Tension Created by Two Despaired Allies

Seifu Tsegaye Demmissie.
 

The strong link between the tyrannical regime of Meles Zenawi and the increasingly bankrupt  administration of Bush in the United States, has been a matter for concern among Ethiopians struggling for democracy and freedom. Now a days, their unholy alliance appears to be driven by desperation and conflict sniffing or war mongering. The Bush administration is despaired by the set back it is suffering mainly in Iraq. It is collecting the dividends of its undesirable war in the form of daily dying service men, plummeting domestic popularity and diminishing international acceptance, influence and respect. Its wrong ally, Meles Zenawi is also in desperation and is fighting for his survival. Meles Zenawi is politically dead and is like a tyre that has gone flat. His regime has never been to the liking of the great majority of Ethiopians and he has lost the farce election he had staged simply for the consumption of his donors. Despite brutally killing hundreds and incarcerating many thousands, he could not extinguish the flames of democracy and freedom and he is encountering mounting domestic opposition and resistance. He is barely surviving because he is riding on the back of his loyal ethnic army and getting financial infusions and political support from some western circles.  

The bankruptcy of his ethnic tyrannical rule is evident in every sphere of it. His grand treacherous schemes of milking the western tax payers under the guise of combating poverty and advancing democracy have been exposed to be deceptive and sinister.  I see the current tension between the regime of Meles Zenawi and the Union of Islamic Courts in Somalia chiefly as the making of the two above mentioned desperate allies.

It is obvious that southern Somalia has descended into chaos and the United States and the rest of the International community have abandoned it to its fate in the last 15 years. It had meant that events in southern Somalia had taken their own course and have led to the emergence of the relatively stronger force, the Union of Islamic Courts. The Union of Islamic Courts are reported to have brought some semblance of law and order to after dislodging the various waring factions led by warlords. It is also reported that the Bush administration had  covertly supported these factions of warlords as bulwarks against terrorism in the form of an alliance that could not hold ground against the courts. An additional  source of embarrassment and setback for the Bush administration.

 

 

 

It is a glaring fact that Meles Zenawi can not be the guardian of Ethiopian interest and security. Not at all. It is like assigning the devil to guard the gates of Heaven. Meles Zenawi is the product of the anti-Ethiopian school of the EPLF and other enemies. The high doses of the anti-Ethiopian injections he had received circulate still in his body system and he is ready to go to to any length he can to protect foreign interests at the expenses of that of Ethiopia. He is an eccentric creature endowed with the despised human attributes of cheating, lying and servitude. The reasoning that Meles Zenawi has proactively interfered in Somalia in defence of Ethiopian security and sovereignty can be categorically dismissed as preposterous and ridiculous. No sane Ethiopian in his right mind would entertain the idea of Meles Zenawi standing for the national interest and sovereignty of Ethiopia. To our bewilderment and dismay, he has been very consistent and outright only in one issue, and that is the betrayal and undermining of Ethiopian national interest and security. Betrayal and treason are the hallmarks of the regime of Meles Zenawi who has assumed the role of the Anglo-American watchdog in the horn of Africa. He has plotted to drag Ethiopia into a diversionary and proxy conflict and he and his foreign backers should be the only ones to pick up the bills from this conflict if it degenerates into a fully blown war.

 

 

The Bush administration and some other western powers have abandoned the forces of democracy and freedom in Ethiopia and opted to side with one of the repressive and terrorist regimes in the world. Thus, we Ethiopians should not be part of this diversionary and proxy conflict and do all we can to at least thwart it or use it to our advantage. We have been lamenting their continued counterproductive support for Meles Zenawi and they have not heeded. Emboldened by their prodding and support, Meles zeanwi is now in the business of destabilizing the horn of Africa. This diversionary tactic can only exacerbate the crisis in Ethiopia and the region as a whole. It is important to bear in mind that he is doing all this at the expense of the long term interests of Ethiopia.

 

 

 

As long as I know, the relationship between the state of Somalia (until its collapse in 1991) and Ethiopia has not been smooth. Somalia`s persistent claim of part of the sovereign Ethiopian territory had been a source of rough relations, skirmishes and wars. I recall hearing the description of Somalia as the problem child of Africa apparently because of its belligerent attitude to its bigger neighbour, Ethiopia. The ill-conceived and ill-fated military adventures of the last Somali regime are known to be among the causes that precipitated the civil war that resulted in the current predicament the Somalis find themselves in. The TPLF led by the ethnic warlord, Meles Zenawi is among the anti-Ethiopian liberation fronts that were also assisted and hosted by the then Somali government that collapsed in 1991.

 

 

Ethiopia is the biggest country in the region in terms of both its size and population and can play a decisive role in recuperating and stabilizing the horn of Africa. I think it is not an overstatement to assert that it holds potentially the key to regional stability and prosperity. Therefore, the building of democratic and free Ethiopia will have favorable regional repercussions and can have a multiplier effect to rehabilitate the whole area. The interests of Ethiopia are also best served with stable and prosperous neighbours with whom it can coexist forging mutually beneficial and amicable relationships. The region can not be rehabilitated and set on democratic and stabilising course with out cleansing it off the group of warlords that have been blocking the path to improvement, peace and progress. I concur with those who maintain that the ethnic warlord, Meles Zenawi with his backward and primitive tribal mind setup and mode of governance, is a stumbling block to progress in Ethiopia and the region as a whole would be better off with out him.

 

 

The attainment and prevalence of durable peace and stability are in the best interests of the inhabitants of the troubled and volatile horn of
Africa. I believe that their fates are intertwined and concentrating on issues that are common and require their collective efforts, should take precedence over the destabilizing and destructive measures taken by power thirsty groups. The region should work for the common goals of alleviating the chronic famine, poverty and  tyranny afflicting it.

 

 

Democratization and the full participation of the citizens of the region are indispensable for tackling these plagues of humanity. I believe that getting rid of the warlords, ethnic or religious, would pave the way for building bridges between the diverse communities as an essential component of regional peace and stability. It is also of paramount importance to avoid unnecessary and unwanted foreign interference and so that the peoples of the region can have free hands to sort out their problems through the mechanisms of their choice. I think that lasting peace and stability can be achieved in the region through the free and open engagement of the stake holders, i.e. the fraternal communities of the region. 

 

 

I condemn Meles Zenawi for his violation of International law through intruding into the sovereign territory of a neighbour that is not in a position to defend itself. Meles Zenawi is a home grown aggressor and violator long known as an internal enemy of Ethiopia.

 

 

We have been resenting his violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty our own country and can not remain indifferent to such a brazen act of breach of international law. The high sensitivity we display to his aggression against our own country and people should also extend to others experiencing the same irrespective of their geographic location.

 

 

What is special about today`s Ethiopia is the fact that it is a country controlled by its enemy and the best strategic option for us is to remove the domestic or internal threat, Meles Zenawi. The precondition for the revival of Ethiopia as a free country requires decisive action on the home front against regime of Meles Zenawi that is increasingly operating as a force of occupation. Normally, the Ethiopian armed forces are entrusted with the duty and task of defending the country and they should not be part of the blatant aggression against a neighbour and get bogged down in a costly and protracted conflict designed to prolong the misrule of the treasonous tyrant in the service of foreign interests. 

 

 

Instead, the guns bought with tax money of Ethiopians should be turned against a home grown enemy, Meles Zenawi. The armed forces must listen to the people of Ethiopia and not allow themselves to be led into another round of suicidal mission under the command of the supreme traitor, Meles Zenawi.

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