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Advocates of Civil War

Many readers have suggested that I say what I think I should say the way they want me to say it – flat with no sensations, no room for maneuvers and in black & white. Let us try if I come close to their expectations.

Housekeeping:

A few points to make sure that we actually engage in meaningful exchange:

(1) The assumption here is that you do not know how to bring political change in Eritrea. Of course, I do not know either and that is why I need your input.

(2) If you know how to “uproot the President and his PFDJ”, do not wait for a stamp of approval. We trust you, please go ahead, and show us some action.

(3) What I am promoting here is only one brand of the Third Way. There are a million other brands possible. Just employ your genius and come up with an alternative that satisfies two conditions and you are in the middle of the lane:

a. Any process of change that considers the possibility of a Civil War as an admissible means of political change is undesirable.

b. Any change that does not place the current Eritrean government as the object of change is unacceptable simply because all other alternatives on the plane must necessarily pass through a Civil War or its variants.

Good to Go?

The topic refers to all the regime-change advocates. I will not waste your time discussing what you already know. You are smart enough and it would be an insult to your intelligence for someone to explain to you that Regime-Change Agenda is nothing but a call for a Civil War. What the advocates of this approach are trying to shove into our heads is one core argument. According to them, the journey from our current state of “dictatorship” to democratic government must pass through a devastating civil war, as necessary evil. Here the PFDJ would be wiped out to give way for the alternative that if the opposition succeeds would be parachuted from Ethiopia and if it fails would come through a coup d’état, an armed rebellion and a bunch of assassinations. The Regime Change Agenda does guarantee to take us to the Civil War but it does not guarantee to take us out of it. The alternative of the Third Way holds that, whatever its justification, Civil War is straight evil and it cannot be necessary. Having seen what we have seen out of the civil wars of the armed struggle, it would be insane and irresponsible to wish for one more.

In A Nutshell

The Third Way starts from the admission that the current state of Eritrea is unsustainable and that change in the orientation of governance is imperative. The First Way (the PFDJ Way) is unsustainable because it follows an identical approach to governance as the Second Way (the Regime-Change way). They are both two faces of the same coin. Both of them rely on bankrupt politicians who have nothing to offer other than leading the nation to disasters. The Regime-Change Opposition counts on either regional proxy wars or some kind of coup d’état to remove the PFDJ government in a process that practically requires zero sacrifices and zero creativity on the part of the activists as individuals while they simply wait to be installed to political power through cheap and opportunistic mechanisms involving grave risks to the nation. The PFDJ counts on an endless tolerance and selfless obedience of the Eritrean people in serving abusive processes and opportunistic mechanisms requiring zero policy skills and zero creativity on the part of government officials as individuals in attending to pressing social welfare concerns within the national development agenda.

The Third Way (Our Way) attempts to recreate (not to create from scratch) the alternative that has at its core the imperative of saving the nation from the two brands of adventure, irresponsibility and risky politics. Drawing from previous experiences and operational flaws of original Eritrean civil and political activism, it targets the single most important pillar – the assumption of an endless pool of blind conscripts free of charge – upon which the two ways depend for their very existence. It proposes that we build new forms of alternative activism around two concrete causes. First, we should challenge the opposition to come up with solutions that involve sacrifice and creativity by the activists as individuals on the condition of outlawing the easy exits of Regime Change Agenda and any proposals that eventually lead to any forms of Civil Wars as solutions to the problems of governance in Eritrea. Second, we should challenge the PFDJ government to come up with a national development and defense program that eliminates (at least minimizes) the reliance on the free labor of citizens.

In the short run, as we go forward, we will focus on:

(1) Campaigning for the complete abolishment of the Compulsory National Service program in the long run

(2) Campaigning for outlawing programs such as the Warsay Yike’alo or other variants intended to give the government the license to extend compulsory national service to those that are entitled for demobilization

(3) Campaigning to support the Eritrean government in any efforts that may contribute to its capacity to phase out the reliance on free labor and to demobilize the national service program by joining its fight against all forms of economic & political sanctions that increase the need for reliance on free labor to execute development and defense projects

(4) Campaigning for building consensus against instruments (such as the National Service Proclamation and the 1997 Constitution), that intend to impose Compulsory Free Labor as unconditioned national duty on citizens

(5) Campaigning for accountability and transparency on the fate of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience

The call is to adopt a similar peaceful means of struggle for change to that adopted by the EPDP and other activists in the opposition camp a few years back. In their substance, the two methods are radically different in that, while the EPDP’s peaceful struggle aims at Regime Change by choking the government to death, the Third Way aims for a peaceful struggle that would transform the conflict environment where change would come by making the state of Eritrea better and the government stronger. While the Second Way rests on the politics of despair focused on dramatizing miseries, the Third Way builds on hope by proposing solutions to those miseries.

THE PIONEERS

This frightening situation, where we have come to glorify the civil war as the ultimate dream, and work very hard to make it into reality is a new development in the struggle for democratic change in post-independence Eritrea. It is a bastard of unfortunate events in our recent history. This does sound outlandish even to me after having bought for so long into what seems obvious – the opposition as it stands today is a quarter of century old. That may not be exactly true if we consider some of the examples below. The opposition movement that operates within the four limiting criteria (presented in the previous article) was the mainstream of what Eritreans might have legitimately recognized as meaningful opposition movement.

The following are some of them:

The Witnesses

The first was a movement of what may be considered an elite of the most cultured men and women that Eritrea could ever hope for, composed of well-educated diaspora Eritreans and established networks of families and friends in the Eritrean society who presented an unmatched challenge to the moral integrity of the nation. Most Eritreans including those who would advocate for extreme personal liberty, ordinary Eritreans and ironically the Eritrean Orthodox Church cheered the Eritrean government on the wrong side of the equation.

The substance of their message did not impress most people because they did not have the luxury to explain their side of the story first hand. Most Eritreans were stunned at the courage of such a tiny group of very sensible Eritreans who stood right on the monster’s nose, looked it in the eye and said they were not obeying any authority other than the Lord Himself. They refused to pay taxes and they refused to do military service. They called themselves the Jehovah Witnesses.

How did these immortals disappear from the victim-lists of those that are calling themselves civil society groups and advocates of human rights of today? When was the last time you heard about the stories of the Jehovah Witnesses in Eritrea – probably a couple of years ago when regrettably I bashed them in the heat of the land-grabber debate.

The Pentecostals

The second was the movement of Eritrean Pentecostals. This movement took the Eritrean government in general and the PFDJ (political party) in particular by surprise and essentially managed to neutralize the propaganda machine aiming to reconstruct Eritrean youth in the image of the warrior Yikealo. Within record time for any civic revolution, the Pentecostal movement played by the rules of the state of Eritrea to offer the profile of the highly disciplined, socially balanced and morally incorruptible model of the Eritrean personality as an alternative that almost aborted the premise upon which the PFDJ was to build the New Eritrea.

True to their word, all the thousands of young men and women who enlisted to take the Pentecostal vows obeyed every single law and policy of the State of Eritrea to the letter. They were among the first to volunteer for any services that would make a difference starting from minimal community level civic responsibilities to the highest forms of sacrifice and selflessness to serve the nation in its wars and development projects. Wherever they went, they presented the resume of a determination that never tires, a spirit that never dies and an alternative that would never be ignored.

The Brotherhood

The third came from a very unlikely source – the Eritrean Islamic fundamentalist movement – and was by far the most challenging form of political opposition to the PFDJ. Following the debate that Eritrean independence triggered in all the pre-independence liberation organizations, the most dramatic of these confrontations took place within the Islamic fundamentalist movement. As a result, a sizable number of these ex-liberation era fighters decided to continue the Jihadi armed struggle or to wage (unarmed) political struggle to pressure the PFDJ government towards some kind of negotiated change in Eritrea.

The core of the Eritrean Islamic fundamentalist movement, consisting of thousands of very educated young men and women primarily students in Sudanese schools, universities and institutes of higher learning decided to follow a different path. Many of them went back to Eritrea and enrolled in the national reconstruction efforts setting up private businesses, working as teachers and serving in the state bureaucracy. Others formed various civil society associations providing services to the needy in Eritrean refugee camps in Sudan. The most interesting of these associations was an Islamist students’ union with very close links to the organized Islamist opposition organizations that had in its membership the majority of Eritrean students in Sudanese universities.

Right in the most unlikely time, when the post-independence euphoria was at its peak and the Eritrean government had already declared Islamic Jihadism as public enemy number one and every bar in Eritrea was running the “Hamshay mesri’E” song, these guys approached the Eritrean government and demanded a space where they would do their part in the national reconstruction efforts. They loaded the needed supplies, headed to several Eritrean towns, and carried out amazing activities renovating schools, cleaning public places, helping the poor and running health clinics.

As far as I know, they have been doing the same year after year. For example, in early 2001, when the Eritrean embassy in Khartoum was inaugurated reopening after a long time of bitter relations, truckloads of these young men roamed the streets of Khartoum and around the embassy cheering the Eritrean delegation for what an improvement in Eritrea’s diplomatic relations with Sudan would mean for ordinary Eritrean refugees. They did it knowing that the improvement they were cheering would place enormous constraints on the political prospects of the opposition organizations in which many of them were also members. What astonished spectators was the political maturity of these youth, and the length that they had to go to make the statement that, in spite of their fundamental political differences with the PFDJ’s orientation and the practices and policies of the Eritrean government and the risks involved, they were there to be counted wherever Eritrea’s superior national interests were at stake.

The Veterans

The fourth was the example set by the movement in all the splinter groups and remnants of the ELF who congratulated one another for the dream come true and marked Eritrea’s independence in 1991 as the end of an era and the beginning of another.  With the exception of a few bigots, the majority of the leaders and members of these organizations wished for nothing more than a dignified closure of an important chapter in our history. The least that should have been done by the President and his men at the time was nothing more than a face-saving proposal to transition some of the most honorable icons of our history including among so many that have passed away Martyrs Abdella Idris, Seyoum Harestay and Ahmed Naser (May they rest in peace!) and so many that are to date stuck in limbo.

I cannot go into my understanding of where the bigotry that caused us so much suffering came from without taking you back to the land-grabber debate where I had said what I sincerely believe to be true and I have made a U-Turn, that as I explained in my first article is premised on the complete omission of those dark forces from consideration. The relevant point here is the fact that all those ex-freedom fighters and former opponents of the EPLF knew they were stuck in a fight motivated more by personal pride than by the political justifications of a just cause.

Heartbreaking as it was, an amazing move in this context was the one taken by a considerable number of these former freedom fighters and leaders of various opposition organizations, who swallowed their pride for the sake of the common good. They convinced themselves that the task of liberating Eritrea was over, and the new task of providing an alternative to Eritrea’s future had begun, and headed to Eritrea both as groups and as individuals to do their part. Wherever they were assigned to serve, these former adversaries of the EPLF during the armed struggle froze their differences and played a critical role in tempering the tendency of the ultra-orthodox in the PFDJ from institutionalizing more bigotry than we already have. The symbolic move of these former opposition icons motivated hundreds of highly educated professionals from all over the Middle East, who contributed enormously to the constitution of the civil service and staffing of the educational system in Eritrea.

