Ethiopia/Eritrea-Anatomy of love/hate relationship. Yilma Bekele

September 25th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

This issue of Eritrea has been with us for more than I can remember. In fact it is fair to say like most of you I have lived all my life being affected by the problem with our relatives to the North. Considering the life expectancy in our ancient land it would not be farfetched to conclude for the vast majority of our people the Eritrean question has been like an albatross hanging our neck stopping us from thinking in a straight and rational manner.

I am not a historian by training thus I would not attempt to explain what exactly happened a thousand years back not even as recent as a hundred year ago. Today I felt we should strive to be equipped with some knowledge however rudimentary so we could have a little appreciation of a problem that has vexed our people and country for quite a while. My attempt is not to go on some intellectual fishing expedition but rather to put the current issue in perspective for us ordinary people to come to grips with.

I beg my esteemed reader’s forgiveness if I have broached a subject which most of us seem to be expert in and have no qualms throwing opinions left and right no matter the merit. Mine might be considered as one but I felt I have to say it and let you be the judge. I will by no means consider it the last word on the subject. I normally try to present my case in two pages or less. I am afraid this time that task became impossible due to the very importance of the subject matter. I have done all I could to edit a very long article to what it is now. I again ask for your patience and implore you to read it all with care. I worked very hard at it.

Anyway I wanted to present another aspect of the issue due to the successive articles being presented by my good friend the editor of Ethiopian Review News and Information Web site impacting our current relationship with Eritrea. My intention is not to prove or disprove my colleague’s argument but rather to give a different perspective on the subject.

Going back to my point, I apologize it took long but one has to create a starting point to tell a story and that is what I was trying to do. I have chosen 1951- the aftermath of World War II as day one of my analysis (the Europeans are the ones that fought most but what the heck they include all of us as usual). The British defeated the Italians in 1942 and Eritrea was placed under their military administration until 1951. In 1952 the UN voted for Eritrea to be federated with Ethiopia. In 1962 Emperor Haile Selassie dissolved the Eritrean Parliament making it a province of Ethiopia.

The Eritreans did not appreciate being another province under Imperial rule thus organized under the ELF (Eritrean Liberation Front) and started their long struggle for self-determination. The ELF gave way to EPLF with the Isaias Afwerki as the new leader in the 1970’s and the Liberation movement entered a new phase. The fall of the Derg in 1991 was the culmination of almost forty years of war and destruction. Eritrea became an independent nation on May 24 1993.

There is no question that the referendum that was carried out in April of 1993 that led to the declaration of independence was a hastily arranged divorce that contained lots of ambiguities, left many questions an answered and ignored plenty of vital issues that have come to haunt both nations years after the resolution of the issue. This was definitely a perfect example of ‘haste makes waste’ syndrome. (ሲሮጡ የታጠቁት ሲሮጡ ይፈታል)

Here we are twenty years later and it is clear that we Ethiopians have not been able to reconcile our objections and accept the new situation staring us in our face. The love hate relationship with our cousins is something that is eating us from the inside and a cause of many heated arguments including fist fights that clouds our thinking and creates a stressful situations between family, friends and acquaintances.
It is not unreasonable to expect twenty years to be enough time to come to terms with a situation that for all practical reason could not be reversed. The fact of the matter is that there is a country called Eritrea with an internationally recognized borders and a membership in all International institutions as an independent Nation State. That fact cannot be changed without the consent of the people Eritrea or some out of the world calamity that no one wishes nor likely to happen at all.

The problem most definitely lies with us Ethiopians that are refusing to let go, accept reality and move on. There are many reasons for our dilemma but having an excuse is not considered a valid point for our sometimes irrational and overboard behavior. The main cause of this unfortunate situation that is causing untold problems is the TPLF regime that holds absolute power in Ethiopia and is so adept at knowing where to poke our inner feeling to stoke fear and hate.

Although the EPLF was the primary organizer, cultivator, trainer and all around baby sitter of the TPLF (ሕዝባዊ ወያኔ ሓርነት ትግራይ) the love affair came to an end not long after the TPLF was able to get its feet firmly planted in Addis Abeba. True to their nature the Woyane’s showed no qualms betraying their close friend and sponsor. Like any dictatorial regimes that survives by creating division and dissent they found Eritrea a convenient target to use as an enemy that is poised to destabilize and dead set in trying to control Ethiopia. Like their predecessors the Imperial regime and the Derg it was not hard to for Woyane to fan the flames of war and destruction that is always poised to strike from the north.

Eritrea is a country with six million people limited resources and is one of the youngest nations in the process of rebuilding its economy after years of war. Ethiopia is a country with ninety million people with plenty of resources but due to the succession of autocratic and military regime has failed to use its God given potential to escape recurring famine and poverty. Thus it was the most absurd moment in history when the two nations went back to war between May of 1998 to June of 2000 using modern airplanes and tanks. The conflict caused the death of over seventy thousand lives and millions of dollars – a resources both poor nations are ill equipped to handle.

Today there are thousands of soldiers on both sides of the boarder waiting for an excuse to start the conflict over again. The Woyane regime in Ethiopia spends millions of dollars to maintain one of the largest armed forces in Africa, uses scarce foreign exchange to purchase military hardware from East Europe and large sums of money on propaganda to keep the level of anxiety high, use it as a wedge issue to divide the population and is constantly beating the drums of war to create fear and uncertainty.

We Ethiopians welcomed Woyane into our capital without a single shot being fired in anger. The Derg was despised by all sector of society and its downfall was celebrated and a cause for hope and a new beginning. Except for a few remnants of Derg and its Party members no one mourned the demise of Megistu and his comrades. Unbeknown to us and most unfortunate for our nation the new liberators did not come equipped with open heart, hope for the future and love for anything Ethiopia. We should have known at the outset that things do not bode well for our people and country when the midget warlord first words of wisdom was to trample our flag and question our unity. We are harvesting this evil and petty mentality for the last twenty one years and the death of the evil kingpin does not seem to have made any difference.

Where we stand today is what this paper is all about and not to hash ancient history, shift blame and find a scapegoat for our failure to build a just and democratic Ethiopia. By all indications it has become clear the Woyane warlords in power are not interested in peace, harmony and respect for fellow citizens to be involved in the rebuilding of our country.

Independent parties are demonized to no end and abused to the extent that being elected a leader of the opposition is the most dangerous job in our country. The media is controlled by the party and there is not even the semblance of a fine line between the State and the TPLF party. The Woyane group has made it clear on many occasions and dared the opposition to pick up arms if they really want to share power. Anybody that is advocating a peaceful means to get rid of Woyane is only either burying their head in the sand or completely overtaken by delusion and wishful thinking.

We are forced to fight to be free and regain a sense of dignity to be able build a peaceful and harmonious society where our children could live in peace, our people can taste liberty and our mountains and streams can be utilized to sustain our growing population. No one chooses war over peace but there comes a time when one has to stand up stiffen the spine and do what is necessary to protect life and liberty. We have produced many groups that have resolved to do just that.

Like everything in life the only way to prove ones theory is to put it to practice. There is no guarantee success will be achieved fast, harmony will reign at a drop of a hat and the road will be easy. Experience have shown it to be a tortuous journey with plenty of pitfalls. Our country has sacrificed many sons and daughters that have stood for what they believe and given their life to bring freedom and dignity to all of the children of Ethiopia. Every one of us have lost a loved one, a close friend a relative or a neighbor in one of the many patriotic organizations such as EPRP, OLF, TPDM, ONLF, ALF, Kinijit, Andenet, Semayawi and plenty other beautiful freedom loving groupings that dared to stand up on our behalf.

Today the geopolitical situation in our neighborhood has become very complicated for one easy answer. The rise of Islamic militarism, the breakdown of Somalia the international isolation of Sudan, the demonizing of Eritrea by the West have created a very difficult and a challenging state of affairs to traverse for our political leaders. Compared to the situation we are in today fighting the Imperial regime and the Derg can be considered a walk in the park. There were many places to catch ones breath and regroup to fight another day.

