My brother Abebe and his WMD. By Yilma Bekele

May 22nd, 2012 Print Print Email Email

I doubt there is an Ethiopian in the Diaspora not familiar with what happened last Friday. As they say the video has gone viral. The act has brought deep satisfaction to the psych of the oppressed and left the evildoers in disarray. Abebe took less than one minute to do what has been tried for over twenty years. His heroic act will be remembered in the history books like that other important event in the annals of our glorious past.

Of course I am talking about the daring act of none other Abraha Deboch, Moges Asgedom and Simeyon Adefres on February 19, 1937. The Fascist Italian Viceroy Rodolfo Graziani was set to celebrate the second anniversary of the occupation of our homeland and the birth of an Italian royal baby at Addis Abeba Palace now Addis Abeba University. That did not sit well with our freedom fighters.

Simeyon who has learned to drive befriended a soldier from the household of the patriot leader Dejazmach Fikre Mariam and was able to secure hand grenades. Abraha and Moges hurled their grenades at the Viceroy during the celebration but the balcony saved the Fascist pig. Their job was done. Honor was restored. The attempt on the Viceroy was followed by the massacre of the citizens of Addis from February 19-21. Their heroism was able to fill the hearts of their people with pride and joy and the number of the patriotic forces swelled until victory was achieved.

What my friend and brother Abebe Gelaw did was no less. It was a different time and place but the generous act on behalf of country and people is noted by all patriotic forces that stand against tyranny by a single individual. The setting was perfect and the delivery was laser guided. The event was a very shameful attempt to humiliate Ethiopia and its people. There was no other way of looking at this act of abdication of responsibility by the President of the US other than to bully our people into submission by affirming this unholy alliance that does not have lasting value to both our Nations. We pleaded, we warned and we tried to teach the administration the folly of this enabling act of a tyrant. It fell on deaf ears. We are aware of the fact Mr. Obama will not be seen with Ahmadinejed. He will not invite Assad for dinner. But he felt no qualms sitting with this criminal leader and place him on the same dais as elected heads of State. Our people and country were insulted. This election Ethiopian Americans should pay attention to this fact.

It was wrong. But our brother Abebe was there to set the record straight. Abebe used the art of ‘political heckling’ in its purest form. Citizens heckle out of anger and frustration. Heckling done right subverts the proceedings and knock the powerful and famous from their stride. In less than a minute Abebe accomplished all that and more. The lion roared and the mouse scurried away. There was no hole to hide no place to take shelter. The intense light showed the paper tiger from Arat kilo for what he is, underneath all that TPLF bravado there sits a little scared soul trying to get out. A bully met his match. The Prime Mister preys on the weak. In Washington DC the playing field was leveled in favor of the silenced and oppressed.

Since Friday all the talk has been about the patriotism, unselfish act and bravery of one individual. Yes it is true some people find the inner strength to rise up for the occasion. Somehow they dig deep inside their soul and come up with earth shaking feat that defies the law of nature and gravity. Do you think I am laying it on heavy? I very much doubt that. Can you think of any setting on that fateful Friday where the eyes of the planet were focused on? A meeting with the President of the US, the most powerful person in the world attended by the major News networks definitely counts as the premier event of the week. One individual put everything else aside and decided to be the voice of eighty million silenced souls. OH did he speak!!

Meles Zenawi is a dictator! Meles Zenawi is a dictator! Free Eskinder and all political prisoners! You are a dictator! You are committing crimes against humanity! You do not talk about food without freedom! We need freedom more than food! We need Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!

It was short, precise and to the point. It is all choice words that conveyed our hopes and wishes. The delivery was forceful and the face was that of an angry lion roaring. Where did Abebe get all that energy is a good question? He got it from us! At that moment eighty million souls converged in the body of my friend and he was transformed into human missile of untold force. I was there. You were there. We were all there. Then it came to me. The message was not really directed at President Obama or anyone else. The message was for his people. Abebe was showing us the power of the individual and the enabling act of taking personal responsibility for you fate.

