Operation Save Ethiopia By Robele Ababya

July 16th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

A.Tragedy of wrong premise

The Marxist-Leninist League of Tigray (MLLT), in political jargon, died right from its formation on a wrong premise at the wrong time and wrong place in non-industrialized Tigray – the cradle of Ethiopian Civilization unbreakably linked to Zenawi’s hate-name, Ethiopia; at the wrong place for communism also because Tigray is a citadel of Orthodox Tewahido Christian faith.

There is no point now to run the gamut of the heinous crimes of the TPLF regime, which manifested its exclusivity from day one of capturing Addis Ababa; similarly there is no use counting the numerous tragic failures of opposition entities to discern the exclusivity of the brutal kleptocratic regime under the guise of EPRDF but clearly dominated by extremist hardliners within the TPLF in all these years. It would therefore be prudent to admit the capacity and capability of deception, pathological lies, manipulation, committing despicable crimes characterizing the top TPLF leadership.

The time now is to act on the basis of mountains of irrefutable atrocious damages perpetrated by TPLF and act in unison to launch “Operation Save Ethiopia” giving less emphasis to the saga of speculations about the health of Zenawi for the time being.
In case of demise of the tyrant, I should add to the above that my worst fear is that the thugs will stage a huge funeral and order a period of mourning with flag hoisted at half-mast in all the regions of apartheid Ethiopia; even more my painful nightmare is that they would erect a golden monument of the tyrant at Adwa thus desecrating the revered ground hallowed with the blood and lives of our ancestors – hailing from all corners of Ethiopia – in two major wars with Italy.

The title “Operation Save Ethiopia” certainly comprises a set of complex activities that cannot be covered in this brief piece of writing meant to serve as a reminder of main principles developed and applied by scholars in the art of war. Here below is my submission.

B.Element of surprise

The tyrant Zenawi that once boasted he could storm the heaven was shaken and visibly frightened on hearing the ever memorable bombastic voice of Abebe Gelaw repeatedly demanding Freedom before food at the meeting of world leaders and dignitaries chaired by President Obama at the Regan Building in Washington on 18 May 2012.

Zenawi was obviously demoralized as evidenced by his photographs and failure to show up in public and more importantly missing the AU meeting in Addis Ababa.

That was a classic example of surprise attack that gave Ethiopians a generous huge harvest lifting their morale and rousing us into action all over the world – at home and in the Diaspora. That surprise attack without a single live bullet fired out of the barrel of a gun constituted a quantum jump raising our struggle to a new height.

Therefore the element of surprise is important in the next series of peaceful civil strike acts. Sun Su said: “In practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy is not so good. So, too, it is better to capture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.” And concluded: “Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking enemy’s resistance without fighting.” Vide, The Art of War by Sun Tzu – Translated by Lionel Giles – page 87.

So, the strategy for “Operation Save Ethiopia” should be built on the premise of capturing “enemy resources in tact without a single shot being fired. After all these resources belong to the Ethiopian people.

C.Symbiotic cooperation

The repressive regime must accede to demands of the Ethiopian people, including relinquishing power and unfettered freedom of expression, in accordance with their diktat expressed in no uncertain terms.

In order to enforce the demands referred to above, opposition forces and civil societies committed to struggle within the framework of civil disobedience should call their respective supporters to revolution squares throughout the country. The current crackdown on the legitimate demand of Ethiopian Muslims, the onslaught of Christian Holy sites such as Waldiba, Ziquala Monastery, et al have set the stage for calling massive demonstration. Communications, Command and Control mechanism is indispensable to the overall guidance of the situation by consensus.

There is nothing that would preclude the peaceful component in all-inclusive struggle from participating in the envisioned massive civil disobedience; chances are that it is doing it already. The other component including armed struggle should come to defend peaceful demonstrators if and only if the TPLF thugs pull the trigger first to kill the innocent demonstrators in cold blood as usual. This my humble and sincere suggestion with all due respect to all concerned.

D.Ethiopian & Egyptian examples of popular uprising

The Aklilu Cabinet resigned in 1974 without a single shot being fired due to wide spread unrest and popular demand. The Egyptians converged on Tahrir Square in Cairo, city squares in Alexandria et al and have now a president elected for the first time in seven thousand years of their history. Why can’t we Ethiopians do the same? The answer is YES WE CAN!

E.Recent Calls for Action:

1) I note with delight the following excerpts taken from the OLF enshrined in its Press Release dated and signed by General Kamal Gelchuu :-

•“We angrily recall the recent woyyanne federal police massacre at Asassaa, Arsi, Oromia, on the Muslims who were assembled to pray in mosque. The July 13, 2012, massacre in Addis Ababa against Ethiopian Muslims is a continuation of Asassaa’s massacre.”

