Untimely Power: King of Anger II and His Bad Game By Fisseha Tadesse Feleke

October 16th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Power is bad, if it is untimely. And, to want to stick to an untimely power is sheer insanity. What could be worse than a game played with an insane person, especially when that person happens to be “king of anger” who wants to be the one and only one law of the game?

The term “king of anger” may prima facie seem to point to an “angry king” (ብስጩ ንጉሥ). But in traditional Ethiopian scholars’ usage, “king of anger” (የብስጭት ንጉሥ) refers not necessarily to an angry king but to a king, angry or not, set by an “angry God,” untimely! The first such a king recorded in the Bible was Saul. In the words of Ethiopian scholars: “ሳኦል የብስጭት ንጉሥ ነው። አኹን ለአንዲት ሴት ብዙ ልጆች ይኖሯታል። ኹለቱ ሦስቱ መጥተው ‘እኽል አቅምሽን’ ይሏታል። ‘ቆዩ ወንድሞቻችኹ ይምጡ’ ትላቸዋለች። ይዘበዝቧታል። ሞታቸውን ሳትወድ ‘እንኩ ይነቃችኹ’ ብላ እንድትሰጣቸው፤ እስራኤልም ‘አንግሥ ለነ ንጉሠ’ (ንጉሥ አንግሥልን) እያሉ ቢዘበዝቡት የብስጭት ንጉሥ ሳኦልን አንግሦላቸዋል።” In what follows I shall first draw a possible parallel between Saul and our own contemporary King of Anger. I will try then to describe the kind of game the later seems to have been playing. My intention in this is not to belittle anyone but to help understand our situation better by reminding and interposing, both thematically and methodically (as I always try to do), an integral aspect of our culture that has sadly sunk into oblivion—or almost, I think!

The Bible tells us that “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” When it is the right time, therefore, we should just get up and do whatever is the right thing for us to do, instead of wailing on and on and on, while excusing ourselves saying “ማቄን ጨርቄን.” We can even implore God Himself (በለመድነው እግዚኦታ) so that He would help us accomplish what otherwise would have been impossible for us to attain; as the Psalmist urges: “It is time for thee, Lord, to work.” In the wrong time, however, even what could in fact be thought of as good may turn out to be bad.

But how do we know that which is the right thing to do and when it is the right time to do it? How do we recognize “the moment of vision,” the timeliness of a purpose? This indeed is not an easy question and the answer to it lies not necessarily in a simple formula such as this: just like so-and-so, here or somewhere else, back then-and-then or right now, could do it in-such-and-such a manner, so also we, here and now, can do it in the same way. Rather, discerning what is right and determining when it is the proper time to carry it out in practice involves certain subtleties that would render our decisions as tough to make as crucial. I believe this is a problem in its own right and hence shall leave it at that so as to proceed for now with the story that I think is analogous to our situation, bearing nonetheless in mind that readers may detect for themselves if the analogy can indicate something relevant about the urgent need of our time, as Ethiopians, that is.
[The story relates an event that happened in the beginning of the Age of Kings of the Old Testament era, or rather, in what could be considered as a period hinge (should I say: a transition?!) between the Age of the Princes (ዘመነ መሳፍንት) and that of the Kings (ዘመነ ነገሥት)].

Although it was in God’s plan for Israel to set up a king, from whose seed even the King of heaven and earth was to be born, Israel seemed not to know the right time for that to happen. They immaturely demanded for a king. The motivation for their demand, we are told, was partly jealousy and partly fears. Namely, the Israelites were jealous of the gentiles around them for having their own kings; and they were also worried about a very difficult situation, which situation they thought Samuel, the old priest-prince, would not do to overcome. (“አንተ [ሳሙኤል] እንዳትመግበን አረጀኽ፤ ልጆችኽም በሕግኽ ጸንተው አልኖሩም፤ መማለጃ በሉ ፍርድ አጎደሉ። ይኸውም የቤት እንጕርጕሮ ነውና በቻልነው ነበር። ይልቁንም በኢያቢስ ዘገለዓድ ባሉ ኹለት ነገድ ተኩል ወንድሞቻችን ናዖስ አሞናዊ ቀኝ ቀኝ ዓይናችኹን ገብሩኝ ብሎ በጠላትነት ተነሥቶባቸዋል። ያን የሚያጠፋልን ንጉሥ አንግሥልን።”). Their fault in this was that they had completely forgotten to consider the role of God—the Holy of Israel—who created them as a community and guided them throughout their history, the success of which He assured from the get-go (they should have prayed first: ተዘከር ማኅበረከ ዘአቅደምከ ፈጢረ… Angry about but nonetheless yielding to their demand, therefore, God gave them a king in the person of Saul, “a choice young man and goodly” indeed, but who would eventually suffer from jealousy, fear and madness—qualities that would instill a lasting image of his in the minds of later time Rabbis: “a weak branch.”
To cut the long story short, God in the right time had then David, the shepherd, anointed king for them, and that with great pleasure (ብእሴ ምእመነ ዘከመ ልብየ ወረከብክዎ ለዳዊት ገብርየ!). But more than a couple of decades had to elapse before David actually governed Israel. This period had proved, more than anything else, the growing jealousy, fear and insanity of Saul who, however hard he tried to keep David away and stay himself in power, nonetheless ended up in a suicidal death and left the throne for David.
So far for the wax; let us now see the gold. (እስከዚህ የዐተታየ ሠምዓዊ ምሳሌ ነው፤ ቀጥለን ወርቃዊ ባለቤቱን እንመልከት)

I think we have to admit that the revolutionary movement in our country had in some sense been invested with an immature demand. Although there might have been good reasons to have felt discontented and hence to have required change, it is hard to assume that ours was a purely just motivation that did not involve some sort of jealousy and a rather ungrounded anxiety. On top of that, the process (was it of progression or of transgression?) went not with mere forgetfulness of God, the creator of our community and the sustainer of our history; rather, it was accompanied by a direct attack against Him. The madness of all has been the cooperation of the Church in such a clearly “deicidal,” “historicidal” and “patriacidal” process, both then and now! Hence, the angry God—ፈጣሬ-ኵሉ፣አምላከ-ኢትዮጵያ—has given us not one but two kings of anger successively. (I only hope there is no third one in His store!). And, needless to say, however long have we been waiting for him, we have not yet seen the “modern,” the timely, David—that is to say, in the current vocabulary, the “by-the-people-for-the-people” thing.

