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A Miserable Country Goes to War with Itself

Say what you will about outgoing president Trump, and despite the messenger, there are many countries in the word that fit this description, and the country in question is one of them. An epitome of the description. It is a country that recently decided to go to war with itself.

I will not name this country. Suffice it to say that, like its name, it is getting dark in that country, and I do not want to name a dark country. Not dark as in the color that the late Eritrean signer Yemane G/Michael called African Skin, but dark as in gloomy. Though it thinks of itself as superior to its neighbor, Sudan (The land of the dark-skinned), this country’s name also means precisely the same, just in a different language. Here is more hint: the country in question believes it was created 3000 years ago, that it is the first country mentioned in the Bible, that it has direct lineage to the wisest man— King Solomon. Nevertheless, it exudes none of his wisdom. Although the Bible’s book of love— Song of Songs, is attributed to this wise King, this country’s idea of love is “zerefa”, where a man goes to a village and kidnaps a girl of his liking to make her his wife. And many of you may remember soldiers from this country, speaking a strange language we knew nothing of; your childhood memories maybe vivid with the image of soldiers from this country kissing the church walls, praying to God, the God of Solomon, to be on their side as he marched away to burn villages, loot, and rape.

If the above information does not ring a bell, here are more hints. This county, like cows during the rainy season, craves sea salt. It has an insatiable thirst for salted water, and unlike the myths it promotes, it has forgotten that just mere 30 years ago, its sons drowned in the salty water that does not belong to it, humiliated, left to rot in brooks and creeks that do not belong to it, all for the sole purpose of carving a new mere. It has forgotten Santiago’s warning: that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And repeat history it did two weeks ago. The country has gone to war with itself, and no matter how this war will unfold, like all wars, no one has any idea how it will end; whether it will be short-lived or protracted. Its current leader, who fleeced the Noble Committee to secure the once highly respected Prize, for his rhetoric toward peace just got blind. This county’s current leader is a well-read person, but not in the Renaissance, nor Enlightenment, nor Classics knowledge, but well-read and steeped in SHAM. No offense to SHAM. I have read several of them myself.

SHAM is good. So our Ignoble Laureate, veraciously read SHAM and talked SHAM, and the Ignoble Committee was charmed and awarded him the Prize. After this leader pocketed the money and displayed the plaque, he shoved the SHAM and talked like a dictator, and acted liked a dictator and plunged the country into war, returning it to its roots, back to its pedigree, back to the only thing this country knows: Bloodshed, perpetual war. Even with the application of lightweight SHAM knowledge, this country would have fared better because SHAM is not what you are thinking. It is Self-Help and Actualization Movement. But lightweight as he is, the leader of this country confused, “Sky is the limit with Sea is the limit.”

Deja vu.1984, not the Orwellian 1984, but the real 1984, when this country with the longest river could not feed itself because another leader plunged it into war. The world was shocked and sang; we are the world. Brhan Woldu was a survivor and became a nurse, and now she may well be killed by the bombs while she helped the wounded. Irony. Her epitaph may read; survived 1984 when the skies restrained rain—died in 2020 when bombs rained from the skies.

An associated Press piece recently reported that Sudan is bracing for about 200,000 refugees from this country, which decided to go to war with itself. If any person in authority does not see this war as the beginning of protracted instability and a vicious cycle of violence in that country and the region, they must seek counsel from the mother and pastor who have taught him SHAM; that he was a special person, that he is destined for a higher purpose. There is nothing special about him, of course; every child is special to a parent, as the Sudanese proverb goes: every monkey is a deer to their parents.

My fellow Eritreans, subjects of the country that treats its citizens as slaves, your homeland is participating in the war that does not concern it, collaborating with those who once walked our land and spoke that strange language, looted and bombed our people, and even our donkeys. Do not be cowed by the PFDJ. Do not be like cows. Remember the Eritrean adage: cows drink water besides their butchers.

I have no clue how this war will end. I am not Cassandra to foretell the future, and so is the tormentor Isaias Afwerki. But one thing is for sure, the agonies of this war will be felt for decades.

I ask you, my compatriots, those who are cheering this war, do not underestimate this country’s ability to do tricks on you. Some of its dwellers, who are fanning this war, can change to hyenas during the night. And because of the impeccable environmental protection policies by the government of Eritrea, it will not shoot them. And in the morning, they will revert to humans, gleefully swimming in your salty water, quenching their sea salt craving, and when you come to shoot them to claim your healthy sea salt, they will change back to hyenas. The environmentalists in you will say, “Oh, we will not shoot our hyenas.” And then it will be too late, and the hyenas will beget Qtaws and will be fruitful and multiple as the Bible commands. They will wed hundreds of wives and own thousands of concubines just like the wisest king they trace their lineage to. A prophecy will be fulfilled. Do not be fooled by its delay. The Other War has commenced and colonel Jembere immortalized.

May this miserable country and all miserable countries rest! But not in peace

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  • Abay

    Dear all
    Mekele has fallen to the Federal forces.
    Abay

    • EritreanHillBilly

      Hello Abay,
      what does it mean? Have they captured the TPLF leadership?
      I thought the army and militia of Tigray was 200k strong, how can they fold just like that? Every major city in Tigray is in hands of Ethiopian Army…

      • Abay

        Dear EritreanHillBilly
        Thank you for the mail
        It simply means the war in its conventional form has ended and TPLF leadership is defeated. The surgical operation of capturing Mekele with minimum human loss has been successfully completed in a stunning and lightening speed. The junta butchers, barbarians and human eating cannibals have yet to be captured. I really don’t know how long that will take but they will definitely be captured. By the way your country needs people like you and please stay in the form and keep up your good work.
        My best regards
        Abay

        • Ayneta

          Abbay:
          Your remarks suggest feeble understanding of war situations. Just because your government has declared it is over doesn’t mean it is over. Abiy may have won this battle but the war is not complete. It may even harbinger ominous times to Ethiopia. Remember how George Bush declared to the world how the war in Iraq was over with the capture of Saddam Hussein? It dragged on for years to drain the US its soul literally.
          Don’t beat the drug yet. You don’t known what is in the horizon. If you can, pray for the country to come to its senses.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Ayneta. Obviously, you have a magnificat understanding of war situations given how your TPLF has fared; excruciating pain you must now be enduring.

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Hello Ayneta,
            You seem to be in denial. I thought the Tigray government had more 200k militia and soldiers in its service. However, within a month all major cities have been captured.
            Are you anticipating that the 200k soldiers or militias are going to be fighting a guerilla warfare?
            What exactly is ominous times mean in this case?
            There is difference between Iraq and Tigray? Tigray is an integral part of Ethiopia. It was never a separate country with its own leadership.
            Maybe you can compare it too Kurdistan of Turkey. The strange thing in Tigray’s case is that most its leadership were serving in leadership role in Ethiopia. It wasn’t an isolated previous for last twenty years.
            The speed with which the TPLF fell within its own land is surprising. I was expecting major battles and engagement. I don’t see any.
            It seems the TPLF leadership’s approach is talk big, play Russian roulette with “evangical” Abiy, and internationalize the conflict to reach or negotiate a deal for itself. For all the talk, the leadership of TPLF are ex-bureaucrat who spent twenty years in leadership role in Addis Ababa… they have no interest in guerilla warfare. They got comfortable in civil society.
            I don’t know how much IA had impact on Dr. Abiy… however if there is one person that you don’t want to play chicken or Russian Roulette with in the Horn it is IA… there isn’t a war or conflict that IA wouldn’t like to participate in… Human live means nothing to him.. especially other people’s live.

          • Selam EHB,

            A guerrilla warfare depends on the support of the local population, which is no more there in the new tigray. The regional government is a tigrayan government, rallied by a large number of supporters opposed to any guerrilla warfare, which will kill tigrayans and destroy tigrayan properties. The regional government is obliged to fight them. Unlike in the old days, their support base is insignificant. Most of tplf supporters are disappointed with it for destroying the lives of young tigrayans for the sake of its own interest, and for starting a war it knew it couldn’t win.
            Soon after their complete defeat, tplf may resort to urban terrorist insurgencies with bombings and assasinations, within and outside tigray, but it will not last long. or, there could be some loan wolves, confused and hopeless individuals who are among the losers and they may hope against hope to bring back tplf, in the same way a fanatic jihadist may act. That will be until they are picked up and thrown in jail.
            In the rural areas, their movements will be too conspicuous to hide, and unless the rural population is on their side, which it will never be anymore, they will run out of supplies and they will find it difficult to sustain themselves for a long time.
            These are not the 60s and 70s, the era of the cold war and revolutions. This is the post-ideology era, and no power is going to support criminals and terrorists. Armed struggle is anathema and it is labeled as terrorism, especially when it concerns tplf that had been a dictatorial regime for three decades and with its past and recent horrendous crimes.
            Look, no power, except the ones so-called experts on the politics of the horn of africa and journalists, people like martin plaut, alex de waal and others, lobbying for tplf, raised a finger to help tplf, which was taken, as a terrorist group, when the world learnt that it attacked the federal army in its sleep, which is treason.
            Therefore, what we read about tplf turning into a guerrilla fighter, is simply the opinion of those who find it difficult to accept that tplf is dead, because of the brainwashing and the belief they had of tplf’s grandiosity, that was never there. Unfortunately for them, they can’t resuscitate the dead horse, tplf.

          • Ayneta

            EritreaHillBilly:
            Like Lenny Kravitz said, It ain’t over until it is over……

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Ayneta,
            if after a pre-emptive all they can produce 45k refugee… please tell that song to refugee in Sudan. It seem all they were playing Russian roulette with the innocent people of tigray…

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Great news to hear that Wukro and Hawzen have now been liberated. The Ethiopian Government has today announced that it would liberate Mekele in the coming. 2 to 3 days.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Dongolo; i am hearing some explosions in Asmara and Dekmahare. any truth to that?

      • Dongolo

        Selam Nitricc. It has been fully anticipated as the TPLF in their 11th hour is desperately trying to drag in Eritrea to make matters have ‘International significance. Please see below issued by the U.S. Embassy in Asmara: ’Event: The Embassy received reports today that neighborhood wardens in some areas of Asmara, at the instruction of Eritrean government officials, have advised residents to remain indoors this evening. All U.S. Citizens in Asmara are advised to continue to exercise caution, remain in their homes, and conduct only essential travel until further notice‘.

      • Dongolo

        Selam Nitricc. Eritrean Press is indicating ‘The TPLF junta has fired numerous rockets at several Eritrean cities tonight in the last desperate attempt to internationalised the war inside Ethiopia. EP can confirm that the rockets in Asmara have landed near busy residential areas, but no casualties are recorded’.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Dongolo; i was listening to Challa Debele, the general leading the Raya front and he said something interesting. He said, we should control Mqelle in two days. No soldier let alone a general gives a time line of victory. You just don’t do that but for him to come out and say it, it means they are already in Meqelle and mobbing up the situations. I mean it is a written role you don’t cut time frame in a war, unless you control it. translation TPLF id dead. The same thing as a doctor won’t promise you anything. from my take again Weyane and their Eritrean thugs who support them are dead for good.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Nitricc. What boils me is the utter and complete silence of the ‘so-called’ Eritrean opposition while Eritrea gets hit with TPLF launched missiles which have hit residential areas. Completely shameless and useless are these treacherous pathetic lost souls.

    • Abay

      Dear Dongolo and all
      The Ethiopian military has victoriously entered Mekele.
      Thank you.
      Abay

  • Abay

    Dear Author of this article

    I read and reread your article. I do appreciate your capacity of language gymnastics. You must be an English language graduate! it reminds me of a gymnast. Like a gymnast who is confined to a narrow little space who fascinates the audience with all sorts of acrobatics and refined movements but is confined to a narrow little space and goes no where, your article is crafted beautifully. Your word choice, the imagery you create are sensational and you fascinate no less than the gymnast! Unfortunately they say nothing like the gymnast goes nowhere! Like popcorn that fills once mouth but is not there when one chews it, your article has nothing when one chews it. Only one thing. You insult Ethiopia, you call it “miserable”. That is not a word you attach to a country many revere. It is a sacred name for millions. I could have affixed this same insulting phrase to your country but I don’t! Many revere your country and in addition I respect it irrespective of whether I love it or hate it. Bottom line, you are one rude writer who does not hesitate to spit out words from a mouth not brushed, teeth still littered with bits and pieces of MacDonald’s junk food residue from a base of a parking lot you work. Please don’t you ever call my country miserable! You may attempt to teach me the meaning of the word miserable and try to convince me that it is no insulting, don’t even try! save your words. Why don’t you stick to your country problems and use your language acrobatics there and call your country miserable?
    I thank you and my regards.
    Abay

    • iSem

      Dear Abay:
      Thanks for your complement about the language. I try my best.
      !. I am not an English language grad
      2. I do not eat MacDonals.
      3. No, I am not going to l lecture you about the nuances of the word “miserable”. I initially called your country worse, I called it S**hole country as Trump called nation s like yours, but the Editor changed it, he has the right to do that, but I would have preferred to call you it worse than that.
      4. Do not get me wrong, I call my country the same too. So there is no preferential treatment here, so you know
      5.I brush obsessivley
      6. Sorry to disappoint you, I will not refuse to stick to m y country because your country has a role in the trouble of my S**hole country

    • Selam Abay,

      He is well known for such derogatory terms. What special interest groups say is not important. At one time he was begging the tplf government to invade Eritrea and depose the Eritrean government, in order to ascend to power with the blood of Ethiopians.
      Now he calls Ethiopia miserable from the depth of his miserable life, and even a s..thole country. Echoing his master donald trump, the loser president that ever resided in the white house.
      Because he has been collected and cared for by some other country, Canada, in his case, he has forgotten the miserable life he was in back home, and he believes that he has mutated to a superior human being, and now he looks down on the place and people he run away from and entertains the term s..tholes. What a despicable thing to say.
      You should understand the sour disappointment he feels. He had been counting on tplf that is now hiding in Mekelle. He is one of those who have been making the prophecy day and night that Ethiopia is about to disintegrate, and seeing her imminent triumph over her enemies, insulting her is all he can do to keep his sanity.
      These are times of happiness for some and times of utter disappointment for others, times of hope and that of despair, triumph and defeat, and that of winners and losers. Most importantly, it is the time of the demise of tplf and the bankruptcy of its supporters, and the rebirth of Ethiopia. Let everybody live with it, friends and enemies alike, winners and losers. Ethiopia will walk towards peace, economic development and democracy. as her enemies leak their wounds.

