Let the Silence of TPLF members end!

February 18th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

By Girma Kassa | February 17, 2007

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”?

Dr Martin Luther King

To all TPLF current and ex-fighters:

May the peace of God be with you all. Expressing first my admiration and respect I have for the sacrifices you paid to free Ethiopians from the brutality of the Derg, I would like to communicate to you certain urgent matter that needs your immediate attention.

On February 19 2007, the whole nation awaits the decision of the “court”? that listened the case of Engineer Hailu Shewal et all. Sources and political pundits are predicting a non-guilty verdict would not be rendered. I hope and pray they are wrong.

In my September 8 2006 letter to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi [1] I wrote:

“?Though the TPLF seems to be the winner for now it will be the ultimate and permanent looser at the end unless it takes some concrete, positive and reconciliatory steps as soon as possible “

I then called for a new beginning in a new year of 1999 Ethiopian Calendar. I called for the unconditional release of political prisoners. I warned peace cannot be imposed by force and the only solution for our country is forgiveness, love and reconciliation.

Numerous efforts were made to bridge the gab between Kinijit (CUD) and the TPLF. It has been now 473 days since the leader of Kinijit are incarcerated. So far the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is refusing to listen.

Your leaders may feel emboldened by their military might. They may be deceiving themselves by thinking that they can get away by locking up Kinijit leaders for years and suppressing the people by force. They may have been filled with a false sense of security because their soldiers (you) “defeated”? one of the strongest army in Africa 15 years ago. They may simply assume they are invincible.

By incarcerating the true Kinijit leaders for years they might think Kinijit has lost forever. However, their sense of security is false. The defeat of Kinijit is only temporary and cosmetic. The longer Kinijit leaders are in kaliti the stronger and the more popular they would become. They are winning and the TPLF is loosing. As Dr Martin Luther King said:

“unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. The temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”?

TPLF officials must know that, unless they unconditionally release political prisoners the alternative may be very ugly. Their inaction now may lead us to an irreversible chaos in Ethiopia that will surely consume all of us like wild fire, including rulers in Arat kilo themselves (wherever they may be), their children, their relatives and all of you. Unless we come together and reconcile our differences today no-one will be safe tomorrow. As Frederick Douglas stated:

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”?

Has anyone thought, three years ago, Sunnis would be killed by Shiias because they are Sunnis or vice versa? I for one have never imagined such sectarian violence would erupt in Iraq. The lack of political solutions, reconciliation and true dialog between all parties has made Bagdad a horrible place to be.

As Hate and bitterness reach to an all time high, anger and irrationality will take the stage. When people loose hope anything is possible. What guarantee do we have that Addis Ababa would not be like Bagdad or Mekelle like Falujah? Even the supreme might of the United States military could not control the insurrection in Iraq (population 27 million) by force. A lesson can be learn here. How could the TPLF Security forces can forcibly control 77 Million people ( 3 times that of Iraq) ? They cannot. Should they persist in their arrogance they will find out soon.

Supporters of Kinijit and Millions of Ethiopians are silent not because of fear but because they want to give peace a chance. Your leaders, for their own sake, must stop pushing the people to the edge. They must know that their rigidity will bite them back and have dire and grave consequences beyond what we can imagine.

Our appeal to your leaders seems to bare no fruit so far. I, hereby, request for your active involvements in this regard. You must act now before it is too late. You have the power to stop Prime Minister Meles Zenawi from making serious mistakes. You have the power to protect the TPLF from falling apart. You have the power to save Ethiopia from choas.

Any verdict other than a “not guilty”? one is a suicide for the TPLF. It is important you rise up and make your voices heard for peace. You must not be silent in view of this great danger we are about to embark. You must demand the unconditional release of political prisoners and a new beginning.

Failure to release the political prisoners will be a monumental political blunder of a historic proportion that no Ethiopian will look at it lightly. It will definitively lead us to a point of no return.

Would you choose to be carried over to your own destruction by your leaders? Would you choose to make the sacrifices of tens of thousands of TPLF fighters for nothing? Would you let sectarian civil wars (where people are killed because of their ethnic groups) erupt in all cities of Ethiopia because of lack of hope and a better future? Would you allow the blood river to flow again?

I hope and pray you hold accountable your leaders as you gave them the platform and the power base to rule Ethiopia. Should you fail to do so, you must be ready to face the consequences of their poor judgments.

As Dr King said :”? We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”?.

With Hope and Prayer

Girma Kassa (Chicago)

