Civil uprising in the spirit to uphold one mosaic Ethiopia & Ethiopiawinet By Robele Ababya
Baseless paranoia surrounding “Ethiopia” & “Ethiopiawinet”
Much effort and precious time are spent on the question of Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet much of which is academic rather than substance for dealing with the current vicious erosion of the freedom and dignity of citizens and unbridled exploitation of life-sustaining national assets being committed by the ruthless minority TPLF tribal regime.
As far as I am concerned, Ethiopia is mentioned more than 40 times in the Holy Bible, the oldest best book ever written and still forming the basis of constitutions, laws, ethical precepts and moral laws of modern society. One may ask whether the Bible refers to the present location of Ethiopia and lose the debate to renowned non-Ethiopian scholars who argue that the present location was indeed part and parcel of Abyssinia, which according to history refers to a large chunk, if not all, of the African continent and beyond. Here below are a few relevant excerpts from the writings of non-Ethiopian scholars especially meant for Zenawi and secessionist OLFites who are hell bent on dismantling Ethiopia:
(1) “In modern geography the name Ethiopia is confined to the country known as Abyssinia, an extensive territory in East Africa. In ancient times Ethiopia extended over vast domains in both Africa and Asia”. “It seems certain,” declares Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, “that classical historians and geographers called the whole region from India to Egypt, both countries inclusive, by the name of Ethiopia, and in consequence they regarded all the dark-skinned and black peoples who inhabited it as Ethiopians.
(2) Mention is made of Eastern and Western Ethiopians and it is probable that the Easterners were Asiatics and the Westerners Africans.” (History of Ethiopia, Vol. I., Preface, by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge.)
(3) In addition Budge notes that, “Homer and Herodotus call all the peoples of the Sudan, Egypt, Arabia, Palestine and Western Asia and India Ethiopians.” (Ibid., p. 2.) The classical home of the ancient Ethiopians was the Eastern Sudan, although Homer and Herodotus mentioned other Ethiopians dwelling in Egypt, Arabia, Palestine, Western Asia and India. To cite Lady Lugard: “The fame of the ancient Ethiopians was widespread in ancient history. History describes them as the tallest, most beautiful and long-lived of the human races, and before Herodotus, Homer, in even more flattering language, described them as the most just of men, the favorites of the gods. The annals of all the great early nations of Asia Minor are full of them. The Mosaic records allude to them frequently; but while they are described as the most powerful, the most just, and the most beautiful of the human race, they are constantly spoken of as Black, and there seems to be no other conclusion to be drawn than that at that remote period of history, the leading race of the Western World was a Black race.”
(4) Then we have the view of Stephanus of Byzantium, that: “Ethiopia was the first established country on earth; and the Ethiopians were the first who introduced the worship of the gods, and who established laws.” The vestiges of this early civilization have been found in Nubia, the Egyptian Sudan, West Africa, Egypt, Mashonaland, India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Arabia, South America, Central America, Mexico, and the United States.
(5) The ancient Kushite or Ethiopian culture may be called the Archaic Civilization. Even before the rise of the culture of Egypt, there was the great Kushite, or Ethiopian civilization, which was widespread in both Africa and Asia.
SOURCE: African Presence in Early Asia, edited by Runoko Rashidi and Ivan Van Sertima; REFERENCES: Analcalypsis, by Godfrey Higgins; A Tropical Dependency, by Lady Lugard
Oromos of Yejju
Iyoas was an Ethiopian Emperor of Oromo extract from Yejju; Oromiffa was the official language during His rule from His Palace in Gondar. The prominent roles of the Oromo nobilities of Yejju in top echelon of rulers in Ethiopia during the “Era of the Princes” are all too clear. They include: Ras Gugsa of Yejju, Ras Ali of Yejju, Ras Yimam of Yejju, Ras Dori of Yejju among others including an endless list of Orormo dignitaries up to the time of Ras Gobena Dache, Haptegiorgis Dinegde, Balcha Abanebso, Empress Menen, Yilma Deresa, Mulugetta Buli, ad infinitum.