The Nomads

The fifth was a transitional phenomenon that defied the rhetorical posturing predominant in the opposition camp. When the Eritrean-Ethiopian border war broke, every single Eritrean in the opposition camp, with the exception of handful nutcases, stood behind the Eritrean government in defending and reinforcing its PR and diplomatic activities. In the cyberspace, the leader of the “gwayla” cheering every Eritrean move right or wrong and making worried readers more than relieved and proud that Eritrea had such strong and vocal men was no other than your own SY, in hundreds of posts (Google them).

Ordinary Eritreans were all pleasantly impressed by the veracity and madness with which each Eritrean cheered the Eritrean Defense Forces during the war. Most (including the President ironically) did not seem surprised at an opposition waging an armed insurgency supporting the perceived opponent in its efforts to win the war: it was what they were – Eritreans first and opposition next. Opposition organizations, several of whom had armed wings, could have turned post-independence Eritrea into hell, but they did not because of the spirit that can never be better characterized than that described by Brother Tesfai Degiga of EPDP in his most touching eulogy to the Great Ahmed Naser.

The Reformers

The sixth was the reform movement of first the G13 and then the G15. While all the preceding five variants of the Third Way opposition movement aimed at a bottom-up struggle for change, these two groups were premised on the assumption that change was possible through the introduction of a shift in the government’s top-down policy and practice of governance. Both these groups introduced the culture of shortcuts promoting the idea of challenging authority at the top to effect change at the bottom into the tools of the struggle for change.

The G15 arguably had a much larger impact and was a turning point in Eritrean opposition politics. What made the G15 movement unique was the timing of its incidence and its coincidence with the moment that marked the end of active war between Eritrea and Ethiopia and the beginning of the Cold War between the two countries.

The end of the border war and the signing of the Algiers agreement transferred authority over all real issues at stake between the two countries to neutral international arbitration that would negotiate the details with no possibilities for either party to influence the final output of the negotiations by changing the military balance on the ground. The war ended and the national armies of the two countries took a break. Hostilities between the two countries, however, were far from ending and each side employed its genius in finding ways to destabilize the other. The intelligence establishments of the two countries went on a rampage to recruit dissidents of the other party who would enlist for the proxy-war that would soon start.

By the time the great men and women of the G15 reform movement came out in the open, the propaganda campaign to counter the new form of Ethiopian hostility had already taken off. War-torn ordinary Eritreans were probably more worried about exploitable cracks in the unity and integrity of the state that would serve as an excuse for yet another war than in institutionalizing what the official media and the President declared were dangerous tendencies and sensitive times. In spite of the noble cause and extremely valid concerns and brilliant proposals of the G15, bad timing deprived the reform movement from galvanizing popular support for the agenda of change. Contrary to what one would expect of a movement of high profile government officials and historic leaders with so much proximity to the core of political decision-making, the movement had minimal impact on ordinary life inside Eritrea.

The Believers in the Unseen

The seventh is the spontaneous movement of all Eritreans inside the country and in the diaspora trying every bit to challenge barriers and move our beloved country one bit closer to the ultimate dream. In Eritrea, for hundreds of thousands of young men and women, every day is a new day and a blend of pride in the achievements of the previous day, new challenges for the day and hopes for miracles in the next. Each has one eye on arms polished and ready for a bad neighbor who might jump the border at any moment, another eye on shovels and hoes digging holes in endless little projects, and a third eye asking: “why does it have to be this way?”

THE DIFFERENCE

The parasites in today’s Advocates of Civil War actually shamelessly claim the legacy of responsibility, decency, courage and sacrifice of these historic movements and citizens that are no more, to be their own. The mainstream opposition of today presents the above examples not as variants of creative activism that must be emulated but as proof that those who tried them were too naïve to understand the only language the PFDJ government would respond to (the use of force-by-force in a Civil War). The possibility that those, who paid dearly trying to propose alternatives for the nation, might have done so – the way they did it – within the parameters of the Third Way – was to avoid taking the shortcut of igniting a Civil War and torching the nation in the process, is an argument that does not sell in today’s opposition camp.

The Witnesses and Pentecostals were branded not as conscious activists who paid dearly to make a difference, but as docile and naïve fanatic “victims of violations”. Reformers and formerly dignified icons of the EPLF during the armed struggle were made to bow down and apologize “for not knowing it all along”, making those who were motivated by a vision to pay dearly to make a dream, into abandoned puppets of the President. ELF veterans who served post-independence Eritrea with nail and tooth to give the bigoted nation a different flavor were required to regret every moment away from the wrong crowd and kiss the boots for readmission. The cyber nomads went back to their normal “Qwazeima” waiting for another disaster to happen where they would as always come back for a temporary visit home. Young refugees adopted a brand new identity and enlisted to destroy the dream they had built from scratch.

The following are the naked facts that draw a stark contrast that invalidates the claim that the current Regime Change Opposition was a continuation of the brands of activism listed above:

1. Contrary to the claims of Civil War Advocates (that the PFDJ and the President were always irrationally evil), the activists in the movements listed above were either home grown or inspired by the diaspora under the full knowledge and blessing of the PFDJ government during the sweet dreams of post-independence Eritrea long before the border war.

2. Compared to the Civil War Advocates, that included very few real (already involved) activists that were specifically targeted for their opinion or for what they had done, the movements listed above involved activists who were personally and specifically targeted, persecuted and liquidated by the PFDJ government for what they said or did.

3. Unlike most Civil War Advocates (people who found themselves in the diaspora for reasons unrelated to their activism or simply stayed out for fear of persecution), activists of the movements listed above had made a conscious effort to carry out their activism inside Eritrea in spite of the risks involved (by repatriating to Eritrea or refusing to leave in spite of their ability to do so at will).

4. Unlike the Regime Change Activists who have left no stone unturned to materialize a Civil War, at least some activists in some of the movements listed above had refused to do so and rejected the option even when they had armies that they could command at will to do as they wished.

These and many more contrasts that you can draw from your own personal experiences will prove beyond doubt at least two things:

(a)  The Regime Change Agenda is a new development that came to dominate thinking in the Eritrean opposition after the end of the border war with Ethiopia and cannot be understood outside the toxic environment of proxy-wars between the two countries. Bluntly: the Regime Change Agenda and the associated Advocacy for Civil War is an Ethiopian agenda that has nothing to do with the Agenda for Democratic Change in Eritrea.

(b)  The degree of ruthlessness with which the PFDJ government has been reacting to the various movements that challenged its monopoly of wisdom in Eritrea has never been a flat line that can only be explained by inherent evil of maintaining a blind dictatorship at any cost. The variability in PFDJ government’s reaction towards movements for democratic change from time to time can be explained by the very valid perception that, where an effective institutional setup to control the behaviours and linkages of non-state actors is not fully developed, potential cracks in the home-front’s ability to withstand pressure from hostile neighbours should be taken seriously.

BE OUR GUEST

It is my hope that the above arguments be understood in the spirit and context for which they are intended. The Third Way as promoted here is a conscious effort to suppress some very real dark forces from our politics in an attempt to create the positive environment of honesty and good will required for realigning our opposition movement and hopefully government towards a shared struggle for change that serves the common good.

I am, hereby, appealing to every group of Eritrean opposition activists and all the honourable opposition organizations to sit back and review their experiences and arguments with what they are doing and find creative ways of getting back on track. The catastrophic end of the Eritrean dream is an eminent and real possibility. Given the alarming deterioration of the social and political conditions inside Eritrea; the circumstances of too many caught up in bad politics across borders; and the incidence of dirt-fishing in our region, all responsible Eritreans should have a historic responsibility to temper scary alternatives on both sides of the Eritrean equation to help evade an impending disaster.

I am specifically inviting the following groups to take immediate action:

(a)  All the good Eritreans who have so far managed to stay away from the messy and retarded politics of the opposition and their dubious connections to come up with things that do not replicate and reinforce the bankruptcy of the Regime Change Opposition. To those who are just starting, such as the Medrekh Group, I would like to say: “Please come back before it is too late! We already have enough of what you are proposing.”

(b)  To all my old friends in the EPDP: “Please take the initiative and lead the crowd out of the mess this time. You deserve credit for resisting without success the temptation to throw yourselves into Ethiopia’s dubious and adventurous proxy wars against Eritrea. You have what it takes to do it and we are counting on you.”

(c)  To all the people of faith in “The One God”: “Please come back and challenge the secularization of choice in the Eritrean society – as good Witnesses, Pentecostals and Islamic Fundamentalists. You have done it before and you can do it now. Eritreans are counting on you to hammer down the moral alternative to the messed-up de-cultured personality of the Eritrean profile.”

(d)  To all the very decent ethnic and Muslim rights advocates: “We know you are the last that would ever sell on us and we appreciate your needs for temporary honeymoon and accommodation – please enjoy. We trust you know the only reason Ethiopia requires your presence is to provide the camouflage for what is cooking underneath: the New Unionists hatching in dirty ethnic politics. Please, do not disappoint us and do the right thing!”

Is that too much to ask?

Good luck!

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  • guest

    Here is a creepy thought……

    Imagine hooking up Sirray and Haile in a marriage **, because they seem to
    possess and display the same characteristics*

    The most likely outcome from that bond would most
    probably be:

    1. They will kill each other right after the honeymoon or

    2. They will have a child
    who would waste them both at some point

    * Arrogance, bullying anger, deep rooted hate, fear which is reflected in the
    form of jumping at and snapping the neck of any one they thought is saying
    something in favor of PFDJ)

    **Haile being the female, for being relatively meeker

  • Ali-S

    Dawit,

    Did we say “kind words”? I think you deserve a lot more than kind words for your unique and brilliant perspectives. Keep it up bro.

  • Hope

    You rock Dawitom.Thank you for reading my mind.
    Bold,aggressive,rational,realistic,practical,no none-sense,reasonable,plausible,edible,acceptable,etc., points to the POINT!
    Keep it up.
    I think your articualtion and mastery of English is more than enough to express what you feel in an article format.This is
    NOT about writing a “thesis” or a “proposal”….It is a free style as no body is going to question your—style other than getting some feedback to improve.
    The only thing you need is to follow is a certain format—That of SAAY’s or Johar’s or Semere’s or Younis’ style,what ever you want.
    -Pick a current hot topic
    -Organize it
    -Rationalize your points
    -Back up your arguements based on data/ref
    -avoid siding with any side
    -when criticizing,be constructive and justify it
    -talk in an “opinon” style rather than an authoritative way.
    Your response to Haile is perfect—challenging his points and justifying your challenging points–a real debate,in fact!
    Like :
    if it is this,it is because it is because of this and that.
    If it is not the way it should be ,it is because of this and that and here are my suggestions for things to be the way they should be—
    I am not a writer either ,in fact,I have no clue about writing but I see that you are much better than me for sure.
    I am not trying to teach you something that I have no clue about but to encourage you that you can do it.
    Wedi Ere echo icha,Bro!The son of CAN DO people.
    A bro of Meb!

  • Kokhob Selam

    for one I got 4. thank you sir. but Dawitom, that will not work in our case as we were never been hurry. honestly speaking we are lazy people who search excuse not to act. Eritrea is suppose to be free 50 years back my friend. kkkk. “የረጋ ወተት ቅበ ይወጣዋል” bleh arefkew ?

    • dawit

      Kokobai, Please do not confuse being patient with laziness. Eritreans are hard working people, they would not have gained their independence through a long struggle. Yes we should have our independence 50 years ago, but then no one wanted us to be an independent nation., but through hard work and sacrifices of blood and sweat, we achieved it and we will have our democracy with time without endangering our independence.