As the first king of anger has now gone for good (I hope he would never return—though he still is alive and we have lately heard his voice on one radio), I want to talk about the second one whose genius seems to have been coupled with such insanity that he has been playing the worst of games against Ethiopia and Ethiopians while arrogating to be their very premier. The circumstances surrounding Saul and Meles may warrant a fairly long list of parallels. However, I would like to focus on their similarity that I hope will shade some light as to why the later plays the kind of game he has been playing: namely, on their similarity in “jealousy, fear and madness.”

ሺሕ ገዳይ King, እልፍ ገዳይ Hero

There is no greater folly than thinking one is indispensable before God. Because, how could God be God if He were not able, as our Lady Holy Virgin Mary taught us, to have “put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree” (እመ-ኢክህለ ነሢቶቶሙ ለኃያላን እመናብርቲሆሙ፤ ወአእብዮቶሙ ለትሑታን)?
The archetype of all those who think they are indispensable is Devil. In the words of Ethiopian scholars: “…የዚህስ ነገር፦ ዲያብሎስ ቀድሞ ሊቀ መላእክት አኀዜ መንጦላዕት እንደነበረ ስማኝ ልንገርኽ፦በስሕተቱ ከቦታው በወጣ ጊዜ፤ ፍጡር ነኽ ቢሉት ፈጣሪ ነኝ ባለ ጊዜ፤ ቀድስ ቢሉት ቀድሱኝ ባለ ጊዜ፦ከሹመቱ ተሻረ ከልዕልናው ተዋረደ። ነኽ ያሉትም ኹሉ ከርሱ ጋራ እንደርሱ ወደቁ።… [ከወደቀ በዃላ ስንኳ በጥፋቱ ተጸጽቶ ንስሐ እንደመግባት፤] በትዕቢቱ በትዝኅርቱ ዐስቦ ‘ወይም እንጂ ወይም እኮን…ወደቀደመች ማዕርጌ ሊመልሰኝ ይወድ ይኾናል’ አለ። [‘ኢየሩሳሌም ሰማያዊት እንደኾነች የተፈጠረች ለኔ ነው፤ ማንን ሊያስገባባት ይችላል? ወዶ ነው? በግዱ ይመልሰኛል--I am the indispensable inheritor of the Heavenly Jerusalem, He shall needs restore me to my position’ እንደማለት። ትዕቢቱን ያወቀበት አምላክ ግን፤ ኢየሩሳሌም ሰማያዊትን ያወርሰው ዘንድ] አዳምን [ከመሬት አንሥቶ] አከናውኖ በመፍጠሩ፦ [ዲያብሎስን] መዝለፍን ዘለፈው፣ ማሳፈርን አሳፈረው፣ ማስዋተትን አስዋተተው።” Likewise, when Saul started to think that he was indispensable for Israel’s survival, God brought to the scene a young boy—a shepherd—who was soon to prove himself to be ten times better suited for the purpose than Saul…
Meles’ folly lies in that he thinks of himself as indispensable for Ethiopia (while, paradoxically enough, working primarily for those who chose to cut themselves off from her, a fact that people like Abrha Belay have kept reminding us). Although Meles was proud to have been made of “iron” and “gold” (machine gun and money) God has thus already created the Opposition out of mere pen and paper to take his place. Rest assured that this has already been ordained and would be realized soon! More than anything else the two demonstrations in May 2005 have been clear indications of this. The hero has already scored ten times more than the king.

The effect, in each case, would have been good, had the persons involved took the message in the right way to acknowledge their limit and take serious the possibility of dispensability. Who knows? Even after Adam was created and David raised to the level of a hero, God could have provided useful places for Satan as well as Saul, had they repented. After all, “እስመ ባዕል እግዚአብሔር ወየአክል ለኵሉ ዘጸውዖ።” (the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him). Unfortunately, however, the result in the case of Saul as well as of Satan was jealousy followed by a serious attempt at destroying those whom they were jealous of, Adam and David (ቅንዓት ብቻ ሳይኾን፤ የቀኑበትንም ሰው ለማሳት እና ለመጣል መጣር።). About the “መውዱቀ ውዱቅ” Satan (ራሱ ወድቆ አዳምን ስላሳተው ዲያብሎስ), our tradition has it that: “…የራሱን ክብር በአዳም ላይ ኾኖ ባየ ጊዜ፤ ቅንዓት ባመጣው ድቀት ወደቀ፣ ቅንዓት ባመጻው ድንጋፄ ደነገፀ፣ ኀዘን ትካዝ ባመጣው ቅንዓት አዘነ። ተስፋ ቆረጠ።… ‘ወይም እንጂ ይመልሰኝ ይኾናል’ ብሎ ነበርና፤ አዳምን ከፈጣሪው ትእዛዝ ያወጻው ዘንድ፣ አዳምን ከሚያስትበት ግብር በቀር፣ ከያዘው ከረዘዘው የቀረለት የለም።” As for Saul, the Bible says: “ዳዊትን ‘እልፍ ገዳይ’ አሉ፤ እኔን ‘ሺሕ ገዳይ’ አሉ። ወይምኮ መንግሥት ለርሱ ትኾናለች።” [ብሎ የምቀኝነት ንግግር መናገር ብቻ ሳይኾን] “ከዚያች ቀን ጀምሮ ሳኦል ዳዊትን አድፍጦ ይጠብቀው ጀመር።” Was it any different in Meles’ case? Meles has sure been dethroned from the hearts and minds of Ethiopians (if he had ever been enthroned in the first place???). He clearly knows this at least since May 2005. And he has ever since been jealous of the honor of those who have won the hearts and minds of their fellow Ethiopians, beating him, that is, two million to one. Therefore, nothing has been left for him ከያዘው ከረዘዘው except to work hard for their downfall anytime anywhere. And yet, there is hope even when they seem to have fallen; for “ስብዐ ይወድቅ ጻድቅ ወይትነሣእ [ስብዐ]።” (a just man falls seven times, and rises up again)!