      • iSem

        Hi Horizon:
        I was going to tell you that you lied in this comment as it has become your character of later as you are blinded by your reclaim of power. But I will not do that instead I will tell you are not telling the truth in this comment although you were know as truth teller in your previous life, before darkness blinded you, usually brightness is what blinds people.
        I chose to follow Abay’s example, though he criticized me severely he has some class in him as was epitomized by his critical, yet respectful comment to me and what he said to A.Hidrat. I have never engaged him before but he sounds classy , so in that spirit, I will only tell you your comment is not true.
        1. My life was not miserable before, it was good, my dad run his own small business, that provided us good family income, I was going to school, loved my family, ate meals surrounded with my family where my father prayed and broke the bread, went to church, fasted devotley then came the arrests, the political issues in our country and we had to flee the city and suffered a bit ( others suffered more) and I even dogged plane bombing, albeit not too close to kill me. And I ask you if you know who was responsible for that. Be truthful?
        2. On asking for Ethiopian blood to remove PFDJ: again not true. I asked for cooperation, and your channelling something here Horizon as for you there maybe Ethiopian blood or Eritrean blood, for me there is only one kind of blood: human blood. And now, you are clapping for a war that is spilling Ethiopian blood, how hypocritical, at least be consistent when you decide to be not truthful

        3. You are still fantasizing about the great Ethiopia that will be even greater after this war. PP will mostly likely destroyTPLF but this war will not make your country great, it will weaken it, it will start its end as a country, your needled country is fragile and has become more fragile by declaring this war and sadly smart ppl like you are cheering it, like your fathers and older brothers or mentors cheered the war that uprooted me from my happy life and made it miserable and now that is being repeated and the Tigryans, Eritreans and other Ethiopians who are becoming refuges will come to haunt you not make you great, unless your idea of greatness is vicious cycle of reoccurring wars and battles
        4. Collected and cared by Candada, I am a citizen and pay taxes and I enjoy the benefits of taxes, do you consider yourself collected by the country where you live? I came here as a young person, but not through refugee claiming miserable person, you sound like Nitricc, I have told him how I came. That is cheap shot. Not that I believe coming as refugee is bad and you think it is bad, but your fellow Ethiopians will be collected and that is what you are cheering for.
        So, no matter how TPLF was belligerent Ithink there was no other means to solve this problem instead of bombing the living hell of a region that is part of your country, you tried it before, it did not work. This even worse because it is civil war, real civil war not like with Eritrea as Eriterans rebelled as they said they were not Ethiopians, Tigrayans believe they are Ethiopians, last time I checked
        If you were meaning well for Ethiopia, you would have challenged your government to solve this issue with TPLF by any other means save war, but your choice is telling, it is to make the good life of Tigrayans miserable like your elders did mine, just because TPLF defeated you, injured your ego and guess what, this will happen again, 10, 20, 30 years from now

        • Selam iSem,

          You speak of class and you showed your class by calling a country of 115M miserable and s**thole country. No person has the moral high ground to call a country like that. Every rational person has the obligation to respect a nation of as little as 5M people and even smaller, let alone a much bigger nation.
          Good for you that you were among the lucky and the well to do. Nevertheless, you were an immigrant. You didn’t return to your country. On the contrary, you went to a foreign country, with the good will of the government of that country. Your good luck may have given you the audacity to insult a country and its people. Maybe that is why you are insensitive about others, but very sensitive when you are at the receiving end.
          However you may have set foot in Canada, you didn’t arrive as a tax-paying citizen. As you seem to say, you are among the few lucky people. Good luck is an important factor in life, because there are many hard working young people who were not so lucky, and they ended up differently. Many have the qualities but not the chance to succeed in life. Success in life should have made you humble and not discourteous.
          Do you have the right to ask for human blood other than your own? You were saying, Ethiopia should not allow another failed state to the north of its border, as Somalia is to the east. It will be overrun by extremist islamic forces, which will put Ethiopia in danger. War is paid with blood and when you ask Ethiopia to invade Eritrea, you are asking her to shed her blood and shed the blood of Eritreans. Remember, you were not alone to ask for Ethiopian blood.
          Of course, as much as you are concerned tplf didn’t start the war, did not murder federal forces in their sleep, or massacred more than 600 unarmed civilians. In addition you are more or less saying criminals should go with impunity and repeat their crimes. That is your double standard, which i don’t support.
          The stumbling block for Ethiopia’s progress, and the political instability, is the poisonous legacy of mz’s ethnic federalism, which put Ethiopians against each other. In addition, over the last three years it was the power of tplf’s money that was destabilizing the country. Just take out this factor, what do you think would happen?
          You should have seen chaos in Ethiopia at this very moment when war is raging, if what you are saying holds water. On the contrary, Ethiopia is more peaceful and ethiopians are united. When Ethiopia gets rid of the poisonous tplf , it will be a peaceful country on the way to progress.
          Where are the ethnic groups tplf was expecting they will come to its rescue? They are nowhere to be seen. Ethiopia disintegrating after tplf is your wish and not the reality. With more than 100M people, a country with resources, internal enemies defeated, Ethiopia has every chance to become the economic powerhouse of the horn. Peace and progress will come to the whole region, and those who are dreaming of the disintegration of Ethiopia will be disappointed, you included. Economic development is the panacea, and ethiopia has every chance to succeed.
          Yes, Tigrayans feel that they are Ethiopians, but not tplf. Tplf came hating Ethiopia, tried to destroy it and it is going to face its demise still hating ethiopia. The life of Tigrayans will certainly be better, when they are freed from the jaws of tplf dictatorship. Don’t you see that the people of Tigray are abandoning tplf, and there are many of them who support the federal government? Tplf will be thrown to the dustbin of history, and Tigray with Ethiopia will be free and prospering.

          • iSem

            Hi Horizon:

            One of the marks of a class is to vehemently oppose civil war and yet you are fanning it, if you believe TPLF are criminal there are ways to bring them to justice instead of bombing the entire region, the weight of the federal government must mean something, so am on the right side of history and you are wrong and time will be the arbitrator
            About calling 100 million ppl miserable what does it matter how much is the population? and I did not call the ppl of Ethiopia that, i called the way the government is run and a country is called by its government,when I say Eri is dictatorship, do I mean all the ppl are dictators.But fact is fact, you and Abay may think your country is revered, it is a symbol murder, kidnap, famine and wars. So do not tell non truth about my comment

            And what none-sense is this you did not arrive as tax paying, it is like calling someone you were not born as a tax-paying and the reason I am tax paying was you insinuated that I was welfare collector by your comment of “collected by..”

            About what TPLF did to the north command, when did I say they did right, it was stupid and uncalled for unless they knew they were ready to attack them and even then, they could have solved it differently, they should have attacked their countries army, it, it was irresponsible
            Oh, how dare you? about 600 genocide, those who did it should be taken to the Hague, but speaking of genocide, that is also the mark of your “revered” country and that is why it is s**hole.

            You do not even have the guts to call that your country has a history of genocide.
            About blabbering about success, I never mentioned any success or luck,it is the voice you hear, like your schizzophrenia hears the voice every once a while and decides to shed blood
            So, if you debate on substance and even demolish my argument that your country is not what I called it, I can be convinced

          • Hi iSem,

            No, that is not about class you are talking, but about serving somebody’s interest and taking the other for a fool. Where did you see a person who committed a national treason to be left alone unpanished, when he ignores everybody and acts as if it is above the law, You want to tell us that you have no idea what plan tplf had for Ethiopia if it was not confronted. You are telling us to let it destroy the nation. Please keep your class rhetoric for yourself.
            What do you know how traitors are handled in other countries? It is disingenuous to say that tplf criminals, terrorists and traitors should be handled with class, whatever that means.
            If somebody ever tries to set your home on fire, I wouldn’t tell you to show class, but to defend your home. Tplf is not only criminal, it is destroying the country and you are telling Ethiopians to show class so that tplf has its way. Maybe you are taking us for naive people. They got what they deserved, and you are lamenting their demise.
            Ethiopia had been the victim of tplf for the last three decades, she was raped, robbed and tortured, and finally tplf came for the kill. She reacted, and you are shouting foul to protect ethiopia’s abusers. That is being a complicit. You are on the wrong side of history standing with the criminals.
            Please, go and read the title of your article,”miserable country..” at first you wanted “a s..thole country..”, as your title. You are lying when you say you didn’t mean that, although later on in your comment you still have the same opinion about ethiopia. When you talk about a country, you talk about the land, the people and the government. You had all these under consideration. You are not telling the truth.
            Whatever our country maybe, be sure we will not change her for Eritrea, which you seem to have forgotten completely, only giving lip service. She is not Canada.
            Don’t try to show us you are angry, because your anger is fake. You people may die of hate, but ethiopia will be around forever. Disintegration of ethiopia is the hallucination of a sick mind. Your hate for ethiopia has made you blind to eritrea’s predicaments. Look, any disappointed person can say anything he likes, he can lose his sleep over ethiopia, raise his blood pressure in his old age out of frustration, etc, but nothing is going to change. Call Ethiopia whatever name you like until your last days.
            It is impossible to prove anything to a hater. It is a waste of time. He is not going to be convinced and the ethiopian reality is not going to change, however he may present it. The future for ethiopia without the poisonous tplf is going to be bright to the disappointment of her haters.

        • Aron

          Hi isem,
          As much as I hate war, Abiy’s utterings and declarations that he won’t dialogue with wenbedes is reminiscent of the derg era. I grew up listening to that. Now that the Derg is back and Issaias (who does not even admit there is opposition to his one man government) is his chief advisor, war is breaking out from all corners like old days.

          I disagreed with you about Ethiopian troops coming to Eritrea in cooperation with Eritrean opposition to depose Isu before because they would have come to liberate ostensibly with ulterior motives. I don’ trust Ethiopian government and I still oppose that idea but isu with out consulting with the eritrean people have already let them in. I would however support Eritreans fighting to liberate tigray from ethiopia all day long because it is our land. In the process if tegaru (eritrea and tigray) get rid of issaias and his minions, more power to them. My only wish at this point is all our troops that are in Tigray cooperate with woyane and create a united front instead of shooting each other. Aron.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Aron,

            You said:

            “My only wish at this point is all our troops that are in Tigray cooperate with woyane and create a united front instead of shooting each other.”

            Are all Agazians as naive as you?

          • Aron

            Hi Simon,
            Not all of us, just me Simon. It is only a wish. Aron

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Sideline talk of U.S. pressured/brokered 11th hour clemency/relocation ‘arrangement’ for upper echelon TPLF members to avert unnecessary bloodshed.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam Semere A.,

    The title of your article should be ‘Another Miserable Country Goes to War with Itself’.
    Ethiopia is in good company, such as miserable Eritrea and many more.

    Remember what Donald Trump correctly said about African nations? He said, they are shithole (toilet) nations.

    So, now, we have bald men from shithole nations, begging bowl in hand, fighting over a comb.

    • iSem

      Hi Simon:

      Stop reading my mind, you have done it a few times. I initially titled my article as ” s**hole country goes to war with itself.”
      I was wondering where the hell you were, not commenting about this war, nice to see you back!

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Semere A.,

        I am not commenting that much these days because I am not from Eritrea or Ethiopia anymore. When people ask me where I am from, I mention some obscure South Pacific Islands nobody heard of, such as Vanuatu, the North East part, to make it even more obscure.

        I am just tired of trying to explain to Europeans, Americans and the rest about perpetual wars, coups, famines and refugee crisis in the shithole continent.

        At least why not try to invent something positive, such as a vaccine against the Wuhan China virus (I know there is a long list of lame excuses for being inept)?
        The Chinese communists at least hack and steal what they can’t invent.

    • Dongolo

      Selam Simon Kaleab. I really understand your feelings. Strange how spaces of days of yore, though difficult at the time, now serve as the basis of fond memories. Have a cold one for me! Hope however unrealistic, that we will in the future have the chance to enjoy one together.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Thanksgiving liberation of Mekele underway as Ethiopian Defense Forces moving rapidly on ex-Abala east flank. Ashgoda wind farm and Nile Petroleum near intersection under control with Doghea advance and 120mm mortars within range. Large numbers of TPLF surrendering.

    • Peace!

      Hi Dngolo,

      It is good to see the residents in the liberated cities are happily disarmed and cooperating in hunting the militias which is quite the opposite than what the “fanatic and incredibly rigid TPLF supporters” (thanks Hashela) have been spreading.

      Peace!

    • Eyob Chernet

      Source

  • Aron

    Hi,
    Happy thanks giving Awate nation. Don’t overeat and get fat. Prayers to the war affected brothers and sisters. Aron

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Aron,

      Thank you and welcome. What is your advice for those Vegan ?

      My advice is a deliciously cool, creamy & nut-free Vegan Onion Garlic Dip. Full of sweet roasted garlic & caramelized onion flavor & perfect for your next party!

      KS,,

      • Aron

        Hello kokhob,
        My wife cooks and I eat whatever is on the table. Half of the time i don’t even remember what i ate 10 minutes later. If I cook, oh boy, nobody eats except me. Aron

        • Abi

          Aron
          I’m the best cook. My dog is a witness.

          • Aron

            Abi,
            No argument here, I believe you. I hope your dog is alive after he ate what you cokked..aron

          • Abi

            Aron
            He is doing fine. If anything happened to him, the lady of the house will send me straight to the doghouse. Last time I checked it was not comfortable 🙂

          • Aron

            Abi,
            I know something about doghouse. Stay away. Aron

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abo.

            The best? Is your dog vegan?
            Abo remind me at weak end I will attach for the vegan cat.I think it is a Buddhist cat “Meet This Buddhist Cat Who Will Find Buddha Inside You” or search and find..

            KS,

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            ኮኮብዬ
            የኔ ውሻ በባህሪው በግ በሆዱ አንበሳ ነው::

            ይህ ቡዳ ድመት አለሳልሶ የሚቧጭር ወያኔ መሆን አለበት:: የድመት ባህታዊ አላምንም::

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abo,

            That is a subject for other day..

            This thanks giving day is everyday for us those vegans. Not once a year..

            KS,,

  • Abi

    Hello Awatenation
    I am 100% certain that Samuel and Paul are having ducks for Thanksgiving !
    How do I know this? Let me hear from you.

    • Hashela

      Abi

      Unlike few some die-hard TPLF supporters here, Samuel and Paulos took a break and stopped from bombarding us with falsehoods when they realized that their empire is about to collapse. By doing so, Samuel and Paulos maintained their dignity. Respect!

      • Abi

        Hashela
        What you said makes a lot of sense.
        You are saying that they are having chicken. Wherever they are, they are definitely chickening!

        • Hashela

          Abi

          Uncharacteristically, you are getting slow. Re-read my post that I wrote yesterday to you . It seems that የጽሞና ጾሎት is clouding your reading comprehension

          • Abi

            Hashela
            OMG!!!
            Yesterday I was kind of slowly warming up to catch up with your piercing sarcasm. Besides
            በፆምና ፀሎት ግንባሬ ተገጥቦ
            አቅም እያጠረኝ አንጀቴ ተርቦ
            አይኔ በእንባ ታጥቦ
            መረዳት ተስኖኝ ሽሙጡን አንብቦ
            Now I see what you did there.
            Of course, the medical, engineering and propaganda departments have been demolished!!

            I sincerely apologize for missing your beautifully crafted and deliciously presented sarcasm.
            I’m mad at myself.
            አይደገምም!

          • Hashela

            Abi

            Good boy. Here is the reward. snap it quickly

            https://twitter.com/wolde_yes/status/1331246474865348613

          • Abi

            Hashela
            Absolutely genius!!
            Thanks a million.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Hashela,

            It is great to see skillful cartoonists. I can easily identify 5 or 6 individuals there. We will have soon a habesha Plantu*.

            *Plantu is well known french cartoonist and highly appeciated political satirist.

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile

            I hope you listened to the accompanying auto, let me know if you need some help with the amharic 😂

          • Haile S.

            Hashela,

            I started, but had to silence it. No problem. It is gone now. Friday is coming in few hours. I will also be able to share Plantu’s satire with translation. Best

          • Hashela

            Haile

            I am sure Abi is listening to the lyrics for the xx times and he has created a permanent link which he will be happy to share with you.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hashela,

            Good one, MOYTE!

            Peace!

    • Aron

      Happy thanks giving Abi,
      I hope Sammy is not ducking anything. Why is Paul included. Aron

      • Abi

        Aron the Agazi
        Definitely Samiti is ducking.
        Why is Paul included in this equation?
        አንዱ አዝማች ሌላው አውራጅ ሆነው ሲያጣድፉን የት ነበርክ ወዳጄ?
        እዋይ!

        • Aron

          Hi Abi,
          Thanks for asking about my son Abi. He is actually doing better than i expected. H was a nerd before and he is becoming athletic slowly but surely. Aron

          • Abi

            Aron
            Glad to hear he is doing great.
            Make sure he starts looking for Summer internships now. I mean NOW! Like today

          • Aron

            Abi,
            Already done. Thanks Aron

  • Kaddis

    Hey Ayenta –

    Addis is full of Abi type – they feel so entitled to decide for others; they feel they own the brand Ethiopia (winet ) that’s why every nation and nationality is fighting to stay away from their hypocrisy …they said ethnicity should be banned assuming thier’s has already become synonymous with Ethiopia (winet) …without the noisy media and oppressive system they are acquiring through Isas, the western & arab cliques, tplf’s weak gov etc…they are not in a position to convince a small wolaita town …they are just noise in the city …let alone convince or attract the most refined nationalists tigray and oromos, somalis, sidama etc…
    I am a proud student of awate .com – I know what isas is upto – he would not be a development agent or peace after wasting a generation of our brothers and sisters …but the hate the Amharic class consumed recently and also from the derg propaganda is shadowing thier eyes …I managed to unlearned it on time : -)
    cheers and hope peace comes to this troubled neighborhood soon

    • Abi

      Hello Haddish
      ቦገሬት
      በፈያ ነህ?
      The Abi types keep Ethiopia together. Look at the federal army. That is us!!! Soon this outdated ethnically organized parties and ክልሎች will be dismantled.
      እኔና አንተም እንደቀድሟችን በሰላም እንኖራለን::

      • Kaddis

        Abi Abi
        I wish ሰቄ ባሳለፈው
        but every statement you make is a lie and the source of all the misery here, so not this time
        The army? which army? the one which is built by killing its Cheif of staff Seare, by killing ordinary people on the streets of oromia, wolaita,? bombing a capital city of tigray? conspiring with foreign forces? the army is a source of shame
        እንደቀድሟችን በሰላም እንኖራለን? ask your humble hosts Eritreans please – yetazebuhal – we never lived in peace – we were a dictionary definition of famine, war, cessation, red terror and repeat

        Rather – its the not so ethnic federalism ( geographic killis debub and linguistic region Amhara wink wink) that gave us a relative ሰላም for the last 30 years on top of the 45 state universities, the space observatories, direct flights to Liège Belgium from a regional capital Bahir dars, the trains, the airports … oh the mega dam your types only managed to right poems about for centuries

        Rather again – its the current ambition of the Amharic class rushing to dismantle the federalism that is making minorities vulnerable that Ethiopia is back to being a killing field the last 3 years …

        so I changed my mind about my advise you write substance – stay with the poems …and the jentaw jokes please

        • Abi

          Haddish
          ስቀህ ብታልፈው ይሻል ነበር በለቅሶ ከምትሞት:: ከመርዶው በፊት ለቅሶህ ቀደመ:: ምስኪን

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. As mentioned several days before, look for the Eritrean opposition -TPLF supporters- to commence coming out with a large wave of Amhara conspiracy theories.

