Tourism is Dangerous in Ethiopia Thanks to Meles Zenawi By Amanuel Biedemariam

January 28th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Late Monday on January 16, 2012, Ethiopia reported two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian were killed in a deadly attack in Ethiopia’s North-Eastern Afar region. During the attacks, a Hungarian and Italian were wounded while two Germans had been kidnapped. The unsuspecting tourists were attacked, wounded, captured and killed inside Ethiopia. This incident was unfortunate for those who lost their lives, those that suffered through it and, for their families. This incident was also devastating for the tourism industry of Ethiopia and those who depend on it for their livelihood.

Regardless of how the genocidal regime of Meles Zenawi tries to characterize the incident or who it claims has perpetrated the killings, there remains one fact it cannot deny. The incident took place inside the borders of Ethiopia. And it happened while under the protection of Ethiopian authorities.

On the 19th of January, The Voice of America (VOA) aired an interview with Information Minister of Ethiopia Bereket Simon, and in it, the Minister openly admitted that Ethiopia does not and cannot control its borders. Ethiopia is a country under fire in every direction due to the reckless adventures of the minority regime inside Ethiopia and the region. In Ethiopia, rebellion is flourishing throughout the entire country. There exists the Oromo Liberation Front, The Oganden liberation Front in Eastern Ethiopia, AEDUF in the Afar region, there is the EPPF in the central region, the Benishangul in the West and the Tigray movement TPDM etc…operate inside Ethiopia for different reasons. Some are fighting for self-determination and the others for greater freedoms from the oppressive minority regime.

This is how The Christian Science Monitor characterized Ethiopia’s claims. “This week, even before Ethiopian officials knew how many people had died, or even when the fatal shooting of five European tourists in its remote northeastern region of Afar had taken place, they were sure of one crucial detail: It was Eritrea’s fault.”
It is convenient for Ethiopian authorities to claim Eritrea did it for many reasons. It is easier. It deflects attention away from Ethiopia’s ever-exploding internal civil struggles. It is within the strategic objective of trying to label Eritrea, as a country that sponsors all the anti-regime activities as terrorist activity and within that context, all the rebellion in Ethiopia is considered terrorism and, the rebels’ terrorists.

But here is the problem with that assumption and claim. If Eritrea is capable to develop all that activity inside Ethiopia, what that means is Meles’s regime has effectively lost control of Ethiopia. The authorities in Ethiopia have lost control of the entire country.
The various movements in Ethiopia have been there for decades fighting for their rights. The OLF was there before the regime came to power; the Ogaden has been mired in conflicts for decades, and so have the Afars. These groups are fighting for denied rights by Ethiopia. They are not terrorist organizations. In fact, in contradiction to Meles’ claim that these groups are terrorist the US never labeled the OLF or others as terrorists. In fact, they have offices in the US. Meles and his cronies know this fact.

In this case, the blanket claim by the regime that Eritrea is at fault in order to cover up its internal problems backfired in many major ways. First off, the regime looked defeated by playing a victim. Secondly, it lost any credibility that it may have had internally and globally because, the truth came-out swiftly and contradicted their fabrications making them look pettier. Thirdly, it gave AEDUF, the rebel group, international exposure they never had and, advertised Ethiopia’s internal conflicts to the world.

Fourthly, and most importantly, the minority clique gave the world unadulterated evidence that the regime has lost its legitimacy. The genocidal regime, in order to score a political point against Eritrea threw all discovery mechanisms-out and actually got in the way of the evidence-discovery process thus denied the world access to truth. As The Christian Science Monitor reported, “They were sure of one crucial detail: It was Eritrea’s fault” before any meaningful information was extracted.

This is clear evidence that the regime is not about finding-out truth to protect the Ethiopian people and the tourists. The regime was not concerned about the tourism industry of Ethiopia. This is a major PR disaster for the tourism industry of Ethiopia. By infusing Eritrea in the killing, the illegitimate regime magnified the level of negative attention into all tourism related activities of Ethiopia. This was in effect advertising that announced; come and tour Ethiopia and you might earn the chance to be killed, wounded and captured. Just imagine, can anyone dare take the volcanic tour in the Afar region after this? The answer is NO. That means the people in the Afar region will suffer because an industry or a means of income was taken away from them. This is not a sign of a caring government.

The rebels quickly gave their condolences to the families, facilitated the release of those captured and, claimed those that died were killed by Ethiopian authorities. This put the minority regime in a spot and forced it into a defensive position.

