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Critical Steps to Jumpstart Fano’s Stalling Momentum  

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Fano forces (Photo : file/SM)

Yonas Biru, PhD 

Since the Fano uprising, the Boy King’s God-like Omnipotence and Satanic Malevolence have  been successfully challenged. Consequently, Oromummaa’s mass eviction and mass murder  policies of ethnic cleansing have waned to a significant degree. 

The inauguration of Ethiopia’s modern army during emperor Menilik as a national holiday, and  the launch of “the Great Ethiopian Narrative” (ታላቁ ትርክት) are examples of Oromummaa’s retreat in the face of an indomitable Fano. However, there is no logical reason to assume the  Oromummaa cult theology will not resume its 16th century bloodletting enterprise if the Fano  movement is halted by choice or force. 

A closer examination of current realities reveals painful undercurrents that the government and  the Fano enterprise must come to terms with.  

The government must reconcile itself with the fact that stalling or slowing Fano’s military  advances is neither a military victory nor a political solution to the crisis. It must also come to  terms that the use of drones and thanks against Fano fighters and civilian targets will certainly not bring the Fano enterprise to its knees. To the contrary, the indiscriminate killings of civilians  by Turkish and UAE drones will galvanize the people and draw even the most reluctant Amhara  into the war theatre. Another harsh reality to the government is that the Boy King has lost his  trustworthiness, owing it to his betrayal of everyone who trusted him, his pathological tendency to lie, and most of all his lack of human sympathy. Any attempt at a negotiated peace accord  that does not take these three factors into consideration is akin to a unilateral surrender. 

On its part, the Fano ecosystem including its diaspora support base needs to accept two  fundamental points. First, in and of itself, having morally, legally, and politically justified cause  for an armed uprising does not lead to a political victory. Second, military strength is a necessary  condition for political victory, not a sufficient one. Fano needs to come to terms that its military  advance is undermined by the lack of an inclusive political architecture with a robust political strategy and a viable endgame along with a flexible roadmap.  

In sum, the current war between the government and Fano signifies a grim situation  characterized by a glaring mismatch between desired outcomes and hard realities.  

On the one hand, the government’s war is not guided by a military strategy or logic. Rather, it is  driven by a narcissist Boy King who relies on fake evangelist prophets who assure him of a divine  victory over Fano. He feels certain that with an unlimited number of Oromo soldiers and divine intervention through a coterie of fake profits victory is his. Unbeknown to him, he is immersing the nation into a destructive endless war.

On the other hand, the sad reality is that Fano’s Military offensive appears to have stalled or at  the very least lost its initial momentum. This is attributable to the fact that the military uprising  is conducted in a political vacuum. This phenomenon can be encapsuled in one line: The  hermitized Amhara intellectual class has failed to produce political icons and opinion leaders  from its ranks. Sadly, the political leadership vacuum is filled by “ቼ በለው” singing and “እከደከድየ” 

dancing part revered heroes and part hallucinating comical sidekicks. 

Put in the vernacular, the war is fought between a government that is in a cult-like trance  sleepwalking into an endless war and an Amhara uprising that lacks political technology and  theology to realize its full potential to score a definitive political victory. The consequence of a  protracted war between such forces is devastating for the nation.  

Fano must come to the realization that dragging a high-intensity war indefinitely is existential  to the Amhara tribal land in terms of humanitarian suffering and economic destruction. The  worst thing Fano can do is overestimate its power to march into Addis and underestimate the  need for a political organ. Fano is likely to fall prey to such thoughts if it allows extremist forces  to influence its movement.  

The dynamics interaction of such a reality in the face of a reckless juvenile king is highly likely  to degenerate into a destructive state of entropic chaos from which neither the government  nor the Fano enterprise can emerge as a strategic winner. 

The Boy king cannot be expected to submit to reason. Logic or justice. Getting out of the  spiraling crisis is on the shoulders of Fano and carrying this burden requires building it strength  and forcing the Boy to submit to reason. In this regard, Fanos success depends on its ability to  fend off political extremists hovering inside and outside of its enterprise. The sooner it repulses  such characters, the sooner it will achieve its full potential. 

