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Ethiopia : The Specter of Rwanda

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Chenna Teklehaymanot one of the areas in Amhara region where TPLF forces unleashed massacre (Photo : SM)

By Addissu Admas

The TPLF is literally treading on the blood of the Tigrean people. It has decided that no Tigrean, young, old, woman, man, able, disabled, Muslim or Christian will be spared in its attempt to force its way down to the Capital. In this campaign of total massacre, we have not yet heard any voice among Tigreans who have asked the simple question:  to what end? Do they really believe that the TPLF, even with the other fringe liberation fronts can re-take the central government and lead a pacified nation? Or, have they bought into the notion that the Tigrean people are the victim, and the TPLF is their avenger? Or, perhaps, is it hoping that with its most destructive campaign the TPLF would be in a stronger position to negotiate a much better deal for a probable future independent Tigray? Virtually all Tigreans appear to have bought TPLF’s completely warped, deceitful, and paranoid depiction of the intention of the federal government. Let me repeat what we know without an inkling of doubt: Yes, the war was triggered by a seditious act of the TPLF. It murdered in cold blood the soldiers of the Northern command to rob the best-furnished weapon’s warehouse in the country. It refused to allow the federal government to arrest its most corrupt and murderous members. The Federal government had every legitimate reason to restore order in the Killil, as the constitution would allow it. It did try to do so. Since the TPLF has been masterful in misinforming not only its own people but also the West, it was able to gain the favors of this latter in divulging its lies far and wide.  In effect, thanks to the West always-questionable intentions, the TPLF started with a huge advantage in the disinformation war. Soon Ethiopia became a quasi-rogue state, accused among other things of genocide. A total and unforgivable fabrication. The irony now is that we are on the cusp of a veritable genocide if the TPLF ruling cadre does not stop its crazed escalation of this war. Let us pause for a moment and ask with clarity of mind the following basic questions: Is this TPLF march to Addis Ababa, with all its progress and regress, to reconquer the power it once held? Or, is it motivated by the desire to never stand trial for the multitudinous crimes it perpetrated not only against other Ethiopians but against its very own people? Is it to cover up the vast corruption and the ill-gotten wealth of its members, their families and relatives? Is it to unleash its never-concealed hatred for the Amhara people and contempt for the rest of Ethiopians? Or, to give it the benefit of the doubt, a war of ideology on federalism as it conveniently wants to portray it? 

Let me answer these questions in the order I asked them. If the TPLF believes in anyway and with any level of conviction that it can regain its considerable former power, it would be setting itself for a rude awakening: Ethiopians have always seen through its blatant use of “divide and rule” principle. It came to power and stayed through all the 27 long years to do only one thing: to establish the hegemony of itself and its people in every sector of government and the economy through a crude use of this principle. I say to it, rest on your glory, a second attempt would only be a Greek tragedy. Ethiopians are now at a boiling point. They are outraged not only that the West has sided with an oppressive, murderous party, but it also seems to watch with complete nonchalance the destruction of Ethiopia. The TPLF instead of being content in “liberating” Tigray, it is wreaking havoc and mindlessly killing untold number of Ethiopians without any protestation from Western media. Which, quite disconcertingly, seems to be applauding TPLF’s wins and the destruction of Ethiopia. What has never penetrated the tribalist psyche of the TPLF is that Ethiopians tolerated it for such a long time not because they were intimidated by its formidable military prowess, not for its tight security system, but because they chose peace at any cost. Now that it is unleashing its ill-equipped, ill-fed, ill-clad hordes of poor Tigrean peasants on the byways and towns of Amhara, we can only conclude that it is opening the floodgates of genocide. 

Besides the real fear of losing the hegemony it built for itself and its people, the TPLF has realized since it lost power in April of 2018, that the time of reckoning had finally arrived. Since it knew very well that its corruption, persecutions, imprisonments and assassinations would very soon be exposed for all to see, it had prepared remarkably well its exit. It seems that it had vowed secretly to neither stand trial for years like the hapless Derg officials, nor part with its vast ill-gotten wealth. It instead retreated to Tigray to avoid accountability, and plot its next rebellion.

What this current TPLF campaign reminds us anew is the level of cruelty it is willing to inflict not only on the Amhara people but maybe even more on its own people. Badme, a wasteland that the UN decided it belonged to Eritrea, saw tens of thousands of poor Ethiopian soldiers lose their young lives, not for the territorial integrity of Ethiopia, but the “realization” of a fantasy called “Greater Tigray”. A similar tragedy is unfolding today as tens of thousands of Tigreans are being slaughtered and countless innocent Amhara country folk being violated and displaced from their ancestral lands. To what end one may ask? Does the TPLF think that it can establish a colonial state with the connivance of disgruntled fringe groups in Ethiopia? Does it really believe that it can continue to use its people residing in Amhara and the rest of Ethiopia to establish its “rule”? If such is its intention, then it should – supposing a scintilla of reason and humanity is left in it – realize that it is egging the country towards a genocidal war the extent of which has never been seem in Ethiopia’s long history. 

Ethiopians have had it! They will not take it lying down! What is it going to be? Another Rwanda? The US & Company are very much responsible for emboldening this rogue party and the predicament in which it has plunged Ethiopia. Rather than shoring up a budding democracy and the rule of law, they chose to support and empathize with a rogue party whose sole ambition is to restore the hegemony of itself and its people at any cost whatever. I say to Ethiopians to never put credence in the US, or the West in general. Just as the Clinton administration, with all the information it had, let Rwanda plunge into a horrific genocidal war while it instead intervened vigorously in the Baltic wars, we will see the Biden administration, just like the Carter administration in the mid-seventies, watch Ethiopia being destroyed by siding with a rogue party. At this juncture, all Ethiopians, including Tigreans, must come to see through the pure madness of the TPLF and save this ancient nation from the brink. 
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Abiy used divide and rule – and failed miserably. TPLF are only fighting in order to save the Tigrayans from genocide by the blockade and war crimes done to them by the Ethiopian army and Abiy.