  • haile

    Sealamat dawit

    Let me clarify what I am saying regarding the way “civil war” emerges and then continue to sustain itself. Certain group of people reach the end of the line and those that are supposed to answer their demands refuse to address them. The first group see no alternative and the second group rules out concessions. Now, look at each of those conflict situations that erupted in those places, could those who were supposed to meet the demand of those who reached the end of the line have done things differently and avoided civil war? Compare Egypt and Syria for example, would things been different in Syria if the latter’s armed forces and leaders acted in the Egyptian way? Transition challenges, power struggle, weak institutions are common to the immediate post dictatorship periods. Hence such are not main problems and they get better after a while. It is the tragedies and intractable armed conflict that we are talking about. So, obviously PFDJ and its supporters have put a stark rebuff to the people’s call to rule of law and basic human rights. We can kiss our country goodbye, help our families leave, and accept death and tragedies as given is one option as per PFDJ’s posturing. The strongest and most able of us my just do that and those unable to do so perhaps escalate to making their demand with a threat of force. Suppose PFDJ opts to meeting force with force. Well, you have a civil war ignited. I am not surprised to hear PFDJ listing every single human being out of Eritrea’s name as a potential side to blame. It is an unlawful and criminal entity that must blame someone else to excuse its acts. The question is who really started the civil war, and the answer would be the PFDJ who was supposed to meet the demands of the desperate people. Gaddaffi could have avoided the civil war, Mengistu could have, Bashar of Syria could….but only few do. So, I wasn’t saying that civil war starts out of no where but it is a natural symptom of a dire situation in a nation. If you try to just deal with the symptom (civil war) then it would be difficult but dealing with the root causes would perhaps help. Those could be TGE (Transitional Government of Eritrea) that prepares and paves the way to a permanent system of government through multiparty democracy that also includes the interests and stakes of all minority, marginalized and affected groups in our country. Otherwise, you’re just on one side of the civil war (regime loyalist) and doesn’t make you any more peaceful than the other factions. You just are happy to ride on the uneasy peace of the winner takes all and great many Eritreans are completely disowned from their country (not even afforded resting ground), all these in exchange to some virtual (regime website) generated micro-dams!!

    Regards

    • dawit

      Hi Haile, Thanks for elaborating you point how conflict starts and escalate to civil wars. I have some idea how to avoid minor conflicts from becoming a major crisis, through compromises in both sides of the equations. May be one of these day I will write on the topic. But there is one thing that separates us right now. I see the Eritrean cup half full and you see it half empty. I say let us add some water to make it full and you seem to suggest let us empty it the half empty cup and fill it with new water. Well I am happy today Meb won the Boston Marathons with hard work and persistency and also read the news that the Eritrean government released some prisoners, that is a positive sign. Let us keep dreaming for a peaceful and progressive Eritrea.
      Peace!

  • Kokhob Selam

    ……ምህሮ ካብ ቅንፍዝ ……..

    ኣናብስ እዮም ኣኽቢቦማ :-
    ….መሲላቶም ከም ከብቲ ሓሰማ :-
    ……..ትምክት ኢሎም መዓስ ገሚቶማ :-
    ………………ክበልዕዋ ቅርብርብ ኢሎማ ::

    ቅንፍዝ ደሞ ዋዛ :-
    ……ተኣማሚና ዝሓዘት ሒ ዛ :-
    ………እሾኽ ትኽል ስሚ መርዛ :-
    ……………ኣጎየየቶም ሓዞ ሓዛ!!!!::

    እዚ እዩ ነብሰ እምነት :-
    ነብሰ ምክልኻል ዓብይነት :-
    ኣብ ውሽጥኻ ትፈጥሮ ሓያልነት :-
    ዘርጠብጠብ ዘይብሉ ምኽ ኑይነት ::

    “ሹት ትቀርቡኒ !!” እያ ዝበለቶም :-
    ኣይዓጀባን ግዝፊ ቀላጽ ሞ ም :-
    ነጢቃቶ ንግስነቶም :-
    ኣው ዲ ቃቶ ‘ቲ ስልጣኖም ::

    ሓቃ እምበር ማንነትካ እዩ ወሳኒ:-
    ማንነት ካልእ ኣይተም ኽ ኒ :-
    ቁምሽሽቲ ‘ደይ ዓንቂፉኒ :
    ሃለውለው እዩ እመ ኑኒ ::

    ህግደፍ ተመኽኒ ንበደል ንወጽዓ :-
    ………ኢትዮጵያ ተመኽኒ ትዛርብ እንቀዓ :-
    …………..ኩሎ ሓቂ ኣይኮነን ነብስኻ ኣዳሉ :-
    …………. ……ዓወ ት ይኹ ን ፍሽለት ኣብ ኢድካ እንድ ኣሉ::

    ብ ኮኾብ ሰላም 21/04/2014

    • Hope

      Love it.

  • Kokhob Selam

    I see some exploiting “civil war” do you still think our people will go for civil war? our People are not even fighting the clear and open enemy PFDJ who is not strong to face small group. aren’t we watching people in hundreds going though deserts just not to fight one day and clean the mafia group?

    • haile

      Selam KS,

      What we seem to have here is a loss of grasp of how things evolve or devolve. When things go wrong, people start to voice concern, if you then deal with the people instead of the problem, conditions deteriorate and poverty, isolation and mass influx of refugees follow. The latter also involve its own set of problems. If you still then continue to deal with the people (attacking them, threatening them, vowing to go on even if they go to the moon…) instead of with the problem, those worst affected hit a brick wall and come back to take the ONLY exit out of their situation, take you on. Hence a Civil war is born. People don’t go to ballot box to vote for civil war, look at all civil wars in history, even the main protagonists conducting them never supported it. But they would all tell you they had no choice. If you go back to the ELF/EPLF conflict, did any one (except the few) supported it? No, but it happened. So my point is that civil war is a natural symptom of a worsening situation and equally failed handling of the problem. If a group of Eritreans pull arms and start to fight for their immediate interests, no amount of articles or follow up comments can stop that. It all depends how things pan out. Did the S. Sudanese plan and wished for civil war? Did any people did so? Hence the current discussion on civil war is a gimmick to blow dust over a failed and broken system and either blame the victims or manupilate the situation for other ulterior motives and agenda. It is hard to bet that no people would ever go to civil war, because civil war is a reaction to set conditions rather a means people chose as a first option to create a desired set of outcomes. After all the problems and tragedies that our nation has been through, a civil war appears to be the next thing to hit us or is hoovering on the sky of our nation. The nation would either have sons and daughters who would stand up to avert it or it may slide into intractable civil conflict and its sons and daughters might simply bury their heads in the sand and pretend they seen or heard nothing. We are highly experienced in the latter as a people however.

      • Kokhob Selam

        I got it. Thank you. My point is to those who don’t want to take action and just simply try to reform. but as you said if we handle the problem (which we can), there will not be chance. “QSHET TEFERTO SAYTEGNA AYTADEREM” as Ethiopians say it. in fact someone should sleep in peace by not giving chance to be disturbed by his imagination – trusting himself. We have to start building trust by accepting each other, no one is worst than the lawless group in Asmara.

        • dawit

          ሲሮጡ የታጠቁት ሲሮጡ ይፈታል

          የቆጡን ኣወርድ ብላ የብብትዋን ጣለች

          የረጋ ወተት ቅበ ይወጣዋል

          የቸኮለች ኣፍሳ ለቀመች

      • dawit

        I beg to differ that you claim Civil wars happen spontaneously. Most Civil Wars are planned by individuals or groups trying to take by force. You mentioned S. Sudan, you can add to that Libya and Central Africa or Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq all triggered by groups or individuals who politicized minor discontent into a major crisis in order to take power from the ruling bodies. Often these individuals or groups have outside support who have their hidden agendas. Off course they promise changes that would bring democracy and prosperity to the masses, only to put them into endless crisis. You are preaching day and night how PFDJ and PIA as the devils and Eritrea as hell on earth, and must be uprooted or ‘weeded out’ by any means at the risk of igniting civil wars, something that nobody knows how to stop it once it started. To be fair Eritrea is under much safe situation to day than under foreign occupations, from the Ottoman to DERG Empires, considering the external conspiracy around it, on its short period of independence of two decades, complaining that it has not produced the kind of democracy that we find in the most advanced countries in North America or Europe. You have a faulty yard stick and hence you measurement are wrong. As I wrote above what Eritrea needs at this early stage of its independence is stability and not violent changes which will only trigger further violence. You do not demolish a house just because there are some cracks on the wall or the paint is pealing here and there. That is why I support the Third Way, who seem ready to repair the cracks or paint the walls while maintain the foundation of our house.
        Ali.S and SM thanks for you kind responses, Yes I support you idea and I acknowledge the short comings of the present rulers of Eritrea and they could do better if we encourage them to move in the right direction even under the extreme external pressures and limited financial resources.

        SM thanks for encouraging me to write an article, but frankly speaking I am not a good writer. I leave that part to our talented and prolific writers Ali S., Semere Tesfai, Haile, Saleh G. J etc. I am good in observing, commenting, pointing and reasoning with their ideas. But who knows in the future I may become also a good writer.
        Last I want to thank Awate.com for allowing us to exchange our diverse ideas freely. Keep it up!
        Peace!

      • Serray

        Selamat Hail and KS,

        Please allow me to add one redundant point to your discussions. One of the annoying things people back home complain about is that we in the diaspora prop the regime. It is only partly true, the regime is definitely doing the bidding of some in the diaspora. Most of its supporters have something to protect; be it a villa, a vacation spot or a grand idea. They all want “no change” but the lairs among them, which is most of them, say the pfdj is protecting and securing the nation against the woyanes and the world. How they reconcile this with the fact that the object of their defense is weakening by the day only the devil knows.

        When badme war ended, the ethiopians controlled one third of the nation and displaced a million people. In 2013, the woyanes went inside eritrea and conducted two operations bringing back with them hundreds of POWs with practically no reaction from a regime the lairs are telling us it is defending the country from them. As to defending the nation from the world, the world has imposed sanctions that cripples the regime’s ability to import arms making the nation a sitting duck but the lairs, again, tell us that the pfdj is our only hope against the world.

        The lairs among the regime supporters are unique in that they use the regime’s very weakness to prop it. While the pfdj regime has weakened the defense of the country, they use the enslavement of the youth, the reason for emptying of the nation of its future, as a prove that the regime is securing and defending the nation. They are also unique in the sense that they present themselves as opposition who want a “no change” for change.

        But here is the bad news, the regime is a leaking tank. At its default state, it loses juice at an alarming rate and it is simply a matter of time before every enemy of it gets its wish. Even if nature takes its course and change comes from exploding rotten livers, kidneys and hearts, since the people the regime is creating in its image, the ypfdj, cannot live without their luxury, it is impossible to stop the disintegration of the corrupt regime. The clever among the regime supporters, the sadists who think the emptying of the nation benefits them, are the biggest losers. The longer the regime takes to disintegrate, the angrier its victims get. When it finally implodes, it will be these victims that will first let steam out against the “no change” privileged class; not because they are purposely vicious but because, in the absence of the regime, the privileged ones are the standing reminders of the regime’s legacy. The civil war the tactical supporters of the regime warn against probably will not happen but an even worse outcome is in store if the “let the regime alone” get their wish – the mob justice.

