If Not Abiy Ahmed, Then Who? I Stand by Ethiopia and Abiy Ahmed!

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By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam

In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Attributed to George Orwell

At this critical time in Ethiopia’s history, I believe Ethiopian intellectuals must take a leading and active role in the public debate to shape the future of their homeland. But there is a deficit in the supply of transformational and visionary Ethiopian thinkers with revolutionary ideas to re-invent Ethiopian society. Alemayehu G. Mariam, June 21, 2010

Telling the truth, handling the truth

Today, we live in a time of universal deceit.

Many Ethiopians in the country and in the diaspora, and particularly the so-called elites sporting an alphabet soup of acronyms after their names, are living comfortably in self-deceit.

So, I am going to engage in a revolutionary act by asking – and throwing the gauntlet to one and all — one simple question which demands a declaration of the truth: If Abiy Ahmed is not to lead Ethiopia today, who will?

The members of the lunatic fringe who proclaim “there are two governments in Ethiopia and they can seize power in 24 hours if they want to?

The ruthless thugs that have been sucking the lifeblood of Ethiopia for over a quarter of a century and today are scheming to unleash ethnic conflict and steal their way back to power in the chaos?

The hoity-toity diaspora “intellectuals” who are abysmally clueless about what it takes to govern a long-abused and misgoverned country like Ethiopia?

The tired old Derg dregs who blow their horns in the diaspora while hiding their blood-soaked hands from public view?

The old fogies who find themselves marooned in exile pipe dreaming about the good old days?

The power-hungry ideologues who blather empty words about “revolutionary democracy”, “ethnic federalism”, the “national question”, the “ethnic question” and demonize leaders who kept Ethiopia free from colonialism when all of Africa was enslaved by European imperial powers?

The nattering nabobs of negativism who palm themselves off as the “media”, “journalists” and “reporters” by propagating fake news, lies and disinformation?

The ethnonationalist preachers of hate and their mindless mob killing, looting and burning homes, business and public facilities in an effort at ethnic cleansing?

The robotic “activists” whose slogan is, “I am against everything!”

The moles hidden deep in the bureaucracy, the military, the police and in the security forces working day and night to bring down the current administration?

The two-faced villainous politicians who smile as they murder and murder as they smile; who during the day hobnob with the administration and at night dig tunnels to bring it down?

The skunks and wolves in sheep’s clothing who work secretly with Ethiopia’s enemies to destroy Ethiopia’s epic national development project?

The myopic windbags passing themselves of as party leaders but cannot present to the public a single page of competing economic, political or social programs if they life depended on it? Or even respond to or offer a principled and robust critique of what has been proposed by the current administration?

The cyber crybabies throwing temper tantrum blogs whining and bellyaching?

The “experts” who returned to Ethiopia begging to be government advisors and when turned down turned their quills as guided missiles to attack the current administration?

The armchair politicians pontificating about what should be done while stuffing their faces with tre sega and washing it down with cognac and whiskey?

Let me make it clear.

There is no shortage of self-styled leaders ready to plunge Ethiopia into civil war to grab power.

There is no shortage of mafiosi leaders ready to plunder the treasury and rip off the people of Ethiopia.

There is no shortage of bloodthirsty criminals who will step on heaps of dead bodies of innocent citizens at the drop of a hat to seize the mantle of power.

The question is:

Is there any leader in Ethiopia today who has demonstrated the same level of courage, intelligence, vision, self-confidence, strategic thinking, honesty and integrity, communications skills, humility, passion and dedication as Abiy Ahmed?

If so, who is that leader? I challenge anyone, everyone, to name him or her!

We have a choice to make

Ethiopia today is at the crossroads.

We are at the fork in the road.

We can march forward confident in the future to a promised land of prosperity, dignity, fraternity, equality and humanity.

We can walk back and free fall into a bottomless vortex of poverty, the shameful politics of ethnicity and live in a society marked by inhumanity, cruelty, enmity and irrationality.

We can make a right turn and uphold human rights and undo human wrongs. We can be on the right side of history and do right by the people of Ethiopia.

We can turn left and be left behind. We can sit on the dock of the bay watch the ship of change sail into a brave new future. We can stand on the platform and watch the train of called prosperity leave the station carrying those who have confidence in themselves and the future.

