Time to Dismantle Ethio-Eritrean Despotism to its Demise – By Alex Birhanu

February 10th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Under Issayas Afeworki, the despotic god-father of pirates and terrorism, Eritrea succeeded to enter into a series of conflicts with all its neighbors indiscriminately since 1994; while at the same time internally skirmishing aggressively with the soul freedom fighting Afar peoples along the Red Sea Coastal areas.


Under Issayas Afeworki, the despotic god-father of pirates and terrorism, Eritrea succeeded to enter into a series of conflicts with all its neighbors indiscriminately since 1994; while at the same time internally skirmishing aggressively with the soul freedom fighting Afar peoples along the Red Sea Coastal areas.

To add insult into injury, the conflict between Eritrea and Djibouti is still lingering on the desks and files of the Security Council of the United Nations in New York without getting its due response.

Currently, due to persisting misfortunes both at home and abroad, Issaias Afeworki’s tyranny is temporarily ailing its political stance beyond repair and only counts the arrival of its doomsday. All its Machiavellian tactics of governance by using spy soldiers at home and by spreading terrorist tactics using voluntarily allied foot-soldiers have collapsed and all its cards are likewise burnt-out. The arrogant fascist branded totalitarian dictator – Issaias Afeworki’s Shaabia regime has gone to the extent of harboring fundamentalists and dashed into Somalia simply to simply quench the desires of his fund raising friends among few Arab governments but in vain. By now, Issaias knows it better that he is just buying time; he knows it well too that he can no longer collect Diaspora funds through Eritrean youths spread all over the globe. Obviously, the totalitarian mantle and dictatorial road which Issaias Afeworki’s despotic regime has chosen to move on may buy him a little while; but definitely his tyrannical tyrant regime can no longer continue tossing terrorism until his ultimate downfall is realized sooner or later.

Deceitful Political Deal

What was invented, willed, devised and kept alive for their strategic alliance since 1975 between God-father-Issayas Afeworki and his junior-Meles Zenawi was exercised more so in a reversed order between 1991 and 1997. As such Zenawi became the foremost runner on Eritrean secession matters while Afeworki pretended as his subordinate until he secured the momentum for acquiring most of what he initially aspired for. The inept excuses these two despotic principal dictators gave for their step-by-step actions of the time were mainly two-pronged: (1) that of the emergency situation of the aftermath of war in both countries as a priority issue to be given due attention.; and (2) the need for a transitional charter in order to endorse the de facto independence of Eritrea as equally crucial.

To this effect the July 14, 1991 conference in Addis Ababa was led by Dictator Zenawi who tirelessly pressured on TPLF / EPRDF partisans to adopt a new ‘Charter’, wherein he made it clear to participants that “… no individual, group, or party, including the TPLF / EPRDF itself, was there because of democratic mandate from the Ethiopian people. No one was deputized by the express will of the people but because of martial victory or support thereof. Hence soon after the Conference TPLF / EPRDF issued the “charter” with the primary aim to endorse the de facto independence of Eritrea; while at the same time to introduce its own ethnic-federal rules within Ethiopia” [For details see 2 & 3].

At the time, Herman Cohen who brokered the 1991 soft-landing of the TPLF / EPRDF in Addis Ababa and that of the EPLF in Asmara told the Conference stating: “… by not allowing Ethiopia a country of 70 million people access to the sea – if this is not the crime of the century then it is the biggest mistake of the agreement”. In the conference room, Herman further took Zenawi aside and told him: “… look you got to negotiate access to the sea. For the interest of the country you are going to lead, for your name and for the name of the group that you lead, it is very important you do that.” All Zenawi did was: look straight into Cohen’s face, smiled and vanished into the conference room [For details see 2 & 2.1].

Also, Jimmy Carter, the ex-president of USA, who had known Zenawi as a close friend, also made further efforts in clarifying the crucial importance of bringing Ethiopia’s access to the sea to the negotiation table. In his words: “Look Mr. Zenawi, you got to bring this issue to the table. It doesn’t matter weather Eritrea agrees on it or not; … put it on the table and leave it there. A future generation of the two countries will deal with it. At least you will not be responsible for land-locking 70 million people. For Christ sake you got to do it”. Again Zenawi looked into the eyes of former President Carter and remained speechless [For details see 2 & 2.1].