        Tigrigna dergi are like amharigna dergi; when they implode or weather away, it is unlikely any trace of them will survive. Pfdj is shaebia, with nobody to inherit its legacy (since their slaves or the ypfdj can not by definition inherit the legacy of shaebia) complete and total change is unavoidable. The worst kind of change will happen if what the “don’t touch the regime” crowd get their wish. The best change will happen if we force the regime to swallow the suicide pill called the 1997 constitution.

        • dawit

          No one is opposing to sallow what you called “suicide pill”. The disagreement is on timing. You wanted to swallow it yesterday. some of us want it today and PIA is saying tomorrow. For that disagreement we don’t need to break the bottle and drop the ‘pill’ to the ground.

        • Semere Andom

          Selam Serray:
          I agree with you the yfdj want someone to do the heavy lifting for them as most of them are ghetto kids, whose parents were running for eplf/pfdj meeting neglecting their families and they raised failures. Now to hide this colossal failures behind ypfdj and this brain dead kids flock to sawa for a binge of whoring and drinking. But we ignore ypfdj at our own peril as some are highly educated and know what they are doing and in them pfdj is practising be “fruitful and multiply”. These few will be the brain that incite, brainwash mislead while the majority acting as chegawar danga and the heavy lifting will be done by the chegwar daga back home to continue the crimes by slowly replacing some of the exploding organs as you say, And once the liver of the mafia boss explodes his son will be there to replace him and the same old stuff will go on. The ypfdj who are born and educated in the west and enjoying the rights that this society offers bad moth their host countries (actually their countries) in favour of Eritrea and they are evil.

          As I said before most of them will act as chegawar danga and follow orders to shoot and kill and the elites, the doctors and computer scientists will isolate our dna to abort kids who are likely to dissent and think freely and crack out passwords to check our emails to access our privacy respectively. These are evil people who will stop at nothing and protecting their assents is just part of it.

          As to forcing the regime to accept the 1997 document is impossible, we can implement on top of their rubble when some change has occurred from inside, but in its current form the regime is cannot be reformed and in the unlikely scenario they accept what are we trading, the price to will too heavy. Someone must pay for the destruction they pfdj has unleashed on us.The back door deals that Alis Salim and Tegadali Semere T are advocating is just equally criminal. If we, the activists, human right advocates and opposition members are acting on behalf of the victims and are prosecuting the criminals, we must at some point make deals/compromises when the opportunity arises without letting down the people and justice must be served. Now the civil war argument is fear mongering from pfdj in the name of national security is too familiar, the sure thing that will lead to civil war is the protracted survival of pfdj as they shred every fabric of the society to see it somalized in the wake of their demise, urgency is the theme that we must press for and it maybe too late. If the Wedi Ali scenario succeeds we will be safe ad the cancer will be removed from inside and law and order can be established for transition, but still challenging environment will prevail.

          About the diaspora propping the regime is actually valid. Yes the idiots who protect the regime are few, but given the regime’s humiliation of our people from day one and its killings and rapes which pale in comparison to the amhara dergi, the silence of majority, the waiting and see attitude is helping the regime and people back home are correct in complaining on that. When the victim of the ship wreck happened fewer than 50 showed up in Toronto where there are more than 15,000 Eritreans, in the pfdj May 24 celebrations the gathering is full and most of the people are not ardent supporters, this is propping pfdj and it discourages and demoralizes activist and the people back home who are at the receiving end of most of the brunt of the thugs have a point.

          Let me also add more redundant point to underline the issues. Most Eritreans are fond of ridiculing the somalians, but the somalians are just like us, a dictator divided and ruled them for many years instead of uniting them and pfdj is dividing and ruling us and we are not special people, our division maybe different in nature, but divided nevertheless, The culture of arrogance, empty pride that the ghedli has created is also our blind spots that we ignore at our peril.
          Sem A

        • Hope

          OK.I hear you.
          What will be the alternative for YPFDJ then—since the other Youth Groups are not getting organized?.
          This is a classic bluff from the Opposition and PFDJ haters as usual,just parroting with out a hint for solutions as Saba said it correctly..
          -PFDJ is trying to have Plan B/successors,what about us?
          -Yes,PFDJ lost the war and subsequent aggressions–You sound happy but at the same time telling us that the sanction made it to be weak and meek? Happy camper again.Your point?
          As Eritrteans,no matter what, we have to be able to stand up with whoever is trying to defend the country rather than standing up with the enemy.
          Serray,Pappilion,Hayat,YG,Abnet,Eyob(though soft),etc–if I may add,Haile the Great,what are you up to?
          The only “good” thing you added was ” Constitution”.
          Why cannot we then organize a better and alternative “YPFDJ” then if we have the gut?

      • Habtegiorgis Abraha

        Haile,
        Just my word of appreciation, as you have strongly implied how important it would be to help stop the continuously, however slow, growing crises develop into undesired violent conflict in GOOD TIME. I wish good luck to our people that you would convince all of us in the right direction and encourage us do our part to enspire law and peace in Eritrea!

        We all talk about repeatedly lost opportunities for a better situation in Eritrea – so without any question the relevance of TIME sisters and brothers!!

        This time, I also liked Dawit’s prospective article on ‘compromises’, and the good news he informed us about Meb winning Boston Marathons, and on the news that the ‘Eritrean government’ released some prisoners.

        Cheers

  • Ali-S

    Dawit,

    I agree with you completely and it is the same argument we are trying to make. Actually, you are not proposing “no change” as long as you are proposing any process of change including evolution.

    The core of the “opposition” (i.e. “regime change opposition that advocates a civil war” just to exclude any types of opposition that I do not know of) as it stands today is the same Andnet that is coming through the backdoor. Most of their leaders and cadres are not as dumb as we may like to think. They know where their arguments and alliances will lead us if (God forbid) they succeed.

    The reason we are opposition is because we believe that there are better ways of doing government in Eritrea. Weyane’s vengeful policy of choking Eritrea in the last 15 years is indeed producing its intended results. The sanctions they initiated and imposed has been greatly enhanced by acts of the international community that cannot be exclusively explained by the Weyane-connection. The level of human rights violations in Eritrea is absolutely unacceptable as you may agree. The latter is probably more explained by some of the arguments promoted by the opposition than by the Weyane connection.

    Forget about the abnormal opposition (defined as above) that are making sure to fish in dirty waters. We will always have these parasites as long as there is a regional market for their services.

    There are two brands that are possible under the normal opposition:

    (1) if you are an elitist and conclude that the reasons the Eritrean government followed some irrational foreign policy behaviours and horrific violations of basic human rights, you will probably end up with the “reformer” brand of opposition. As we have seen in practice, unless the party that is the target of reform (PFDJ) willingly submits itself to be reformed, the “reformer opposition” is a dead end. Those who advocate them know this fact very well. As a result, the “reformer” slogan as is the case with the Merekh gang, is nothing but selling the “regime change & civil war advocacy” in a more attractive package.

    (2) The other alternative is the Third Way. Here you rule out any irrationality from the PFDJ and accept that they are all good Eritreans trying to do their best under the circumstances. In the Third Way you recognize that we have a foreign policy that hasn’t worked for us (in terms of delivering on granting us protection under international law) and a domestic policy pursued at such a horrific cost in human rights and social welfare. Essentially you agree with all the claims of the regime change advocates in as far as how bad things have become in Eritrea. However, you differ in that the second way opposition, says it is because of an evil president, while we argue that the president or PFDJ is irrelevant. Our (all of us in the opposition) challenge is to propose an alternative way of doing government that costs us all less suffering and makes governing a lot easier for the PFDJ as long as they are in power.

    The one constant is that we are not moving an inch towards a civil war whatever the promised benefits from its incidence. Where we have no way for change but through a civil war, then we would rather choose the survival technique that you described.

    • Saba

      Hi Ali-S, as you can see the third wayers are flourishing:) Coming out from the silence to challenge pfdj and the cyber opposition(the second way), for a better solution.

      I like the 2nd point you mentioned here. We have problems and the pfdj is dealing with it in a wrong way and the cyber opposition is ready to deal with it in a wrong way. This time we must get it right! Get ready for the long rehab of the first and second wayers.

      • Ali-S

        Saba,

        Thanks for the note. I tried to find the conversation you sampled between Hope an opposition (with examples) and I couldn’t. It was very funny but a scary scenario of talking to a tree. I see people wondering if PIA is crazy but I think he is not alone. Does the lack of common sense necessarily have to be nonsense? Seriously, what is the opposite of common sense? I guess common sense is what makes sense to everyone. Nonsense is what does not make sense to anyone. But what if it makes sense to you (I mean only one person) only. Do you know if such a word exists? I have no idea.

        My guess is such a situation cannot arise among humans of this world because if it does, our opposition people would have chosen it instead of picking straight nonsense.

        We will have a lot of funny experiences in the rehab clinic.

        • Saba

          Hi Ali-S,
          Yes it is like talking to a tree. That sample is an ABSTRACT to their current and future posts:) The sample is found below the article” politics of nouns and topography”
          If it makes sense only to one person even though it does not exist in reality, i think i found 3 or 4 words that describe that person: delusion, denial, hallucination or insanity. Somebody (may be Einstein ) said that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Well the cyber opposition has tried and are trying to do the same thing over and over again to get the support of the mass and remove pfdj and un/fortunately they get the same (not different) result. I am telling you the rehab clinic will have more clients soon:)

          The third way needs 3 things: 1)a politically savvy and CHARISMATIC leader 2) who is DEDICATED to the country(not to his/her personal interest or power grab) and 3) the party should have a PLAN. You see wedi vacaro was somehow charismatic and dedicated but with no plan and he did not have a political organization. He was able to gather crowds and listen the people but he has no plans.
          If the third way reaches a critical mass in the diaspora, those people will motivate and educate enough people inside Eritrea that will create the ground work for change from inside the country whether through public pressure or forto2.0 . The elders inside the country and the silent majority in the diaspora are waiting for a concrete plan so that they can hand over the power from pfdj but they will never hand over the power to the cyber opposition.
          See you soon in the fun place, the rehab clinic:)

  • Hope

    My apology Vet for my over-reaction.
    I,by no means,meant to question your contribution and I do NOT mean to be ” Mean” when I said–“why did you run away”.You ran for a reason–being forced as I did-.It is just theoretical rhetoric that we all should fight back wether we are at home or outside.
    PFDJ has effectively controlled all of us–even more the ones in th ediaspora.the spy net work is so sophisticated to the extent of people being kidnapped on arrival at home just simply based on what the PFDJ Spy newtwork provided second-hand info to the security at home .
    kibur Vet,
    The solution is so simple though intricate due to our socio-politico-cultural back ground and ideological differences and stand and that is why I am frustrated with the cyper-politics.
    Look at what Wedi Vacarro did—-If we approach this in more organized way and a united way,I think we could have achieved something.
    People are throwing away their words and suggestions and their frustration through the internet,which is NOT enough.
    The worst thing is that we cannot even get along let alone to fight back against the regime.
    First thing FIRST:
    -Let’s get organized and unite and mobilize the public in diaspora–
    -Let us get along with each other rather than belittling and gossiping and questioning each other-ect—-
    -Build trust among ourselves
    -develop dialog with civility
    -Compromise
    -Let us put together all the constructive suggestions and come up with concrete ways of struggling—But every body here wants to sell their only ways rather than compromising—

    • Ali-S

      Hope,

      I think you are the only one here who has chosen the nickname that fits your orientation and arguments. Thank you for such a positive attitude. Similar minded Eritreans are actually much more than the dominant vengefulness in the opposition might allow its emergence. That is why most Eritreans would rather sit back and watch in disappointment than join in an opposition that is selling shares to horrific civil wars.