We have a choice to make!

Do we want the Old Ethiopia mired in poverty, destructive politics of ethnicity, kililized territoriality and a government of no accountability?

Or the New Ethiopia of prosperity, community, civility and rationality.

We can choose the path of democracy and representative government or go back to the days of fake elektions and demokracy.

We can revert to ethnic apartheid or build true federalism.

We can choose between the rule of law and the rule of murderous men with guns.

Let’s face facts, the truth! Better yet, let’s be honest and face our consciences.

For the past two years, Ethiopia has shown a magnificent trajectory out of thugtatorship into multiparty democracy, rule of law and expansion of civil liberties.

No one but no one except those whose souls are fatally infected by the corona virus of self-hate and hate of others, the Forces of Darkness and the dregs of history can deny that.

The road Ethiopia has taken over the past two years has been bumpy but the road map remains clear: Ethiopia is rising above the petty politics of ethnicity, sectarianism and communalism.

The inert, comatose and useless practitioners of ethnic and sectarian politics should learn one lesson: “Ethiopia built and preserved with the blood, sweat and tears of illiterate patriots will not be destroyed by educated ignoramuses.”

We have a choice to make today. Now!

Choice is what makes a human being a human being. Of course, not choosing is a choice in itself. Choosing against one’s own self-interest is also a choice.

At this particular moment in Ethiopian history, there will be no fence sitting, flip flopping, vacillating, equivocating or waffling.

“I see nothing, hear nothing, know nothing, say nothing” is not an option.

“Let me see. I need to think about it. Maybe…” is no good.

Turning a deaf ear, blind eyes and muted lips are not options.

Hiding in the herd of the silent majority is not possible.

The one and ONLY choice is to stand with Ethiopia and Abiy Ahmed or to stand against Ethiopia and Abiy Ahmed.

I made my choice to stand with Ethiopia and Abiy Ahmed a long time ago

I made my choice to stand up and be counted for Ethiopia in 2005 after the Meles Massacres.

Before the 2005 election, I had completely written off Ethiopia. Ethiopia was merely of research interest to me. Nothing more.

When the late leader of the ethnic apartheid regime Meles Zenawi massacred hundreds in May 2005, I decided to stand up to that thug and stand by Ethiopia.

It came at great personal and professional cost.

In the course of human events, most people face their own “defining moments”. Often that “moment” is a point in time when we gain a certain clarity about things that may have eluded us in the past or cloud our judgment. It is a moment when they make a choice that changes their life forever.

The Meles Massacres were the defining moment in my life.

I made a deeply thought out and considered choice.

Deep in my heart I found a buried nugget of truth: “You can take the kid out of Ethiopia, but you cannot take Ethiopia out of the kid!”

I chose no longer to be indifferent to the pain and suffering of the people of Ethiopia.

I chose no longer to be detached, disinterested, distant, unsympathetic, uncaring and willfully inattentive to the crimes and abuses of power taking place in Ethiopia at the hands of the TPLF.

I chose to doggedly, single-mindedly, resolutely, steadfastly, tenaciously and unflinchingly do what I can to get rid of the TPLF cancer and usher in the New Ethiopia.

I chose to come down from my horse and walk with the people.

In short, that is how I chose to stand with Ethiopia.

announced my choice on July 4, 2006:

The fulfillment of my boyish hopes and dreams was to return to the motherland one day and make a contribution, however small. But as you know, things fall apart, and so did my hopes and dreams. Perhaps, some of you may sympathize with me if I tell you that I carry with me a sense of guilt about the way things turned out. I should also let you know that I have been away from the motherland for many years now, perhaps too many to count. But I assure you that I may have left Ethiopia, but Ethiopia has never left me. My case is a simple one. To adapt an old saying: ‘You can take the kid out of Ethiopia, but you cannot take Ethiopia out of the kid!’ That is exactly how I feel.

I adopted my personal rallying cry, “Hey, hey, ho, ho the damned TPLF must go!

As I started my weekly commentaries (or some affectionately call them “sermons”), began to appear with clockwork precision week after week indicting, trying and convicting the TPLF, many thought I was losing it.