At the July 1993 National Conference for Peace and Democracy spear-headed by the TPLF / EPRDF regime, both the late Professor Asrat Weldeyes and the late Dr. Mekonnen Bishaw expressed their resistant reservations about the mandate or legitimacy of the conferees to make such principal and fundamental decisions involving the severing act of component parts of the people and territory of Ethiopia. These two gentlemen questioned two basic faults being committed at the time, namely: (1) the tactic in which the Conference participants were selected; and (2) the decisions passed regarding the eventual Eritrean cessation. Procedurally, they reiterate resiliently the equivocal need for a national referendum conducted both by the Ethiopian and Eritrean people alike, but in vain [For details see 4].

Notwithstanding several appeals and requests made by senior personalities in defense of Ethiopian interests and rightful proprietorship on key resources, the TPLF / EPRDF regime decided to bring its agencies into play to engage in lobbying, facilitating and in taking active steps to urge the international community and key agencies including the United Nations to make the Eritrean myth and dream come true; so that the new Eritrea could acquire its de facto independence from Ethiopia. Meanwhile, in such crucial national matter, the war weary Ethiopian people were never consulted by the contemptuous TPLF / EPRDF regime. Instead they were told that the government was taking essential steps for Ethiopians’ own good; in Meles Zenawi’s own view, with independence of Eritrea, Ethiopia could safely put its own home in order and do its own business of nation-building made as the result of the peace and tranquility with Eritrea [For details see 3].

Connecting to Cut-off

In the next four years stretching between 1993-1997, Eritrean citizens were heavily engaged in their own nation building while at the same time using the Ethiopian currency to conduct both Eritrea’s domestic and foreign businesses; the Ethiopian air lines became its de facto air carrier; and true to form, Eritrea, a country that didn’t grow a single coffee tree, became the main coffee exporter of the region. To one’s dismay, Eritrean citizens were provided more access to major Ethiopian public and private business resources than ordinary Ethiopians within Ethiopia. Afeworki, the Eritrean strong man, the architect God-father known for setting-up of pirates and politico-business kiosks within Eritrea for all sorts of so called liberation fronts(LFs), was hailed as the persona of wisdom and vision whose intelligence was so compelling that those very close to him and benefited from his mentorship needn’t worry about acquiring university education! This period was remarked as a grand period for Eritrea’s short-lived progress [For details see 3].

As far as Eritrean independence is concerned, the conspiracy, the frictions and factions that have been taking place endlessly during the last 18 years are all remaining in limbo. To this day, there has never been any official border demarcation laid on the ground between Ethiopia and Eritrea. (1) The de facto independence waged by Afeworki and his tyrannical junta through coercion on his people stating: “if you vote red you will be dead”; (2) the give-away action taken by Meles Zenawi and his despotic fascist-fed-army through denial of the right to the Ethiopian people from participating in the process of referendum; and (3) the continued suppression being made by Meles Zenawi’s dictatorial regime on Ethiopians not to reclaim Assab Port as Ethiopia’s rightful outlet to the sea; are all implicitly null and void; and a matter of time to revert.

Amidst all these geo-political chaos, both Ethiopian and Eritrean peoples are suffering due to the despotic, tyrannical regimes holding the government seats by force.

Suffice to mention what the well-known modern history professor, Dr. Tekeste Negash, time and again has pointed out: “Myths in whatever form they appear do more harm than good. Unfortunately Eritrean nationalist thought and practice is replete with myths; … and in the process of myth-building, Eritrean myth-builders were actively assisted by the present government in Ethiopia.” [For details see 4].

Obviously, the myth telling about Eritrean state shall decompose by itself soon and come to the fore for as long as Ethiopians are united and stand firm not to buy the false myth being propagated by TPLF / EPRDF and EPLF alike. More so Ethiopians should be careful of the gangs of Ginbot-7 who once were voluntarily ganging-up and dancing to the pipe tune of Meles Zenawi. Now these wolves and gangs of G-7 have resorted to gang-up with and dance to the pipe-tune of Eritrea’s Afeworki. Unless we are hand-cuffed and blind folded, the gang of G-7 will never succeed to draw us into the already failed Afeworki’s camp of totalitarian tyranny. We should no longer contemplate to look into the Meles and Afeworki’s conspired camps that ultimately resulted in breeding and spreading reign of tyranny, fascism, totalitarianism, contemptible despotism in the region. Rather we should look for other options to liberate Ethiopia from the yoke of tribally laden totalitarian and tyrannical regimes we face today.

