Turning the Tragedy of Yenesew Gebre into Political Rally? By Tecola W. Hagos

November 23rd, 2011 Print Print Email Email

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” Norman Cousins.

I. General Understanding

This tragedy of the act of immolation by Yenesew Gebre is the kind of tragedy that is truly incomprehensible. Thus, my first effort is to understand Yenesew Gebre the individual in this tragedy. I am not interested to draw some metaphysical principle, or make some grand ethical statement, or create some timeless hero from such a tragedy.

Many capable Ethiopian political commentators have written several articles in the past couple of Weeks, with more ore less similar insights, addressing that tragedy as an act of political dissention. Almost all of the authors focused on the act of immolation and its implication as an item of political processes, as a sort of rallying point. The person of Yenesew Gebre, who suffered greatly as an individual and died as an individual, was simply perceived as the instrument for the delivery of a great political statement. I have heard very many people claiming suffering is transformative, but that can be true only if the individual survives that suffering. Thus, I offer a different view to empathize with Yenesew not as a hero, a warrior, or political activist, but as a fragile fellow human being who suffered greatly and died.

No matter how hard I tried to see greatness or as some put it “heroic” act in Yeneswe’s immolation, I only succeeded to grief and empathize with the suffering and death of a young man. Hearing the interviews of alleged family members (Father, Sister) and reading a statement attributed to someone identified as a close friend to Yenesew, I am even more pained by the possibility that Yenesew was no exception to the millions of young Ethiopians who are crushed daily by parents or close relatives and society at large who are supposed to nurture and support them. I can imagine young Yenesew growing up in an Ethiopian household that of his sister’s home as a defenseless and vulnerable young child. He would not have escaped the scourge of Ethiopian-childhood, even though Ethiopian sisters are far more nurturing and simpatico to their brothers and sisters even more than parents are. On the other hand, I also suspect that the vicious hands of Meles Zenawi and his executioners, who have no limits on cruelty and indecency, blackmailing Yenesew’s Father and Sister to make them paint Yenesew as mentally unstable individual once more desecrating his memory as well.

II. Love Your Neighbor…

Even the Bible that reflects far more ancient Buddhist humanism and understanding does not admonish us to love ourselves less than we love our neighbors. “Love your neighbor as yourself” [Matthew 22:39; Lev. 19:18I] It goes against the teachings of the Christ and the Buddha not to love oneself at least as much as ones neighbors. If we have to be technical about it, what we find in the Bible is part of what is referred to both in religion and philosophy as “the Golden Rule” that one finds in very ancient scripture and texts including Greek philosophical works. I am very critical of any one causing pain and suffering on any individual. Immolation is no different just because the pain and suffering is self inflicted. I object in making a tragic act into a standard of virtuous behavior or making it into some kind of instrument. As a matter of organizational principle, I believe that “life” under the worst of conditions is far more positive than death. Death is not much of a choice, for it is only a matter of time that we all die; we have no choice in the matter. Therefore, the issue for me is how to engage events happening around us both prospectively and currently, better to die on a battle field than in bed sick or otherwise.

“Life” is virtuous as a principle of organization. Life is the opposite of entropy. Thus, we must be careful in our writings not to end up aggrandizing the entropic principle in the way we deal with the issue of political suicide or immolation. There is a very fine line that one must thread carefully between life and honorable death, or one would end up at the bottom of the abyss of desolation or despondency. The “tragic” is not necessarily the virtuous. If it were so there would have been no place for all those great Greek tragedies (plays) trying to teach us some standard of courageous behavior through the use of contraries.

III. Other Voices on the courage to live

I always remember with awe the kind dignity of teenager Ryan Wayne White (1971 – 1990), who knowing fully well of his imminent death, and yet faced panicking and hostile parents and teachers with respect and understanding. They kicked him out of middle-school for he was diagnosed with little understood HIV/AIDS at the time. His short life was a meaningful life. And I believe that every child with deformity or congenital defect or terminal disease who gets up every morning and faces his or her grim reality is the most courageous individual in life. In other words, the “courage to be” means living without complaint, without giving-up, and without taking oneself too seriously as the center of the Universe.