Where do we Ethiopians prepare, get the training and organize to confront the ethnic thugs lording it over us is a very important and vital question. Fortunate for us there is Eritrea that due to circumstances we have come to forge a common ground. Today fate and our God have forced us to help each other overcome adversity. One can say we are very lucky. The job has to be done with or without Eritrea but the cooperation with our cousins has the benefit of reducing our sacrifice and hasten the day of our liberation.

This is exactly the reason we find all Ethiopian liberation fronts and opposition groups welcomed in Eritrea. To be sure the Eritrean government have its own interest in mind for helping us get rid of Woyane warlords. As they say all nations act out of selfish interest. There is no such animal called selfless act. The Eritreans have their own axe to grind when it comes to their old Woyane friends. We Ethiopians have our own interest in mind when we impose on our family from the north to accommodate us while working for our freedom. Both of us have come to realize that we have a confluence of interest at this particular point in time. It is no different than the US working with its arch enemy Iran to destroy and degrade what is called the ISIS threat. Conflict creates strange bed fellows and that is the nature of geo politics.

What we have at the moment is various Ethiopian organizations using setting up offices and training centers in Eritrea to confront degrade and destroy the cancerous growth called Woyane. It is not a simple task by any stretch of the imagination. TPLF controls a country with unlimited resources that can be used to preserve the power of a few at the expense of the many. We are fighting an enemy that is using our own people and financed by our own money. Furthermore due to narrow interest and mistaken policy the rich west and China have aligned themselves with our enemy making our task a little bit more difficult.

More difficult does not mean impossible. We just have to work harder and smarter. We have to show Woyane that we are capable of defending ourselves, prove to their enablers that their long term is better served allying with us and convince our people the future will be darker and more bleak if Woyane is allowed to stay around one more day than necessary. It is a tall order but no one said achieving independence and determining ones future is an easy matter. We witnessed the sacrifice paid by the Eritreans to reach the goal of standing tall on ones two feet. Yes we do not have to go far to site an example.

To quote President Kennedy we Ethiopians ‘..shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.’ That is what our combatants are doing from the deserts of Eritrea. They are paying the price so our children will live in peace. We honor, celebrate and are proud of those that have decided to pay the ultimate price in the quest for liberty. We are most grateful to the government and people of Eritrea that have under difficult circumstances opened their doors and wallets so we can do the job that could only be done by us the stake holders. We have a debt to pay if not today but hopefully by our children tomorrow whose life would be made easier due to the good will of our family from the north.

I am sure some of you would think that I have gone overboard with my praise of Eritrea. A few would object that I have not raised the issue of Democracy and good governance in Eritrea. I plead guilty on both points. I really believe both objections are not valid at all. When someone invites you to their home and share the limited resource of the family to finish the job you set up to do I do not think it is good manners not to thank your host and show appreciation. As for the second issue I felt it should be left to the Eritreans to work on whatever problem they currently have. For a tenacious people that sacrificed so much in pursuit of Independence and self- determination I believe they are up to the job of righting what they believe wrong.

My hands are currently full dealing with a varmint that is sucking my blood and causing me untold misery and pain. I have no inclination not do I have the moral authority to rant about other people’s business. I do not stress about Sudan, I never stay up nights thinking about Somalia nor do I make Kenya a Starbucks discussion why as an Ethiopian I would want to editorialize regarding the Eritrean condition is not clear at all.

Finally I would not attempt to try answer the questions raised by Ethiopian Review. It would not solve the problem we are having and unfortunately there is not an alternative being offered to offset what is alleged to be Eritrea’s attempt to muzzle the Fronts operating from their country. I find the charges leveled to be without merit and go against all logic. I would consider it to be self-destructive policy for the Eritrean Government that has not shown any love to the Woyane regime. Why they would kill, torture and abuse the forces that are attempting to overthrow their common enemy does not seem to make sense for a rational thinking mind. Why would they allow them to set camp in their country and turn around weaken them is not a logical argument nor a sound and reasonable proposition.

In my humble opinion ER failed to make a solid case and relied on half-truth, innuendos and second hand stories that seem to serve the speakers interest rather than the group. The so called ‘audio’ presentations being doled out in small clips are nothing but a marketing ploy to increase google ads. It is a sad day for professional Journalism when even if true the musings of disgruntled individuals is taken as factual truth and presented as news. Hate and negativity has some times the effect being the cause of what is called the inability not to see the forest for the trees. That is what is afflicting the ER editors.

There is one more issue I would like to raise in tandem with this question we are trying to come to terms with. It is an important lesson that we should be familiar with since we now have a negative experience we went thru to learn from. The issue is self-determination and the most appropriate way to handle such an important concept. The late Woyane warlord has left us with a time bomb ticking.

In order to govern for a short time and amass money using criminal means TPLF have used what is called Nations and Nationalities concept to divide and conquer. For twenty years TPLF has managed to distort, bastardize and define it to suit their nihilistic purpose. Today how we deal with this burning issue is a very important matter and have to be careful not to drop the ball like the last time around and leave our children with another vexing problem.

May I suggest we closely study the manner the issue was discussed and the civilized way the opposing sides presented their case in the recent referendum carried out in Scotland. I urge you my friends to see how no one was demonized, old history dug from the grave and used to attack the integrity of one’s opponent. We owe our people that much. I am also aware the issue I have raised would invite Woyane supporters and their minority but loud puppies to cry foul, call me names and try to confuse the issue. Settle down and present your argument in a rational manner, we are capable of listing to both sides and making up our mind with the interest of all of Ethiopia in our heart. I say to all cadres -Amor Vincit Omnia-Love Conquers All!

  1. shoa
    | #1

    What are you taking abut?

  2. Nebil
    | #2

    It is okay to believe in arm struggle via Eritrea but my question to G7 spokesperson is that,Are you willing to go to Eritrea and lead the struggle on the spot as EPRDF did it

  3. Tafla
    | #3

    You said “There is no question that the referendum that was carried out in April of 1993 that led to the declaration of independence was a hastily arranged divorce that contained lots of ambiguities, left many questions an answered and ignored plenty of vital issues that have come to haunt both nations years after the resolution of the issue. This was definitely a perfect example of ‘haste makes waste’ syndrome. (ሲሮጡ የታጠቁት ሲሮጡ ይፈታል)”
    The 97% Eritreans who voted for Independence at that time would disagree with you .
    You made very powerful statements in these two paragraphs and I commend for that “Here we are twenty years later and it is clear that we Ethiopians have not been able to reconcile our objections and accept the new situation staring us in our face. The love hate relationship with our cousins is something that is eating us from the inside and a cause of many heated arguments including fist fights that clouds our thinking and creates a stressful situations between family, friends and acquaintances.
    It is not unreasonable to expect twenty years to be enough time to come to terms with a situation that for all practical reason could not be reversed. The fact of the matter is that there is a country called Eritrea with an internationally recognized borders and a membership in all International institutions as an independent Nation State. That fact cannot be changed without the consent of the people Eritrea or some out of the world calamity that no one wishes nor likely to happen at all.

    The problem most definitely lies with us Ethiopians that are refusing to let go, accept reality and move on. There are many reasons for our dilemma but having an excuse is not considered a valid point for our sometimes irrational and overboard behavior. The main cause of this unfortunate situation that is causing untold problems is the TPLF regime that holds absolute power in Ethiopia and is so adept at knowing where to poke our inner feeling to stoke fear and hate.” There is no use in arguing about the past .Let us work together for better future.