In Tekeste’s own words: “Gone are the days when Eritrean partisans believed about the strategic and economic importance of Eritrea to Ethiopia. Also the myths of Eritrean economy and Eritrean entrepreneurship have been greatly weakened. … Eritrea is a resource poor country, and as long its resources remain what they are, Ethiopia will remain as the most important partner. This economic argument does not take into account the common history and culture. … The political and economic realities of an independent Eritrea are quickly leading to a revision of earlier perceptions. During the war of independence it was commonly believed that Eritrea was more important to Ethiopia. As the negative impact of Eritrean secession on Ethiopia does not seem to be so noticeable, one can argue that Ethiopia is far more important to Eritrea.” [For details see 5].

These critical national issues are still without proper replies. The sooner an all out unity of Ethiopian political groups is formed to take over power, a lasting justice will be done to matters left lofty by the two contemptuous and despotic dictators that keep on tossing a one-man-show on each side of the Ethio-Eritrea isles.

Conclusive Comments

In conclusion as regards Eritrea, Afeworki can no longer continue to fool Eritreans in Diaspora. No matter how much Shaabia is trying to deceive all eyes watching Afeworki’s single-handedly led totalitarian regime, Eritreans are alertly observing the troubled, drained and domineering EPLF regime; and are taking it with bitter salt. Some are even daring to air-out by waging enough is enough.

At either side of the isles, corrective actions must be operational without any delay; the voices and choices of the people must be given the upper hand to take their fate in their own hands. The ever growing and ongoing – one man show – and protagonist political platform, characterized for the most part by brutal dictatorial governance and despotic polity within the Ethio-Eritrea bounds must be clogged once and for all.

In particular, as regards the current situation in Ethiopia, let me site from the recent message of Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam: “If we want to see a more just and equitable society in Ethiopia, a country where the rule of law is supreme and where government fears its people, each one of us must act. Every Ethiopian is a power for good or evil. We have to make the choice to be a force for good. By every thought we contemplate and act we perform, we can bring about greater unity and harmony among the people. This is a burden of responsibility we carry for ourselves now, and for the next generation. The power of one for good or evil can not be underestimated. We have seen for nearly two decades how one man with a small group of henchmen has been able to destroy an entire nation. What we must also see is that many individuals working together can heal the wounds inflicted upon our country and set it on course to its glorious destiny.” [For details see 6]. In all fairness, we need a leader who will balance the power base and will bring lots of prosperity and dignity to Ethiopians of all walks of life. Afeworki and Zenawi have been in power for so long and enough is enough. No one should be more equal than the other. We need egalitarian and democratic framework to start with and leadership that is ready to serve the nations and its peoples vested interests harmoniously. Indeed, we have come a long way and sacrificed dearly in dispensing with the 2 despotic Ethio-Eritrean dictators. Don’t let new tyrants from the inner circle of Afeworki or Zenawi come into our lives any more.

Foot Notes

[1] Source: Mekonnen Kassa, Ethiopia – It is all about access to the sea – 01/24/07 http://nazret.com/blog/index….&tb=1&pb=1
[1.1] Source:
[2] Source: Agere Aleme, Time to regain the hitherto lost political chances – Dec. 27, 2006. www.ethioforum.org/For…t=681.html
[2.1] Source: Indian Ocean Newsletter N° 1208 17/02/2007
[3] Source: Professor Negussay, Commentary On the 12/12/00 Ethiopia-Eritrea Algiers ‘Peace’ Deal; http://www.ethiopians.com/Views/Commentary_on_AlgiersDeal.htm
[4] Source: Prof. Tekeste Negash – Eritrea and Ethiopia: From Cooperation to Competition; May 2, 1998. http://www.geocities.com/~dagmawi/News/News_Aug18_TekesteNegash.html
[5] Source: Ibid. http://www.geocities.com/~dagmawi/News/News_Aug18_TekesteNegash.html
[6] Source: Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam, Ethiopians United Can Never be Defeated!

  1. mulu
    | #1

    I think you need to stop linking the two countries when trying to solve Ethiopia’s problem. Let’s start putting our respective countries in order before trying to solve the other countries problem at the same time. If you do not need Eritrea’s support to solve Ethiopian problem, then leave Eritrea alone and go figure it out how to get rid of your dictator. Eritrean need to do the same. Once the two houses are in order we can then talk about your deisre to swim in the red sea. Your article seems to be filled with obsession about Eritrea’s lost than any good intention of fixing your problem. Eritrea is gone forever, smell the coffee my friend.

