Source: Abugidainfo.com “? Ooops! We do it again.”?
It was just well over a year ago that an American writer who wrote about what was happening in Ethiopia and the position of the United States.
In her article entitled “?Ooops! We do it again.”?,she was referring the unscrutinized and full-scale help of America to Nazi Germany in the early years of WWII and nowadays to the totalitarian regime in Ethiopia. Her entire message was, standing by the side of an authocratic regime for whatever arguments will only result in far reaching disastrous repurcussions.
In the wake of the second wave of bloodbath in november 2005 in Ethiopia, western diplomats led by the British and the American ambassadors issued a press release at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa and called of the immediate release of all political prisoners in the country. Was that a genuine call? If it were a genuine call for the release of all prisoners of consceience, they could have pursued their call to date. Despite that pretentious call, the call was countered by the man who makes distortion and denial his true character, Meles Zenawi, said that”? we do not have political prisoners in Ethiopia.”? astonishing!
Today, his western friends have abandoned entirely the call for the release of those prisoners of conscience whose only crime is resoundingly defeating the minority regime of Zenawi at the ballot box. surprising enough, some western countries have preferred to strengthen the voted-out regime by supplying all the necessary finance ,political, and military aid which are vital to save the regime from collapsing. From the American point of view, it seems to met that, if you are a friend of the United States,you can reign on your people with no condemination from the US. It is just like that what America is encouraging in Ethiopia.
This was not the only instance where western diplomats have been playing an unfair, unacceptable, immoral and inhuman game up on the destitute people of Ethiopia. In retrospect, after the june 2005 massacre on the streets of Addis Ababa and anywhere else in the country, the people of Addis Ababa were determined to shut down /stay-at-home strike/ all governmental and public activities in the capital. In such a scenario, another disguised attempt was made by the same diplomats in the name of brokering peace between the highly charged public atmosphere and the sole ruler of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, who has no real love for peace, reportedly at the request of Zenawi.
Against the backdrop of this,western diplomats approached and pressed on the CUD leaders to hold a meeting with Meles Zenawi. Acting in good faith, the CUD leaders came up with 8- points plan under no circumstance that any relatively democratic country can reject it. Having full confidence in those diplomats for whatever he does , Zenawi flately rejected the 8-points plan of CUD leaders with little or no reaction from his masters.This was one of the several instances where some western countries mainly the current American government`s attempt in thwarting the popular movement of Ethiopians for freedom and Democracy.
In a further contemptous act, the then charge de`affiars of America,Vicky Huddleston, tried to summon some of the unjailed central committee members of CUD and told them that they should stop the merger of the 4 political parties and urged them to act as a separate entity which she did not succeed.when this attempt failed ,she again summond some renegade memebrs of the party and helped to form a surogate party by keeping the same name CUD with a different agenda under the agreement of joining the illegal parliament of TPLF. At this time, she was effectivly succeeded in her attempt to weaken the strong position of the real CUD and extended her helping hand in strengthening the minority regime of Meles Zenawi.
This is not the only misdeeds of the current American government up on the people of Ethiopia: following the nov.2005 massacre in Addis Ababa and anywhere else in the country,Europeans were apparently tightening the gripe on the regime by withholding the direct budget support/the life-support means of the regime/ they used to pump to the coferts of Zenawi which is app.378 million dollars. At the same time, a well intentioned statement was released by the American authorities which ushers the position of the American government by saying; “? America will not stop aid for the regime in Ethiopia”? This happened at a time when the whole world witnessed the massacre of Ethiopians on broad daylight.This was an other example how America is under-cutting the half-hearted and apparent efforts of Europeans in pressuring the brutal dictatorship of Zenawi to give in to a democratic avenue.
