African Dictators: The People Don’t Love You! By Alemayehu G. Mariam

October 31st, 2011 Print Print Email Email

In February 2011, at the onset of the Libyan Revolution, Moamar Gadhaffi trumpeted to the world, “They love me. All my people with me, they love me. They will die to protect me, my people.” He called the rebels fighting to oust him from power “rats and cockroaches”. He believed it was his birthright to rule Libya as “king of kings” and remained in total denial of his own doom until the bitter end in a sewer tunnel. In the end, in an ironic twist of fate, Gadhaffi was served poetic justice. He was trapped like a sewer rat and smashed like a cockroach as he begged for mercy: “Don’t shoot me!”

The man who had played God in Libya for 42 years died a wimpy thug. The man with the absolute power to decide who shall live and who shall die was shot down like a rabid dog in the street by a nameless rebel. The man who had tortured and abused so many thousands of his people in secret prisons and dungeons was himself tortured and abused with unspeakable inhumanity broadcast for the world to see.

The man who slaughtered thousands of his people ended up in the meat locker of a slaughterhouse where his victims gloated over his bloodied and half-naked body discarded on a filthy mattress like big game hunters inspecting their kill on an African safari. The man with the golden gun died from a lead bullet. The man-turned-monster who once called himself “brother leader,” “guide of the revolution,” “king of kings,” “Great Leader,” and “keeper of Arab nationalism” was escorted to his unmarked grave in the featureless desert by a swarm of hungry maggot-bearing flies. Only one question remained: Is it possible for Gandhi’s warning about dictators to have momentarily flashed before Gadhaffi’s eyes or echoed in his ears as he prepared to meet his Maker: “I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.”

Gadhafi boasted he will die a hero and a martyr, but died a hated villain and a coward. But the manner of his death left an ugly blotch on the glorious record of the Libyan Revolution. Gadhaffi’s young captors, unable to contain their pent up rage, treated him with such unspeakably inhumanity that their actions spoke very poorly for all of humanity. His execution in the street was an ugly public testament to man’s inhumanity to man. Even the most wicked and depraved dictator is entitled to basic human dignity. But in the euphoria of the moment, Libyans erupted with celebration at the news Gadhaffi’s dehumanization and death. With muted jubilation and a sigh of relief, acting Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril declared: “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time.” President Obama followed, “This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for Libya.”

Gadhaffi was the ultimate personification of the adage, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Over four decades, he became convinced that he was a god and untouchable by any man or law. He became an egomaniac, a megalomaniac, and a monomaniac. Gadhaffi and members of his family believed that they had a divine right to own Libya and Libyans as their personal property. His son Saif al-Islam threatened to dismember the country and plunge it into a civil war that “will last for 30 or 40 years” if anyone tries to oust his family. The young thug promised a bloodbath: “We will fight to the last minute, until the last bullet. I will fight until the last drop of my blood. We have a Plan A which is to live and die in Libya. Plan B which is to live and die in Libya…” Gadhaffi refused to resign and leave the country peacefully. He would not listen to reason and defiantly declared he would never negotiate, mediate, compromise or surrender. He urged his supporters to fight to the last man and watched Libya burn in a civil war holed up in the sewer. As many as thirty thousand Libyans are estimated to have died as a result of Gadhaffi’s futile attempt to cling to power.

The African People Do Not Love Their Dictators

They say love is blind. That is especially true for dictators. Dictators are so blind that they believe the people love them. Long before Gadhaffi announced to the world “my people love me”, his brother-dictator Saddam Hussien of Iraq told the interrogators who snatched him out his spider hole, “The Iraqi people will always love me.” He even authored a romantic novel and spoke through his main character (king): “I’m a great leader. You must obey me. Not only that, you must love me.”

