We are in a sort of stalemate: what can you do? By a patriotic Ethiopian

October 2nd, 2011 Print Print Email Email

I believe enough has been said about the thugs ruling Ethiopia in the name of a government. In brief, they have helped part of the country to split from the rest, have made the country land-locked, divided the country along ethnic line to facilitate disintegration, given its land belongings to its neighbor, leased fertile lands to foreigners against the will of the people, plundered the meager resources of the country for personal wealth accumulation, and established the rule of absolute dictatorship and terror, among many others things. Nowhere else in the world such abnormal actions have been taken consistently by any ruling group of a country. The abuse of power and treasonous acts of the Ethiopian thugs are not only known by the Ethiopian people, they are also well recognized by the international community.

After two decades of bitter experience, most Ethiopians in the Diaspora are not at this time that surprised by what the thugs in Addis are doing to their motherland and people. They dismiss the problem simply as being the nature of the beast. What frustrates them more is rather the lack of concerted reactions of the opposition groups to the crimes committed by the thuggish regime. Without such reactions, it is unimaginable the regime will be weakened and stop its criminal acts. Contrary to expectations, most of the reactions of the opposition seem to be directed towards each other in a very destructive manner. They seem to team-up in groups, as football players in a wide field without a referee, to antagonize each other. Accordingly, I have categorized the present Ethiopian opposition in the Diaspora into five major groups.

1. Those who realize well the problem of divided efforts and work hard towards unity among Ethiopians to fight against the thugs in power. Examples include EPRP-D, Solidarity movement for a New Ethiopia (SNME), Andinet (UDJ)

2. Those who do not consider themselves as Ethiopians and reject any form of united action against the regime in the name of Ethiopia. Examples include OLF, ONLF.

3. Those who prefer to work with groups who do not consider themselves as Ethiopians, but rather antiEthiopia. Examples include Ginbot 7 and individuals like Dr. Getachew Begashaw.

4. Those who consider themselves as the only legitimate opposition group who can defend the interest of the Ethiopian people. The only known example is EPRP.

5. Those who consider that any group incorporating individuals above a certain age (may be over 50 years of age, whatever the criteria is) is part of the problem that cannot be trusted to bring change in Ethiopia. A well known example is the Ethiopian Youth National Movement (EYNM) established recently.

It is important to realize that the opposition is divided into some sort of the above categories. Given the Ethiopian reality, in most cases, this is an unnecessary. All of the groups listed strongly express their desire to remove the regime in Addis from power. However, most of them are unable to work together due to either minor differences or for absolutely wrong reasons. Major factors contributing to this unwise and unproductive scenario are the lack democracy and leadership competency within some of the opposition groups. Some political organizations are known to be controlled by dictators in leadership positions who are more interested in holding power rather than serving the interests of their members, the people they are claiming to represent or the country as a whole. These, through their influence, deprive freedom of expression to their own group members and supporters. Due to lack of competency, in most cases in these organizations, decisions are made haphazardly without appropriate background knowledge and understanding their consequences. These situations have placed most of the opposition parties in vicious cycles of stagnation and incompetency, in the meantime, building a wall of negativity and suspicion among each other. Thus, the irrational impulse ‘my way or the highway’ has become the norm rather that the exception. What can be done under this situation? How long can this be allowed to continue?

The majority of Ethiopians, including those who are supporters of opposition organizations of one kind or another, want their country to be democratic, peaceful and prosperous. So far, this dream of theirs has not been realized or not even close to be realized. More than sufficient time has elapsed waiting for this to happen. It is now time to ask why this is not happening. It is time to challenge constructively and boldly the leaderships and even the entire organizations to produce the long-awaited result without further delays. If this is not possible, it is time to consider organizational overhaul or shift of alignment and loyalty based on assessment of the individual organization’s track records and program policy. After all, the ultimate priority is the well-being of Ethiopia and its people, not the individual political organizations. Political organizations are only tools for achieving the former.

Always demand what is expected by the Ethiopian people!
Stop supporting groups blindly!
Stop opposing groups blindly!
Get ready to contribute your share and sacrifice!
Take control of your country!