  4. Ancient-Yeha.eu
    | #4

    እንዴት አድርገን በካኦሳዊው(chaos) መንገድ ተጉዘን ወደ Ancien Régime’ነት እንመለሳለን ከሚል መሸዋወድ ሳይሆን, ከየትኛው anticipatory angle ቢያነጣጥሩት ነው ለመሆኑ ለወደፊቱ እያንዳንዱ ኤርትራዊ, እንዲሁም ዓባይ ትግራይና በተለይም ታላቅዋ ኢትዮጵያ ተጠቃሚ የሚሆኑት ብለን ብናስብሳ!? ማለትም:

    1. ኤርትራ ከኢትዮጵያ ሆኖ ሲታይ ዳርቻ አካባቢ መሆኑና ኢትዮጵያን ሊወሩ የሚፈልጉ ሃይሎች (ኮሎኒያሊስቶች) ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ሲመጡ በዚህ በኩል ስለሚመጡ ዋናው የችግሩ መነሾ ኮሎኒያልስቶች ናቸው ልንል እንችላለን:: (ካስፈለገ በሰፊው ልናብራራው እንችላለን)

    2. ይሄንን ችግር የተለያዩ የኢትዮጵያ መሪዎች እንዴት ተወጡት? ለራሳቸው በሚጠቅም ወይንስ ኢትዮጵያንና አካባቢውን በሚጠቅም መልኩ ነው ሊፈቱት የሞከሩት? የሚለውን ጥያቄ ካለ ምንም ማውሸልሸል በትክክል ለመመለስ መጣሩ ደግሞ መፍትሄ ይመጣ ዘንዳ ከፍተኛ አስተዋፅኦ የሚይዘው ነጥብ ይሆናል:: (ካስፈለገ በሰፊው ልናብራራው እንችላለን)

    3. ሶስተኛው የችግሩ ወይንም የመፍትሄው አካል ደግሞ ኤርትራውያን ራሳቸውስ የራሳቸውን እጣና የአካባቢውንም እጣ ለመወሰን ምን ሚና ተጫወቱ? ከሚለው አንፃርም ውጥንጥኑን ለመገንዘን መጣር ይሆናል:: (ካስፈለገ በሰፊው ልናብራራው እንችላለን)

    4. ጎንደርን የመከላከል ጉዳይ (ይሄንንም ቢሆን ካስፈለገ በሰፊው ልናብራራው እንችላለን)

    1ን አስመልክቶ ከ ኦቶማን ኤምፓየር ጀምሮ እስከ አውሮፓውያን ኮሎኒያልስቶች እንከነ ግብፅና ሌሎችም እንደ ዊሃቢያን ሳውዲ እንቅስቃሴዎችና በኢትዮጵያ ላይ ያላቸውን ክጀላ በጥሞና ማብጠርጠሩ ይሆናል::(ካስፈለገ በሰፊው ልናብራራው እንችላለን)

    2ን አስመልክቶ ደግሞ በተለይም ሀ. አፄ ዮሃንስ/ራስ አሉላ, ለ. አፄ ምኒልክ, ሐ. አፄ ሃይለስላሴ, መ. ደርግ እንዲሁም ሰ. ህወሓትና በኋላም ጭንጋፉ መለስ ብቻውን ረ. ከመለስ ሞት በኋላ የወሰድዋቸውና የሚወስዷቸው እርምጃዎች (ያለፉትን መገንዘብና የሚመጣውን አስቀድሞ ለምገመት anticipate ለማድረግ መቻል:: (ካስፈለገ በሰፊው ልናብራራው እንችላለን)

    3ን አስመልክቶ ከራስ ወልደሚካኤል ፀዓዘጋ-ሓዘጋ እስከ ዘባህለ ባንዳነት ዓዋተዎች-ጀብሃዎች እስከነ ውጥረት ውስጥ የገቡት ተጋሩ ኤርትራ ውስጥ, እነ ወልደኣብ ወልደማርያም ዘኣኽሱም እስከ ቤተሰብ ዘአፄ ዮሃንስ ኢሳያስ ወዲ ወርቂ ማህፀን ዘጥንታዊት ይሓ እስከ ከዳተኞቹ ዘአፋፈ-መፋፍ ዓ…ዎች መጨረሻቸው ዒራ-ዒሮ እና ከዚህ experience በኋላ በውስጡም ቢሆን ትግራዋይ መሆኑ መገንዘብና, ሂይወቱንና ስልጣኑን ለማራዘም በተጋሩ ላይ ብቻ መተማመን እንደሚችል ከመገንዘብ የተነሳ የራሱን አካባቢ ብቻ ሳይሆን ቀስ በቀስ አስመራን ሆነ ጠቅላላ ኤርትራን ሊታመኑ በሚችሉ ተጋሩ ማንቀሳቀስ ተግባራት:: (ካስፈለገ በሰፊው ልናብራራው እንችላለን)

    4ን በሚመለከትም እስካሁን ጊዜ ድረስ ሽህ ጊዜ የዘፈነውን ዘፈናችንን መድገም እንችላለን:: እናንተም ብትሆኑ fill the blanks በሚለው ባህል መሰረት ልትሞሉትና ልትተባበሩን ትችላላችሁ::

    እንደ መደምደሚያ ከመለስ በኋላ ያለው የኢትዮጵያ (ህወሓት?) አመራርና እንዱሁም በኢሳያስ-ዘታማኞቼ ተጋሩ ናቸው አማካይነት እየተዋቀረ ያለው ሃይል ከኢሳያስ ሞት በኋላ ዕድለ ኤርትራን ወደ ዓባይ ትግራይ አቅጣጫ መፍትሄ መፈለግ እንደሚመጣ መገመት ይቻላል:: ይሄኛው ግን የሚሳካው ትግራይ attractiveነት ሲኖራት ብቻ ነው:: ይሄን የሚያደርግ ሃላፊነት የሚሰማው ህወሕት ካልተስተካከለና ዓባይ ትግራይ በሌሎቹ ኢትዮጵያውያን ዘንዳ ተቀባይነት አግኝታ, የጠቅላላው ኢትዮጵያ ተወዳጅ እናትነትን ተቀብላ የተመዛዘነ የኢትዮጵያውያን አብሮ መኖርን ካልዘረጋችና ኢትዮጵያውያን በማንኛውም መልኩ ተደጋግፈው ይኖሩ ዘንዳ ካላበቃች, የእነ ይልማ በቀለ ህልም, ማለትም “ወደ Ancien Régimeነታችን እንመለስ ዘንዳ መላ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በማስቀደም ሁሉም ነገር እንደ በአሁኑ ጊዜ ኤርትራ የደረሰችበት ደረጃ ተደርሶ ከዚያም ካኦስ መፈጠር አለበት” አባባል እውነትም ይከሰት ዘንዳ “ዕድሉ” (ክነብር እዩ-ትግርኛ)(ካስፈለገ በሰፊው ልናብራራው እንችላለን)

    ከዚያም እንግዲህ አንዳንድ ጥቅሶችን, ለሳቅ ለፈገግታ ባይባልም, ደስታም የሌለው ለሃዘን ብቻ ብንለው ይሻላል;
    “Although the EPLF was the primary organizer, cultivator, trainer and all around baby sitter of the TPLF (ሕዝባዊ ወያኔ ሓርነት ትግራይ) the love affair came to an end not long after the TPLF was able to get its feet firmly planted in Addis Abeba.“
    ከመጀመርያውኑ ጀምሮ ህወሓት በጥበብ, ሻዕቢያ ግን በዋሾ ግብዝነት እየተቻቻሉ ነበር የመጡት:: ዋንኛውና የመጀመርያው መፋጠጣቸው ገና አብዛኛው ታጋያቸው አዲስ አበባ የሚባል ከተማ መኖሩንም ሳይሰማ እያለ, የትግራይ ህዝብ በርሃብ በሚያልቅበት ስዓታት ላይ ነበር:: ጠቅላላው ዓለም አዝኖ የላከለትን ጥራጥሬ ህወሓት በከሰላ-ተሰነይ በኩል ወደ ትግራይ ሊያስገባ ሲሞክር, ሻዕቢያም ባለ ግዛት ሆነና, አላሳልፍ ስላለ አዲስ መንገድ ተመንጥሮ በገዳርፍ-ሽረ በኩል መግባት ነበረበት:: ይሄንን እብሪትነት የ’baby sitter ተግባር ካልከው!!??

    “ Eritrea is a country with six million people”
    አራት ሚልዮን መስለውኝ ነበር:: እንዲህ ከሆነ የተለመደውን አረፍተ ነገሬን “ስንፈልግ ከመቅፅበት 12ሚልዮን ልንሆን እንችላለን” የሚለውን ወደ “ስንፈልግ 15 ሚልዮን እንሆናለን” ወደሚለው እንድለውጥ ተባበርከኝ ማለት ነው:: እዚህ ላይ ምስጋና!!

