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Beware Of Warmongers

If you notice, most fires of war are fueled by those who would not be burned by it. To them, it is just like a movie, you cheer one side against the other and no matter who wins, you forget about it the moment you see another movie. The violence in movies is make-believe, the people who die actually never do, therefore, producers include gruesome violence to satisfy the viewers. However, in actual wars people die, properties are destroyed and families fall apart. It is unlike the fake wars of pyrotechnics that actors fight, earn millions, and laugh about it.

Most Eritreans and Ethiopians would remember the time between 1998-2000 when a few pretend knights sat around a table in a coffee shops, analyzing battles on tissue papers. They were busy drawing attack lines and cordons around dots representing enemy forces, that they would finally decimate by drawing arrows and star-burst signs. At the end, the tissue-and-pen generals who led armies sitting at a coffee shop declared victories, while at the battlefront, people were being killed and mutilated. Thus the agitators planned and waged wars from safe places, thousands of miles away.

I came to America in the middle of that despicable border war and I was shocked by what I found–many people getting a kick out of the gruesome war. Where are they now? Did they lose anything at all? Nothing. Those who were young now probably have children going to schools; those who already had children, probably danced at their children’s weddings, and the children are most probably working and earning–the agitators of yesteryears are peacefully retired in the West. Mind you, those were the warmongers who made me enemy number one for opposing the war.

The casualties of the war are remembered by their families, while the pen-and-tissue generals never remember the unlucky who lost their lives in that ugly war. At the end, all the blood was shed to satiate the egos of monsters. Worse, some are still at it, cheering the PFDJ government to continue tormenting Eritreans. And we know most of them in the Diaspora. Unfortunately, over ten-years later, Eritrea is suffering from the repercussions of that war that is still damaging our region.

The Nile Card

To the hyper-nationalists, both Ethiopians and Egyptians (and some Eritreans included), the political squabble over the Nile is another opportunity for a pastime, for an ego-massaging, when they should know better.

Though there were occasional outbursts and bravado, so far the Ethiopian government has generally been cautious in making official statements; the attitude of the Egyptian professional politicians is disappointing except for some level-headed people.

It is important to remember that the Nile is not a local stream; there are laws that govern the use of international rivers. Ethiopia has the right to use the river to develop its territories just like any other Nile Basin country. If successfully completed, the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is an ambitious project that would contribute to developing Ethiopia. The right of Ethiopians to benefit from the Nile is natural and it should be supported.

On the other hand, no one should question Egypt’s right to use the resources of the river, and it does; it has been using it extensively since creation. And in modern times, since 1964 when it built the Aswan dam which irrigates millions of hectares of farmlands and produces over 2 Gigawatts of electricity. No doubt the Nile is the lifeline of Egypt. If Ethiopia would unilaterally block the river (which it can’t do legally and technically), or drastically decrease its flow in a way that would have adverse effects on Egypt, I will support Egyptians in their outrage. But that is not the case here. Actually the Nile water is not the case, because properly managed, it is enough to contribute towards the development of the entire region and would alleviate food-shortage in the famine-prone Horn of Africa.

Major Stakeholders

Egyptian chauvinism worsened after Sadat came to power and since then, Egyptians act as if they are the sole holders of the title to the Nile River. They forget there are immediate stakeholders to it: Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda–with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Eritrea as observers. Ethiopian chauvinists also act as if they are the sole owners of the river, and as if the river has a tap they can shut at will. Chauvinists and bigots from both countries (and others) should be shamed and challenged.

In my opinion though, Eritrea and Congo have nothing to do with the issue. They can go ahead and use all the water that is produced in their territories before it reaches the Nile–I don’t think it would make that much of a difference to the volume of the Nile. That would help, particularly Eritrea, to use the water more productively. We are now left with the real stakeholders of the Nile: Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Egypt.

1. Uganda

In a brief interview with an Egyptian journalist, president Museveni of Uganda stated:[i] After he took power in 1952, Gemal AbdulNasser started to support all the liberation struggles in Africa, and they all established offices in Egypt, therefore, the National Ugandan council was among those who had an office in Cairo. He said, “There were other offices, from Zambia and South Africa, all of them were there.” Then commenting on Egyptian relations with the rest of Africa, Museveni said, “I told the current president [Mursi], there was no Pharaoh, Turks, or the family of Mohammed Ali [Egyptian rulers] who ever visited the source of the Nile.”