Everyone, including my friends, laughed at me. “You think you can drive the TPLF out of power with your pen and keyboard. They have guns, tanks and planes and your words are no match. They are invincible.” “What an idealistic fool you are!” “You are a hopeless utopian.” “The TPLF is armed to the teeth. They are invincible.” “Your words are useless against the invincible TPLF.” “You are going crazy. You will never succeed. You are wasting your time.” “The crazy professor is at it again and again and again…”

“Crazy?” Maybe crazy as a fox.

I learned from the theologian Martin Luther, the father of Protestantism, the maxim, “If you want to change the world, pick up a pen and write.”

In my youth I read the story of the “Foolish Old Man” in Chinese folklore. That old man was unhappy because a mountain in front of him blocked the beautiful vista beyond. So, he started digging and shoveling away. People laughed at the foolish old man and asked him why he would undertake such an impossible task. The Foolish Old Man matter-of-factly replied, “Not to worry. I know I will not finish in my lifetime. But my children will take over after I am gone, and their children and their children’s children will continue. One day the mountain will be there no more. The gods moved by the hard work and perseverance of the foolish old man ordered the mountains separated.”

In June 2018, I said the time to sit on the fence, waffle and chew the cud is over. All of us must take a stand. It is time to lead, follow or get the hell out of the way! For the full 15-minute video, click here.

… We cannot hide anymore. It is better to be the living dead than to keep silent (and not support) when we have a leader like Abiy Ahmed. After this, we are not going to grow horns or anything. It is do or die! It is necessary that we stand with Abiy. There is no need to fear. It is an honor to stand with a leader like Abiy Ahmed and say “I support him.” I know many who waffle saying, “Well, let’s see how things are going to be and so on. There is nothing to see. This is it. What you see is what you get with Abiy Ahmed. There is nothing to add. Therefore, what I am asking you, to ask your friends and relatives and all on Facebook and the rest is the message, “We have to stand with Abiy! If Abiy falls, we too will fall! If Abiy rise, we too shall rise. There us no other alternative. We can’t go backwards. But when we march forward we can fall off the cliff if we do not have a real leader. That is the real problem. It is futile to go back and see what happened. The question is, “When we are marching forward. Who are we following?” … Either we will march forward with Abiy Ahmed or we need to shut up. Stop the complaining and bellyaching and teeth-grinding. My bottom line is, “Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way!”

In April 2018, a foolish old professor, other smart old men and women, and a million-strong young men and women received divine intervention and witnessed the e TPLF paper tiger roaring on a paper mountain in Ethiopia vanish into thin air like the morning dew without a single shot fired.

Abiy Ahmed became prime minister on April 2, 2018.

I knew nothing of him at the time. In the weeks preceding his appointment, I had seen three or four short YouTube videos of Abiy Ahmed speaking.

His message of peace, reconciliation, unity, equality, human dignity, Ethiopianity and his eloquence, clarity of thought and vision totally confused and disarmed me.

I did not know what to make of Abiy Ahmed. No one in my circle knew anything about him.

I reviewed the few YouTube videos with extreme attention and used all my forensic skills to dissect his speeches and brought to bear my studies of African leaders. I spent countless hours poring over those videos trying to figure out if Abiy Ahmed is genuine and believes in the message he is preaching.

I wanted to find something that could raise reasonable doubt in my mind that Abiy Ahmed is just talking the talk to get to power and will never walk the talk. I spent a few sleepless nights asking myself, “What am I missing about this guy. His message resonates so deeply with me, is my judgement being clouded by my emotions?”

In the end, I determined with Abiy Ahmed what you see and hear is what you get.

(I later found out to my complete surprise that there is no private and public Abiy Ahmed. He speaks his mind the same way in private as he does in public. If you don’t like what he is saying, convince him otherwise. He will not lie or obfuscate the truth to get his way or curry favors. He is a man of his word. People mistake his straightforwardness, openness, humility, soft-spoken and matter-of-fact approach for weakness at their own peril.)

On April 2, 2018, Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

On April 8, 2018, I published my 6,681 word “private letter” to PM Abiy Ahmed fully endorsing him and explaining in detail my reasons.

On April 16, 2018, I gave an interview to Voice of America- Amharic Program (audio clip at 12:23-13:21)  and explained why I am giving my full and complete support to PM Abiy Ahmed.

In short, that is how and why I chose to stand with Abiy Ahmed!