TPLF Stalinists have brainwashed credulous OLFites et al with Stalin’s vulgar theory of “nations and nationalities” for years ensnaring them at their Dedebit hideout in Tigray. The way forward now is to accept our unique history of our distant past in order to preserve and defend what is left of Ethiopia considering that tyrant Zenawi has done colossal damages to our vital national interests in the past 20 years and still selling or ceding fertile agricultural lands in contempt of widespread outcry in protest.
Uprising in the spirit of Tenesa Teramed
Tenesa Teramed (stand up and stride) is the name of a patriotic song aired by Radio Voice of Ethiopia in July 1974 or thereabout. This all-inclusive revolutionary song resonated throughout the country and lifted the spirit of all Ethiopians regardless of their gender, age, ethnic background or creed. Albeit for a short time, it set us on a course of enthusiastic desire for change without bloodshed. The text of the song and the music were the work of young members of the amateur Music Club of the then famous Ethiopian Air Force. The clarion call for change brought the public as well as civilians and men in uniform of all ranks together on a band wagon for progress. Interestingly, there is nothing in the text of the song even remotely embracing a specified ideology.
The patriotic authors of the song took “Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet” for granted unequivocally referring to themselves as children of Ethiopia, their Motherland. It is noteworthy that the young architects of the revolutionary song “Tenesa Teramed” stressed the virtues of unity, putting Ethiopia first, harnessing the rivers to build dams, industriousness, prosperity, deterrence to any threat to motherland, and outright rejection of religious and ethnic bias. Does tyrant Zenawi get the message? No, he does not!
Unfortunately the airing of the famous song on Radio Voice of Ethiopia did not last long. It was stopped by none other than the coward dictator Mengistu Hailemariam on the advice of Marist-Leninists of the day on grounds that the song was too nationalistic; it did not match the slogan: “Workers of the World Unite!”However, in the dying moment of the Derg Tenesa Teramed was reinstated by Mengistu, but only to be played at official functions within the Air Force premises. That was too little too late to appeal to the patriotism of the people.
The information provided in this piece of writing, mainly based on the works of non-Ethiopians scholars, is more than convincing to proudly embrace Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet. It is long overdue that fellow Ethiopians put their acts together and save what is left of Ethiopia.
Despot Zenawi is in a nightmare for his days are numbered; he has long lost the trust of the Ethiopian people; his mega dam project is bound to fail; the source of his direct budgetary support is bound to dry up to cover the cost of his bloated government; his mentor Gaddafi has fallen; the Al Qaeda scarecrow is no longer a reliable source of income from donors – less so that the American-born Yemeni, Anwar al-Awlaki, has been killed and Al Qaeda is in disarray. How nice that Zenawi’s root in Yemen that he told to Gaddafi to gain favor is shattered.
Signs are that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are in the process of putting an end to US relations of the past 30 years with tyrants. The time is therefore right to deal a mortal blow to the Zenawi regime through a series of civil disobedience in the spirit of renaissance of one mosaic Ethiopia in cultural diversity and pride in Ethiopiawinet. I would like to join others who think a federal form of governance similar to that of the USA would be best for our mosaic Ethiopia. No to ethnic federalism!
The Ethiopian people rallied to the call for bloodless change in 1974. They did likewise in the historic election of 15 May 2005. They are ready for an uprising to bring the two previously high-jacked or stolen attempts to a successful end this time around. It is recommended that the Ethiopian Youth Movement should make Ethiopian history as the centerpiece of its strategy in its ongoing struggle for peaceful change. The fruit of success in the struggle must be “one person, one vote” in a strong, compassionate, prosperous and wholly democratic society. The ‘anti-terror law’ enacted by the rubber-stamp parliament of terrorist Zenawi cannot and will not stop the resolve of the Ethiopian people from achieving their natural right to the lofty goal of dignity, prosperity, freedom, and justice.
Finally, all of us democrats must work hard until precious sons and daughters of Ethiopia including (listed in alphabetical order) Andualem Aragie, Asamnew Birhanu, Bekele Gerba, Debebe Eshetu, Eskinder Nega, Nathnael Mekonnen, Olbana Lelisa, Reeyot Alemu, Woubshet Taye, Zemenu Molla and many other political prisoners in Ethiopia are released immediately and unconditionally.
This quotation by Sir Winston Churchill fits tyrant Zenawi: “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”
LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!