such nonsense and irrelevant arguments like you and me. I do not really understand why we majority intellectual Ethiopians are indulged to this extent of undeserved illusion and fantasy about democracy and expect it likewise from the incumbent Ato Meles and his Weyane that is historically and inherently racist, corrupt and traitor even from the beginning of its inception. I am even very much surprised when so many Ethiopians make the 1997 election as an exemplary and missed opportunity for the democratic process of Ethiopia. This is called pop-Psychology that is related to wrong premise or wrong expectation that is not matching with existing realities on the ground.This is a sheer pop-psychology in that why the mass supports and elects the oppositions is mainly because of the blatant demerits of TPLF and the subsequent grievance of the mass over the incumbent TPLF,and not that much due to the merits of the oppositions. Real and sustainable strength and success is built on own merits and values and not on built on the demerits or weakness of the rival.”
    In the above quote you spoke how the discussion of democracy is irrelevant while the country’s survival is in question. What is more, in this connection you introduced our for fathers and in both cases you have offered nothing about the practical solution that the opposition need to adapt. In other words, what method do you think the Ethiopian opposition should follow to remove weyane? You have not told us.Again,you seem to criticize the views of some Ethiopians about the 1997 election because you said the populace voted of for the opposition not because of the opposition’s strong connection with the population but because the public apathy to the ruling party. This is a plausible assertion .Nevertheless, the fact still remains that to great extent Ethiopia remains to be a conservative socity.That is the majority of Ethiopians want strong vibrant and a unified nation. Weyane has introduced ethnic federalism which is counter to the core values of the majority. Therefore, such circumstances afford for nationalist party win. Anyway, the way I see it, is impossible to promote democratic values while weyane is in office in that country. The Melse government has given simple solution to the opposition .Either you fight for power through armed struggle or simply accept your defeat and follow government order>He seems to say TPLF and me are to remain for long and there won’t be any political accommodation. That is the reality on the ground. For democracy to take root there must be freedom of movement, assembly and speech. Under such political environment we can expect cultural transformation and formation of institutions to take place.
    As you have pointed out many Ethiopians are aware that true democracy coasts life, resources, and time. It is not that they are unawer of the entrapment of the current fixation on the concept of democracy. It seems to me they are convinced before genuine democracy to take root in the country, weyane must be pushed out of power. Unless, weyane is out through popular uprising as Mr. Robele Ababya, has pointed there is little to be done as far as institution building is concerned.Provided weyane is out though we can expect any provisional government that may come after will accommodate this task to be done. Until then, each one of us may contribute financially to UDJ so that historians and political scientists can counter the TPLF and OLFITS version of history through radio and other mediums. I was expecting you will give us hint how to apply or put it in to practice the theoretical concepts you have raised to Ethiopian condition, and to my dismay you said nothing about it.This compel me to say this. Although you argue the need for the opposition to adopt what you called it a “paradigm shift” in the way we conceptualize democracy, by failing to offer us a practical approach to implement this in Ethiopian condition you are making the same mistake you charge against the opposition. In the end it is practice not so much of text book theory that transforms our society.

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