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Victory in the Battlefield, Defeat in the Cyberspace: Ethiopia’s Agonizing Reality

Cyberspace _ Ethiopia

The Queen of Sheba
January 17, 2021

The Ethiopian government has successfully—and thunderously—crashed the putsch perpetrated by a TPLF cabal in short few weeks. The victory—and the defeat—and its execution and pace will be a new, and important, addition to the annals of conflict in the Ethiopian history.

The cabal—supported by its paid operatives, shenanigans, and “white-TPLFs”—huffed and puffed as it heinously struck—and massacred—the Ethiopian National Defence Forces of the Northern Command—in their sleep. Then they deceived, misrepresented, lied, and screamed as they were annihilated by the wounded, but highly-spirited, and well-disciplined, army. 

The Dominant, But Misleading, Narratives 

First, the cabal misled the world by accusing the Command of attacking it first to justify its offensive as a counter attack. The regular and the social media—fortified with “digital Weyanes” and their paid so-called analysts—were abuzz accusing the Northern Command—the victim—as a villain. Then weirdly appeared a triumphant cabal spokesperson on its favourite TV media, admitting a pre-emptive, and thunderous, strike on the Command. 

To be sure, only the US official, a Secretary of State, vigorously condemned the attack on the Command. The firm position of Djibouti was expressed in awarding Ethiopia’s top army commander its highest prize following the culmination of the major operation. The rest fiddled, fudged or waffled around the criminality of the cabal.

As the fortunes of the conflict turned south, the cabal and its operatives incessantly contrived to internationalize the conflict by roping others, including the United Arab Emirates. They accused that the drone attack was operated by UAE. This turned out to be also a fabrication, but facts did not matter. The idea was as much to diminish the victory of the Ethiopian forces as it was to raise the cabal’s moral and ego that were bruised mortally.

The deafening lies escalated as the cabal forces got routed from one city, town, village to another—in a humiliating defeat. However, the cabal forces and their shenanigans orchestrated a media blitz with vengeance in a rather coordinated manner involving personalities in the major media, including the BBC, Aljazeera, Reuters, New York Times. Only the BBC is known to have apologized, so far. But, it did not really matter—the damage was already done. The cabal scored again.

In one of the most barbaric turn of events, the cabal forces perpetrated the genocide in My-Kadra. In this tragic incident, over a thousand unarmed, largely seasonal laborers of mostly Amhara descent, were savagely slaughtered. While Amnesty International and others condemned the atrocities, the UNHCR attempted to apportion the blame, in the process diminishing the full force of the condemnation, as I wrote in “Dispensing Culpability: UNHCR’s Glaring Double Standard”. 

Then came the looting and destruction of airfields, bridges, roads, communication infrastructure, churches, mosques, schools, offices, and hospitals by retreating, but marauding, cabal forces.  An avalanche of lies, fabrications, and diversions were unleashed, once again demonizing the government. What is deeply deplorable is the absence of a robust global voice asking the most obvious, and basic, question: Why would a government force which is taking over would do anyone of these “shootings on the foot”? 

Yet another one came from the UN blasting the Ethiopian government for preventing access to the affected regions when its own forces broke the agreement. The UN sent a belated apology for that—but the damage was already done—again. This mattered little, as accusations, incriminations and demonization of the victim continued unabated. 

The European Union has withheld aid and threating more—based on lies and fabricated stories cooked by the cabal forces—sold by paid-operatives—such as Martin Plaut, Alex de Wall and Kjetil Tronvoll—masquerading as analysts, fellows and researchers hiding in academic institutions. 

Ethiopia has lost the diplomatic and cyber battles even as it won the just “ground war” which it conducted in the most professional way. It has been out-manoeuvered, out-witted, and out-bested—on the cyber field. The cabal has beaten the Ethiopian government from its death caves through its propaganda machines operating globally.

Academia: A Hideout for Mercenaries 

The paid enablers, shenanigans and apologists of the TPLF cabal abound—thanks to the looted fortunes that made it possible. Two of the most apologists of the cabal, Alex de Waal and Martin Plaut, may probably beat anyone else in their incredible zeal to fabricate, falsehood, and incitement. I noted some glaring falsehood and incitement in my earlier piece on Plaut in this piece: “Abiy’s “Horrendous Misjudgement”: TPLF’s History of “Fight from the Hills””. Here, I only wish to share his outlandish emotions, in his own words, as Sibhat Nega, the God father of the cabal, was captured in a dramatic manner. 

Plaut, on January 10, 2021, tweeted: “I have been crying non stop in my room for 24 hours straight. Very sad day for all of us. Chief Sibhat Nega, you will be missed!” I would leave it to readers to make up their minds of this “fellow” at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, on his independence, objectivity and integrity. 

In his latest piece, this mercenary war monger, who hinted to Tigreans to “fight from the hills”, now directly incites Ugandans, in similar fashion, to “Take to the bush and fight a guerrilla war” in protest to Musevini’s victory. One wonders, why the Ethiopian, and now the Ugandan, governments do not log official protest to his institution.