Long before Saddam, the Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini pontificated, “With every beat of my heart, I give service to the Italian people. I feel that all Italians understand and love me.” Idi Amin of Uganda was less sentimental: “The people should love their leader!”; and if they don’t he had his own tough love methods to get the job done. Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire would often chuckle and tell foreign correspondents that not only do his people love him, they want him to stay in power because the “people need me.” Mengistu Hailemariam believed that he ruled with an iron fist out of patriotic duty and love of country. No doubt he loved Ethiopia to death, and proved it for seventeen years by killing thousands of its citizens wantonly. Last May, in a victory speech, Meles Zenawi said he won the election by 99.6 percent because the Ethiopian people love his party and implicitly himself as the party leader. He said the people “consider themselves and the EPRDF [Zenawi’s party] as two sides of a coin” and “nothing can ever shake their unwavering support for our organization.” He returned the love by congratulating them for their “high sense of judgment and fairness” and for “giv[ing] us the mandate through your votes.”

African dictators are so tone-deaf that they just don’t get the message no matter how many times it is repeated to them. Perhaps they might understand if told in sign language: T-H-E P-E-O-P-L-E D-O-N-’T L-O-V-E Y-O-U! In fact, they loathe you. It is a raw and visceral feeling that is manifest in the eyes, thoughts and words of the people. African dictators love having absolute power and boundless privilege. They worship at the altar of money. They love themselves and no one else because they are narcissistic. Every day they look into the ghostly mirror in their minds seeking reassurance: “Mirror, mirror!! Who is the smartest, cleverest, boldest, cruelest, wickedest, trickiest, slickest, shrewdest, quickest, savviest, cunningest… of them all? The answer is always the same.

African dictators are all self-delusional and spend most of their time on Planet Denial. In the face of total repudiation by their people, they invent their own mythology of self-grandeur. They reassure themselves that even if the people don’t love them, “history will one day vindicate me”. To avoid facing the truth, they categorically claim that they have “never killed even a fly and all the crimes I’m accused of are all lies perpetrated by my enemies.” They justify their cruelty by making the excuse that “my country is better off under me” than the previous regime. They brag about their accomplishments “successfully managing the transition from military dictatorship to an emerging democracy” and put themselves out as messiahs who “rekindle hope through a renaissance” and “chart a course of optimism” on a “trajectory of fast economic growth.” African dictators are as loveable as an African scorpion.

Perhaps it is a bit of an overstatement to say African dictators do not love their people. They do. They love to kill them; they love to jail them and torture them. They love to intimidate them, and most of all they love to crush them like cockroaches. How they love to rob, steal and cheat them! They thrive on the blood, sweat and tears of their people. African dictators love their people in much the same way as vampires love people. They love the sound of their own voices which resonate with lies, echo with deceit and jangle with hate: Those who oppose them are “rats and cockroaches” and “terrorists and insurrectionists”.

Did Gadhaffi Cheat the Libyan People in Death as He Did in Life?

It was jarring, confusing and troubling to hear acting Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril declare on the confirmation of Gadhaffi’s death that “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time.” I wish he had said, “The day we have been waiting for was the day Gadhaffi is brought to the bar of justice.” I wish the rebel fighter who shot Gadhafi in the face would have said the same thing that young fighter who captured the dictator Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire said a few months ago. “We attacked and forced in a part of the bunker. Gbagbo was there with his wife and his son. He was slapped by a soldier, but was not otherwise hurt.”

The moment to wait for would have been that precious moment when Moamar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi stood in the dock in a Libyan court or at the International Criminal Court in the Hague listening to the long list of criminal charges as his victims paraded in one by one wagging an accusatory finger at him. That would have been a historic moment worth waiting for no matter how long it took.