God bless Ethiopia.

  1. selam
    | #1

    ONE major issue you seem to forget is that history always leaves a mark in every society ,to learn from it and move on is the thing the ethiopian opposition have a hard time dealing with.FIRST of all the tone of every opposition is we will bring down the government by any means; suggests to any sitting GOV.that nomatter what happens we will destroy you and all the emotional baggage the Diaspora brings will never make a difference. So think twice before trying to change the GOV. b/c the same players keep on popping up who had a chance to make a difference but chickened out and chose life in exile and act and collect their daily bread by lies and emotions,let us know when you all are ready to act like grownup intellectuals and we will talk then .ETHIOPIA has moved on to never ever look back deal with it

  2. Johnny
    | #2

    a “patriotic Ethiopian” who is afraid to give his real name? sounds like a wimpy patriot telling us to take control of our country if you cant stand up in public to make your suggestions, it’s better to keep quiet
    johnny another Ethiopian patriot like you

  3. aha!
    | #3

    The author has left out the core issues or ideologies that separate the TPLF/eprdf regime with the opposition parties with national agenda are ethnic feralism and secessionism and totaliarinism. The Derg regime was toppled not for its totaliarianism, but for its Military Dictatorship and human right violations, eventhough it fighting to maintain Ethiopian unity and territorial integrity against the liberation movements, who are now governing the country. Upon their tenure individual freedom and liberty, Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian National Interests are in tatters, except for EPRP-D, juged from the their objectives of the party platform meet the goals for unity territorial integrity sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, with due respect to their citizenship to Ethiopia. SMNE is a political organiztion hinging on humanity before ethnicity, rather than Ethiopiawinet before ethnicity, and UDJP, where the title “Andinet” is used interchangeable is party of the split of CUD, now KAEUP, not mentioned by the author is the remaining party of CUD with the largest constituency, which had persistetley been engaged with neotiations with the regime for peaceful transfer of power through a fair and free elections, based on preconditions established; while UDJP has been engaged with a subset objectives to bring democracy, human right and justice, with the mantra of “no change but durable democracy” as a subset of objectives of the national agenda and coalition with those parties of ethnic agenda, whose objectives are respect ethnic rights, human rights and democracy, designated as Tigrai-Harena)/OPDM/Medrek/fdd/fdre, a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf on the core issues of ethnic fereralism and secessionism with the underlying totaliarinism.

    You do not have any logical basis for your assements of the different factions and you have lrft out KAUP, EDP and oyhers as major contenders for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

  4. tenkirr
    | #4

    -we demand that the The Tigre People Liberation Front release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally,

    -We demand that Tigre People Liberation Front stop inciting inter ethnic violence

    - we demand that Tigre People Liberation Front stop discrimiating people on the basis of their ethnicity.

    -we demand that we demand that Tigre People Liberation Front aloow freedom of speech, assembly, mass rallies amd protests to allow people to express their feelings and express themselves freely with out fear of persecution.

    -we demand that Tigre People Liberation Front stop kidnapping, murdering and imprisoning and torturing innocent citizens under the cover of its new so aclled anti terror law

    …………………..

    …………….

    …….

  5. koster
    | #5

    Whether you like it or not AEUP is a force not to be ignored. The Anti-Ethiopian forces are trying to exclude the so-called “nationalist forces” i.e. EPRP and AEUP but it is not possible to have a sustainable peace by excluding anyone group let alone AEUP which has millions of supporters.

  6. Sam
    | #6

    Patriotic Ethiopian seemed to have prefered generalization regardiong the Ethiopian opposition parties. He grouped them in five. According to the grouping, one could not see the opposition parties could work out their differences to oppose the regime in power as one. That is understandable. No one could effectively argue OLF and UDJ could have a common political platform. That will never happen. But the same writer who seemed to have believed on that assumption undecut his own argument when he wrote ” most of [the opposition parties] are unable to work together due to either minor differences.” Well, this is strange. It is minor differences to believe in one Ethiopia and not to believe the existence of a country called Ethiopia at all. I do not think so. Always after writing an article it is wise to reread it before posting on any website. Had the writer had done that he might not have been contradicted his own observation no matter how simplistic his approach to begin with was.