President Museveni mentioned how the ex UN Secretary General, Butros Ghali, wasted his time when Uganda wanted to build power generating capacities on the White Nile. Butros Ghali said that “Egypt will be affected.” But Museveni had an environmental argument: if Ugandans (and others) do not find energy in the form of electricity, they will cut the trees to use as fuel and that would interfere with rain in the region and the Nile would be affected. Therefore, it is in the interest of Egypt to have power generating capacities in the upper Nile region.

Uganda needs to be helped to build dams to generate power.

2. Ethiopia

When I interviewed the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (April 13, 2011) this is what he said:[ii]debate on distribution of The Nile issue, was really a bogus issue… because if you were to treat the Nile basin–and the most sensitive part of the Nile basin is the so-called eastern Nile, the Nile that goes from Ethiopia to Sudan and Egypt–because 85% of the water that goes to Aswan comes from Ethiopia. This part of the water, Nile, which is supposed to have shortage of water, doesn’t have shortage of water; it only has shortage of money. Ethiopia is structured to be the power generating center of the Nile, geographically. Sudan is, geographically, created to be the main agricultural producer of this region. Only the delta part of Egypt is supposed to produce goods, agricultural goods. And so if you use the Nile water in a rational manner, there would not be any shortage of water… if you build dams in Ethiopia and removed Jebel Awliya from Sudan, it is useless; it generates 17 mega watts of electricity but exposes Nile water to evaporation in unheard of proportion. So you don’t need the regulation of Jebel Awliaya because the water would have been regulated [in Ethiopia]. And reduce the operating level of Aswan Dam, you would have enough water to irrigate more than a million hectares in Ethiopia; and 4 to 5 billion cubic meters of additional water for the Sudan, and Sudan can use the water better than anybody else. The Egyptians themselves have a water conservation project which will end in 2017. And their plan is to save 8 billion cubic meters of additional water. Now, unless they want to take this water and let it evaporate in the desert, they don’t have land that requires 8 billion cubic meter of water. So it is not really about water, it is about politics and power.

Meles’ economic vision makes sense: Ethiopia produces electricity, Sudan food, and Egypt becomes an industrial hub. Everyone benefits.

3. Egypt

So far, the best articulation of the Egyptian position (the sane Egyptian side) was made by Abba Daniel of the Egyptian Coptic Church: “There is an effect that no one talked about: the psychological effect on Egyptians. Historically it is known that the Nile River gives stability, and security, and the people enjoy peace because the water is guaranteed. I think the water problem is the fundamental problem and this will cause psychological instability to the people, because if the water [flow] is affected, the people [would be] agitated: would the water come? Would we drink, would we [be able to irrigate] our farms? This is a psychological point. I think one of the important solutions is dialogue with international guarantees–containing the crisis through international organizations that [should] participate with us in the dialogue to convince all parties. It is important for the common interest of all the states.[iii]

I think Egypt suffers only of artificial hysteria created by partisans for political benefit; the hyped noise should not be taken seriously.

4. Sudan

Until recently, Sudan’s position has been, let Egypt and Ethiopia fight it out and tell us the result. Now it seems it has become proactive. “Sudan’s information minister and government spokesperson Ahmed Bilal Osman insisted … that Sudan would benefit from the controversial Ethiopian renaissance dam and stressed that Ethiopia has engaged Sudan in all operations associated with the dam building.[iv]

In what seems to be a regret, the Sudanese minister said, “… Sudan sacrificed 22 villages and a million palm trees and an entire civilization in the far north in order to allow the Egyptians build the Aswan dam in 1964.[v] That social and environmental disaster has been forgotten except by the inhabitants of Halfa whose region was buried under the Aswan dam reservoir. They moved them to Halfa AlJedida.

The recent Sudanese statements (and the gossip of Egyptians politicians behind closed doors that were not closed) testify that the Sudanese subscribe to Meles’ vision.