Gadhaffi is one of the top ten worst human rights abusers and criminals of the post-World War II era. I personally believe he is the apotheosis of evil. Regardless, I fully respect his human rights, including his right to a presumption of innocence and unabashedly defend his basic human right to proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law based exclusively on legally admissible evidence. This I believe to be the true meaning of human rights. Even monsters walking amongst us in human skin are entitled to due process (fair trial) and must be protected from lynching or street, mob or vigilante justice. The line that separates the rule of law from the rule of one man or the rule of the mob is a mighty slender one; and the rule of law must be defended at all costs against those who seek to breach it. It is easy to defend the human rights of Eman al-Obeidy, the courageous Libyan woman who was gang-raped by Gadhaffi’s thugs or Gadhaffi’s revenge killing victims. But it is infinitely more difficult to stand up for monsters like Gadhaffi; but the ironic truth is that the brand of human rights that fully protects Eman al-Obeidy also protects fully the monster once known as Moamar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi.

But I am afraid Gadhaffi in his death, as in his lifetime, got away with murder and torture and all sorts of crimes against humanity. He cheated al-Obeidy and the Libyan people out of justice. He cheated them out of the TRUTH. Now, al-Obeidy will never get the chance to confront Gadhaffi in a court of law, wag her delicate fingers at him as her tears roll down her cheeks and scream with all her might, “Gadhaffi! I accuse of rape and torture!” Her tears which testified before the court of world opinion and seared the conscience of all humanity will never get the chance to testify against Gadhaffi in a court of law and have him held accountable.

The truth is now buried with Gadhafi’s corpse and lost forever in the featureless sand dunes of the Sahara. His humiliation will give no satisfaction to al-Obeidy or the thousands of other innocent victims in Libya or those he blew up on Pan Am flight 103. The ghoulish public display of his corpse as a trophy game animal and all the gloating that went with it might give momentary satisfaction to some but it will never quench Libyans’ thirst for justice that could have come only from bringing Gadhaffi to trial. By taking the truth to his grave, Gadhaffi had the last laugh. He took his last revenge on the Libyan people for he knew that there could be no reconciliation in Libya without the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth laid bare before the people. It is too bad that Gadhaffi was given the easy way out!

The End of African Dictators

Winston Churchill said, “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.” President John Kennedy cautioned us to “remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.” He warned the “new states” liberated from colonialism that “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

The people of Africa are beating the drums of change and democracy and encircling the mud walls of African dictatorships. The die is now cast and African dictators will have to make a choice. The smart ones will read the writing on the wall and beat feet to enjoy their stolen loot in comfort and luxury in the sanctuary of well-known “dictatordoms”. Ben Ali and Mengustu are doing just that now as did Idi Amin before them. The stubborn ones will stick around and face the scales of justice. Mubarak is doing that now as did Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the Central African Republic, before him. The self-delusional ones like Gadhaffi and Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire and Samuel Doe of Liberia before them will cause a civil war to cling to power only to find themselves at the mercy of their ferocious and vengeance-thirsty adversaries. The rest will try to hide and hope their crimes will not catch up with them. Like Robert Mugabe and Omar al-Bashir, they will always be looking over their shoulders for the long arm of international law or the sharp tiger claws of the people that will one day surely hook them. African dictators who make peaceful change impossible will make vigilante justice possible as they peek straight through the barrel of a gun whimpering, “Don’t shoot me! Please don’t shoot me!” African dictators, there is a better way. Show your people some love. LEAVE THEM!