  • Kaddis

    Selam Awates

    Iሳያስን አለማድነቅ አይቻልም ; although I wouldn’t waste my 20 years like he did conspiring;
    He knows Ethiopian fault lines: its our diversity. He invested on creating hate and suspicion between first tigray and Amhara ( mainly by profiling tigray) for the last 15 years , then Amhara & oromo since 2015… through ERTV amharic service later outsourced to ESAT …

    He also knows where to invest – on the tesfafi, asgebari Amharic class..Ginbot 7 types.. All he had to do is incite them with more land and prospect of power; let them acquire mainly the bureaucracy and media – but not organized as political party nor armed. He knows their dream about Asab ( they dont hide it either ) so they are decimated by force every now and then…. currently their militia in 10s of thousands …to the shock of the global community

    It looks like isas is trying to repeat whatever happened to Eritrea here – exiled, sanctioned (UNSC already pissed), to become a rogue state, conscription, universities closed, crushed economy etc… its working BTW.
    Hope the Amharic class, which I, not proudly, belong, wake up and know its fighting somebody else’s fight, and the 7th king የሰው እሳት የሚጨብጥ jezba endehone
    Without going into the gulf and horn issues …kebad gize new ..
    Cheers,

    • Nitricc

      Hi Kaddis; I know you are an avid supoerter of TPLF but you need to be fair. First the war is not between TPLF and PP, rather between Ethiopian defense forces and TPLF. Besides if you were on PMAA position, what could you have done?

      • Kaddis

        Selam Nitricc

        I was never a supporter of Tigray – its probably me who made T.Kifle disappear from here asking him how we can handle tplf’s oppression
        My issue always been – tplf was never objectively opposed but intentionally glossed with hate towards Tigray. Tplf eko brought all the damage to itself and its people by refusing to allow separation of power, the media, the civil society which could have protected when he became Abi’s and Isu’s mechawecha. There is no parliament, media or civil society to come rescue. Tplf only invested on its party – when that was snatched – they are exposed. If for example allowed associations like Ethiopian bankers association to thrive the last 20 years – to have offices, global recognition etc…they would have the balls to say – closing down 600 branches of banks in Tigray is illegal. The same goes to parliament, courts, media etc..would have protected the nation by extension tplf/tigray…so tplf yibelew –

        But if you ask me what Abiy should have done ? if the question is to be the next isiais? To keep the country’s political economy to sustain growth or recovery? To have a democratic transition? I don’t know your wishes but for the country to leap ahead…he should have recognised, the country has three power bases Tigray, Amharic and oromo and these groups should be left alone to bring their best to the center for democratish transition. He should have known better – consolidating power to the center is impossible within this short time without crushing the nation. He should have known TPLF just left to the north – it was never defeated nor run away – it just left – intact. And it had all the time and resource to get prepared for anything while the rest of the country was boiling. You can’t neutralize the oromo , because their asset is in their conviction to thier nation, their number, their superb leaders – in jail, here or outside. So he had all the advise from all side – but he chose to replicate or made to act like isias …only willing to report not to his people like isu but to their gulf sponsors. Our assessment was on point from day 1 – now we have to service a civil war.

        • Nitricc

          he should have recognised, the country has three power bases Tigray, Amharic and oromo and these groups should be left alone to bring their best to the center for democratish transition.

          Hi Kaddis; thanks for your detailed response. I don’t know more than you the state of mind of the people but from what i can tell, it is imposible to bring Tigray, Amara and Oromo. Listening to the peace minster of Ethiopia, she gave detailed interview the distance PMAA went to include the Tigryans. If you haven’t listened to it please do. The three ethnics you have mentioned have deep mistrust issues between them. If i was abiy, i would have made wholesome change than trying to reform the unconformable. has he cleaned the house early on, there will be no TPLF problem and no civil war. One thing i learn from this change in Ethiopia is that one must clean the house and make absolute change by disposing the previous system in its entirety. The problem with TPLF is that they don’t want to be and refused to be equal Oromo and the Amara. They wanted to maintain their superiority to the others just like the last 27 years. So, we are here now at war and PMAA and Ethiopia have no choice but to liquidate TPLF once for all.

          • Kaddis

            Hi Nitricc – yes you have a point, reforming is tough but I think he had no choice. Because Abiy doesn’t have enough mandate to do the wholesome change you recommended. He neither won a battle nor an election to get the legitimacy to do these major changes. In fact the crisis started when he started acting more than his mandate …desolving EPRDF, postponing the election indefinitely etc…brought us to this war. If I repeat in a different way …his power came from tplf leaving for him 4killo and the Oromo protest leaders delegated him to lead them into transition in 2018. Yetewtata siltan new yagegnew. He cant clean neither tplf or oromo while he came through their willingness to share their power. So he tried ditching them and tried get the mandate from external actors…the gulf, isas, the west etc…But because his mentor knows only igniting wars …all the support he got is lost except maybe the gulf …esunem yemenayew new

          • Nitricc

            Hi Kaddis; I you are right. One thing is for sure, Ethiopia won’t be the same. One thing i see is PMAA will consolidate his power for a long time to come. Not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t think he is corrupted and Ethiopia will benefited greatly. Of course Oromo will be the beneficiary of his government. In the mean time please stay safe you and your family. It is hard times. I do believe once the junta is out of the way, i see a peaceful and prosperous time for Ethiopia and Eritrea. I do. TPLF nothing but cancer.

    • Mez

      Good Day Kaddis,

      Let me try it in a little bit generalized way.

      1) It is generally true that we do have three “power centers” evolved over the past fifty years: Two in Ethiopia (the Ethiopian central government, and TPLF) and one in Ertirea (the Eritrean government with PIA at its helm).
      2) All of them were created or highly influenced by the coldwar dynamis since the late 1950-ies.
      3) The equilibrum amonng the three power centers is shifting, albite relatively slowly. 3.1) if TPLF could still dictate its interest as it did the last 30 years is to be seen; 3.2) for this to happen TPLF had gone an unusuall and seemingly odd approach of “Strategic Preemptive Strike”, as its authorites called it–againest the Ethiopian Army Northern Command. 3.3) with this, a process is set in to motion; possibly swallowing the third player from the scene and leaving approximately just two of them.
      4) Expecting that the two nations (Eritrea and Ethiopia) will prevail from this mess, the hardest question will be how their internal dynamics and their interdependancy wold shape the future of the two nations, and if one or both of the governments we know today will be there say a year from now. The rest is history.

      thanks

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Mez,

        Who are you referring that will be swallowed here. I am known to be slow :), by Abi. Where are you by the way.

        3.3) with this, a process is set in to motion; possibly swallowing the third player from the scene and leaving approximately just two of them. .

        Berhe

        • Mez

          Hi Berhe,

          Possibly TPLF, or PMAA, or even PIA.

          Just observe how things are unfolding; nothing is fairly predictable. All the above players do have extremely high level of legitimacy problem in their respective constituencies, hence the uncertainty.

          Thanks

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Mez,

        Ops! We are ready to grab and consume the hanging fruits, that we could not able to reach it for generations. Dear Mez, thank you for ushering good news to the region. Remember, if your dream for the region does not happen as you put it, don’t disappear pls, I have something to say to you.

        In the mean time we will watch the war theater, the lives it consumes, and the destruction of properties it will bring. We are being told indirectly by you that the lose of lives and properties is worth for the region to come out from the mess we are in. We shall see!!!!!! We shall see!!! We are in tune to read your prediction and how the theater of the war will take its course.

        • Mez

          Dear Amanuel H,

          I wish I have that power to sway events (be it political or military).

          But at least I have the will to contemplate on events of mutual concern as objectively as possible.

          Thanks

      • Kaddis

        Selam Mez –
        I think you have the same habit like many Amharic experts, analyzing Ethio- Ertirea without giving enough weight what really happened the last 30 years in Ethiopia …
        Just to give you a practical example on the international community view of Addis Ababa – I dont think the international community is willing to give up on Addis’s position on the African continent’s role …its part of the world political corridors fairly similar to Geneva, NY, Brussels…Leaving all thier political investment to a rouge manipulation of isias and the gulf would be a huge loss, its like losing all thier influence, presence and access of all the 54 African countries …
        My wild guess is – there is a recognition of a big mistake was made bringing Abie on top , probably through the outgoing evangelist US administration manipulation…there are credible institutions like the American institute of Peace advising its time to recognize regional power within big countries like Nigeria and Ethiopia and stop assuming the center is always in control the entire nation ..although I recongnise Isias power gained from mostly unlawful or unproductive ways to Eritrea, he will have to face the global community while breaking up Ethiopia …or so I wish : -)

        • Saleh Johar

          Dear Kaddis,
          I have always admired your stand on many issues. I have no idea of your ethnic background until today. And criticizing your own is a sign of a principled and courageous person. You give me hope.

          Such a position is very much needed. The heartless section of the elite has been wreaking havoc for too long. And this war has nothing to do with the people on whose behalf it’s waged as they claim. It has roots and we must address the root causes that many avoid discussing and when others discuss it they become defensive or cry like babies. Thank you

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            ኧረ ጌታዬ አንዳንዴም እንኳ ቢሆን paying attention is good.
            Kaddis told us years ago ( about 6-7) that he was from ጉራጌ ብሄረሰብ .
            Pay attention please!

          • Hashela

            Abi

            I will welcome you and your incredible memory. The presence of the latter makes our worst concern dissipate like water in the desert.

          • Abi

            Hashela
            Thanks for the welcome and vote of confidence.

          • Hashela

            Abi

            your absence triggered an avalanche of wild speculations, involving invasions.
            Some feared you could have fallen victim to viral invasion.
            Others thought you are leading the invasion in the western front and personally torturing the prominent leaders of the engineering and medical units of the opposing force.

          • Abi

            Hashela
            ሰላምና መረጋጋት ለማምጣት ፆምና ፀሎት ላይ ነበርኩ:)
            የተረከብናቸውን ቦታዎች ፀበል እያስረጨሁ ነበር::

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abo,

            It is great to see you back..I thought you are participating in the war personally..It is good you are praying to save your life.

            “….Others thought you are leading the invasion in the western front and are personally taking care of the prominent leaders of the engineering and medical units of the opposing force.”

            Justice is good Abo..

            KS,,

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            I’m praying to save your life.
            የሚናገሩትን አያውቁምና ይቅር በላቸው…

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abo,

            In both case it is nice..

            Justice is good Abo..

            KS,,

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            There is justice and there is poetic justice.

          • Kaddis

            Abi hoy
            Atechkul – Addis is full of people coming from different background but fall into the Amharic gov propaganda and loose it …i am gurage, sodo on both sides, but raised in a typical amharic only kind of family
            the kitfo and mesqel are served on the side

          • Abi

            Kaddis
            ተወልጄ ያደግሁት አዱ ገነት ነው::
            ጉራጌ ሆነህ አማራ ነኝ እያልክ አማራን አትወንጅል:: “ሞኝ ብላ” ይላሉ የኛ ልጆች…

          • Abi

            Kaddis
            Deleted by Ras Abi. Duplicate post.

          • Saleh Johar

            Welcome Abi, you overstated your vacation 🙂
            Sorry, I am just coming to grips with my notion of ethnicity. ካብ ሕማቅ ዝገብሩኻ ሕማቅ ዘምህሩኻ my people said. I am a changed man, the ethnicity stuff must be called for what it is. People should not suffer for centuries because of ethnic pride and chauvinism … and hegemonic aspiration.

            Welcome back.

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            You know how much I despise ethnicity. I just hate it.
            Nobody should be proud or ashamed because of his ethnicity.
            Thanks for the welcome.

          • Ayneta

            Abby;
            You may claim you despise ethnicity, but your words here are testimony of your ethnic-based grudge against Tigrayans. Like Kaddis said, stop pretending and embrace it. There is nothing worse than hypocrisy of your type.

          • Abi

            Ayneta
            1-Kaddis is the one presenting himself as Amhara hoping we don’t know that he is from ሶዶ. He was looking for some brownie points.
            ሆዱን እንደረገጡት ምን ያስቀባጥረዋል? Nobody asked for his ethnicity.
            2- Sorry, Ayneta I will never embrace ethnicity.
            3- Name is Abi, Ras Abi!
            4- Extremely delighted to have started diplomatic relations with you. I don’t remember exchanging letters with you in the past.
            5 – I don’t have any problem with Tigray people. My problem is with Tplf thugs.

          • Kaddis

            Abi – substance please?
            The Amharic class is not necessarily Amhara, ..its more of a lifestyle anchored on Amharic culture ..thats my life …mentaregewaleh …I am responding for Ayenta kind of people’s sake …

          • Ayneta

            Abi:
            Sorry for the name mix up.
            Words are cheap. I see you here and your statements speak otherwise. Even the most racist people like to claim loud and clear ‘I am not racist’, because saying so is easier and avoids dissonance. Take Trump. He famously said he was the least racist person ever, but we know from his past, he is racist to the core. So Abi, admit it and I will respect you for that. Stop pretending!
            Similarly, just because you wish to see TPLF vanish into the thin air, it doesn’t mean it will happen. The game is not over yet!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Ayneta,

            Abi told us, he named his son Alula, after the “greatest general ever lived in the world” according to him.

            I think it’s safe to assume, he at least knows that he is from Tigray.

            You make your own conclusions if you still think he has problems with Tigrayans.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            “የትም ተወለድ አዲስ ላይ እደግ” ይባላል :: የአዲስ ልጅ ሰፈር እንጂ ብሄር የለውም::

            ማርሻል ጀነራል ራሥ አሉላን ያፈራች ምድር ለዘላለም ትኖራለች::

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            So you thought he is Eritrean:).

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            You catching up slowly:)

          • iSem

            Hi Kaddis and Saleh:
            I did not know Ethiopa has also suffered a devastating famine in 1974. I was searching for news and something about King HS came and I read. I thought Dergi conducted coup to come to power and I never roots was like the1984 that I witnessed as I just arrived in Sudan was a repeat.
            Now, this war no matter how short its will last will have devastating effect that will be felt of decades.

            Kaddis ,oh, do not even get me started with evangelicals. I had an entire paragraph in my article but removed it, it was too harsh. And lo behold, I was walking yesterday and it was cold and I entered a small independent book store and immediately my eyes fell on a book: “How the Evangelist Destroyed a Nation”
            Now, it seems that Ethiopia is a fertile land for gospel singers, prophets and they will destroy it like they are doing the USA

            Famine, in 1974 and in 1984, and 3o years war, then 1998 war and now war with itself. No matter what happens, Ethiopia and Tigrai are done with each other and that is a harbinger for fragmentation and that may not be bad. And it may finally put Ethiopia out of its misery. Long overdue for a useless country that gets hungry while it the world is getting richer because it i cursed with myopic leaders, who only know division, murder, burning. Now the elite Amhara are slaughtering their people in useless war that will come to haunt them

          • Kaddis

            Selam isem –
            yes its unfortunate – the society, although 80 % orthodox and Muslim – gave the protestants a chance to govern…we ended up with the most narcist clicks worse than derg – out to break every fiber the society maintained …even my Egyptian friend last year said – i didn’t know you have a relatively liberal society allowing the 10% to become on top …said Coptic’s in Egypt has zero percent to become presidents ..after few years I am sure our society will be more polarized out to kill each other let alone allowing protestants to be in 4killo ,,,I can go on and on …its a shame what the evangelists are doing …my hope is the incoming US admin and those who recognize there is a vacuum the US left ..like the EU, step in to stop the madness in the interim

          • Haile S.

            Selam Saleh,

            “And criticizing your own is a sign of a principled and courageous person. You give me hope” Not so fast, my dear😁!

            Some time ago someone had asked Kaddis to which ethnic group he belongs. He answered Gurage or Welaita. If I mixed up, I apologize in advance.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Haile it was me who asked Kaddis and he said he was Gurage not Silte one but the other type Gurage witch i forgot the name. There are two major groups of Gurage Silte and the other one who Kaddis belongs.

          • Abi

            General
            He told you that he was ሶዶ ጉራጌ::
            I remember you asked him about his ethnicity.

          • Abi

            መምህር
            No need to apologize.
            The lie detecting machine says you are telling the Truth!
            Kaddis just lied about his ethnicity earning him a badly desired up votes from the poorly initiated.