Political courage when practiced against an entrenched power structure and the leadership thereof becomes an act of moral/ethical duty. There were exemplary instances in history where acts of courage are manifested by few under most daunting situations. For example, the three hundred Spartans and a few hundred fellow Greeks facing off half a million Persian soldiers at Thermopile is an act of courage not of immolation. An exquisite story is retold by Herodotus in The Histories, about one of those three hundred Spartans who fought and died at Thermopile. Just before the battle started, when a Trachinian fellow soldier commented about the Persians being very numerous such that when they unleash their arrows the Sun would be blocked, the Spartan Dieneces coolly answered, “So much the better…then we shall fight our battle in the shade!”
Is committing suicide in order to avoid capture and mistreatment of torture and brutal violence a justifiable act of courage? Or is committing suicide acceptable if carried out to prevent oneself from divulging important information under torture? There are incidents in history where contrasting responses were possible by different groups facing similar situations. According to Josephus, in AD 73 at Masada 960 Sicarii Jews killed themselves rather than surrender to the Romans in order to avoid being enslaved or tortured by the Romans. Are such acts manifestations of acts of courage? By contrast, Jean Froissart in his Chronicles wrote about the Burghers of Calais and King Edward III of England who laid siege to the French town of Calais in 1347. After eleven months of siege, with the people desperately short of food and water, six of the leading citizens (Burghers) of Calais offered themselves to be executed by King Edward, in exchange for the freedom of their city. Is this a form of constructive suicide, or a type of political immolation of a group?

No one country or people have a monopoly on courage. There are many incidents in history that illustrate great heroism and courage. Close to home, in the 15th Century a group of truly courageous religious reformers faced the might of Emperor Zera Yacob (1426-1460) refusing to bow to the Emperor or to the Cross and were persecuted, tortured, executed, or imprisoned. That tradition of courage in different form was repeated countless times down to our own time, and that is also our history that need be remembered when dealing with the political problems of our time. The throng of very poorly armed patriotic Ethiopians standing firm against well-equipped modern army of Italy, in several parts of Ethiopia in the 1935-41 war of occupation waged by Italy is a great example of heroism.
The one illustrative heroic individual that comes to mind is Abuna Petros, for the fact that he stood against the entire Fascist Military for his faith and moral duty to the freedom and sovereignty of his congregation, the Ethiopian people. He was offered position and wealth if he could only compromise his duties and loyalty to the people of Ethiopia. He refused. He was executed by a firing squad on 29 July 1936. At the time of his execution, he said, “May God give the people of Ethiopia the strength to resist and never bow down to the Fascist army and its violence. May the Ethiopian earth never accept the invading army’s rule.” [Reported in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Newspaper, Vol. 1, No. 8.9.10, 1945.] And there is the legendary hero Umar Moktar of Libya, a simple school teacher in his seventies turned guerrilla fighter against the Italian colonial Military and repeatedly defeated General Graziani. In his late eighties, Umar Moktar was finally captured and hanged on 16 September 1931.


In the examples given above of the Spartans at Thermopile, the Sicarii Jews at Masada, the Burghers of Calais, and the Ethiopians facing off Italy and others, what is common in all such historical events is the degree of courage manifested by the individuals facing great dangers. However, comparing the Sicarii Jews at Masada and the Burghers of Calais, I find a distinct difference in the moral content/strength of their respective actions. The courage of Abuna Petros and Umar Moktar is of a very different kind because they were the least equipped to fight a modern army, and yet they stood up against the might of a modern military. Despite my many criticisms, such courage is to be seen also in the handful of Ethiopian opposition political parties engaging the violence of Meles Zenawi’s Government and its security machine since 1991. Such are acts of courage. Such are the activities of courageous people, for the obvious outcome of their stand against overwhelming force and their defeat does not determine their decision to stand up against evil: it is the rightness of their act that is based on ethical grounds or loyalty or love that moves them to face adversity with courage whether they win or lose.
At any rate the debate as to Yenesew’s immolation whether it is an act of mental disorder or not is a non-argument, for if there is insanity involved in our discourse then it is “life” itself that is insane. Life defies reason or explanation, except when one reverts to the ultimate insanity of claims of revelations and creation myths. But that is taking me away from my immediate concern. The great significance of the immolation of Yenesew Gebre is to be found not in the characterization of his death as “heroic” or “courageous” et cetera, but as a lesson for us to find meaningful and enjoyable life. I hesitate even to think of such a tragic death of a young man as a “lesson” for others, for I truly believe the individual is an end in himself, and not just a means to somewhere else. Even to edify Yenesew’s immolation with the highest ethical attributes will fall short in the face of the depth of the tragedy itself, for the only true way to honor Yenesew Gebre is by each one of us living a happy and meaningful life. Requiem aeternam. Ω

Tecola W. Hagos
Washington DC
November 24, 2011

  1. Fikru
    | #1

    The Tunisian young man who burned himself died. Died untimely, and in the most horrendous way i can’t begin to imagine. He ended his life and stopped to exist as an individual. that is certainly tragic. However, that act sparked and realized the aspiration and dream of Tunisians. you may not call it heroic. but he is their hero. Tunisians owe their change to this young man’s sacrifice.

    Yenesew, who as i gathered, is university educated intellectual and holding teaching job, certainly wanted to make a similar statement likely inspired by the Tunisian young man. Yenesew wanted to spark the course of change for his country people as did the Tunisian. You may want to make it about his sanity (as did the ethipian govt.), or about the tragic and untimely end to his life (rightly so). But there is so much more we must make it about. Its also about sacrificing himself in hope that his country people should not be crippled by fear of death. Living with fear is worse than death for me. Any form of living could not necessarily be better than death.

