How myopic! Is there ‘tomorrow’ in Aiga’s Calendar? – By workie briye

October 3rd, 2007 Print Print Email Email

It may seem natural to many of us that any light rays that reflect from the real world or a specific object reach our mind past whatever various parts in our eyes. (more…)

It may seem natural to many of us that any light rays that reflect from the real world or a specific object reach our mind past whatever various parts in our eyes.

There are few however who can not or do not need to take the trouble to involve their rational part of the optic process to take positions or pass judgments about reality no matter how evident it is. These are typically persons who suffer from a visual dysfunction called myopia.

The immediate situation that gave me the background to this simple observation is the landfill in the Aigaforum ditch that is thrown mostly as an attack against HR 2003 and anyone/anything associated with it. Indeed, politics has never been in short supply of issues that are controversial, authentically or pretentiously, and debated on a daily basis.Unfortunatelely truth in politics, in reality, is in the eye of the party member. Ideological thoughts, policy issues, strategies, and programs are always bones of contention among parties and party members. Even such fundamental issues as national interest and security are seen to be viewed in diametrically opposite lights by adherents of different ideologies.

However, it is hard to beleive, and rarely witnessed, that human beings take diametrically converse positions in the face of glaring facts of national tragedy such as the massacre of innocent citizens, the incarceration of thousands, and a whole country turned into a police state. One must be not simply short-sighted but totally blind to dance to the tunes of a killer regime and continue supporting it lock, stock, and barrel.

A close observation of the Meles regime in tandem with its media entourage evokes some telling Amharic proverbs such as Badembari beqlo kachil techemiro (please help me out in translating this ‘A noisy ring-bell for a grouchy muel’) and (Nigusu ebd, mekariwum ebd, ‘A crazy king with a crazy advisor’.) In some instances, the advisors and the quire appear to be even crazier than their bosses. True, there is nothing wrong in supporting a certain political belief or a group whether it is in power or yet in the rank of opposition. This is one of the principles that are dear especially to those of us who aspire for a system that is anchored in a rule of law and democratic institutions. However, there are times when the dividing line between different political alignments is not political at all; rather national, humanitarian, about life and dignity of all citizens. Under a healthy environment with sane human beings, these matters should appeal to our kind, susceptible, gentle, and compassionate nature to which we all ought to be predisposed. It shouldn’t necessarily be our turn to stand against bloodshed and injustice. When it comes to the very survival of fellow creatures and our nation as a common sanctuary, we need to stand and draw a red line no matter what kind of sanguinary or ideological cord ties us to the adversary.

If I were hired as consultant for the Aiga band, I would tell them to see “tomorrow” in their time line, in addition to that of today, work for the benefit and growth of institutions instead of one lord. I would remind them truth lines that are still simple logic for us ordinary mortals: reign of government terror, total absence of the rule of law, and violent suppression of citizen’s voice for sure leads to national instability and political unrest, which in turn diminishes the peace, prosperity, and comfort of any one including those who are in power and their cronies. This will culminate into a situasion where those who have the power and the money will not have the peace to enjoy it, ushering in a pernicious over all effect in the country at large.

One might understand their addiction to handouts, in various forms, from a reigning dictator. Greed, lust, and all forms of self-indulgence, though morally repugnant, are not crimes by themselves; the means we utilize to satiate them is. For any one suffering from these instincts, a just system with independent institutions and the rule of law is the safest and sustainable way to achieve it. Unfortunately, the strategy pursued by the myopic is to perpetuate their narrow space scavenging on a small loaf, instead of creating an open space with a bigger cake that can accomodate all including themselves. You do not need to be totally blind in the face of facts to support a regime whether it is due to kinship or ideological affiliation or both. We human beings are endowed with the power of sight that enables us to see at “the speck in our own eye let alone the log in” Zenawi’s, eye no matter what kind of fiber bonds us with him. There is always a balancing zone and a language that is above time and space.

What is even more purplexing about Aiga is the fact its hymen book is getting studded with verses and rhymes that clearly stagger to fit into the larger holy book of the ruling party, Aiga’s spiritual father, if you like. In the Aiga website we find that some pieces are punctuated with some Ethiopian figures from Ras Alula to Ras Abebe, taking you by surprise that singers of the ruling party swear by the same heroes as other Ethiopians. We also read quotes from Mahatma Ghandi with eulogies to the values of pacific resistance he pioneered. Moreover, the page is full of curses against the CUDP leaders, and a whole treatise reminding Donald Pyne of the history of Ethiopia and the heroism of its children.