    “The Woyane regime in Ethiopia spends millions of dollars to maintain one of the largest armed forces in Africa, uses scarce foreign exchange to purchase military hardware from East Europe and large sums of money on propaganda to keep the level of anxiety high, “
    እንዲህ ከሆነ ማሌሊት ገንዘብ እየዘረፍች ወደ ኤሽያ ባንኮች ታሸጋግራለች የሚለውን ቃል ከመወርወር ልቆጠብ ነው ማለት ነውን !!??

    “We Ethiopians welcomed Woyane into our capital without a single shot being fired in anger. “
    አልተሳካም እንጂ ሶስተኛ ፎቅ ላይ ሆነው ወታደሮችህ ብዙ ጨቅላ ወጣት ህወሓትን ሂይወት አጥፍተዋል::

    “Where do we Ethiopians prepare, get the training and organize to confront the ethnic thugs lording it over us is a very important and vital question. Fortunate for us there is Eritrea that due to circumstances we have come to forge a common ground. ….One can say we are very lucky.The job has to be done with or without Eritrea but the cooperation with our cousins has the benefit of reducing our sacrifice and hasten the day of our liberation.”
    ኤርትራም 9 ብሄሮች አሉኝ እንደምትል አንርሳ. እስካሁን ደግሞ ለኔ ብቻ ደቂ ሓትኖታተይ ሆነው ይሰሙኝ ነበር, ለካስ በዚህም በኩል ተቃራምጭ ሊኖርብኝ ነው!!

    “We Ethiopians have our own interest in mind when we impose on our family from the north to accommodate us while working for our freedom. Both of us have come to realize that we have a confluence of interest at this particular point in time. It is no different than the US working with its arch enemy Iran to destroy and degrade what is called the ISIS threat. Conflict creates strange bed fellows and that is the nature of geo politics.”
    ይሄ ባደባባይ ሳይሆን abhörsicher የሆነ ክፍል ውስጥ ብቻ ሆነህ ነው የሚነገረው

    “I am sure some of you would think that I have gone overboard with my praise of Eritrea.”
    ወደ ሽረ/ፀለምቲ የተሰደዱትና, ሜድትራንያን የዋጣቸው ከዚያም ሲናይ ዘንዳ ኩላሊታቸው ከተሰረቀ በኋላ ሬሳቸው እንደ ብጣሽ ጨርቅ የተወረወረው ኤርትራውያን አይስሙ, ግን እንግዲህ እኔ ከሞትኩ ሰርዶ አይብቀል እንዳለችው አይነት አስተሳሰብ ነውና ምን ይደረግ::

    ከዚህ ላይ ግን ጥቅስ ማብዛቱ ይብቃና, ለማንኛውም ያንን ካሁን በፊት ያሳሰብኩትን: ጅቡቲ-ቁልቢ-ባአታ-አላጀን እንደ alternative አጤፌታው ለእምባሶይራ-ከሰላ/ ናቅፋ- ሽ ረ -ደብረታቦር-ህንድ ውቅያኖስ አለመዘንጋቱ::
    ይሄ ሁሉ ካልተሳካና ሁሉም ከከሸፈ ግን, ያው መረብ ላይም የነእምፐራቶረ ወታደሮችም ስለሌሉ, ከእኛ የአገር ልጆች ጋራ መግባባቱ ይበጃል !! በስር መሰረቱም ይህ ነበርና መቅደም ያለበት!

  5. Development without freedom
    | #5

    You urge Ethiopians to accept illegal, colonial borders for fear of UN, amazing. Ethiopians never accept colonialism. Please do not write such trash again.

  6. Development without freedom
    | #6

    Land locked country is not a free country esp. a country like Ethiopia which used to rule the seas.
    Death to weyenes and shaboa for trying to keep Ethiopia as a land locked country.

  7. Sambusa
    | #7

    [Yelma Bekel]

    I congratulate you for bringing this uncomfortable yet very important issue that we Ethiopians must be willing to debate not just because of the necessity of the moment but because of the proximity and closeness of the two people. An open door dialogue between the two people that will eventually lead for reconciliation is a way for ward. I completely agree with your statement.

    “we should have known at the outset that things don’t bode well for our people and our country when the midget warlord first words of wisdom was to trample our flag and question our unity.”

    Indeed! though many EPRPIts have alarmed us about the nature of TPLF,the fad of the day then was Democracy. As a result many ,though not deliberately ,gave much attention to internet politics that comes from varied sources. Even now there are many TPLFITS amongst us and some confused Ethiopians who will have us not tackle this issue. The deceived Ethiopians like to see the internet politics as a convenient medium to some how one day producing freedom. This types can not see that they are detached from the sufferings and grim situations in the country.

  8. MerhawiTsion
    | #8

    First of all let’s make things clear before jumping in to make remarks.
    When we say Eritrea it is the one that includes,Tigray,Semien and Aussa
    as its three lost provinces by the conspiracy of HSI and the British
    rulers in 1943. Eritrea borders Abyssinia at TSANA AND WOLDIYA in the
    west and the center and at Awash/ Metahara in the east.
    It was only the British that transferred Tigray, semien and Aussa provinces of Eritrea to Abyssinia to prepare for the scenario in case
    Eirtrea declared independence right at the end of WWII in 1943. So as
    a preventive disaster preparedness the British took the measure of
    transfering more land to centralLy lead Abyssinia and left Eritrea only
    straddling the coast.

  9. Dedebit Shere
    | #9

    [shoa]

    First of all try to be honest. Please don’t be ashamed to be yourself. One thing I don’t agree with you is the fact you are not from Shewa. So don’t try to lie for us.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    Glad to see such rational twitters. From Ethiopia.of course whether you Ethiopians believe or not Eritrea is not Ethiopia and Ethiopia won’t be Eritrea. Lets swallow the truth. As you it is said, Ethiopia is a resourced country. Try to use and let your people to engage in self reliance. Leave us, as you said, we are poor.

  11. minnai
    | #11

    without ethiopia it will be a struggle for eritrea to survive. there is a natural affinity that cannot be broken , however hard shabia as well as the ethno-fascsit woyane with the help of egypt and other arabs, try to break it. that natural affinity draws eritrea to ethiopia all the time.

    who could be eritrea’s market to sell any produce they might have better than ethiopia, if the large border is opened up. eritrea has 93 million people just south of the border to trade with.

    what did shabia and woyane achieve by isolating the two people who are tied up together by culture, language, geography , attitude and social life-only more poverty, isolation and backwardness, death and humiliation.

  12. kentu
    | #12

    I will tell you top secret about Eritrea. Armed. Straggle who is Ethiopian if you. Want. The. True. Ethiopian northern Ethiopia ,tigray and Eritrea so why becomes. Ethiopia first. Enemies the true is. Different. Than we imagine.it is blue Nile or abay if Ethiopia. Get. Peace they can create. A big dam for electric. And irrigation so to. Make obstacles. Creates fake enemies. Or army. Straggle and Egypt creat elf finance. By wealthy Arab and train and facilitate by Sudan, Somalia and elf creates eplf and eplf creates tplf. And tplf creates eprdf that is really true

  13. kentu
    | #13

    Three events the same end. 1952 general girma newy with his. Brother protest. Against haileslsase 1989 Ethiopia. Army. Officers. Against derg 2005 Ethiopia. Opposition. Against. Tplf. All the same result after aborted the revolution people become the first enemies. Of losers we are always. With winner’s side you known. Why we are abused we don’t. Have. Firm stand. We never. Counting. The revolution even now next ele tion is weyane because we are weak

  14. kentu
    | #14

    As a father I advise. My children you have a big advantage right. Now. To be a successful in your. Live before I died.otherwise you become a homeless so Ethiopian. This is our last chance to liberate while. Shabia is in power otherwise. We become slave forever if Shania gone. For good so let’s. Discussed. It seriously

  15. Beshtigna
    | #15

    Yilma:
    Eritreans must have paid you a lot for your effort. These are people who earnestly wants to destroy you as a nation and people. Read history. Please they have taken their wings from Ethiopia in 1993. Respect their sovernity as a nation, like you no doubt have enormous respect for Somalis, Sudanesse, Nigerians, Albania, Norway, among others. I keep my self away since my college days and my brief encounter with EPLF while I was with EPRP in Gash is good enough to last me a life time. No thanks, I have nothing to do with them.