    As much as you are intelligent in explaining and detailing ideas, i wonder why you want to make it only individual tragedy and end of life. There is life after death. People die to make better life for others. Like seeds die first to make more seeds.


  2. Girum
    | #2

    Dear Tekola it is good, as usual, that you happen to see things from a different perspective.
    I mean from the very perspective of humanity and its very intricate dynamism. Well in fact politics,economics,religion,tradition,race,sexuality…. and others are underlings or appendixes to the very humanity.For me all the above underlings are intermediate means for the sake of the ultimate end,meaning and purpose of humanity. In fact when we look deep inside there is no such a thing as a lone Yenesew, Tekola and me Girum,in that we are all interwoven creatures in an intricate life chain or life web.In one of your articles you mentioned that our sick leaders are symptoms or results of our big sick society.And for such of your assertions i replied to you that there is also an alternative converse in that our sick society is also the result of out sick leaders. And in fact i added also that this very intricate situation has the analogy of EGG/HEN conundrum and hence it is very difficult to clearly and precisely figure out which one is the cause and which one is the result. Any way it is so wise and human to face exiting realities and either party better not try to profit out of this tragic incident There is no winner and loser in such tragic event and I dare to say that if we envisage the situation very deep inside most probably we are all losers out of such tragic incident. I even opposed this self-immolation act in that even religious wise no one has the right over his/her self to make such suicide acts except a timely inevitable natural death that comes from our creator God who has the right to make us alive or dead.
    However the very response provided by the incumbent regime is by far very tragic, shameful, disgraceful, unrefined and vulgar. I do not understand the deepest sense and interpretation of insanity on the side of the incumbent regime and others similar and in fact also among our society society. Most of the time our thoughts and views are polarized based on black and white thinking. Our current bizarre society is even more dishonest full of pretence than our predecessors and hence we are very much afraid of our very humanity and realities. And indeed when stereotypical politics is added and galvanized to this sort of social quandary then things get even more complicated. Therefore, we have to oppose extreme polarized black and white thinking views on both sides, both on the incumbent regime side as well as on the opposition side. On the opposition side with the view and mentality to label Yenesew as another Bozazi of Ethiopia and on the incumbent side labeling Yenesew as insane or mentally ill person.
    Neither of the two extreme parties can profit from such dishonest and irresponsible approaches and deny reality or truth as such. As a society why do we fail to just focus at the very exiting reality and tackle it with appropriate response mechanisms? If we are as such human, honest and responsible, then the very event is very tragic for all of us both as a nation and as a human being. Our very incumbent regime can fail us as to how we should tackle our life and hence the very failure of such poor guy when interpreted politically or personally to the extent of such self-immolation is also the failure of our nation. When I say this it is with the assumption that there exists a responsible and honest government in power that has due respect and love for its country and its peoples. However, the very response provided by the incumbent regime is very evident in that in fact Ato Meles’s regime is very hateful and disrespectful of its citizens and peoples as usual and as expected. If history has to be referred in fact we did not have such tragic suicide or self-immolation or other tragic social crisis oriented homicide trends in our previous regimes as is rampant now a days. Family issues and its associated conflicts are leading to very tragic homicides and suicides. Though such usual and rampant events are not originally politically motivated, then it is evident and we can not deny it that it is mainly the result of social and economic crisis in our nation due to lack of good governance. Though it could be some how nonsensical, to intentionally create the essence of Bozazi o Ethiopia this way, it is even more nonsensical in that the incumbent regime has labeled Yenesew as insane and mentally ill person. The very response delivered by the incumbent regime is very telling and evident in that it does not have developed the culture and tradition of wise and sensible handling of challenging events in due process of nation governance.
    As it had the tradition and history of gorilla fighting it usually resorts to the usual modus-operandi of unrefined vulgar and treacherous acts that are totally irresponsible and unexpected from a force that claims it is self as a government.
    As a nation and as a human being the self-immolation death of Yenesew is very tragic and disgraceful for We Ethiopians. More than that the very response and handling delivered by the incumbent Weyane regime is even by far more tragic and disgraceful and irresponsible that is very futile act aimed to escape or deny exiting realities. Any way in addition to the stereotypical politics in parallel let us (both the government and the populace) also deeply focus on our very humanity and its intricate dynamism to better give a sustainable solution to our deep-rooted and multifaceted problems we are entangled with.