What is perplexing about this garnishment employed by Aiga is that the “Ode to Ethiopia ” and its history is not a lyric that commonly accompany the songs of the ruling group as we know it untill this point in time. Accordingly we might need to remind our brothers at Aiga that the lyric they are forging to lure the tender heart of Ethiopians is completely incongruent with the louder song and the war cry that filled the Aiga trench itself. They should be reminded that their master composer himself doesn’t look good in that kind of robe.

In conclusion, the Aiga et al crews are stark reminders of the fact that the challenge to a democratic transition in developing countries is much more complicated than we think it is. The cruel dictators are always surrounded by an army of zombies who emerge in the form of the media, the arts, literature, history, and even at times speak the language of the true heroes and heroins of Ethiopia. The least we should do to these fellow citizens is reminding them that “there is always tomorrow in the calendar of human beings”. We need to remind them again and again although it is always the case that zombies don’t consider variables related to time.

Praise to our modern day Alulas!!
Donald Payne is more Ethiopian than 1000s of Zenawis!!

  1. koki
    | #1

    The Zombies are blinded by their tribal afficiliation. Their obscene rude remarks against honerable congressmen and anybody who stands on their way is so embarassing.

    Sometimes they evaluate the rest of us with their mind capacity and dont think we know much better than they think. These are essentially fascists who could kill others to make a living.
    These are the same people like the TPLF plaincloth security tugs who spit on the faces of innocent people. The most follish thing it that they can sustain power with this method. For some time it may work. They could not see the end is bad for them. These are our brothers and we need to feel sorry for them and help them liberate themselves.

  2. Wedi Tigray
    | #2

    These people you referred as “zombies” are tribal morons from Tigray. They are pathological liars who are commended and encouraged by their master. They know nothing about seeing the larger picture and never look beyond today. God forbid, they are trying to plunge the nation to unprecedented civil war. I hope the people of Tigray rejects them as they are rejected by every ethnic group. Any thing Zeru spout from his mouth is worse than human excreation.

  3. Goitom
    | #3

    It is about time somebody responds to these zombies.Thank you Workie!It never ceases to amaze me of their audacity accusing the opposition as traitors.Who switched from Albanian style communism to an American clone overnight?Who was belittling the long existence of Ethiopia as a nation a few years back?Who made fun of the Ethiopian flag?Who gave away the assab port which rightfully belongs to Ethiopia?Who is dividing the Ethiopian nation through ethnic lines? Who? Is it berhanu nega? Is it bertukan? NOT! It is Woyane and its cronies.What is funny is “joro lebalebetu bada new”.People are saying Woyane is the “house nigger” of the Bush administration.They are no differnt than “blackwater” mercinaries getting paid for a job well done.Accusing the opposition as traitors! Please give me a break!!

  4. Kiros
    | #4

    My Fellow Ethiopians,
    These “Zombies” have only one mission and that is at any cost to prolong the life of ruling party, specifically Meles (TPLF). They are aware that what this administration is doing is against all Ethiopians (including Tigreans). I am proud Ethiopia of Tigrean origin. Believe it or not TPLF is number one enemy of Tigray people. You may ask why?
    1. When Meles says, Ethiopian History is 100 years; he is trashing the History of Tigreans. By that I mean the Axumite kingdom, the history of Alula. Anyone who denies 3000 years history of Ethiopia can’t stand for Tigreans.
    2. The first victims of TPLF are Tigreans, during the 17 year of “struggle” many Tigreans are killed, tortured, disappear. Even during the famine 1984 TPLF used the hungry Tigreans to walk to SUDAN show these people to NGO and get millions of dollars and used it for TPLF’s political and military purposes. People of Tigray get nothing.
    3. During Sebhat Nega’s interview: when he was asked about EFORT how it was started, he mentioned among other things that “we have large amount of dollars from our businesses, Derg was short of dollars. When we needed Birr we had un-written agreement between TPLF and Derg that we were exchanging dollar for birr”.
    Of course DERG was buying all the weapons using this dollar that was provided by TPLF to bomb the civilians in Tigray. How in the earth is TPLF stand for Tigray, which is just a cover up.

    4. When TPLF isolates Tigrean people from the rest of Ethiopians (by using KILIL) they are preventing Tigreans to free themselves form the worst control in Tigray. Second, Tigreans use to go anywhere in Ethiopia and work hard to make ends meet. The KILIL hurts most Tigrean.