  16. MerhawiTsion
    | #16

    Dear ABUGIDA readers

    THE TRUTH IS THAT
    THE ERITREAN PEOPLES STRUGGLE LEAD BY ELF WAS ONLY TO CHALLENGE THE
    UNCONSTITUTIONAL BREAK UP OF THE FEDERATION UNILATERALLY BY HAILE-
    SELASSIE IST AND THE NATURE OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNANCE FOR ETHIOPIA.
    AND AS MANY WRONGLY THINK AND UNDERSTAND , IT HAS NEVER BEEN TO SCEEDE
    AND BREAK UP ETHIOPIA. THIS IS ONLY THE PROPAGANDA OF HSI AND SUCCESOR
    REGIMES TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC SO AS TO PROTECT AND CONSOLIDATE THEIR
    DICTARIAL AND ABSOLUTIST POWER AMID GROWING OPPOSITIONS AND RESISTANCES.
    THE ERITREAN PEOPLE AND ITS LEADERSHIP ELF ONLY CHALLENGED THE SHOAN
    MINORITY AND KING HSI ABSOLUTIST AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL RULE OVER THE
    ETHIOPIAN PEOPLES.AND AS A RESULT THEY SET OUT TO TAKE AND RETURN THE
    POWER TO THE PEOPLE (WHICH THEY DID IN 1974 BEFORE THE MILITARY STOLE
    AND HIJACKED THE CHANGE)PAYING SACRIFICES TO LEAD THE ETHIOPIANS TO
    FREEDOM FROM TYRRANY PAYING HEAVY SACRIFICES UNTILL 1975.
    ALSO THE OTHER FACET OF THE RESISTANCE TO THE KING IS THE STYLE OF
    GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNANCE (THAT IS ABSOLUTIST KING/MONARCH)IN WHICH
    IT IS CONTRADICTORY WITH THE PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY AND MULTIPARTY
    REPUBLICAN SYSTEM WHICH ERITREAN PEOPLE AND THEIR POLITICAL LEADERS
    FAVOUR AND WERE WORKING HARD TO MAKE IT ETHIOPIAN GUIDING POLITICAL
    SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WHICH THE KING AND HIS ILLETERATE BALABATS NOT
    ONLY DIDN’T LIKE IT BUT ALSO SAW IT WITH GREAT SUSPICION.
    SO ERITREA’S CHOICE OF INTRODUCING REPUBLICAN SYSTEM TO ETHIOPIA WAS
    SEEN AS CONTRADICTORY TO THE ABYSSINIAN ABSOLUTIST KING’S RULE BY HSI
    EVENTHOUGH THE NATION DESEVED AND DEMANDED IT AT THAT TIME.

  17. አጎ
    | #17

    ጥቅጥቅ ያለ ጨለማ ዉስጥ አንድ ዎጣት እንዲህ እያለ ሲጮህ ሰማሁ` ሁላቺንም እንጦርጦስ ዉስጥ ነው ያለነው`

  18. Dawi
    | #18

    Yelma said:

    [[..Fortunate for us there is Eritrea that due to circumstances we have come to forge a common ground. Today fate and our God have forced us to help each other overcome adversity. One can say we are very lucky. The job has to be done with or without Eritrea…]]

    What common ground?

    Your friend ER editor has changed his mind after looking at the current information on Eritrea; The other guy Prof. Musse who has been there & done that has been telling all Ethiopians to abandon or stay away from crazy illusions such as yours for a long time.

    What “luck” are you talking about? Many Ethiopians who went there are tortured, put in free labor camps or killed.
    Where do you get your information that makes you “feel lucky” is what I like to know?

    What about your “Patriotic organization” OLF? Didn’t they write the present “federalism” and supported the separation of Eritrea in cahoots with TPLF/EPLF?

    [[..May I suggest we closely study the manner the issue was discussed and the civilized way the opposing sides presented their case in the recent referendum carried out in Scotland….]]

    Here we go again! As I mentioned in the other thread we have more citizens living in poverty so we don’t have the luxury to discuss in “civilized” way at this juncture. Leave Scotland alone because few citizens live in poverty there and have the luxury to not be manipulated by ethnic pimps. We need to first work in fighting poverty today. That is job 1.

    HD/EPRDF is doing very well in the diplomatic fronts. Not only Eritrea remains in a cage but even Egypt is turning around therefore, I wouldn’t put my money on Shabia.

    Did you see the latest meeting in New York between Obama and HD? HD is showing leadership and made a fabulous presentation. Power is earned and he will get there if only you and others don’t distract & let him continue to work on the democratic side where Meles left off.

  19. tx34
    | #19

    Eritrea is and will always be a threat for Ethiopia. The author went far adoring Eritrean thugs just to get sponsored for the fight against TPLF. It would be totally shrewd mentality labeling Ethiopia the sole cause for the ethio eritrea war. Ethiopians will never support any campaign praising Eritrea over Ethiopia.

  20. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #20

    I think there is an undisputed truth this writer seems to be in utter refusal to acknowledge. That is that our neighbors to the North had decided on that fateful day in 1993 to going it alone. Nobody was at fault for that because they had every right to do just that. The Czechs and Slovaks had done that the same year in 1993. Did any one of these two countries turn on each other right after separation? Not at all! They are living side by side in peace. They are role models as peaceful neighbors who used to be the two component of a single nation for more than 75 years. But Al-Toweel Isaias did not turn out to be the same peaceful neighbor. He went right back to his old war habits with Yemen, Sudan and Ethiopia. Even the most friendly and docile people of Djibouti were not spared from his maniacal behavior. This is the person who groups like the G7′s, OLF’s and other violence mongers sought a refuge with. He is going to use them as some kind of scarecrows to keep his cousins in Arat Kilo on their toes. And when the time comes to be right he will use them as patsies. He and his cohorts have more 50 years of expertise in this regards under their belts. Who gave him the mandate to be the Simon Bolivar of the Horn any way? I hope our Eritrean brothers and sisters will come together and throw this bum out of the office soon. They deserve to leave in peace without the fear of a war that can erupt anytime wherever this ruffian is sticking his nose in.

    That is what this writer wanting in his observations.

  21. Dawi
    | #21

    There you have it~ The obvious connection of POVERY and a YES vote in Scotland’s Referendum. What does that tell you?

    Sunday Post analysis into last Thursday’s vote show the four areas with Yes majorities – Dundee (57.3%), Glasgow (53.5%), West Dunbartonsire (54%) and North Lanarkshire (51.1%) – all share one important characteristic: they house some of Scotland’s most severe areas of poverty.

    Other areas with marginal No votes were Inverclyde (50.1%), North Ayrshire (51%), Renfrewshire (52.8%) East Ayrshire (52.8%), which have similar socio-economic profiles.

    But in the most affluent areas of Scotland, the No margin of victory was widest.

    For example, Glasgow’s two most affluent suburban areas – East Renfrewshire (63.2% No) and East Dunbartonshire (61.2% No) – stand in marked contrast to the city.

    Other Scottish cities with a strong upper and middle class element had comfortable No majorities – Aberdeen (58.6%), Edinburgh (61.1%) and Stirling (59.8%).

    Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie said: “The 88%, 90% turnouts tended to be in areas where there was less social deprivation – areas where, you could argue, people are well-served by the current constitutional framework.

    “In areas where there’s more social deprivation, people would have more to gain from a change to the constitution and the UK’s economic system.

    “Everyone in Scotland is wondering what comes next. It has to be about reducing the power imbalance in society.”

    A shock report in July found one million Scots were living in poverty. The statistics showed almost one in five is on the breadline – and the problem is getting worse.

  22. Development without freedom
    | #22

    MerhawiTsion, thank you for your enlightening information.

