A Special Tribute to Victims of a Terrorist Assault in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 23, 2018 and Amhara Region on June 22, 2019
At this time, high degree iconic leaders of Amhara kilil (area) have been shot by their own brothers (colleagues). Some have been killed and others wounded. The person who was coordinating the (army) operation towards the coup plotters, our beloved and most respected armed forces chief of employees Seare Mekonen was killed by the hired hitmen of the coup plotters. We’ve got put the state of affairs in Amhara kilil beneath full management. It was a coup try that didn’t even last an hour. It was an entire failure. We are pursuing those who managed to flee arrest… P.M. Abiy Ahmed, televised statement, June 22, 2019.
Let us separate personal individuals from ethnic groups. Let’s separate the thorns from the rose flowers. Due to one crooked tree, we must not destroy the entire forest…
We’ll all the time keep in mind as we speak’s martyrdom as the worth we paid for Ethiopian love, Ethiopian peace, Ethiopian unity and Ethiopian reconciliation. We earned this very day with nice sacrifice.
It’s a day we received by dropping so lots of our individuals. It is a day we’ve discovered once once more what we acquired by means of sacrifice and a day we did not anticipate to get without sacrifice. Regardless, what I need to announce to my Ethiopian brothers and sisters is that love conquers all.
Forgiveness conquers all. To kill is to be defeated. To kill is to bear shame.
For anybody to work and thwart and destroy the enjoyment of a rustic is an indication of smallness. However we Ethiopians usually are not small. We’re a terrific individuals.
— P.M. Abiy Ahmed, rally speech and televised statement, June 23, 2018
As I remembered the terrorist victims of June 23, 2018, another terrorist assault happened on June 22, 2019.
I had prepared this tribute for release on June 23, 2019 once I heard information of an tried coup in the Amhara area of Ethiopia and the assassination of Chief of Common Employees Saere Mekonen on June 22, 2019.
I was deeply saddened by the news.
Is it déjà vu?
Someone making an attempt to take energy by the barrel of the gun, once more? Virtually precisely a yr to the day?
This was meant to be my memorial tribute to those who died and have been wounded on June 23, 2018 in a terrorist attack at Mesqel Square, Addis Ababa.
At this time, it’s also my memorial tribute to those who died on June 22, 2019.
Chief of Employees Common Saere Mekonnen (no relation), Maj. Common Gezai Abera (ret.), Ato Ezez Wassie, Amhara regional government advisor and others who have been wounded in the abortive coup. My deepest condolences to their families.
I keep in mind…
I keep in mind June 23, 2018 identical to June 22, 2019.
I used to be in Washington, D.C. on the Architect Lodge. A CNN reporter popped on the TV screening. “Breaking news. An explosion at a rally in Addis Ababa… 156 people injured, one fatality.”
I can say I used to be current at Mesqel Sq. on June 23, 2018. I can’t say I used to be utterly stunned by the terrorist assault.
Still, I used to be indignant as have been hundreds of thousands of others who needed to behave out their outrage.
Those who deliberate, financed and coordinated the terrorist attack on June 23, 2018 did not goal to kill one particular person. They needed to kill an entire nation in a civil warfare.
Those that planned, financed and coordinated the terrorist assault on June 23, 2018 meant to abort the start of a brand new and free Ethiopia. They needed to endlessly seal Ethiopia in the womb of ethnic apartheid.
However on June 23, 2018, ethnic apartheid died miserably and was buried deep in the trash heap of historical past. However the Forces of Darkness needed to go out with a bang at the funeral of ethnic apartheid.
Almost 160 innocent individuals turned victims of the fear of the Forces of Darkness.
All Ethiopians owe a heavy debt of gratitude to those martyrs of freedom who died or have been injured on June 23, 2018 at Mesqel Sq..
They are the unknown and unsung heroes who deserve our everlasting respect and appreciation.
I salute all of them for his or her heroic sacrifices.
On that day, they have been the thin purple line between civil peace and civil conflict.
If things had gone the opposite method that day, I shudder to assume what number of a whole lot of of hundreds of innocent individuals would have died in mindless acts of vengeance.
I discovered a terrific lesson on June 23, 2018.
We must not lose faith in our fellow Ethiopians. Ethiopia is an ocean. If a number of drops of the ocean are soiled, the ocean doesn’t turn out to be soiled. We must study to “separate the thorns from the rose flowers.”
Ethiopian Days of infamy
Ethiopia has seen many darkish days that may endlessly stay in infamy.
November 24, 1974. A day that may perpetually reside in infamy.
Junta chief Mengistu Hailemariam ordered the bloodbath of 60 officials (Mengistu Massacres) of the imperial government of H.I.M. Haile Selassie. That massacre marked the era of “Red Terror” in Ethiopia.