  2. Are you kidding me! There a huge and lucrative incentive to march all the way to Addis/Finfine at all cost even if it takes the sacrifice of every able body citizen in Tigray. That is called 30 Billion Part Deux! 30 billion in mint and crisp US dollars! The first 30 billion took 27 years but Part Deux will be accelerated/expedited. In democracy that is called fast track. During the first run there were allegedly more than 30 thousands martyrs who produced about ten billionaires and 200 millionaires. That 30,000 claim is according the cooked books. So what the rate of production that used 30,000 raw material humans produced 210 millionaires. So what is the rate of production per year? I let you figure it out. The reason to use every able body citizen in that region is basically the same as today. The region was left to rot and its people to starve to death. It was dressed up in the demonic Marxist/Leninist jargons then and now that changes from week to week. Addis/Finfine; here I come baby! Make the coffers ready! Our hands are honed better now that our fingers are not sticky.

  3. Subject: “Ethiopia : The Specter of Rwanda” By Addissu Admas, November 1, 2021

    Humble Opinion, 1 Nov 2021
    If Ethiopia and Tigray annihilate each other who will benefit?
    Where will the well known smart-aleck instigators be to save their skin?
    And, of course, we know where the dead bodies of the well known victims be anywhere, scattered in the wilderness.
    In comparison, the savagery of Rwanda will occupy a second place against the madness of the current situation.
    Finally, one can not help musing about the countless AFRICANS (it includes me) who comfortably LIVE far away from our dear essentially colonized BLACK AFRICA and spend our leisurely time writing, criticizing, insulting our dear African dictators etc etc etc but always making sure that we are ; far far ; far away from our beloved cursed Land. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. THE END

  4. Aby could have chosen the middle ground. He started well. Nonethless, he has become more extreme in every regard, as he has retreated from consensus politics. He is becoming a liability; a loose Galipoli cannon, unable to decide what is the right path except smash and damage most regions of Ethiopia. His policies and aims are now ground zero and scorched earth ethnical divisions. He thrives on xenophobic rhetoric, while he tries to rekindle is already mudded reputation via his cult of personality Aby banquest and parties. He spends more time staring at his Ambassador Tailored suits in the mirror intstead of actually trying to end the Ethiopian conflict. Yet it is Aby himself, who is fuelling the fires of hatred amongst Ethiopians various tribes. As the state of emergency moves along, the best idea is for the top brass and rump military of Ethiopia to overthrow hims in counter coup and declare a transitional government and a cease fire. Aby Ahmed has litte credibility remaining, apart from amongst his diehard city dweller fanatics, brainwashed by the Ethiopian state controlled mouthpiece media and Aby’s clerical internet trolls. Ethiopia unfortunately IS heading along the Rwanda Road of the 1990s. So sad and bad.

  5. Aby Ahmed could have chosen the middle ground. He started well. Nonetheless, he has become more extreme in every regard, as he has retreated from consensus politics. He is becoming a liability; a loose Gallipoli cannon, unable to decide what is the right path except sledgehammer smash and damage most regions of Ethiopia. His policies and aims are now ground zero and scorched earth ethnical divisions. He thrives on xenophobic rhetoric, while he tries to rekindle his already mudded reputation – via his cult of personality Aby banquets and parties and vain selfie appearances. He spends more time staring at his Ambassador Tailored suits in the mirror instead of actually trying to end the Ethiopian conflict. Yet it is Aby himself, who is fuelling the fires of hatred amongst Ethiopia’s various tribes. As the state of emergency moves along, the best idea is for the top brass and rump military of Ethiopia to overthrow him in a counter coup and declare a transitional government. Aby Ahmed has little credibility remaining, apart from amongst his diehard city dweller fanatics, brainwashed by the Ethiopian state controlled mouthpiece media and Aby’s clerical internet trolls. Ethiopia unfortunately IS heading along the Rwanda Road of the 1990s. So sad and bad.

  6. The Story of Our Dearest Africa

    Humble Opinion, 3 Nov 2021
    1. Freedom of Expression is wonderful
    2. But there is an appendix to it — a deliberate lying to destroy the TRUTH!!!
    3. Now, one may ask ; who lies most? Very difficult to answer.
    4. I don’t know if a study was made on that sensitive issue.
    5. Would it be the developed countries with their sophistication?
    6. Or would it be the underdeveloped countries [I am part of it] in desperation to balance their seemingly
    natural weak trait?
    7. But no adjective on Earth can cover our weakness.
    8. What ever it is, it gives us the opportunity to cover our weakness.
    9. If we are forced to reveal it, we have the hidden weapon stored t; INSULTING each other on the
    reliable internet.
    10. It is a vicious circle; and that is why we — underdeveloped countries — are inherently dizzy and can’t
    think straight.
    11. But, what happened to the thousands &; and thousands &; and thousands indigenous AFRICAN
    SCHOLARS who have the very top most Academic Doctorate Degrees from well known top most
    Universities around the GLOBE? Or is it just a simple paper — nine by eleven ( 9 X 11) inch sized
    ordinary paper?
    12. The horror story of our dear, beloved, proud and poor Black Africa has NO END. ………………………………..

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