  1. Ghadafi
    | #1

    I am fed up and sick of such stereotypical writers.
    Please do not tell us same boring stories we already know.
    We have been told time and again about the dictatorship of Ghadafi and others.
    Now time to tell and hear a different story.
    Such scripts can sometimes be such a worthless stuff to us 3rd world peoples.
    Dear Writer please do not confuse us by making same type of silly and boring songs and if you have as such courage, morality and wisdom to speak also the truth behind the curtain enlighten us.
    The whole world and we all know already that Ghadafi is such a sheer DICTATOR/
    So what ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    And you do not know any thing other than this to silly boring talk about Libya and Ghdafi ??????????????????????
    And I dare to say that this is sheer moral and intellectual crisis of contemporary intellectuals like you the writer. Dear writer Please do not confuse the readers by making same silly songs.
    And I am afraid that if you have any stake from such chaos happening in 3rd world countries then that is your problem. Other wise we expect a lot from such an educated persons, a lot of things, other than blindly condemning guys like Ghadafi by labeling them dictators.
    Yes indeed Ghdafi is a dictator that I do not want to deny. But he is such a nationalist guy who managed to properly and courageously dictate his leadership at his own discretion, without the significant involvement of the West, all that he believes is good for his country and his peoples. And in fact that is why Libya and its peoples managed to achieve such development and prosperity during the last 40 years.
    Had he been a stooge and puppet client-regime like Meles, Mubarek, Benali, Kagame, Musevini,……then the whole story would have been totally different.
    As if you are writing something new and vital, that the society does not know it already, why you all time write same stereotypical concepts like DICTATOR DICTATOR DICTATOR DICTATOR
    Why writers like you fail to question the NATO invasion and the subsequent deliberate destruction of infrastructure in Libya under the disguise of “No-Fly-Zone”?
    Why writers like you fail to witness the merits of Ghadafi under his 40 years rule?
    Why writers like you fail to witness the sectarian and ethnic chaos being crated in Libya?
    Because all writers like you are so stereotypical and all what you write is all that we hear in the mainstream media.
    Writers like you advocate blatant foreign aggression and occupation under the disguise of democracy, humanitarian mission and other?
    Writers like you, do not you believe that Africans better and must solve their internal affairs by themselves?
    I am really sorry and ashamed in that all Ethiopian writers like you on the issues of Ghadafi and Libya are all shortsighted and molded with same stereotypical ideals and thoughts that lack far insight.

    Dear all fellow Ethiopians please read the following
    very important facts and truths about Ghadafi and Libya.

    If we really have respect and faith for truth, then let truth also be uncovered and spoken openly and not only the prevailing falsehood and hypocrisy that has dominated the world to this extent. Because the main stream media all over the globe has dominated and catches the
    attention of the populace truth can not be freely disseminated and spoken. Sooner or later we all die and leave this secular world to what ever extent we love it or disappointed with it. Therefore, let’s be some how courageous and honest to stand up for truth rather than confusion, hypocrisy and falsehood.
    Therefore, please read the following info very seriously.

  2. Kume
    | #2

    Sir or Madam,
    are you telling us Kadafi is not a dictator!
    What is you justification to support that? !. Prof. All is doing the right thing about how justice hast to be delivered even for dictators.
    If you are a supporter of woyane/meles, please tell him to think againg and again before it is to late. Otherwise, he will be end his life the same way unless he change his fascism rule sooner than later!

  3. Dawi
    | #3

    Gaddafi’s will:

    “..Even if we do not win immediately, we will give a lesson to future generations that choosing to protect the nation is an honor and selling it out is the greatest betrayal that history will remember forever despite the attempts of the others to tell you otherwise…”

    I always thought Mengestu did the right thing by fleeing the country on time. A lot of people think of him as a coward but he was a realistic man. By allowing Libya to be destroyed in the process of “defending” it is not an honor in my opinion.

    I enjoyed reading the prolific writing of Prof. Al. this is one of his master pieces.

    On Dictatorship:

    Prof. Al makes it sound as if there is a conclusive evidence that dictatorship do not cause development. And there is a guarantee that Democracy causes Development? That will be the day…

    The fact is we have seen in many countries where Dictatorships guarantee Social Order which is the major requirement for any kind of economic growth to succeed. What kind? is a different question.

    As we read the links supplied by the #1 we see that Gaddafi was punished for not following orders. What the Dictatorship brought to Libya is taken many years back words unnecessarily. A non destructive approach would have continued the economic development and the process of democratization.

    A “democratic alternative” brought by force will end up being as bad; chances are it will be worst.