  7. beles
    | #7

    at this information age it is impossible to determine how much relevant a group of individuals to a cause are. as information flows freely in all directions an individual changes mind several times a day. but it is possible to determine which ideas are having greater impact. therefore it would be much more productive to discuss and gauge the ideas than the groups to know where the center gravity lies. the writer continues to make the same mistake in this age groups organized around “influencial” individuals will have relevance. those years are gone and those who are persuing that road are simply wasting their time. the greater ideas are the once to watch and pick not the individuals and the groups.

  8. Girum
    | #8

    At this moment of time in history I dare to say that I am ashamed of being an Ethiopian.
    Sometimes I think of what I call it intellectual ignorance or learned ignorance that is what I also call it de-education like de-development. When some sort of intellect is without heart and is only guided by mere knowledge the result is like what has been happening in the intellectual society that monopolizes the scene of political stage in Ethiopian politics. I think of sometimes that we are cursed to this sort of learned ignorance or intellectual ignorance in that we luck harmony, solidarity, love and trust and hope.
    I think most of the intellectual society that in monopoly controls the political scene of stage are only guided by their mere bunch of knowledge and mind and have gradually lost their heart. When a human being is only with mere knowledge and mind without heart then it is like a robot or a computer.
    I read a lot of analysis and comment on Ethiopian politics and I some how happen to contribute my own share as to my knowledge and capacity. Every body is just riding his own dream horse and almost all of us do not want as such to make a genuine and decent way of dialogue or discourse that is filled with understanding and respect. Whether some one is right or wrong unless we develop a culture and tradition of dialogues and discourse that is filled with respect and understanding then till dooms day we will never have harmony and solidarity as long as we stick to the way we used to have.
    I am thinking of those condemned forefathers and foremothers who manage to establish and pass this country called Ethiopia as a nation to this generation. And like wise i am thinking of these political intellectuals who reiterate words like democracy and who mercilessly and blindly condemn those of our forefathers for not establishing democracy. Then the conclusion I happen to have is that those of our forefathers were with their natural heart and the current new generation is bunch of mere knowledge in mind but without heart. Dear all Ethiopian politicians in the opposition camp!!!
    Stop your nonsense arguments about democracy which you are unfamiliar and hardly know as such!!!
    Democracy is not our natural song or rhythm and language that we understand one another!!!
    Why we fail to sing the song and speak the language of Ethiopiawinet and Ethiopia!!!
    While you are in deep lack of respect, harmony, solidarity, trust, hope and love how you dare to reiterate and preach about democracy?
    As an Ethiopian, you are singing of unfamiliar song and speaking of a unfamiliar language called democracy!!! And how comes you happen to understand and hence have respect, harmony, solidarity, trust, hope and love??? If you have to pray why you better go to church or mosque and pray for God so that God will give us such harmony, solidarity, trust, hope and love rather than simply shouting about democracy like a parrot. Was it the fashionable democracy that created the necessary respect, harmony, solidarity, trust, hope and love among Ethiopians that enables them to defeat the Italians at Adwa and also other aggressors in different occasions?