  2. | #2

    The UN decided that badmen is Eritrea’s in the Algeria’s agreement so basically the law is on the side of Eritrea this court made up of the best judges in Europe made this decision this was a fair trial both side were fully represented. So now Ethiopia must respect the rule of law end of story. The Ethiopians are occupying Eritrean land there’s no other conclusion a reporter or anybody can make. The UN should have enforced their law since that’s what it was set up to do fix and bring solutions to world conflicts. European counties like Britain, Italy etc and the UN who cooperated in some instances are also responsible for this problem because they invade east Africa and set up all these false border lines and disrupted hundreds of years of living in those regions this can be referred to the scramble for Africa.
    I don’t understand why the western media are not condemning Ethiopia no really they are the ones who didn’t follow the agreement we said in that video that Eritrea made UN troops leave yes they did because they didn’t implement the agreement that was their main purpose i.e demarcated the border. Of course the Eritrean government was frustrated the terms of them being there i.e. UN troops were no longer valid.
    When Eritrean supposedly attack dijubutio and went on their land (it’s not true) but anyway the western media and the un went mad they said lets show them this is no acceptable if that’s case why do you let Ethiopia take Eritrean land make your minds up the rule of law should apply for anybody not exempting some that’s a fundamental rule of law and human rights.
    Some books for people who want to find out about Eritrea are “I Didn’t Do It For You” – Michela Wrong


    ha ha ha you think by putting refrence to support your bias work its gonna be respected come on man how can you give a reason answer your ethiopean and your party wants to make eritrea and ethiopea one

    foot notes

    The website state Ethiopian PARTY real intentions to control Eritrea skim read the report till we read on Eritrea then we will understand what i mean

  3. yikerbelen
    | #3

    yerasua siyarebate yesewu tamaselaleche banehone yishalale. Let us punish our shabians from our country issayas is no longer our problem. let issays for eritreans.

  4. man of consience
    | #4

    Get real.
    Eritreans paid the price. And that’s the end. Ethiopia can take back djibouti but will never have peace with eritrea. The damage has happened. Whom ever takes power in eritrea will be obliged to keep the country as one. Ethiopia will need to be split to more countries until all ethiopians are seen as equal. Check your consience and the respect you have for all called ethiopians.its far from where it should be. The history of ethiopia is unlikely to bring peace for all until the respect and trust is built. I think it will take 100′s of years. All ethiopians seem to have hatred and disrespect for the other. Why do you even think of grabbing another countries land when you have no right for the ones you have now.

  5. Bekele
    | #5

    Dear Abugida Editors,

    I lack words to thank you. This is the most insightful and alarming article that brings to the attention of Ethiopians and Eritreans of all walks of life how deeply we have been cheated by these two arogant hydras (afeworki and Zenawi). Please spread such eaducative article to as many readers and listners as possible.

    Once again thank you so much Abugida Editors and the writer Alex Birhanu.

  6. Belaye Zeleke
    | #6

    Refreshing, enlightening and best article ever with excellent proposal while convincingly revealing the true political cancers in the Horn of Africa namely, Issayas Afeworki of Eritrea and Meles Zenawi of Eri-Ethiopia.

    Nice Work !

  7. rahel
    | #7

    It is really disturbing for me to read your article,. Specially when I read your foot notes.
    Reporting with facts is what impresses me. I find no real research in your story.
    I’ve seen stories published in the NYT which was totally fabricated by the writer many years ago.
    After doing my own research realized that this respectable paper had published a false story. I never did get an explanation from the editors, just an apology letter to me not published correction of the story.
    When I see your source of information, it seems you are simply expressing ideas, frustration and anger rather than facts.

  8. jj
    | #8

    abet abet, you are such a liar ,very biased article. I see your hatard in your twisted mind toward eritrea and its people. Let me tell you some thing, i dont like Issayas afewerki, but i am all for independent free eritrea. after all, we dont want to be one with retarded people and war/famine deavasted ethiopia.
    well,be a man and Try to invade eritrea, your body will be like your people fertilizer in nakfa. Just try..

  9. Mephisto
    | #9

    You gave a little hint, not knowingly nevertheless you indicated that your main intention is to grab an outlet to the sea. It seems honesty is not an Ethiopian trait. Eritreans are not to be fooled again.

