Ridding Ethiopia of TPLF injustice & global plot now By Robele Ababya

April 18th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

One-people; one country! One man; one vote!

Ethiopia was betrayed by the League of Nations (LoN) and the Fascist Italian Forces unleashed a naked aggression replete with grave violation of human rights, war crimes, crimes against humanity including genocide. Some Western powers in the LoN even encouraged the Fascist Mussolini to enter Addis Ababa and consummate his occupation and carry on with his ‘civilizing’ mission with the blessing of the Pope at the Vatican. But his brutal action of a savage was in sharp contrast to the humane handling of the prisoners of war of Fascist Italy at the hands of God fearing pious Ethiopians.

I am elated, humbled and mesmerized by the heroic deeds of the young patriots who had never met before converging from distant places on the soil of Tigray to fight the Fascist invaders and showing mercy to captured soldiers of the ruthless enemy. The grand question is what kind of a formidable force brought Abichu, Amdetsion, Gashu, Haptom and Worku together to accomplish such unimaginable feats? What motivated the bare-footed, ill-trained, poorly equipped Ethiopian militias, including those from as far as Kembatta, to travel for six to seven months mostly on foot to Tigray and give hell to Marshall Marshal Badoglio – supreme commander of the invading Italian Fascist Army? They all vowed in the name of Immiye Menelik II to crush the Fascist invaders hell-bent on enslaving the Ethiopian people. For more information, readers are referred to my article titled “Top patriot Abichu & his wartime heroic compatriots” dated 24 February 2012 and posted on most democratic websites.
The people of Ethiopia spontaneously and enthusiastically responded to the call of Immye Menilik to mobilize for the Battle of Adwa; and similarly to the call of leaders during the war with Somalia and Eritrea, subsequently. This phenomenon has been enigmatic to political scientists accustomed to hearing Ethiopians mention the name of their region of birth as their country when asked where they are from.
In view of the paragraphs above, Ethiopia is one country and we are one people with unbreakably intertwined cultural diversity. Culture is dynamic and will change in favor of strengthening our bond – for our common humanity transcend our ethnicity. Ways we do things change with progress in science and technology; new words infiltrate our languages and enrich our vocabularies; some languages die and new ones are created – the case in point being for example: the relatively recently created Swahili is lingua franca in East Africa; Latin and Geez are limited to liturgical prayers church services; few in our generation know that Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, is almost dead although He has over a billion followers and counting. It is predicted that far fewer languages will be spoken in our world by the turn of this century. But Zenawi wants credit by fooling nationalities as their defender to remain with harmful cultural practices that may not stand the test of time.
One man one vote is our best choice to live together in harmony, dignity and prosperity. The one and only one challenge for all of us is how we can pull ourselves out of abject poverty with inclusive democratic participation of all ethnic groups. The point is that we have to be prepared for and be willing to accept change for it is inevitable. Let graduates of Dedebit stay fossilized in their worn out theory of Nations and Nationalities, which its author Stalin himself refused to honor but instead sent secession seekers into internal exile or prison in Siberia.
Unrewarded contribution to world peace & national liberation
Ethiopia fulfilled her mandates in Korea and the Congo as part of her obligations under collective security of the United Nations.

Ethiopia actively opposed secession in Africa advocating status quo to colonial boundaries for the sake of forming the OAU

It is a matter of record that Ethiopia played vanguard roles in rendering genuine assistance to liberation movements in almost all black African countries except Liberia, which was independent. Students from liberation groups from Angola, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe et al received training in Ethiopia. The irreplaceable Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the late Aklilu Hapte Wold, strongly argued in favor of independence for Somalia. The Dergue regime strongly supported the independence of Djibouti; it gave substantial support and training to freedom fighters of Zimbabwe and Angola. What did Ethiopia get out of all the positive contributions aforementioned except morale satisfaction? Isn’t Ethiopia still a victim of global injustice? Didn’t Siad Barre incessantly accuse Ethiopia as a colonizer – eventually invading our motherland at a time he considered propitious immediately after the fall of the Imperial regime taking advantage of internal division within our country and the execution of top officials by the Dergue regime?

As usual, however, Ethiopians set aside their domestic differences and dealt a heavy blow to the invading army of Barre that eventually led to his downfall.

Zenawi went to the extreme in ethnic cleansing
The tyrant has reached a point of no return in his heinous crimes. The recent ethnic cleansing of the Amharas from Gura Ferda in Southern Ethiopia is yet another shocking addition to his already repugnant similar heinous crimes well known to and condemned by the international community. This bestial act in the long list of terrorism perpetrated by the TPLF regime requires urgent retaliation to stop it by pulverizing the inner kleptocratic clique of Zenawi. Thereafter, a lean and cost-effective government must be constituted to replace the bloated administration of the of TPLF regime feeding 5.7 million parasitic cadres.