    I think we have lost something very basic very vital very necessary thing or ingredient.
    Let’s pray for it if we believe we really lost it.
    Ethiopia is a country of religion and faith more than it is a country of democracy.
    Rather than we pent ample time and energy to beg the West for democracy why not we use the same resource to pray for our God so that we come out of the seatmate and vicious-circle so that every thing will be Ok!!! Let every opposition open and begin every discourse first by praying to God.
    This so called fashionable and unfamiliar entity ideal democracy is thrown to us so that we quarrel and spend our time and energy to be in disharmony and out of solidarity.Becue it is our inherent and natural language for us to understand one another as an Ethiopian. Let’s use our own way of handling our issues in our own language we used to understand one another as an Ethiopian. For the last 20 years Ato Meles and TPLF cleverly and heinously used this word called democracy to disarray and disunite every possible organized opposition and resistance that has the potential to challenge it hegemony.
    Believe me. Let’s leave aside this fashionable and unfamiliar ideal called democracy for the time being and then settle our issues with our heart and our own language rather than our intellectual mind and mere knowledge alone. Let’s come out of this illusion and fantasy about democracy and be realistic.
    በተቃዋሚው ጎራ የተሰለፋችሁ ፊደል የቆጠራችሁ የተማራችሁ የተመራመራችሁ ፖለቲከኞች ምሁራን ሁሉ እራሳችሁን ቆም ብላችሁ ጠይቁ መርምሩ፡፡ለምንድን ነው እንደዚህ አይነት ህብረት መተማመን መስማማት ፍቅር በመካከላችን የጠፋው ብላችሁ እራሳችሁን ጠይቁት፡፡ከፈረንጅ እንደ ወረደ የተቀበላችሁትና በጭንቅላታችሁ ዝም ብላችሁ ያጨቃችሁት እውቀት ሁሉ ከንቱ ሆነ ማለት ነውን?ነው ወይንስ ኢትዮጵያ ወንድ አይብቀልብሽ ተብላ እንደተረገመች ሁሉ ለቁም ነገር የሚሆንም እውነተኛ ፣አስተዋይ፣ቀናኢና ልባም ምሁርም ጭምር አይብቀልብሽ ተብላ ተረግማ ይሆንን፡፡ነው ወይነስ “እግዚአብሄር የዚህን አለም እውቀት ሁሉ ከንቱ አላደረገምን” የተባለው በእኛም ጭምር ተፈፀመ ማለት ነው፡፡የጥበብ ሁሉ መጀመሪያ እግዚአብሄርን መፍራት ነው ተብሎ እንደተፃፈ ታቃላችሁ፡፡እናንተ ግን ቅድሚያ የምታመልኩት የምታከብሩትና የምትፈሩት ማንን ነው?
    ስዩመ እግዚአብሄር ብለው የገዙን ነገስታቶች እኮ ፈጣሪን ስለሚያምኑና ስለሚያስቀድሙ በእግዚአብሄር የተሰየመ ለማለት የታሰበ ነው፡፡አገዛዞችና መሪዎች በፈጣሪ ፍቃድ አንድም ለቅጣት አንድም ለልማት በህዝብ ላይ እንዲመረጡና እንዲፀኑ አታውቁምን?ዛሬ እናንተ ግን በቅጡ ያልገባችሁና እንደ በቀቀን ዘወትር ዲሞክራሲ እያላችሁ የምትዘመሩትን መዝሙር ይዛችሁ በራሳችሁ የቅዠት አለም ውስጥ እየኖራችሁ እርስ በርሳችሁ እየተራኮታችሁና እየተሻኮታችሁ ላስተማራችሁ ህዝብ አንድም የሚረባ ነገር ለማድረግ ተሳናችሁ፡፡ለምን ቢባል በትግላችሁና በእንቅስቃሴያችሁ ሁሉ የፈጣሪን መልካም ፍቃድና መልካም ድርሻ ቦታ ስላሳጣችሁትና በራሳችሁ ፍቃድና ባዶ እውቀት ብቻ ስለታበያችሁ ማለት ነው፡፡ጭንቅላታችሁን የሞላው ብዙ እውቀት ብቻውን ዋጋ አይኖረውም፡፡በልባችሁ ውስጥ ያለውንም እስኪ ቆም ብላችሁ ቀልባችሁን ሰብስባችሁ መርምሩት፡፡እርግማን ካለብን ፈጣሪንና የረገሙንን ይቅርታ እንጠይቅ፡፡የተቃዋሚውን ጎራ እንመራለን ብላችሁ ላይ ታች የምትሉ ሁሉ እስኪ ከቀልባችሁ ሁኑና ዝም ብላችሁ ዲሞክራሲ ነፃነት ፍትህ እያላችሁ እየደጋገማችሁ እንደ በቀቀን በየስብሰባው ዝም ብላችሁ ከምታስተጋቡት አንዳንድ ጊዜም እስኪ ፈጣሪያችሁን በፀሎት እያስታወሳችሁና እየለመናችሁ ወደ መልካም ወደ ሆነው ነገር ሁሉ እንዲመራችሁ ተማፀኑት፡፡
    ይህ በሌለበት ሁኔታ ውስጥ ድካማችን ሁሉ ከንቱ ነው፡፡
    ኢትዮጵያ እጆቿን ወደፈጣሪ ትዘረጋለች ነው እንጂ የተባለው ኢትዮጵያ ለዲሞክራሲ ስትል እጆቿን ወደ አሜሪካ ወይንም ወደ ምእራባውያን ለልመና ትዘረጋለች የሚል አልተፃፈም፡፡ታሪክን ወደ ኋላ ተመልሳችሁ አስታውሱት፡፡ምእራባውያን ለኢትዮጵያ አንድም ቀን ዋስ ጠበቃ ሆነው አያውቁም፡፡
    ተማርን ተመራመርን የምትሉ የተቃዋሚ መሪዎች ሁሉ ዝም ብላችሁ በእውቀታችሁ ብቻ እየታበያችሁ በጭፍን አትመሩ፡፡
    በመካከላችሁ የገባውንና የሰፈነውን፣የአለመግባባት፣ያለመደማመጥ፣ያለመስማማት፣ያለመከባበር ፣ያለመዋደድና የአንድነት ስሜት ማጣት ጅኒ ወይንም ጋኔን በከንቱ ክርክርና በዲሞከራሲ ብቻ አይፈታም፡፡ፀበል መረጨት ካለባችሁ ገዳም ሂዱ፡፡መፀለይ ካለባችሁ በህብረት ወይንም በግል ፀልዩ፡፡
    የኢትዮጵያዊነት የጥንት ታሪካዊ ወግና ልማድ ይህ ነውና፡፡ከዚህ ውጪ ዲሞክራሲ እያላችሁ ዘወትር ብታላዝኑ ውሃ ቢወቅጡት እንቦጭ እንዲሉ አጉል ጉንጭ አልፋ ክርክርና ንትርክ ከማድረግ ውጪ ብዙም ጠብ የሚል ነገር ለዚህች ድሃ ሀገርና ህዝቦቿ የሚበጅ ነገር ለማምጣት የሚከብድ ይመስለኛል፡፡
    እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይጠብቅ!!!