  10. Berhane T.
    | #10

    Dear Alex,

    You are behind time and you need to cath up.

    A couple of days ago you posted Tekeste Negashe’s article at Abay Media. In the Article you mentioned Tekeste Negash as an Eritrean. According to my mini research I found that Tekeste Negash actually does not believe he is Eritrean. So that was a missinformation.Today I read your article entitiled “Time to Dismantle Ethio-Eritrean Despotism to its Demise”. My observation is you are not a guenune writer but a politian. I think we have enough politians and it is time to get real wrtites who can tell us the truth. As to your article is shame to hear that an issue that had been closed 17 years ago is now a hot issue for you. You are behind time and you need to cath up.

  11. | #11

    There must never be a normal relation with any Eritrean regime until Ethiopia gets her natural right of access to the Red Sea. Eritrea is a barren land that will depend on the wealth and big market to its south.

  12. | #12

    I think all Ethiopians who don’t believe in ethinc know it well as the two leaders has plan from thier begining to distroy the unity of the people which was never questioned for thousand years have became main target to distroy changing to ethincs we are the wittness our selves .
    those who are narrow still they are making party .

  13. | #13

    “Alex Berhanu”- my friend even you are CONSUSED WHAT TO NAME youself let alone to speak or write on behalf of Ethio-Eritrea politics; however, we can also assume some what your desires are to bring a long-lasting peace between both nations people. I can’t say Issayas’s rigged thinking could be part of the problem but given the region that our both people live leader like Issayas important. The prime misery of Ethio-Erirea people and as well as the whole region as of today seems the confused weyane leadership and here are some of their stupid politics that they are playing which in return is costing the BLOOD SHED AND UNNECESARY HATRED TOWARD THE TIGRY PEOPLE, 1- THEIR BETRAYAL OF ISSAYAS supposed to gain them more Ethiopians that the Ethiopian themselves. The whole border war was nothing but to win the hearts and minds of the few extreme Ethiopians which also were part of the Eritrea and Tigryans instrument of wars since Haile Sellasie era, 2- the blood shed and hate could have reduced to certain level had the weyane shcizophrenic mentality accepted the verdict of the world court, Hague, but Ethiopia now belongs to the mafia family of Legesse Z, Azeb Mesfin, Seyoum Mesfin, Mebrahtu G/hiwot and they must have unfinished avenge-revenge against their master/Issayas,3- the mafia family did not finish yet of their blood shed and hate against Ethio-Eritrea but they took again a litte further, TO SOMALIA, to appease and collect left overs of western donated wheat and a few dollars, 4-, 5-, 6-, and so on. So “Alex” please take your analogy to your x-weyane cadres because the prime misery of Ethio-Eritrea people and as well as the whole region is Legesse Z and his mafia family. If you are one of his beneficiaries then………….

  14. wolikati
    | #14

    This is where half cooked Shbiya and half stewed Woyan brain makes a non existence ‘Eritrean people’ in fruition and the myth an illusion. It did not start there but all over Africa. What makes the ‘Eritrean’ myth strange is the timing, in 21st century instigated by Shbiya/EPLF mercenaries aided by the TPLF/Woyani involvement as a hired hand on behalf of a non existence identity called Eritrea.

    Resource does not explain one way or the other the illusion of mercenaries unless it is the main motivation to create a non-existence identity. What this explains is who ever hired theses mercenaries have an agenda of their own.

    The active defense of the non-existence identity of “Eritrean” by Shbiya’s riffraffs at this period of time and on this post alone says more about the degree of commitment of the mercenaries to who ever hired them.

    If one takes the degree to which dedicated mercenaries can do damages to any people theses two groups comes on the top. But it would have been better if the crime was a one time affair, but the Pandora boxes they opened is the beginning of a long conflict to come. What is good for Ethiopia according to the blue print they receive when their service was acquired must be accepted as good to dismantle the non-existence identity of Eritrea. At the end what would be left is a- x mercenary infested enclave out of the non-existence identity called Eretria, the process already began.

    It would be wise not to be sucked in to the myths created by the mercenaries by explaining unrealistic future relationship with the non-existence Eretria out of a tin air with a country Ethiopia, further reinforcing the myths. Take away Shbiya the whole thing crumbles like a domino, for that reason alone Shbiya is still around. Surprisingly the Woyane mercenaries’ life depends on the existence of Shbiya too, and would follow it’s demise. no wonder they scrach each other back. Talk about catch 22.