That is why I compared it to Abraha, Moges and Simeyon. Their heroic act was not just about killing Graziani. Mussolini can always send another Viceroy. They were more focused in teaching us what can be accomplished when individuals set their focus and energy in search of freedom. The fact of the matter was it worked. The patriots were inundated by new recruits. The spirit of “Yes I can” became contagious. Apathy was replaced by action. Darkness was gone and the light shone high and bright. That is what I saw the last three days. Ethiopians walking tall. Ethiopians high Fiving each other. Ethiopians understanding the power of the individual to rise up for the occasion.

What was revealing from this incident was the reaction of two individual. The Prime Minster was left speech less. He was left with his mouth wide open and his brain on freeze mode. He entered uncharted territory and he was on a free fall. Abebe’s timing was perfect. The PM was replying about food. That by itself is a very cruel joke being played on our people by the hapless moderator. The question gave the impression the moderator was chosen for his looks and his talking head not his journalistic credentials. He is the kind who would ask the pilot of the Titanic on the procedure of glacier avoidance or Colonel Gadaffi on the art of confronting a hostile mob.

The PM who is celebrating over twenty years in power is the last person to be asked such question. His ill planned policy is the cause of recurring famine and disaster on our ancient land and people. In a sane setting he should be chided for failure of leadership. But in this Disney land environment we were witnessing he was pontificating how the agriculture system should be set to avoid food insecurity. Even the words they choose are not to expose but hide and play cute games at the expense of our people. They call it food insecurity, mal nutrition, calorie deficiency whereas to our people it is pure famine or the absence of food. Nothing more nothing less.

The PM locked side ways with a look of surprise. How could this happen is his first thought. Then he saw the Lion roaring. Relentless, focused, and imbued with the energy of eighty millions and this was one mighty Lion. The dictator looked down. The dictator shrank. The wrath of the oppressed, the spirit of Eskinder, Andualem, Reeyot and all those ghosts he left behind in his dungeon came screaming to haunt him right there on stage. Evil does not pay. The price of bad deeds is mental anguish.

The reaction of his bodyguard is another revealing moment in this high stake drama. He threatened violence against my brother. He responded the only way he knows. ‘We will kill you’ he uttered! What a weak statement. What an empty threat. What a solution to propose for the problem he found himself in. What would have been accomplished by the killing of my brother? They say you cannot teach an old dog a new trick. Killing is the only language the PM and his associates speak. That is the sort of people President Obama invited to his table. We are saddened by this act. We expected better from the son of Africa. We hoped for better things. What the white leaders have done for their brethren in Europe we thought a black president will bring us respite from this agony our continent finds itself in. Not today. We are on our own. Our destiny is in our won hands. It has always been, but the last few years we have shown the tendency to drop the ball. But when you think the future looks bleak the problems pile up and darkness attempts to engulf our soul there rises a beam of bright light like the star of Bethlehem that led the three wise men to where Jesus was born.

That is what we shall do. We shall follow the spirit of our young friend and take matters into our own hands. We will redouble our efforts to free our country and people by any means necessary. One does not make appointment to be free. We start now. We each vow in our homes, our work place wherever we are to start the day of defiance of the evil system starting now. It is the result of our collective effort that can usher the era of peace, democracy and freedom. We do not act due to hate. We do not act to hurt others. But we have God given right to protect ourselves, our family and our country and people from evil.