  9. አለቃ ብሩ
    | #9

    Wow some people have no shame to go public with their ignorance. Look first of all, you should not write “articles”[if this can be called an article] anonymously. Second of all, you have made a lot of errors. Examples:

    1. You said that “OLF and ONLF reject any form of united action” which is not true.
    2. You categorized Ginbot 7 as “those who PREFER to work with anti-Ethiopians…” Do you know the meaning of the word “prefer?”
    3. You said EPRP claims that it is the only legitimate opposition? Where did you read this from? or who told you that?
    4. You said that there is a recently formed Youth Movement and it excludes persons of lets say above 50. If it is a Youth Movement, then of course it makes sense that its members are actually the youth. What’s wrong with that?

    5. You concluded that these organizations are not able to work together for minor differences. Well, if the organizations have only “minor differences” you should not have grouped them into 5 categories, in the first place. As one commenter [Sam] observed, this a big contradiction with yourself.

    I hope you revise your article after reading these comments and learn from your mistakes.

  10. jolaima
    | #10

    Yes! our main goal is to remove the enemy permanetly from the lives of Ethiopians;our mission is to establish democracy,the rule of laws,and proserity;our common enemy is the regime that is terrorizing citizens in Ethiopia,and together,we will end our struggle against the enemy in victory.

    This struggle that we shared together began twenty years ago,when the enemy crossed the the line and entered Ethiopia,and quickly scattered all over Ethiopia and moved into villages,towns,cities,and neighbourhoods,broke into homes and vandalized the lives of families.the enemy is like a stone in bile,if we do the operation skillfuly,we can take the stone out safely.It is good we all took the enemy seriously and fight it tooth and nail until it is completely crushed to its permanent defeat.