          • Haile S.

            ኣንደምን ሰነበቱ ጀታው፡

            ምነው እንዲሁ ለቀናት ጣሉን
            ስንንከራተት ቆየን ቁም-ነገር ናፍቆን
            Welcome back

          • Abi

            መምህር
            እንዴት ከረሙ ጌታው
            እኔንና ቁምነገርን በአንድ ላይ ስትፅፋቸው ብርድ ብርድ አለኝ::

          • Haile S.

            ጀታው

            ሞቅ እንዲልዎ ኣይደል እንዴ ቁሙ’ና ነገሩ በ’ዳሽ’ የለየኋቸው!

          • Abi

            መምህር
            ጌታዬ ለዚህ ንግግርዎ ተገቢውን መልስ መልሼ ከእርስዎ ጋር ወደ መቀመቅ አልወርድም::

          • Kaddis

            Selam Haile –
            I didn’t know people actually read those things – ) yes I am gurage, can’t even speak the language though; Addisabanized and supposedly fit comfortably in the amharic urban class – which is not always easy
            cheers

          • Abi

            Kaddis
            You need to read the posting guidelines. You are not allowed to disguise your identity according to the Awate guidelines.
            ለምን ይዋሻል?
            “የአዲስ ልጅ ሰፈር እንጂ ብሄር የለውም” አይደል እንዴ የምንለው?

          • Kaddis

            Abi
            የአዲስ ልጅ ሰፈር እንጂ ብሄር የለውም” አይደል እንዴ የምንለው?
            thats the lie you wish to live with and that exactly what i refuse to be part of. If Addis dont have ብሄር why the selective outrage when ‘Amhara’ is killed in wollega ( the last one even not sure it actualy happened ) but muted when wolaita, oromo, sidama and now tigray is being murdered. Addis ababa is Amharic dominated, its government had always had ብሄር and religion and you should not feel ashamed. Just say I have ብሄር and I dont mind if others feel proud about thier own, get organised and pick whomever they like.
            In any case – I dont have to explain myself to make a point …I encourage you to discuss substance – rather than waste your time on soundbites

          • Abi

            Kaddis
            አቦ ተረጋጋ! ቀድሞውንም አለመዋሸት ነበረብህ:: እጅ ከፍንጅ ስትያዝ አታጨናብር::
            You created the unnecessary sound bites by your mishaps.
            Unforced error!

          • Saleh Johar

            HaileS,
            The psyche not the bloodline. For example, I am supposed to be from the so-called “Tigrinya” ethnicity. But some would laugh at that idea. I think he is like me

          • Ayneta

            Haile S.;
            Kaddis clearly said he was from Gurage in his prior post. Your ‘gatcha’ remark is misplaced unfortunately.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Ayneta,

            You succeeded a gotcha in the gotcha to a certain extent. Believe it or not, I have started to type my response as soon as Saleh did his half an hour earlier. But I received a call, thus had to interrupt. I continues >half an hour later without reading other gotchas to which Kaddis had possibly admitted. Cheers

          • Ayneta

            Hi Haile S.:
            Thanks for the clarification.

          • Kaddis

            Selam Gash Saleh –
            I am always reserved to mix the ordinary society with the elite. My families on both side are sodo gurage …but we lived as an Amharic urban ( as urban as addis gets ) educated family. they are a typical amharic centered family who argue ethiopia needs one common language etc…I always have to fight with everyone around me since I was supposed to fall into the amharic urban class looking down everything that comes with a different language, belief, culture etc…So i can claim I belong within the amharic center but with different background. sorry if I confuse you

          • Saleh Johar

            Kaddis,
            No you haven’t confused me at all. You just put it more clearly. To me ethnicity is more of the psyche that bloodline. And explained it brilliantly. Thanks again.

        • Mez

          Hi Kadis,

          1) Center vs regional political power distribution is a healthy topic to address and debate.
          1.1) preferably thru debate and discussion having an evolving consensus.

          2) as I said PIA is fighting for his own political durvival.
          2.1) now the displacement, and potential asylum to Europe is the other emerging factor in the tigray conflict.
          Thanks

    • Abi

      Kaddisye
      Looks like you change your ethnicity whenever you want. I see you became Amhara already.
      Some of us around here pay close attention.

      • Kaddis

        Abi …read … says the Amharic class purposely and consistently..to show you the amharic class is not necessarily amhara….kekebedeh teyiq

  • Ayneta

    Merhaba Semere:
    Long time no see you buddy. I thought you had signed a ”regret paper’, gone to Massawa swimming in the salty water before the people from the miserable country eventually claim it as theirs.
    You article is quite a breath of fresh air. Immensely enjoyed it.
    I would have added ‘pathetic’ to the adjective list to describe the ‘miserable country’ because only pathetic people/nations repeat their awful story. A country which exports famine and poverty is now waging senseless war on its own people. This time the war drum is being perpetuated by a novice and immature preacher-turned-politician at the helm of the country’s power structure.
    As you alluded in your article, the recent conflict has divided Eritreans whether so support or oppose t. True to their type, PFDJ and its henchmen are busy ratcheting up the war with their consistent inflammatory remarks and boots on the ground. Emotion and past grudge seem to drive their reaction instead of logic and strategic vision. For many, this war presents the most opportune time to cripple TPLF and Tigray people once and for all, not recognizing that the ‘miserable country’ will soon extend its tentacles towards the much smaller ”miserable’ country which owns 2 ports.
    The conflict has brought to surface the true color of many Eritreans that I know. People [ also here at Awate] who were against IA seem to show their soft spot towards the Great Leader and hush anyone who dare try to support TPLF/tigray. All of a sudden, their national fervor is ski high, reminiscent of what happened during the 1997/98 of Ethio-Eritrea war. Indeed, our country is also miserable or it is on the sure path towards it.
    My take about the current war is this: Anyone who thinks the conflict is between the federal government and TPLF is a fool. It is a war between Amhara elites and Tigrayans. The oromos or any other ethic group are not involved in it. They have been sidelined and made to watch from the sidewalk. The federal government is only a cover up, otherwise the backbone of the army and leadership consists of Amaharas who are hell bent to subjugate the Tigray people. Honestly, I would not care to much about it if it was not for what is implied. If indeed, Abiy is successful in completely rooting out TPLF [less likely, I expect protracted mess] and the last buffer gone with it, it will all be deja vu, back to 1950s when Eritrea was annexed with the miserable country, this time there wont be another armed struggle to save it. The small miserable country will be presented to the bigger one on a plate with a blessing and a kiss on he hand, thanks to our Great Leader and hoodwinked supporters. This is what keeps me up at night!
    Again, thanks for the article. Please write more.

  • Burhan Ali

    Hello Awetisa

    I believe that we, Eritreans, have to avoid taking sides in the ongoing war between The Federal Government of Ethiopia and the regional State of Tigrai. I see that some Eritrean media outlets are taking the role of Tigrai media outlets. I am confused by Assenna TV, which, I until a few days ago, thought was an Eritrean station but today I am not as sure. there is even more reason to distancing ourselves from this conflict if it is ethnic. If we choose after that to involve ourselves materially or emotionally we have to consider and provide an answer to another related question: in Eastern Sudan, the Beni -Amer ethnicity of Sudan is in strife with the Nuba ethnicity of the same nation, the question, then, is are we Eritreans supposed to interfere and take sides in this conflict as well just because it happened that the Beni-Amer of Sudan are of the same ethnicity as
    those of Eritrea.

    • sara

      selamat Burhan,
      i agree with most of what you said, but the issues in sudan and ethiopia are different in eritrean contex. i.e there/ was/ is no issue with sudan so far…. unless there is one
      you know but i don’t.
      visit us in kassala when you come to sudan.

    • iSem

      Hi Ustaz Burhan:
      I agree with you that Eritreans should not meddle in the internal affairs of an other country but is Ethiopia is an other country? 🙂

      But seriously, this is not that simple and the anaology with Sudan borders on false equvalence because, our (Eritrean) interest is not at stake at least directly, though it implicates us because of the Beni-Amir and Hdrareb and Bashir’s playing with fire by trying to divide Eritreans along religious lines: offering Omudia to some and denying it to others

      The conflict in Ethiopia, actually the conflict between the Amhara and Tigrai directly targets us as IA understanding that he has no permanent friends nor permanent enemies is supporting Abiy, that is not in our national interest, it is IA’s personal vendetta against TPLF for humiliating him in the war of 1998 and cocooning him in Adi Halo and isolating him for 20 years.
      Now Eritreans must ask where does their long term national sovereignty interest fit. I happen to see it that the alliance between Abiy and IA is not in our best interest. TPFL are not our permanent friends, they were our friends, then enemies, then friends, now?
      So we know the government of Eritrea is in the war, and the government of Eritrea is the enemy of Eritrea and Eritreans, so should not we fight our enemy?
      Oh, TPLF destroyed ELF by helping EPLF, they deported us from Ethiopia. And they also kidnapped justice seekers before justice seeker was main stream and handed them to IA. Oh, they also created Agazian movement. On and on. All are bad for us, but good for them, they were working for their nation interest.

      Eritrans are confused now, but this is the simplest problem and the demise of TPLF or arrest of 80 members will not end this war. Ethiopia has entered a new era of uncharted waters and its fragmentation has started.
      Oh, I forgot, TPLF also arrested the Eritrean Ras Woldemichael of Tseazega, oh also they pretended as Eritreans and claimed refugee status, swelling the number of refuges falsely, their crimes are so cruel, the Amhara are better
      Eritreans are getting silly

      • NewDawn

        Selam isem, you sound distressed. Dont worry time heals psychological wounds. Accept Tplf demise, dont lose your touch with reality. The hole they built for Eritrea unfortunately due to their stupidity, they have fallen into it instead.

        • iSem

          Hi NewDawn:
          No, am not distressed, 2020 is the best years of my life, despite the pandemic. But I agree with you time heals, but time doe not heal low IQ and that is what you exude, you cannot even read properly and time does not heal abused minds,only therapy can, so your lack of understanding of my comment is a mark of ignorance, nay ignorance can be cured,it is rather a mark of low cognitive ability.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi iSem,

        Eritrans are confused now, but this is the simplest problem and the demise of TPLF or arrest of 80 members will not end this war.

        Eritreans are not confused, when they say we should stay out of this war and let Ethiopians deal their internal matters, and that’s including condemning Isayas Afeworki for his involvement.

        Burhhan is not confused, this is exactly what his position is.
        Hashela is not confused this is exactly what his position is.
        I am not confused and this is exatly what my position is.

        But you are confused..when you say…

        So we know the government of Eritrea is in the war, and the government of Eritrea is the enemy of Eritrea and Eritreans, so should not we fight our enemy?

        .

        Because TPLF is fighting with (assumed) with IA, and since IA is our enemy and we should side with TPLF fighting IA. IA doesn’t have his own army but he has Eritrean army and Eritrean defense. Siding with TPLF and fighting your own people and your own army is, the highest form of confusion.

        You are not the only who is confused, but many other Eritreans as well. You want us to cheer for the “Missile with love that we are got from TPLF”.

        Amanuel Assena is the most confused. He wants the Eritrean army defeated.

        Not only that he has become the propaganda machine for TPLF, but he is the propaganda machine of TPLF. More so than other Tegaru. I know this Kehsi in face book and the guy named SelTene and few others.

        The other day he said, Eritreans from Adi Quala who own card, are ordered to go to Tigray and steal, doors, windows and zingo mingo. How pathetic this lie could be.

        Berhe

        • iSem

          Hi BY:
          Firs my sympathies, Maradonna passed away!
          Now, I have not listed to assenna for years now. So if my ideas are similar to him, it is by chance

          I will address some of your points later, crossing my fingers to make a dent, though it looks impossible:-)
          Burhan is not confused, he cannot confused, is not confuseable, I know him and I did not say that, he is conflating things, though.
          I cannot wait for the Solmie Tadese moment:-), if you know what I nean

        • Saleh Johar

          Berhe,
          Theoretically, it’s good to stay away from Ethiopian affairs, practically we can’t . It has been proved undoable. It’s catch 22. We get burned when they are fine and we get burned when they are not. No escaping from that as our history testifies. We are at it for better or worse, whether we like it or not. We better come to grips with it. Thank you

          • Burhan Ali

            Selamat Ustaz,

            You are making it as if things are done to us and in spite of us, as if our doings are of no consequences, I disagree with you here, it is we who are involving ourselves (I mean we allow our rulers to do that). And why is that? is it because there happens that there are in Ethiopia people who speak Tigrigna? but there are also in Sudan people who speak Tigre are we then to mix ourselves in the politics of Sudan? No we don’t have to come to grips with it>

          • Saleh Johar

            Ahlan Burhan,
            I see where you. Are coming and I understand. But let me add one point:
            When was the last time, if ever, Sudan threatened Eritrea—we will take.your sea or we will claim Tessenei or any such nasty threat? Never. But from Ethiopia, when was the year that such aggressive gestures against us topped? Never. That is the difference. Catch 22– when Ethiopians are doing fine, they threaten us and when they are in trouble their trouble engulfs us. I wish That foolishness stopped.

          • NewDawn

            Selam saleh, dont worry hashela post isaias will help construct many WMD as a deterrent . I actually liked his idea, but ideas are cheap and execution is pivotal. I hope he hasnt given up on the idea. in the mean time, I hope hes thought of ways of pulling of this idea.

        • iSem

          Hi BY:
          Can we stick to facts: I never said TPLF should bomb asmara
          Here are the fallacies in your arguments that are towing PFDJ
          1. IA does not have his own army, there is Eritrean army: really? are you talking about the identity of the Eritrean army? If so, yes the army is made up Eritrean citizens (yes this is straw man’s argument, I am quick learner:-)). but am talking about who the army is serving, the sawa conscripts, the general army are victims and they are willing or unwilling serving the repressive IA regime, so get that straight, there is no such thing as Eritrean army in terms of their loyalty, they are repression tools, so called liberators and warsay, some wilfully some by force are tools who are committing crimes against Eritreas. I care more aboutheinous crimes by this thugs against the ppl than the Badme border will be now under Eritrea, I am in love with my people, not the dust and pebbles and stones and acacia trees of badme, although acacia trees produce gum arabic and is good commedity and good dietary fibre supplement.

          Maybe I should have said some Eri in this form are confused and here is why: They are buying IA line of Eri is not in this war, that is baloney. They have no proof, but to be fair, I have no proof, but I am closer to the truth by logic and IA MO and his only interest to redeem his inured ego

          Assenna is not the issue here, sound like the Langley line. Sensible Eritreans are not defending TPLF, they are saying, the war will not benefit Ethiopia, but who cares about Ethiopia now, most importantly , it is not in the interest of Eritrea, even if you correct (longshot) that IA is not in this war, what is the interest for us for cheering Abiy to destroy TPLF, if IA is not involved in this, am neutral about TPLF being dead, if IA is in the war (better chances than the IA line of we are not), them our national interest does not lie in this war

          Where IA is in the war whether his army that he uses like tools in his whimsical wars is in the war, TPLF should not attack Eritreans, but they have right to attack his tools, how hard is this understand, and how is this cheering for TPLF
          so what makes u confident that IA is not in the war? You are all over the map

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            First I am not cheering for this war.

            If you follow what I wrote two weeks ago, I suspected, Abiy and IA collaborated to ignite the war on the cover of the US election. I was arguing, Abiy has no legal ground to start a war with TPLF / Tigray. Even in the state of emergency, he has no authority to take away the rights of “article 39”.

            So if you are in your sleep like I was two weeks ago, I understand. I actually though Abiy was lied and made excuse about the “attack of north command”. It made no sense to me at ALL, even now, that TPLF would start this war. If it’s pre-emptive, it’s even worse It proved to me that the TPLF have no regard for their people and for the loss of life and property that, the war they started would bring.

            All these, they were encircled, etc doesn’t sound a good reason at all. Ok they were encircled then, what is Abiy going to do, bomb them. Can you imagine how that would like to the rest of the world?

            The Getachew Reda said, we will attach targets in Eritrea and sure enough the shot missiles to Asmara. All the western countries condemn their attack and asked Eritrea to restrain it self.

            You and I have never been in the army and the close best thing we did was watching “a few good men”, when Col Jessep wake you up from dozing off when he was testifying in court.

            The Eritrean army follow orders and they can’t refuse (most of them) as they know refusing the chain of command leads to death. That’s every where, may be you need to watch the movie again to refresh your memory:). The really have no choice, they just follow orders.

            BTW, I will forward you, youtube sensation Eritrean version of Trevor Noah, Bakri, Falfasa video.

            His last video is to the point, and he says it in a lot better way than I can.