  4. Ghadafi
    | #4

    Dear Kume
    What is your yardistic to evaluate and label me whether or not I am a supporter of woyane/meles. Guys like you when fail to think rationally and critically to face realities it is your usual silly and nonsense approach to blindly label others. To tell you the bitter truth guys like you can even be more dangerous than Weyane/Ato Meles. Guys like you confuse and mislead the mass by hiding truth and also being guided by too stereotypical political thoughts.
    Am I even telling that Ghdafi is not Dictator?
    I admitted 100 % that he is such a sheer successful dictator who respects and loves his country and its peoples.
    However,what is wrong with being genuine and honest dictator?
    Dictator comes from the word dictate and dictate means To rule or control other people or something. Therefore what is wrong with it?What matters most is whether some one is dictator or not.Rather what matters most is whether he/she,while in power,does something meaningful and vitally good things for his country and its peoples.Therefore a genuine and courageous dictator like Ghdafi is by far better than hypocrite, slick and disgonest stooge politicians who are client-regime and agent type rulers who come to power by bogus democratic elections but behind closed doors mainly they are rather servants of other foreign interests rather than the interest of their own peoples who elected them. The writer, you and others similar molded by such sort of stereotypical political thoughts are dancing around this sort of silly song about bogus democracy. A genuine and courageous dictator who respects and loves his country and its peoples like Ghadafi is by far better than a slick and hypocritical democrat who lies and cheats his own peoples by simply giving lip-service and day dreaming empty promises.
    Peoples of the global world are already enlightened and awakened this sort of cheating and hypocritical politics about democracy. Therefore for me democracy in the form of stereotypical sort of mere periodical elections with the main essence of installing Mr X and replacing Mr. Y is such a trivial practice that enlightened and awakened peoples of the world are already are fed up with. A democrat or a dictator may come to power but what matters most is what is actually being done for the country and its peoples. Ghdafi is such a sheer genuine dictator who is not hypocrite and slick and who does what he believes is good for his people and its country. Dear brother you can read the source I refereed you and broaden your mind about global political economy.
    You, the writer and other similar, please do not sing the same boring silly song or please do not dance around the same silly boring song which is outdated. And I am sorry if you are trapped and stuck with such trivial sort of stereotypical sort of outdated political thoughts and then in that case that is your problem.
    Any way carefully read the referred source before you just simply label others as being supporters or opponents of Weyane.
    If the whole complicated issues of our country were just a matter of mere blindly opposing or mere blindly supporting then we would not have been in stuck in such sort of disgraceful stalemate and confusion. Therefore, for guys like you, the last refuge as a last resort is to label others as supporters or opponent of others. This is so silly and ridiculous mentality that should be wiped out from Ethiopian politics. Just because we are trapped and stuck in such sort of stereotypical political thoughts then we failed to get out our deep-rooted and multifaceted problems that we are entangled for generations. And hence dear guys like you the writer and others please understand that our deep-rooted and multifaceted problems require such a timely rational and critical thinking and paradigm shift beyond mere blindly driven labeling of others as democrat or dictator based on stereotypical trivial thoughts. Therefore we expect enlightened and far sighted articles that enable us to think in a different manner so that we can solve our deep-rooted and multifaceted problems we are entangled with for generations.
    Doing same tedious similar things using same usual thinking and methodologies that are already known and proven to be inefficient can not as such solve our problems.
    Therefore dear Kume please understand what I am really saying before blindly labeling me.

  5. Ghadafi
    | #5

    Dear Dawi it is really difficult to tell the truth for such indoctrinated and molded intellectuals who simply talk like a parrot about democracy. Most of them are just living their own illusion and fantasy imposed on them by mainstream media and stereotypical politics hence it is a bit difficult to tell them the truth as it is like lifting the floor beneath their feet or it is something that sadly disturbs their indulgence and comfort under this fantasy and illusion. Therefore dear Dawi let such guys go their own way and live their own illusion and fantasy till one day they happen to understand the realities of this intricate world,if they are willing to do so.
    I personally do not support savage dictatorship and indeed also hate hypocrisy and slick politicians who cheat their peoples under the disguise of bogus democracy.I also strictly fight hypocrisy and falsehood under the disguise of bogus democracy because it is even more dangerous and devastating to the world more than mere genuine dictatorship like that of Gaddafi.
    For you Dawi and others similar read the following if you want to know more about Libya d Ghadafi.