So much for fellowship which licenses such mercenaries to take refuge in such institutions.

Alex de Waal—who claims to be, a “Research Professor and Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School, Tufts University”, USA, and another hired gun—like Plaut, sobbed on the killing of one of the architects of the cabal in his cave hideouts fighting the army. In an undeserving eulogy “In Memoriam: Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopian Peacemaker and Patriot” he wickedly contrasted his death with the former distinguished Ethiopian foreign minister Aklilu Habtewold who was dragged out of prison and killed by the Dergue. And yet, this cabal minister, who is one of the architects of the TPLF, is notoriously known in Ethiopia for his bizarre lies on the Ethio-Eritrea border arbitration, the state of GERD and the Nobel Prize of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, among others.

Like his partner-in-crime, shamefully blurted “The circumstances of Seyoum’s killing aren’t clear…. Eritrea—which may well have carried out the assassinations—is remaining silent.” This is yet another glaring and orchestrated, but futile, attempt to diminish the caliber, competence and ability of the Ethiopian army from crushing the rebellion to pursuing and killing its fugitives. Oh, yes, to garner sympathy from the world, by playing the disabilities of the disgraced “elderly Tigrayans killed in the same incident,” he pathetically listed blindness, heart issue and walking difficulty.

So much for the director of, so called, World Peace Foundation.

One thing has become starkly clear that these former correspondents, turned “fellows”, seem to have no qualms in selling their souls to the best bidder. It is really important for students and academics in international politics and development to closely study the integrity of these paid-operatives—and challenge them in their respective institutions. 

Rape Charges: The New Fabrication

Of recent, rape seems to be the new-found allegation against the Ethiopian government and its army. I deliberately wanted to note this in a separate section here. The cabal forces—and their shenanigans—who have excelled in the art of fabricating a story and then broadcasting it through their “respectable fellows” and “research professors” are now cooking up this new allegation against the government.

But, months before the conflict in Tigray, there were documented reports and broadcasted news of rampant rape in the region. If there was any widespread rape before the conflict, it may have been exacerbated by the tens of thousands of criminals recklessly unleashed from prisons by the cabal itself as it was fleeing.

The Ethiopian army has an impeccable record of discipline and professionalism in all the places it served—regionally and internationally. The recent picture showing the “excessively humane” treatment of its captured enemy combatants and fugitives in their caves—that included washing their feet—is simply biblical! Regardless, the attempt to stain all Ethiopia’s assets continues to be part of the plot of the loosing cabal—and its enablers.

In Conclusion

To be sure, in the murky world of cyberspace, it is not always the facts that particularly matter—as do perceptions. In this fast world, the quest for facts have become more unwieldy, cumbersome, sluggish, and as such, increasingly less significant. 

Ethiopia has done a fantastic job in neutralizing the attack of the cabal—on the battlefield. But it has regrettably failed in communicating the narrative appropriately, expeditiously, vocally, and systematically. The Ethiopian government is now reaping the fruits of its sloppiness in this key front.

This chronic Achilles heel will continue to cost Ethiopia—dearly. Thus, the need for an immediate action cannot be overemphasized.

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  1. Not sure about the details of Seyoum’s evil actions, but he should have been handcuffed and taken to court instead of being killed. As the author stated, Eritrea (Isayas) must have been hunting for Seyoum as a personal mission.

  2. The latest attempt by the ever busy running dogs of these demised demagogues has been sniveling about how they lost their lives. Sometime they tell us Mesfin and his buddies died in a hell exchange of fire after taking scores of the enemy with them. Now they are telling us that they were killed by soldiers of the Eritrean army after surrendering peacefully. These rabid dogs tell us of heroic death at 10:00 AM in the morning and then they tell us with slobbering mouths that they were killed in cold blood by Brother Isaias. The fact is UN General Secretary António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres had told the world unequivocally that there was not/are not any Eritrea soldier on the Ethiopian soil. Period!!! What language do these rabid dogs understand or do not understand? THERE ARE NO ERITREAN SOLDIERS ON ANYWHERE ON THE ETHIOPIAN TERRITORY. What might have done is take back Badme that they were legally declared to be theirs by the decision of the Border Commission at The Hague to which the late Seyoum declared then that Ethiopia had accepted the verdict. But what our Eritrean brothers and sisters did to our beleaguered soldiers was from the text books of any international convention. They treated the wounded and gave the tired soldiers to the respite they needed. Then bode them farewell back to the country they love to death to fight another day. Boy, fight they did!!!! After taking the much needed respite they came back and took the daylight out of the demons who were riding on the backs of the noble people of Tigray. They even gave Mesfin and his cabal to surrender peacefully. They summoned and sent local elders begging them to give up and turn themselves in peacefully. But what the goons did was disgusting. They rushed the elders back to where they came from. Then Jula and his field commanders had no choice but to move in. It became a sad ending. I wished it ended peacefully just like the real commie Sebhat and his friends did. I hate to see people of my age group chose to end their lives in violent ways. But it was not anybody else’s fault but of their own. They forgot that the upright people of Tigray were tired of carrying these despots after more than 40 years. It has decided the time is up for the Shaykh al-Bahr riding on his/her back and reaping the fruits of its labor with their inner circle. Well, Scheherazade has come back to tell the story of Sinbad once and for all as depicted in the illustration below:

    The days of the goons at the top shelf of the TPLF are gone. I said gone!!! Do you dig bigots? What language you don’t understand? Gone means goodbye forever, adios, au revoir, ma’issalama, out of my sight!!! Nuff said!!!!