    The following is my previous recent comment regarding Yenesew for Messays Kebedes’ recent article on this blog.
    The response given by the TPLF regime to the tragic self-immolation death of Yenesew is even by far very very very …………tragic and amazing in Ethiopian history.
    I was very sorry by the very incident and even had the very thought of why the guy chooses to sacrifice him self? I mean with my mentality in that whether we, as Ethiopians, even really as such deserve such sacrifice. I mean even with the mentality in that do we even have a sane human collection or personalities of incumbent regime that can understand the very implications and messages conveyed in such prominent event. Yes sanity or insanity is such a relative term or essence and hence it does not have as such an absolute yardsticks or references and hence it is some how controversial. However, the very track record of Yenesw is indeed very evident in that his motives are totally political whether he is sane or insane.አቶ መለስና ወያኔ የኔ ሰው የአእምሮ በሽተኛ ነበር ማለታቸው እራሳቸው አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ምን አይነት የአእምሮ ሁኔታ ላይ እንዳሉ ቁልጭ አድርጎ የሚያሳይ ነገር ነው፡፡እድሜ ለአቶ መለስና ወያኔ በእርግጥ በአሁኑ ወቅት ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ እንደ ድሮው ባለ አይነተ ጤነኛ ሰው አለ እንዴ?እሺ የእኔ ሰው የአእምሮ በሽተኛ ነው እንበል ለመሆኑ እረ የአእምሮ በሽተኛ ወይንም እብድ ከሌላው ጤነኛ ነው ከሚባለው ሰው በተሻለ ደፍሮ ያለፍርሃትና ያለመሸማቀቅ በውስጡ ያለውን ያመነበትን እውነት እንደሚናገር አቶ መለስና ወያኔ እስከ ዛሬ አያውቁም ማለት ነው?ነገሩ ሁሉ እንደዚህ ከሆነ አሁን በቃ ሁላችንም እያበድን መሆን አለበት ማለት ነው፡፡አቶ መለስም እኮ እራሳቸው ፓርላማ ውስጥ የድሮ ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲ ሰዎች አንዳንድ ጊዜ ያሳብዷቸው ነበር፡፡ታዲያ ለዚህም አይደል እንዴ አቶ መለስ “እስካሁን በዚህ የውሸት ምርጫና ዲሞክራሲ የሚባል ነገር የተነሳ እነዚህ የተረገሙና ነዝናዛ ተቃዋሚ የሚባሉት ሰዎች ሰላሜንና ጤናዬን ሲነሱኝ ኖረዋል ከዚህ በኋላ ግን ፓርላማ ውስጥ አንድም ድርሽ እንዳይሉ ማድረግ አለብኝ::” ብለው አንድም ተቃዋሚ ፓርላማ እንዳይገባ ያደረጉት፡፡ዛሬ ተመስገን ነው ፓርላማ ውስጥ አቶ መለስ እረፍታቸውን የሚያደርጉበት ሁለተኛው የመደበሪያና የመዝናኛ ቦታቸው ለመሆን በቃ፡፡ዛሬ እንደ ድሮው ፓርላማ ውስጥ ሃሳባቸውን የሚፈታተናቸውና የሚያበሳጫቸው ተቃዋሚ የለም በተቃራኒው እሳቸው እንዳይከፋቸውና ደስ እንዲላቸው የሚጨነቅና እንደ ፋብሪካ እቃ በእሳቸው አስተሳሰብ የተቀረፀ ተመሳሳይ አስተሳሰብ ያለው የራሳቸው ጋሻ ጃግሬ የፓርላማ አባላት ናቸው ያሉትና እና ታዲያ ምን ነክቷቸው ነው አቶ መለስ የኔሰውን የአእምሮ በሽተኛ ነው ያስባሉት?
    ድሮ ድሮ ውንጀላ እየተፈበረከ አንድ ጊዜ ሙስና ሌላ ጊዜ ህገ-መንግስቱንና ህገ-መንግስታዊ ስርዓቱንና ተቋማትን በሀይል ለማፈራረስ የሚል ምክንያት ይሰጥ ነበር፡፡እስካሁን በቅርቡ ባለው ደግሞ አቶ መለስንና የእሳቸውን ስርዓት የሚቃወም ሁሉ አሸባሪ እየተባለ እስር ቤት እየተወረወረ ነው፡፡በቃ አሁን አቶ መለስ አንድ ሌላ ሁለተኛ እፁብ ድንቅ የሆነ ምክንያት በቅርብ አገኙ ወይንም ፈጠሩ ማለት ነው፡፡ይህ በራሱ ለሳይንስና ቴክኖሎጂ ኮሚሽን ቀርቦ የፈጠራ መብት ወይንም ፓተንት የሚያሰጥ መሆን አለበት፡፡ከዚህ በኋላ ደግሞ ሌላ ምክንያት ተገኘ ማለት ነው፡፡የአእምሮ በሽተኛ!!!