  11. Sheger
    | #11

    Follow UDJ
    Support UDJ
    Stand with UDJ
    Speak for UDJ

    VICTORY to UDJ
    VICTORY to ETHIOPIA!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is what we need to do I believe.

  12. Patriotic Ethiopian
    | #12

    Aleka Biru,#9:

    I was hesitating to respond to your conveniently twisted and baseless response but for the sake of other readers I decided to do it. I am pretty you belong to one of the two organizations I have in mind. Let me use you own statements as guide for my response.
    1. You said that “OLF and ONLF reject any form of united action” which is not true.

    I said that they reject if it is in the name of Ethiopia.

    2. You categorized Ginbot 7 as “those who PREFER to work with anti-Ethiopians…” Do you know the meaning of the word “prefer?”

    When they were asked by many Ethiopians to work with proEthiopia opposition groups, they openly rejected that proposal and made a choice approach antiEthiopia groups like the OLF for collaboration. That is preference to me. If you don’t understand the language, ask others, please.

    3. You said EPRP claims that it is the only legitimate opposition? Where did you read this from? or who told you that?

    What do you mean ‘who told you that?’ You don’t have to be told to know this. It is well known quite for some time if you follow what is going on.

    4. You said that there is a recently formed Youth Movement and it excludes persons of lets say above 50. If it is a Youth Movement, then of course it makes sense that its members are actually the youth. What’s wrong with that?

    Nothing wrong with what you sated above. But the movement has also expressed its mistrust of the older generation for a positive change in Ethiopia. That is what I wrote in my article and this is very wrong.

    4. You concluded that these organizations are not able to work together for minor differences. Well, if the organizations have only “minor differences” you should not have grouped them into 5 categories, in the first place. As one commenter [Sam] observed, this a big contradiction with yourself.

    I wrote in my article “… unable to work together due to either minor difference or absolutely wrong reasons’. Let me explain.

    Minor differences: When you consider the proEthiopia organizations, compared to the problem country is now facing under the brutal TPLF administration, their difference are minor, at times only semantic. They all believe in the well being of Ethiopia, democracy and equality, etc, etc. that strongly reflect their similarities rather than their differences. The problem is they are unable to sit down and talk with respect, understanding/insightfulness and honesty.

    Absolutely wrong reasons: OLF and other fronts say they are colonized by Ethiopia and they give this as a reason for their struggle and desire to separate from the rest of the country. In my opinion, the issue of colony is a fabrication or lie and thus it is absolutely a wrong reason. In short, no contradiction here.

    I hope you have now understood the essence of my article, if lack of understanding was a problem; or you are run out of further diversion of the main topic, which is antiTPLF . If you try again, thrust me I will come back. Thank you.

  13. Zemenay.
    | #13

    It is high time that Ethiopians stop calling the ethnical fascist rule of the fascist and racist Tigrayan ethnic leader, the Ethiopian government. The fascist and racist Meles Zenawi does not like and prefer to be called Ethiopian because he has clearly said that he is a Tigrayan first. The ethncal fascist Meles Zenawi has clearly uttered his pride in his Tigrayan identity saying ” I am proud of originating from the Golden People of Tigray”. This expression of Meles confirms his conviction of the superiority of the Tigrayans and is comparable in all ways to the expression of the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler who declared the Germanic or Aryan race as the superior and master of all races on earth. The Tigrayans I know share this conviction of their ethnic leader, Meles Zenawi and supprt it very much. There are many Tigrayans in London who openly show their feelings of discomfort and unease over the presence of non-Tigrayans during the Embassy and other meetings.
    As an ethnical fascist, Meles combines the leftist ideology of Stalin (nations and nationalities) and Hitler`s fascism or nazism (race or ethnic superiority). Meles Zenawi`s brutality and mercilessness are the corner stones of these ideologies and pose a geat threat to the survival of Ethiopia as a country.

  14. Anonymous
    | #14

    Patriotic Ethiopian,

    Hahaha…thank you for responding to my comments. I don’t know which two organizations you had in mind that I might belong to, but I have to disappoint you that I belong to none.