A SHIFT IN TACTICS
In order to regain the lost and non-existed “?democratic credential”?,Zenawi is telling the west that he is committed to Economic development and improving the coverage and quality of education as a means to get out of the current political turmoile which plagues the nation and the intensity of repression against dissent is growing by the days. Meles Zenawi, the untired liar, is telling the world that the country is developing by 10% economic growth while the overwhelming majority of Ethiopians are leading a hand-to-mouth life style. Just to give an example among the many lies of Zenawi, in a recent interview he gave to Tv teacher about the may 2005 election , he said loud and clear,”? we did not steal the election! Every one knows that!”? What is amazing is not Zenawi`s claim of Economic progress in Ethiopia but the acceptance of this baseless assertion by the American diplomat who dare to say,”?whatever you say about governance issue of the regime,when it comes to development, we rate them highly.”?
The undisputed fact is, if we see Ethiopia under the major indicator of Economic developmnent which is the Human Development Index/HDI/ such as life expectancy, living standard, education, health, Ethiopia lies at the bottom of the table.In the light of this fact, therefore,where is the 10% economic development? Of course, there is undeniable facts in the long history of the nation where those who had ruled Ethiopia and those who are ruling Ethiopia currently have never been poor.Yes, it is obvious truth that Zenawi and his associates have absolute control of the main economic sources of the country and are engaged in amassing a colossal sum of money at the expense of destitute Ethiopians for the last 16 years.
It is obvious that western taxpayers money is being used to buy the means to kill innocent Ethiopians and to enrich TPLF members.God know how many Ethiopians are going bed hungry at a time when their satisfaction and improved living condition are being told to the world by their ruthless ruler, Melese Zenawi whom they do not consider as their leader. Let me cite a clear example here: however, my intention is not to compare China and Ethiopia. In the last 20 years, China has been able to pull 450 million people(app.the population size of the EU) out of poverty. Can Zenawi tell us in this term about how many Ethiopians are pulled out of poverty in his 16 years of absolute tyrannical rule? When it comes to facts, he will be empty handed , no space to lie when it comes to concrete realities.Therefore, is it not a crime to assert that Ethiopia is growing economically at a time many Ethiopians are dying of hunger and bullet? Time will answer it rightly!
Today,in the the horn of Africa, the American foreign policy is dominated by bringing stability at the expense of democracy and human rigths. The irony is, how is it possible to bring stability by stopping short of condemning the killing of innocent citizen of a country for demanding their God-given right? How is it possible to bring stability by approving the invasion of a soveriegn nation by an other one? How is it possible to bring stability by supporting a regime who denies freedom of speech, assembly, press? How is it possible to bring stability while the elected leaders of the peolpe are locked up in an illegal jail and perpetrators of crime are sitting in power comortably with absolute impunty? For any fair minded person, it is abundantly clear that the moral high ground of the current American government is very very low and has no real concern for freedom and democracy in the messed up horn of Africa.What is happening in Somalia and in the region as a whole is a living evidence of supporting totaliterian regimes.
Nowadays,we have been hearing a series of criticism directed against China`s involvment in Africa and blocking the continent`s democratization by harbouring authoritative regimes, a claim made by America and other western nations.In reality, it is a zero sum game.In Africa in general and in Ethiopia in particular,the objectives of China or the West are the same: securing access to raw-materials, access to market so as to dump their goods, security to guarantee the unfettered flow of resources, to subjugate the continent and declare as their sphere of influence etc”¦The only difference is the use of language in which the West use the term Democracy which lacks concrete support and China does not to achieve the same objective.In actuality, both of them do not have any concern at all for the well-being of African citizens.What America actively doing in Ethiopia does not need further explanation.
To wind up my understanding, dear fellow Ethiopians, let us always remember the immortal deeds of those genuine Ethiopians who did not hesitate to protest in front of the well-equiped Agazi army of Zenawi and lost their lives for freedom and democracy.What the day calls us now is to resume their heroic efforts and what they were killed for. The call for a united opposition against the TPLF autocartic rule should have a place in the hearts of genuine Ethiopians.
“?stop the killing of Ethiopians who dare to believe that Democracy is possible in Ethiopia”? Anna Gomez
This was the call from the person who has first hand realities but America rejected and condoned the action of Zenawi.
ETHIOPIA WILL PREVAILE!!