What does it take to get the helicopters back? By Yilma Bekele

January 8th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

Normally regimes do not lose such an important asset like a helicopter. Fighter jets or helicopters just do not fly out of the coop so easily. But we are talking about Ethiopia here and no matter how you look at it ours is not a normal regime. Six percent of any group do not control hundred percent of the decision making. Even in business it requires fifty plus one to have a controlling interest.

Those rules do not apply in our country. The six percent have guns. This is where the rule of the jungle trumps the rule of law. Just like as in the movie ‘The God Father’ they have offered the people a deal they just can’t refuse. When the question asked is your life or your silence I am afraid most sane people would choose to live another day. Losing a fighter helicopter should be seen in that context.

The population expresses its disgust with the regime in many different ways. We are witnessing many creative and daring ways our people have chosen to part ways with Woyane bastards. It is unfortunate a lot sacrifice their life trying to get away. Not a month passes without a mention of a boat capsizing in the Red Sea. Ethiopians, Eritreans and Somalis are victims of unscrupulous smugglers overloading the boat, I just hope they go down with their victims. Southern African countries are full of Ethiopians that are defying all odds and walking the jungles to reach the promised land of South Africa.

It looks like members of the Ethiopian Air Force have found a better way of travelling. It is a little confusing to think such highly trained individuals would abandon all that privilege and decide to leave a life of comfort. It is doubly perplexing to think the individuals that were forced to leave friends and family behind are members of the six percent that are assured a life of riches and fame. It just shows that there are some that have conscience and no matter how high the promise they would not sell their soul to the highest bidder. They silenced the idiot narrow tribalist among us. All is not lost.

Of course how could we forget the brave Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot that hijacked his own plane and forced it to land in Geneva? In Ethiopian Airlines the Air Marshals sit in the cockpit, forget the passengers the crew is what they are watching. Thus it was not a surprise that our Air Force pilots flew a fighter helicopter to Asmara and asked for political asylum. The whole world thought it was big deal. As usual we Ethiopians were not surprised. There is no dull day in Woyane land.

The Ethiopian Government did not waste time explaining the situation and as usual it just did not make sense. Their propaganda department has a very low opinion of the citizen and makes a story that for any thinking individual does not add up. Lying is part of Woyane DNA. The lying gene is what qualifies a person to be accepted into the criminal organization. If you do not believe me ask Dr. Tedros Adhanom the Foreign Minister, he is the one that administers the test. Every recruit today is expected to watch all interviews the good doctor gives to sharpen his lying skills. Dr. Tedros makes any Woyane cry when they see how with great finesse he can declare black to be white.

“The military helicopter landed in Eritrea, flown by a traitor pilot who forced both his co-pilot and a technician while they took part in a training exercise,” the report said, citing a defense ministry statement. You see how absurd that is. The only way that could happen is if the pilot shot those two and that did not happen. The last we heard all there are well and alive in Asmara. Why did Woyane make such an outrageous statement? Bad habit is difficult to get rid of. They get away with declaring double digit economic growth, ninety six percent margin in election victory thus a lie about a pilot forcing two comrades is nothing to be excited about.

So now how to get your helicopter back is not a simple question. I am sure the Eritrean Government is waiting to see how Woyane would go about asking the question. You see there are a few issues to settle before the helicopter makes a return trip. I am not privy to the details but as a lay person and a simple business man I have been thinking about the issue and trying to contemplate ways to help my dear Woyane tormentors. First thing is it has to be asked in a civilized manner. No threats, no condemnations and no smart aleck comments. For starters I would suggest something like ‘Please may we have our helicopters back? Will go a long way. Of course it would take a while for the Eritrean government to respond to such a request.

There is no international protocols in the book for such incident. It takes time for the request to go through the proper channels until it reaches the President of Eritrea. He would have to discuss with the appropriate departments and prepare the bill. What bill you might ask? Well my friend it is just like if you get your car towed and you go the next day to pick it up I am sure you are aware there is the issue of the bill before you get your auto back. This is close but a little bit more.

For starters there is the issue of crossing an international border without permission. There is a fine involved. The Eritrean government has included such fee in their budget. When the Eritrean Government found out there is a fighter helicopter crossing their border and on its way to Asmara I am sure they activated their defense system to meet the threat, somebody has to pay for the overtime wages involved. Every day the helicopter has been sitting in Asmara there is parking and storage fees. There is a fee to disconnect the batteries or starting the motors every two days to make sure when the time comes everything would work.

On the Ethiopian government side the biggest headache has been trying to find trustworthy pilots that would fly it back without making an unscheduled stop someplace else. There is also the issue of delivering fuel to fly the machines back. The Eritrean government has made it clear fuel is in short supply and they are not obligated to refill the tank.

Every day the helicopter is in Eritrea the bill is accumulating. Pretty soon the parking and other fees are going to be more than the value of the helicopter. Eritrea have no need for such fancy machine so keeping the helicopter is out of the question. It is no secret that they have been approached both by the South Sudan Government and Al-shabaab in Somalia that have shown interest in purchasing the war machine. South Sudan have already got Ukrainian pilots on standby.