Who can reinvent the New Prosperous Ethiopia from the old poverty-stricken Ethiopia?

Ethiopia today needs a “transformational leader”, a frequently overused phrase.

I wrote it in June 2020. The fact remains the same: “There is a deficit in the supply of transformational and visionary Ethiopian thinkers with revolutionary ideas to re-invent Ethiopian society.” Nothing has changed in June 2020! What a shame!

Today, Ethiopia has one transformational leader: Abiy Ahmed.

A transformational leader has clarity of vision and the courage to make tough decisions. S/he is inspirational and a strategic thinker. S/he takes calculated risks, is patient, listens and does not brook nonsense. S/he is creative, innovative, adaptable and flexible. A transformational leader is open minded, willing to meet his /her opposition half-way, humble and believes s/he is a servant of the people and nothing more.

I know for a fact that Abiy Ahmed believes in his heart, mind and soul that he is the humble servant of the Ethiopian people!

It is my moral duty to serve along, stand by and carry water for the servants of the Ethiopian people.

The people of Ethiopia (70 percent of whom are under 35) want a peaceful life and a one-way ticket out of poverty. They want employment, schools, health care, food security, clean potable water and the freedom to pursue their dreams in a just equal and humane society.

I have never met a man, woman or child in my travels throughout Ethiopia who told me they want war, conflict, death and destruction.

But I know there are a few who want war, conflict, death and destruction to sneak into power.

We will fight those war mongers, blood thirsty thugs, criminals and murderers on land, in the air, on water and in the valleys and mountains.

Then we will fight them in the bureaucracy, in the military, in the police  and in the security agencies.

If we must, we will fight them in hand-to-hand combat.

We shall be victorious.

There is no earthly power that can break or destroy Ethiopia’s unity. For it has been written, “Ethiopia shall stretch her hands to God.”

We shall see the coming to pass of my 2013 poetic prophesy:

Ethiopia Africa’s hope and destiny
Shall rise and its tyrants shall fall
Their lies, cruelty and corruption
Buried with them in the steel coffin of history
For “justice will rise in Ethiopia like the sun, with abundance of peace forever.”

Abiy Ahmed is the change I labored for so long and sacrificed so much to bring about in Ethiopia

Over the past two years, Abiy Ahmed has not disappointed me. He has made real the things I worked tirelessly for nearly a decade and half.

Abiy Ahmed is just getting started. He will not stop until Ethiopia rises and towers over the nations of the earth. Go ahead. Laugh once more at the foolish old professor. We shall see who shall laugh last!

Throwing the gauntlet to anyone and everyone!

If Abiy Ahmed is not to lead Ethiopia now, then who!?

Can YOU take a stand, stand up and be counted in Ethiopia’s and Abiy Ahmed’s corner?

I stand by Abiy Ahmed because I, like Abiy Ahmed, am fully and unconditionally committed to peace, progress and prosperity for all Ethiopians.

I stand by Ethiopia because if I don’t stand by her, who will?

You?

 

18 Comments

  1. How many times you have to tell us about this Al?

    We know you are you are his cadre and mouth piece. Cadre of a spy. Shame!

  2. Professor, good point.  So let’s self examine the meaning of deceit, deception deceitfulness, duplicity, double-dealing. First let’s give credit where credit is due. May God stand with Ethiopia as Abiy himself would submit that if it was not for our merciful and compassionate creator Abiy would not be around. May Ethiopia’s God further keep her safe from those tending to say one thing and do another. When Nelson Mandela was asked if he was worried about himself, he said “there were millions of Mandela’s so I am not worried” he replied. There are millions of Abiy’s in Ethiopia. If you told Ethiopians about  Abiy five years ago they would have laughed. Abiy is the making of our cooperative labor. Without us there is no Abiy either.  And Abiy can only survive as a leader if we once again learn to collaborate and work in synergy (Medemer) with each other. Otherwise those that wish to see [him] Ethiopia fall so they could devour our remains.  So it’s up to you to stop the contradictions of presenting one face at the dawn of each week only to invert it in the middle of the week under various symbols and e-handles. So change starts with self examination sir.  As they say he who cannot help himself cannot help others. He who hides his illness cannot be cured. Whenever viewing the other signs, ask which face sees you when you look into the mirror. Those with a double agenda often confuse which mask they are wearing at some point in their life. 