  23. yilmab
    | #23

    Dawi I really do not need Obama to tell me I am doing good, I know my own condition better than anyone else. So Woyane is always trying to show us our economy is growing double digit while our people are starving, our children are migrating out and the inflation is becoming impossible for simple wage earners. Just because Woyane and their hodam friends are living it up and you have countries like the US and China are saying good things about us you take their word instead of the reality staring you in the face. It does not work like that. And your constant talk about freedom and democracy being a luxury is a little boring because why Berket Semone, Abay Woldu, Debretsion, Sebhat Nega and company can decide what is good for me is not clear. What do they have that I don’t. Is it bigger brain or ethnic origin at play here. May I say there is no need to complain Shabia abusing Ethiopians you see the fact of the matter is that we wouldn’t be in Eritrea if it wasn’t your TPLF Woyane buddies killing us physically, mentally and spiritually. It is the same reason TPLF was coddled by Shabia to fight the Derg and we did not complain did we? We wanted the Derg gone and we did not focus who they are associating with. You late warlord was even conspiring with the Somalis during the war for Ogaden. Now you have some Ethiopians that are still fighting yesterdays war with Eritrea and of course like an opportunist they are TPLFites are jumping in the wagon. With some our people it is ignorance but with you it is only to buy time for your Woyane friends so they could steal a little bit more. Did you see the news today it looks one of your Woyane friends brought his gun with him and out of habit fired on our people that were exercising their right to protest peacefully. Once a savage always a savage. Your statistical analysis regarding Scotland is very elementary and misses the point. That is for political scientists to parse and come up with explanation that makes some sense but the fact of the matter is the people discussed the issue in an open democratic manner and voted. It is over no need to dwell on it. Now they sit down and see what could be done to reform the system so all can feel they are masters of their destiny. Poverty is not the same in all places. When you talk about poverty in our country it is starvation level whereas poverty in the west is a little different. There are plenty of social nets in place. So do not mix lemons and oranges and confuse the real issue with sophistry Woyane style. By the way do you know the shooter? He seems to be a graduate of the school of TPLF and forgot where he was. The ambassador that Woyane puppet took him inside but now he is the guest of metropolitan DC jail. We will know more soon, you know if it was in Ethiopia there would have been a lot dead and you will be calling them terrorist and G7 and Shabia blah blah. Woyane is begining to come apart at the seams, and your other democracy China is going thru growing pains in Hong Kong.

  24. Dawi
    | #24

    Yelma said:

    [[..By the way do you know the shooter? He seems to be a graduate of the school of TPLF and forgot where he was. The ambassador that Woyane puppet took him inside..]]

    Brother Yelma,

    I am glad no body got hurt and commend the ambassador for taking the risk on his own safety and coming out, getting in the middle & calming the situation. Great job!

    Such incidents occur even in the best of times let alone in today’s toxic environment; the fact is we observe similar kind of confrontations here in developed democracies with law enforcements officials ending up in a more tragic situation. So such lack of judgment by the shooter can not unique to “Woyane” as you like to put it but. things that happen many times in real world that call for corrective majors by appropriate officials in charge.

    I say, a better training on how to handle such kind of incidents & provocations would prevent such bad news.

    BTW, I have to say that I was impressed by the protesters civility in voicing their protests but not going to the extent of destroying property etc. I congratulate them for that.

    Ethiopian embassy should apologize to the protesters for the security person handling the incident poorly and take future appropriate majors to prevent such things from ever happening again.

  25. Tesfa
    | #25

    [Yelma Bekele]

    I thank you for your untiring effort and fight against the TPLF apartied system in place for the last 23 years in Ethiopia against our will. I read the many posts above and I shake my mind about some of the views expressed by Beshtigna,and so called tx34.

    First of all I see no harm for you or any fellow Ethiopian top write an article dealing with the two sisterly people. Certainly we need to stop viewing political parties and the people in the same way. Given an open political environment( one hopes) both people will always exercise their right without being coerced. I see no rational why the above individuals are raising a cloud of dust about your article. So there is no need for you to be concerned about those who have no answer about the issue you raised. Most of this types are not even committed opposition members. That is why the sign as Tx34 and with this one profane Beshitegna. Shame on your types. If they have issue with your article why not they debate with you instead of personally attacking you.
    I think Most of those who dis agree with you are not well informed about the plight of the pole. They think they can treat their opinion once formed it has to remain an alterable one treasure .

    Good for them ! What we have in our hand is a problem project waiting to be solved. It is for this reason the issue you raised is very important for those who really care about the future of their country. The thing that needs to be understood is this. The robber weyane group will one day crumble. In such a case Who if any is going to replace it? Because there was power vacuume Weyane replaced Dergu. We don’t want history to replace itself; we need to be found prepared this time.

  26. yilmab
    | #26

    I thank you very much Ato Tesfa, I do not mean no harm to anyone but if we do not exchange ideas in the open to see each others point of view we leave the door ajar for those that want to confuse, spread rumor and ultimately end up in violent situation and that is not in our interest.

    I also believe my good friend Ato Dawi is doing some damage control here. He brings isolated incidents that happen in the west to justify what happens routinely in our country. In the seventies four students were killed in Kent State, Ohio and it is referred to as ‘Kent State Massacre’ till today. In our country since Woyane came to power killing of students is a yearly affair. It was only three months ago Woyane federal police closed the entrance and exit of Ambo and went house to house and killed god knows how many young people. It is not about better training but about allowing for citizens to express themselves in a peaceful manner as stated in the Constitution. The fact of the matter is Ato Girma is not the person in charge but just a pretty face for show and it is the First Secretary that took it upon himself to practice what he does best and forgot where he was. And your praise of the young people is a little dis-indigenous to say the least and they did not destroy any property except raise our flag without the Ambasha in the middle. Do you remember the late warlord made it a law not to fly our flag, they did that in DC and we do that in all our protest marches and some are today dying to raise it in our country. Woyane can not be reformed, it has to be destroyed never to be seen or to be heard again and we can all be free. I am sure Wedi Weyni would be presented the Meles Medal upon return to our country and his playground. That he would be held accountable when we are free is beyond question.

  27. Tesfa
    | #27

    [Ittu Aba Farda ]
    Hello dear you seem to think any strategy on the part of Ethiopians to ouset weynes by relying on Eretria as a base will not work. I don’t have to tell you the humiliation of Ethiopians have received by TPLF for the past 2 1/2 decades for I believe you knew very well about it. My question for you is this.

    What must we Ethiopians do then? Are we just to wait as we have done for this many years hoping day TPLF will hand over power to he people? What alternative military strategy as an individual do you have? personally I don’t believe the so called peace full struggle will produce the desire change. Whether we know it or not one of this days there will come a point where things will not continue this way. The people are continuously expressing their grievances about the weyane inept system. One day when the stress and strain reached threshold the people’s pent up energy will likely demand expression. This will be a nightmare scenario for we to like it happen to our people.

    However if we don’t really agree on how effectively to resist weyanes we will be the great losers. We need not to allow this happen to us. Do you see what happened In D.C to the peaceful protesters? Weyane assumed power through the barrel of a gun it will go out only through a barrel of a gun. Look one can not expect to be rational to weynes, it is either their way or no way. The only solution is to arm our people for self defense this is the most logical catalyst that will force weyane to change her ways.In fact the minute Ethiopians in unison decide to defend themselves there will likely be a fracture within the weyane ranks between the hardliners and the moderates. This in turn will likely produce a dwindling public support.

  28. anon
    | #28

    [Dawi] #25

    I don’t know about you man. You are mixing the Eritrean issue with the disturbance the un coached weyane tug made against the peaceful protesters in Washington D.C.