As I have noted in several articles, this requires reining in the highly charged and combustible  emotional state that feeds upon extremism and, in turn, serves it as a steroid. Fano is faced  with unpopular and difficult decisions on how to handle idiotic political appendages. If it fails  to do this, the Beneficiary is the Boy King whose stay in office will be extended beyond its  natural bio-political life. 

The purpose of this article is to help bring Fano’s political and military spheres into alignment and show a path for a strategic political and military victory. 

What Does Political and Military Victory Mean? 

The question is: What does political and military victory mean in terms of changing the status  quo? The Fano enterprise needs to define its strategic political and military end goals. Is it a change  of government that involves abolishing the Oromo-PP led political leadership? If so, what is  involved in this? Unseating the Prime Minster or also dissolving the Parliament and overhauling  the constitution?  

Is a change of governance (not a change of government) acceptable, if institutional forces build  robust political powerbases to assert their democratic rights and reign in the Boy King’s God-like  omnipotence and satanic malevolence? Regardless of the choice of end goal, what are the  guardrails to avoid a civil war or a protracted endless war? The substance of these questions is  not restricted to abstract legal or political parameters. Above all, these are strategic question  that have inherent bearing on the success of achieving Fano’s desired goal of removing Oromummaa’s savagery from the nation’s political landscape. 

In defining its end goal, Fano must be mindful that is has a legitimate right to defend itself and  determine how the Amhara tribal land is governed. One thing it does not is a legitimate authority to unilaterally determine the constitutional and institutional nature of the nation’s governance architecture. 

It is time for the Fano enterprise to pause, reflect, retrospect and take midcourse correction  where needed to bring its political end goal and military means into balance. Such a pivot is an  absolute necessity to thwart its diminishing chances of success and align its trajectory to its  strategic political goal. Why is this an absolute necessity? 

There is a mismatch in the forces behind the government and Fano. The government has  enormous advantage over firepower, including such weapons as drones, missiles, and tanks. Fano’s power is the people. This means its primary powerbase demands on political support not  only in its tribal land but also outside of it locally and internationally. Its military operation cannot  exist in a political vacuum. Only a high-octant idiot would argue Fano’s political objective and  strategy are known and well developed.  

“መነሻችን አማራ መድረሻችን ኢትዮጵያ” is a clever slogan fit for a bumper sticker. It is not a substitute for a  strategic political manifesto. I have written several articles on this issue. I will not reiterate the  details here. Readers interested in a strategic approach can see two of my articles titled “The  Fano Manifesto” and “Fano’s Success Depends on Accepting Eskinder is Not the Eleventh  Commandment.” 

The Mismatch Between Fano’s Military and Political Parameters 

Fano’s military wing has registered phenomenal milestones in a short span of time. Its political  challenges are attributable to two factors. First, extremist forces led by Shaleka Dawit, and some diaspora groups represent serious threats to it. Yesterday, I was talking to a prominent Ethiopian journalist who told me many people express different views about the Shaleka group in private  discussions and public discourses. In private, they raise concern and even express aversion toward the Shaleka and his nominal boss Eskinder. But when they are on camera, they change their tone and tenor.  

This takes us to the second factors that is saddling the Fano enterprise, namely the Amhara  intellectual class that has failed to develop a robust political strategy that can simultaneously  serve as a leverage for Fano’s military endeavor and use Fano’s military success as a leverage for its political end goal. The intellectual classes’ failure stems from two sources. 

First, it is afraid of an avalanche of ad hominem attacks by extremist groupies of Shaleka Dawit’s  clan. I know first-hand what it means to be a victim of Ethio-360’s hoots of disdain. It appears  that their intellectual dwarfism is overcompensated by their towering and impressive skill of  turning ተራ ስድብ into rhythmic and artistic PR and as a sledgehammer to silence dissenting voices. 

For reason only Habtamu Ayalew can understand my wife and children were not spared. I was  not affected by his verbal attacks until my wife caught a wind of it and started lamenting about  my self-inflicted violation of Ethiopia’s ከብረ ነክ cultural theology. “ፖለቲካ ውስጥ ስትገባ ክብርህን ትራሽ አንደወረወርክ እንዴት አይገባህም። ተሰድበህ አታሰድበን,” she pleaded. 