Here is the reality, prior to his fall, the Mengistu regime was losing large swath of territories, to then rebels, the current regime, in the same manner the minority regime is losing now. This incident provided a great opportunity for the world to see that Ethiopia is burning from within with fire that is ready to consume the entire nation fast. Through the hasty announcements, the regime inadvertently advertised to the world that it doesn’t control the Afar region. This is also true throughout the entire country.

Every action the government takes now is strictly designed to elongate its life. In the West, the regime uprooted over 70,000 Gambellans from their villages destroying their way of life. The illegitimate genocidal regime has done this in every territory in Ethiopia. The genocides in Gambella and Ogaden are recorded in detail with evidences by major humanitarian organizations.

Ethiopia has seen consistent growth in its tourism industry for decades. This will definitely damage it. The minority regime has managed to stay in power by oppressing the various nationalities that it wants to label terrorist now. All these people are doing is demand their rights. However, instead of resolving the internal issues peacefully the regime resorted to force. In time, the rebellion has gathered enough momentum and it is ready to engulf the nation. The minority regime, fully aware it can no longer contain it, is trying desperate approaches such as labeling the entire nation terrorist. Individuals that oppose the regime are labeled terrorist and tried. The Diaspora is not spared because the regime makes it a point to sentence them in absentia.

This is a regime on the brink. Certainly, tourism needs peace to flourish and in Ethiopia, peace is dissipating like water in the desert sand. The regime’s acceptance by Ethiopians and people in the region is almost nonexistent. People are anticipating when and how the big shoe will drop. In this climate it is very difficult to commit to any investment in Ethiopia and certainly those that have money are sending their hard currency abroad because they are not certain of the future. This is the reason why it is easy to predict the fall of the minority regime eminent. That is why the former Ambassador Herman Cohen said that the hegemonic minority rule of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is difficult to sustain, as Ethiopians are demanding freedom and democracy.

Conclusion

It is ironic a terrorist regime is trying to label Eritreans, the Somalis and the entire Ethiopian population terrorists with fabricated trumped charges. By doing so the regime is asking the international community for a mandate to rule with iron fist as a king maker of the region. This is also clear evidence that this futile ambition has put the regime at odds with all the people in the region. One thing the regime has done clearly is that it is challenging the publics of the region with blood in every turn.

Hence, it is crucial for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea to come together and rid of the vermin finally. And I am certain this will happen soon because the people of the region are saying enough to the genocidal, illegitimate regime of Meles Zenawi. In order to hasten his demise and to help end the little Batustans he created, it is everyone’s responsibility to stop cooperating with this criminal and end his reign before more harm could be done.

Awetnayu@hotmail.com

  1. peace
    | #1

    Mr. Beidemariam,

    I don’t understand, you are posting on Ethio website in order to defend Eritrea while Ethiopia is burning. So, why should we care about Eritrea, when Shaebia and TPLF are one and the same? We know that Ethiopia’s development will not ever occur because Eritrea and Ethiopia are now in a position where they will not trust eachother becuse of mistrust. Even without TPLF, Eritrea will still be dangerous for Ethiopia because of its fear that Ethiopia will be stronger and later annex Eritrea. Therefore, Eritrea will do anything by collaborating with any nations to continue to weaken Ethiopia. It is shameful such Ethio blogs allow Eritrea’s view, this shouldn’t be about democracy and allowing anti Ethiopian to post. There is limit to it. Are there any Ethiopian writer that are allowed to post on Asmarino.com, Awate.com, etc?

    It is also funny, you seem to concern about Afar people, when for the first time in history Shaebia and TPLF are the one who separated families of Afar people by cutting their land in to pieces, what a selfish beings you are. I like that when you are transfering responsibility to your collaborator and making Shaebia innocent.

    It is also funny you have been accusing the West, particularly U.S on your past articles and today you are praising Mr. Cohen, because he said Eritrea needs to stay indpendent. I think you should remain independent and stop butting in Ethiopia’s affairs because that is what you fought for 30 some years. However it is doubtful that you will continue to interfere because you want weaker Ethiopia.

    What I would love you to discuss is the future of Ethiopia and Eritrea and how you will see Ethiopia and Eritrea post TPLF. The fact remains that TPLF and Shaebia will always collaborate definitely without Meles. Your next propoganda to weaken Ethiopia is that, Yes, Meles is gone now the Tigrayans need to control Ethiopia in order to protect themselves from other Ethiopians and that Shaebia will help them. It is so predictable.

    Do you mean to say that you will not be happy when there is no tourism for Ethiopia? Are we that fool you are writing this article in concern for Ethiopia as if we don’t know what is going on and you are lecturing us?