  6. true
    | #6


    As usual, the TPLFites are on a spree going after the past leaders once again blaming Menilik and Mengistu as dictators and making TPLF immune from this. When you quote Qaddafi’s message of course you are careful not to talk about TPLF because there is a tendency any nation that is completely dependent on the West shows rampant dictatorship and abject poverty they go hand in hand. TPLF today has blundered Ethiopia of course far from Libya the documents and proof tells us where Libya has been in comparison to Ethiopia. We will see 5-10 years where Libya will be. That being said, I don’t care what happens to Libya or Qaddafi, the concern for me is Ethiopia.


    I agree with most of what you say. However think about it for one man’s freedom is another man’s terrorist/dictator. For majority Libyans Qadaafi maybe good. One indication is that people almost always revolt, “French Revolution” when they say enough is enough. The indication there was no as much protest in Libya compared to Tunisia or Egypt is because obviously the people have been happy with Qaddafi and they are ok with their “dictator”. However few injected groups that are notorious in making mafia-like money of migrating people who happen not to like qaddafi revolted and the West took that as an advantage because Qadaffi has been enemy of the West even if he helped them with torturning the so called “terrorist”, allowing them for oil, etc. but they saw big advantage and they took it. As 21st century progress, people do want change, if “good” dictators are smart they will make a change. But liike Qaddafi, they remain in power because they are comfortable ruling and the wealth is in their hands even if they are good to their people. At some point people will want to have a say in their political lifes. Of course TPLF regime is far from Qaddafi, it is an entity that is completely not only alien for Ethiopia but also to the world.

  7. gust
    | #7

    Dear Ghadfi
    My adevise for u to gest lost

  8. Tolcha
    | #8

    I do not like this kind of writer. He might be a very nice guy but not good writer at all. Why he is so hateful and non-neutral about facts. We need facts and logic not emotions and rhetoric. It is a kind of propaganda than intellectual discourse. So why a reasonable reader wants to waste his time by reading this kind of articles.

  9. Dawi
    | #9

    true said:

    [[...TPLFites are on a spree going after the past leaders once again blaming Menilik and Mengistu as dictators and making TPLF immune from this...]]

    TPLFites is a loaded term. :-)

    I suppose for some it starts with AigaForum – EthioMedia to Prof. Messay, Tecola and so on.

    The fact is we all have something in common but the “Ethiopiawinet” Lenses we wear maybe different at times.

    You remember TPLF head Meles defending AU to not be moved out of Addis VS Gaddafi’s offer to take it; The man was highly passionate and agitated telling the African leaders of Ethiopia’s role in the African Liberation struggle and the contribution of both Halie Selassie and Mengistu. He ended up convincing them not to make a move. That action is the opposite of “blaming” past leaders. I give him an A – for that job. :-) (Check it out in Youtube some where if you havn’t seen it.)

    Prof. T Hagos is another one who have never waivered on the question of Eritrea and greater Ethiopia in direct oppostion to TPLF.

    Looking at past leaders and bearing in mind the era they existed in, may help us be not as harsh on them.