    5. If you go to Tigray there is no single rich business man/woman, there are outside of Tigray, but not in Tigray because all business are in the hands of TPLF. The biggest business in Tigray for the ordinary people is HOTEL, Bar that is it. TPLF is anti-Tigrean first and for most.

    Thus, if there are Ethiopians that doubt the people of Tigreay rejected TPLF long time ago, but they are kept silence by the barrel of gun, nothing else. Of course there are people who sold their soul to feed their flesh and these kinds of people are everywhere.

    The bottom line is we shouldn’t give up fight for equality, democracy, justice and unity. If Ethiopia builds a true democratic system we all Ethiopians benefit out of it. Let us fight for our right hand in hand.

    We shall prevail.

  5. Maria Tadesee
    | #5

    Kiros, my brother,

    Well said!!!! Thank you, we need to hear from people like you. The AIGA hate mongers are drowning the mature voices and blaspheming the
    name of Ras Alula. Speak up, don’t be afraid.
    Bertukan said “Kinijit Ye sew Telat Yelewem”
    I will say “Ethiopians Yers Bers Telatcha Yelatchewm” We like each other but we all hate Meles for his tribal dictatorial policy and
    his hate towards our Motherland.

  6. Shumet Menywab
    | #6

    From 100 years history and disgracing its national flag as a piece of rug, Ethiopia, what a diving political gangs playing with you now as a patriotic leader and protectorate in the EPRDF/TPLF power hungry drama. If EPRDF/TPLF fell out of power in Ethiopia, the sky will be falling. If EPRDF/TPLF is falling, America is without real partner on the fight against international terrorism in East Africa. All other peace loving Ethiopians are traitors. What is wrong about HR 2003 in the Ethiopian national interest of it? Is America colonizing Ethiopia just because it supports more democratic works than it is supporting Mr. Meles now without real democracy? This, your stubbornness, thinking that you can always convince America to be your power protector will take you one day to hell.

    If you can not convince yourself that the time is to work out differences between you and the rest of Ethiopians, you, EPRDF/TPLF supporters will be convinced in the near future when you are no longer in power and most of you will be investigated for the crimes you have been doing for the last 16 years. It is time to pardon yourself from the crimes you have been committing, by joining the work for real democracy!

  7. Tigist
    | #7

    Well said Ato workie briye! I think the Ethiopian Review web site and its publisher Elias Kifle needs to be review as well. I am sure that Elias has some hidden agenda. The general public needs to be aware of Elias’s way of conducting business. We need to be cautious about everything that he writs on his site.

  8. Mimi
    | #8

    I don’t think anybody should take Elias Kifle and his mouth piece web site seriously. He can say whatever he wants to say, but nobody should trust him. His site is like Aiga forum from the opposite site.

  9. Tigist
    | #9

    The abugida guys and all the Kinijit web sites, would you pleas stop referring Elias Kifle the ER maniac as a news source from now on? He has every right to say what ever he want to say. But, when you use him as a news source, that put Kinijit name in the mud and makes us the Kinijit supporters to question your ethic as well. I don’t think Elias has any interest in Kinijit being strong and effective party. That is why he exaggerate any issues that comes among Kinijit leaders and supporters. What he has been doing is not helping Kinijit at all. He spread rumors and make a bad condition to look worst, and I don’t think you should use him as news source at all. That only gives him the boldness to do the next crazy thing.

  10. Mesfin
    | #10

    I agree with Tigist. Elias is one crazy MF. It looks like he is suffering from a little man syndrome. We shouldn’t pay attention to him at all.

  11. yikerbelen
    | #11

    hodams and bandas should leave elias alone. hodams and bandas have no place in ethiopia any more. elias , keep up your good job.

  12. Meseret
    | #12

    Elias has hidden agenda. He is woking for woyane. He tried very hard to divide Kinijit. He shamelessly insult our leaders and brave Ethiopians who suffered by the hand of woyane who fought for our freedom. Elias is a coward banda who works for … to divide Ethiopia into small nations. Having website doesn’t make any idiot person journalist. He is really sadist. He is a liar too. Nobody buys his story. Ethiopian know who their leaders are and who suffered for them, not Elias and his friends who smear their names. Kinjit leaders will solve their differences. Guess what Elias, you and your website will be the only one left behind.
    I hope you will get the nerve to stop telling lies.

  13. azeb
    | #13

    i once punched ertrean on the nose and felt good about it.

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