            Berhe

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Sem,

            Unfortunately, Berhe these days is floating ideas that aren’t anchored on certain principles. I don’t think you could have a healthy debate. If arguments are not founded on principles, it branched from preposition to preposition, and how did Berhe play them? By asking questions that has nothing to do with your comment.

            For a leader, in this case Issayas Afeworki, who said the problem of Ethiopia is our problem, a leader who told to Abiy we will work together to the challenges Ethiopia is facing, for a leader who is known as the archenemy of TPLF, how could one ask a proof as to the participation of the Eritrean army in the conflict? Strange!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Amanuel,

            I think being pricipled goes both ways. Yesterday you said this:

            Remember the Ethiopian war planes that are bombing in Tigray are flying from Asmara and Bahir Dar. The missiles are firing from Mekele. Which one is holly which one is a sine

            I asked you

            What proof do you have the Ethiopian war planes are flying from Asmara?

            .

            You didn’t bother to respond. If you will please answer and then we can talk about principle.

            Presidents say all kinds of things, but unless it’s acted upon it means nothing.

            Trump told Egypt to Bomb Ethiopia?

            Trump told Mexico will build the wall and it will pay for it. Did it happen. No.

            Melles said, we will make regime change in Eritrea. Did he do it? No, could he have done it, may be.

            So, one must be out of the this planet to go to war and expose their people all kinds of destruction because a president of enemy country said it.

            In your attempt to defend the TPLF, you really are making them look like simply stupid. They know better.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            Call home if you have people who are privy to the situation and don’t scare to share the truth on the ground. I have people on the ground and have verified it. Sometimes for easy provable, you don’t do your homework. All the other you wrote is irrelevant to what we are talking. What we are talking is, is Eritrea involved in this war? And I am telling you yes they do. So I call upon you to check on the ground with your sources. ዕንኪሊል ይአኽለና ዝሓወይ::

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Emma,

            By your logic the western diplomats are taking sides and conspiring with Isayas and Abiy, by keeping their silence.

            Why isn’t there any involvement if there are fighter planes bombing from Asmara.

            If your source is, there are fighter planes seen / heard in Asmara airport, I don’t know that’s really credible.

            Last I check Eritrea has airforce as well. Why would it surprise you f it’s air force in high alert (obviously for what happened) and in training / preparing for anything that may happen.

            You are right it’s better to end this Enklil, and let’s wait and see how things unfold.

            Berhe

          • Hashela

            Selam Berhe

            The burden is on Amanuel to provide independent and verifiable evidence for his claim. Not you. One can’t claim something without evidence and demands to be proven right or wrong.

          • abdu

            salam

            Berhe AYTDKEM BELO.
            NIESHTE WRAY GBER EMO NATKAN ZEYNATKAN KTFELT
            SLEZI . we know who is who. wedi Gebru was right nezi kulu enqae arkebkulu. zegerm eiyu as if we don’t have family back home.
            I guess they are still waiting for French media to inform them that TPLF shoot rockets to Asmara.
            MHRET YEWRD
            THANKS

          • Hashela

            ሰላም ዓብዱ

            ኣብ ገዛውትናስ ውራይ እንተጌካ (ብሕልፊ ዝግኒ ኣንትላታ)፣ ፈታውን ‘ጸላእን’ ድኻን ሃብታመን ኩሎም ‘ዮም ድመጹ።

            ናይ ስራሕ ውራይ ማለትካ ድዩ?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            When the war theater is sealed from independent international media, the alternative is to try to get from Eritrea through your own channel to find out the nature of involvement of the Eritrean army. So I did. If you don’t believe me and you don’t want to do it yourself for whatever reason, then wait until we hear our casualties of the war. Because in wars “win or lose” there are always casualties from the warring parties. How about that Hashela? Eritrea is in participating in full capacity in the war theater. Elsa Chirum did the same thing with her sources and came out with info that concur my sources.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            We both agree, we don’t want that Eritrea get involved and no Eritrean life should sacrificed in the war between the rogue elements and the Ethiopian government.

            It is also a time proven fact that during a war truth is the first to die.
            In this TPLF war, it is too much asked to take seriously information that are coming from Assena TV, Meskerem, and Elsa Chirum.

            Only time will prove the extent of Eritrea involvement (If any) which does not make sense at all. Think about it. Even if IA wants, the Ethiopian Government wouldn’t want it for obvious reasons.

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            የፈራሁት ደረሰ!! ዓለም ልትጠፋ ነው!
            You just put “logic “ and Amanuel in the same page.
            Armageddon is coming! Quick, seek for cover!
            ብፁአን ጥጋችሁን ያዙ!

          • abdu

            salam Berhe
            AB ZEYSEMAKA DEBRI AYTMAHLEL
            Thanks

          • Brhan

            Hello Prof. Amanuel Hidrat,

            Thank you for sharing info that you found from inside Eritrea.

            I understand that many including me, are trying to solve the puzzle.
            Did the regime involved at the start of the conflict/war? If not, later? Now?

            In this time of media blackout in the region, it is very hard in getting reliable news.

            I have observed that international media outlets are now more concerned about the war itself regardless whoelse is participating or not. As if Eritrean regime involvment is obivous.

            But two days ago Adoulis.net presented Foreign Policy magazine’s report about UAE drones flying from Assab, Eritrea, to hit targets in the Tigray region. If IA allowing UAE, what do we call this: indirect involvement?Or direct or both or simply involvement?

            Also today Elsa Chirum founder and director of Human Rights Concern Eritrea in her FaceBook posted info and one of them says this

            ኣባላት ክ/ሰ 21፣ 53፡42፥ 46፥ 31፥ 29፥ ኣብ ኩናት ትግራይ ይሳተፍ ከምዘለው ኣረጋጊጽና።

            The regime in Eritrea have had double messages: There is IA’s ” we won’t sit and watch ( this was said before the start of the war/conflict) and “we are not interfering” of FM Osman Saleh(OS) after its start.

            The regime is following the dev’t south of the border for many reasons and one of the reasons could be about closing the file of the word that has become wild world wide: involvement. And this by giving its official acknowledgment to the involvment or non-involvment that will be based on the dev’t: either it will repeat OS words or come with narration that it sees will be acceptable by the International community, such as protecting sovereignty.

        • Lebam

          Selam Abouna Berhe,

          IA is portrayed as a person with inhuman powers that can subjugate an entire population on his own. If we study Metshaf Kudus, Tanakh and the Quran we might find verses of him. Jokes aside, there must be a greater understanding of the powers that be. PIA would never have been in power without the support of international communities, be it the Arabs, or the West.

          Some are trying to divide Tigringa now too and those are obviously the Eritrean TPLF supporters. The Youtuber said Akeleguzay and Seraye should go to war with TPLF and blaimed Hamasien and highlanders for PIA still being in power. He then tried to provoke Eritrean Muslims and told them to join the fight, the same guy that was calling Eritrean Muslims Arabs a week a go. 😀

          On a side note, science has come a long way and I’m sure DNA testing that guy would make him more Arab than a Muslim Tigringa (Jeberti) by the looks of him. I remember seeing Mohammed Berhan Blatta many years ago in a wedding and was told he thinks Jeberti is a community and not an ethnic group. Many were profoundly upset about it. I engaged and listened. He said in short, “everyone that have Tigringa as a native language and is a Muslim is referred to as Jeberti, and that Jebertis differ depending on their origin”. Some are obviously mixed, but the majority in our region are Tigringa and Tegaru,with strikingly similar DNA results as the Christian Tigringa and Tegaru population when compared to the ones who display their results in social media.

          • NewDawn

            Selam Lebam, does the YouTuber happen to be abraham kesete mehari?

          • Lebam

            Selam NewDawn,

            Nice observation to detail. Yes, he is one of them. There is one more I’m referring to who is light-skinned, but I don’t want to disclose who he is for privacy reasons.

          • NewDawn

            Selam Lebam, its surprising for an eritrean born in germany to talk about kebessa awraja, these are politics of the old generation. But his command of tigrinya for a diaspora born In a foreign country is impressive.

          • Lebam

            Selam Newdawn,

            Like everything else his Tigringa is relative to who you compare him with. Some haven’t mastered the written form fully like myself, and than there’s others who I know under 10 that write and speak it as if they lived in Eritrea. That isn’t an issue nonetheless.

            However, his political hero and mentor is Adu blina (Adhanet). No surprise why he is hangol dorho deluxe.

    • Hashela

      Selam Burhan

      I agree, one of the biggest surprise of the war between TPLF and the Ethiopian Government is the degree to which TPLF has infiltrated the old and new Eritrean opposition media. I deeply regret the donation I made to the Eritrean opposition TVs.

      Tough the demise of TPLF is in Eritrea’s interest, the Eritrean Government is doing the right thing in not actively participating. There is no credible evidence that supports TPLF’s claim of Eritrea involvement.

      It is most likely that the demise of TPLF will not pacify the historically restive Tigray and the territorial conflict between Tigray and Amhara Killils will persist and intensify. The return/occupation of Kafta Humera to/by Amhara Killil is for Eritrea of interest as it blocks TPLF from having access to Sudan and provides Eritrea access to northwestern Ethiopia.

      In summary, I believe a severely weakened Tigray government is of relevance for Eritrea’ security.

      • Ayneta

        Selam Hashela:
        Your assertion that TLPF’s demise is in the best interest of Eritrea is misguided propaganda perpetuated by PFDJ to fit the old perspective that stipulates that TPLF is the mother of all problems in Eritrea, which is a flawed assumption. While I am cognizant of what TPLF did during the Ethio-Eritrea war and I blame them for many blunders, I am also aware that in politics there is no permanent enemy but rather permanent interest. EPLF collaborated with TPLF to further its goal of dominating the armed struggle by kicking ELF out. Later on, EPLF forged close ties with TPLF that was vital in expediting the eventual fall of Dergue. EPLF knew exactly what type of organization TPLF was, yet they worked with them closely until 1997/98 to meet their shared vision. Meles and Issayas were quite close to the extent that when Mels visited Eritrea, he used to stay at Issayas’s residence. So working with TPLF is not novel to Eritrea and it is well documented in our history that cant be erased just because the regime in Asmara wants to.
        Another example: IA milked Quarter all these years and now the relationship has gone south and he has shifted his alliance towards Saudi and UAE.
        I would not be surprised if IA tells us one day the bromance with Abiy has completed its course and that they are no more buddies. What do you do then? Go to Sahil to start another guerilla war?
        Worse, if IA gave Abiy the blessing to slowly foot their base in Eritrea [multiple evidence for that], you have no choice but to cry foul, but by that time, it is tool late, the ship has sailed off.
        I am writing this assuming you are a reasonable person. If you are a die-hard PFDJ, don’t bother to respond.

        • Hashela

          Selam Ayneta

          Let me start by hitting the softball you generously threw to me.
          I am not a PFDJ supporter. In fact, I believe that PFDJ poses a serious threat to Eritrea as a sovereign nation: economically, demographically and territorially.

          Eritrea as a sovereign nation has currently three enemies: PFDJ, TPLF, and the Amhara demon that from time to time screams “ቀይ ባህራችን”.

          Of the three, TPLF poses the most immediate and direct threat to Eritrea for three reasons:

          – TPLF’s visceral hate to everything that has to do with sovereign Eritrea (revisit mentally the last 20 years!)

          – geographic proximity of TPLF’s homeland to ours.

          – TPLF’s Machiavellic sophistication and its excellent knowledge of Eritrea’s societal, cultural and psychological make up and how to skillfully exploit it.

          – a significant number of Eritreans who sympathize with TPLF and are willing to compromise Eritrean national interests.

          The decimation or weakening of TPLF, which poses the most immediate and direct threat to Eritrea, without the loss of Eritrean life is the best thing that can happen to Eritrea. That is happening right now!

        • Germay Berhane

          Do you believe in the independence of Eritrea? If your answer is yes, who brought it?

      • sara

        selamat hashela,
        if i may add to the last paragraph….
        NO -to sectarianism, regionalism, tribalism etc

    • Dongolo

      Selam Burham Ali. Thanks for the interesting comments. I believe that Eritrea should and moreover has every right to be support the Government of Ethiopia against the TPLF (not the State of Tigray) given Badme’s illegal occupation and refusal/interference in regards to the withdrawal of mechanized units therein and the general manner in which the TPLF has attempted to destroy Eritrea over the past 23 years. In regards to Eritrean opposition infiltration by the TPLF, this has long been known and those that have been infiltrated are easily identifiable.

      • Ayneta

        Selam Dongolo:
        You speak with authority. Do you have first hand information of what you write about or you are just throwing things out hoping they will stick somewhere? Just curious.
        PFDJ is the sole owner of Eritrea’s current predicament where the only export it proudly shows off is its youth. You can blame TPLF all you want, it wont cure the metastatic disease you have at home. It is stage IV and fast spreading.
        Enjoy your chit-chat here. It is free and it wont cost you a finger. In the meantime, your foot soldier brother on the Eritrea-Ethiopia border is likely to lose something, hopefully not his life.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Dengolo; I am confused. I just watched one of the Tigryans protest and I read Tigryans calling the removal of Ethiopian soldiers from Eritrean land.
        we are in a very Amazing times.

        • Dongolo

          Selam Nitricc. Amazing times indeed and truly desperate times for the TPLF. Just seen at Tigrai Online (offline again since the 22nd) an article stating ‘Ethnic profiling in Addis Ababa has resulted in at least 51,000 ethnic Tigrayans being forced into concentrations camps’.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Dengolo; what is other interesting fact from Addis Abeba police is that crime altogether disappeared since the war started and since the Tigryans stayed home out of fear. It is a bad time to be a Tigryan and disaster to be TPLF supporter.

      • Brhan

        Hi Dongolo, It is Burhan …with “n” and not “m”

    • Lebam

      Selam Burhan A,

      The extent of TPLF’s infiltration in the Eritrean opposition and media is an awakening for all Eritreans. TPLF bombs our capital, Asmara, and what do the Eritrean opposition and media do? That’s a rhetorical question. What they did, and still do, is trying to justify the attack on our country by any means.

      They call themselves Eritreans, but it is difficult to fathom when their loyalty lies with TPLF. It defies logic to not support your people first and foremost.

    • Brhan

      Hello Ustaz Burhan Ali,

      I was expecting an article from you and I am still.
      I agree with you that we Eritreans and particularly our independent media must be neutral. With or with out the war/conflict that is going on, one of the principle of any independent media out let is to be neutral. So if a media outlet is siding then it means it is presenting propaganda.

      Now the whole world knows since the start of the war in Ethiopia , news coming from both sides of the war/conflict can’t be verified. A. Ahmed not only closed Tigray from independent media but also is not letting it to enter to cities where his forces control.

      The issue of Eastern Sudan is very important. It needs knowing and understanding. I hope our awate writers shade more light on it.
      At awate forum I lot of talk about south of the border but less about the eastern border.

      Is it because due to ignorance, not showing interest or is due to a cultural issue where one Eritrean is passionate only about one side of the border? This is a topic by itself!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Burhan,

      Good to see you, brother. We are longing to read articles from you. On the current issue, you are right, who in his right mind could funnel this ethnic war, let alone to be part of the war. This war should be condemned as unjust war that brings human calamity.

      Regards

  • Brhan

    Hello All,

    The drama south of the border is never going to end.

    So my fellow Eritreans let us speak less about it and more about us or at least about 97K refugees in Tigray, Ethiopia and this if we really care about Eritrea and Eritreans.

    As you know neither the Eritrean gov’t nor the Ethiopian side ( A. Ahmed gov’t and the regional gov’t in Tigray) is speaking about them. The UNHCR is saying communication is cut with its staff there. There are thousands of children, women and elderly refuges and Allah/God knows about their situation.

    Also Gedab news has reported about kidnaping of Kunama refugees by PF(DJ) and the arrest of Eritrean politicians (who have asylum status in Ethiopia) by A. Ahmed security men. A person with an asylum status is a protected person under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, their 1977 Additional Protocols. So the Noble peace winner of 2020, by ordering his security staff went against international agreement that Ethiopia singed. He has release these Eritreans free or he will add another negative point to his peace prize certificate.

    Thanks,

    • Dongolo

      Selam Brhan. Yesterday the TPLF opened fire on Eritrean refugees at Adi-Harush refugee camp, killing 2 and wounding 3, before Ethiopian Defense Forces captured the camp and surrounding area. The TPLF was attempting to use Eritrean refugees as human shields; they are now receiving assistance. To recall that the TPLF long ago refused orders to disband Eritrean refugee camps in Tigray as they wished to use them as human shields.

      • Brhan

        Hi Dongolo,
        Do you have an independent source/s to the news?

  • Peace!

    Hi all,

    Hailemariam Desalegn has spoken. “Lemederadrem yemoral Ukulunet Yelachewim” and he advised the federal government to finish the job as soon as possible.