Live, I wanna live inspired
Die, I wanna die for something

Facing towards the heavens
I fell into pitch a black
I’m moments from landing and I’m shaking like a heart attack

Is there time, can I turn back
I’ve made mistakes in the past
Need a chance, can’t take it back
Wish I could set things right tonight

Live, I wanna live inspired
Die, I wanna die for something higher than myself
Live and die for anyone else
The more I live I see this life’s not about me

All I know spins out of control
Wonder what’s next for the heart and soul
Nothing I earned can save me now
Hear in what may be my final hour

Don’t want to leave this world, knowing I’ve lived in vain
No time for myself, so sorry, so ashamed
Don’t wanna livee this life, knowing I’ve barely tried
Chase down all my dreams that I’ve hid away on the inside

Live I wanna live on fire
Die, I wanna burn out brighter
Brighter than the Northern Lights
Wanna live to feel the daylight
The more I live
I see, this life is not about me

Note: Ethiopian Politics- Richard Pankhurst

Lyrics: Anberlin- Burn Out Brighter (Northern Lights) lyrics

  1. bonger
    | #1

    The G8 meeting is supposedly a premier gathering of the leaders of the world’s richest countries and where small time dictators like zenawi come to beg for food aid for their mismanagement of their respective countries’ economies.

    Zenawi has been coming to every meeting of the G8, to beg for more food aid and to complain why some of the G8 countries are not supplying the aid that they promised.

    At this years G8 meeting zenawi’s worst nightmare came through. To the embarrassment of the host, for the first time in the history of G8 meeting the truth was told about tyranny inside a venue that made a habit of entertaining dictators and sending them with more money to suppress their people and put more in their personal vault.

    The confused dictator looked puzzled when confronted by Gelaw and appeared frightened as if his rule is going to end then and there. He thought arrest would follow. He seemed to look for his goons to come to his rescue. The man that is used to sending his assassins to deal with his outspoken critics was left halpless-wondering what to do next.

    What Abebe did was historic. He showed us hounding dictators everywhere they go is the duty of every citizen in every nation under tyranny. He also thought us we can’t continue to protest from outside but to do whatever it takes to come inside and deprive safe heaven for tyrants. He demonstrated to the world tyranny needs to go and freedom to come sooner than later.

    As expected, the hand picked cadre that accompanied the tyrant did what he is trained to do. He threatened to kill Gelaw as he undoubtedly has done many times over in Ethiopians in the home turf.

  2. selamta
    | #2

    WOW;IF uncivilized act in the most civilized country is a victory that is comparable with the heros of yester years then i say well done….,even thou this has taken you back a 100 years you haven’t got the guts to see realty.TIME will tell who comes out on top at the end anyway. This has proven to the world that leading a country with simple bravado doesn’t cut it,it shows that an immature opposition is better off screaming their lungs off from a distance.

  3. Tagadalit Adanahoum
    | #3

    Meles was shattered by high pitched shrill voice and the bulbous eyes of Abebe as he explained frantically the plight of Ethiopians under the tyranny of TPLF.Mind you the Prime Minister is suffering from seizure and other ailments and is under constant medication for the last few years. Meles always fear and try to avoid the fate of Atse Yohannes in Matama and Ghadaffi of Libya that had fallen on them. This is his worst nightmare and the monstrous images of Mussolini hanging upside down on a gallow always hunted him. Poor Meles this is only the begining
    .His end is coming long before Issays’ malfunctioning liver is finshing him off once and forever.

  4. Tedla Asfaw
    | #4

    Dear Fellow Africans,

    Ethiopians in the Diaspora are ready for this afternoon program of Straight Talk Africa so am I. Straight Talk Africa Ethiopian callers will flood the program today, 2:30pm to 3:30pm EST. Hope the producers will handle the traffic. May 18, (5/18) which we dubbed it as “No Dictator Day” will be celebrated thanks to the brave act of Abebe Gellaw one of ESAT TV producers who exposed Meles Zenawi for who he is, Dictator, Human Right Abuser. Abebe said, We demand Freedom, Freedom, Freedom before Food !!!!

    This is also what I call ” The Rosa Park Factor” for the brave black woman in USA who defied the White establishment of discrimination and segregation in 1960s by refusing to give Her Seat for White Person. Following that defiance the March for Freedom to end discrimination has started. We had the first African American President in 2008. The whole Africa and the young generation of the World supported Obama. Unfortunately, Obama betrayed his own words of freedom and accountability we heard in the Ghanaian parliament in 2008 and chose to sleep with Meles Zenawi. Shame on Obama !!!!