Sauline Fear Twisted

We are accustomed to imagine Scheol as a dark place (and time!), a million times darker and longer than the night we know here and now. And yet even Satan—her first resident and everlasting king—is not allowed to slumber there, not for a twinkling of an eye. But the question may arise: how does he manage to stay awake? Does he make use of some Peruvian Herb, Meth or Yoga? No! The pill he has once for all swallowed to help him stay awake is called fear—fear born of the knowledge of nothingness which he has always already become. In one particularly significant interview, Ato Meles says that “it has always been fear” that keeps him awake at night. True enough. And I believe him. But what I doubt is whether it really was “fear born of hope” that keeps him awake at night. For what we read in the record of facts about him clearly tells us that, let alone a filial kinship, Meles’ fear seems to have no vicinal proximity with hope (የአቶ መለስ ፍርሃት ከተስፋ ጋራ ስንኳን የልጅነት ዝምድና ጭራሽ ጕርብትናም እንደሌለው የገዛ ኾዳቸው ያውቀዋል።). In fact, if not equal to Satan’s, his fear seems to be no better than Saul’s; however hard he tries to twist it, it is essentially a Sauline fear—fear born of greediness to power, to power that I guess even he himself knows has always already been untimely and thus been taken away (if not actually, potentially).

In the Meantime, Sing and Die: A Message from an Evil Spirit
Initially, Saul knew that he didn’t even deserve to be king over Israel. His humility invited God to come to his help and let him achieve some resounding victories. However, once he felt he had established himself as a strong leader, he started to go on his own. He became indifferent to the people and took their history so lightly as to arbitrarily change it, for instance, the way it was prescribed for him to deal with their enemies. He stopped listening to the prophet. He stopped obeying God. For which reason, God did not want to help him attain any goal anymore. He took His Spirit away from him and thereby left his mind purposeless. Although he wished to stay in power until he would be succeeded by one of his own sons, Saul knew deep down that that was not going to happen. Because it had been plain enough by then that the time had come for the prophesy to be fulfilled, for the prophesy that says: “ኢይወጽእ ምስፍና ወምልክና እምአባሉ ለይሁዳ።” (The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet). Due to the departure of the Holy Spirit, and the lack of any purpose whatsoever, Saul’s mind had thus invited a new company: evil spirit! A company that would stay until the time would come, or rather, a company that would hasten Saul to bring forth by himself the time for him to leave power and die at once!

I think the consciousness of the irreparable wrong he has done against the country that he pretends to lead but has in fact difficulty even to call her name once in a long while with ordinary ease, because he has not been endowed with the spirit of Ethiopianity, on the one hand, and the realization of the utter impossibility of creating at her expense a new country whose “golden” name he would have been happy to recite every now and then with great pride, on the other, have created a void of purpose in the mental space of our premier; which void, I believe, is filled with evil spirit.

The consequence of this for us has in the meantime become an unbearable burden: this evil spirit that possesses our prime, or, which is to say the same thing, our prime who is possessed by this evil spirit, is urging us to sing and die at once, just as Saul had besought David to play harp in his palace but tried to kill him right away. This means, in terms of party politics: Meles seems to want to have opposition parties around him; he sure needs them very badly, but only to sing around whenever the evil spirit disturbs him, especially during election time, when he is agitated at most. Then after, he does whatever is in his and his evil spirit’s power to make sure they would collapse immediately. This is too obvious to need any elaboration.

Yet indeed, as David prevailed even while fleeing from mountain to mountain like a bird (አዐይል ውስተ አድባር ከመ ዖፍ), comforted as he was with the knowledge that “እግዚአብሔር የሐትቶ ለጻድቅ ወለኀጥእ። ዘሰ አፍቀራ ለዓመፃ ጸልአ ነፍሶ። ይዘንም መሣግር ላዕለ ኀጥኣን፤ እሳት ወተይ መንፈሰ ዐውሎ መክፈልተ ጽዋዖሙ።” (The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup), so also: scattered or gathered, weak or strong, in exile or at home, we see there still persists Opposition to Meles. Sad is, however, just as Saul’s sword—though not capable of killing David—had slaughtered 85 souls for the simple reason that only one of them was said to have given David and his men some loaves of bread on their flight away from Saul, so also Meles’ sword—though not capable of silencing opposition—has killed and tortured hundreds of innocent Ethiopians and wants to continue to do so, for the only reason that they feed their fellow citizens with their ideas of how freedom, peace and justice, unity and equality could finally reign in our beloved country.