As they say the ball is in Woyane’s court. Deal or no deal is what Isaias is asking. Of course Woyane have the option of selling bonds to the Diaspora to raise the necessary funds and pay our Ukrainian friends a bit more to bring the helicopters back home and pray they would fly in a straight line. Woyane can always aim the missile they told us they are building to make sure the mercenaries do not stray and hold their collective breath the weapon would not land in in the great Republic of Tigrai. Of course they would declare some opposition traitor is responsible. Who said dictatorship is easy?

  1. Skyline
    | #1

    Dear Write,
    I just read your article again and again but I still haven’t found what I am looking for, The POiNT AND ITS SUPPoRT.I mean it is an interesting piece of article with a headline that grasp the attention of readers but when it goes deep in to the meaning of its point, I guess it lucks logical flow. I felt like a diaspora from oversea with narrow understanding and hastly generalized point of view talking about Ethiopian political agenda and the breaking news of missing Ethiopian helicopter. When you discuss Ethiopian current political issues, please don`t forget to give a little credit for active Ethiopian who are contributing for the country`s current status in all matters instead of quoting only Woyane. Yet, you should reflect your side of the issue of the missing helicopter, is it being set up or flew in purpose by Ethiopian Gov`t? If so, state the motive behind and or the motive behind Dr. Tewodros Adhanom for the overall intent of losing such hi-tech Helicopter to the enemy. Do you think Ethiopia just find it hard to not be in trouble with Eritrea when the peoples (Ethiopian and Eritrean inside/outside respectively)are trying for better social relationships in many ways? I am just SAYING. Oh sorry about my comment, it is as I wrote it. What Ethiopian needs now is its people everywhere to come together regardless their differences for the sake of those fellow Ethiopians who try to illegally cross boarders to develop better working culture overseas, thinking heaven to welcome them open arms.
    May God bless us all Ethiopians everywhere.

  2. Abegaz
    | #2

    It takes releasing Adargachew to get back the helicopter cause he was the guest of Eritrea, hijacked en-route to Asmara.

  3. Tamagne Melaku Tefera
    | #3

    Yilma,Gimbot7 PR,exaggerated the pilot case as if it is unique to Ethiopia.Key Individuals leaving their home country and living somewhere else due to poltical or economic reason. This can happen in any part of the world.For example Edward Snowden ex US intelligence contractor fleeing his home country USA and released sensitive information about USA.So Ato Yilma please take it easy.

  4. Skyline
    | #4

    Dear Writer,
    I just read your article again and again but I still haven’t found what I am looking for, The POiNT AND ITS SUPPoRT.I mean it is an interesting piece of article with a headline that grasp the attention of readers but when it goes deep in to the meaning of its point, I guess it lucks logical flow. I felt like a diaspora from oversea with narrow understanding and hastly generalized point of view talking about Ethiopian political agenda and the breaking news of missing Ethiopian helicopter. When you discuss Ethiopian current political issues, please don`t forget to give a little credit for active Ethiopian who are contributing for the country`s current status in all matters instead of quoting only Woyane. Yet, you should reflect your side of the issue of the missing helicopter, is it being set up or flew in purpose by Ethiopian Gov`t? If so, state the motive behind and or the motive behind Dr. Tewodros Adhanom for the overall intent of losing such hi-tech Helicopter to the enemy. Do you think Ethiopia just find it hard to not be in trouble with Eritrea when the peoples (Ethiopian and Eritrean inside/outside respectively)are trying for better social relationships in many ways? I am just SAYING. Oh sorry about my comment, it is as I wrote it. What Ethiopian needs now is its people everywhere to come together regardless their differences for the sake of those fellow Ethiopians who try to illegally cross boarders to develop better working culture overseas, thinking heaven to welcome them open arms.
    May God bless us all Ethiopians everywhere.

  5. yilmab
    | #5

    Dear Skyline I am glad you liked the headline but you seem to have issues with the point being made. Sorry about that, I will try to do better next time. The clues you gave me I am afraid can not be developed into an article. I doubt the Woyane regime would hijack its own helicopter or convince any pilot to fly it to Eritrea. I like your perspective on Eritrea. The two people have no contradiction and we saw that when Woyane expelled all they thought were Eritrean while their neighbors, friends and family were seen following the trucks that was to take them to the border and show their grief. Since the Imperial regime, the Derg and now Woyane have used the issue of Eritrea to cover up their failed policies and always using our cousins to plant hate between us. It is sad that some today think it is fashionable to follow Woyane like sheep and participate in this ugly behavior. I agree with you when you wrote ‘What Ethiopia needs is its people everywhere to come together’ I add come together and get rid of tyrants and dividers because the world is not going to wait for us while we hate and kill each other and the rest take off with science, technology and respect for Human Rights.

