Why fight for Djibouti when we gave up Assab and Massawa? – Girma Kassa, Muziky68@yahoo.com
Sabagadis fought with the Turks to get Ethiopia access to the red sea. Ras Alula Aba Nega defeated the Italians in the battle of Adulis (near Massawa). In Gundet and Gurra (also in Eritrea) tens of thousands of our fathers sacrificed their life so that we, their children can live in freedom and dignity. Many died to preserve the National Unity and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. That was part of our noble history we are all proud of. (more…)
Sabagadis fought with the Turks to get Ethiopia access to the red sea. Ras Alula Aba Nega defeated the Italians in the battle of Adulis (near Massawa). In Gundet and Gurra (also in Eritrea) tens of thousands of our fathers sacrificed their life so that we, their children can live in freedom and dignity. Many died to preserve the National Unity and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. That was part of our noble history we are all proud of.
One hundred years later, we have dictators in power that are playing with our country as if it is a kid’s toy. They made Ethiopia landlocked. They divided us in ethnic groups so that we cannot be identified as “Ethiopians” but as something else. They chipped away our territories to give them to the Sudan. That is our shame today.
Three years ago, in a debate with opposition leaders, foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin defended the action of his party in making Ethiopia a land-locked country by bringing the example of Switzerland, a landlocked country at the heart of Europe. He explained that if Switzerland can develop without having sea outlets, there is no reason why Ethiopia would not develop.
His boss Ato Meles Zenawi has been unapologetic in saying the same thing over and over again. He has been telling us that development has nothing to do with sea outlet, that Ethiopia does not need Assab or Massawa. Ato Meles argued that the other alternative would be war with Eritrea if Ethiopia insisted on having a sea outlet. (Every one recalls that the promised peace in exchange of making Ethiopian landlocked was not realized and that more than hundred thousands of our brothers and sisters died in vain)
“Ethiopia is prepared to secure its vital trade corridor with the Red Sea port of Djibouti in the event of any conflict between Djibouti and Eritrea, its Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Thursday.” reported Reuters. “ummm” I said to myself. It seems if war broke out between Djibouti and Eritrea, Ethiopia will have no choice but to be involved in a war again.
Something clicked to my mind when I read this report from Reuters. Ethiopia is also extensively using the port of Berbera in Somaliland. With the emergence of the Islamic Court Union (an ally of Eritrea) Somaliland could have easily fallen under the control Mogadishu. Could it be the case where the EPRDF invaded Ethiopia to save Somaliland and the access to the sea via Berbera? It seems the Americans, as they were misled by Ahmed Challabi of Iraq, may have been misled big time by Ato Meles et company when they presented their war of aggression against Somalia as beneficial in the war of terrorism. (Instead of invading Somalia, engaging the moderates of the Islamic Court Union could have brought stability in Somalia and cleansed that region from terrorists)
When the EPRDF leaders gave away Ethiopian lands to Sudan, it is obvious they would get something in return. There are reports that road and being built from Metema, now part of Tigray region, to the port of Sudan. With situation in Somalia not stable, could it be the case that the EPRDF is selling our land to get access to the sea via the Port of Sudan?
Hasn’t Prime Minister Meles told us that Ethiopia does not need a sea outlet? If we are willing to give away our ports and made Ethiopia landlocked, why are we willing to go to war to save ports in another country?
It seems Ato Meles et company may have found out the need of a port. Otherwise they would not have gotten in all these problems to get access to the sea. I think by stating that Ethiopia will go to war to defend Djibouti, by invading Somalia and secretly making treasonous agreements with the Darfur criminal Omar Al Bashir, prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his comrades have endightened themselves and showed that their unilateral decision to make Ethiopia Landlocked is one of the most damaging and treasonous act ever done on ETHIOPIA.
I call for the armed forces of Ethiopia to take immediate actions against these individuals and take strong decisive steps to undo the damages done the last 15 years. Let the Ethiopiawinet Spirit that we had under Sabagadis, Ras Alula, Atse Yohannes, Atse Tewodros …engulf the mind and heart of our soldiers in Ethiopia. I think it is time to stop once and for all the gradual disintegration of our country.