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It is impossible to suppress the Amhara Resistance by simply ignoring it

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U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Massinga, holding talks with Adanech Abiebie, Mayor of Addis Ababa (Photo : PD)

By  Aba Habtu

I am composing this message in response to a concerning statement made by  Ambassador Massinga on Twitter. The Ambassador suggested that the resistance to  significant demolitions in Addis Ababa mainly stems from a lack of communication. He  drew parallels between these demolitions and community resistance against  redevelopment projects in other global regions. As the highest representative of the  United States, the most resourceful country globally, it is hard to believe that the  Ambassador is unaware of the primary dynamics driving Ethiopian political factions,  which center on ethnicity. 

Moreover, it is well known that the Oromo political powerhouse, which currently  dominates the political, security, and economic sectors in Ethiopia, is openly working  towards establishing Oromo dominance in all aspects of the country’s governance. This  intention is no longer a secret operation. The comments made after the Ambassador’s  meeting with the tyrannical and brutal mayor of Addis Ababa are, therefore, particularly  alarming. They show a clear disregard for the lives lost and livelihoods destroyed by her  oppressive policies. 

To fully understand the issue at hand, one must delve into the reasons behind Ethiopia’s  current predicament. Anyone genuinely interested in contributing to Ethiopia’s stability  and prosperity should comprehend the core principles driving the political forces in the  country. The current Oromo political leadership views Ethiopia as a colonial empire and  is actively trying to rewrite its history. President Shimelis Abdissa of Region 4 (Oromia)  has openly declared that initiatives are underway to reaffirm Oromo ownership of Addis  Ababa, thus legitimizing claims of demographic engineering. 

His statements clarify that the demolitions in Addis Ababa aim to reshape the city’s  demographic composition through meticulous ethnic profiling. These facts reveal that  the redevelopment projects are a guise for the ethnic cleansing of Amharas from a city where they represent over 60% of the population. Consequently, the Ambassador’s  direct support for these projects amounts to complicity in ethnic cleansing and  demographic manipulation. 

The #WarOnAmhara represents more than mere state-sponsored violence; it is a  calculated political strategy by the Oromo political establishment. The government led  by the Oromo is not only engaging in an illegal and immoral conflict against the Amhara  people, but it is also crucial to comprehend the ideological and motivational  underpinnings of this aggression. Central to Oromo’s political ideology is a constructed  narrative that falsely accuses the Amhara of historical injustices, a narrative promoted  by the Oromo leadership to consolidate support and unify their constituents. 

This narrative’s fabrication was openly acknowledged by Ambassador Lencho Bati, a  founder of the Oromo Liberation Front, who admitted that the anti-Amhara and anti-Ethiopia storyline was crafted to mobilize the Oromo populace. Moreover, Negasso  Gidada, a former Ethiopian President of Oromo descent, revealed in his autobiography  his inability to find historical evidence supporting the claims made against the Amhara  by Oromo politicians. This admission underscores how the Oromo political leadership  has perpetuated baseless accusations and fueled hostility without any significant proof. 

The propagation of this animosity is particularly evident among the Oromo youth,  influenced heavily by the Oromo political elite who have instilled a deep-seated hatred  towards the Amhara. Lemma Megersa, a former President of the Oromia region and  Defense Minister, has publicly voiced concerns over the extreme hatred indoctrinated in  Oromo youth and the potential for a genocidal campaign against the Amhara. These  developments highlight both the intentions and the extensive strategy of the Oromo  political leadership to further their own objectives. 

Documents such as party manifestos and academic publications from politically  aligned Oromo scholars further exacerbate the violence inflicted on the Amhara people.  It is alarming that those harboring intense animosity towards the Amhara are not only  becoming prominent political figures but also influential voices within the Oromo  political sphere. Thus, it is essential to recognize that the #WarOnAmhara is not merely  a product of state-sponsored violence but a deliberate and strategic approach by the  Oromo political establishment. The responsibility for this genocidal campaign rests not  only with the current leaders but also with the broader Oromo political apparatus,  including the prejudiced academic sector. Understanding these factors is critical for  addressing and resolving the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia. 

Despite widespread public knowledge, the US Embassy in Addis and Mike Hammer have been notably silent or visible only in regime-sponsored media events. This is  concerning, especially since it has been a year since the hateful ideology against the  Amhara people escalated into full-blown state terrorism. The deaths of tens of  thousands and the displacement of millions have yet to elicit a meaningful response  from these entities. Over 35 million Amharas are facing economic and social blockades,  yet the U.S. State Department , U.S. Embassy in Addis, and Mike Hammer have failed to  demonstrate genuine concern or take action. The contrast is stark compared to their  proactive statements during the conflict initiated by the TPLF. The apparent disregard for  the conflict in the Amhara region seems to be a deliberate decision to withhold the  necessary attention and assistance that should be accorded to the  #AmharaResistance. 

This lack of response not only shows a deficit in diplomatic sensitivity but also  highlights a lack of empathy and moral principles. By ignoring the war crimes  committed by the ENDF against the Amhara people and the ongoing humanitarian  crisis, the US diplomatic mission in Ethiopia indirectly supports the genocide of the Amhara people. This indifference to human rights principles is at odds with the core  values the United States claims to support. 

Moreover, the failure to address the situation in the Amhara region suggests a  dereliction of duty by the US Embassy and Ambassador Hammer. By overlooking the  atrocities in the region, they fail to protect innocent lives and risk compromising the  United States’ long-term strategic interests. The US’s silence on the violence in Amhara  is damaging its reputation as a nation committed to democracy and human rights. 

The comparison made by Ambassador Massinga between minor misunderstandings in  urban development projects and the systematic ethnic cleansing and demographic  manipulation in Addis Ababa is alarming. By downplaying the hardships of displaced  individuals and trivializing ethnic targeting in property demolitions, the embassy  effectively condones these reprehensible actions. 

It is crucial for the US Embassy and Ambassador Mike Hammer to address their bias  against the Amhara people and begin playing a positive, impactful role to halt the  #AmharaGenocide and restore the severely eroded public confidence in America’s  commitment to its stated principles. Most importantly, they must recognize that  ignoring the Amhara people’s struggle against #OromoFascism will not silence their  fight. 

In summary, the plight of the Amhara people in Ethiopia represents more than just a  local conflict; it embodies a profound crisis where ethnic targeting and historical  grievances are being weaponized for political dominance. The comments and actions of  the U.S. Ambassador and the broader international community highlight a distressing  lack of genuine engagement and understanding of the ethnic dynamics and political  intricacies at play. This indifference not only exacerbates the humanitarian crisis but  also undermines the core values of human rights and justice purportedly championed  by these entities. Moving forward, it is imperative for the U.S. Embassy and international  bodies to reevaluate their positions and actively engage in meaningful interventions.  Acknowledging the real drivers of conflict, addressing the orchestrated violence against  the Amhara, and fostering an inclusive dialogue are crucial steps towards restoring  peace and stability in Ethiopia. The international community’s role should not just be as  observers but as active participants in preventing further escalation of violence and  ensuring accountability for the atrocities committed.

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