  15. Selamawit
    | #15

    Eritrea is Independet now and foe ever as it is today. Bothers and Sisters Ethiopian, let us find a way for our coexistance without WAR,
    Stop commening the imposible way of thinking while sitting else where.

  16. DY
    | #16

    Mr. ALEX remember,
    Nineteen years ago this week, courageous Eritrean freedom fighters successfully carried out a military operation both through land and sea, one of the few of its kind in the history of military operations. The ‘Operation Fenkil’ stunned the world with the efficiency of its strategy and lightening speed and dealt the fi nal blow to the Ethiopian colonialism. Thus, every Eritrean will always remember and take pride in this historic military operation. Executed within 72 hours, the ‘Operation Fenkil’ was a milestone in the history of the Eritrean armed struggle. The success of “Operation Fenkil” was the result of the cumulative experience gained through the repeated military confrontations that required greater courage and endurance. Thus ‘Operation Fenkil’ is the cumulative outcome of the intensive military confrontations carried out in the mountains in Nakfa, Northeastern Sahel and Barka over a period of 12 years that exasperated Ethiopian colonizers and their superpower supporters.
    The liberation of Massawa broke down the chains of colonialism, heralded the dawn of freedom and fueled the hope and faith of Eritreans inside and outside the country. Although ‘Operation Fenkil’ made it clear that Eritrean independence was inevitable, instead of counting their human and material losses in the 30 yeas of war, Ethiopian colonizers
    continued to play the desperate game of fire. Still their last minute attempts could not amount to anything and soon the EPLF liberated the entire Eritrean nation and closed the chapter on the people’s struggle for independence. Having gained their freedom through their own struggle, the courageous Eritrean people never once viewed independence as their ultimate objective but rather as the fi rst crucial step towards establishing
    peace and justice. Hence, soon after securing independence, the Eritrean people embarked on the struggle to rebuild and develop the nation, and just as in the days of the struggle for independence, the Eritrean people
    continue to score miraculous feats one after the other. The port city of Massawa is one example that proves the above fact. One can see the reflection of a promising nation that picked itself up from the ashes of
    prolonged war and speeding towards development in the port city that heralded the freedom of the entire nation. Congratulations to all on the commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the liberation of the port city of Massawa! And Congratulations to the people of Eritrea whose history of courage and patriotism is unparalleled!
    History can repeat, however what for? There is really no need for hostility.

  17. Bekele
    | #17

    Thanks to Woyane army Eritrea became what it is today. Without the strong aid from Woyane, Afeworki would not have had the opportunity he holds today. Now that Afeworki and Zenawi are diffrent from one another a new federal formula will soon be carved and put into action. Eritrea without Ethiopia is nothing but a troubled child crying for help.

  18. gutema
    | #18

    as long as asseb port is under eritirian there will be no peace but once we take care of woyane we can deal with eritira in any way you wants for god sacke if any kind of war startsit is going to be the end of eritira

  19. ted
    | #19

    Meles is counting on Afar to get Assab back,just wait for this monkey’s skim.

  20. atuba dolla
    | #20

    Italian Masters asked for help and got one. Was it that, ask you shall get one or that, you got what you asked for? History has always been speaking its mind because it was misused and abused,and still is misused and abused.

    Well, Italian Masters are now dead and had been dead and left forgotten in a miles-deapth mass grave along with their shame and belongings including the merchants and the traders that smuggled them into Ethiopia.

    If Italian Masters were to rise from their scattered yet unmarked graves,what would they say about what they would see or about what them would witness?

    Did they ever had both spoken and unspoken wish that they took to their eternal graves?

    God had a chosen servant,David,the father of solomon;so did Italian Masters.God never sins,but do sin servants and their handlers.

    Everything Italian Masters did is not only written in books,but also is written in the diary of the collective hearts that would never be erased or altered or forged.

    The question is, how did Italian Masters navigate through the majestic land of their masters? Well, let the dead rise from their eternal grave and reveal that shame-ridden secret.

    Italian Masters,in all their weired and inhumane doings or dids or the pain and the sufferings they inflicted,the lives that they squandered on,the lives that they locked away for decades and most of all the bad legacy they left permanently, and those who were confident of your power, knock, knock! you bastards, wake up and smell that special coffee.