    • Habtegiorgis Abraha

      Dear Hope,
      Sorry to come back too late; you might not even open the article any more. But i have a reason to come back to this article – to check how you/ all of us are going on – building bridges. that is why I appreciated Dawit’s readiness to write an article on ‘compromise’. we need to have a tolerating/ accommodating ground with full respect for our political choices, however differing! And thank you for your kind words, especially for highlighting the need of ‘compromise, respect … belittling, putting together our efforts, …’

      I am of the opinion that it is only with full respect of everyone’s contribution and finding a common ground/ platform to exercise our rights and national + peoples’ calls/ responsibilities that everyone could happily and peacefully make a stay/ contribution in a country like ours! And by running away I meant ‘withdrawal of support’ to a ‘gov’ who have not fullfilled the expectations of the Eri people, and for that tolerated long time. Else, i am one of the Eri who witness the running of our youth with great saddness!!!

      And I appreciate your position for standing against it. The question is, and I think you also have correctly implied or said it – it is on the ‘how’ to stop it and making the country their home. I belive as a start it is by withdrawing support, ans this is not simply because of any hate to the ‘PFDJ gov’ (and to tell you honestly, everyone of us has reasons to hate it, if we do so) on the contrary to help it to look for better ways [ብተራ ቃል ኣብ ልዕሊ መንግስት ህግደፍ ጽልአይ ከምቲ ጽቡቕ እናጨራሕኩ ሜዳ ዝተሰለፍኩሉ ባህግታት፡ ምስቲ ኩሉ ናይ ሓድሕድ ኲናት ቅሬታተይ እውን ዘይጸበቐትለይ ጥራሕ ኢዩ። ኣብ ከባብየይ ዝቕመጡ ዝፈልጡኒ ኤርትራዊያን ብተደጋጋሚ ዝሰምዑኒ ባህግታት ይመስለኒ።] of transparent governing!

      In short i like your moderate approach, and pls get in touch with the Eris in your locality – this is the only time we have, to come back to you – putting our constructive suggestions together; i thing it was you who suggested the issue of employeeing lawyers … also. Eritrea ብኢድ ህግደፍ ጥራሕ ዘይኰነስ፡ ብሙሉእ ዓቕሚታት ህዝባ … I thank you very much, Hope (I want you to use your real name as well). And cheers!!!

  • dawit

    “Third Way aims for a peaceful struggle that would transform the conflict environment where change would come by making the state of Eritrea better and the government stronger”. Let me first congratulate you Ali Salim for an excellent and relevant and timely article to Eritrean present
    condition. You have indeed travelled a long way to arrive at your “Third Way” breaking away from the virulent ideas of regime changes promoted by Awate.com and its associates for a long time. 2014 seems indeed a new era for Awate.com to entertain such idea of peaceful change in Eritrea. I had commented on the change few weeks or months ago when Awate published Semere Tesfai article
    challenging the opposition and laying some facts about GOE in relation to Eritrean present situation. Unfortunately that article did not receive the amount of time to be discussed at Awate.com because of some technical or ethical issues the publishers had with the author. I am not sure how much influence that article had in your present thinking to arrive to the U-Turn articles and finally arrive at your Third Way. In your article you admitted that there could be millions ideas to bring change to Eritrean unfortunate situation and invited you readers to suggest ideas that would change the Eritrean situation without plunging the nation in another violent civil wars.

    I will argue for ‘No Change’ and support for stability for a change. The inhabitants of the present geography Eritrea have been in perpetual changes that have inflicted untold sufferings to the people and kept them in bondage of poverty. We have been in constant civil wars of various degrees. I don’t
    believe those conflicts are caused by the inhabitants fond of wars instead of peace, but rather because of the geographic location, being proximity to the Red Sea, other nations have imposed on us a state permanent of war conditions. This is my understanding of Eritrean history for centuries or perhaps for millenniums, no matter how far they are located various nations wanted to control the region. Any one can challenge that. We can talk of the Egyptian Pharos, Abyssinian kings, Greek, Roman, Persians, Ottomans, Portuguese, British, Italian empires and most recently, US, USSR, Israel and Ethiopians wanting our land to control the Red Sea. They all come with some kind of trick to keep us in bondage so that they will have free access to our natural resources the land and the sea and deprived us from using the to our needs and benefits.

    How do people reacted to the endless of invasions throughout history? Sometimes the people resisted the invaders however some section of the population fell to the various dived and rule tactics of the invader that feed them to create a civil wars based on tribes, regions, religions etc to occupy
    the locals from challenging their power of controlling the area. Other time they simply gave up and submitted to the invaders as one of their survival technique rather than confront the powerful invaders by saying “ዝብርቀ ጸሃይና ዝሓረመ ማይና ዝነገሰ ንጉስና”. I believe this is a time that we follow our ancestor’s survival wisdom and accept PFDJ as our new king and move on to establish stability rather than change. At least this time the new king is our own flesh and blood instead of some Italian or Ethiopian king or Turkish or Egyptian Pasha. Our old rulers sent us to Tripoli, to Somalia to fight people we do not know or to Abyssinia to fight our neighbors for the glory of building their empires. What is that our new rulers want from us?, Our ruler today want us to defend our borders, our homes from foreign invaders, dig dams to collect water for our homes and animals, to build terraces to conserve our soil fertility to build roads, schools, clinics. Is this a crime that we want to stop by violent change? I say NO let change come through ‘Evolution’ than ‘Revolution’. I don’t want listen a repeat of the classic Tigrigna song ‘እዞም ዓድና እዞም ዓያሹ ተኣኪቦም እንበኦም ዘፍርሱ ዘይ እምባና እምባ መን ፈሪሱ? A singer lamenting the betrayal of a local resistance leader by his own people following their enemy advice which is part of our sad history that kept us under foreign dominations. I believe we are in a similar situation arguing for régime change because it is mainly the agenda of foreign invaders. All the hula hoops of ‘democracy’ ‘human rights’ ‘national service slavery’ are mirages to put back to real slavery under foreign domination. That is our history; we were there for all the time, and we didn’t like it and no one cared about those things when we were under foreign rulers. How do they become important when we
    have our own king? I trust PFDJ billions time than empty rhetoric promises from foreign rulers. Contrary to our foreign kings wishes of permanent civil wars what Eritrea need today is ‘STABILITY’ and not ‘CHANGE’. We have paid a lot of blood and sweat sacrifices for many generations for our
    independence and we need not change that.

    • Habtegiorgis Abraha

      Dawit, stay at rest; your ‘Evolution’ does not even require your contribution; i don’t understand why you bother to share you comments – myzi hul/ bered nimiKAw!!!???
      Happy Easter

      • dawit

        Because that is the Only Way. The true Eritrean Way to survive. But then what would the opposition will do if there is peace and progress in Eritrea?

        • Habtegiorgis Abraha

          Dawit, regardless of what the Eritrean Way … “peace and progress in Eritrea” would be what every, every Eritrean would dream of. However, your ‘Eritrean’ talks selective!!??? Unlike you, the HGDF talk “unchallenged peace and progress in Eritrea” even this day. When your “peace and progress in Eritrea” would be of the Eritrean people (Nab’U yebTsiHka/Ki ziwedey/ Zagualey), i believe, by then you would also learn it how peaceful it would be!

    • SM

      Dawit,
      Nice opinion and I wish you wrote it as an article in a more organized way so that the forum cam debate on it; and still you can elaborate it and publish it as an article with some objective analysis supported by references.

  • AMAN

    Hi All
    In support of the new phase and momentum our revolutionary journey
    has entered recently and at this very moment in time I would like to put
    some of my points after I introduce myself to you – forumers and readers.
    My name is AMAN
    Former Opposition Politics Activist
    Now member of the New People’s Revolutionary Movement.
    First let me clarify few misconceptions and wrong understandings
    and view points by some memebers in the opposition camp about
    the struggle in general and the leaders of it in particular.
    Obviously, as everyone agrees with my point the nature and method
    of the revolutionary struggle since 2000 was not the same if not quite
    different than the nature and method of the Armed struggle of 1961- 2000.
    In the later case the method is Armed and as such more empasis must or
    is put towards the military sector or fighting force branch of the existing
    Organizations because the existed reality or situation called for it. Whereas
    as of 2000 where there was no Armed clash or resistance the nature of the
    struggle called for a political nature of struggle where statesmanship and firm
    stand and application for the victory of justice is to be the required method
    and norm of the ongoing struggle. So in such a case there is the minimum
    if not the least requirement for an armed force to do the job. The struggle
    was more in the minds of views and ideological perspectives between opponents
    after the end of military clash which is often accomplished in the courts of justice
    and tribunals and their correct and just way of communicating them to the public
    either through publishing and broadcasting media outlets. Thus in this case the
    job is best accomplished by civil service personnel than armed militay personell.
    And that is what exactly our civilian/diaspora group took it as his/her responsiblity
    and accomplished it successfully in his leading mobilizing theme YES WE CAN !
    and YES WE DID to contribute to the shinning VICTORY of all the people and
    country. Though some would view it as insignificant factor against the enemy
    against dictatorship systems I do not accept it because in this 21st century such
    a struggle has much more impact than what can be accomplished through military
    action. That is what some shaddy western medias and the woyanes used against
    Eritreans when they couldn’t win militarily on our country and our forces to slowly
    dismantle the fabric of unity and firmness of our Eritrean society.
    But this is not in any way to discount the role and contribution of our armed units
    in or of the opposition.

  • AMAN

    Congratulations Hope !
    YES WE DID IT !
    Hope is the champion. He has correctly got the key to the solution.
    This is a brand new revolution which has the support of of the majority
    of the people and keep growing everyday.
    Our revolution has transformed itself now from defensive to the offensive.

  • Hope

    Mr.Haile,
    Express your surprise to the third party who said it confidently.
    Again,what would you expect from the same entities that have wished for THE NON-EXISTENCE of Eritrea at all,besides creating havoc and misery to Eritrea for almost a centuary?
    PFDJ might have made a tactical and srtategic mistakse,which are politically and strategically “correct” when it comes to defending Eritrea directly or by proxy–from common sense of point of view—-if Ethiopia has done it in every possible way,then why not Eritrea or any other country, for that matter?The only differnce being,Eritrea did nor have the capacity,backers and the gut to do so.
    Funny,what the well registered Terrorists sponsored by Ethiopia and indirectly by the same USA,have done to Eritrea is considered as acceptable and “Holy”.Get lost with your Ethiopia’s and its masters’ agenda and plunder.
    Yeah,might,size and geo-political interest matter,unfortunately—and as such, we are losers,no matter what.
    My point is:
    The exaggerated Terrorism saga is nothing but an excuse to destroy an Independent Nation,which stood firm against neo-Colonialism and its stooges.
    Tell me in the world history to this minute,a single incident where the USA honestly and justfully achieved any positive outcome other than creating havoc and misery .
    Terrorists? Who has created and sponsored them–directly or by proxy
    Quote of the Month(Courtesy of meskerem.net):1)ንሕና’ሞ ብኸመይ ኢና ንሃገር ንሓሊ ናይ ለውጢ ሓይሊ ኢና ክንብል?፡
    a)ንረብሓ ኢትዮጵያ ዝተበየነ እገዳ ንድግፍ፡
    b)ሃገር ንምክልኻል ዘኽእል ዕጥቂ ንኸይንሽመት ንሃገርና ንዝተገብረላ እገዳ ነንጨብጭብ ፡
    c)ናይ ሃገር ናይ ምክልኻል ሓይልን ዓቐምን ነዳኽም፡ ነናእስ፡ ነቆናጽብ፡ ነላግጽ
    d)ብሰንኪ እገዳ ኣብ ሃገር ዘስዓበ ጉድኣት ከም ዓወት ንቖጽር።
    e)እገዳ ክጠበቕ ዝያዳ ጻዕሪ ንገበር።
    ’ኢትዮዽያ ሓያል ሰራዊት ሃኒፃ’ ከኣ ይብል ግሎባል ፋየር-ሃውስ; ( ድምጺ ኣመሪካ)
    But Eritrea is strictly banned from getting any military business–even NOT allowed to buy spare parts for the grounded Air Force.
    “Very,very NICE SANCTION”—ELILILIL/Elulate!!!

