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If you happened to have watched a video clip recently posted on or on November 27, 2007, the ruling party chairman and Prime Minister of Ethiopia, (more…)

If you happened to have watched a video clip recently posted on or on November 27, 2007, the ruling party chairman and Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr. Meles Zenawie responded to question directed to him by members of the Ethiopian parliament pertaining to the war in Somalia, the recently enacted bill known as HR2003 which was passed unanimously by the United States Congress and the border conflict with Eritrea that could spill into a full blown war any moment now. The Prime Ministers response on the war in Somalia, HR2003 specifically the role of some opposition leaders for supporting HR 2003 was laughable at best comical. The audacity of the Prime Minister in accusing opposition party members for supporting HR2003 who are currently member of the parliament, the possibility of war with Eritrea was theatrical display that even Hollywood best directors couldn’t not muster.

The premier is obviously trying to distort the public by providing false information and misleading facts which does not reflect the reality on the ground. This is deliberately designed to evade the public’s attention from the culminating storm since the elections in May of 2005. Let’s examine some of the points:-

1. Prime Minister Meles Zenawie, attempted to reduced the whole mission of HR 2003 as a bill designed to just establish an independent election board which comprises of opposition party members. He deliberately didn’t want to recognize other crucial points which are in the bill, such as bringing an independent, equitable and transparent justice system. Bringing to justice those who are responsible for the massacre of over 200 innocent people after the total crackdown of the peaceful protest following the May 2005 elections. Finally his attempt to compare apples to oranges by distorting the American election system providing facts which are not compatible with the Americal electoral system. You don’t have to be a legal scholar or an election expert to know that the United States political system had a Federal Election Commission that monitors the financial as well as some administrative procedures during elections. Moreover, each state has an election board that enacts election procedures and work to resolve election disputes.

2. The premier, criticized member of opposition parliament members who supported HR 2003 as “shameful”. The Prime Minister justified his critics by referring to these elected representatives as authors of legislative or rather “law makers” of the country yet are traveling abroad to plea with leaders of foreign countries to enact laws on their behalf. Can the Prime Minister point to one specific incident in the history of EPRDF that opposition party members got the opportunity to initiate, debate freely and finally enact a law for the better of the country?

3. The Prime Minister boasted of his government’s patience and restraint for not throwing CUDP leaders in jail for being invited to testify in front of the United States congress on behalf of HR 2003. According to his analysis, testifying before the United States Congress is a crime but, the government prefers to wait in patience even if they have the right to express their idea in whatsoever manner. However, we all know the main case here is that the government has no choice but to refrain from arresting the CUDP leaders because nothing else can reinforce better what the world has know all along that the EPRDF government is dictatorial and brutal. Second incarcerating the CUDP would bring down the wrath on the US Senate on the Prime Minister and would be the final nail in his coffin.

4. His points on the war with Eritrea, that as long as the Eritrean government does not hamper Ethiopia’s economic development plans, the Ethiopian government will not go to war for minor provo vacations by the Eritrean’s according to the Prime Minister. In the case of Somalia his defense was Ethiopia’s involvement in Somalia was to curve the possible future danger from the “Islamic extremists” which must be confronted before it gathers into a storm. This analysis by the Prime Minister clearly reflects the double standard foreign policy of the Ethiopian government and subjugates Ethiopians to server the interest of foreign nations. Second, the war on terror as has become a lucrative business and will win you many friends in the West these days as long as you can stomach mowing down and torturing innocent civilians.

Going to war with Eritrea will result in huge consequence for both sides and with the Ogaden crises, political tensions and growing numbers of rebel’s fighting throughout in Ethiopia the Prime Minister is left with fewer and fewer choices.

In conclusion I believe that President John F. Kennedy said it best “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

  1. Aha!
    | #1

    It is a good presentation qouting from the words of the prime minister in defense of the opposition leaders that provided a misleading testimony in congress on hearing called I believe on the Ogaden Humanitarian crisis, the Dr. Berhanu Nega and w/Birtukan Mideksa provided in connection, perhaps to HR 2003, which did not help to substanciate evidences provided in the previous testimony, much perhaps to the dismay of Rep. Chris Smith, and the majority of the Ethiopians, that Vice Chairman Birtukan Mideksa testified the that the current political prisonors are estimated to be 100, to which Dr. berhanu neither confirmed nor supplemented with added data. Instead he went on to lecture the congress sub-committee about the same line of questioning about the number of political prisoners, that putting pressure on the current regime (by US Government/Congress?)is important, I paraphrase.

    Let the Senate worry about defending the passage of HR 2003 in the Senate, and present it to to President Bush for his signature and we have to join hands in support of HR 2003.

    The prime minister has the right to say whatever he wants to counter the passage of HR 2003 and threaten the elected opposition parliamentarians, who opted to join the parliament for no apparent good reason and accuse them for supporting HR 2003, and the delegation of Kinjit party to United States, who testified in congress, is out in public for the Ethiopians in the Diaspora and in Ethiopia to digest I suggest it is the the job of the sites/media to preset verbatim information of paramount importance from both segements.

    We are our own enemy for not joining hands for a common cause to save Ethiopia from a path of destruction and disinegration.

  2. Hagos
    | #2

    Psychopaths lack a sense of guilt or remorse for any harm they may have caused others, instead rationalizing the behavior, blaming someone else, or denying it outright. Psychopaths also lack empathy towards others in general, resulting in tactlessness, insensitivity, and contemptuousness. All of this belies their tendency to make a good, likable first impression. Psychopaths have a superficial charm about them, enabled by a willingness to say anything without concern for accuracy or truth. This extends into their pathological lying and willingness to con and manipulate others for personal gain or amusement. If I missed anything to describe the Prime Minster please let me know.

  3. Mamokacha
    | #3

    The long repeated talk of dictator Melse was only about war( Eritrea, Somalia and Ogaden and opposing HR 2003 bill. Not about Democracy and freedom of Ethiopian people which was the burning and primary basic need implies all the talk were useless.

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  5. Solomon Taye
    | #5

    Expecting a peacful solution from EThno-facist dictator: meles Zenawi is like Expecting a bird from Snakes Egg. So The only Solution for Ethiopia and The horn is the removal of Meles Zenawi of EThiopia and Esayas Aforqi of Eritrea This Both ETHNIC WAR LORDS caused misery death and Suffering of both Countries WE SHOULD DEMAND DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT FOR BOTH NATIONS which will result a lasting peace for both Nations .
    Thank you

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