በቃ አማኑኤል ሆስፒታል በደንብ መደራጀትና መስፋፋት አለበት ማለት ነው፡፡ምክንያቱም በቃ ከዚህ በኋላ ቃሊቲ ሳይሆን አማኑኤል ሆስፒታል ነው ማለት ነው ተቃዋሚ ሃይል ሁሉ የአእምሮ በሽተኛ እየተባለ የሚታጎረው፡፡ትልቁ ችግር አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ሲያብዱ እኛ ላይ የተለያየ ችግር በመፍጠር ማለትም ወይ በማሰር ወይ ከሀገር በማሰደድ ወይ ኑሮን ያለልክ በማስወደድ ወይንም ደግሞ እኛን እብድ እያሉ እየጠሩ እኛን በማሰቃየት ወደ ውጪ Extrovert በመሆን ይገልፁታል፡፡በተቃራኒው እኛ ደግሞ ስናብድ ይህንን የምንገለፅበት አካሄድ ወደ ውስጥ በማተኮር Introvert በመሆን እራሳችንን እንደ አያልሰው ማቃጠል ወይንም በየመንገዱ ለብቻ መለፍለፍ ወይንም በሌላ አይነት እራሳችንን በሚጎዳ አይነት መንገድ መሆኑ ነው፡፡ስለ ሀገራችንና ህዝባችን ስናወራ ይህ አይነት አጠቃላይ ፖለቲካዊ መነስኤዎችና አንድምታዎች እናዳሉ ሆነው በተጨማሪ ግን ለየት ባለ መንገድ ይህ አይነት አሳዛኝ ክስተትና አካሄድ ግን ዘለቄታዊ በሆነ መልኩ ስነ-ልቦናዊ ጥናት ሁሉ የሚፈልግ ይመስለኛል፡፡እዚህ ላይ ውድ ኢትዮጵያውያን ወገኖቼ ልብ ልንል የሚገባን አንድ ነገር አለ፡፡ይኸውም አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ስልጣንና ጥቅም አቅላቸውን አሳጥቶ በጣሙን ያሰከራቸው ስለሆኑ በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መልክ በእኛ በኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ ከሚያደረሱብን እጅግ ጥልቅና ዘርፈ ብዙ ተፅእኖዎችና አሻጥሮች ውስጥ አንዱ ስነ-ልቦናዊ ጫና ወከባና መደናገርን መፍጠር ነው፡፡This is what is called as “Psychological Controlling through Psychological Conditioning”. And with this sort of very insidious scheme and approach they want to induce what is called as “Learned Helplessness” in to the populace. Refer the following regarding “Learned Helplessness” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessnes”
    Therefore we innocent majority Ethiopians are some how intricately psychologically and morally crippled, disempowered and trapped by the organized oppressive mafia style leadership of Weyane and hence we are some how experiencing this sort of tragic psychological trauma called “Learned Helplessness”. Therefore, in addition to the political aspect we also better address the same psychological, emotional and mental aspect of the over all event and situation in Ethiopia based on our very humanity and its dynamism. Why we failed and can not as such express our anger and resentment in extrovert ways rather than introvert ways? It is better that we understand that Ato Meles and TPLF thug are such sick and insane peoples and like wise due to their sick and insane governance for the last 20 years they have been making us some how sick and insane like wise. Why we are crippled to this extent to become so introvert rather than extrovert? Because Ato Meles and TPLF are some how arrogant and ignorant this INTROVERT act of the populace is even considered as cowardice that arises from their contrary heroism and bravery manifested in such abusive ways.
    የአቶ መለስና የወያኔ አገዛዝ እጅግ በጣም አስከፊነትና መሰሪነት መገለጫውም አንዱ በአርአያ ስላሴ የተፈጠርንና የተከበርን ሰብአዊ ፍጡር እንደመሆናችን መጠን ከአፈናውና ከጭቆናው የተነሳ እራሳችንን እንዴት አድርገን ወደ ውጪ በተገቢው መልክ መግልፅ እንዳለብን ማለመደረጉ በዚህም የተነሳ ግራ እንድንጋባ ሆነና በዚህ አይነት አሳዛኝ መልክ እራሳችንን ቤንዚን አርከፍክፈን እንድናቃጥል ሆነ፡፡ይህ በኢትዮጵያችን ታሪክ እጅግ አሳፋሪውና አሳዛኙ ክስተት ነው፡፡የአቶ መለስ የቅጥረኝነትና የባንዳነት አንዱ ተልእኮ ደግሞ ማንነቷና ክብሯን ጠብቃ ለዘመናት ለውጪ ተስፋፊ ወራሪዎች በፈጣሪ እርዳታ ጭምር አልገዛም አልንበረከክም ያለችን ታሪካዊ ሀገርና ህዝብ በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ ማደህየት፣ ማሸማቀቅ፣ማዳቀቅ፣ማዋረድና በራስ መተማመን እንዳይኖር አንገት ማስደፋት እንደሆነ እየተረዳነው የመጣ እውነታ ነው፡፡በኢትዮጵያዊነቴ ማፈርና ማዘን ከጀመርኩ ብዙ ጌዜ ሆኖኛል፡፡ይህ ክስተት ደግሞ የበለጠ እንዳፍርና እንዳዝን እያደረገኝ ነው፡፡በእውነቱ የየኔ ሰው አሳዛኝ ክስተት እጅግ የተምታታ ስሜትን የሚፈጥር ነገር ነው፡፡የኔ ሰው ለእኛ ለኢትዮጵያውያን እንደ ሰብዓዊ ፍጡርና እንደ ዜጋ ትልቅ የህሊና እዳና የቤት ስራ እየሰጠን ነው ያለው፡፡የኔ ሰው ለእኛ ለኢትዮጵያውያን ያለንበትን አጠቃላይ ሁኔታ ጥልቀትና ስፋት እየነገረን ነው፡፡
