By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam
How true the saying, “There is no fool like an old fool.”
My readers know I don’t tolerate previous fools.
In fact, there are previous fools; and there are offensive and villainous previous fools.
Herman Cohen is an offensive and villainous previous fool.
On June 24, 2019, Herman Cohen tweeted:
Failed coup in #Ethiopia’s Amhara state was an attempt by ethnic nationalists to revive Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for a number of centuries previous to 1991. That dream is now completely lifeless.
To me, what Herman Cohen tweeted is pure and simple hate speech.
Demonizing an whole group as ethnic hegemons is hate speech.
If someone of Herman Cohen’s stature have stated such an outrageous factor a few spiritual or ethnic group in america, there would have been hell to pay.
However Herman Cohen thinks he can demonize and defame Amhara individuals and get away with it.
Don’t assume so!
Herman Cohen can be held accountable in the courtroom of world public opinion!
But who’s Herman Cohen?
The brief reply is Herman Cohen is a nitwit on twitter.
But who really is Herman Cohen?
Herman Cohen is a washed up, done-for, don’t-forget-me American diplomat who tries to point out he’s nonetheless relevant by tweeting drivel every single day on Africa on his Twitter pagewhich sports activities an image of him with Nelson Mandela.
Herman Cohen is a has-been U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1989 to 1993).
Herman Cohen blusters about having brokered “an end to the Eritrean-Ethiopian War in 1991, and conflicts in Angola and Mozambique.”
Herman Cohen is claimed to be “president of Cohen and Woods International”, a “firm established in 1994 to provides strategic planning services to African and Middle Eastern governments and multinational corporations doing business in Africa and the Middle East.”
I not often get indignant at anyone for having stated one thing I don’t like.
For the past 13 years, individuals have referred to as me each identify in the guide and criticized me for my views.
My angle has all the time, all the time been, “Frankly, my dear I don’t give a damn what you say about me!”
But I give a goddamn about what Herman Cohen stated about “Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991” in his June 24, 2018 tweet.
I am frigging mad about Herman Cohen’s unprovoked and scandalous defamation of Amhara individuals as hegemons.
Fact be informed, I’m hopping mad. I am foaming on the mouth. I’m ticked off. Pissed off. Teed off. Flipped out. Gone ballistic.
I’m spitting rivets. I have blown my stack.
Sure, I’ve gone bananas over Herman Cohen’s witless and asinine tweet:
Failed coup in #Ethiopia’s Amhara state was an attempt by ethnic nationalists to revive Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991. That dream is now permanently lifeless.
However what the hell happened in 1991?
Why is 1991 such an enormous yr for Herman Cohen?
I will inform you precisely why 1991 is a milestone yr for Herman Cohen.
In 1991, Herman Cohen took a barrel of gasoline and dumped it on the hearth of civil warfare burning in Ethiopia.
In 2019, Herman Cohen is making an attempt to do the same thing on smoldering ethnic fires.
In 1991, Herman Cohen was the kingmaker in Ethiopia.
In 1991, Herman Cohen officiated the coronation of the Prince of Darkness Meles Zenawi and delivered the important thing to the palace to the Forces of Darkness.
Herman Cohen is single-handedly answerable for the crimes and abuses dedicated by the Tigrean Individuals’s Liberation Front in Ethiopia for the previous 27 years.
In 1991, Herman Cohen was the malignant mastermind who signed, sealed and delivered the secession of Eritrea from Ethiopia.
In 1991, Herman Cohen, with the stroke of the pen, executed a coup d’état in Ethiopia.
In 2019, Herman Cohen defames an whole individuals as “ethnonationalist hegemons” due to a misguided actions of a few disgruntled officials concerned in an amateurish and doomed from the start coup d’état.
Am I making up tales about Herman Cohen’s coup d’état as a result of I am in a hissy fit?
Precisely 28 years to the month, on June 9, 1991, Newsweek puzzled over Cohen’s intrigue in bringing the TPLF to power and orchestrating Eritrea’s secession in a bit entitled, “COHEN’S COUP IN ETHIOPIA?” Newsweek wrote:
The actual bombshell that day got here out of London, where Cohen, a 35-year veteran of the Overseas Service, reversed many years of U.S. policy by calling a referendum on independence for Eritrea-for which Eritrean nationalists have fought a 30-year struggle–a ‘good idea.’
The man who signed, sealed, shredded and bought Ethiopia is now talking about ethnonationalists’ coup and “centuries long Amhara hegemony”.
The man who signed, sealed, shredded and bought Ethiopia in June 1991 is demonizing Amharas in June 2019.
However what’s Cohen’s evidence of “Amhara hegemony”?
No doubt, Cohen’s historical reference on “Amhara hegemony” is the Manifestoof the Tigrean Individuals’s Liberation Entrance.
Based on TPLF historiography, “Eritrea is an Ethiopian colony. Ethiopia is a country created by (Emperor) Menelik. Tigray is an independent sovereign country which was invaded by (Emperor) Atse Menelik and became an Amhara colony. Tigray is a colonial territory of Amhara.”
I’ve it all documented! Check it out!
I pity that previous idiot Herman Cohen. He ought to know better.