My experience helps understand why the Amhara intellectual class avoids a head on collision  with the extremist goons. Their power to silence dissenting views cannot be taken lightly. Over  the last six or so months the Amhara and Ethiopianist intellectual colony has organized three  conferences: (1) making Geez an African language; (2) the need to overhaul the constitution; and  (3) the systemic falsification of Ethiopia’s history. 

These are all safe topics to delve into without inviting the wrath of Ethio-360, but they do not  address the most critical issues of the day. In recent days, one of the topics raised on the Global  Ethiopian Discussion Forum was Ethiopian donkeys. The moderator of the global forum posted  the following: 

“I urge all members of this forum to stand against the slaughter of donkeys  for export. We must advocate for sustainable and ethical practices that  honor our economic needs, cultural heritage, and religious values. Let us  raise our voices to protect these vital members of our society and uphold  the principles we cherish.” 

A prominent member of the forum found the issue important enough to respond as follows: 

“The Ethiopian donkey is beaten mercilessly for not moving fast despite  being overloaded, not to mention a shoulder with an open sore. Aside from  being a violation of animal rights, this odious practice crosses over into the  violation of human rights (like corporal punishment of children). It  desensitizes us about gratuitous violence against the weak and the meek. I say the expression exercise of democratic values must begin with the  humane treatment of our donkeys!” 

Whoever said Ethiopian intellectuals are boring does not know a thing about how rib-tickling funny they are. In their views, the urgent issue at this juncture in Ethiopia’s fast procession to a  frightening cliff is first observing the democratic rights and humane treatment of donkeys. To  borrow a fitting American political lexicon, this is funny as fuck. Now you know the disconnect between the Fano military and political space. Stay tuned for another safe conference on donkey  democracy. 

For more discussion see my three articles titled” (1) Ethiopia in an Existential Crisis Without a  Leader, But This, Too, Shall Pass; (2) How Long is Amhara to be Betrayed by its Hermitized  Intellectual Class; and (3) How Hermitized and Tribalized Ethiopian Intellectual Class Deny Ethiopia  Global Opportunities. 

Jumpstarting Fano’s Momentum 

Fano is the last hope for Ethiopia both in terms of abolishing Oromummaa’s threat and laying a  foundation for a transformative change. But this requires stepping up its political game. This, in  turn, requires freeing its intellectual colony from the bondage of a hermitized ከብረ ነክ cultural  theology and nudge it to stand up against the mighty idiotic extremist clowns. There is no two  ways about it. Only then can we uplift our discussions and conferences from the safe haven of  donkey politics to the rough terrine of human rights politics without fear or favor.

Editor’s note : Views in the article do not necessarily reflect the views of 


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  1. Okay, this is it!
    This is it what, Ittu?
    No, I’ve had it up to here?
    What is it now, Ittu?
    This is it! I’m gonna go there and liberate every one.
    How you gonna do that, Ittu? By yourself?
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  2. Everybody worth its salt is reading now. Since there is no copyright warning or jealousy it is nice to see many others are taking matters seriously. Remember last time invitations were canceled when it was all about the fruit of the labor of the disinvited that was discussed. And then word for word were used at another one for program and strategy or whatever. It is finally sinking in. Traction was what was needed and now it is way beyond that.


    was part of the words I remember from an old song which hasn’t been taken to heart but still sounds true after many decades. Somebody needed to do that. Thank you Dr. Yonas Biru.

    Talking about old songs; when asked about his work being stolen by less talented, the great jazz musician Mr. L Armstrong once said: “there are a lot of copy cats but people still line up to see the MONA-LIZA at a museum in Europe” and I am only paraphrasing.

  3. Flawless, yet still flawed.
    Stalled? Not quite. I wouldn’t call it. There’s a great deal of explanation for that.
    Cheap ink is easily replenished, but blood is not.
    Thank you for not stating that Fano is “dissolving”, unlike that deacon.


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