I think the Meles syndrome which is worse than Saul’s needs yet to be thoroughly scrutinized—in order not only to get rid of him as soon as possible but also to make sure that no one in our country or anywhere else will ever be tolerated to play the kind of game he has played on us. Particularly, the game that demands a millennia-old history be multiplied by zero: to render thereby in a silly kind of ተጨፈኑ ላሙኛችኹ method, our First Millennium: የተበላ ዕቁብ፣ the Second one: የባከነ ጊዜ፣ and the Third: ላም አለኝ በሰማይ!
To be continued… even if the game may be over in the coming days or weeks!

  1. Alem
    | #1

    This is indeed a very learned article and a sober assessment of the price of silence on our part and of remaining stubborn on the part of leaders in power. We ignore these words to our peril. Thanks brother Fisseha [whoever you are] and write more.

  2. Alem
    | #2

    I suggest that brother Fisseha translate this into Amharic and make sure it reached the widest possible audience.

  3. ME
    | #3

    Dear brother Fiseha you are such a matured guy to write such very wise article.
    I am entirely fed up with ordinary stereotypical intellectuals and politicians, who usually post the usual concepts we are already familiar, who do not have ideals and words other than democracy, freedom, justice in their mouths. All the time they claim they fight for such basic human rights, which is not bad, but do not precisely and clearly know how such basic rights can be achieved based on existing realities.
    Simply demanding what existing realities can not as such support or provide us is ridiculous and bizarre.
    Our leaders are the result of the society’s make up and hence by simply toppling X and bringing Y can not as such bring a meaningful and significant change and solution to our deep-rooted and multi-faceted problems we are entangled with for so many generations. And the ultimate solution, with the help of God, can only be achieved through paradigm shift that involves generational awakening and enlightenment that mainly involves the society at a grass-root level. However, what most slick and stereotypical politicians who managed to monopoly control the political scene stage for the last 20 or more years, usually tend to apply the shortest path postulate through mere bogus election in bogus democratic concepts that enables them to cling to power as fast as possible. That is why Ato Meles managed to achieve such a great opportunity to mock, ridicule and cheat us time and again.
    And what I as such does not want to agree with you however, is that you wanted to honor oppositions by giving inappropriate analogy to David of Israel though I agree with the analogy of Meles to Saul.
    It is illogical and immoral to enthrone the honor of King David to oppositions who ahs always been aspiring only political power through silly home works and commitments. Look what we usually see them for the last 20 years is only during the eve of periodical elections.አብዛኞቹ የተቃዋሚ ሃይሎች በኢትዮጵያ አጠቃላይ የባህላዊ፣የማህበራዊ፣የኢኮኖሚያዊ፣የፖለቲካዊና ወዘተ ባለው አጠቃላይ ሀገራዊ መስተጋብር ውስጥ ያላቸውን ሚናቸውን ትዝ የሚላቸው ለስልጣን ያበቃናል ብለው የሚያስቡት በየ 5 ዓመቱ የሚደረገው የውሸት የምርጫ ዋዜማ ሲቃረብ ነው፡፡ይቅርታ ይደረግልኝና የኢትዮጵያ አጠቃላይ የፖለቲካ ምህዳር ከጠባብ የራስ ወዳድ የሥልጣን ሽኩቻና ፍላጎት ባለፈ ራእይ ያለው እንቅስቃሴ አልንበረም አይደለምም ወደፊትም እንደዚህ በቀላሉ የሚሆን አይመስለኝም፡፡እራሱን የትግራይ ህዝብ ነፃ አውጪ ብሎ ከሰየመ ጠባብ ቡድን፣ሀገር ከገነጠለና ካስገነጠለ፣የባህር በር በፈቃደኝነትና በሻጥር ካሳጣ፣ሀገርንና ህዝብን በዘር በሃይማት ወዘተ እየከፋፈለ ከሚያበጣብጥና ለውጪ ባእዳን ሃይሎች የጥፋት ተልእኮነት መሳሪያ ከሆነ እኩይ ሃይል ጋር ምርጫና ዲሞክራሲ በመደራደር ስልጣን ላይ በአቋራጭ ለመውጣት ላይ ታች ሲሉ የነበሩ ከንቱ የዋሆችና አጉል ብልጣብልጥ ተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ሃይሎች ሁሉ ከኅሊናና ከታሪክ ተጠያቂነት ሊያመልጡ አይገባም፡፡ምክንያቱም በእነሱ አስተሳሰብ ዲሞክራሲና የአቋራጭ ስልጣን በገፀ-በረከትነት ከአቶ መለስና ወያኔ እንደ ስጦታ እቃ እንዲቀርብላቸው ጠብቀው ነበርና ማለት ነው፡፡20 ዓመታትን ለስልጣን ፍላጎት ብቻ ሲሉ በከንቱ ያቃጠሉበትን ጊዜ አሰብ ወደባችን እንዲመለስልን ጥረት ቢያደርጉበት ይልቅ እንዴት በተሻለ ነበር፡፡ስለዚህም የአብዛኞቹ ተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ሃይሎች ምኞትና አለማ ከተራ የስልጣን ፍላጎት ያለፈ አልነበረም፡፡ለዚህም ነው