    Eritreans seem to have a mixed reaction to the war. If poll were to taken, perhaps it would very much be like, at least taking the social media activities into account,–

    Age 25-50 support the war against TPLF for its injustice and betrayals for both people
    Age 50-80 do not support the war against TPLF because the defeat of TPLF would result in Minilik 2.0

    Both positions are justified, but the gap in between is very concerning that either the experienced have failed to educate the young, or the young’s understanding of justice constitutes an emotional conclusion.

    Peace!

    • Haile WM

      hi Peace,

      the question should be another one. what will be the consequence of this war if Aby finishes the job ?is there is a chance TPLF witch was a guerrilla movement in it’s inception will disappear just like that ? how about the tigray people support for tplf ? I don’t see it as viable solution for Ethiopia this whole madness. It was tried for decades and it failed in past ethiopian successive administrations.

      we as Eritreans should be worried that once again war has being chosen as solution.

      • Nitricc

        what will be the consequence of this war if Aby finishes the job ?

        Hi Haile; there is no consequence. Finish the job, remove the cancer and leave it to Tigryans to administrate themselves. All the federal government has to do is support and provide budget. The new generation is not dumb enough to go guerrilla style. That was an old school and gone for good. As long as the federal doesn’t interfere with their day to day business, they will be fine and the Tigryans will live to thank PMAA for destroying the cancer.

        • Burhan Ali

          too much of naive ውሕልነት in this:
          Finish the job, remove the cancer and leave it to Tigryans to administrate themselves”

          like a reminiscent of America’s discourse at the start of the Iraq war!

          And what is this new school versus old school thing about guerilla style, do you think that Tigrai is living in your new times more than the Iraqis or the Afghanis. the war was just a mad project let us hope and pray that the warring parties come to their senses regardless of your wahalle solution.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Burhan good luck dragging the smart-phone and internet generation to Dedebit to carry a gun and fight to die. Those days are gone for good.

        • Ayneta

          Selam Nitricc:
          I hope the bigger cancer from the other side of Mereb will also be nipped from its origin. That way, all the Ghedli generation will go to history book and leave the stage for the younger generation. If you are sick and tired of TPLF, I am super nauseated with PFDJ! There is no bigger malignancy than your beloved IA!

          • Nitricc

            Hi Ayneta; have seen the POW’s of Tigray forces? they are kids! I know TPLF was stupid but not to this magnitude. You don’t start a war with children as a soldiers. Why do you think within 20 days the Ethiopian army is in Mekelle? try to see the face of the POW and come back and talk to me about the other side.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Good to see large numbers of TPLF Special Forces now surrendering. ‘ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian government on Tuesday stressed that “large number” of Tigray Special Forces and the militia are surrendering as part of 72-hour ultimatum which was given by the Ethiopian government for Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters to surrender peacefully to the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF).
    “Using the government’s 72-hour period, a large number of Tigray militia and special forces are surrendering. Many have surrendered through the Afar region, and the remaining forces are surrendering peacefully,” the state of emergency task force, established by the federal government to watch over the ongoing military operations against the TPLF, said in a statement on Tuesday.’

    • Nitricc

      Hi Dengolo; listening to Demtsi-weyane; you think TPLF is inches out of Addis Abeba. I mean all i hear is how their forces are destroying one battalion after anther. my question is why is not the Ethiopian forces didn’t destroy the tv station? I am sure they know where the station is but why not destroy it? It is stupid to think to win a war with those underage boys and girls. look at POW’s. they are kids. A young girl said, ” they gave me 30 bullets and never fired a single bullet.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Dongolo,
      Just two additional info to consider:
      1- after the 1967 Israeli Arab war, all supply of arms to the Eritrean struggle dried out. In Halhal a major force was decimated. Moral was at its lowest. Ethiopia announced amnesty and hundreds surrendered, including the commander of a region.
      2-In 1977 the Eritrean struggling forces lost almost all towns and territories we liberated at a high cost. The reason was an extensive counter attack by the Derg backed by the Soviet Union. We retreated. Then the Derg issued an amnesty. Those who thought it was the end of the struggle surrendered or left the struggle in the thousands.

      Military setback results in heavy desertion, in any war. But unless the issue is resolved properly, military victory alone never solved a problem. It just pushes it to the pending corner to erupt again sometime in the future

      • Dongolo

        Selam Saleh Johar. Thanks for your comments which are well noted. We can now anticipate that Badme will be properly returned to Eritrea and thereafter, Eritrea (et all pro-TPLF Eritrean opposition) will no longer have the same level of motivation to be involved with Ethiopia’s internal affairs. Hopefully, this will pave the way for PIA/PFDJ opposition to have a chance to ‘better’ unify and concentrate more solely on the home front; it would be nice for a change to not be at odds with you. I can only hope the best for Tigrayans and look forward to open borders and revived economic activity.

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Saleh Johar

        “2-In 1977 the Eritrean struggling forces lost almost all towns and territories we liberated at a high cost.”

        Typographical error:
        Should be 1978

        Semere Tesfai

      • Hashela

        Selam Saleh

        you are conflating our just struggle (with all its setback) with a conflicts its cause based on the outright refusal of regional government to obey/follow the constitutional direction and instruction of the central government.
        TPLF can’t have both: parasitically benefit for the resource of the central government (Ethiopia) and at the same time behaves like an independent nation.

  • Fanti Ghana

    Selamat Semere Anbesa,

    It is always a pleasure to read your articles.

    I am thinking that this horror unleashed by these two “leaders,” Isaias and Abiy, has a potential becoming a blessing in disguise: they will both lose quickly, hang for it, and shorten our agony!

    I have never been as ashamed by my country and its “government” as I do these last few weeks. Not just the lack of vision or any trace of humane tendencies, but the avalanche of blatant lies that never stop.

    Anyway, have no fear, the end is here!

    • Selam Fanti Ghana,
      Thank you for telling us all the truth, for blaming Abiy and IA and leaving out tplf, and even suggesting that they should be hanged, so that tplf that attacked ethiopia by attacking the ethiopian armed forces while they were asleep, goes scot-free and returns to power. After all, we are all human beings and not divine, however we may try to show.
      At least for the eyes of the forumers, you could have put tplf in your equation, but you didn’t for obvious reasons.
      Your country has been stabbed in the back by tplf you are defending by saying nothing about its crimes and its full responsibility for the situation today in the country, of which you are ashamed.
      Unfortunately, the end you wish could be extremely bad, unless tplf, the terrorist group, surrenders to face justice. Only those who are criminals run away from justice, and tplf is one. It is sacrificing young tigrayans and it is ready to sacrifice a whole city and its people in a war it is not going to win.
      Look at what is said about dictators and dictatorship, by those who have studied them very well. Dictators usually self-destruct and they are the biggest threat to themselves. They start a war they can’t win. Their mental faculties deteriorate with time and they make grave mistakes. Finally their people get fed up and they want to get rid of them. All these are true about the unrepentant tplf.
      At these difficult hours we need saints and people with wisdom, but they are nowhere to be seen, unfortunately? Let’s all pray so that a solution is found at this last hour, and tplf will not sacrifice a city and its people. I will have no problem if a corridor is opened and these criminals leave the country, provided the city and it’s people are saved. The crimes they committed cannot be undone, and their imprisonment or demise will not heal the wounds they inflicted on ethiopia. It is going to remain as a bad scar forever.

      • Haile S.

        Selam Horizon,

        A saint is one who oints his own and condemns others.
        A non-saint (satan) is a term used by saints on the one who disturbs them during ointing.

        Saints were righteous before the advent of humanity when there was no one to oint or to condemn.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Haile,

          When tragedy befalls on innocent humans, I think sainthood and its opposite become irrelevant details. For me, the protagonists, be they satans or angels, are criminals who spill the blood of children and ordinary citizens who have no saying in decisions of war and peace making.

          What is going on, hurts when wisdom says: after all those who decided to attain glory from war and the agonies it causes, are also endowed by commonsense and faculties as human beings to sense and ponder on the fact that there are also many ways to skip war and settle issues of a nation.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Ismail,

            I agree. But I am sure you got the reason I said it.

            It was the same situation when the innocents were different and the actors the
            same in yesteryears. The reason I said that is to highlight the thick glasses of revelation or blindness we wear to justify one deed or the other.

            On another note, reading some history recently, I came across an essay quoted by these papers. Could it have been you? If yes, have you kept a copy?
            Ismail Ali, The career of Mika’el Sehul of Tigray (1692–1780), Haile Sellassie I University history senior essay, 1972

          • Nitricc

            Hi Haile, there is a good read on FP website witten by Hailmariam Desalnge the former prime minster of Ethiopia. He wrote interesting article titling “Ethiopia’s Government and the TPLF Leadership Are Not Morally Equivalent”

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Nitricc,

            Thank you for letting me know. I just skimmed over it. Wow! looks well written, very interesting and informative. Will read it attentively at lunch time.

          • Selam Haile S. and Nitricc

            It is interesting to hear, right from the horse’s mouth, that tplf is a shrewd mafia group that is master in manipulating the international community
            The aim of the last attack on the federal forces, he says, is to secure impunity for their past and present misdeeds and to achieve power-sharing, through internationally brokered negotiations.
            The so-called external experts on the region also played a negative and misleading role by presenting tplf as a strong and invincible force, which inflated their ego and made them miscalculate and misinterpret the reality on the ground.
            In addition, the discord they sowed in the military gave them the wrong idea that the army is divided on ethnic grounds and it was an easy target.
            Tplf seems to be the victim of its arrogance, ignorance and inflated self-esteem. Its fall will be proportional.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Horizon; That is the exact reason now TPLF wanted to involve Eritrea and UAE. The truth is the Ethiopian defense forces rip through Tigray with speed of light and exposed all weakness of the junta. Not to give the credit to the Ethiopian forces, TPLF is claiming that ” we are losing or lost because of Eritrea and UAE. In a way they seem to admit their losses because of Eritrea and that is okay as long as it is not the Amara and the Ethiopians. PMAA he has to struck as soon as possible and finish the job. the more he takes time, the more the international community to involve and the more it gets complicated. This is internal affairs, finish the job. I know people will die but it is a war. If let the criminals off the hook, the more people to die once they survive and back to their mischievous act. By finishing it right now right here more lives are saved in the future.

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc,
            That’s why soldiers should be controlled by civilian politicians who would restrain their impulse to shoot. You are an example of a soldier who craves the smell of gun powder. Just curious: have you ever participated in a war? Have you seen a massacre of civilians? It would be interesting to know.

          • Nitricc

            Hi SG; I don’t have to touch fire in order to know it burns. No, I have not been in war nor I seen civilian massacre. The point I am making is none of give a flying hoot about civilian’s massacre or the well being of them. If that was the case, the TPLF thugs that you all trying to protect massacred 600 innocent civilians in May-Kadra. I didn’t read or hear from none of you, how come? You see my friend, it is never about the innocent civilians, rather protecting the thieves, the criminals and thugs of TPLF leaders. If Ethiopia to live in peace, the TPLF thugs needs to be eliminated and they will. my question is why are you guys protecting the criminals? that is the question.

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc,
            1- pls stop your nasty wording. This is the second time you are crossing the line of decency. Don’t force me into your language.
            2- obvious. You don’t give a hoot about life. It’s there for anybody to see. And that makes you what? A civilized person? It makes you a violent person, a heartless person.
            3- this platform should not be used to peddle violence and if you are so determined to be the cause of miseries, you will have to be stopped. You can’t be that callous. We are not toiling to help you fan mayhem and misery that will not touch you, but inflict pain on the innocent people.
            4-again, you consume rumors like everybody else. You know nothing and you are not qualified to incriminate anyone. Keep your limits.

          • Nitricc

            Hi SG Why are you fuming? I didn’t fire any bullet nor I killed anyone. I say what I need to say and that is my opinion and I stand by it. All I say was people need to stop fooling the readers. They keep saying “oh the innocent people this and that but when it comes to Mai-Kadra massacre no one said a word, and I ask why? From my understanding only the Tigryan innocent are that matters and others don’t count. That is wrong. So, what I was trying to convey was, it is not about the people but about the TPLF party. The truth. I don’t get it what infuriated you but that is your right.

          • Hashela

            Selam all

            Thank you Nitricc.

            it is gratifying and immensely important that the former PM of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalnge, wrote a piece that dissects an brings to the surface the shrewd mechanization and convoluted thinking of TPLF. He convincingly explained to the world that a dialog with TPLF is morally unacceptable and contra-productive.

            In my view, with this article Hailemariam rehabilitated himself.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile,

            As human beings, our egos and instinctual passions should not shroud our judgement in extreme tragic situations such as wars and the agonies it imposes on the ordinary people. I have studied wars and the woes they create to the innocent for so many years. When the guns go silent in one way or the other, the toll paid do not involve those who made decision. I have fifth generation relatives who had lost many loved ones, hearth and abode and after nearly 10 decades still suffering from the trauma in desolate refugee camps in East Sudan. Many escapees from the current conflict in Tigrai have returned back to the debris of an old refugee camp in Sudan they had left years ago. I do not think close loved ones of Isayas or Abij are among them. War and those maniacs who seek glory in it should be conscientiously condemned.

            Incidentally, yes it is first degree semi- requirement essay I did for the History Department in 1972. My advisor was the late Professor Merid Woldegebriel and the late Prof. Sven Rubenson.

          • Haile S.

            Thank Ismail for confirming,

            Scholarly articles on that period and the man (Sehul) are very scarce. Yours is one of them. Consider publishing it in one form or another.

            The extreme tragic situation was triggered by a group who invaded its own army in order to control strategic military equipments that were amassed there deliberately for decades for a stategic use (by the group’s) when the group was in control. Therefore; the crime it committed upon its military is what ignited the sad situation and this group cannot absolve itself from becoming a hostage taker, even if it claims to have been elected by the innocent people in question.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile.
            No number of casus belli would justify war that destroy lives and properties when there are many ways to settle discords and conflicts. What you mentioned could have been a match stick Abij and Isayas have anticipated and got. But it would make us pathetically too innocent not to think Abij and Isayas had done all that they thought would take to launch war against the Tigrai regional government.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            You see, how Haile is conveniently avoiding the “causes” of the preemptive attack of the Tigray government against the forces encircling them from all corners. Wow! Wow! what a distorted argument it is, talking on the “effect” without the “cause.” But then, when you are at war engagement and you are encircled, you take the appropriate attack to foil your enemy, and that is preemptive strike. እቲ ጉዳይ “ክትቀትለኒ እንተዘይ ትመጽእ ተቀዳዲመ አይምሃረምክዋን” እኮ’ዩ እቲ ናይ ውግእ ሞጎተ::

          • Hashela

            ድሓንዶ ሓዲርካ አማንኤል

            “ክትቀትለኒ እንተዘይ ትመጽእ ተቀዳዲመ አይምሃረምክዋን”.
            እዚአ ድአ ምስምስ ዓማጺ ብዓልሓዳር እንድያ።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሰላም ሓሸላ,

            አንታ ሓውና ውግእ ዘይረኤኻ ደአ ኮይንካበር ሓደ ካብቲ ስልትታ ናይ ውግእኮ’ዩ::

          • Hashela

            Selam Amnauel

            TPLF‘s preemptive strike reasoning sounds like Goebbles’ justification for the unprovoked attack on Poland. He famously said „ Morgen um 5 Uhr werden wir Polen zurückschlagen“.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hashela,
            Your argument is true if there was no state of war. However, if the two are poised for war, surprise and preemptive strike is a valid war approach. In war, even deceit, misinformation etc canny be seen outside the context of war, or based on normal civil appraisal of right and wrong. That is because war is wrong to begin with.

          • Hashela

            Selam Saleh

            First off, begin with salutation, Ok?!!

            I think the fictive poll results presented by Peace is highly instructive.
            it says, here at Awate Eritreans older than 65 yeara (several of them with Stockholm Syndrome) unconditionally support TPLF’s war of aggression. Now is time for me to go the concrete shelter.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Saleh,

            I hope by asking you, you will help me to make some sense. It’s been very exhausting task to get straight answer.

            How is a preemptive strike under this circumstances justified?

            1) Why wouldn’t the TPLF (a state government) invoke article 39 as per their constitution. If they chose to go to war, wouldn’t make sense they at least attempt to do it peacefully, using the legal means?

            2) Why wouldn’t they wait until the Abiy government strike first (knowing what we know now, how long it taking after declaring a war) if there was a fear of being attacked. They would have the whole country and the whole world behind them if they were attacked by the federal government.

            Berhe

          • sara

            selam berhe..
            A preemptive strike in 98 was not justified, this time it is.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Sara,

            It was not justified in 1998 and I don’t think it’s justified today.

            The only time war is justified, who ever initiates the war gets the legal means to engage.

            Otherwise, it’s an outlaw, not a state government that claims it has the mandate by the people claiming to represent it.