  • Hope

    Quote of the Month(Courtesy of meskerem.net):
    1)ንሕና’ሞ ብኸመይ ኢና ንሃገር ንሓሊ ናይ ለውጢ ሓይሊ ኢና ክንብል?፡
    a)ንረብሓ ኢትዮጵያ ዝተበየነ እገዳ ንድግፍ፡
    b)ሃገር ንምክልኻል ዘኽእል ዕጥቂ ንኸይንሽመት ንሃገርና ንዝተገብረላ እገዳ ነንጨብጭብ ፡
    c)ናይ ሃገር ናይ ምክልኻል ሓይልን ዓቐምን ነዳኽም፡ ነናእስ፡ ነቆናጽብ፡ ነላግጽ
    d)ብሰንኪ እገዳ ኣብ ሃገር ዘስዓበ ጉድኣት ከም ዓወት ንቖጽር።
    e)እገዳ ክጠበቕ ዝያዳ ጻዕሪ ንገበር።
    ’ኢትዮዽያ ሓያል ሰራዊት ሃኒፃ’ ከኣ ይብል ግሎባል ፋየር-ሃውስ; ( ድምጺ ኣመሪካ)
    But Eritrea is strictly banned from getting any military business–even NOT allowed to buy spare parts for the grounded Air Force.
    “Very,very NICE SANCTION!”

  • Hope

    Edited:
    Hailat,
    I need your honest clarification then as to why Eritrea is subjected to that kind of scrutiny–besides the lame/hankas allegation that Eritrea was supporting the Al shebab.
    We all ,Haile included,know the Facts but the Facts.
    BTW,
    While awaiting for your clarification,I have to inject one shot, that it was confirmed repeatedly that the role of Eritrea in helping the Al Shebab was minimum,at best.
    I am glad that you realized,albeit belatedly,the Sanction has put Eritrea and Eritreans in the most dangerous security risk–including putting the VERY existence of Eritrea under Threat as a Nation,as you correctly pointed out—due to :
    -The well coordinated, all kinds of evil acts under the SUN-by the weyanes fully backed by the USA/EU,etc——,which all have led to the misery of Eritreans,the Youth mainly—-etc—-
    Now, knowing fully all these FACTS but FACTS,it is beyond absurd to point the finger at PFDJ exclusively,and knowing well that the final goal being to kneel down the only Power protecting Eritrea,albeit/despite its weakness,atrocities,etc–
    Semere Tesfay’s and that of Hussein Younis’ arguements emanate from this serious and realistic concern.
    Do you really believe from the depth of your heart that,these, almost a centuary old enemies of Eritrea,who never wanted the existence of the so called Eritrea at all,are honestly doing all these to save Eritrea and Eritreans?
    Are you making a real and honest U-turn or you are just expressing things for PR consumption/gimmick?
    As to your suggestions for reversing those dangerous sanctions,I welcome them provided they are honest and productive.
    That is exactly what few honest debators–Semere Tesfay and Ali Salim on the forefront,have been arguing,i.e.,Eritrea First—-with or without PFDJ–while fighting for Justice,we have to be vigilant and fight for the very existence of Eritrea–as now you re-confirmed to us that Eritrea’s existence as a Nation is under serious Threat!!!

    • haile

      Hope,

      What is it they say “you are entitled to your opinion but you’re not entitled to FACTS”. If you wish to create facts on the ground, you better have the muscle to go with that, else PFDJ is now a perfect example to future would-be blunderers. I was surprised at how careless you could get when you stated “PFDJ’s help to alshabab was minimal”. Could you just stop for a second and think what that would mean? Eritrea is in conflict with Ethiopia. And the latter was acting with the US support in Somalia, against alshebab. That leaves Eritrea involved in an indeterminate manner and scope in an issue that keeps the ENTIRE US security establishment awake at night, TERRORISM. The Wikileaks told you in black and white that Mcmullen had told Sebhat Efrem that should alshebab try anything in the US main land that the US was dead certain to smoke your and my country out of the planet FOR GOOD. No questions asked, pure muscle talk. Do you have the guts to stand up to that? The prevention of 9/11 that claimed 3000 in New York would be done at ANY COST, including wiping out the HGDEF rug tag from the face of the earth for good, let’s not flatter our skinny muscle too much.

      Now, since you said “PFDJ was minimally supporting alshabab”, an entity that conducts “minimal” but devastating attacks on civilian women and children, the UN appointed SEMG wish to get full inventory of this so called “minimal” support, in scope and quantifiable measures. As per Susan Rice, “the more the regime of IA refuses to cooperate, the higher the price tag would be”. I want him to cooperate and you and the so called your “honest” buddies prefer us to sign up to IA’s suicide plan. PFDJ has taken in a manner that has brought shame to our nation for posterity. The mekete speakers my proclaim otherwise, but the world knows our nation as an accomplice of terrorists. NO ONE stands to support our nation: the whole regional block, Gabon, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, entire UNSC, AU IGAD you name it, nobody. HGDEF is alone with its non-stop melhas tiel. When I asked to lift the sanction, it includes the removal of PFDJ, the worst entity to happen in history of our nation, EVER!!

      If you believe PFDJ, aka IA is capable of having a single truthful recount of ANY event, forget it. No one wishes to get close to him anywhere and the sooner him and his band of criminals and apologists and lairs get lost, the better for whole of humanity. Their existence is of no value to anyone, except in the amount of pain, poverty and misery it creates. Eritreans wish to have none of anything that HGDEF has been through, we wish to start clean slate, without a trace of the PFDJ cancer that is.

      • Hope

        Express your surprise to those third party who said it confidently.
        Again,what would you expect from the same entities that has wished non-existence of Eritrea at all,besides creating havoc and misery to Eritrea for almost a centuary?
        PFDJ might have made a tactical and srtategic mistakse,which are politically and strategically “correct” when it comes to defending Eritrea directly or by proxy–from common sense of point of view—-if Ethiopia has done it in every possible way,then why not Eritrea or any other country, for that matter?The only differnce being,Eritrea did nor have the capacity,backers and the gut to do so.
        Funny,what the well registered Terrorists sponsored by Ethiopia and indirectly by the same USA,have done to Eritrea is considered as acceptable and “Holy”.Get lost with your Ethiopia’s and its masters’ agenda and plunder.Yeah,might,size and geo-political interest matter,unfortunately—and as such, we are losers,no matter what.
        My point is:The exaggerated Terrorism saga is nothing but an excuse to destroy an Independent Nation,which stood firm against neo-Colonialism and its stooges.
        Tell me in the world history to this minute,a single incident where the USA honestly and justfully achieved any positive outcome other than creating havoc and misery .
        Terrorists? Who has created and sponsored them–directly or by proxy?

        • haile

          Hope, emotion is a bad thing. If there are entities who don’t wish Eritrea’s existence, it is HGDEF and its stooges:

          -These are the people who say that EVERY SINGLE Eritrean to oppose them is non-Eritrean! They reduced the term “Eritrean” to political view point of supporting the murderous regime.

          – These are the people who have reduced Eritrea to the current helpless and hapless killing field of its children. You don’t need Obama to implement rule of law, you don’t need woyane to bring people before the court of the law, you don’t need CIA to stop telling parents of Sinai and Lampedusa victims that their children were “Thieves”

          – These are people who dealt with CRIMINALS and TERRORISTS dishonoring and raping Eritrea’s dignity for good.

          Eritrea has no reason to engage in proxy in direct bluff of a super power, those who cheer that full responsibility as the regime. What is the point talking about it now when the neck is clapped like a rat in a trap.

          Any reasonable person with high school diploma would have run Eritrea and made it by far a shining star in the east of Africa. Our problem is the hasad, ignorant, diabolical HGDEF that is doing all it can to take us down to its eventual grave with it. It won’t happen, the hole on the ground is only made to fit it and HGDEF alone will be going down in it. mark my word.

          • Hope

            To my best knowledge,Eritrea,NOT only, has never acted against the Super Power but has remained the VICTIM of the same Super Power,which acted, rather in an unresponsible way due its junior Diplomats’ plunder and its childish, “naive” and unchecked opportunistic friendship with Ethiopia.
            If the USA continued its strategic alliance with Eritrea, as the former Defense Secretary attempted,I guarantee you that the Horn of Africa would have been the most peaceful region and we Eritreans would have been in a better position.
            “Anghet yetefterew azuro lemayet new” but they never see it that way other than trying to correct mistakes by mistakes coz they are the Super Power.
            But mark also my word,that Eritrtea will over-shine and out- live its ill-wishers and killers with or without PFDJ.

          • haile

            Hope

            Let me be fair here:

            – You are entitled to propose that Eritrea’s existence is under perpetual threat

            – You are entitled to propose that Eritrea is justified to engage in proxy even with weyane (above and over its immediate safety)

            – You are entitled to propose that there is reason to justify to hold the youth against their will and blame outsiders when leave enmass

            -You are entitled to propose that a confrontational, paranoid, defensive and myopic world view is the way forward and can easily shed Eritreans who oppose it by calling them Tigrayans, Ethiopians, non-Eritreans…

            You can even propose Eritrea is justified to ignore international warrant to investigate its dealings in Somalia and conflict with Djibouti as well as human rights situation

            Even PFDJ is entitled to propose that. What we ask is that to be brought for public voting so that we either endorse it or reject it. You can’t equate your views to the final say on matters of all of Eritrea, regardless of what the vast majority think. That makes you an out law, much like PFDJ is.

          • Hope

            Sir,
            Do NOT try to twist facts.
            I am not proposing this and that but repeating the same facts you know so as to be fair and balanced coz you are blindly telling me that CIA/Weyane–etc–did nothing wrong.PFDJ is not made up of Angels and as we told you, we might know as much as you know or more than you know,albeit, you still might have been one of the PFDJ insiders or even one of the defected Ministers.
            BTW,why don’t you go to Eritrea and act as wedi Ali did.
            Guregna–“tutu tuta!!” behind a hidden computer in a comfort zone is not going to work.

          • Haile Zeru

            Haile the great said;
            “Even PFDJ is entitled to propose that. What we ask is that to be brought for public voting so that we either endorse it or reject it.”
            HOPE said:

            “Guregna–“tutu tuta!!” behind a hidden computer in a comfort zone is not going to work.”