  29. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #29

    To Tesfa:

    Thank you for taking the time to read my comment. I like your civility and composure in the way you responded to my opinion. This is a serious want inside the opposition groups and between the opposition and the regime back home. Cool heads have become rare commodities in our midst. The motto has been “If you don’t agree with me I will gouge your eyes out, I will chop your head off and give it to my dogs”. Just look at what happened in the 1970′s. I was fortunate enough to be here then but I still remember the faces of many individuals who I had the privilege to meet and who are also well educated. They were very intelligent men and women who have the genius to run a large global corporation. They all perished during the red terror mayhem that was let loose by the blood thirsty Mengistu. Some of those bright and young creams of the society lads left from the Middle East, some of them from Europe and some of them from here. I vividly remember what two of them told me when I asked them about the strength of their organization on whether it was potent enough to protect them. They told me that their party had a well trained people’s army strong enough to protect all of them. I was not sure about that but due to a blind conviction they had then it was very hard and almost impossible to dispute that with them. And we all know what happened to them. The majority of them did not even receive dignified burials. The ‘people’s army’ they were aggrandizing was nothing more than a dozen or so ill equipped rag-tags and with no clear mission. I have read books that they were even imprisoned by the EPLF of Al-Toweel Isaias for more than a year. He used them as cooks as I read. But Mengistu was a soldier well trained to kill and maim by the regime he overthrew. He had the tanks, M16′s, F5′s and enormous army ready to bow for their new ‘Holiness’ leader. But those very young and well educated intellectuals went right to his doorsteps of Merkato and Piazza bare handed with just some Smith and Weston 38’s tucked in their bulging pockets. Simply did not have the chance. They all died in vain but Mengistu continued to rule for almost two decades until he was tossed out by a well trained and organized rivals. Please note that I said ‘rivals’ here. When someone gave me a copy of a list of victims of the Red Terror many years ago, I saw their names right there. I cried like I never cried before. Some of them were engineers like me and others have graduated magna cum laude from reputable universities with highly-sought after technical degrees!!! They could have been loving fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, grandmothers and grandfathers just like me and my wife. That is why I abhor violence. I detest it like a nagging sickness. Where I see violence justified is the fight we now see launched against the ISIS, Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. What the USA and its allies are doing is defending humanity against demons who are proven killers of innocent civilians. Today, I saw it on TV news that the Turkish parliament has voted to join the coalition against ISIS. That is very good news. ISIS is a bunch of Eyaal-al-souks and bilaa-adubs and they need some army to go in there and sniff them out. And Turkey has the army well equipped and seasoned to do just that.

    But in the country we all left behind even though there are gross violations of human and democratic rights but ISIS is not ruling the country; Al-Shabaab is not blowing its stink dragon breath over the necks of my well-cultured Ittu Oromos. In fact, my proud Ittu Oromos do not have to pay for a translator whenever they have a case at the police station or courts. Their children are being taught in their mother tongue of Oromifaa. This is huge. But what they lack is the freedom of choice to cast their ballot without anyone at the ‘office’ giving them ugly looks. They should not be threatened with a denial of the much needed fertilizer if they don’t vote for OPDO members only. But they, like me, abhor violence. They know very well that once the violence genie is out of the bottle it will only beget violence. That is what the opposition groups must understand. Running to dubious arms of the Al-Toweel in Asmara will not help further the accord. They should not under estimate the power of non-violence form of struggle for human and democratic rights. In our case, there is no single organization that you can call a multi-group front. Let’s say you want to talk to an opposition group as an outsider. Which one will you choose? There are so many of them you would be dazed just counting. They tell you I am OLF, no no I am G7, no I am ONLF, EPPF, CUD(Former and new), and if you are ready for a joke they will tell you that they are against the fact that my harmonious Ittu Oromos can not have their education at schools in Oromifaa. You may come across one or two individuals organized to bring back the glorious days of the last Emperor!!! I like that old Richard Pryor joke!!! So who do you suggest Western leaders like President Obama or Angela Merkel to talk to among the opposition some of them are already inflicted with a serious spell of a vertigo just roaming aimlessly ad nauseum the deserts of Eritrea or the well-groomed empty boulevards of Asmara or better yet the bustling state of Minnesota?

    We should stand for and applaud all industrial projects in progress because I strongly believe that industrialization on steroids has far-reaching political dividends that will be unstoppable and unavoidable. Industry is practical where propaganda is just theoretical. It will transform the society and therefore the humanity itself. Industrialization is the only culture that can provide amicable answers to the why’s, how’s and what’s questions of the society that remained unanswered for centuries. Take countries like South Korea, Taiwan, Chile and even Malaysia as examples. They were under the clutches of despotic rulers for decades. You dear life would be sniffed out before you utter ‘I oppose’ in any one these countries in the 1950’s. 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even in 1990’s. They have gone through the so-called ‘civil society’ and now they are fully developed industrially. Then try to tell the Chilean, Taiwanese, South Korean or even Malaysian lady that her new and only job is to stay home to rearing children for her old man. You will be swarmed by furious women itching to know you down cold with their swinging purses. But such subjugation of women is still common in Ethiopia.

    In conclusion, I am not and will never be for violence to replace violence. And stay out of Eritrea. They have chosen to be left alone in 1993. They are industrious people and have a lot on their hopper to make their country the Singapore on the Red Sea.

    They can stand me up at the gates of an inferno; I will not mind taking my last breath denouncing uncalled for violence.

  30. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #30

    Please read that as:
    “with just some Smith and Wesson 38’s” and

    “by furious women itching to knock you down cold”.

  31. Tesfa
    | #31

    [Ittu Aba Farda]‘

    I am sorry for not responding in time.

    I thank you for responding to my inquiry. You went a great length to review Ethiopian past and I can see how you reached to your decision of the peaceful struggle. Beside, you mentioned the privilege your people attained learning in their own language. There is no problem giving credit where it is due. Nevertheless we also know the notion of allowing our people in their own language is not new to Weyane.

    It has been discussed during Mengistu regime. One of the main reason why it was not implemented under his administration is the fact the country was tied up in the endless civil war. Any ways, the freedom of our people is not just limited with the right to use one’s own language. Ethiopians demand the right to vote to the candidate of their choice with out a cadre or government watch dog constantly watching or hassling them. Our people need the right to move from place to place,to free speech with out fear. In a word our freedom is inalienable right given by our maker and wyane or any other political entity have no any right to restrict it. There fore we still have much to achieve and in this respect I like to share with you why I don’t support the peaceful struggle.

    Had there been a political space in Ethiopia true peaceful struggle is the preferable means to secure lasting peace. We know this is not the case with our country. Weyne has told many times over if you need change you have to fight for it. This is TPLF’S final answer. For this reason I believe weyane can only brought down only by force. We must know TPLF has decimated the brightest of Tigrain nationals before it reached Addis. For instance,TPLF has murdered such high profile party leaders such as Gessesse Ayalew or (Sehul),Mehari Teclu or(Mssie).Then the TPLF core under the leadership of Melese,Sibhat,Abay Tesehay killed the 13 members of ‘hinfishfish’ fiction including their leader Solomon Hayat,and even their most celebrated commander Hayelom Araya. TPLF has effectively removed the Gebru Asrat faction from the TPLF core.TPLF cold blooded murdered all the members of TLF while the later came for what many consider negotiation. They were reportedly murdered while asleep. Not to mention the fact many patriotic Ethiopians have been murdered by TPLF. We still don’t have the exact number of Ethiopians butit is estimated millions have been silently killed by TPLF. Can you imaging how many Ethiopians have been killed through the cooperation of TPLF and her appointed leaders,such as Girma Birru, Tamirat line or Adisu Legase?

    My friend weyne is a criminal psychopath who I has a history of violence and is engaged with a cold blooded murder. With out wasting time all Ethiopians need to join hands to remove this criminal entity ergently. The action of ambassador Wedi Luna in Washington is the tip of the ice burg with what weyane is capable of doing. You leave the Lunies in power they will degenerating in to a raw savagery like ISIS.

  32. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #32

    Thank you for affable reply.

    I am some what befuddled by your comment regarding the rein of Mengistu wherein one of the legitimate national questions of my Oromo nation was at least brought up (discussed). I am sure the same issue was discussed during the rule of the Emperor that Mengistu replaced. I tell you what…Hitler and Goebbels were rumored to have had discussed the possibility of a Jewish enclave somewhere in the Middle East, Africa or even Asia. But these two henchmen ended up killing more than 6 million people of the Jewish faith. And Mengistu on his part chose the massacre of millions by way of starvation and almost 500,000 cream of the crop of the society by just sheer murder. I am sure Mengistu has his own group of diehard supporters and I will have no qualms about that. It is their inalienable rights and should be allowed to express that freely with no fear of retributions as long as they did not have their hands drenched in the blood of innocent people during the Red Terror. Those are criminals for life. I also hold individuals in the opposition during that time equally responsible who made violence their romance of the day and killed individuals who they ‘think’ are supporters of Mengistu. Just read some of the biographies of former leaders of the opposition. They tell you such rubbish excuses as ‘He tried to escape and jeopardized his life’. What does ‘jeopardized his life’ mean? And we are told about the fate of another individual was done with but he was not even told why he was told to go to the bushes. I assume that he was shot suspected of being a member of a faction. They may try to justify their irresponsible actions by telling us that they took those deadly measures because they were criminals. Then you can pose questions such as ‘Which court of law found them to be guilty of such crimes? Who gave you the mandate to be the prosecutor, judge and executor at the same time?’ I am not a student of law such as Obbo Al Mariam but common sense tells me that those actions were uncalled for and tantamount to be crimes. I am a strong believer of justice where fair is nothing but fair. Extra-judicial killing is cold-blooded murder and nothing more and nothing less. That is the only way justice will be duly served. Killing in fair fights such as the killings of Bin Laden and other terrorists like him are justified because they were licked during battle they waged against democracies. You just can not claim that ‘my extra-judicial murder is justified but yours is not’. This is the mentality I have noticed among the ruling cliques and opposition of the country we all left behind since I can remember. If you are a fan of Mengistu, please rest assured that you have at least one indifferent person in me as long as you did not make a mother, father, husband, wife and kin and kit cry by sending their loved ones to the gallows extra-judicially during the Mengistu rule.