            Why they don’t invoke article 39 and decide to separate ? Who could have stopped them? They had the military to defense themselves and they have the constitutional rights to do so.

            Read Hailemarian Desalegn article. Shows from his perspective what the TPLF wanted to achieve.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            You are really slow. You missed Shikorina’s sarcasm .
            I’m disappointed!
            ኧረ እባክህ አንጀቴን አታሳርረው:: እዘንልኝ እንጂ ወንድምአለም! ምን በደልኩህ?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I got it, I want to you wake you up from your long sleep.

            Sad to hear about Maradona today. For me he was the best player ever, may be because I grew up watching him.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            It is a sad day for soccer አፍቃሪዎች.
            Glad you woke me up:) I’m slowly waking up, warming up, …

          • Saleh Johar

            Berhe,
            There is war and then there is an eminent war. Tigrai faced an eminent was dice the beginning of the year. An eminent war warrants any type of reaction because Ethiopians lost the opportunity when they both escalated the conflict which has no other way to go but war. Then all legal illegal becomes subjective. War cancels reason. There is no reason left in Ethiopia. They reverted to their favorite pass time: blood-shedding. So, don’t depend too much on niceties of constitution and legality. The lesson we learned in Badmme.

          • Selam SJG,

            I see that you support tplf’s preemptive strike. If i may ask you:
            Do you support negotiations to end the war with tplf that wanted the war and started the war, or do you say the war should continue as long as tplf started the war until it triumphs over Ethiopia?
            Do you condemn Ethiopia if she refuses to negotiate with tplf, because she sees herself as a victim of an unprovoked war?
            Do you think that tplf should have both ways, start a war whenever it feels strong, and then beg for peace when it sees that its miscalculation is leading it to its demise?
            Are Ethiopians still blood-shedding when they are murdered in their sleep by tplf?

          • Saleh Johar

            Horizon,
            Why is it all about support this or support that? I don’t support all Abyssinian elite. Never had. It’s has always been a disappointment for centuries. Nothing changed. Always violent. Always hegemonic mentality. But to come to your questions:

            1- I explained how I understand preemptive strike. It has nothing to do with support or. otherwise. Don’t throw your predisposed perception at me. It’s your own.

            2- I rejected wars throughout. And I wish it stopped within five mnts. I do not calculate who losses or wins the way many do. I hope lives are saved. And those who are dying are numbers to the warmongers, the wars they do not fight but make others do.

            3- you seem to be talking about two countries not one. I think Tigray is Ethiopian and you seem to be forgetting that.

            4- yiu thing I support TOLF. I am not in the football fan mood, never have been. But you seem you are in pursuit of a unitary state for the sake of a hegemony where the 800 years of lording over all Ethiopians is revived. I am not into that.

            5- The Who started the war is tricky. If you genuinely want to find out, go back to when the confrontation started. You can’t pick a specific time in line with Abiy’s crooked reasoning. The war was simmering since he cane to power and he followed the unitary forces, appeasing them to secure their support. Sometimes it good to Switch your comfortable eyeglasses and put on other ones to see how they look at it.

            The fight is between the elite, you included.

          • SJG,

            You said that “An eminent war warrants any type of reaction…”, you said it, not me. Therefore, as much as you are concerned, preemptive strike by tplf was warranted, even if this way it broke the peace and there was no armed attack against it, as required by the UN, to carry out a preemptive attack.

            You reject wars but you have no qualms if tplf reacts in any way it wants even with preemptive strike as long as it feels that there is an imminent war, right or wrong. This is a contradicting standpoint.

            Tplf is a rogue element which dared to attack the federal army which is the Ethiopian National Army and it had no problem with that, because it happens to see itself equal to the federal government, and not as a regional government. It is a regional state which acted the last two years as if it was an independent country and armed itself with more than 250K fighters and it prepared itself for this confrontation. Where has anybody seen a regional state with an army that can defeat any African army, as tplf used to boast, unless it considered itself an independent country. It made the mistake to bite more than it can chew, and it has to accept the responsibilities.

            You are accusing me as if i am for a unitary state as if tplf’s ethiopia was not a centralized unitary state, but in name. Why does tplf behave in this way? Is it not due to the loss of its hegemony over Ethiopia from the center?

            At last it should be known that the kibre negest or the abyssinian empire, etc rhetoric, do not explain the present day politics fully, although it is used to explain everything Ethiopian. It can’t be an everlasting universal explanation.

            No, who started the war has a simple answer. Whoever pulled the trigger first started the war. Rhetorical speech is not war, especially when the federal government was telling tplf that it does not want war, while tplf was warmongering.

            Finally, I wish you do the same thing, i.e. switch your comfortable eyeglasses, as you told me to do, and you should know you are also included in the elites.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Saleh,

            It’s rare that I disagree with you but in this case I don’t think I agree that “Tigray faced eminent threat”.

            During the day, declaring they are for the rule of law and conduct “open and free elections for the whole world to see and witness and how law abiding they and follow the constitution” and at night “open fire, kill and destroy the federal army” which is there as per the same constitution to uphold the rule of law.

            Now after this happened, calling for ceasefire and dialogue is “dihri May ab beati”.

            I read PM Hailemarian piece, at least he answers for me, why TPLF chose this path.

            Berhe

          • Hashela

            ሰላም ኣማኤል

            ጥዑም ዕላል። ግን ስራሕካ ስለዘይትስዕ ነታ ጥዕምቲ ሃንዛ፣ ንእሽቶ ጽማቕ ዕረ እንጢብካላ።

          • Nitricc

            Hey Ismail; I am a little confused. are you sympathizing for the innocent people who got cought on this war or are you worried about the leaders who started the whole thing of war. At lease think the same way who were shot to death in their sleep too. Clarifying it for me if you can. thanks.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Ismail,

            Just to answer you on former PM HD. There is no innocence here. We may like or condemn what someone said, but no person of responsibility will come out of this situation unaccountable.

            Incidentally, the traditional painting accompanying the present article is about sleeping together. The history of Abyssinian leadership is the result of sleeping together. ማክዳን ያዛት (ሰሎሞን)፣ ከማክዳ ጋር ተኛ፣ ምልክት ወጣት says the painting. The images that follow, but not included were, ማክዳ ወደ ኣገርዋ ተመለሰች፣ ምነሊክ ተወለደ … What this legend tries to show is not only the wish to belong to the world of wisdom, but also an alliance with the wise and/or mighty.

            Since then, the history of our region has been the story of alliances and sleeping together. The different regions of Abyssinia since that imemorial time administered their local areas (meaning there was a natural federation). Moreover, alliances were made to dominate or let someone dominates. These alliance sometimes persisted long time, but frequently were short-lived resulting in wars and as such life in Abyssinia persisted for centuries until this day of modernity. Alliances and sleeping was one of the most effective way of surviving. What best is there to silence a rival than to give him, his son or his daughter, your first born? May be TPLF forgot to give their sons or daughters to their allies. They intermarried too much between themselves and stayed secluded 🤔.

            Now, coming to the present situation, what precipitated the hovering danger is the invasion of the federal army posts by TPLF forces. It is a fresh crime scene where authorities are trying to arrest the criminal before the case goes cold. Having said that, the real cause to what happened now is what happened in the last decades, the sleeping together and failing alliances. Was EPRDF a true alliance between equals, was Ethiopia a true federation, are the questions that comes to mind. What maintained EPRDF for the last 2 or more decades is the creations of a ‘dragon’ in Eritrea. When the alliance faltered and the ‘northern dragon’ became a northern star, the little glue that maintained the alliance melted.

            The ‘dragon’, Eritrea, didn’t extricate itself from the bed-site story from the get go. It was part and parcel (at least its highland part) of it for centuries until now. The exception could perhaps be the italian period, which gave Eritrea the international legality to exist as separate entity. Thereafter, neither its administering regime nor the groups opposing it attempted to extricate it from the microcosmos of intrigues of sleeping together, perhaps because history, geography and economy dictates. However, legally there are two internationally recognized countries Eritrea and Ethiopia and they need to deal with their common issues without forgetting they are 2 countries. Their issues is a force that was a dominant figure nationally and now wants to stay locally and play a Warwick between the two. Giving or leaving an absolute power to a Warwick to decide the blow of the wind is the challenge the two countries are facing. While things were like this the Warwick attacked its national army. Now, it is good to ask the actors to solve the pribkems another way, but the Warwick is also responsible for what it did and should know how to extricate itself from the situation.

          • Aligaz G

            Ismail,

            Since you studied Mikael Sehul who ushered in the Zemene Mesafint which later evolved into the Yeju Mesfinate, surely the parallels of that era with our current politics are obvious to you. Issu as M Sehul “the King Maker” comes directly to mind. Or is this a stretch too far?

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aligaz,

            Indeed, those who are exposed to the history of Ethiopia since the claimed restoration (1270) hardly cease thinking about what it means when weakness and decadence rein at the center of power. I remember we exchanged views with worthy debates like Amde in this forum at the EPRDF citadel started to shake under Hailemariam Desalegn. In Ethiopia, when things “fall apart” at seat of power, then it is uncertain when and how things will end. It all start at the peripheries when locals gather confidence that the center has become weak, and they start as “shiftas” and summon fame by subduing the poor and local competitors to expand to neighbors and to the throne. Study Tewodros and his contemporaries; Yohannes is another and Alis in Jeju region.

          • Hashela

            Dear Ismail

            For those of us who spent a significant part of their young age abroad are educated in Europe and/or North America, our limited history knowledge of Ethiopia is exclusively shaped by writings of ethiophile White men and ክብረ ነገስት-like narration by predominantly Amhara scholars.

            So your lecture is highly appreciated, especially when it is prepared for educated but none-expert audience.

          • Aligaz G

            Ismail,

            As a formally untrained historian, there are 2 broad patterns I take from your response. 1) the system has inbuilt instability to start with exacerbated by poverty 2) while simultaneously competing power nucleation centers are continuously appearing feeding further instability into the system whether described as periphery center or ethnic rivalries. Am I mistaken?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aligaz,

            I will agree with the later (number-2) and as a matter of fact, it is true throughout their history.

          • Aligaz G

            AH,

            Since historians generally make poor analysts of current events, I won’t press Ismail for a “way out” of this historical trap. But I am interested in your (as an active politician) honest, unbiased, zero propaganda outlook for the region. Please share

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aligaz,

            You have it right with some caveats due to time and modern weapons acquistion factors in the context of covetous needs of imperial and colonial powers. The roots of instability rested in the nature of power sustenance means which was unpaid peasant armies whose livelihoods depended on the services and produce of poor farmers. Availability of resources was finite, and that is why we find the seats of power shifting from place to place until it Gonder. The mere fact that wood became scarce, for instance, the center shifted.

          • Saleh Johar

            Aligaz
            It’s not a stretch too far. I think it’s exactly that.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Isamialo,

            The war monger Eritreans are looking the glory of Issayas the tormentor of our people from this war, no matter what the price of our precious Eritrean youth will be payed in this senseless war. The Tigray people has the history of perseverance and resilience to come out from natural and human impose catastrophic wars. They will prevail by making their defenses switching between conventional and guerilla to preserve their rights and their survival. The strategy of the evil alliances of Abiy/Issayas/Amara should will have its toll, but the Tigray people will prevail at the end.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Ismail AA. Have not the true protagonists of war been Eritreans who have supported the TPLF over the past 2 decades in a now obviously failed bid to usurp control of Eritrea? Hypocrisy hast no limits and the blind and deaf are not always who they appear to be. Silent were they when the TPLF repeatedly committed acts of war and human rights violations in their ‘By hook or by crook’ attempt to isolate and destroy Eritrea lest not other innocent Ethiopians.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dongolo,
            Seen your comment.

        • Saleh Johar

          HaileS,
          Stop talking of a time when you were not born. I was there when only saints roamed the earth. We didn’t think that way at all. You humans came from nowhere and spoiled our plans. Life was so good for us back then. And we are planning to bring that system (it’s a secret, do t tell anybody) BTW, we are recruiting would-be saints. Are you interested 🙂

          • Haile S.

            Selam Saint Saleh,

            No I am not interested in missiling the earth 😁!

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selam Horizon,

        I know you have a strong opinion regarding TPLF, but
        1. Abiy started this war; TPLF only took preemptive strike.
        2. I have never known TPLF to lie, ever.

        I don’t know if you are aware of this but the following sentence imply that residents of Mekele are hostages.

        “Let’s all pray so that a solution is found at this last hour, and tplf will not sacrifice a city and its people.”

        Sacrifice it how? If TPLF is as evil as you seem to believe, why expect it to have a last minute heart and surrender to “save the people”? Save them from who or from what?

        Oh my! Never mind the fact that the invading army will never get anywhere near Mekele, but for the sake of argument, what do you expect the people in Mekele to do? Leave the city making sure no TPLF is following them until only TPLF is left and then mow it down with tanks?

        Does that sound like what people should expect from their governments?

        Let’s assume all Tigrayans in Mekele support TPLF and they want it to continue as their organization, is the government prepared to kill them all? That is what it sounds like to me when I follow this logic through.

        I do agree, we should all pray for a way out of this nightmare scenario, but I really suggest you take a closer look on what is really happening and the pit hole Abiy has taken the country down to.

        • Dongolo

          Selam Fanti Ghana.
          1) Albeit the TPLF is a domestic terrorist group that has committed terrorist act(s), even under the framework of international law, most experts hold that a preventive strike undertaken without the approval of the United Nations is illegal; clearly the TPLF started the war and have admitted to the same.
          2) You have never known the TPLF to lie? Yeah buddy. Well, let us start with MZ’s signature to accept the Algiers/EEBC decision as final and binding.
          3) You say ‘The invading army will never get anywhere near Mekele’. Within days you will be eating you words.
          4) Yes, innocent and unwilling Tigrayans should be allowed to leave the city and definitely there are those in Mekele that do no support the TPLF.

          • Saleh Johar

            Dongolo,
            You stated:
            “…. a preventive strike undertaken without the approval of the United Nations is illegal…”

            Can you pls provide an evidence or a link that what you claimed is a UN law?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Saleh,

            From Charter of the United Nations:

            Article 39
            The Security Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.

            Berhe

          • Selam Berhe Y.,
            In addition, “The initiation of armed conflict: that is being the first to ‘break the peace’ when no ‘armed attack’ has yet occurred, is not permitted by the UN Charter, unless authorized by the UN Security Council as an enforcement action.” (Wikipedia).

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            This article-39 of the UN and the rest articles you mentioned refers to “interstate” wars and conflicts. It has nothing to to do with “intrastate” conflict like that of Ethiopia. Just to remind you.

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Amanuel,

            I had shared the UN charter that Saleh asked, that I thought was relevant.

            Why are you implicating Eritrea in this? What evidence do you have Eritrea has initiated this war that you keep repeating.

            Have you said something about TPFL launching to Eritrea?

            If anything Eritrea can make a case of self-defence if it get involved, as per UN charter in response to the unprovoked missile attack.

            Article 51
            Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            When Ethiopian parliament declared war in 1998, I had argued using the articles of the UN you mentioned here now. You can not be an Eritrean than any Eritrean, especially than those who spent their youth in the war of liberation that you are proud of now.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Amanuel,

            I am not being more Eritrean than any Eritrean, and I don’t know what gives you that impression. No doubt I am grateful for your sacrifice and many other like you to have a country called Eritrea. But because you have fought for our liberation, it doesn’t mean that you are the only authority to speak of Eritrea and the conditions that affect all of us.

            Your argument sound the logic of Isayas Afeworki, no? I brought Eritrea and I can destroy it.

            Speaking of the war in 1998, it’s Isayas Afeworki mistake and Eritrea failure to let he SC know what happened in Adi Murug, by the letter send from the Eritrean president to the PM of Ethiopia. Had Eritrea alerted the world, the conflict of Badime would have been in self defense after the killing of Eritrean officers by the TPFL.

            They escalated the war in 1998 by bombing Asmara and they wanted to do it again now.

            I will try to avoid to argue with you and see things as they unfold. I have said to you already and I am going to repeat it again, defending the TPLF at all cost is clouding your judgement. I must add, few others as well.

            It’s beyond me, why all these going far and beyond to defend the TPLF action of igniting the war and worse endorsing the missile attack of Eritrea.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            selam Berhe,

            I think you become the stooge of the regime. Where did I justify the missiles that hits Asmara? I think I told to the one who accused me before you straight forward as follows: “ how could one who oppose the war could condone the missiles that are fired to Asmara”. Does this statement infer by all means that I support the missiles attack of Asmara? unless you have an ulterior motive to blackmail me.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Amanuel,

            No I don’t have an ulterior motive to blackmail. I asked you, I didn’t know if someone else asked and what your reply was.

