Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me …My Friend – By Fita Chala ( fitachala@yahoo.com)

January 28th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

“And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.”


“And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.”

“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words “never again” in Darfur? ”These are the words of President Barack Obama. The two were from his Inaugural Speech, the third was taken from his Berlin Speech. Nice and inspiring words.

But…Wait, Wait, don’t tell me…that Obama and Clinton will help us kick out Meles Zenawi and solve our problem. No, No, No. I know that there are a lot of groups, political parties, selfproclaimed, “Hulun Awaki..Ager Wodad… Yekurt Ken Lijoch” and other self-appointed lobbyists who are ready to knock at the doors of State Department and Congress. One group goes, Monday, the other Tuesday..and so on and on…. We did this for how many years? Telling the same line of story, as if litigating the same issue again and again in district, circuit, appeals and supreme court. Don’t tell me that you want to do this again. Rather, please get together, debate the most important issues of the day: like human rights, the fear of disintegration, lawlessness…and falling on the hands of armed groups…Take your time. Take your time before you open your mouth in front of a new, rookie desk officer or congressional aide. You know more. You can do more. Go and think. Read. Be creative. Leave your pre-74 mentality. Involve young and creative minds. Don’t rush. Don’t try to get- in short period of time- a thing that you did not achieve in the last 34 years. And if you decide to see that rookie state department officer or that nice congressman who told you to come over, Shepardize your thoughts, prepare a one pager -a kind of condensed note. I know that we have a lot of problems, but if you could not put it in one page, you have a problem. So write it again, edit it, squeeze it;prepare as if you are going to do an oral exam. You are arguing your case (our case?). This is not a social event. Be specific and try to make our problem their problem (or will be their problem)…

My dear and learned friend, don’t tell me that by organizing another useless demonstration without a far sighted objective, you think you might be heard or you will help the issues of human rights. Wait, Wait…don’t tell me that by owning or having a radio station, a web site, a blog, a paltalk room you are the only smart person we should listen to; or that you are the only One, the Messiah. No. In fact, you need to realize that you have more responsibility than people like me. Use it wisely: to debate important issues and to unite the people for common cause against abuse of human rights in Ethiopia. We can’t afford to have useless media which do more harm than use. We can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars to American companies on a weekly basis, instead of using the money for other noble purposes.

And lastly, wait, wait, don’t tell me that Shabia will help us liberate from TPLF. You must be kidding. That is absurd. Given the objectives of Shabia, the best and historical interest of Ethiopia will not be served if we ally ourselves with it. First, we will not win, second, if we do we live dents in our history, third…. These are my thoughts. All things considered.

Fita Chala


  1. | #1

    Brilliant. No one can give us freedom on a silver platter. We have to earn it on our own – and we can provided we embrace our common humanity to overcome the divisive politics of tyrant Meles.

    Thank you Ato Fita Chala

  2. jj
    | #2


    Very good observation,

    We as a people should not beg parliament or house of Commons to solve our problem or to remove our brain cancer (Woyane). In the first place, they planted it on us. Thanks to Jimmy Charter and his “democratic center” in reality evil centre. Regrettable we fell to communism during his administration as well.
    There is one real issue the westerns should be asked and explain.
    Why is my tax money and tax money of ordinary citizens being used to torture, terrorise, kill and disappear my love once back home? Is that the strategy to reduce population explosion in third world? Why? Why? why?

  3. denke
    | #3

    Dear Ms or Mr. Fita (it is so hard to tell your gender with that funny name)

    With such unusual and not so typical Ethiopian name you have gone out of control with your “wait-wait –don’t tell me “joke. I guess you are listening to that program every Sunday.
    The intro of your article “sounds” you have some sense to challenge woyane but as I keep reading further you are not only insulting Woyane you are also attacking all opposition groups even those who dare to open radio stations or organize demonstration even blogs, pal talk rooms anyone with a slight courage to expose woyane in a free world

    Dear Ms OR Mr. Fta
    For a frustrated useless Diaspora you sure got time to be a paper tiger. By the way, what have you done for the struggle besides dawn grading those who have the courage to open radio station or organize demonstrations or brave PalTalk rooms such as ECADF who work day and night without your help to expose TPLF?

    Dear Ms or Mr. Fta
    I will say next time before you come with such a twisted and confused article you should say to you self ‘WAIT WIAT BEFORE I SPEAK-I BETTER THNK “may be that will save you from acting a fool.

    Once Dedebit Always Dedebit –The Life of recovering Dedebit Cadres

  4. Wogeen
    | #4

    It looks like you are offended by Mr.Fita’s article. But, you also sound as one of the concerned Ethiopian diaspora.
    Yes, You are intitled to write your opinion.
    Some of the words you used were ugly.
    1. If you are an Ethiopian who born and lived in Ethiopia you would know or heard the name Fita. Even if you havn’t heard it before, you could just ask some one or ignored that part and just wrote your comment. Dose it realy matter whether this person is male or female unless you are a shovenist.
    I know you are not funny but stupid.
    2.Do you realy mean reading makes you useless.
    I think your mind is the one which is usless than the one you called papper tiger. You sound more frustrated usless diaspora than Fita.
    3.You better think before you critisized some one.
    I don’t know you but,I can guss…
    You are from one of those who lived spliting words…
    You are from those who manuplated people to fullfil their dream…
    You are from those who betrayed there friends in the past and still wish to do it again…
    Stop insulting people. Ethiopia is not only your country. You have to accept that Every Ethiopian have a right to say / write abuot what he thinks is right or wrong.
    Don’t expect that everybody have to support your idea and those who doesn’t are your enemies.
    I am sure if Fita is dedeb as you wrote it he wont be a papper tiger.
    Sorry for you and people like you who try to look smarter by spliting wods and creating more problems among people.

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