    ተራ ብልጣብልጥ የተለመዱ ፖለቲከኞቻችንን የምጠላበትም አንዱ ምክንያት ይህ ነው፡፡
    ብዙዎቹ ምንም መሰረት በሌለበት ነገር ላይ ወደ ላይ ረጅም ፎቅ በአየር ላይ ለመገንባት የሚጥሩ ህልመኞችና ከንቱዎች ናቸው፡፡ህዝባቸውንም በከንቱ ተስፋ ሲያታልሉት የኖሩት መንም ተጨባጭ ነገር በሌለበት ሁኔታ ከአንበሳ መንጋጋ ማን ስጋ ይወስዳል እንዲሉ ከአቶ መለስና ወያኔ ሰልጣንን በሰላማዊ መንገድ በውሸት ምርጫ እናገኛለን ብለው እራሳቸው ግራ ተጋብተው ሌላውንም ህዝብ ግራ እያጋቡ ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት የአቶ መለስና ወያኔ አጫዋች በመሆን በባዶ ተስፋ ህዝብን ሲያደናግሩ ኖረዋል፡፡
    አብዛኞቹ የተቃዋሚው ጎራ ሃይሎች ሁሉ ቀናኢ አስተዋይና ልባም ሰዎች ቢሆኑ ኖሮ ቀድሞውኑ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ የአሰብ ወደብን በሻጥር አሳልፈው ከሰጡ በኋላ ነበር የዚህን ሃይል እውነተኛ ድብቅ ማንነትና አላመ በጥልቀት መረዳት የነበረባቸውና የኢትዮጵያንም ህዝብ ለማይቀረው ትግል ማነሳሳት የነበረባቸው፡፡ከዚህ ወሳኝ ታሪካዊ ክስተት በኋላ ምንድን ነው ያደረጉት?በዋናነት ስልጣንን ስለፈለጉ ብቻ ወያኔ በደገሰው የውሸት የሆነ ማዘናጊያ፣ማደናገሪያና ማደንዘዣ ምርጫና ዲሞክራሲ የእውነት ስለመሰላቸው ብቻ ቆሻሻ እናዳየ ዝንብ ግር እያሉ አቶ መለስ ወዳ ጠመዱት የሸረሪት ድር ተሰገሰጉ፡፡
    ስለዚህም ዋነኛ ጥፋቱ የአቶ መለስና የወያኔ ሳይሆን የራሳቸው አርቆና አስፍቶ ያለማሰብ ደካማና ጠባብ አስተሳሰብ ውጤት መሆኑንንም ለማመን ፈፅሞ አይፈልጉም፡፡አንድ መንገድ ላይ ያለ እንቅፋት አንድ ጊዜ ከመታኝ በኋላ ሁለተኛ እንዳይመታኝ መጠንቀቅ የራሴ ፋንታ ነው፡፡ስለዚህም ከመጀመሪያው በኋላ ሁለት ሶስት ጊዜ በተደጋጋሚ ከመታኝ ሃላፊነቱና ጥፋቱ በዋናነት የራሴ ነው የሚሆነው ማለት ነው፡፡ስለዚህም ያው ተመሳሳይ እንቅፋት በራሴ ጥፋት በተደጋጋሚ በመታኝ ቁጥር እራሴን መስዋእትንት እንደከፈለኩ የምቆጥርና በዚህም እራሴን በከንቱ የማታልል ከሆነ ችግሩ የራሴ ነው ማለት ነው፡፡ስለዚህም አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ላለፉት ሃያ ዓመታት ያህል ስልጣንን በምርጫና በዲሞክራሲ እንዲለቁልን በከንቱ የደከምንበትን ማንኛውንም ሪሶርስ(resource) አስቀድመን እነሱን በሀይልም ቢሆን ከስልጣን ለማስወገድ ብንጠቀምበት ኖሮ ይህ ሁሉ ጥፋትና ምስቅልቅል ባልተፈጠረ ነበር፡፡ዞሮ ዞሮ ግን አሁን የሆነው ነገር ሁሉ ሆኗል ነገር ግን ከዚህ ተቃዋሚዎች የፖለቲካ ምሁራንና ሌሎችም ዜጎችና አጠቃላዩ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ምን ትምህርት ወሰደ የሚለው ነገር ነው ትልቁ ቁምነገር፡፡እንደኔ አስተሳሰብ በተለይም አብዛኞቹ ለስልጣን የሚታገሉት ተቃዋሚዎችና የፖለቲካ ምሁራን ለሰሩት አስተዋይነት የጎደለው ጥፋትና ስራ ምንም አይነት የመፀፀት ስሜት አይታይባቸውም፡፡
    በኢትዮጵያ የፖለቲካ ታሪክ ውስጥ አንድ የተረዳሁት ትልቅ ነገር ቢኖር ብዙዎቻችን ሌሎችን ከመውቀስ ውጪ ለተፈጠረ ማንኛውም ነገር ምንም አይነት ሃላፊነት መውሰድ አንፈልግም፡፡
    ያልደከምንበትንና ያልዘራነውን ለማጨድ እንፈልጋለን፡፡የሚፈጠሩትን ማናቸውንም ክስተቶች ሰፋና ጠለቅ አድርገን ከተለያየ አቅጣጫ ከማየትና ከመመርመር ይልቅ በተራ አስተሳሰብ ባለ ጥራዝ ነጠቅ ፖለቲካዊ አስተሳሰብ ብቻ ነው ለማየትና ለመመዘን የምንፈልገው፡፡ብዙዎች ተቃዋሚ ፖለቲከኞቻችንና ምሁራኖቻችን አምባገነን ዲሞክራሲ በሚሉ ጠባብ እይታዎች ዙሪያ ላይ በሚሽከረከር አስተሳሰብ የተተበተቡ ናቸው፡፡አምባገነኖችም ሆኑ ዲሞክራቶች እንደ ህብረተሰብ የራሳችን ማንነትና ተግባራት ወጤቶች መሆናቸውን ለመቀበል አንፈልግም፡፡አቶ መለስና ኮሎኔል መንግስቱም የራሳችን ወጤቶች ናቸው ከሰማይ እንደ ዱብ እዳ የመጡ አይደሉም፡፡የዜግነት ሃላፊነትንና ግዴታን እንደ አቅሙና ችሎታው በቀናኢነት ለመውሰድና ለመሸከም የማይፈልግ ህብረተሰብ ባለበት ሀገር ውስጥ አምባገነኖች መፈጠራቸው መንሰራፋታቸውና በህዝባቸው ጫንቃ ላይ መሰልጠናቸው የማይቀር ክስተት ነው፡፡
    በተቃዋሚው ጎራም ያሉ ፖለቲከኞቻችንና ምሁራኖቻችን እራሳቸው ተሳስተው እንደዚሁም እንመራዋለን የሚሉትን ህዝብ ዲሞክራሲ እያሉ በከንቱ የቅዠት አለም ውስጥ ከሚከቱት ይልቅ የዚህን አለም ታሪካዊና ተጨባጭ እውነታ በደንብ ቢያስረዱትና ቢያስተምሩት ኖሮ ይህ ሁሉ ስህተት ባልተፈጠረና እንደዚሁም አንድ ትልቅ ለውጥ ለማምጣት በተቻለ ነበር፡፡የንጉሱን ስርዓት በጥራዝ-ነጠቅ የፖለቲካ አስተሳሰብና ጭፍን አይዲኦሎጂ እየተመሩ ሲያጣጥሉና ሲረግሙ የነበሩ ምሁራኖቻችንና ፖለቲከኞችን ናቸው ዛሬም በዚሁ አባዜያቸው ተጠምደው ለዚህች ሀገር ቁምነገር ያለው ፋይዳ ለመስራት ያልቻሉት፡፡እንደዚህ አይነት አስተሳሰብ ያላቸው ምሁራኖቻችንና ፖለቲከኞቻችን አሁን ያሉት ሀገራትና መንግስታት ሁሉ አስቀድመው ያለ ብዙ ውጣ ውረድና ትግል በተራ የዲሞክራሲና የምርጫ ተረት ተረት ብቻ አንዲያው በቀላሉ የተፈጠሩና የተመሰረቱ አድርገው ጭምር የሚያዩ ናቸው፡፡አቶ መለስም በተለያዩ አጋጣሚዎች የዚህን አለም ታሪካዊና ተጨባጭ እውነታ አውቀውትም ይሁን ሳያውቁት ድንገት አምልጧቸው ከልባቸው ለመናገር ሞክረዋል፡፡ማለትም አለም የዲሞክራሲና የህግ የበላይነት ብቻ የተረጋገጠባት እንዲያው አልጋ ባልጋ የሆነች መድረክ ብቻ አለመሆኗን ማለት ነው፡፡ታዲያ የተለመዱት የተቃዋሚ ሃይሎችና ምሁራኖቻችን ዘወትር የሚያወግዟቸው አቶ መለስ ይህን እውነታ ሲነግሯቸው በጥሞና ለመመርመርና ለመረዳት አለመቻላቸው እጅግ የገረመኝ ነገር ነው፡፡አቶ መለስም አብዛኞቹን ተቃዋሚዎችንና