  10. Ghadafi
    | #10

    Dear truth you are some how closer to truth and in fact strive to tell truth.
    If you carefully read my comments and referred articles then we happen to understand that the world and life in reality is in fact more intricate and challenging that the mere theoretical thoughts and ideals about dictatorship and democracy. What I usually want to figure out is that while in fact the very existing realities of this intricate and challenging world and life is different from our theoretical illusions and fantasy about democracy. Let me tell you a simple example. If this secular world and life in it is to ruled by law and democracy only then why UN is dominated by 5 Veto Power owners only? Why NATO and US bomb sovereign countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan without any mandate to do so at any time any where under the disguise of terrorism .Even recently a lot of Somali peoples in hundreds have been killed by US drone attacks whose military base is in Ethiopia. Drone attacks again killing a miserably starving nation where millions are starved and so many dying every day. Imagine how things can be so agonizing. If the West was really to worry about the democracy and humanitarian conditions of we poor 3rd world peoples then why Somali is doomed to be stateless nation for the last 20 solid years? Why?
    When the case is like Libya with relatively better oil resources and better business opportunities then with a week No-fly-Zone is sanctioned. When thinks come to others like Rwanda and Somalia the whole history is different. While there are such paradoxical complications in this world, then talking about dictatorships like Ghdafi is some how Bizarre and ridiculous. Whenever there is backward, ignorant, arrogant, irresponsible, coward, dishonest and indifferent society, believe me, there must inevitably exist dictatorship. In fact one dictator comes and another dictator goes and same vicious-circle continues until a society reaches to a stage whether its starts to undertake its own natural process of enlightenment and awakening. Believe me the main struggle now globally is also a class struggle. It is not only a matter of simple complacency in democracy through mere elections. The situation is even more complicated than that. However, writer likes this and others are always trying to address or present the very deep-rooted and multifaceted complicated issues of this world and life with stereotypical words like democracy and dictatorship. I really do not understand why our fellow Ethiopian intellectuals do things like this.
    Whether to be able or not to change existing realities is something another issue and to be entirely failing to understand what is really going on and what existing realties are exactly is something else.
    At least, good or bad it may be, we have to face honestly and courageously to really understand what existing realities are. Dear TRUE believe me in that the entire global political economy that have been prevailing for the last so many decades and that is also in continuum is more complicated beyond what such writers want, knowingly or unknowingly, to address and present it with such sheer stereotypical words like democracy and dictatorship. Tell me who, except very few, expected that TPLF would be such savage destructive monster? To the contrary is it not true that the majority of naive and gullible intellectuals, who totally condemned and demonized Derg, automatically expected an Angel from DEDEBIT BEREHA that is generous enough to deliver us democracy and a basketful of bread?
    Imagine such silly and ridiculous expectation characterized by sheer gullibility and naivety among the majority of Ethiopian intellectuals. However, despite these grave mistakes, except time and again or perpetually blaming governments and systems based on mere theoretical knowledge, I as such do not happen to see those who courageously and honestly admit this sort of naivety, gullibility, fantasy and confusion prevalent among Ethiopian intellectuals. What rather I happen to see is mainly such stereotypical political thoughts and articles that simply waver around very narrowly perceived concepts like democracy and dictatorship. No body wants to pose such a very serious rational question and analysis as to why dictators even manage to come to power in a certain society and nation. No body wants to pose such a very serious rational question and analysis as to what looks the very nature of the psychological make up and social fabric of a certain country and nation. Is it not true even as a society we Ethiopians happen to inculcate, encourage and pave the way for dictatorship? What is our day to day walk of life at home at office at the community? Totally democratic and free of dictatorship?
    What we usually happen to face and see dictatorship very clearly like a monster is by the time it starts to reach its climax and starts to threaten us like a savage beast. Imagine a society free of dictators like the one we Ethiopians who are labeled as “silent peoples” who are very reserved. Therefore let’s not make the issue of democracy and dictatorship a mere game of such ordinary party politics that flashes only at the times of periodical lections. Democracy and dictatorship is something that is mainly manifested at the day to day walk of life at the grass root level of a certain society. We usually want to reap what we did not already saw. Democracy is not only something that we usually simply claim it or demand it as our right, but also it is something that you work for it and sacrifice for it as our duty and responsibility.
    Why slick and hypocritical politicians lie and cheat us under the pretext of democracy?
    Why even so many men want to lie to their romantic women for something they do not have and something they can not provide? May be because we human beings do not want to confront bitter reality and want to live simple fantasy and illusion? That is why others few, who manage to know this reality, create conducive illusions and fantasy to live for us so that it will be exactly matching for our expectations. And in fact it is this version that is wisely and intricately being applied for public consumption. And I dare to say that writers like this and others who blindly demonize and condemn Ghadafi and who also failed, let alone to critics, at least to properly scrutinize, the foreign aggression by “NATO’s No-fly-zone” under the disguise of humanitarian mission. Such stereotypical writers can not see the complicated things beyond the dictatorial personification of one person called Ghadafi. They even happened to fail to seriously scrutinize who the TNC and its affiliates are really.
    Therefore dear TRUE if you can please read the source article I refereed in my previous comments in this blog. Advocating such blatant imperial foreign aggression only related to the dictatorial personification of one person called Ghadafi is a moral and intellectual crisis. In fact such war-fares are first in advance accompanied by a perpetual prelude of systematically devised intricate demonization of a certain targeted enemy using “soft war” .And then after every body is brainwashed, confused and disabled of his rationally reasoning thoughts to properly and critically question things. And in fact this is what has been exactly happening to Ghadafi and Libya. And I dare to say that such stereotypical articles about Ghadafi and Libya are mainly the result of such brainwashing implemented though “Soft War”