The late British PM Edward Heath stated, “A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.”
I say Herman Cohen is a has-been diplomat who does not assume earlier than he spits venom on people who have completed absolutely nothing to him.
Might it’s that Herman Cohen attended the Stick Your Foot in Your Mouth Faculty of Diplomacy?
Herman Cohen’s disgusting allegation of “Amhara hegemony” is as true as the revolting allegation of international “Jewish hegemony” in “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.
There by no means was an “international Jewish hegemony”!
There by no means was an “centuries-long Amhara hegemony” in Ethiopia!
Cohen should know concerning the dangers of incendiary and inflammatory political rhetoric about racial and ethnic hegemony.
Shame on you, Herman Cohen!
Take down your picture with Nelson Mandela from your twitter web page.
You disgrace Nelson Mandela’s reminiscence together with your drivel about “Amhara hegemony”.
Herman Cohen, do you know Nelson Mandela stated:
Ethiopia has all the time held a special place in my own creativeness and the prospect of visiting attracted me extra strongly than a trip to France, England and America mixed. I felt I might be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African. Meeting the emperor himself can be like shaking palms with historical past.
Is that the “Amhara hegemony” referenced in your dimwitted tweet?
Do you assume Mandela’s creativeness would have been captured by a nation beneath “Amhara hegemony” “over the past several centuries”?
Take a look at your handiwork Herman Cohen.
You single-handedly made attainable the rise of ethnic apartheid in Ethiopia.
Previous misguided fools and babes have to be disciplined
I don’t need to waste time and words speaking about previous fools.
But when an previous fool demonizes an whole individuals, I need to rise, defend and self-discipline him.
Herman Cohen ought to know that demonization of a individuals is the first step to looking for a remaining answer for them.
Speak of hegemony finally ends up in motion to get rid of the purported hegemons. Using words like “hegemony” to indict an complete ethnic and non secular group is an invitation to others to inflict violence on them.
Herman Cohen ought to know that.
The international rise in antisemitism immediately is pushed by political rhetoric that demonizes a gaggle of people because of their religion or race.
We don’t need a worldwide voice for anti-Amhara rhetoric by one who ought to know better.
Herman Cohen deserves Shakespearean self-discipline for talking out of flip.
Goneril, the cruel, deceitful and villainous daughter of King Lear, obsessive about overthrowing her father proclaims:
Previous fools are babes again and have to be used
With checks as flatteries, when they’re seen abused.
Keep in mind what I have stated.
In plain English, previous fools turn out to be like infants again. You’ll be able to’t just flatter them. It’s essential to self-discipline them once you see that they’re misguided.
Herman Cohen obsessive about overthrowing an imaginary Amhara hegemony have to be publicly referred to as out, named and shamed.
Herman Cohen, keep in mind what I’ve stated here!
Herman Cohen, please don’t demonize Amhara individuals. They have accomplished nothing to you.
Depart them the hell alone.
Herman Cohen, please don’t defame and dishonor Amhara individuals. They have stated nothing to defame or dishonor you.
Herman Cohen, please don’t smear, disparage and provoke Amhara individuals together with your unfounded and scandalous drivel about “centuries-long hegemony”.
I shall forgive you for you understand not what you say.
I forgive you because our prime minister H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed says, “We must separate the thorns from the rose flowers.”
You’re a thorn on aspect of Amhara individuals. You’ve got been a thorn on the aspect of the Ethiopian individuals since 1991.
Herman Cohen, you’ve gotten executed sufficient injury to Ethiopian politics.
Why can’t you allow us the hell alone. Allow us to clear up our personal issues. We don’t need your witless tweets or shallow recommendation.
I respect previous individuals as a result of they’ve knowledge. However I have no respect for an previous twit who tweets morsels of drivel simply to remain relevant.
I do know there are numerous Ethiopians who’re pissed off at Cohen’s tweet and his decades-long political tampering in their country.
I hope I’ve delivered a measured response to Herman Cohen on their behalf in this weblog.
But as Ethiopians we must not ever lose religion in one another because of what outsiders say who we’re.
We must not ever carry the burden of hate positioned upon us by those that have prompted damage, distress and sorrow in the past.
As I’ve stated before, “We must not lose faith in our fellow Ethiopians. Ethiopia is an ocean. If a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty (applying Mahatma Gandhi’s wisdom to Ethiopia).”
Let’s concentrate on a constructive message and groove to constructive vibrations.
Paraphrasing the phrases of the good Bob Marley, we should always all get up and sing:
One Love! One Coronary heart! One Ethiopia. Let’s get together and really feel all right. Give thanks and reward to the Lord and we’ll really feel all proper/ We will probably be alright. Let’s get together in One Love! One Coronary heart! One Ethiopia and really feel all proper.
The teachable moment for Herman Cohen is this: Ought to he continue in his defamation, demonization and persecution marketing campaign towards Amharas or any Ethiopians, I am ready, prepared and capable of defend and wage a vigorous and unrelenting anti-defamation marketing campaign towards him and his ilk.
We demand an apology from Herman Cohen for his defamation of Amhara individuals.
Apology not forthcoming,