  3. You can pump lying propaganda within Ethiopia, but the world knows the truth. Incompetent PM Abby started a war to deflect from his failed policies (policies that his masters in Washington DC drafted) of allowing terrorists organisations to return to Ethiopia.

    Prime Minister Abby is friends with the historical enemies of Ethiopia, many have suffered in Tigray, and despite the TPLF being on the run, there are still massacres in Benishengul and Oromia regions, so now who will you blame?

  4. Well done! even a praiseworthy piece. The ‘white Woyanes’ and TPLF cadres – who were implanted in the international hideouts in their heydays – has outperformed the our government and true Ethiopian intellectuals and scholars in the international arena. I think still we have to try to reverse the damage by exposing through such well coined fact-based postings.
    Thank you @ the Queen Of Sheba.

  5. Stop laying nsnsnsnsna blablanla here idiot dummy Ethiopans for the information the Drone has been seen in stilight, secondly why did u go to mekelle in midnight to hunt them down isn’t it u are ungry cos they were smart like eggless shit u can accused them we know u well u lie straight to the world everyone knows u why did you go to mekelle????? Midnight what was ur plan u killed Siyum ,Abay sahye and u curule idiot u kill a blind man ♂️ u inhuman u pass them to Ertria this is now too late u can lie but we will late u pay especially Esayas afoworki as he dear to shoot our hero’s he will be pulled like a dead donky soon u jelouse of Them and Tigrians just cos Joe biden is here u trying to accused them isn’t it u trying to look smart but we can see u laying why did u come to Mekelle??? Answer this first the drone we already seen it it is from UAE even now UAE is helping Abyi ahmmed idiot with weapon u trying to cover it we are on 21century hello dummy lairs Ethiopans

  6. its cute how you try to seem impartial yet your bias is so glaringly obvious. Seems TPLF is not the only one fighting a “cyber war”

  7. The Queen SHEBA is just after fame to raise more funds online for her Jazz Dance Club, we never read articles from her until her Jazz Dance Club was on a verge of bankruptcy asking money donations online.

    Two decades ago Eritrea suffered huge losses of lives and properties during the Ethio-Eritrean war , greater than the losses the Tigray region suffered in this recent civil war which resulted in exiles from the Wolqait fertile farms, Tegede fertile land farms, Humera fertile land farms , Raya fertile land farms and near the border area of Afar region&Tigray regions fertile land farms, which all fell out of the hands of the Tigerayan farmers recently repossessed by Colonel Demeke Zewdu’s the ethnic Amaran mlitias and also the Alamira ethnic Afar militias who are refusing to share the products crops from these lands with the ethnic Tigrayan people. Just because the Tigrayans need these lands to be returned to the TPLF symphatizers Tigrayan famers the news by Abadulla in regards to this ongoing starvation is being reported out of proportion , yes if Tigrayans just sit and wait for aid without rebuilding then surely the suffering will be worse but if Tigrayans quickly engage in developing small scale farms digging water wells and rebuilding the infrastructures then Tigray will recover without huge number of people starving to death in Tigray. Even though during the Italian invasion under the blessing of the Catholic Pope, Italy bombed the Northern part of Ethiopia’s lands with chemicals which rendered the lands unable to grow crops on, Tigray still got dispersly located some few areas which can be used to farm small scale farms which need to be put to good use today. Italy is suffering huge losses this year 2021 so it is highly unlikely Italy will afford to feed Tigray. The other western countries are not historically liable to feed Tigray as Italy is, many of the western countries are starting to face growing rates of homelessness and starvation too which soon they might put them in a position of desperation unable to grasp a solution to the risk of homelessness or starvation which hundreds of millions in the western counties are encountering themselves, that is why currently many hypocrite diasporas are packing their bags trying to return to Ethiopia, choosing to eat Ethiopia grown food which is already in short supply. If they come to Ethiopia to engage in farming it would make sense but most diasporas are coming to Ethiopia to eat Ethiopia’s foods and talk politics to be followed with violent protests and/or engage in violent civil wars near GERD ,which all are so destructive for a starving country currently in dire need of more farmers not more soldiers .

  8. Mr. Plaut What are you going to say about the disappearance of the leftover loser TPLF thugs who stared a war they could never win …. well, the hyaenas devoured them in the caves of the Tekeze desert – YES, just as they were hyaenas who devoured the wealth of Ethiopia (some of which has come into our dirty pocket). You see – prophecies coming true. And so much for western journalism and hypocrisy. Onward with the Queen of Sheba……


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