            HOPE you lost the argument. You cannot realized you are on the wrong side of reason.

          • haile

            Hello Wedi Zeru MoKsi,

            What you observed in Hope’s final bluff of call to conflict is “the first way civil war” that Ali-S has no issue with and would like us to take sides with. Calling Hope’s bluff to civil war “the second way civil war” to restore natural justice is what Ali-S is against of. And in a nut shell, his “Third way” is an argument for perpetuation of the wicked ways of the regime with the barrel of a gun. He is just worried that the guns don’t fall to the “Wrong” hands, his motive is still under investigation.

          • Haile Zeru

            Hi Haile the great,
            HGDEF tried their policies, economic, social, political and diplomatic for the past 23 years. they failed miserably in all of them counts. HOPE, YOUNUS and SEMERE Tesfay are saying we should entrust our nation to these goons(hgdef). One has to be mentally derenged to come up with such conclusion after 23 years.

          • Habtegiorgis Abraha

            Haile, the elders without any elementary cert. would have done better, much better than the leadership of the HGDF (I visited eritrea for the 1st and last time, Dec 1997. I met a man from my locality who shared me his bewilderment why the ‘govt’ do not lend them some money/ food substance for one “kiremti” and let them do their work/ farming; and continued saying: “… if they do this, they do not have to worry feeding us, after “one kiremti” not alone that we support ourselves, we would permanently support the ‘govt’ by paying taxes”). What a ‘gov’ our beloved country have got! !! !!! … Thank you Haile!

          • haile

            Selam Habtegiorgis Abraha,

            1997 is considered the heydays of HGDEF, because it didn’t turn full nasty for all to see as now. Eritreans still had some stored up means from the rulers that went by and some were still enjoying the rights like traveling abroad and going to University that were possible by continuing the derg era legacy. Today, some 17 years after that time you been there, Eritreans are reduced to be uninvited guests in their own country, it is either you make ends meet by any means necessary (including a huge underage prostitution problems) or leave the country. The youth require permit to set foot in the capital. PFDJ has long turned to enemy of humanity itself, forget just Eritreans alone. An entity that is so disturbed and animalistic that nobody in the world has an iota of sympathy with. It is a curse that our people have stay with these human vampires any longer. They lough and mock the tragic death of our children at sea and the deserts, they mock that people who spent lifetime working for the nation have to be buried in a no man’s land of remote countries. Our people at home consider PFDJ a predator and are always on the run. In the diaspora, one has to be flat out lair, selfish and hate blinded to continue serving them. And that is why they don’t make sense.

    • Habtegiorgis Abraha

      Hope, sorry but I find your line of argument, including your position instead ‘qibTset’! ካብ ንጹህ ሕልና እንተ ኰይኑ፡ ሓደ ለይቲ ደቂስካ ምስ ነብስኻ ምትዕራቕ ዝሓትት ጉዳይ ዪመስል:: ብዝተረፈ፥ ካብ ባዕላ ህግደፍ ድዩ ወይ ካባኻ፣ ወይ ካብ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኪምላእ: ወዮ ድኣ ናይ ህዝቢ እምነት ስለ ዘይብላ እምበር ንባዕላ ህግደፍውን ኪትድሕን: ብኣጠቓላሊ ብቐጻሊ ድሕነት ህዝቢ ኤርትራን ኤርትራን ዝዕቈበሉን ዝምዕብለሉን መርሖታት እናሰሓተ (ወይውን እናጋሃሰ) ስለ ዝመጸ: እዚ ናይ ሕጂ ኣመራርሓ ናይ ኤርትራ ንሓንቲ ለይቲውን እትምነየሉ/ እትብህጎ ኣይኰነን። ሕጽረታት ናይ ሓውና ዓሊ ሳሊምን ደገፍቱን ‘The Third Way’ እውን ኣብዚ ይመስለኒ። እቲ ምትብባዕን ምትሕብባርን: ክንደይኳ ምስናይ ዘይተኣደነ ጽሮት ተዋሂቡ ኢዩ። ዝሓሸ ሜላ ነይሩ፤ ኣይሰድርሐን፤ ድሮ ዝፈሸለ ንህገደፍ ከምቲ ዘላቶ መድፍዕ እንተተኰሰውን ዝስቈራ ትሕዝቶ ኣይኰነን።

      ዝያዳይ እትፈልጦ ነጥብታት ምዝርዛር ትርጉም ኣይህልዎን: ብሩኽ መዓልቲ!

      • Hope

        Thanks for your input aite habte,
        There is one fact:
        Hating PFDJ should be differentiated form the National Security Interest.
        Moreove,without even starting a foundation,it is more than “Kibtset” to”bluff” non-stop.
        Why did you run away rather than fighting back? Why are people running away rather than fighting back ?Why are people repeating the same Weyanre litany rather than bringing Eritreans together and fighting in Unison?That is Kibtset and Kihdet,to say the least–
        Kemish adey hanquiluni,is NOT the way to go.
        Hiji Ewin Kidegmo:
        1)ንሕና’ሞ ብኸመይ ኢና ንሃገር ንሓሊ ናይ ለውጢ ሓይሊ ኢና ክንብል?፡
        a)ንረብሓ ኢትዮጵያ ዝተበየነ እገዳ ንድግፍ፡
        b)ሃገር ንምክልኻል ዘኽእል ዕጥቂ ንኸይንሽመት ንሃገርና ንዝተገብረላ እገዳ ነንጨብጭብ ፡
        c)ናይ ሃገር ናይ ምክልኻል ሓይልን ዓቐምን ነዳኽም፡ ነናእስ፡ ነቆናጽብ፡ ነላግጽ
        d)ብሰንኪ እገዳ ኣብ ሃገር ዘስዓበ ጉድኣት ከም ዓወት ንቖጽር።
        e)እገዳ ክጠበቕ ዝያዳ ጻዕሪ ንገበር።
        ’ኢትዮዽያ ሓያል ሰራዊት ሃኒፃ’ ከኣ ይብል ግሎባል ፋየር-ሃውስ; ( ድምጺ ኣመሪካ)
        But Eritrea is strictly banned from getting any military business–even NOT allowed to buy spare parts for the grounded Air Force.
        “Very,very NICE SANCTION!”

        • Hayat Adem

          እዚ ኩሉ ዝኸውን ዘሎ ከዓ ኣብ ትሕትን ብሰንክን ዓንዳሪ ስርዓት ህግደፍ’ዩ። ንህግደፍ ብምጽዳፍ ዘይፍወስ ሕማም ከዓ የብላን- ኤርትራ። ነዞም ዝበልካዮም ኩሎም ክንኣሊ ነቲ ብዘየድሊ ቀንጠብጠብ ጎቲቱ ዘምጸኦም ነውራም ስርዓት ፎእ ንበል። ነዛ ጭብጢ እንተሒዝካ ካልእ ደሓን።

          • Hope

            I agree Shikorina haftey BUT,BUT,?how? ,is the multi-million question.
            Just gettingrid of HGDEF without concrete Plan B.Have you ever built a house without a FOUNDATION?
            Emotions and hatred–alone will NOT solve the problem.
            There was and is, a serious motivation behind all the SERIOUS sanctions,which has put Eritrea into a big ? mark.
            Knowing this,I cannot swallow few peoples’ suggestions here,including yours,may be,specially if you are the student of YG?
            If there is a concrete Foundation/Plan B and a Security guarantee,enhe feres,enehe meda
            as far as weeding out the current system.

        • Habtegiorgis Abraha

          Hope,

          Eritreans who run away/ are running away, are doing their part, … and hopefully in time will do the rest of the job. Hope, may I politely invite you to run away, or if this is too minor of a role for you, to start to fight back. You have indicated that there is the need to fight back; although I need more clarification from you – what would be ‘your way of fighting back!’ Regarless that I have not … correct strategies, I totally agree that there is a need to fight back.

          I believe you are right, I run away. I would be interested though, to have your advice to enforce me to straighten it. I have said a lot of good promises to our people, albeil, I run away!

          For a start, I would again like to invite you to run away; and the moment you give this to your Eritrea and its people, I definely will step up my commitment – with your help obviously, we could together start the correct ‘Third Way’ or who knows join hands with those who are doing more than me and you!!

          Had I knew you in person,(not Hope) as you know me (Habtegiorgis Abraha) I could have myself done my balance sheet of my national contribution. Any way, if you honestly still believe, your 1a -1e would be the problems of Eritrea’s national security, these people however minority, are only expressing their feelings (ቅሬታታቶም) as much as you are expressing your feelings; they are not killing or making the Eritrean young running away, and weakening the position of Eri. N. Sec. ደጀ. ባህታ ሓጎስ ኣብ ሞት ምስ ቀረቡ ዝበልዎ ኪዕለልእ’ዶ ሰሚዕካ ትኸውን? ” .. ደለናኩም ጊዜ ምስ ሓሰመ!”

          ኪገርመካ: ንዓይ ንውልቀይውን እንተኰይኑ ካብ 1a- e ደጊምካ ጠቒስካዮ፡ ኣነ ዋላ ሓንቲ ካብኡ ኣይኰንኩን፡፡ ዓቕሚ ድኣ ሓጺሩኒ’ምበር ኣነስ ካብኡ ንላዕሊ ክገብር ኢየ ዝሓልም ነይረ:: ምስ ህግድፍውን ከምቲ ዘልዓልካዮ ጽልአይ ፖሊትካ ጥራሕ ኢዩ ምስ ቁስለይ ኣትየዮም (X-senior cader ‘SAGEM’) ፖሊትካሊ ኣሰንኪሎም ሰዲዶሙኒ – I run away.

          Hope, Eri National Sec has been slowly and systematically eroded through continuous natioal betrayals ((ውሽጣዊ ቅንጸላታት ኣብ ሜዳ፣ ኣብ ርእሲ ጀብሃን ህዝቢ ኤርትራን ውዲት ምስ ወጻእተኛታት፣ እንደገና ውዲት ኲናት ባድመ ’98 (ዝበለጸ’ኳ ኪግበር ኣጉል ትጽቢት እንተነበረ፡ ዘይፈልጥ ሰብ ኣሎ፡ ክሳብ ’98 ዝነበረ ጊዜ ብመጠኑ: ብመጠኑ: ዝሓሸ ምንባሩ፧) Hope, Eritrean National Security ኣገዲሱ ድዩ ናብ ባድመ ተጐዩ (’79/80 bwdit ዝተረከበት), is it to embolden Eri. N. Security that the young Eritrean is kept on the border)) – … let me stop here rather than going on listing issues that are as clear to you as me and to the world.

          I think as you have mentioned it – the problem is how to put in place correct strategies on how to manage to wage ‘fighting back’ for the freedom of the Eri people and for the Eritrean national security. ሓቦ በል Hope, ኢደይ ኢድካ ኢዩ ዝጽብቕ!!!

          Happy Easter!

  • Hope

    Aman,
    No surprise here.Keep hitting to the poing,albeit ina balanced,honest and truthful manner.
    It is very difficult to debate seriously and honestly in a forum where you have no clue as to who is who and as what their goal or intention is.I wish it was among us,honest and real Eritreans who know each other well so that we can comfortabley and hoestly debate for our best interest.
    Remember,there are lots of Pseudo-Eriteans, Weyane Agents,sell outs,hate groups,etc—-hence,there is no need of surprise here.There are also the same people using different nicks with different goals.
    Your statement “…. it is also worth to consider the wisdom of the other choice of being under Ethiopian rule” ,confused me as it did to our Vet,Habte Abreha—despite your clarification.
    Plus,in the future,do NOT pay attention to those who bite you for the sake of biting.
    I love you ballanced arguements and suggestions,which wil make cry those “Pseudo-Opposition groups”.