June eight, 2005. November 1 to 10, 2005. November 14-16, 2005. Thirteen days that may endlessly stay in infamy.
Following the 2005 parliamentary election, Tigrean Individuals’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF) Don and capo di tutu capi (boss of all bosses) Meles Zenawi declared a state of emergency and ordered his troops to shoot-and-ask-questions-later. Within the Meles Massacres, 193 unarmed protesters have been killed and 763 wounded.
October 2, 2016. A day that may endlessly reside in infamy.
Underneath the leadership of TPLF puppet prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, TPLF troops opened hearth indiscriminately on crowds attending one of the crucial essential cultural and religious occasions in Ethiopia. The Irreecha Massacres resulted in the deaths of an estimated 700 individuals.
June 23, 2018. A day that may endlessly reside in infamy.
An terrorist dressed in a police uniform unsuccessfully attempted to throw a grenade at a rally killing at the very least two persons and wounding 156. “Nine Addis Ababa police commission officials including the deputy Addis Ababa police commissioner” have been arrested.
June 22, 2019. A day that may endlessly stay in infamy.
Certain individuals intent on effecting a coup d’etat killed Amhara area president H.E. Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen, armed forces Chief of Employees Basic Saere Mekonnen (no relation), Maj. Basic Gezai Abera (ret.), Ato Ezez Wassie, Amhara regional authorities advisor and others.
Power does NOT develop out of the barrel of the gun — Days of the gun are over and gone. Violence is the weapon of losers!
Mao Zedong, the daddy of the Individuals’s Republic of China was lifeless fallacious when he proclaimed, “Every Communist must grasp the truth, ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.’ Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.”
The only thing that grows out of the barrel of a gun is demise and destruction.
But such has been the slogan of the Tigrean Individuals’s Liberation Front and its leaders.
Meles Zenawi’s favorite taunt to the opposition was, “If you want power, get it like we did. Go to the bush and fight your way back.”
For 27 years, the TPLF leaders enforced their cruel and brutal rule in Ethiopia with the barrel and butt of the gun.
For 27 years, the TPLF succeeded in their propaganda that they are often faraway from power solely by way of brute drive, the barrel of AK-47s.
For 27 years, the TPLF brayed, neighed and cackled about how highly effective they have been with the gun. They boasted, “We made the mountains shake, rattle and roll with our guns!”
In the long run, the TPLF was defeated with no single shot being fired.
In the long run, the TPLF packed up and stealthily skipped town like a family of gypsies.
In the long run, the TPLF is holed up beneath a rock someplace to avoid detection.
In fact, I all the time knew in the top the TPLF would prove to be a Beast with ft of clay.
In 2013, I proclaimed the TPLF is to not be feared. “When gazed upon, the TPLF appears awesome, formidable and infinitely powerful. It has guns, tanks, rockets, planes and bombs. Though the T-TPLF has legs of iron, its feet are made of clay.”
In the long run, the TPLF was defeated not by weapons, tanks and warfare planes.
The TPLF’s weapons, tanks and rockets have been defeated via mass civil disobedience and peaceful resistance.
In 2009, I advised the TPLF the individuals of Ethiopia united can never be defeated.
In 2013, I warned the TPLF to stop killing, jailing and torturing individuals or they may seal their doom in the trash heap of history.
In 2018, the TPLF was doomed identical to I predicted!
In 2018, the young individuals of Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Cheetahs, have been united towards TPLF oppression, brutalization, exploitation and apartheid rule. My prophesy got here to cross!
In 2019, the TPLF is finds itself in the trash bin of historical past hoping to escape authorized accountability for its crimes, corruption and human rights violations.
My approach or the secession freeway?
As we speak, TPLF capo and casanova Debretsion Gebremichael runs round frothing on the mouth, “It is my way or the secession highway.”
We’ve heard that wolf cry for decades.
The TPLF took up guns in the early 1970s to secede from Ethiopia and establish an unbiased “Republic of Tigray”.
Then, lo and behold, they found a bottomless gold mine referred to as Ethiopia.
For 27 years, the TPLF gold diggers actually ripped out all of the gold in Ethiopia.
Now, they assume there’s gold on the end of the rainbow of secession.
The TPLF leaders might study a lesson from the fable of King Midas who needed to vary every thing he touched to turn into gold. He discovered to watch out what to want for.
“Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true”, Debretsion and TPLF!
“All that glitters is not gold.”
That features black gold (oil) Debretsion thinks he can squeeze out of rocks.
If Debretsion and his TPLF gang assume there’s going to be a pot of gold on the finish of the rainbow of secession, I obtained information for them.
They may discover only fool’s gold.
They’ll find nothing but privation, hardship, distress, sorrow and struggling.
That may be a FACT!
Debretsion and his TPLF must be forewarned: Those that seek gold in secession should beware they may only find El Dorado.