  11. Anonymous
    | #11

    Ghadafi #1,
    Obviously, after four decades, the people of Libya had enough of dictator Gaddafi and they wanted a democratically elected president to lead them. If Gaddafi was a rational thinker, he would have stepped down and transferred the power peacefully, to save his own life, his family’s and the lives of thousands Libyans. But as usual, as delusional dictators often act and do, Gaddafi didn’t want to believe that he was hated by the majority of his own people. Gaddafi and his family were a bunch of out of control narcissists responsible for the deaths of countless number of Libyans and looting billions of dollars from Libya. No question that the prayers and tears of that Ethiopian girl’s mother has been answered and Gaddafi and his family have gotten what they deserved. Now, the out of control Gaddafi family, know the truth that they are the most hated family in their country and around the world. May God also take care of Meles as He did to Gaddafi and bring hope to Ethiopia!

  12. GREAET
    | #12

    Dear Anonymous#1 No need to further give you any detail answers.
    Because i have said a lot as is shown above.And if you are willing to face and admit truth and reality already said things are just enough for you.

  13. Anonymous
    | #13

    By: Hanna kebede switherland 4, November 2011

    Trust me, Meles is a smart dictator.

    Meles Zenawi is one of the smartest leaders world ever had. Previous dictator, He is a well polished & sophisticated world class NEGOTIATOR ! Time & again, he has proved to the whole world his genius, prudence. He is fast thinking & the most PRAGMATIC leader. what he has done is definitely in the best interest of our beloved continent Africa!
    Ethiopia must be one of the worst countries in the world to choose politics as a career: Under the dictatorship of Meles Zenawi, opposition leaders face imprisonment and murder
    Twenty years of looting, endemic corruption, gross economic mismanagement, human rights abuse have wreaked Ethiopians are more concerned about finding ways to mobilize to bring about TPLF’s demise and leaving the theatrics to the delusional dictator. The twenty years of TPLF rule are lost opportunities in which our nation could have used to bring about economic development using its immense human capital and abundant natural resources to overcome poverty, hunger, and backwardness.
    He used similar tactics during his guerilla fighting days. He massacred his own people on open markets and told them the government did it. massacre of helpless civilians is incontestably a pretence. If the killings of thousands of innocent and helpless civilians; imprisoning tens of thousands without justice and causing the disappearance of thousands of innocents or oppositional party activists is tantamount a democracy.

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