ምሁራኖቻችንን አንዲንቁ የሆነበት አንዱም መሰረታዊ ምክንያት የአብዛኛዎቹ ይህንን እውነታ በጥልቀት ባለመረዳታቸውና ከዚህም በመነጨ በውሸት ምርጫና ዲሞክራሲ ስም ሜዳውን ለቀቅ ሲያደርጉላቸው እውነት እየመሰለቻው በሚለቀቀው ዘፈን ከልክ በላይ ያለገደብ ለመደነስና ለመጨፈር ከመፈለጋቸው በመነጨ ይመስለኛል፡፡እዚህ ላይ ይህንን ስል አቶ መለስንና ወያኔን በመደገፍ አይደለም፡፡But it is to emphasis that what I happen to understand from time to time is the problem in this country is not only a matter of Ato Meles and TPLF but also about the rest of Ethiopians who claim to fight against Ato Meles and TPLF. The rest of Ethiopians who claim to fight against Ato Meles and TPLF do not want as such to internalize but always tend to externalize on to Ato Meles and TPLF. And I guess the main reason is purely psychological than political in that it is it is a move to distance self from responsibility and accountability by blaming opponent for all problems created. If we have wisdom to decipher, then Ato Meles in different occasions tried to inform that he would not as such easily leave power for oppositions through mere election. Therefore, why the oppositions time and again for the last 20 solid years blame Ato Meles for not allowing the opportunity to leave power by defeat of elections is purely psychological than political. I mean deep down they may know or understand that the scarification paid by Ato Meles and TPLF is not something trivial to be ignored and hence power can not be as such transferred through mere elections. Therefore, to liberate Ethiopia from TPLF and then to cling to power by another democratic process or by force requires some how some sort of scarification. Who is going to pay that scarification? No body is as such ready.
    Therfore, the easiest possible means to cheat self and be dishonest for self as if fighting for a certain meaningful purpose is to engage self in the bogus elections and democracy. And when things are not successful as is wrongly expected, then to blame and condemn Ato Meles for being a dictator and oppressive. This is the modus-operandi of Ethiopian politics for the last 20 years and how the oppositions lied themselves and Ethiopians for the last 20 solid years. For me It is like to work out the easiest parts (multiple Choices) of a certain quiz and then to escape the toughest parts (workouts) and then to expect to qualify to pass the exam. Therefore, today while we are almost all in selfish cowardice, irresponsibility, and dishonesty, we are just creating our own heroes in our own way of thinking and illusion to fill and satisfy our emptiness of worthiness. Ethiopian politics for the lat 40 years and till now is mainly full of hatred, irresponsibility, ignorance, arrogance, and dishonesty mainly maneuvered and engineered by few elites.
    አቶ መለስም ስለዲሞክራሲና ስለ የህግ የበላይነት በተለያዩ አጋጣሚዎች ከላይ እንደገለፅኩት ከልባቸው አምልጧቸውም ይሁን አውቀውት የተናገሩት አባባልም ልብ ብለው ማስተዋል ከቻሉ በጥራዝ-ነጠቅ አስተሳሰብ ውስጥ ያሉት ተራ ፖለቲከኞቻችንና ምሁራኖቻችን ከገቡበት ከንቱ የሆነ በራሳቸው አለም የፈጠሩት የዲሞክራሲ የቅዠት አለም ውስጥ መባነን ከቻሉና አይናቸውን መግለጥ ከቻሉ አሁን በተጨባጭ በአለማችን ላይ እየተደረጉ ያሉ ክስተቶችን በጥሞና ለመረዳት በቻሉ ነበር፡፡ለሀገርና ለህዝብ ደግሞ እጅግ አደገኛ ጠንቅና ጥፋት የሚሆኑት ደግሞ በእንደዚህ አይነት ከንቱ የሆነ በጥራዝ-ነጠቅ አስተሳሰብ ውስጥ ያሉት ተራ ፖለቲከኞቻችንና ምሁራኖቻችን ናቸው፡፡ምክንያቱም ህዝብ በፊቱ የተጋረጡበትን ተጨባጭ ነባራዊ እውነታዎችና ፈተናዎች እንዳያይና አንዳይረዳ ዲሞክራሲ በሚል ከንቱ የቅዠት አለም ውስጥ ስለሚገባ እንደ ህዝብ እራሱን ወደ ውስጥ በጥሞና በመመርመር ለእውነተኛ ትግልና ለውጥ እንዳይዘጋጅ ከፍተኛ እንቅፋት ይሆኑበታልና ነው፡፡ብዙዎቹ የኢትዮጵያ የፖለቲካ ሃይሎችና ምሁራንም ላለፉት 40 ዓመታት ያህል ይህችን ሀገርና ህዝቦቿን ከፍተኛ የሆነ ውጥንቅጥ ውስጥ የከተቷትና አውቀውም ይሁን ሳያውቁት የዚህችን ሀገር ውድቀትና ጥፋት ለሚመኙ የባእዳን ሃይሎች ጭምር ዋነኛ መሳሪያ በመሆን ህዝባቸውን ወደ ማይሆን ችግር ውስጥ የከተቱበት አንዱ መሰረታዊ ምክንያትም በዋናነት ከነባራዊውና ከታሪካዊው አጠቃላይ ተጨባጭ ሁኔታ ባልተገናዘበ በስሜታዊነትና በጥራዝ-ነጠቅ አስተሳሰብ ስለሚመሩ ነው፡፡