We have to be just like the silly previous man who removed the mountains
Mao Zedong was right on the cash when he invoked an historic Chinese fable referred to as “The Foolish Old Man who Removed the Mountains” to show his individuals.
The Silly Previous Man had a house that faced the two nice peaks, Taihang and Wangwu (metaphorically representing feudalism and imperialism), which obstructed his view.
The Foolish Previous Man obtained his sons and commenced digging up the 2 mountains.
A Sensible Previous Man who was watching remarked, ‘How silly of you to do this! It is quite impossible for you to dig up these two huge mountains.’
The Silly Previous Man replied, “Once I die my sons will keep it up; once they die, there might be my grandsons after which their sons and grandsons, and so forth to infinity. High as they are, the mountains can’t develop any larger and with each bit we dig, they are going to be that a lot lower.
The Silly Previous Man and his sons continued to dig on a regular basis firm in their conviction that in the top they’ll clear the mountains. God was moved by this, and he sent down two angels who carried the mountains away on their backs.
The 2 mountains we should clear in Ethiopia
Right now, two massive mountains lie like a lifeless weight on the individuals of Ethiopia.
One is a mountain referred to as Tribalism.
It goes by many other names: ethnic chauvinism, ethnocentrism, ethnic apartheid, ethnic federalism, communalism, sectarianism and clannism.
The opposite include a mountain referred to as Underdevelopment with triple peaks referred to as poverty, disease and illiteracy.
If Ethiopia’s youngsters stand collectively and dig together in good will and customary objective, we will filter out these two mountains in a single era.
If we will’t clear them, our grandchildren, nice grandchildren can clear them out.
How can we remove the mountains of tribalism and underdevelopment?
Earlier than we will deal with the job of eradicating the mountains of tribalism and underdevelopment, we should arouse the political consciousness of the whole individuals of Ethiopia with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s message: “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools.”
My adaptation of Dr. King’s message is that this: We should dig collectively to clear away the dual mountains of tribalism and underdevelopment which might be a lifeless weight on Ethiopia with the reckless abandon of the Silly Previous Man and his sons or perish like damned fools.
WE can filter out the mountain of tribalism and underdevelopment solely once we work together like fingers on our arms and dig collectively like a cete of badgers.
I exploit the pronoun “We” in a selected approach.
I imply WE as in “We, the People of the United States”.
WE as in “We the people of Ethiopia”, NOT because the so-called nations, nationalities and peoples in Ethiopia. (I’ve discredited the nonsense about “nations, nationalities and peoples” in Ethiopia.)
WE as in the united individuals of Ethiopia, NOT because the disconnected individuals of the Kililistans of Ethiopia.
Once I first got here to America almost 50 years in the past, I attended a overseas scholar’s orientation at my school and was advised America is a melting pot of races, ethnicities, cultures, nationalities, and so on.
That was the primary time I heard Benjamin Franklin’s saying, “United we stand, divided we fall”.
I discovered concerning the motto of the USA, “E pluribus unum” (out of many, one).
I discovered concerning the pledge of allegiance, “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.
I consider there’s one indivisible Ethiopian nation that’s house to numerous communities. Probably the most lovely garden has flowers of all varieties with totally different candy fragrances.
I consider Ethiopia have to be a nation the place each citizen is entitled to equality, liberty and justice regardless of ethnicity, faith, race, colour, gender or age.
I should like to think about myself the Foolish Previous Man digging at the two mountains Mao Zedong was metaphorically speaking about.
I’ve been digging and digging for the previous 14 years, not with a hoe and shovel but with my pen and pc keyboard.
At present, the Foolish Previous Professor is digging right along probably the most dynamic Ethiopian Cheetahs (young individuals) to filter out the mountains of tribalism and underdevelopment.
But the Silly Previous Professor has the simplest job.
All he has to do is carry water for the young Cheetahs who do all the heavy lifting and heavy digging in building the New Ethiopia.
Medemer: The roadmap out of the valley of tribalism and underdevelopment
Ethiopians have an previous saying. “If spiders’ web could be made into twine, it could tie up a lion.”
If hundreds of spiders might come collectively for a standard objective and work together, they might snag and bag that massive ole king of the jungle.
“Medemer” is the political translation of the previous spider metaphor.
Medemer is our roadmap out of the mountainous wilderness of tribalism, poverty, illness and ignorance.
Last August, I informed Ethiopians the one question they face is Medemer or not Medemer.
This previous October, I formulated an equation for Medemer.
M(edemer)= Sc(social capital) x Ac2 (lively citizens)
Where Sc is social capital defined as the networks of relationships among people who reside and work in a specific society, and
Ac is outlined because the variety of individuals getting concerned actively in their local communities and democratic governance in any respect ranges (from towns to cities to nationwide activity).