    Abebe Gellaw’s defiance of Obama and other Western powers in their own conference last Friday at Regan Building in Washington DC has already made Abebe Gellaw a rallying cry to end dictatorship in Ethiopia once and for all. Abebe is the Rosa Park of Ethiopia !!!! President Obama the beneficiary of Rosa Park Torch undermined his credibility in Africa and in the eyes of young people all over the world big time by mixing Ghana a true Democracy with Meles of Ethiopia another Western loved Mubarak. Mubarak was removed 15 months ago by popular uprising and today Egyptians are electing a new president for the first time. We are certain that day will come to Ethiopia inspired by heroic deed of Abebe Gellaw. Many more Abebe Gellaw’s will flourish in Ethiopia and in the Diaspora. Freedom Now !!! Freedom Tomorrow !!!! That is the only weapon that will guarantee everything including Food Security.


    Tedla Asfaw

  5. Yilma b.
    | #5

    Did u say immature, no sir being immature is killing people because you disagree, exiling people because they think different, stealing elections because you control the military, demonizing the opposition because of fear and insecurity, talking crap even thought the whole world can see you failed. What Abebe did was use the occasion to show us the power of the individual to fight back, what the midget emperor did was sink in his chair because his gun totting Agazi mercenaries were not around to shield him that he is a little fellow with a swollen brain. He couldn’t hadle the situation and he was shaking like a leaf his eyes cast down in shame and here you are trying to deny what we all saw. None of us enjoyed that it was painful but it was necessary. We wish we were out there marching with pride but he does not respect is so why should we? Finally I say with so much love and respect Sir has anybody told you that you are an idiot, let me be the first one!

  6. aha!
    | #6

    It is the appropriate forum to commend Abebe Gellaw for initiating the non-violent uprising for freedom, not democracy,and food security that does not even reach to the individual equitaly, and not even aid to help one to help onself, which are stll susequent to freedom, liberty and equality of the individual irrespective of ones ethnicity, empowered to have a shared ownership of the country’s resources ffrom east west and north to south under the goals for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians with adopted strategies to achieve these goals to restore individual freedom, Ethiopian Nationalism and the sovereignity of Ethiopia in an explicit and determined stance going forward. It must be understood no political and or business or scientific problems are resloved inductively without well defined goals and strategies and strategies with or without the leadership of current political party leaders.

  7. aha!
    | #7

    Replace ethnic federalism with the federalism of the previous provincial States, and replace ethnic secessionism with secessionism of the with 2/3 majority support of the provinces and allow each ethnic group live in its niche and live harmoniously among each other, while developing its language and culture and individual to live and prosper anywhere in Ethiopia.

  8. Anonymous
    | #8

    Really? How much more pathetic can this sad ass “anti-Meles” movement get? Even if Meles is indeed a dictator, none of the opposition has the balls to remove him from power like he did the government that preceded his, so it doesn’t matter anyway. I can’t believe people are so quick to praise someone who just made a fool out of the ENTIRE opposition. It was so utterly pointless and inappropriate. Anywho, for those of you who are sipping on your lattés and lounging in Starbucks for hours on end while you frivolously berate Meles with your arguments that reek of ignorance and asininity, and want to foment a rebellion back home while you sit here in comfort: surely, you are not serious. Do you have family there that is poor and starving? Then send money. Have you lost loved ones at the hands of Meles’s administration? Then go, arm yourselves, and exact revenge. Otherwise, sit down and let him continue to lead the country toward development and stability like he has been trying to do. #ThatIsAll

  9. .
    | #9

    OMG, your “Your comment is awaiting moderation. Noting that Woyannes, Shabias and Hatemongers are infecting our forum, we have decided to moderate every comment. Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you!” is HILARIOUS! When you are unable to have an intellectually stimulating debate (instead of the asinine and hollow sreaming you are used to), you censor your challengers. Again, pathetic. #ThatIsAll

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