    Dear writer we have to remind in that the Ethiopian politics has been monopolized for the last 40 or more years by the so called stereotypical politicians who are mainly filled with empty mere ambitions and fantasy about freedom and democracy that is not coherent with historical and existing realities of our country’s psychological, cultural, traditional, social, economical, religious and political grounds and conditions. Many of our politicians and intellectuals fantasize under the illusion in that they think that democracy can be imported or exported like a commodity over night any time any where we want.
    That is what I call undisciplined and uncommitted political environment that is only illusion and fantasy that is filled with mainly black and white thinking that is filled with polarized thinking that is filled with accept it totally or deny it totally unbalanced move. That is why Ethiopian politics for the last 40 years is in vicious-circle and is also in a very stalemate condition. We need honest, wise and courageous men who can view things from different perspectives like you uniquely tried and wanted to figure it out in this article. Believe me Ethiopian politics is being maneuvered by stereotypical slick politicians and it has been my every day prayer that the fate of this country does not fall again under the hands of such politicians like Saul but by the will of God to some one like David who has the courage and wisdom to maintain the integrity, identity and unity of this historical country.
    I agree with almost all what you said in this article except the David analogy given to the oppositions.
    The oppositions let alone to be David they can not tie the shoe of the David. Most of them are selfish and desperate for power. For example let me tell you one example. I have encountered some opposition politicians(which id do not want to mention now) who blindly and naively support the fall of Ghadafi by the opposition rebels like the way it has been carried out by the main support and patronage of the West for the rebels through NATO move under the disguise of “No-Fly-Zone” cover ups. For such oppositions the nature of Ghadafi being mainly a dictator is just enough complete reason and justification to be toppled even by such act of foreign aggression that is almost equivalent to the reappearance and reoccurrence of indirect colonialism acts by the West governments under the disguise of democracy and humanitarian mission. I do not mean I support Ghadafi but I strongly oppose and condemn the way and the mannerism he is toppled from power. And time will tell what will be the fate of Libya and its peoples after Ghadafi. Such oppositions only view things from the narrow perspective of dictatorship and democracy alone and failed to view it from other different perspectives that have more meaningful versatile significance for a certain country and its peoples. They do not want or they fail to deeply and widely understand and interpret the consequences of such moves on the sovereignty and integrity of other similar countries in Africa or other poor countries. Therefore, some of our opposition politicians are to this extent narrow and blind enough who mainly aspire for power only. And it is with this sort of narrow consciousness that is why they easily fall in the tarps of being a stooge and servant of any foreign powers under the disguise illusion, fantasy of democracy. For them bogus democracy through mere elections every term is the beginning and the ultimate end game for a certain nation. And for most of them achieving this goal is their ultimate dream for us they ever aspire to provide us as an invaluable gift. And that is why I do not as such respect them as our heroes. Finally dear writer i agree with all what is said in your wise article and the analogy of King Saul to Ato Meles but I beg to differ in that the analogy for oppositions to King David is inappropriate and so premature judgment.
    I really appreciate your article and in fact we are indeed in need of such wise articles some how unique.
    Because I am bored by the usual stereotypical ones which tell us same things we already know.
    የኢትዮጵያ ፖለቲካ ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ እውቀት አመለካከትና አስተሳሰብ ካላቸው ምሁራንና ፖለቲከኞች ቁጥጥር እስካልተላቀቀ ድረስ ለዚህች ድሃ ሀገርና ህዝቦቿ ዘለቄታዊ መፍትሄ ለማግኘት እጅጉን ይከብደናል፡፡ስለዚህም እግዚአብሄር እንደ ይሁዳ ካሉት ለገንዘብ አሳልፈው ከሚሰጡን ባንዳዎችና ከሃዲዎች እና እንደ ሳውል ያሉትን የቅጣት መሳሪያዎች የሆኑ ቁጡና እኩይ የሆኑ ገዢዎችን አስወግደን እንደ ሙሴና እንደ ዳዊት ያሉትን ሀገራቸውንና ህዝባቸውን የሚወዱ የሚያከብሩና የሚታመኑ ቀናኢና ታማኝ መልካም አስተዳዳሪዎችን እንድናገኝ ይርዳን፡፡

    እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይጠብቅ ይባርክ !!!

  4. T square
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    Awesome!
    Yea, When People Care enough for their kids and grand kids future, and have time to asses what the future of the country, and their family will be, then and then they will be willing to sacrifice for change. I think we are busy thinking the bad things in the past government, or aliening ourselves for temporary gratification and get by we are forgetting our kids and countries future.

    More years to Dictator = more Blood Shade..

    When we start movement of change like Libya, Egypt, and few others recent up rise we became charged, and will be forced to not turn back since loosing the movement is so costly to us and our families and community.

    If we all including me look deeply what the future of our country will be aside buildings and lights then we could arrive where Libya, Egypt and others arrived! Yes, there will be blood shade it is all about how many will die…

    If we leave it for later many are dyeing slowly and we are strengthening the dictator and will kill more when the time comes. We have not reason to wait for change! Unit and fight for one cause…. Which is FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY, and EQUALITY!

    We must weak up first, unit and stand up and fight for your right now rather than tomorrow!

  5. ፍሥሓ
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    To “Alem”: Thank you so much for the appreciative comment. As to who I am, you are not mistaken: I am just a brother! እኔ፦ ኢትዮጲስ የተባለ የኵሽ ልጅ፣ የአኵስም/የ“አ-ኵሽ-ም” ወገን፣ ኢትዮጵያዊ፤ ካም አባቴ የነው፣ ከሴምም የምወለድ፣ ከያፌትም ደም የማይጠፋኝ፤ ኼዶ ኼዶ ግን የአዳም ዘር የሔዋን ልጅ፤ ከደቂቀ-ዕጓለ-መሕያው አንዱ ነኝ። ዕጓለ-መሕያውም ማለት በአእምሮ-ጠባይዕ የከበረ ለባዊ ነባቢ ፍጥረት ማለት ነው። እንዲህ የነኙ እኔ፤ እንዲህ እንደናቸው ለሚያምኑ ኹሉ ወንድማቸው ነኝ። በየደረጃው። እንዲህ ነኝና፤ ኑሮየ ከነርሱ ጋራ እንደነርሱ ማን-እነቴን ለብሜ እየነበብኹ እያነበብኹ እየተናበብኹ የምገፋው እንጂ ሌላ መንገድ የለውም። ጊዜየ ደግሞ በተለይ በኵሽ/በኢትዮጲስ ልጅነቴ መደብ–በኢትዮጵያዊነቴ ደረጃ–ያለው ማንነቴ ጥያቄ ላይ የወደቀበት ኾኗልና፤ ኢትዮጵያዊ ማንነትን ለገዛ ራሴ በምር እንድረዳ፣ አስፈላጊ ኾኖ ሲገኝም በዚሁ መደብ ወንድሞቼና እቶቼ ለናቸው ኹሉ እንዳስረዳ በማሰብ የተቻለኝን ያኽል ፍርፍር አድርጎ ለማወቅ በቅጥነተልብ እየመረመርኹት አለኹ። በዚህ ኺደት ታዲያ ከሊህ ወንድሞቼ እና እቶቼ መካከል አንዱም አንዷ ኢትዮጵያዊነትን አስመልክቶ የሚሉትን ነገር በቸልታ አላልፈውም። በቅርቡ እነዶ/ር ብርሃኑ ባስደመጡን ውይይት ለኔ መስተካከል የሚገባው የመሰለኝ ነገር አየኹና፤ ያንኑ አስመልክቶ ዐሳቤን ለመግለጥ ስሞክር፤ ጣቶቼ የማስሊያውን ቁልፍ አንመታም ብለው አሻፈረኝ አሉ። ምክንያቱም፦ ከዚህ በፊት ከገዦቻችን አካባቢ ብዙ ጉድ ሲወራ የተሰማኝን ስሜት እንዘርግፈው እያሉ ሲያስቸግሩኝ እንቢ ብያቸው ነበር (የድርጅት ፖለቲካ ውስጥ መግባት ስለማልሻ፤ ወደዚያ የገባኹ እንዳይመስልብኝ በመፍራት)። አንዳንዴ ስንኳ ያለውድ በግድ ጥቂት ነገር ቢያወጡብኝም፤ ላወጡት ነገር ስሜን ነፍጌ ነበር። ስለዚህም የጣቶቼን እንቢታ ፍትሓዊነት ተመልክቸ፤ ግልጥ ትችት የምጀምር ከኾነ፤ ከገዦቻችን መጀመር እንዳለብኝ ዐሰብኹና ወሰንኹ። እያዋዛኹም እዚህ ደረስኹ። ገና እቀጥላለኹም፤ እግዜር ቢፈቅድልኝ። (አኹንም ቢኾን ግን የድርጅት ፖለቲካ ውስጥ መግባት አልሻም!)

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