    Although I agree that people of the entire region needs to bring TPLF down, you must also admit Shaebia needs to go down as they are one and the same. The only peace will flourish is that by discussing the main issue and that is how to admit the responsibility of Shaebia. If you are not ready to discuss the role of Shaebia then you are only transfering the responsibility of your own doing and still till now you are not discussing how to bring peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Those Ethiopians I hope they don’t become gullible again in accepting only what Shaebia has to say and not Ethiopians.

  2. Steve
    | #2

    Ethiopia is destabilizing the whole region, with its action! It should rather focus on its own people, than the people of other countries!

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    It is not difficult to figure out why those innocent tourists were gunned down by well experienced killers. I’ve no doubt that Meles is doing everything in his power to discourage tourists from coming to Ethiopia and witness the crimes of Meles and his TPLF.

  4. The Eritrean one!
    | #4

    Dearest Ethiopians: as we all are witnessing Addis seems to be holdings the cancer of both people of Ethiopia and Eritrea: Mels/Abebe/Legesse, his boss Mebrahtu G/hiwot, the paedophiles so called ngo’s, and the rest of weyanes thugs who are lootings Ethiopians to the bone. Every Ethiopian must stop these thugs as they continue to serve the interests of so many instutions at the expense of the people of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and now Somalia.

  5. time to repent
    | #5

    please lets all pray together for those in power in ethiopia/eritrea, asking God to help them to fulfill their responsibility to the people.
    May God give them wisdom move away from the path of destruction, may God direct them in the right direction,
    may God give them understanding to be fruitful and to bring peace and prosperity to the region.
    may God plant in their hearts love for their fellow men and women.

    in the name of Jesus , Amen

  6. Getachew
    | #6

    Amanuel,

    The zeal you show about getting rid of the Weyane regime is admirable. Yet you are as quiet as the proverbial church mouse about the other menace in your own back yard.
    Wedi Afom is not a democrat any more than Meles. He is also no less a monster to his own people than Meles is to his.
    I believe the phrase ” go and cry out to the gods you have chosen ….” seems befitting to Shabia sympathizers such as you.

  7. Tolusa kumsa
    | #7

    Amanuel, please as much as I have a problem with the Ethiopian government your government the Eritrean regime is worse actually anything happen between Meles and Issias, no question ask I will side Meles because the Eritreans regime are the one who create and install TPLF, your goverment is the number one enemy of Ethiopia. So I do not have any doubt the Eritreans regime are the one who killed those innocent tourists and your government should pay the price..

  8. ጅም
    | #8

    አላዋቂ ሳሚ ኒፍጥ ይለቀልቃል!!!

  9. Abel
    | #9

    Well said Amanuel. When the incident happened some Ethiopians, readers of this site already were asking for the invasion of Eritrea and buffer zone inside Eritrea. My advise to my fellow Ethiopians is patience until full information comes out is very important. It is not good to run into conclusion because we have a government that lies in all instances.

  10. Barnabas
    | #10

    Well said.Spot on.

  11. Zerayakob Yared
    | #11

    Awetnayu@hotmail.com = ዓወትና’ዩ@hotmail.com =ድላችን ነው@hotmail.com, aka Amanuel Biedemariam,

    The fittest Ethiopian proverb for your ከዚያም ከዚህም ድረገፆች የኢትዮጵያውያንን ቃላት ለቃቅሜ ኢትዮጵያውያንን በገዛ ድረገፃቸው ላይ ታየሁባቸው is, “የራስዋ እያረረባት የሰውን ታማስላለች!”

    ምክኒያቶቹን ከላይ አንዳንዶቹ ስለገለፅኡትና ባጠቃላይም ከሳዋ ጀምሮ እስከ ሲናይ እና ማልታ ያለውን ሁናቴ አለም በሙሉ ስለሚያውቀው እዚህ ላይ መዘርዘርን ብጀምር ማለቅያ ስለማይኖረው, ሁሉም በየቤቱ ያለውን የየራሱን ዶኩሜንት ይመልከት::

    የሰዎች ሂይወት ስላለፈ ግን እንደ ድል(Awetnayu@hotmail.com) ሆኖ ባይሰማህ ይበጅሃል::

    በነገራችን ላይ, ሻዕቢያ እስካሁንም ጊዜ ድረስ በህይወት ኖሮ የኮንትረባንዳ ስራውን በማከናወን ላይ የሚገኘው ያለው የማሌሊት ፍላጎት ስለሆነ ብቻ ነው!!

  12. joro daba
    | #12

    the garbage talk startes when people measure their educational

    standered by how to write but not how to use it.