    እራሱን በዚህ መልክ ማቃጠሉንና የተከበረችና መተኪያ የሌላት ውድ ህይወቱን ማጥፋቱን ብዙም የማልደግፍ ወይንም እቃወም የነበረው በውስጤ ከተሰማኝ ጥልቅ የመጠቃት ስሜት በመነጨ ጭምር ነበር፡፡ምክንያቱም በተለመደው አካሄድ ከፍትህና ከሞራል አንፃር በሌላው እብሪተኛ አካል ኢፍትሃዊ በሆነ መልክ በደል የደረሰበትና የተጠቃ አንድ ተበዳይ አካል ይህንን ኢፍትሃዊ ድርጊት መልሶ መቃወምና መታገል የሚገባው በደልና ኢፍትሃዊነት ያደረሰበትን እብሪተኛ አካል መልሶ በመቅጣት ወይንም በመበቀል መሆን ነበረበት፡፡የኔ ሰው ግን ይህንን ሳይሆን ያደረገው በተቃራኒው በራሱ ላይ የሞት ፍርድ ነበር የፈረደው፡፡አሁን በአካል የሞተው የኔ ሰው ቢሆንም በተቃራኒው ግን ይህንን አሳዛኝ ክስተትና ታሪክ ለወደፊት በመተባበርና በመተማመን ለመቀየር እስካልቻልን ድረስ እኛም መላው ኢትዮጵያውያን አሁን የእሱ እዳ ያለብን በመንፈስና በቁም የሞትን ህዝቦችና ዜጎች ነን ማለት ነው፡፡የኔሰው በዚህች ሀገር ውስጥ በጥልቀትና በስፋት ከተንሰራፋው ከዚህ አይነት አሳዛኝና አሳፈሪ ሁኔታ ጋር ለመቀጠል ባለመፈለጉና ባለመቻሉ በራሱ ላይ ይህንን አይነት የመጨረሻ አማራጭ ፍርድ ፈረደ፡፡እኛስ ሰምና ወርቅ ሆነን ከዚህ አይነት አሳዛኝና አሳፈሪ ሁኔታ ጋር መቀጠል አለብን?
    እንግዲህ ከዚህ በኋላ እኛ እራሳችንን በዚህ አይነት መልክ ማጥፋት ልንቀጥል አይገባንም፡፡በተቃራኒው ይህንን አይነት የየኔሰውን አሳዛኝና አሳፋሪ(አሳፋሪነቱ ለየኔሰው ሳይሆን እንደ ሀገርና እንደ ህዝብ ለራሳችን ለእኛ ለኢትዮጵያውያን ማለት ነው) ክስተት ያመጣብንን ስርዓት በተገቢው አካሄድ ሁሉ ተባብረን ለአንዴና ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ማስወገድ ነው፡፡አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ለዚህ አሳዛኝ ክስተት የሰጡት ምላሽ ደግሞ ከበፊቱ በደል ያሁኑ በደል ይባስ እንደሚባለው አይነት ነው፡፡የዳዊት ልጅ አምሎን ድንግል ከሆነችው ከአባቱ ልጅ ከእህቱ ትእማር ጋር ሰይጣናዊ ፍቅር ያዘውና እንደምንም ብሎ በዘዴ አታሎ እርካሽ የስጋ ፈቃዱን አስገድዶ ከፈፀመ በኋላ ወዲያውኑ በድርጊቱም ሳይፀፀት ሂጅልኝ ብሎ እያገጣበረ ክብሯን አዋርዶ አባረራት፡፡ትእማርም በዚህ እጅግ በጣም አዝና “ከበፊቱ በደልህ ያሁኑ በደልህ እጅግ የከፋ ሆነ::” አለች ይባላል፡፡የአቶ መለስና የወያኔም ድርጊትም ከዚህ ጋር የሚመሳሰል ነገር ነው፡፡እነዚህ ሰዎች በስልጣንና በጥቅም ከልክ በላይ የሰከሩና ያበዱ የኢትጵያዊነት ወግና ለዛ እንጥፍጣፊውም የሌላቸው ምን አይነት ነውረኞችና አረመኔዎች እንደሆኑ የሚያሳይ ነገር ነው፡፡ፕሮፌሰር መሳይም ከዚህ በፊት የድርድር ማኒፌስቶ ገለመሌ እያሉ ነገሮችን በከንቱ እየደከሙና እያወሩ ያሉት ድርድር የሚባለው ነገር ከምን አይነት ሃይል ጋር እንደሆን በቅጡ የተረዱ አይመስለኝም ወይንም ተረድተውና እውነታውን አምነው ነገር ግን ለህሊናቸው መገዛት አልፈለጉም፡፡
    I really can not dare or has the moral courage to judge Yenesew as to how and why he feels deep inside to commit such ‘tragic’ self-immolation act. For God’s sake he happened to do such tragic act. But deep, deep inside I really feel in that we majority Ethiopians are so disgraced and abused by the incumbent racist, corrupt and irresponsible mafia-style and client-regime governance. And in deed such inhuman and unrefined vulgar response by the incumbent regarding Yenesew is even more insulting, abusive, tragic and amazing than the very incident. And I want to assert one thing to Ato Meles. Every human being has some sort of his/her truth or faith inside for which s/he can get insane or mad in belief.በቅዱስ መፅሀፍ ውስጥ ታላቁ ሃዋርያው ቅዱስ ፓውሎስ እንዲህ ብሎ ነበር፡፡ “የፈለገውን ያህል በስጋዬ ብሰደድ፣ብንገላታ፣ብራብ፣ብታረዝ ወዘተ ግድ አይለኝም ነገር ግን እኔን ዘወትር የሚያስጨንቀኝና የሚያሳስበኝ ጉዳይ ግን የአብያተ-ክርስቲያናት ነገር ነው፡፡ስለዚህም የአብያተ- ክርስቲያናትን ነገር ሳስብ እንዳበደ ሰው ያናግረኛል::” ነበር ያለው፡፡ስለዚህም እብደት ሁሉ ሁልጊዜ በመጥፎ የሚተረጎምና ወጥ የሆነ አንድ አይነት መንፈስ ያለው ነገር አይደለም፡፡ስለዚህም ጤናማ መንፈስ ያለው እብደት አለ ጤናማ ያልሆነ መንፈስ ያለው እብደት አለ፡፡