    Ethiopia Shall Rise!

  3. I stand by him for one and only one reason. In spite of his shortcomings, there is no other politician that can eventually bridge the ethnic rift that has been sown by TPLF in the past 30 years. For Ethiopia to survive and avoid endless war in the country, he must be supported by all who have goodwill for Ethiopia. As a man born out of the union of members of the two largest ethnic groups, he should be acceptable more than any coming from one ethnic group. That is not to say he has been leaning towards Oromos. Let us give him the benefit of the doubt that he was pressured in the past by extremist activists with blind followers. Now it seems he has gained courage and must be supported to do the things expected of a genuine leader.

  4. Why should Abiy trust a mirror that only tells him how wonderful he loos? Is it not suspicious? If I was his advisor, I would say when you’re dealing with frauds and liars, listen more to what they don’t say than what they do because a rat’s witness is another rat. It is hard to fool a fool who has already been fooled so many times. Accepting a serpent from our leaders means accepting snakes in our personal lives. Lawyers turned against each other cannot turn against those responsible. The more we’re thrown into conflict with each other through engineered distrust, the less able we are to unite against those responsible. A truthful enemy is better than a deceitful friend.

    There is an apt Amharic proverb: “A rat’s witness is another rat.”

  5. እንደ እንግዳ ደራሽ እንደ ውሀ ፈሳሽ

    አለማየሁ, ዘላለም ከመፍሳት አንዴ መቅዘን አሻልም?

    ሆደ ሰፊ ይሻላል ከአኩራፊ

  6. You Can’t Handle the Truth! Most military personnel have seen the movie A Few Good Men with Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. I recommend you watch it since you’re a lawyer and it’s a court room drama. If you are like me, there are lines in movies that are synonymous and, quite literally, unforgettable. In this particular movie, during a court room interrogation the Colonel says to the Lieutenant Junior Grade who demands to know the truth. “You can’t handle the truth!

    Here is the court room dialogue:

    Lieutenant: Colonel, Did you order the Code Red?!
    Judge You don’t have to answer that question!
    Colonel: I’ll answer the question. You want answers?
    Lieutenant: I think I’m entitled to it!
    Colonel:: You want answers?!
    Lieutenant: I want the truth!!
    Colone: You can’t handle the truth!

    The truth is, some people just can’t handle the truth and tragically that includes you in my humble opinion. I know, it’s a sad reality, but it is just that, reality. Some of the activists lawyers like you specially in the Diaspora cannot handle what we Ethiopian veterans bring to the table when we as military men and women get to the point that we want, sometimes need, to talk about what we have witnessed and experienced. We naturally turn to those with whom we feel most comfortable. It makes perfect sense. We turn to those folks who care about us and have our back. And sorry to day it’s not you. You can’t handle the truth!

  7. When the history of the campaign against TPLF is written, courage and bravery of the Oromo Youth (Qeerroo/Qarree) the Amhara youth (Fanno) and the Sidamma Youth (Ejatto) will be front and center! Not the likes of Professor Alemayhu and his hero Abiyote Ahamed !
    The Ethiopian youth (Oromo, Amhara, Sidamma and others) confronted the Wayane Agazi_ Nazi Army which Abiey Ahamed was a member, with confidence, integrity and exposed the ghastly genocide of the army of “Colonel” Abiye !
    All the intellectual masturbatory fantasies will not redeem nor save this extremely inept “colonel” –one does not need to read an ornate and embellished essays by some professor from a 3rd is rate state university to convince us there is not a single soul in the Empire to lead this multi-ethnic nation! It is an absurd proposition and the good professor knows it! I can just name a of hand, a few much more intelligent, considerate, and honorable gentlemen: Ato Gadu, Ato Lema, Ato Girma Birru, Dr.Aragawe Berhee, Dr. Mararaa, and so on— Ethiopia has a lot of talent personalities! And Abiye does not fit any of the criteria of “man of the people”!

  8. I can’t believe you ask the question; ‘If not Abiy who?’
    Anyone democratically elected by the people.
    Forgive me I keep forgetting you are Al-you have no shame. You live in democratic country and you ask suh question…. whats wrong with you ????

