Remembering September 11

September 11th, 2006 Print Print Email Email

The world should not tolerate terrorism… whether it is by fanatic groups, or State-sponsored

It is with great sadness, grief, and sorrow we remember the horrific terrorist attack on the people of United States on September 11, 2001. For us Ethiopians, the date the terrorist elect coincides with our most celebrated holiday, Ethiopian New years. We view the attack as a strike on freedom by cowardice.

Furthermore, Ethiopians have also suffered several casualties in the hands of State-Sponsored terrorism. We, therefore, feel and share the mourning of Americans and all freedom loving people as we have a first hand experience of losing innocent citizens to terrorism.

On September 11, 2001, United States lost thousands of innocent and unsuspecting citizens to terrorist attacks. In response to the unprovoked attack, the U.S. government and the people determined in finding, punishing and brining the perpetrators to justice. The arduous task of wiping out terrorism throughout the world has been the core and forefront agenda of the U.S. since September 11, 2001. We admire the courage and bravery of the people of United States .

Like the people of United States, Ethiopians have been repeatedly subjected to State- Sponsored terrorism by the current unelected government of Ethiopia . Although the gravity, scale, and method of assault on Ethiopians of all ages, ethnicity, and all walks of life may differ from that of the September 11 attack on the U.S. , the unjustifiable and unconscionable massacre of children, women, and elderly Ethiopians by the ruling party is similar or comparable to the September 11 attack on America . In fact, Ethiopians are forced to live under a highly repressive regime which after assuming power by force murdered thousands of innocent citizens, imprisoned all elected officials, civic leaders, journalists, and placed thousands of students in concentration camps. To date, the September 11 attack is a recurring, ongoing, and continuous reality for over 77 million
Ethiopians. At the present time, the widely rejected regime in Ethiopia is arresting hundreds of innocent citizens and falsely alleged them that they have ties to opposition groups engaged in armed struggle.

The terrorist of September 11 utilized commercial airliners as a weapon of choice to savagely massacre thousands of innocent American lives. Similarly, the Meles Zenawi regime of Ethiopia unleashed its special forces with strict order to massacre hundreds of Ethiopians by shooting them in the chest and head. Consequently, Kinijit on behalf of Ethiopians would like to extend its condolences to all the families and friends of the victims of September 11, 2001. Kinijit would further like to extend the same to thousands of Ethiopians who have lost their loved ones to State-sponsored terrorists, and separated from family members because of imprisonment during this Ethiopian holiday season.

Terrorism and taking the lives of innocent people wherever it may occur, whatever shape or form it takes, whatever method it employs should not be acceptable. Terrorism against Ethiopians by the Meles Zenawi regime has to cease without further delay. Kinijit, once again, reiterates its allegiance with family and friends of September 11 victims, and calls up on all peace loving people to intensify their struggle to eradicate terrorism wherever it may manifest itself. The world should not tolerate, allow, or ignore terrorism–whether it is by fanatic groups, or State-sponsored.

Happy Ethiopian New Year
Kinijit International Leadership – Public Relation Department

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