•“These blatant human rights violation against Ethiopian Muslims in particular and the Ethiopian people in general should be condemned by all peoples of the world.”

•“As long as Woyanne’s minority dictatorial regime controls Ethiopia, one would not expect freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and freedom of press. The solution out of this tyranny is for all Ethiopian people, Muslims, Christians and waaqqefata (believers in Oromo traditional religion) to conduct all round struggle against minority woyyanne regime. The struggle is not only about freedom of religion. It should be a struggle to get rid of woyyanne minority government that has engaged in terrorizing the Ethiopian people to cling in power.”

•“The Oromo Liberation Front takes this opportunity to call upon all opposition groups to coordinate a unified struggle against woyanne regime and create Ethiopia where its nations, nationalities and peoples live in peace and prosperity.”

2)MEDREK, which has recently transformed itself to a front adding an “F” to its acronym, has called on the repressive EPRDF party for dialogue on the current situation. Well done MEDREKF for your responsible gesture symbolizing political maturity. But I doubt that the repressive EPRDF party will respond to your call in the face of its current nervous state of mind. The next move for MEDREKF in all probability would be to play a key role in the massive uprising for which the brutal ruling regime is to blame.

3)The Ethiopian National Youth Movement (ENYM) has issued a strong passionate emergency call to the effect of relieving the brutal ruling regime of its evil duties strictly by means of peaceful struggle. I am positive that the Ethiopian people, parents and the seven civic organizations addressed will listen to their plea to unseat the regime.

F.Foreign input

In the aftermath of election 2005 I wrote an article titled “Ethiopians have only God and themselves”. I produce a couple of extracts below:-

“When asked, what legal authority he had to by-pass the Parliament and declare a state of emergency, Meles responded by saying that, after all, the donors did not object to the action he took. His response is solid proof, among others, that the monstrous killer is subservient to the interests of the donors at the expense of the vital interests of poor Ethiopia. Donors are cunning actors who alienate African Leaders from their peoples by corrupting, blackmailing, and turning them into greedy dictators so that they will have no choice but obey the orders of neocolonialists.” I then wrote in closing:

“Therefore I strongly believe that the only choice for us Ethiopians is to remove the traitor from power through intensified and concerted peaceful struggle. The choice of the Ethiopian people at the polls of 15 May 2005 must be upheld and sustained. For the arduous and noble struggle ahead, Ethiopians, given the past and present bitter experiences of our country, should realize that they have only their God and themselves to score victory over tyranny and abject poverty plaguing the people of our motherland.”


1.Element of surprise produces best results in any struggle; it is recommended to read the book “Art of War” by Sun Tzu in detail. Vide paragraph B above. Most of people believe the action by Abebe as priceless gift from heaven.

2.The call of three opposition entities mentioned at paragraph E above is for regime change.

3.Symbiotic cooperation mentioned at paragraph C above has in my humble opinion significant value

4.I repeat my passionate plea to the army, security forces and law enforcement agencies to be on the side of the people.

5.It would be foolhardy to expect positive input from Western donors, the UN or AU.

6.As the saying goes hit the iron while it is hot! TPLF is damaged beyond repair because it started on a wrong premise, vide paragraph A above.

7.Let us act at this propitious moment in unison and give the bastard thugs a blow with our coordinated civil strife at home and demonstrations abroad – and the killer thugs will disgracefully fall.

8.The ongoing crackdown on Ethiopian Muslims has elevated the issue to a national Agenda.

9.It pays to rely on ESAT & all pro-Ethiopia media outlets!


Release all political prisoners including Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega et al

  1. Boko Haram
    | #1

    First thing must come first. MMLT(the alter ego of TPLF) is not part of Ethiopian nation by profound ties of character and blood. MMLT is the equivalent of a great Satan to non-Tigryans that should be avoided like plague by all means. Here space does not allow me to list all that needs to be said about MMLT. However, it has no human decency. Nor wisdom or virtue and, honesty that bound people together. It is a question of time, Tigryan leadership, can only lead to more ruin like Zaire, Somali Democratic Republic and Bosnia. Rest in peace, Meles, and may Allah have mercy on you in the after life! Amen.