    አቶ መለስ ዜናዊ ሆይ እርስዎንና መሰሎችዎን ለከት ያጣ ስልጣንና ጥቅም አሳብዷችኋል፡፡የኔሰውና እኛን ደግሞ በእርስዎ አስከፊ አገዛዝ የተነሳ በገዛ ሀገራችን ተረግጠን ፍትህና ነፃነት ተነፍገን የበይ ተመልካችና ከሁለተኛ ዜጋ በታች ሆኖ ተዋርዶና ተገፍቶ መኖርና መሰደድ አዎ አሳብዶናል፡፡
    ስለ እብደት ከተወራም ይህንን ያህል የማይታወቅና የሚደበቅ ነገር የለም እውነታው ይህ ነውና፡፡
    ስለዚህም አቶ መለስ ዜናዊ ሆይ እርስዎ ያለ አግባብ በሃይልና በማጭበረበር የተቆናጠጡት ስልጣንና ከዚህም ጋር ተያይዞ ያለው በማጭበርብርና በዝርፊያ የሚገኘው እልፍ አእላፍ የተለያየ ጥቅማ ጥቅም ይህንን ያህል አቅልዎትን አሳጥቶ እያሰከርዎትና እያሳበድዎት ካለ በተቃራኒው ይህ የራስዎና የመሰሎችዎ የስልጣንና የጥቅም ስካርና እብደት ባስከተለው አስከፊ የኑሮ ውድነት ግፍና በደል እየተፈፀመበት በአስከፊ የጭቆና አገዛዝዎት ተረግጦ ያለው ፍትህና ነፃነት ያጣው እንደ የኔሰው አይነት ኢትዮጵያዊ አእምሮው ተነክቶ እንደ እርስዎ አባባል የአእምሮ በሽተኛ ቢሆንና ቢያብድስ ምን ይደንቃል?ነገሩን ለማጣመም ለማናናቅና ለመሸፋፈን ተብሎ እንደ እርስዎ አባባል በተሰጠው ምክንያት እንሂድና እንደ የኔሰው አይነት ኢትዮጵያዊ አእምሮው ተነክቶ የአእምሮ በሽተኛ የሆነውና እራሱንም እንዲያቃጥል እየሆነ ያለው ዋና ምክንያት እኮ የእርሰዎ አስከፊ ዘረኛና ጨቋኝ ስርዓት ምክንያት ነው፡፡በመንግስትዎ(ለነገሩ ባሁኑ ሰዓት ብቸኛው ፈላጭ ቆራጭ አምባገነን መንግስት እራስዎ ብቻ ነዎት) የተሰጠው አሳፋሪና አሳዛኝ ምላሽ በራሱ ከየኔሰው ያለፈ ታሪክ ጋር ሲያያዝ ከበስተጀርባ ያለውን የአገዛዝዎትን አስከፊ ማንነት ፍንትው አድርጎ የሚያሳይ ነው፡፡According to your “give and take” motto, dear Ato Meles let me give you something and give me another thing in return. For the time being give me and let me take the mentality or idea regarding your allegation that Yenesew is insane and for that matter even we majority Ethiopians are also insane. Then like wise take my mentality and belief regarding you Ato Meles and your TPLF thug that you are also insane. And hence then Yes indeed we are insane because we are very very much abused, oppressed, dehumanized, betrayed, plundered…….by you and your racist, corrupt and irresponsible mafia-style and client-regime style governance that has caused such an amazing and tremendous destruction and chaos for this historical nation-state. Where as to the opposite yes indeed you are very very much insane for your undeserved and unbridled lust for power and its associated undeserved benefits, and in fact a power that is utilized mainly to abuse, oppress, dehumanize, betray, plunder and create such destruction and chaos for this historical Nation-State. And hence I assert you Ato Meles and all TPLF thug members the following. No surprise as such that we are all insane. However, YOUR insanity manifested externally is out of sheer underling insanity and guilt inside but OUR insanity manifested externally is out of sheer sanity and innocence inside.That is the difference.
    God Bless Ethiopia!!!