In more philosophical phrases, Medemer is predicated on the principle, “Without you, there is no me. Without me, there’s no you. We must come together as a fist.”
The essence of Medemer is that each one Ethiopians are tied collectively in the only garment of destiny.
In different phrases, with out Oromos, there are not any Amharas; without Amharas, there are not any Tigreans; with out Tigreans there are not any Somalis; without Somalis, there are not any Sidama; with out Sidama, there will not be Woleyita; with out Woleyita, there are not any Afari; with out Afari, there are not any Harari; with out Harari, there are not any Anuak; without Anuak, there are not any Gurage and on and on.
Once we embrace everyone into the entire material of Ethiopia — that single garment of future Dr. King talked about — undivided by ethnicity, religion, language, and so forth., then we know we now have attained greatness in Ethiopia.
Without each other in Ethiopia, there’s only “the other”.
The “other” who’s the enemy.
The “other” who have to be annihilated.
The “other” who is a stranger among us, despite the fact that in each method s/he’s one in every of us, our flesh and blood.
In Ethiopia, H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed has chosen the trail of Medemer.
Every single day, he preaches the gospel of inclusiveness, “We and Us.”
For PM Abiy, “We and Us” embrace our neighbors who border us, all Africans and all individuals of the world.
Medemer requires passionate and dedicated exertions by individual Ethiopians who’re prepared to struggle the rebel and primitive forces of hate, tribalism and division.
The martyrs of June 23, 2018 and Ethiopia’s street map for the longer term
On June 23, 2018, I trembled in chilly sweat alarmed Ethiopia was inching – plunging — in the direction of a creeping civil conflict.
On June 23, 2019, I am full of the arrogance and conviction that despite bumps in th street, we’ve got a transparent street map for the longer term.
Ethiopia was saved on June 23, 2019 as a result of a grenade meant for one man was deflected and the ache and struggling of 110 million individuals was borne by 158 harmless individuals.
Ethiopia shall rise right now as a result of it has younger leaders who are prepared to pay the worth for liberty and democracy.
The Forces of Darkness behind the June 23 terrorist assault believed they might cease the peaceable change by killing the leaders introduced ahead by the blood, sweat and tears of the young individuals of Ethiopia.
The Forces of Darkness behind the June 22, 2019 coup additionally believed might stop the peaceable change by killing the leaders brought ahead by the blood, sweat and tears of the young individuals of Ethiopia.
But the die is forged. Neither grenades, weapons nor tanks can cease Ethiopia’s march in the direction of democracy.
However the gripes and complaints of the naysayers and nitwits, Ethiopians at present stay in civil peace with out worry of civil warfare. They’re having fun with the advantages of civil government, civility, civic reconciliation and the rule of regulation.
However to make the sacrifices of the 158 individuals, the hundreds of others who paid with their blood, tears and sweat lasting and sturdy and the leaders who paid the last word sacrifice, we must all come collectively and do our share.
We should surrender violence.
If we should battle, let’s battle with our ideas.
Let’s make the hearts and minds of the individuals of Ethiopia our battlegrounds. .
In my very first main commentary in 2006 after I joined the Ethiopian human rights motion entitled “Awakening Giant”, I wrote:
We show the righteousness of our cause not in battlefields soaked in blood and full of corpses, but in the dwelling hearts and considering minds of men and women of excellent will.
In the worst days of TPLF rule — through the days of the Meles Massacres—I never advocated using violence to take away the TPLF.
Many laughed at me as naïve and idealistic. They stated the ONLY method to eliminate the TPLF was via armed wrestle.
I by no means stopped telling anyone who cared to pay attention or read my commentaries, the only method to eliminate the TPLF is through nonviolent political motion, noncooperation and resistance.
I used to be proven proper!
I used to be all the time proud to call myself a “utopian Ethiopian”.
I noticed way back violence is a handy altar for the facility hungry and thirsty to sacrifice the blood of harmless individuals so they can seize power.
I noticed long ago violence is a endless cycle. Violence solves nothing. Hate is the cradle of violence.
I do know violence will stay a political software so long as the love of energy reigns supreme over the facility of love.
On June 23, 2018, those who planned, financed and coordinated the terrorist assault believed they will stop the change with violence, homicide and assassinations.
On June 22, 2019, those who planned, financed and coordinated the coup believed they will stop the change with violence, homicide and assassinations.
All of them failed!
I shall all the time keep in mind June 23, 2018.
I shall all the time keep in mind June 22, 2019.
There’s an everlasting fact we must all settle for: Violence finally destroys those who perpetuate violence.
For it is written:
The depraved draw the sword and bend the bow
to deliver down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
However their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows can be damaged.
Let those who have violence and hate in their hearts take notice!