  13. Surprised
    | #13

    I think it is funny to see some of the comments that want to say that Amanuel wrote about Ethiopia’s affair and that he has no business talking about Ethiopia. That is a dream and a fantasy. Eritrea has very right to say how it feels in whatever venue. Eritrea is being accused by a reckless regime. I don’t see anyone challenging the points but react emotionally about matters outside the topic.

    And clearly everything he wrote is based on facts. If you have issues challenge it. Regardless, whether Amanuel is Eritrean it does not matter. That is not the issue. Is Weyane serving the interest of Ethiopia and the region? No. Focus there because that is what he is saying.

  14. Ethiopian
    | #14

    Wow. The bal*s on this guy. He is an Eritrean who worships the lunatic in his own backyard and he wants to sabotage Ethiopia because he knows we are outpacing his little country in every field. Nice try Bidemariam. Now why don’t you go back to sawa and dig a trench.

  15. Zerayakob Yared
    | #15

    በቅናት የተቃጠለ SADIST የእርጎ ዝንብ ምንም ለኢትዮጵያም ሆነ ለማንኛውም ሌላ በዚህ አለም ላይ ለሚከሰት ነገር ሁሉ አስተዋፅኦ ሊያደርግ ስለማይችል ነው, ሰዉ ሁሉ እየተረባረበበት ያለው!! ዋናው መልእክቱ ደግሞ “Awetnayu” = ‘ድላችን ነው’ የምትለዋ (ለነገሩማ ቻልኩበት ተብሎ ‘የተደበቀ’ መልእክት ለእኩዮቹ መሆኑ ነው) የነብሱ መቃጠል ምልክት ብቻ ነች:: የሰው ልጆች ህልቀት ድለኛ ነው:: ሌላው መልእክቱ ለይስሙላ ያህል ከዚህም ከዚያም የለቃቀመው ብቻ ነው!! ስለሆነም እርሱው ራሱው ወይንም እኩዮቹ የሆናችሁት እንደነ 10, 13 ወ’ወዘተ ከእርሱው ጋራ የ’14ትንና የሌሎችንም ምክር ተከተሉ! ሁለመናዊ ባለፀጎች መሆንን ስለምንመኝና ለዚሁም ስለምንጥር, በማሄል ጥልቅ እያላችሁ የተቃጠለ ድሃ መንፈስን አታምጡብን !

  16. sawa
    | #16

    No matter who is the boss in the horn of africa ,we both eritreans and ethiopians deserve to live in peace and helping each other when ever there is common challenges.the Tplf and eplf both of them are computing to become who would be the champion of the horn ignoring their peoples’ plea for peace and food.ethiopian an warant mis guieded forieng policy acting on behalf of the west is crazy.and tplfs being the sole party and oppression of his people is madness.now the horn needs freedom and peace not war.ethiopia should with drow from accupying eritrean territory like badme and must both normalize their relation and must demarcate their fu..n borders for the sake of these brother people.ethiopians or eritreans deserve to live in love.

  17. Anonymous
    | #17

    The Eritrean one!.
    Let me remind you again: it is Issayas, the God father of all hate and racism who started it all and also that trained Meles and the TPLF thugs to be coldblooded, heartless and senseless killers and looters.
    It was one man by the name of Adolf Hitler that sent 6 to 10 million innocent Germans to their Gas Chamber because of his deep rooted hate towards German Jews. For the last 30 to 40 years we’ve been witnessing the type of Adolf Hitler style deep rooted hate by the hands of Issayas and Meles towards their birth country Ethiopia and every ethnic Ethiopians with the exception of their own. If there is such thing called a better evil, in my opinion, Hitler was better than these two cousins. Evil Hitler at least fought for his country and never gave or dold an inch of his country’s land to no one. In the other hand, the evil demented hate-filled cousins started slaughtering people, dividing people, and giving and selling the country’s land to foreigners. My friends, we must find a way to get rid of the evil out of our country.

  18. peace
    | #18

    Sawa,

    I think you are Eritrean, at least your comment is appreciated unlike the so called Beidemariam who wants to see the fault of Ethiopia under TPLF while he is avoiding his boss. What gives him the right he can post on Ethio site and telling us how we should act without discussing Eritrea/Shaebia/Issays? Can this be true that the reason he is posting on Ethio sites is that he is really accepted by Ethiopians? I would like to see an Ethiopians posting on Eritrean website and let us see how tolerant they are. This showes we Ethiopians are tolerant but the toleralnce over 20 years is what got us here in the first place. This means we can’t seem to identify who is who in Ethiopia and who Shaebia is.

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