[1] http://www.dekialula.com/articles/lettertomelessept182006.pdf

  1. 21st-Century-Ethiopian
    | #1

    Mr. Girma Kassa. Allow me to decipher your intellectually challenged assessment. First of all, let get to the nitty gritty man. Forget all that crap about TPLF. What do you really want to say. TIGREWOTCH. THAT’S ALL. YOU ARE THREATNENING TIGRAYANS THAT IF THEY DON’T SHAPE UP, WE MIGHT JUST KILL YOU, YOUR RELATIVES AND BLA BLA BLA ALL THE WAY FROM CHICAGO. Why did I say that? Simple. Why didn’t you say EPRDF’och. What did you say Mr. Kassa? Because TPLF controls EPRDF. Ok let us go with that. Are you saying TPLF is a democratic organization or is your usuall statement that we are under a one man dictatorship no longer relevant. If so, TPLF, is under Meles Zenawi, like EPRDF is under Meles Zenawi. So why not say, Meles Zenawi, do this. If it is just about the organization he leads, he also leads EPRDF. If both TPLF and EPRDF are ruled by Meles Zenawi why did you choose TPLF. Because you want to address or should I say, THREATEN TIGRAYANS. Your self obsessed observation of being the ONLY saviour of Ethiopia will even give you the impression that you aren’t a BIGOT. Because, who else cares for Ethiopia, or should I say, Emeye Ethiopia like the Girma Kassa’s of Ethiopia. Not the Hagose’s , Not the Kenenisa’s , not the Zeberga’s, but only the Shewangezawe’s of Ethiopia. Get over it. You don’t have that status any longer. Next time, your appeal, assuming you want to appeal to an organization, should include the APDM and OPDO and SEPDO. In fact, you should have pointed your fingers at the Amara wing of EPRDF that was responsible for saving the Prime Minister when the TPLF wing was in favor of his ouster. Notice how delusional you are? Your delusion stems from your self-obssessed ASSUMPTION that you are our saviour. Get Over it. Minilik is dead.

  2. Tedla Asfaw
    | #2

    I am appealing to the Ethiopian Army to remove Melese Zenawi and I do not care who is the leader of such coup and I know all Ethiopians will be behind this coup.

    Melese is a coward like Mengistu and he had never been in the battle field including the recent Badme war except ordering the killing and jailing those who threat his hold on power.

    The ethnic card Melese played in the May 15, 2005 did not produce any seat in Addis Ababa for his regime and his Agazi’s will not be match for a coup that will be supported by millions of Addis Ababaian’s who rejected him two years ago.

    Tigray will not be his hiding place either because he has already sold Tigrayan’s land and the people’s loyality is to Ethiopia not to an individual who only use their name to hold on power until he dies.

  3. Banda
    | #3

    No. love, Woyane’s army has never been an Ethiopian army nor had it fought to “free” Ethiopia from the Derg. This has always been a BANDA ARMY set up by Eritrean rebel leader, Ato Afeworki, to:

    (a) fulfill his dream of making Ethiopia a landlocked country

    (b) as a vendetta against all of Ethiopia for what the Amharic-speaking despots that ruled- rather misruled Ethiopia for decades- ostensibly did to his never happy and misreable people.

    So, before we go any further into this, lets estbalish the primary fact that Woyane’s army is Ethiopia’s # 1 enemy; consequently, could never be its saviour. Shall we?

  4. Tigrean
    | #4

    Hello to all.

    I think the general non-tigray Ethiopians just don’t understand and I for one am not sure why I should convince them to. Meles Zenawi does not have the support of the people of Tigray, we all know he’s 100% Eritrean/Sheabian, heck! Even Eritreans know this, it’s a public secret for God’s sake! Tigrayans have always from the start or until the Siye incedent never supported Meles, they did support the fighters cause they were their kids, brother, sisters, etc. The real intention of Meles Zenawi as a 5th column or an Eritrean top secret banda is there to do the things that ‘banda’ the user commented and I would even say to destry Ethiopia and all it’s foundation from within! End of story. Now, my anger comes in when for some reason the non-tigray ethiopians think for some majical reason, tigrayans support this traitor! My dear brothers/sisters…have you been to Tigray lately? Do you really know the regional politics? Do you know about the methods used in Tigray to control the people?? I know in Addis, tigrayans are controlled by businesses and the like and if not, they’re killed by Meles just like General Hyelom and others are.

    #1 Enemy of Tigray let alone Ethiopia and it’s hisotrical foundation is Meles Zenawi! Try and being a tigrean and speak against him though…lol!! Find out you’ll have relatives, visitors and people that will want to correct you right away like never before…in traditional tigrean style of course…now do you have a clue what I mean? or maybe you don’t! this is sad to me my non-tigray ethio people…cause the people you think should support kinijit or whomever are the most oppressed and kept quiet in many a complicated manners you see. I personally nor the people in Tigray would be happy if the traitor is taken out or if there is a coup! Trust me.

    I would advocate to so called leaders in the diaspora that they should work on not only understanding and bringing the tigray people from where the gov’t is brainswashing them but the Oromo and Amhara communities…cause we all the same needs for the future…the leaders in diaspora should create forums for all to come and have a conversation about our mutual tormentor and destroyer! Trust me, we’re all in this together…now I better go before someone traces my PC!

    Peace to Tigray, peace to Ethiopia (my beloved country forever!)

  5. Banda
    | #5

    We- and I am sure this applies to the vast majority of Ethiopians of all ethnic groups minus the Tigrewoch- want our homelands CLEARED of ALL ethnic Tigre persons. Period! We are sick and tired of sharing our homelands with this people that have brought nothing but misery and wars to the rest of Ethiopia!

    Tigewoch: Go Home!

  6. | #6

    These guys are neither Tigre nor Amhara or Oromo, or any other nationality for that matter, these guys are thieves, bandas, gangsters and vagabonds. They are there to steal and then run to another country. Unfortunately for them, they are not going any where, there is no place on this earth to hide. They are going to be hunted and brought to justice. The days of stealing and running away is gone. Now the world is one. We the people are everywhere. We will hunt them, identify them and make there life a living hell.

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