Putting Ethiopia and Her People First

By Melaku Yismaw 

It has often been said that a good cause is ruined many times by good intentions.  I recently cam across a paper written by intellectuals which argues to “put the prisoners of conscience first” and counsels the World Bank to give no budgetary aid before they are released.  Bad slogans confuse the whole campaign; commanders who give confused orders lead their army to disastrous defeat. 

The correct stand of Ethiopians should be PUT ETHIOPIA AND HER PEOPLE FIRST.  The primary issue is NOT the release of the arrested leaders of the CUDP.  Even then how come those calling for their release forget that close to 50,000 people are incarcerated in Dedesa, Zwai and Bir Sheleko, NOT to mention hundreds and thousands of others jailed and disappeared since 1991?  The regime of Meles Zenawi should be denied any aid and assistance UNTIL IT RESPECTS THE VOTE OF THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE and resigns without much ado.  We cannot sanely argue that it will have democratic credentials or will be kosher and halal enough to receive help if only it releases the lastly jailed prisoners in Kaliti.  To argue as the intellectuals did is to miss the whole point notwithstanding the desire to have the jailed leaders released – a sentiment that no Ethiopian other than the Woyane can contradict. 

It is imperative that the democratic forces get their vision right.  It is not important that they write long and scholarly pieces if their premise is confused and their message totally wrong.  PUT
ETHIOPIA AND HER PEOPLE FIRST.  Get rid of the Woyane and all political prisoners will be released.  The main and sad event of post May 2005 Election is not that people got arrested or jailed but that the VOICE and CHOICE of the people was denied by the Meles regime.  This is the primary ill to be addressed as it is the one that led to the subsequent crimes on the part of the Woyane thugs.    

Published in: on August 8, 2006 at 5:55 pm  Comments (2)