  3. koster
    | #3

    You may lead a happy and meaningfull life but how can one lead a happy and meaningfull life under woyane state terrorism unless one is a “BALE FERES” or AGAZI. Can you imagine the republicans being terorized and not able to live a normal life while a democrat is in power. If you really care for Ethiopia and Ethiopians do all you can to get Meles and his collaborators from this insanity. It is not possible to loot and kill; rule by cheating and lying indefinately.

  4. abbel
    | #4

    We all like to talk about freedom, democracy and justice but who is going to pay the price. Nothing comes without a price. To give oneslf for freedom of others is the ultimate price. Talk is cheap. You can write literary quotes sitting in your ivory tower, but that is only of little benefit.

  5. Dawi
    | #5

    I have to say I hate this passive aggressive self-immolation thing. It is a terrorist tactic albeit on one-self.

    If one chooses a terrorist tactic why not immolate the homes/offices (minus people in it) of the Cadres that made his life miserable? He seems to know who the hell they are. Right – IMO, that is more sensible than violence against oneself.

    Having said that, I wonder what is making some Ethiopians lately, mutilating their girl friends making her blind. How low can you get? That must be worst than torching one-self up?

    Is self-torching is a kind of religion making people soft?

    I am thinking in line of those who believe in the reincarnation because the act is not so dramatic and will bring reward in the next life (on earth)!

  6. Dawi
    | #6

    Talking about “terrorism” – just thinking allowed, if Yenesaw survived the torch, Ethiopian court would have given him life in prison for sure.

    If they can’t find a clause in their book for violence against oneself, No Worries! – they will do “Seye” on him – set up a brand new law for a quick parliament approval.

  7. anon
    | #7

    Regardless of the different reactions of peopleabout the death of saing Yenesew Gebre one thing is clear.He took his life in such dramatic fashion not because he is mentaly sick or because of the feelings neglect by family members as Dr.Tecola seems to think but rather because of the other point Dr Tecola spoke. Namely this-

    ” I also suspect that the vicious hands of Meles Zenawi and his executioners, who have no limits on cruelty and indecency, blackmailing Yenesew’s Father and Sister to make them paint Yenesew as mentally unstable individual once more desecrating his memory as well.”

    We know that he was marked by the TPLF regime and was left with out livelty hood option.Such mistreatment can place him in such help less surcumstances.Beside, his is not an isolated incident;millions of Ethiopians are forced to live under fearTherefore his acts peeks volume about the millions of sufferings of Ethiopians in the hands of TPLF mercenery Melese Zenawi.

    Therefore any one who undermines the root cause of the current Ethiopian social problem can not rightly be said a conserned citizen. Never before in the history of that country ever we had such an epitom of evil leader.King hileselassie was brought down because of the Wello hunger,mengist was brought down because of his excessive dectatorail hand.The one he have have done any thing and every thing and yet we have not even begin, to devise a plan how to remove it out of power.At lease we can all agree that ANY GOVERNMENT IS FAR BETTER THATN TPLF REGIME.Such being the truth yet many have prefferred to play tribal politics thatn to stnd for the truth,justice and peace.So it appears we are in a bind.However,so long we continue to let the problem to get out of hand we will be the losers. I find it criminal to read comments that oppose the views of those who advocate national unity against the regime.

  8. dagnew
    | #8

    it make sensee

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