The international community has so far failed to reciprocate for what Ethiopia has contributed to world peace and the liberation of black African states. Our country is on the verge of destruction. Ethnic cleansing is a sure thing rearing its ugly head. We are alone in our fight for freedom, dignity, and sovereignty in this troubled world where moral laws have been shoved to the backburner.

At this critical time of fast approaching the dead end for a peaceful democratic change, there is a lesson for us in this quotation by Sir Winston Churchill: “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves”.

So, my fellow Ethiopians, let us admit that we had, due to lack of unity, forfeited many a time our golden chance when victory could have been sure and not too costly. Nevertheless we must without further delay meticulously plan, organize and mobilize in order to launch a highly coordinated thunderous civil disobedience nationwide at home and to hold protest demonstrations in the Diaspora including making diplomatic representations for our just cause. And do so not forgetting that Ethiopians as young as Abichu, Amdetsion, Gashu, Haptom, Worku and the leader of the 15,000 strong militia from Kembatta chose to fight Fascist Italy fiercely with determination to die than live in slavery. The young patriots created their command structure, formed a team, and chose their commander Abichu. This concept of centralized command was one of the decisive factors for their success.

What do you say folks? Is it not our turn to emulate the example of our heroic militia?

Mobilization requires resources in manpower and logistics. Remember our heroic militia had to provide resources of their own to travel for up to 6-7 months to meet the Fascist enemy in Tigray. Ask whether we are not better off to unite similarly and hit back at tyrant Zenawi who had publicly called us his enemies by snapping our call for peaceful change through civilized dialogue? Don’t you think it is time that the opposition chose a transitional leader?

Scholars live in trepidation; their exodus is rampant; wide spread corruption is crippling economic growth and degrading moral; the youth are forced to live under the umbrella of a single party; most unemployed youth have become drug addicts; health services are so poor and unable to check the spread of disease; the making of a personality cult is soaring. We must therefore act as a united people to get out of the quagmire to which our inaction has put us into.

Let us make a solemn pledge that in all cases where any ethnic group is a Zenawi-sponsored victim of terrorism, eviction or intimidation each of us is a member of that group. The Amharas were victims of genocide in Arbagugu once and they are victims of cleansing now in Gura Farda; so I am an Amhara of Oromo origin. The Anuak were once victims of genocide and now they are victims of eviction from their ancestral home; so I am an Anuak. The Ogadenese are victims of carpet bombing and artillery barrage; so I am an Ogadeni. The Afars are victims of eviction from their ancestral home; so I am an Afari. Ancient Christian Monasteries such as Waldba, Zequala and Asebot are under threat of extinction; so I condemn the unholy act in the strongest term in much the same I would have done for holy sites of Judaic and Muslim religious faiths.


Release all political prisoners in Ethiopia including Andualem Aragie, Iskinder Nega, Nathnael et al

  1. Konjit Kassa
    | #1

    What more can I say about Ethiopia more than the
    excellently written article by Ato R.Ababya.Long
    live our MOTHER LAND.Let’s not give a chance for
    TPLF mafia to get away with their relentless ethnic
    cleansing through out Ethiopia.We must compile facts
    and figures so that they will be charged by the Int.
    criminal court or any other court in North America,
    Western Europe,South Africa and Australia where they
    by properties and seek asylum as if they are discri
    minated against.Every Ethiopian has a responsibility
    to expose criminal TPLF/EPRDF cadres where ever they
    reside after quietly running away from Ethiopia.Please,
    don’t give them space to breath for the sake of justice.

  2. Oda Tulu
    | #2

    Abichu and his heroic young compatriots deserve a debt of gratitude for the example they had set for generations after them

  3. Ethiopia Tikdem
    | #3

    Although I agree with you that Meles has to go, unfortunately your approach is two centuries old. One man, one vote, yes, one man, one bullet, no.

    War and blood shed is not the answer. Retaking what’s yours is right, but there is more than one way of achieving victory that is surly at hand.


  4. Tatek
    | #4

    Ato Robele, thank you for this article. Indeed, an excellent piece. Yes, yes, yes, and Amen to that;