5. South Sudan

South Sudan has not made any noise so far, but if it did, I suspect it would be related to the Sudd swamps covering an area between 30,000 to 130,000[vi] square kilometers, depending on the season. The Jonglei canal project that was supposed to bypass the swamps to control water flow and use the swamps efficiently, was stopped during the Sudanese civil war decades ago. Given the tension between the two Sudans, I do not think its construction would restart anytime soon. If it did, the canal might have adverse effects on the pastoralists of the region but the water in the Sudd (and the land) would be efficiently managed. It would be an ideal solution provided the interest of the pastoralists is put into consideration. Until then, the South Sudan is not even successful in exploiting it oil fields, the only meaningful source of income it has. The Nile doesn’t seem to be their priority at this moment.

South Sudanese leaders are busy consolidating their grip on power and practicing the recipe that worked for the tyrants in the region: controlling the economy of the country

Facts : Volume of Nile water

Ethiopia will fill the dam, but once the dam is filled, it cannot keep filling it indefinitely. For the turbines to run, the water must flow. Otherwise there is no point in building a hydro-electric dam. There might be a shortage of water, about 55 billion cubic meter (BCM) spread over the period it takes to fill the dam.

The Aswan Dam, with a capacity of 132 BCM, is twice the size of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and it took 13 years to be filled to capacity. Thus, the Ethiopian dam might take 5-6 years to fill depending on the filling plans and amount of rainfall. But water shortage would be offset by the evaporation it would save; Ethiopia says its dam will conserve 6 BCM while the Egyptians plan to conserve 8 BCM by 2017. If that turn out to be true, the volume needed to fill the dam would be offset in less than a decade.

In the late seventies and eighties, Sadat of Egypt was even entertaining the idea of selling Nile water to Israel through pipes that would run under the Suez Canal. He reportedly told the Israelis, “Why not send you some of this sweet water to the Negev Desert as good neighbors?[vii] Sadat considered himself a Pharaoh who can dictate his terms on the use of the Nile. For example, the Toshka agricultural irrigation scheme of upper Egypt was initiated because there was excess water in the Aswan Dam reservoir. Go to Google Earth and search for, <Toshka lakes, Egypt> and you will see the excess (wasted) water that created the useless lakes. Egypt has excess water and it misuses it; the evidence is the creation of the Toshka lakes. Mubarek didn’t fare any better, maybe worse than Sadat.

The insane Egyptian version

Historically, there were always forces that worked hard to control Egypt through the Nile; always busy conspiring to choke Egypt by using Ethiopia as a proxy to control the flow of the river. For years that had been the cause for tension between the two countries; the bigoted entities are still working to escalate the war of words, or to make it continue. One such entity is MemriTv (and several like it) that is run by a group whose sole mission seems to be tarnishing Muslims at any opportunity.

Politically, after the fall of Mubarek, Egypt is still unstable. There are gangs who still wield influence, those are people who enriched themselves during the reign of the last Pharaoh of Egypt, Mubarek. They are using the Nile politics as a rallying cause to agitate the people against the ruling Islamist government. That is why in the last demonstration those who harassed the respectable Ethiopian Ambassador Mahmoud Derir and his embassy staff, are actually an alliance led by an Egyptian Coptic political action group.

There is an ancient spiritual connections between the Egyptian Coptic Church and the Ethiopian Tewahdo Church. Until recent history, the Ethiopian Church was under the Egyptian Church to the extent that it had influence in internal Ethiopian affairs. That shows the noise is targeting the elected Egyptian government, and the elected president. At the end, it is all politics.

On the other hand, there is nothing that arouses many hyper-nationalist Ethiopians as the cry of the “Arabs/Muslims Are coming.” This prejudice has been entrenched in the Ethiopian (Abyssinian) psyche for over a century, since the days of Yohannes and Menelik, and because of it, the region had been paying dearly. When there is difference with any Muslim or Arab country, all the ugly Ethiopian racism pops up. The good thing is they are in the minority, though they keep agitating for a confrontation with Egypt and proposing foolish ideas that are un-doable, but can spread to the common person, and create havoc.

In such a situation, what we have to wish for is that cool headed Egyptians and Ethiopians do not be swayed by the noises of political agitation, instead they should think in terms of development. After all, no dam, however large and impressive, can develop a country marred in wars. Dams are supposed to function, and produce results, in an atmosphere of peace, not war.