  • AMAN

    @HabteGiorgis, Abinet and others! ( same person or multiple it doesn’t matter!)
    Yeh ! you already know I am in the 1950’s . You’ve got it ! then will come the 60’s…
    then the 70’s and 80’s and 90’s……….I agree with you. Good observation.
    Yes I am in the 50’s………………then……….???
    Didn’t the the 50’s override the the 60’s ???

  • AMAN

    I do not understand it why so many so-called opposition members
    at Awate forum get so upset and angry when I critisize woynae rule
    of Ethiopia and its arrogant stance against Eritrea and the freedom
    of the Eritrean people and when I pinpoint some missed lessons that
    could be valuable for the solution everyone is looking for. But to find
    that solution one has to soberily and critically look into him/herself
    especially in such a circus of opposition politics in which it is going
    on and on through the same cycle. No wonder YG coined the word
    the ” circular journeys of our time “.
    All I tried to do like evryone else is to look for ways and clues and
    alternative ways that would contribute or lead us to the desired solution.
    Accordinglly, I posted some of my views in the hope that they would help
    the understanding of the problem and the best way to deal with it. Sometimes
    going back to history or viewing it from different angle as an alternative approach.
    Thus why should such opinion ( given free at personal and career sacrifice )
    would make people involved in political discussion forum angry and uncomfortable
    and create unreasonable uproar ?
    It seemed to me turning to the reference of our historical past mainly the era of the
    revolutionary struggle will help greatly with dealing with the current crisis we are in
    today if some amendments and changes are applied to it in a way to suit the present
    with more input from the diaspora and the intelligentsia towards the contributions of
    those at home and in the field which traditionally was neglected with contempt in the
    Armed struggle ( Ghedli) era. But this time the nature and form of the struggle ia and
    requires a little different input and methodology.
    That was the basis of my points here while I was participating in the opposition political
    forums for the past 20 years.

  • Hope

    Disclaimer: If I violated the Copy Right of the EPDP Website and the UNHCR,I take it back and request the AT to delete this comment/article.
    The Tragedy of the Centuary(Courtesy of Harnnet.Org and UNHCR)-Please refer to Harnnet.Org of the EPDP for details.
    “The Attempt of Safe Passage to the Sudan Turns into a Nightmare”—by UNHCR.
    Simret’s Story from Kessela,the Sudan:
    “It is not easy to find the route or people to help you flee,” Semret says. She put her trust in a smuggler recommended by a friend. She left with the smuggler and four male Eritreans, walking well into the night. Although Semret reached Sudan safely, she felt growing unease at being in a vast desert area notorious for kidnappings while her smuggler made secretive phone calls”.
    .
    “Suddenly, three men appeared in a pickup truck. “We were all running in different directions and scattered. They reached me first. I tried to escape again but they soon found me. I was beaten and dragged alone into their vehicle. “
    Semret’s three abductors drove her to an isolated camp consisting of a house and a few mud huts. Without anyone to pay a ransom for her release, she was subjected to daily beatings and rape.
    “They came at any time that pleased them. They would bring coke and cake. I lived on coke and cake for seven months.” Her voice falters as she remembers.
    “After I got pregnant, they stopped closing the house and I managed to escape.” Severely malnourished and dressed in a Jallabia (a long robe), Semret walked for hours to reach Kassala, a town 25m from the border. The UNHCR office in the town was contacted and she was brought to a guesthouse where she received counselling before being driven to a refugee camp”.
    BTW and FYI,she did NOT abort her pregnancy/ baby but gave birth to Hiyabel(Hiyab Amlak=Gift of God)
    I hear you Hailat….
    “Ezi ewin kihalif eyu”!!!
    The Tragedy of the Centuary(Courtesy of Harnnet.Org and UNHCR)-Please refer to Harnnet.Org of the EPDP for details.
    Simret’s Story from Kessela,the Sudan:
    “Suddenly, three men appeared in a pickup truck. “We were all running in different directions and scattered. They reached me first. I tried to escape again but they soon found me. I was beaten and dragged alone into their vehicle. “
    Semret’s three abductors drove her to an isolated camp consisting of a house and a few mud huts. Without anyone to pay a ransom for her release, she was subjected to daily beatings and rape.
    “They came at any time that pleased them. They would bring coke and cake. I lived on coke and cake for seven months.” Her voice falters as she remembers.
    “After I got pregnant, they stopped closing the house and I managed to escape.” Severely malnourished and dressed in a Jallabia (a long robe), Semret walked for hours to reach Kassala, a town 25m from the border. The UNHCR office in the town was contacted and she was brought to a guesthouse where she received counselling before being driven to a refugee camp”.
    BTW and FYI,she did NOT abort her pregnancy/ baby but gave birth to Hiyabel(Hiyab Amlak=Gift of God)
    I hear you Hailat….
    “Ezi ewin kihalif eyu”!!!

  • Hope

    The Tragedy of the Centuary(Courtesy of Harnnet.Org and UNHCR)-Please refer to Harnnet.Org of the EPDP for details.
    Simret’s Story from Kessela,the Sudan:
    “Suddenly, three men appeared in a pickup truck. “We were all running in different directions and scattered. They reached me first. I tried to escape again but they soon found me. I was beaten and dragged alone into their vehicle. “
    Semret’s three abductors drove her to an isolated camp consisting of a house and a few mud huts. Without anyone to pay a ransom for her release, she was subjected to daily beatings and rape.
    “They came at any time that pleased them. They would bring coke and cake. I lived on coke and cake for seven months.” Her voice falters as she remembers.
    “After I got pregnant, they stopped closing the house and I managed to escape.” Severely malnourished and dressed in a Jallabia (a long robe), Semret walked for hours to reach Kassala, a town 25m from the border. The UNHCR office in the town was contacted and she was brought to a guesthouse where she received counselling before being driven to a refugee camp”.
    BTW and FYI,she did NOT abort her pregnancy/ baby but gave birth to Hiyabel(Hiyab Amlak=Gift of God)
    I hear you Hailat….
    “Ezi ewin kihalif eyu”!!!

  • Hope

    Quote of the Month(Courtesy of meskerem.net):
    1)ንሕና’ሞ ብኸመይ ኢና ንሃገር ንሓሊ ናይ ለውጢ ሓይሊ ኢና ክንብል?፡
    a)ንረብሓ ኢትዮጵያ ዝተበየነ እገዳ ንድግፍ፡
    b)ሃገር ንምክልኻል ዘኽእል ዕጥቂ ንኸይንሽመት ንሃገርና ንዝተገብረላ እገዳ ነንጨብጭብ ፡
    c)ናይ ሃገር ናይ ምክልኻል ሓይልን ዓቐምን ነዳኽም፡ ነናእስ፡ ነቆናጽብ፡ ነላግጽ
    d)ብሰንኪ እገዳ ኣብ ሃገር ዘስዓበ ጉድኣት ከም ዓወት ንቖጽር።
    e)እገዳ ክጠበቕ ዝያዳ ጻዕሪ ንገበር።

    ’ኢትዮዽያ ሓያል ሰራዊት ሃኒፃ’ ከኣ ይብል ግሎባል ፋየር-ሃውስ; ( ድምጺ ኣመሪካ)
    But Eritrea is strictly banned from getting any military business–even NOT allowed to buy spare parts for the grounded Air Force.
    “Very,very NICE SANCTION!”
    Hailat,are you there? Is this you?

    • haile

      Hi Hope,

      I have just read your question on the HR initiatives that need to be taken to help our people. I will give you my input a bit later today. For now, let me give a quick reply to mentioning me with regards to arms embargo. You do know that Eritrea was not slapped with this embargo at independence, in fact almost twenty years later. The first arms embargo our country received was in 1999 – 2000 (along Ethiopia) in connection to the on going border conflict. That was lifted and the second and more serious one has been imposed in 2009. Yes, I was dismayed at its imposition but there is nothing we can do now. People try to look at it in connection to imagined threat from Ethiopia. That is the least of my worries to be frank with you. There is more sinister and dangerous side to it. The regime in Eritrea is effectively decapitated and is not in a position to sustain any conflict for a reasonable time. It would be unable to mobilize heavy military pieces and carry out effective field communications because it has severe limitations on restocking and supplying its armament cache and depot legally. That tells you how the security of our country is compromised. We know that the regime had ample time to mitigate the likelihood of this embargo, but chose the confrontational route. There is nothing it can do now, short of granting SEMG unfettered access to investigate. Such investigations are thorough and would include the Office of the President himself. It is that serious. Saddam was asked to let investigators into his palace, he refused and they went in anyway after hanging him (or before). IA didn’t consult Eritrean parliament to decide his activities in relation to Somalia or the region. He did what he pleased while being ululated by Nhna Nsu. Well, what can we do now? Beat up the UN, the Woyane, the IGAD, the AU, virtually the whole world??? Or ourselves for pathetic and stupid ways of acting beyond one’s means and capability? If you believe that the AT can write a nice article about EDF to wish away its predicament, that is just pompous. Let’s just think how we can eventually have it lifted and assure the region and the world that we are responsible members of the inl. family of nations. IA is arrogant and inspired his followers to take one the entire world…and we see where it has got them.

      • Habtegiorgis Abraha

        Haile, this I believe, is brilliant: “Let’s just think how we can eventually have it lifted and assure the
        region and the world that we are responsible members of the inl. family
        of nations.” My question would be ‘what comes first?’, and although I don’t know your position, how would that responsible nation come to exist? hope all the best!

      • Hope

        Hailat,
        I need your honest clarification then as to why Eritrea is subjected to that kind of scrutiny–besides the lame/hankas allegation that Eritrea was supporting the Al shebab.
        We all ,Haile included,know the Facts but the Facts.
        BTW,
        While awaiting for your clarification,I have to inject one shot, that it was confirmed repeatedly that the role of Eritrea in helping the Al Shebab was minimum,at best.
        I am glad that you realized,albeit belatedly,the Sanction has put Eritrea and Eritrea in the most dangerous security risk–including putting the VERY existence of Eritrea being under Threat as a Nation—due to :
        -The well coordinated, all kinds of evil acts under the SUN-by the weyanes fully backed by the USA/EU—-,which all have led to the misery of eritreans,the Youth mainly—-etc—-
        Now knowing all these FACTS but FACTS,it is beyond absurd to point the finger at PFDJ exclusively,and knowing well that the final goal being to kneel down the only Power protecting Eritrea,albeit/despite its weakness,atrocities,etc–
        Semere Tesfay’s and that of Hussein Younis’ arguements emanate from this serious and realistic concern.
        Do you really believe from the depth of your heart that,these, almost a centuary old enemies of Eritrea,who never wanted the existence of the so called Eritrea,are honestly doing all these to save Eritrea and Eritreans?
        Are you making a real and honest U-turn or you are just expressing things for PR consumption/gimmick?
        As to your suggestions for reversing those dangerous sanctions,I welcome them provided they are honest and productive.
        That exactly what few honest debators–Semere Tesfay and Ali Salim on the forefront,have been arguing,i.e.,Eritrea First—-

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