by Tullu Liban
As things stand now, it is crystal clear that the TPLF oldies are fighting with an ardent young generation across the nation (may be not with those in Tigray?). In fact, the fight is between those who have the machine guns but with no hope of hope winning the battle and those who are armed with hope, moral supremacy and a just cause to die for. The Oromo youth, (aka Qeerroo) are at the center of the war, inspiring the rest of the nation’s youth for change. The difference between the two antagonists is visible. The oldie Tigrian thugs represent the twilight of a declining sun, going down to obscurity behind the horizon, while the youth symbolize the dawn rays, the breaking light of the morning that heralds new hope and a new day.
The oldies are products of an out-dated Ethiopia, the generation of post fascism and Nazism; residues of the cold war era, and students of the 20th century guerrilla warfare. The Tiray ex-rebels who are in the bureaucracy and the military are all alike. They are leftovers of yesterday. They are boys of the jungle. They are butchers of the bush.
Can one draw any ideological, psychological, temperamental or convictional differences between the civic masters (like Sebhat Nega, Abay Teshaye, Seyoum Mesfin, Addisalem Ballema, Abay Woldu, Arkabe Equbay, Kassa Tekleberhan, Bereket Semon etc of Tigray aristocrats. and military lords (like Samora Younus, Seare Mekonnen, Abraha Woldemariam, Gebre Dilla, Getachew Aseffa etc.)? They are all hatched from Dedebit “mama”. The only difference one can see may be that some of them were high school drop outs and others never went to school or ran to the bush from elementary school.
Now they turned to be billionaires and millionaires all together, of course just robbing the country together. Do they have any different agenda or vision for the nation? A big NO! They have only one goal: establish Tigray supremacy, perpetuate Tigrian rule enrich themselves and their homeland Tigray. In a nutshell “Tigray above All!” That is the motto. Sadly enough, they do all the injustices at the expense of other Ethiopians. They have been and are building Tigray by impoverishing others and embezzling the country.
Though it is not the purpose of this tiny piece to discuss how the end of the cold war brought the Dedebit bandits to the throne and how global and regional politics helped them to hinge to power to date, one can certainly argue that the bandits are still living in the olden days’ style, in a different objective setting.
Don’t forget that these people are dispels of Stalin, not only when they were in the bush, even today in the palace. Their guiding philosophy is democratic centralism, revolutionary democracy, and one party rule. When they were in the bush they used to murder their own comrades and fellow compatriots (for silly reasons such as having love affairs). They eliminated freedom fighters from their own community. They orchestrated mass massacre in an open market for propaganda purpose against their rivals. They still remained loyal dispels of Stalin: massacring civilians in the open, kidnapping and eliminating their opponents is characteristically injected into their blood system. This is not a rare behaviour. Their god (if any, god of Stalin) demands sacrifices not only on the altar but also on the streets, in farmers’ garden and in the hut of a poor family, where they cruelly gun down husband and child before a wife and mother.
The TPLFtes were fans of Pol Pot of the Cambodian dictator, who was responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million citizens (for extermination of 20% of the Cambodian population). Thus, the TPLFtes are perfectly implementing their role model’s policy. In fact they are doing it with some modifications to exterminate the Oromo people. They have introduced additional methods of elimination such as eviction, starvation, exiling all combined with gunshots. They are also expanding torture chambers as Pol Pot did in Cambodia for terrorisation and execution.
The TPLFtes were followers of Enver Hoxha, an Albanian communist leader who stayed in power for 40 years + until his death. Tigrian communists and ethnicists are dreaming to rule not only for life but also for centuries to come as royals of the medieval period.
Unfortunately, the Tigrian oldies have terribly fallen short of sight. They are trapped in a quagmire of archaic mindset. They seem to miss that they are fighting with a completely different generation. A generation of the digital era. A generation that humiliates killers with huge backlashes. A generation that believes in human dignity. A generation that understands the global world in its entirety. A generation that utilizes modern technology efficiently to expose butchers. A generation that believes in civility and simplicity. A generation that aspires to speak up and live freely.
You, the oldies of cold war era, go to hell and visit Stalin, Pol Pot or Hoxha for advice, if you can develop a better mindset, if you can’t change, stay with them in agony in the underworld.
by Tullu Liban