    Going back to the main topic, I still don’t think you have made strong points in your categorization of the known Ethiopian political forces or in addressing their weaknesses. I will only mention two points that you raised:

    “Minor Differences”

    According to you some pro-Ethiopia forces “are unable to sit down and talk with respect, understanding/insightfulness and honesty.” Now my question to you is: if these so called “pro Ethiopia” forces are so irrisponsible, disrespectful and dishonest; why on Earth do you like them to hold any political power? How can they be better than the current rulers?

    “Wrong reasons”

    In my opinion, politics is not like science. Unlike in science, in politics more than one “truth” is possible. Each political force has its own “truth” and it is up to the people to choose who makes sense. So OLF and ONLF cannot be denied their right to believe in what they believe in. If they do not make sense to the people, they will be rejected by the people. Isn’t this the whole idea of multi-party democracy?

  15. አለቃ ብሩ
    | #15

    Patriotic Ethiopian,

    Hahaha…thank you for responding to my comments. I don’t know which two organizations you had in mind that I might belong to, but I have to disappoint you that I belong to none.

    Going back to the main topic, I still don’t think you have made strong points in your categorization of the known Ethiopian political forces or in addressing their weaknesses. I will only mention two points that you raised:

    “Minor Differences”

    According to you some pro-Ethiopia forces “are unable to sit down and talk with respect, understanding/insightfulness and honesty.” Now my question to you is: if these so called “pro Ethiopia” forces are so irrisponsible, disrespectful and dishonest; why on Earth do you like them to hold any political power? How can they be better than the current rulers?

    “Wrong reasons”

    In my opinion, politics is not like science. Unlike in science, in politics more than one “truth” is possible. Each political force has its own “truth” and it is up to the people to choose who makes sense. So OLF and ONLF cannot be denied their right to believe in what they believe in. If they do not make sense to the people, they will be rejected by the people. Isn’t this the whole idea of multi-party democracy?

  16. Patriotic Ethiopian
    | #16

    Aleka Biru,

    Point by point answer:

    - As to your affiliation, it doesn’t matter where you belong, but you reflect the ‘principles’ of those two organizations. You can as well join them.

    - Those organizations I push them to work together, don’t have a program to destroy Ethiopia, like TPLF and the other fronts do. They are rather trying to prevent that, and, to some extent together with the rest of the Ethiopian people have succeded in doing that. We have to build on that and invest on them.

    - Politics has, and should have, rationality, and as such it is science on its own right, in my opinion. It is an activity of a rational creature, human being, to organize and mobilize people for optimum utilization of resources and for pursuit of pleasure. It has been utilized like this in almost all developed countries and has contributed to the well-being people in these countries. Unfortunately, it has been treated like the games of wild animals in countries like Ethiopia. It has lost all it components of rationality and abused by power holders, contributing to the suffering of millions of people. I think that this is partly due to the lack concern and understanding of the people who hold political power. To cover their own weaknesses and the crimes they committed, they give some kind of explanations on the nature of politics as you just did. This is not acceptable and there is no reason why it should happen in our kind of countries. We Ethiopians are rational people like those who live in developed counties and no less should be acceptable here. The problem creators have to go.

  17. Mamo
    | #17

    Aleka biru,
    in your respond to patriotic you wrote conserning OLF

    “Isn’t this the whole idea of multi-party democracy”?
    please don’t equate the notion of multi party democracy with the objective of OLF.To begin with OLF is pursuing armed struggle to ceade from the mother Ethiopia.Wher as multiparty democracy is a a rule of politcal parties who at least share same national identity and values but differ only in the way they want to run the nation.OLF does not share Ethiopian national adentity therefore dont deserve any politcal space in the country unless they rectify their stand.The cyurrent Oromos have gone far ahead of the back ward and reactionary OLF leaders.Dr.merera Gudina’s Oromo People’s Congress (OPC),and Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement(OFDM) of Bulcha demeksa’s are just examples.Such parties who share Ethiopian identity can rightly be called multiparty aspirants. OLF is out of touch and out of time for the current Ethiopian reality.

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