            This is what I asked you about “Have you said something about TPFL launching to Eritrea?”. I asked you this because I want to know what you think of it, in relation to your argument of preemptive attack that you seem to defend what the TPLF has done. I want to know if you see that as a preemptive as well or not.

            And responded by saying “You can not be an Eritrean than any Eritrean, especially than those who spent their youth in the war of liberation that you are proud of now.”

            Being a stooge, ok let’s leave it there.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            Let me start that this war shouldn’t start to begin with. Internal political difference should not be addressed war. Once the warring regimes engaged in a war you can not tell them don’t shoot missile only fight on the ground war. If the “Alliances forces” are using drones and planes, the other warring side will use whatever ammunition has in in its possession. So my position to call for halting the war with all its destructive ammunitions.

            Remember the Ethiopian war planes that are bombing in Tigray are flying from Asmara and Bahir Dar. The missiles are firing from Mekele. Which one is holly which one is a sine

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Amanuel,

            Remember the Ethiopian war planes that are bombing in Tigray are flying from Asmara and Bahir Dar. The missiles are firing from Mekele. Which one is holly which one is a sine

            What proof do you have the Ethiopian war planes are flying from Asmara?

            Why did the US, Canada and other EU countries condemn the firing of missiles to Asmara by TPLF?

            They have their embassy physically seating there in Asmara and why they tell only the TPLF to stop?

            Berhe

          • sara

            selam berhe,
            ‘Being a stooge, ok let’s leave it there.’
            you are a good person…. who respects elders even when they do
            or say wrong things.keep it that way!

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; don’t get discouraged by some lost souls. your argument is solid. and don’t be fooled by i fought for Eritrea BS. sure every one who gave his time to the Couse should be respected and given its props but when they change their mind for monitory gains and sold their soul to attack Eritrea, it should be nullified. Take Mesifn Hagos, he is a hero, he paid every price there is to be paid but but but he failed at the end. what Aman doing to you is giving you the guilty trip, he has sold his soul for a pair of air tickets and free lounge. If not, how anyone can blame PMAA for he did? the federal forces were attacked while they were sleep, forces who defended the killil over 20 years. There many cases that qualified for state treason but this one tops the list. So, my friend don’t be black mailed by BS and for people who sold their souls. The good thing is by the weekend there is no more TPLF.

          • Hashela

            Selam Berhe

            It is hard to give you a stronger encouragement than the one Nitricc gave you. I want to add that foreseeing the inevitable demise of TPLF, some forumers are getting increasingly acidic and breaking every norm of civilized conduct.
            So I would not put much weight on what they are saying. See it as one form of መልቀስ.

          • Saleh Johar

            Berhe,
            That applies to cross border aggression between countries , not a civil was within a state. That is why our struggle was ignored because it was considered a civil war. It’s worse in Ethiopia. It’s ethnic war.

        • Selam Fanti Ghana,

          It is interesting to see how you are hair splitting to justify tplf’s treasonous act, by calling it a preemptive attack, when tplf attacked soldiers that are known to protect tigray for twenty years, build schools, help in the fields tigrayan farmers and fight locusts to save their crops. Preemptive attack is an attack to prevent an anticipated action and not a response for an event that has taken place or certainly will take place, because nobody knows it will ever happen. There is no proof that it will happen, especially when the Ethiopian government had reiterated on many occasions that it will never start a war, while tplf was asking for it persistently. Therefore, it is a premeditated attack and nothing else. You can’t justify the unjustifiable.

          You said, ‘You have never known tplf to lie.” How could you say such a thing? I was expecting that you have an open mind. That is the reason why it is said that there is no truth but one’s own interpretation. Tplf’s history has been that of lies, treason and backstabbing, and of course looting and enriching itself.
          You should know that survival is everything in human nature, and if not for the people, tplf may act to ensure its own survival by surrendering or leaving the country as MHM did in 1991.

          Tplf is hiding among the people to save itself. Tigrayans are aware of its empty bravado. They are not going to sacrifice themselves this time as we saw up to now. No world power is coming to its rescue. On the contrary, the USA and Russia are condemning tplf and China is indifferent.

          What if the people simply don’t resist the federal army and cooperate to hand over the criminals? Are they going to shoot the people, thus forcing the army to intervene? Why did they choose to make Mekelle their last battle front instead of coming out and fighting as they said they would do? This is not an organization that doesn’t lie, but survives on lies and betrayal.

          Tplf should have known that one who raises a gun is destroyed by a gun. When it killed and stole ammunition from the federal army, it should be naïve not to expect that the government would react. That is a big miscalculation that proves their old and dilapidated brain. Do you expect the federal government to congratulate tplf for the crimes it committed or should it punish it as it should? Your biased and partisan stand seems to have blinded you.

          It is only dictatorships that say that the whole nation supports them and they always win 100% of the votes in the fake elections they carry out. Tigrayans are turning over their guns to the federal army and you don’t seem to accept the fact that they are not going to fight for the rogue organization.

          Rule or destroy, is tplf’s mantra for Ethiopia, and you should know that none of the two are going to happen. Tplf chose to play Russian roulette and it should have known that such a game could end up in its demise.

        • Nitricc

          Hey Fantish; I just couldn’t believe this came out from you.

          1. Abiy started this war; TPLF only took preemptive strike.

          Would you kindly explain that Abiy started the war? please. your statement contradicts with each other. One must be starter if committed the preemptive attacks. TPLF attacked the sleeping army and the war was started. how exactly did Abiy started this war? what was Abiy’s plan for TPLF to commit preemptive and criminal attack over the army who shield the people of Tigray for the last 21 years?

          2. I have never known TPLF to lie, ever.

          wow, fantish, all i mean all governments, political parties do lie. Although TPLF the mother of all lies. I personally never take a word what the thugs say. They always lie. I can’t believe you said those things. The facts are all political organization lie and TPLF is master of lies.

  • Aron

    Hello peace,
    “Well, aren’t you the one who has been screaming for AGAZIAN NATION, “,

    Well dear peace, I did not stutter now, did I. You can call it cause or symptom it really does not matter how you analyze it. What matters is if you think Abiy’s target is Tigray only you got another think coming. I urge you to think about solution instead of wallowing in the past. The only solution is unity and and defend both sides of the Mereb my brother. I said it loud before and I am saying it now. The only solution is UNITY. When we fight each other they win. When we unite we win every time.Aron the Agazi

  • Brhan

    Merhaba Semere,

    Thank you for your article. It dealt with the core issue. What did Ethiopia mean, is meaning and will mean?

    What it meant and is meaning was/is catastrophic. And what will mean is heading to that unless all sides solve the problem peacefully.

    Also, I agree with you , we do not know when the war will end and it may take months , years? Look a country across the red sea. The same token was said by the very rich and powerful countries: we will finish it within two weeks but look they have been stuck for the past 5 years.

    In addition, the myths that you mentioned, a myth associated with building a nation , have not been shared by many Ethiopians such as the Oromo, Somali , Afar and others. And imposing that myth on others was one of the causes, besides land grabbing by feudalist, racism and discrimination that led to form to military fronts that are now alive inside Ethiopia and are like ticking bomb.

    Last but not least , you mentioned the Sudan, and can’t they learn from this country. Only recently the government there prefered peacefull resolution rahter than fighting with its opposing parties. While I am still talking about the Sudan , I would like to talk some good news out of this war. Yes war is bad and is about bad news, but also there are people who do good things as a result give good news during the war times.I have not been to the Sudan, but as many Eritreans tell me , the majority of the Sudanese are good people and this was proved to me when I saw in the past two weeks in TV , local Sudanese who seem simple farmers or workers receiving Tigrayans refugess from Ethiopia as well as Eritrean refugees with flowers, bread and blanket.

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    Who is the moderator on duty? It is not fair to keep throwing comments for no reason. Stop marking genuine comments as a spam.

    Peace!

    • Peace,
      You should be smarter than that. Disqus is outsourced and we do not control how it behaves. Moderators check, time permitting, for glitches or wrong flagging. This is the case since we started to use disqus. I hope you correct your wrong perception and misplaced arrows.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Sem,

    I would like to highlight this particular of your message to the so called educated Eritreans who are cheering for the war that soon will revert to their country eventually when their leader change his loyalty to the greater Ethiopia.

    “ And in the morning, they will revert to humans, gleefully swimming in your salty water, quenching their sea salt craving, and when you come to shoot them to claim your healthy sea salt, they will change back to hyenas.”

    This piece is really an entertainment as well as warning to what it is going to happen in the near future. Thank you buddy.

    • EritreanHillBilly

      Amanuel,
      you are living in the last century. The days of Greater anything is dying with your favorite party the TPLF.
      Dr. Abiy will be so busy healing and re-establishing a strong and vibrant country… I expect him to be busy for next 10 years on developing and navigating Ethiopia with country of 110 million people. Eritrea is now no different than Djibouti. If it can provide a port at cheap price… Ethiopia will be happy to add another port.
      The days of Greater anything is also so last century… you find it with Gedli generation of last century.

  • Aron

    Hi Semere,
    I agree with everything you said. Abiy is laughing his behind off that we are fighting each other to death while he is strengthening his grip on both sides of the Mereb. He already have Eritrea with out shooting a single bullet. Killing two with one shot. I never believed Nitric and Abi when they told me we Tigrigna speakers highlanders are too stupid to unify and defend our selves when i should have. They were correct. Minilik and Italy saw it and succeeded. Abiy, Minilik’s student also is exploiting it successfully. Aron

  • Ismail AA

    Selame Semere Andom,

    Welcome back, sir. Thank you for this entertaining piece in style and language, regardless the views projected through it. It has been quite n a while since I met something like this one of yours to read and ponder on.

    Yes, I agree with you that some people who take part in this forum, or elsewhere, look at this war from emotional perspective – just like foot ball stadium crowds who do not entertain concern for injuries the player can incur as long as they do score and win to satiate the passion of the fans on either side of match. Only people who are acquainted with the history of the of Ethiopia, as you are, who care to stretch their thoughts and concerns to long term ramifications wars in this country had shown.

    The point the Ethiopia, mainly the original constituent element in – the Habesha element – never rested from wars of one sort or another in its existence from the last part of the 13th century or the so called restoration period when its clergy and kings connected their claimed lineage to the “wise king”, as you have mentioned. One just needs to trace the wars from Amde Zion to Galawdewos, to the kings of Gonder, the era of war lords, Tewoderos II to Yohannes IV, to Menelik II to Haile Sellassie I, the Derg and now the current one. There has never been respite or pax-ethiopiana across centuries. It is a country that sought glory and prowess in wars and culture of war. Sadly, in this times of peace and globalization, Ethiopia does not seem to have liberated itself from its past. And its woes and disarray can have bad effect on its neighbors such as Sudan and Eritrea.

    As you have put it well, we Eritreans should think better than some of us have been doing. Of course, sadly again, they have become victim of division stirred and imposed on them by the a regime and its ruthless and egoistic dictator. But at the end of the day, the despot shall go and leave them with heavy burden of preserving what they have attained through blood and sweat. It is simply unimaginable for us as Eritrean to fail fathoming the extra burden this current mad war will add to our plight. I am talking about the mainstream population of the country, and not the regime zealots.
    Thank you Semere for this nice read.

    • iSem

      Hi Ismail AA
      thanks for your comment and your welcome. It is mind boggling to me how many Eritreans think this ware benefits the sovereignty of Eritrea. I think if there are some dignity left in the Eritrean Defence forces, they should take their divisions and units and fight against IA and PFDJ and Abiy and side with the TPLF to keep the sovereignty of Eritrea. This sounds like counter intuitive, but if Ethiopia emerges stronger from this war with the help of Eritrea then the 70 million people who salivate to have their sea back will never leave and IA will bless them and we all should bid Eri goodbye and the 30 years blood and the 30 repression would have been in vain

      My hope is that Ethiopia emerges fragments and the Oromos to claim their homeland.

      • EritreanHillBilly

        Isem,
        “70 million people who salivate to have their sea back”… where does this come from… Ethiopia has been able to function and develop and be successful for last 20 years without a port.
        What the last twenty years has taught Ethiopia is it can do and achieve whatever it wants without a port.
        Rwanda one of successful country economically… doesn’t have port so does Uganda…
        Port is preferred but not essential to be a successful country or economy…

        • iSem

          HI EHB:
          I agree with you Ethio not only survived without Eri ports but thrived. But the people am talking about are not rational. This was true even before 1991, so you are thinking rationally but IA the group he is supporting now are not that rational

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Hello Isem,
            To be honest, I have no idea what you are talking about… I don’t know you but I get the impression you are from the Gedhli generation. IA is symbol of Gedhli generation and leaders of TPLF are Gedhli generation… that is why they can’t leave power without a gun. Those guys are in their late 70’s and 80’s… couldn’t they just retire enjoy their last few years on Earth… handover power peaceful.
            That is what is diease of the Gedhli generation. The rest of the world is 30-40years a head of us…
            Finally, in the horn we are entering the Technocrat age because of Dr. Abiy. The Gedliocrats don’t know what to do except charge to North Command and steal weapons.
            Anyway, IA days are numbered anyway- as Dr. Abiy transforms and re-direct Ethiopia.. it will have a positive impact on its neighbors.

        • Aron

          Hi EHB,
          What you said is very true when rational and reasonable folks are in power. They build the economy and the nations infrastructure port or no port. Like you said it has been proven. It also is true you could own thousand KM of sea outlet like in our case and progress backwards when you have a stupid guy like Issaias in the helm contemplating only how he can hit back at his perceived or real enemies.

          If you listen to Ethiopian Amhara news outlets they say in plain language they have a claim to Eritrean sea ports and at this point Abiy and Issayas seem to agree with them. Why do you think Abiy is building a navy with Issayas blessing. Abiy has thousands of troops in Eritrea according to many reports. If that is even half true,
          after investing all their money time and put their army in Eritrea you think they are going to pack and leave when we tell them to leave, I only can say you are naïve at best. His (Abiy) first target is woyane but his primary goal is Eritrea or Assab.

          I don’t want you to disregard what I say because I am an ardent advocate of Tigray Tigrigni some of you guys may think I am saying this out of shear desire to unite the two. Even if that is honestly true, I am an Eritrean first and safe guarding Eritrea is of paramount importance to me. What is happening now does not bode well from my angle. Aron

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Hello Aron,
            On one breathe you seem to say backward “Issias in the helm contemplating only how he can hit back at his perceived or real enemies.”
            On the other hand you have all this theory about Amhara bogeyman wanting to take over Assab.
            Djibouti has America, France, China on its port. Is it losing its sovereignty. It kicked out Dubai world and Dubai World sued and won on International court.
            If there is any intelligent bureaucrat in Eritrea- they should lease it Dubai World for 8 years learn first hand how to run a first world Port management… a form of knowledge transfer.
            Anyway Russia is building a base on Sudanese coast… Is it going to takeover Sudan…
            Aron- you are probably of Gedhli generation and your mindset is similar to Issias and TPLF leadership- Power comes from barrel of Gun. Stay in power by military. Get a port by military means…
            Eritrean ports have been idle and decrepit for last 20years… if Dr. Abiy and Issias put them to use for good price great…

            I don’t know anything about Tigray Tigrigni… I keep hearing noise about it. As Eritrea moved backward, I think some Eritrea are starting to drive in Reverse.
            My philosophy is Forward Ever Backward Never…

          • Aron

            Hello EHB,
            France, USA and others don’t claim Djibouti to be theirs. I think probably you are may be too young and too positive to understand the politics of horn. It will help you widen your horizon if you look deeper.
            “Aron- you are probably of Gedhli generation and your mindset is similar to Issias and TPLF leadership- Power comes from barrel of Gun. Stay in power by military. Get a port by military means…
            Eritrean ports have been idle and decrepit for last 20years… if Dr. Abiy and Issias put them to use for good price great…” Remember EPRDF made a marathon meeting and transferred power peacefully to Dr. Abiy. They were in control of the guns and gave it up. They could have easily done what Abiy is doing now to resolve problems.

            I’ve no problems Assab being used by Ethiopia or by anyone else. I have advocated better economic relations with Ethiopia for long time before and the guys who are for it now were against it until the border was demarcated. I just don’t trust all this secret agreements, the Ethiopian troops in Eritrea, Abiy and Issaia’s rhetoric and what is coming out the amhara media.

            One more thing, age got nothing to do with being reasonable. In most cases you get finer, wiser and calmer with age because you learn a lot from experience. Aron

  • gherima meskel

    wedi philips !!! double standard !!! dont run around the bush !!!

    • Tensae

      Dear Gherima Meskel,

      Please stop name calling as it is not productive at all. If you have any disagreement with any one, you are better off to make you case clearly in civilized manner. You may have your views about any one as I do, good or bad but that does not justify name calling.

      Thanks in anticipation of your understanding.

      Tensae