    In regards to the TPLF, I believe some of its former leaders had committed crimes by killing innocent individuals and prisoners of war which is against the Geneva Convention. I did not make this up. All you have to do is read one of the autobiographies written by one of its former leaders. It tells you how one of their prisoners died during interrogation and agonizing torture. I have also read allegations where members of an opposition party shot to death after surrendering. That is a very clear violation of the Geneva Convention and a serious war crime. Former PM, Sebhat, Abay, Seye and others in the leadership role during the capture of those individuals must know what happened to them or what they have done with them. And in 2005 we have all heard that more than 190 peaceful demonstrators were shot to death in the streets of Addis after the hacked elections. I don’t remember if anyone was questioned about that. One human life is too many. They should be summoned to a court of law to answer such serious allegations. In the meantime, I can not bash them for doing the right things in the areas of infrastructures and industrialization. You show me a factory being erected then you have my full backing for such endeavor but I will keep nagging you in what you are doing wrong. When you send individuals to prison for 18 years just because they wrote something you don’t like, then I won’t stop nagging you about that injustice peacefully. I am turned off by violence for life. I don’t condone it and despise those who chose it as their brand of political discourse. Above all, our people are sick and tired of political violence in which they had lost millions of their loved ones already.

    Dear Countryman! Lets you and I continue to be persons of civility in conducting conversations that deal with a fate of those peaceful and harmonious people we all left behind. They expect us to be nothing to be nothing short of that.

    I also want to express my gratitude to the dear editors of this website by letting our conversation rip on their esteemed forum. They are doing plausible service to all of our people everywhere. I wish them all the best. Insha Allah!!!

  33. Tesfa
    | #33

    To begin with I am not supporters of Mengistu ,and you can be assured of this as it is in truth when I said it. I mentioned his name incidentally in relation to the rights of our people to use their mother tongue. Only in this connection I said his administration was working towards that end.
    It is unfortunate all ways we have to resort to the past leaders while we, all too well, know the desire of Ethiopians for decades have been to live in freedom without being coerced by government or without being controlled by a bureaucracy.

    True Mengistu have done horrendous crimes and should be held responsible. Unfortunately, it appears he is up in age and there is a good reason to get away with his crime doing his time, at least, in this life. Yet, there is a marked difference between the two though I am not in this forum to argue the comparison between them. However, it is enough to point out one main difference: it is obvious Mengistu kills in the open whileTPLF kills in secret .One of the unique futures of TPLF secrecy.
    Indeed Derg is responsible for leading a bloody revolution by eliminating EPRP supporters and later Meson members. TPLF killing spree began within her ranks by eliminating high ranking core members and purges of well known leaders such as Aregawi Berehe. The following are some of their disturbing crimes of this cabal: liquidating ELF members while asleep, Waging un necessary war against EDU and EPRP by denying the latter the right to operate in Tigray. TPLF is responsible for decimating the EPRP faction that was operating in Western Gondar and Gojam when the former seized state power. TPLF is also responsible for the various internecine clashes and killings across the country. The killings of the 2005 in Addis is well publicized case. Even at the moment fresh killings are being reported in Somalia region. Not to mention the fact many farmers have in the past and continued to be forcefully displaced from their ancestral lands.

    As far as the buildings, road construction, and colleges are concerned I am not in denial of these projects. My disagreement with your view is in this. The beneficiaries of this projects perhaps over 95% of it goes to Medroc and EFFORT. In effect what we have in Ethiopia is state capitalism where TPLF highest echelon and her supporters control the nation’s economy. If you disagree with this that other non TPLF Ethiopians are being marginalized,observe the experience of a long time respected business man Ato Gebreyes Begna. One thing I agree with you is ,it is up to Ethiopians what form of struggle to conduct in order to dis lodge the yoke of oppression imposed upon them by successive dictators. I leave that to the majority of the people who live at home to decide. Though I speak in this tone, I can also tell you most Ethiopians have known through experience unless something is done speedily ; to avert the impending danger the future is glume. And it is to this last point I am in support of those who raise arms in self-defense. The problem with peaceful struggle is not so much that the differing political parties cannot overcome their limitations to work together, that is one minor obstacle. But, the main culprit here is a well-entrenched regime bent harass, imprison, kill and humiliate, and criminalize with the so called anti-terror law opposition party members. In other words what you have in Ethiopia is a terrorist regime that holds citizens in gun point. Tell me why does this regime keep on tinkering with many of our age old institutions in the country? The government kept on meddling in the affair of Ethiopian Muslims, Christians, University and high school students. I mean what aspect of Ethiopian society is free after all? If this regime is given more time to linger around, I am convinced, it will begin to require citizens when to leave their homes and when to return. This is control freaks. You give them an inch of room they will treat you as sub human creature. One thing I can assure you is ,I am not in this for self interest .I just want orderly resolution to the mess we are in. If I am able to see the country passed to the hands of the new generation, then I will be pleased to go to my grave seeing just that.The other thing I want to mention is this . I believe for all of us to build on the freedom that is already gained and go on transform Ethiopia in to democratic society. And not by any means an advocate of diminishing the right of our people already gained. Finally, it behooved us to cooperate in
    every area we can and

    bring the criminals to justice. By all means we need to secure our freedom and bring both members of the Drg and TPLF members to justice and let us work to that end by transforming our collective skill
    in to action that brings change.

  34. Tesfa
    | #34

    Editor please post this link for me. It is closely related to the topic currently I have been discussing with Ittu Aba Farda. Listen to this interview with the former air force member that deals about the secret killings and imprisonments of Ethiopian civilians. Thank you very much for your accommodation regarding this .

    http://ethsat.com/video/the-former-ethiopian-air-force-tsenuel-tesema-reveals-the-tplfs-disgust-with-in-the-air-force-09-10-14-part-2/

  35. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #35

    Dear Tesfa:

    On most issues you and I raised, we two are on the same wavelength. Once again, I want to assure you that if you are an innocent fan of Mengistu, EPLF, TPLF, OLF, ONLF, EPRP(I noticed there are two close encounters of the same kind now) or any other political groupings, I will have no opposition about that. I know many individuals who hail from the same country you and I came from, quite a few of them for several decades. They may be affiliated with or supporters of among boat loads of different political groupings we see every where. I am not sure if they are card carrying members of the groups they adore but I care less if they are as such. I respect their rights to root for any political leanings as long as they are not involved in terrorist activities and as long as they preach nothing but violence. They know I despise this goon from Asmara who is hell bent to pitch my harmonious Oromo people against equally peaceful peoples of Amharas, Afars and Somalis. They also promptly know that I strongly decry some of the human and democratic records of the ruling party in Ethiopia. To be honest with you….I don’t really give a hoot if they don’t like my opinion either. I will keep chugging along with my very clear objective opinions.

    Again, I salute you fellow countryman. Be tolerant and stay tolerant. Insha Allah!!!

  36. Itu Aba Farda
    | #36

    Please read that as: “as long as they don’t preach violence”. Thanks

  37. Tesfa
    | #37

    Dear friend Attu Aba Farad, I am privileged to have these exchange of ideas with you.
    The points you have raised are taken very well; and I will see to it I exercise discretion in future events.

    Friend, I wish you the best of life in every regard and wish you well.

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