Egypt, after it was the torch of freedom that sponsored almost all of Africa’s anti-colonial organizations–from South Africa to Libya, from Somalia to Congo–Egypt, that was focused on Africa under Gemal AbdelNasser, was defaced by Anwar Sadat who severed all its ties with Africa and the Arab world. His economic policies were a disaster that made Egypt a basket case after it was developing fast in the sixties. Sadat’s successor, Mubarek, had no policy, he just followed on the footsteps of Sadat and destroyed what was left of the Egyptian persona.

When Sadat came to power, emboldened by the victory of the 73 war (which was planned under Nasser), he immediately spread arrogance in Egypt, looking down on Africa. The entire political atmosphere of Egypt towards Africans was poisoned… that is why you hear Egyptian politicians saying “I talked to the Africans” in a belittling tone.

Back to my main issues, just like Sadat introduced bad politics to Egypt, Isaias has done the same in Eritrea by introducing vulgarity and arrogance in our politics. That is how Eritrea is being damaged under Isaias; our political discourse is now based on derision and belittling of others.

At this moment, some Egyptian are contemplating emboldening Isaias, to use him as a proxy to get at Ethiopia. The way they want to play Eritreans as foot-soldiers for their own agenda is not what many Eritreans would appreciate. Why would they?

Sadly, I am personally enraged by the practices of some Ethiopian officials who think of the Eritrean opposition the same way the Egyptian politicians think about it–for example, the way Dr. Mohammed and Dr. Tariq Nur do. I am wondering: if someone would smuggle out a recording of a closed meeting of Ethiopian officials discussing issues in relation to Eritrea, would it be any different from that of the Egyptians?

In conclusion, we Eritreans have become pawns because we failed to remove a brutal regime at home that keeps endangering the people and exposing them to such cheap blackmail. I urge level-headed Egyptians and Ethiopians, not to be guided by the emotions and egos.


[i] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1al8RkiJyMI&feature=share
[ii] http://awate.com/awate-com-interview-meles-zenawi-sizes-up-the-region/
[iii] http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article46886
[iv] http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article46886
[v] Ibid
[vi] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudd
[vii] Washington Post, 7 Sept. 1979.
Other sources:
www.ethiopianconsla.org/Documents/BONDINFORMATION.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Ethiopian_Renaissance_Dam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aswan_Dam

Google map search result for: <Toshka lakes, Egypt>
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  • Selam

    Saleh,
    The arab-israeli war and Eritrean highschool sentiment favoring israel is still lingering on your head:-) You rememebr when students used to say to echo Israeli’s victory over arabs- Gerenalen:-)

  • hilina

    Ethiopia has the right to build the Dam,Eritreans has the right to remove the dictator,but both of them are late.

  • YAY

    Dear All The critical issue is Control of the Natural Flow of the Nile River waters

    Egypt and Ethiopia could use the Nile waters based on international law or bilateral treaties. Existing treaties do not prevent Ethiopia from using the Nile waters. The only requirement is that Ethiopia may use in in consultation and agreement with Sudan and Egypt. It seems that nobody is making it clear that Ethiopia has started constructing a dam for whatever reason without acquiring the consent of Egypt and/or Sudan as is required by the existing treaties or new understandings between them. If that is the case Ethiopia’s action may be unnecessarily provocative.

    We should not be guided by the wrong questions like AdHanom Fitwi’s “ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝቐርቦ፡ ግብጺ ወይስ ኢትዮጵያ?” I would like to incorporate my response to his question here:

    ዝከበርካ አድሓኖም ፍትዊ፡ ፍትሓዊ መርገጺ ምሓዝ ድዩ ዘድልየና ናብ ዝቀርበና ምዝዛው፧እቲ ናይ ርሕቀት መዐቀኒ እንታይ እዩ፧

    ከም ኤርትራውያን፡ እቲ ንግብጺ (ወይ ምስሪ) ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ዘገራጭው ቀንዲ ነገር እንታይ እዩ፧ ከመይ ዝበለ መርገጺ ወይ መምርሒ ኪህልወና ይበልጽ፧ ወዘተ ንዝብህል ሕቶታት ምምላስ ደኣ እዩ ዘድሊ። ኣብ ነፍሲወከፍ ሕቶ ግቡእ ሓቀኛ መረድኢ ወ ሕጊ እተመርኮሰ ፍትሓዊ መርገጽ ምሓዝ እዩ ዘድልየና እምበር ብቀረበይ ቀረብካ እንተኮይኑ እሞ ፍርደገምድል ኣድላዊ ዘይፍትሓዊ መርገጺ ኪኸውንዩ።ብ መን ይቀርበና ወይ ይርሕቀና ምኻድሞ ወገናውነት እዩ። ካብ ፍትሒ ርሒቅና ናብ እታ ትቀርበና እያ ኢልካ እትኣምነላ ኢትዮጵያ ምዝዛው ቅኑዕ አይኮነን። ኢትዮጵያ ብዛዕባ ኣጠቃቅማ ማያት ፈልግ ኒል፡ ምስ ሽዑ ብብሪጣንያ እትግዛእ ዝነበረት ግብጺ፡ ኣብ ግንቦት 15, 1902 ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ፡ ዝፈረመቶ ውዕል ኣሎ። እሱ ድማ ከምዚ ዚስዕብ ይብል፡

    “His Majesty the Emperor Menelik II, King of kings of Ethiopia,engages himself towards the Government of His Britannic Majesty not to construct or allow to be constructed, any works across the Blue Nile, Lake Tsana or the Sobat, which would arrest the flow of their waters into the Nile except in agreement with his Britannic Majesty’s Government [in Egypt] and the Government of the Sudan.” [Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. “The Nile Treaty”, OCCASINAL PAPERS, No.9:East Africa, p.7]

    ኢትዮጵያ ምስ ግብጺ ብምልዛብ ዶ እያ ሓጽቢ ክትሃንጽ ጀሚራ ወይሲ ከይተረዳድአት፧ ቅድሚ ኩሉ ነዚ ሕቶዚ ብግቡእ መልሶ፡ ድሓር ርእይቶኻ ትልግሰልና። ፈለግ ኒል ቅድሚ ኢትዮጵያ ወይ ግብጺ ከም ሃገራት ምምስራተን ዝነበረ እዩ፡ ንዘልዓለም እውን ኪቅጽል እዩ። ናይ ሕጺር ግዜ ጥቕምኻ ብምቍጻር ጥራይ ንነዊሕ እዋን ዘገልግል ፍትሓዊ መርገጽ ስለዝረሳዕካዮ ጽቡቕ አይገበርካን። ንግዜኣዊ ጥቕሚ ቢልካ ንሓደ ወገን ምድጋፍ ካብ ፍትሒ ርሒቅካ ናብ ወገናዊ ኣድላውነት (partisan prejudice) ወ ተበላጽነት (opportunism)ምዝንባል ስለዚኾነ ውዒሉሓዲሩ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣይኪድግፎን እዩ፡ ከም ዚመስለኒ። ንህዝብታት ኢትዮጵያ ወ ኤርትራ ሰላም ዘድሊ ድማ መንግስታት ኢትዮጵያ ወ ኤርትራ ኣብ ምርድዳእ፡ ውዕላት፡ ኣህጉራዊ ሕግታት፡ ሕቀኛ ሓበሬታት፡ ወዘተ ዝተመርኮሰ ዝምድናታት እዩ። ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝቀርበና እቲ ፍትሒ ዚኽተል ደኣምበር ብድፉኑ ኢትዮጵያ ወይ ግብጺ ኣይከውንን።

    • hilina

      u r non-sens the rule also belongs to Egyptions,but they dont inform Ethiopa what ever they did.SO WHY U need Ethiopia to informe.go to heel.Ethiopia has the right to build and we Eritreans support this right.

    • mario

      Yay,
      Half information is not complete subject to waste your time. The document you inserted do exist, but wastified and signed buy king Minelik. It doesn’t have amharic or tigrigna translation hence it’s invalid.that why even Egypt never brought the case forward. When to parties agree internationally it would be a treaty that both parties should abid, here it is only the beneficiies are the signitories. Can you imagine that the Egyptian agree on giving asem to Yemen without the Eritrean people consent. That’s what happened here.
      If you intentionally brought this to question our intelligence, forgive yourself. If it’s humble information, it lacks evidence and resources to make it complete.
      But also I Thom the debate matters to all African and the world. The writer has a good point, and thank you the rationale prospective of it; regardless who’s the actors the whole region would be harmed if there is no peace.