    In the last twenty years it has become both the objectives and obsessions of Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF terrorist group to destroy Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Their campaign of terror has not abated even after twenty years of destruction. It seems Mellesse’s obsession is so diabolical that it must have come from another world. His dark and destructive strategy and policies of governance is copied from his grandfather’s masters, the Italian Fascists. First, Mellesse divided Ethiopia and Ethiopians into ethnic groups of Amhara, Oromo, Somali, Debub, and Tigray ethnic Bantustans exactly as the Italians did it during their occupation. Second, the Woyane/TPLF terrorists terrorized, raped, kidnapped, killed, and imprisoned millions of Ethiopians in every corner of the country exactly as the Italians did it. Third, Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF thugs planned, coordinated, and executed ethnic strife, infightings, violence, killings, and ethnic cleansing in different parts of the country exactly as the Fascists did it. Forth, Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF planned and coordinated kidnappings, killings, imprisonments, disappearances, and execution of opposition party members and patriotic Ethiopians, priests, farmers, students, women, and citizens in Addis Ababa, Shoa, Harrerge, Bale, Sidamo, Keffa, Wellega, Gojam, Gonder, Tigray, and Wello as the Italians did it. Fifth, Mellesse and Woyane/TPLF terrorists committed high crimes including genocide, ethnic cleansing, treachery, and treasons against Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Ethiopians from north to south and east to west lived though and experienced these dark realities in the last twenty years. Indeed, Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF thugs are the enemies of Ethiopia and Ethiopians as the Italians were.

    Yes, Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF terrorists’ single most deadly weapon of survival is dividing Ethiopians into ethnic regions and ethnic groups. This is the only weapon they know will work for them. Divide Ethiopians into ethnic groups, legalize these divisions thru their ethnic Bantustans (Kilils), create animosity among these ethnic groups, and sustain these conflicts through consistent and continuous turmoil between Ethiopians. This is the root cause of our problems. The solution is to recognize and assert that we are all Ethiopians, the country belong to all Ethiopians, and that ethnic divisions should never be used by anyone as a tool to rob our dignities, our rights, our freedoms, our resources, our people, and our country. As one people we need to assert and guarantee that we have one destiny, one future, one goal to make our country prosperous, democratic, safe, free, and equal for each and every one of us irrespective of our background, color, race, and region. As Ethiopians, we deserve to live in a country where we choose the government of our choice, where the rules of laws is supreme, and where we have real democratic governance.

    Yes, we should be able to proudly say, I am an Ethiopian and I am proud of it. Yes, I am of Amhara, Oromo, Tigray, Anuak, Ogadeni, and Afari origins of Ethiopia and I am proud of it. Yes, I love Ethiopia, I love my country, and I love my people who are Ethiopians of all these ethnicities. We are proud Ethiopians fair and square. No one has the right to tell me this is not your land, for all Ethiopia is my land. No one can tell me this is not your region for all regions of my country are my regions. No one can tell me this is not your ethnicity for all ethnicities of Ethiopia are my ethnicities. No one can tell me that Axum’s Obelisks are not your history because that is my history. No one can tell me Gondar’s castles’ are not your history because that is my history. No one can tell me Lalibelas’ churches are not your history because that is my history. My history is not the lies and delusions of EPLF and Woyane/TPLF one hundred year history. No, my history is based on thousands of years of iron clad and solid historical and archeologically evidenced history.

  5. Kello
    | #5

    How long can we remain ignorant of the Meles systematic division, killing, robbing of our country. Meles has just one powerful tool at his disposal to rule over Amaras, Oromos, Somalis, Tigreans, Gurages, Afars, etc. That is ethnic division and keep renewing that division indefinitely. His days will be numbered only and when these oppressed masses organize and fight not as amaras, oromos, hadiyas, but as one indivisible Ethiopians. The alternative to this is slavery forever. So, we all better wake up before it is too late.

  6. Kush-Kush
    | #6

    I could not care less to what ethinic group you belong . What put us at odd is the narrow mentality and short sightedness . To deny this fact is to live in an illusion . Dearest writer, the young patroits you mentioned are good historical facts, but is irrelavant and have nothing to do with our current situation(s) . If one is out of the narrow and I will call it criminal out look and fighting not to degrad oneself to ethinic politics, that person is striving for the well being of the nation and the people . By puffing up I am proud to be this or that will sow doubts among everyone and will create a rift . One will never ask to which ethinic group you or I belong, but what one will definitely ask is who will bring us as one people and lead us to victory . I have never and ever asked the patiots ethinic identity and that is including the writer . I hope we will prevail .

  7. love
    | #7

    The so called Liberation Fronts are bought and paid for by outsiders and wiating for that moment for the ethnic division finally to break over so that they can take their respective role and rule again to the perpectual war as during zemene mesafint. I am for federalism but it will still brign civisl war if it is not checked and we don’t have the type of brain to live in harmony and emocracy while respecting others. However, the Liberation Fronts will want to distract us by talking about ethnic and relgion division. What we must focus on is that these groups are broabably in few numbrs and no doubt they will be supported by the powerful outside interests. The goal is how do we not fall for this and let every ethnic groups form their own party to feel good and join hands with every Ethiopian and oust this regime is the question.

  8. Oda Tulu
    | #8

    Well done #7. Liberation from the tyranny of TPLF is the only urgent priority at this time.

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