  2. Oda Tulu
    | #2


    This is powerful timely piece given that:- the energetic patriot Andargachew Tsige is in high security prison where he is being tortured;epic political leaders of UDJP, Blue Party, Arena Party are cruelly under arrest;and the crackdown on Oromo students is intensifying shoving them to filthy prisons in droves

    እንግሊዘኛ አማርኛ

  3. Ebaneso
    | #3

    The MLLT is a Tigrayan neo-fascist and Stalinist organization that believes in and teaches tegaru supreamcy to its members and followers. The central theme of the MLLT is building the feeling of Tigrayan superiority and inferiority of the rest. For example, the leaders of the TPLF advise the Tigrayans not to marry and mix with others (the inferiors). I had been witnessing how a Tigrayan girl that loved my acquaintance from the south faced ostrasization and islolation by the Tigrayans. Later on I knew that these Tigrayans were the loyal members and followers of the TPLF and are following the political line and policy of the TPLF ( following and watcing Tigrayan girls and telling them to avoid non-Tigrayans). I have come to know that the politics and policies of the TPLF are almost the same as the apartheid rule that existed in South Africa.
    Release all the political prisoners in Ethiopia.
    Stop ethnic discrimination and marginalization in Ethiopia!
    All humans are equal and should enjoy the same rights!
    Ethnicity before humanity!

  4. Fikreab
    | #4

    Dr. Robele. First of all i would like to express my admiration for being at the forefront in this seemingly never ending struggle for the elusive freedom that the Ethiopian people have been seeking for years. The MLLT is a dictatorial jargon used by the TPLF henchmen to mold every Tegeadilty and Tigrean subjects into the TPLF totalitarian jungle rule. As u rightly said MLLT was secretly and unceremoniously exhumed and was later replaced by revolutionary democracy, an implicit ideology fabricated to extend slavery to TPLF dominance. there is nothing inside revolutionary democracy. But Dr. Robele do not get mistaken, setting aside the ideologica;l troan horse, TPLf’s true ideology is gutter tribalism. the Tigrean orthodox priests are TPLF cadres who preach hate toward Amharas and whose sermon has become supporting TPLF in whatever way it is necessary be it water harvesting or invasion, torture and abduction. The major chunk of Tigrean subjects have been bought (there is no need for coercion with the abundance of sugar available) into TPLF’s gutter tribalism. I have to confess to you the majority of Tigreans work as spies to the TPLF. They talk to you work to you AS IF THEY WERE YOUR COMRADES and report every thing you said to the TPLF. If you have a Tigrean near you, my brotherly Oromo advice is beware. Apart from abduction, i am worried for gifted people like you of being poisoned to death. This is a real possibility. TPLF has transformed itself itself into a global terror force and the war is coming to the face of every Ethiopian.

  5. Dagnachew B
    | #5

    Thanks Robele, a great piece as usual. An important outline for panel discussion to develop new and creative tactics/techniques and strengthen the already established methods/modes of operation to save Ethiopia.

    Generalizing and oversimplifying the struggle on one side and fragmented efforts on the other led us to where we are today and this need to change. All indicators now are showing that we are heading the right direction. Relying on foreign aid is making us desperate slaves on all front and hence our united force is sufficient to save our country. Once again, thanks Robele.

    | #6

    The other reason I also oppose Tplf and would rather support OPPONENTS
    is that what they have for the for the future of Ethiopia.
    Tplf infatuated and obcessed with its past likes to continue the
    legacy of its past. And continuing this tradition what it brings
    to the future of Ethiopia is only what Ethiopia has already experienced
    before in its past – A culture of civil war, poverty and famine
    due to the encouragement and custodianship of Tplf/woyane.
    Sadly,it is still unable to break from its past tradition of destruction
    narrow thinking and belligerance and contempt against the people serving
    future Ethiopia with those expired agendas of civil war,poverty and famine as recipe for its future just to protect its illegitimately gained
    aauthority and solen power.

  7. aha!
    | #7

    Corection: Speaking on the notion of “premises” one of the premises is the current regime is not “TPLF regime” in terms of political modeling. It is I believe defined as TPLF/eprdf regime, of ex-liberation fronts which stood against of oppression of nations and nationalities by the previous regimes instead of class struggle in terms of land tenure and workers rights, where eprdf, teletaf parties serve as cover for the TPLF politbeurro ruling the country in the name of the party called eprdf, directly supported by the “teletafi” parties, Security, Federal Police, Military forces and Killil Administrators and implicitely by the loyalist opposition parties in terms of ethnic federalism, secessionism, and totalitarianism and/or state Capitalism. Leaving that premise out is talking about the symptom rather than the cause for the prevalent confrontation between Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethnic federalism and/or ethnic secessionism/nationalism as a means to save Ethiopia from disintegration, compounded by exploitation, political, economical strangle hold of the countries resources and its people by TPLF/political, TPLF/FFORT, TPLF affiliated enterprises, cadres and foreign corporations by the opposition not merging under the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item refers to individual freedom, liberty and equality have a precedence over ethnic and secessionist rights.

    I believe that is the premise upon which to form a democratic government with individual rights at the center of the constitution with independent branches of government and resorting to the original provinces as federated states to resolve ethnic federalism and secessionism a prelude to future boundary conflicts and ongoing ethnic cleansing and in subsequent resolution to the narratives in this article.

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