  6. kentu
    | #6

    Self. Distraction,the beginning of the end of Shania and weyane.there is a story a man was hungry so he prayed for god and god told go to the that has violence house then you will find husband and wife fighting so no body eating the food this time it their dinner and the poor man did as god told him and praise god this tells us the true nature Shania organized against weyane in his own land then collapsed weyane then his own term buy his own trained Ethiopian patriotic front this time the raise real Ethiopia with it’s own port.this is historical events good bye

  7. kentu
    | #7

    The beginning of the of end of tigrina speakers withier in tiray or Eritrea by self distraction.

  8. kentu
    | #8

    In this historical events there is three victims 1poor tigray 2 poor Eritrean 3 Eritrea and tigray who support Ethiopian unity but the rullig party they looting money and scale to western or usa

  9. Dawi
    | #9

    Second in a row – another beautiful piece by Yelma but, with denial of facts verified by professionals in the field of Economics.

    BTW, one reporter speculated the Andargachew Tsige video was released as a reminder of the strength of the state and frustrate the diaspora opposition which has got its hopes high after a defectee pilot landed Ethiopian Air force helicopter in Eritrea two weeks ago. I am not sure if it has worked on you though!

    I also read somewhere that the Ethiopian Government will not ask for the return of the Copter because they don’t expect a positive answer from Eritrea. I wondered, what about doing it through their mutual friends such as Sudan, that sells electric power to Eritrea, itself buys from no other but Ethiopia? :)

    [[..They get away with declaring double digit economic growth...]]

    It may be less than double digits but it is a respectable growth.

    The fact is the sovereign debt credit rating as reported by the major credit rating agencies such as S&P, Moody’s and Fitch for Ethiopia is B. That is a fact that made the credit worthiness of Ethiopia. Folks like you who out right deny facts are not helping the opposition at all.

  10. gomme
    | #10

    the ethno fascist tigre people liberation front has no way of stopping other pilots making their way to asmara. the pattern will continue until these fascists have no more helicopters left. our people are desperate to get away from these parasitic fascist mafia gangsters who are raping and bleeding the country and the people.

  11. kentu
    | #11

    kentu :
    In this historical events there is three victims 1poor tigray 2 poor Eritrean 3 Eritrea and tigray who support Ethiopian unity but the rullig party they looting money and scale to western or usa

    @kentu

  12. kentu
    | #12

    Yemecheresh mejemeria tigray Ena Eritrean berasachew dinkurina

  13. ahmed
    | #13

    As usual Ato Yilma’s article is very interesting.The truth which is becoming clear every day is that Woyane idiots have underestimated the intelligence of the brave Ethiopian pilots who said enough to injustices
    Any one who disagree with their dirty politics is a traitor.I believe the defection of the pilots to Eritrea and Kenya is the just another courageous action that will be followed by many brave Ethiopian officers.
    Allah Bless Ethiopia

  14. yotoutai
    | #14

    It all takes us redoubling our effort in the struggle against the enemy that has been hurting all of us via its occupation of our country engaging itself with all sorts of robberies and murders across and all over our country for the last twenty two years. This is the enemy that we have been fighting tooth and nail until its is defeated and crushed to its complete nothingness before its own eyes.

    Our main focus is to eliminate the enemy and then make it cough up the air it breathed for the last many years and then make it pay the price for all the crimes it had committed before and after it had come into our country. There is a data bank where each and every crime either in the form of monetary theft or taking citizens’ life recorded and continued to be recorded until the enemy is fall in the punishing hands of the mighty Ethiopians. If the enemy surrenders along with the resources it has stolen both in finance and assets, it is good enough but not really enough when the crime it had committed is taken into a big picture. So, the enemy definitely pays the price as we have been bearing the cost it incurred on for the last many years.

  15. kiefliflif
    | #15

    Action speaks more than words, the adage says. As per assessment that has been made for many years while the enemy was fighting us from the distance, and after the enemy invaded our lands, it is generally incalculable that the enemy caused damages on the lives and properties and resources.

    Yes, all Ethiopians both inside and outside the motherland have been demanded that the enemy returns all the properties it has robbed off our country and pay unimaginable price for the lives it has wasted and taken a prolonged bath with the blood of Ethiopians.

    By now the enemy is on the edge of its death, and it knows that with a little push, it will dive into its everlasting death; we, Ethiopians know very well that the enemy is smelling its death; what is that the enemy is sticking its nose into? Short and Quick death, or long and prolonged death? Well, the enemy will not allow to plan its own death; rather, it is Ethiopians who cater a unique death to the enemy and let it munch on its own death.

    Right now, the enemy is disoriented and confused by how quick and engulfing the fire that spread all over the enemy”s head set it in volcanic flame and shooting fire with final outcome of the end of the life of the enemy. The enemy stolen millions and millions dollars and thousands and thousands of lives from Ethiopians, and as per the outrageous crimes the enemy has committed, there is tantamount punishment that the enemy shall receive.

  16. balujima
    | #16

    We, Ethiopians are on the right path to defeating the enemy; all it takes is nothing but to completely defeat the enemy and make it tenuous history.

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