  21. ኤትኦጵ
    | #21


  22. halfCooked
    | #22

    When Ethiopia was celebrating her victory over Italy too much and for far too long, Mussolini came and devastated her. Even Ras Teferi himself had to go into exile and make a heart wrenching speech/prophecy at the league of nation while Mussolini was slaughtering the best educated and the population at large in Addis and the entire Ethiopia.

    Instead of making sure that the newly incorporated regions accepted the feudalistic centralization whether they were Ethiopians for thousands of years paying taxes while keeping their own kings and chiefs or independent, Menilik was assured by the great sacrifice they made fighting the Italians and didn’t make any effort until he was about to die and named his grandson Iyassu crown prince.

    Eritrea is now celebrating her victory over Derg’s army too much and making the same mistake Ethiopia made.

    Axum is in Tigray but the TPLF opted for separation from Ethiopia at one time and its practices seem to reveal a lot of that notion. The speeches made by Sebehat Nega and Meles Zenawi recently on their dedication to fight for eritrea’s independence which annoyed most Eritreans is also another example of TPLF’s lingering animosity towards Ethiopia.

    Most Ethiopians believe Eritrea is totally Ethiopian. Most Eritreans believe otherwise. Most Ethiopians believe Assab is Ethiopian and that is the key for peaceful co-existance between the two sisterly nations. Most Eritreans believe Ethiopia is the closest country to theirs. Most Ethiopians want to get rid of Meles Zenawi. Most Eritreans want Meles Zenawi to disapear from the face of earth.

    Eritria won’t let Assab go to Ethiopia. Ethiopians don’t believe there should be a war to take Assab back. But who knows? May be one day there will be a people’s elected government in Ethiopia and may be Ethiopia will come out of the cycle of hunger and famine or will need Assab to do that.

    Most Eritrians will never say in public that they hate Issayas’s guts but they do. But that doesn’t mean they want to be re-reunited with Ethiopia. Eritrians are very proud of “defeating the biggest colonialist black army on earth with its own weapons”. Most Ethiopians don’t feel they were defeated at all. Ethiopians believe the war was wrong in the first place. Most Ethiopians hated Derg but felt sorry for the ‘revolutionary army’ and left their country in tens of thousands and for the first time in their entire history out of disgust.

    Countries are made and then other little countries out of the original and sometimes it happens the other way. That happens all over the world all the time. The war was devastating for all and nobody wanted another one but it happened again and there is a possibility yet again regardless of who is in power and where.

    In the mean time the ethnic groups in Ethiopia don’t feel they are sharing Ethiopia and Eritria will continue to exploit the situation. A handfull of families are getting too rich too quickly in Ethiopia and most Ethiopians recent that. Only a few that don’t benefit try to dismiss or justify what is happening and they are very loud. The majority of Ethiopians are waiting for something to happen and then the flag will come out and the true nature. Eritria will not be able to defeat any Ethiopian army let alone an army led by a popular or legitimate governement from the south. The Derg army was guarding the schools, hostpitals, bridges or any standing structure in Eritrea to the most part and fighting with only at 15% capacity but now that will be the job of Eritrian army while the bombing will be Ethiopia’s army job.

    More than 70 000 lost their lives in the stupid Badme war. Afeworki got what he wanted from the arbitrary commision in Algiers which is not really binding. Meles argued for Eritrea also and he got what he got but is scared of TPLF to implement it. If only Badme wasn’t populated by Tigrayans….

    New generation of Eritrians are not tought in school that Italy once colonized Eritria. They think Britain and Ethiopia colonized Eritria. Some of the oldest generation romantisized the Italian colonialism so much so that they hated the reunifcation with the original country. But all the nostalgia is about material things and there is no blood relation between black Eritria and white Italy at all. If there is any blood relation it is with Ethiopia.

    Eritians felt they were better than the Amhara tribe in Ethiopia in everything. They also felt they shouldn’t be forced to speak or learn the Amharic language. That was the war was all about.

    Unlike other multi-ethnic nations in Africa or Asia, Ethiopia has very little or no colonial heritage. Eritria doesn’t speak Italian either. Modern education in Ethiopia started in French and then became English but less than five percent went to school or college and even the college educated don’t speak foriegn languages unless they have to.

    With that background, I think Ethiopians should let Eritria go. Assab doesn’t belong to Eritria and should go back to Ethiopia.

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