      • mario

        # was never ratified

  • Tazabi

    “On the other hand, there is nothing that arouses many hyper-nationalist Ethiopians as the cry of the “Arabs/Muslims Are coming.” This prejudice has been entrenched in the Ethiopian (Abyssinian) psyche for over a century, since the days of Yohannes and Menelik, and because of it, the region had been paying dearly. When there is difference with any Muslim or Arab country, all the ugly Ethiopian racism pops up. The good thing is they are in the minority, though they keep agitating for a confrontation with Egypt and proposing foolish ideas that are undoable, but can spread to the common person, and create havoc.”

    This article as a whole is whitewashing Egypt’s conduct. True among Ethiopian Christians there is suspicions of the intention of Arabs. This is not to be condoned but we have to put matters in prespective. In the long history of Ethio-Egyptian relations, when was Egypt friendly to Ethiopia. It has always sided with anti Ethiopian elements. They also tried their hands on invading Ethiopia twice 1872 and 1874. When did Ethiopia attempt to invade Egypt. Even attempt to harm Egypt in any way. The racism Arabs in general and Egyptians in particular show to Ethiopians is not matched by Ethiopians. We are witnesses to thousands of Ethiopians who perish in Arab land. Treated like animals in the Arab countries. Their body parts sold as spare parts. This is happening in our own times. Just listen to the talk of the Egyptian parliamentarians openly threatening a sovereign nation. When we talk of Ethiopian suspicion of Egypt, we have to see it in this context.

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Hi Tazabi, I don’t think you did any Mettazeb on your own comment. You mentioned context and you asked me if listened to the Egyptian talk. I did listen to it, in its original Arabic.. so you can rest assured nothing was lost in translation.

      White washing Egypt’s conduct?

      My friend, you are an exhibit of my claim, some of you lose your rational the moment face Arabs and Muslims. You get me a hundred years old Egyptian conduct–Egypt is a foreign country and things could be seen in that conduct. What were your Kings doing to their own Muslim citizens at that same time? Be open minded my friend, go a little farther than simply Metazeb, read your own history.

      • Tazabi

        How did this degenerate into Christians Vs Muslims issue. What Ethiopian Kings did to Ethiopian Muslims is not Ethio-Egyptian issue. You are talking about Ethiopian baise towards Egypt/Arabs. There is a long history of Egyptians attempt to dominate Ethiopian affairs. Subverting the Ethiopian state. In the recent issue of the Nile Egyptian press was full of very offensive remarks since 2010. Non from Ethiopia. Even on the cyber room discussions where things go down to the gutter – Egyptian arrogance and racism was not matched by Ethiopians.

        How am I an exhibit of your claim. Did I say anything racist about Egyptians. Or just pointing out that on the balance Egyptian attitude in general about Ethiopia is more racist is considered racist.

  • Zererom

    I believe “Andnet” is the best and only option left for Eritreans.Because,even if Isayas Afeworki leave office and the rest PFDJ implements the Constitution,yet Ethiopia will never stop from provokating us now and then..Literally, we will be another Israel.But,at least Israel has the back of the West any time( That damn Religion is yet a factor)…So,instead of entertaining some sort of empty slogan like” Eritrea for Eritreans”, we should see the big picture merely for the Interest of the coming generations…The weyane Gov’t should recover the Ethiopian citizenship of the Eritreans and eventually.we will be one strong Nation….Forget those fake Historians like the one from Dallas…

    • From DC

      We ethiopians don’t need, we need you to be peaceful, apart from that what we have seen was destruction after medri-baheri comes back with new name “eritrea”. We don’t need that anymore, you chose to be independent you got what you want no going back now. There will be legal issue on border and port that is all. To much of our blood on that soil. With egypt, Italy, even some askaries who sided with enemies.

  • Araya

    Amanuel
    Melles, “Visionary “ I don’t what you think the likes of Haile but, can someone call out this guy and knack some sense to his deep and thick reptilian part of brain. How ignorant can you be to call a brutal dictator a visionary leader? Here you have it, which is all the Eritrean opposition has to offer. You wonder why the oppositions are in a million pieces, well because they contain people like Amanuel.
    Amanuel how come you never gave a credit to your good friend Bereket Simon? Please come clean and call him a visionary too. You must be suffering from some inferior complexity or some form of dementia.

  • asmara

    Haile said:

    “…Now, flip the page at the neo-andnet and some (albeit in tiny numbers) fanatics in our side of the border! Even an issue that concerned Ethiopians and that they were handling superbly necessitated them to attack their nation’s core values, history and identity of its founders. I am lost, where on earth can you find such pricks…..”

    Where indeed!

    He also said

    “….Even Somalis, after bleeding for decade and beaten to the ground, mustered to rally around Somalia when they sensed Ethiopia was invading them. There is no parallel to our lot, who were given a fully fledged and independent, in all sense of the word, nation on a golden platter made out of precious bones of its best and brightest…..”
    The mention of Ethiopia and Somalia here is merely for comparison and to make a Point.
    The point being this “ I hope they learn the real lesson here. Regardless of the temporal suffering, the nation comes first…..”
    Supper! So beautifully said! Thank you Haile.
    Now please look at what the Tourism Minister of Woyanie- Land, aka the Hidrat dude replied (Hilarious! Just could not stop laughing)
    “…..We have said many times to remove the conspiracy shadow from your cranial nerve to read Ethiopia of today correctly. The Ethiopians of today are completely transformed their political and psychological way of thinking…. all attributed to the visionary late PM Meles zenawi……”
    HUH?
    Then he goes on with his usual woyanie kissing ass routines and concluded with a tourism message (I guess the 13 Months of sunshine is not working anymore or may be died with Deg)
    “….Seeing is believing and those who are doubtful about what we are saying they might need at least on trip to change their mind. Welcome to the sane argument…….”
    This dude must have invested so much on Woyanie on a personal and higher level so much so as to fill obligated to defend Woyanie at every corner (Even when it is not necessary and no matter how out of context it is)
    But – How can individuals who go by Eritreans found their head up deep in Woyanie’s behind is beyond me. Sometimes, I really feel sorry for them. Well, their eyes are covered with woyanie’s sh**, so they cannot see clearly – but what happened to their brains? What happened to common sense? What happened to Eritreanism? – well, silly me, if they have brains, they wouldn’t place themselves in this position in the first place.
    Oh, by “Us” he means the other members of the ANW…..like, the Sirrays, the Gezaes, the Hayats – and the Meskelas….etc

    • asmara

      Correct “..to feel obligated…”

    • haile

      Selam Asmara

      The concept of a nation is sacred. It exists outside of temporal issues and is the main source of energy that defines a group apart from other groups. If one is devoid of this energy, they become weak and unable to support even their own weight. SG had made a very insightful observation when he asked “What would motivate you struggle for a nation you don’t believe in?” (my own paraphrasing). In deed, nothing would or could give you the needed energy to do so.

      Here is a video, a section of press conference during the EPLF-Derg peace talks, that can help you how someone who is estranged with with his nation’s soul and heart could look tired out old wood. Look at the Eritreans there (peace be upon them) and compare them to the other Eritreans we are remembering today. Both sets of people have left us, the question is with what though?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk7V8QWafMM

      One point of disagreement that I have with their defense is the current situation. But who said the current situation is going to be the only situation that the nation would ever be in.

      Also, look at how zelaqi selam or durable peace, was used as a decisive card to weaken our side. Hope you’ll be able to draw many more parallels. Watch, don’t go anywher:-)

  • asmara

    Eternal glory to our martyrs and mercy!

    Kibrin mogosn ni sematatna!

    Awet Nihafash!

  • haile

    Kokhob Selam

    Thank you for presenting a great and touching poem!

    Sema’Etat wet’ru y’zekeru!

    (Optional: awet n hafash :-) )

    • asmara

      (Optional: awet n hafash )? Really?

      Compare that to “Segud”, “Simerr Teserer…”, “Down Down…” all these idiotic things coming out of idiots

      • haile

        Selam asmara,

        I was once told that that there are people who never touched suwa or awet n hafash for many years, or even their lives, as is the case with some :-)

    • http://awate Amanuel Hidrat

      Kokhob Selam,

      beautiful poems…keep on and don’t forget to compile all your poems in a book form.

      Amanuel H.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Sure Amuni it is done already for all old poems. Thank you.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Thank you very much Haile.

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