  9. I used to read every ‘ sermon’ of yours for a very long time even looking forward to reading the next one.
    I appreciate your dedication, the depth and breadth of your knowledge and the way you craft your articles.
    Ethiopia has many lawyers, doctors and professors who write articles but I still wait to find one who can challenge your articles in a sustained way, individually or as a group. After you wrote a review on the PM book, You threw one of your gauntlets but was not picked up.
    I also appreciate the stand you took when the late prime minister meles was invited to Colombia university to deliver a speech and almost the whole of the diaspora was against it. You stood for meles’ right to speak.
    What I find it perplexing, however, is as a lawyer, constitutional professor, and a person who claims to be able to speak truth to power, you could not find a word or two to write in your article for the hundreds of innocent people who were killed and the justice system that treats Jawar and Eskinder in the same way.
    True, we are in a big mess and we may not have a lot of choices. However, that this is happening under Abiy’s watch makes him responsible for it. Your character witness may help but would not absolve him of his responsibility. What would help him even more is if you tell him the truth unless you have finished all of them on Meles.

  10. Al,

    Untold number of people both in Ethiopia and in the Diaspora suffered to bring about change in Ethiopia. So it’s a bit childish to claim otherwise.  There was an widely mocked  political article published a while back called: “I’m The Last man standing for Ethiopia” by a guy who lived 10, 000 miles away from Ethiopia in Oakland, California. What he meant was that others are not necessarily in agreement with him in following his strategy and advise. So he saw himself as “The Last man standing for Ethiopia.” To me your claim here sounds just as utterly absurd and ridiculous. That history has already been written and we are all front and center. 

    Now let’s return to the question: If not Abiy, then who? For the untrained ear that sounds like a lyrics to a children’s song: Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? If it’s not you then who?  Who, me? Yes, you! Then who?  The message is that what happens in the moon light says mountain about individuals than how they behave in sunshine.

  11. ዘር ላጥው ገበሬ እሪ በይ አገሬ። Is this guy Al still writing essays. Sellout Hodam. It’s like a Ferenji chicken big fat full of stuff but tasteless. ቆምጨጭ ቆፍጠን ያለ ነገር ነው የሚይስፈልገው። ተንበርካኪ አጎብዳጅ እየደለም።

  12. Count me in, Dear Patriot AL. Talk that talk!!! Preach Dear Professor! Preach!!! This young and visionary Prime Minister has done everything that gem of the colored has been in dire need. He freed tens of thousands of prisoners most of whom were thrown in jail on trumped up charges. He extended the olive branch to a neighbor that has been on war footing for more than two decades(actually 50+ yrs) and succeeded. He opened the private media. He even traveled all the way to USA and Europe and invited these bigots and personal fiefdom dreamers hoping they may amend their demonic ways. He politely ushered the door even for those former red cubs of Mengistu who had drenched their hands in the blood of innocent citizens in 1992-93 expecting they would contrite and participate in building up the country. He averted bloodshed in Sudan by bringing two opposing groups to a lasting truce when everyone else failed to do so. You think some of these bigots and daydreamers of personal fiefdom would oblige and fix up their wicked ways. Nooooo!!! They instead took the respect afforded to them as being feared. His goodwill to these demons turned up to be like dressing pigs with silk. It did not take them to soil it up with their stinking refuse in the process sending their vagabonds into homes of innocent citizens and hack them to death and into businesses of hardworking citizens and torch all to ashes. When PM Abiy remained classy these goons went no class to the bottom of stinking barrel.

    Now this visionary PM has injured vipers in his hands. He should know better by now that his wrong lenient move may end up recreating new Ayman al-Zawahiri’s. Enough with that already!!!

  13. I like Abiy because I can praise him when he deserve it and I can criticize him when he needs it. The real patriotic thing to do is not online shower him with warm approval and admiration but also offer him useful and constructive criticism. Who is the sensible soul who stated: I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. Allegiance to nation ALL THE TIME. allegiance to power, when it earns it. Some of Ethiopians do this real idiotic thing, and it’s called thinking. And apparently for AL we’re not a very good Ethiopian because we like to form our own opinions. hmmmmm. Devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country. means to stand by the country and its people. It does not mean to stand by power, authority or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. We’re not talking about Abiy here. We all agree on the need to stand by him. We have no choice but to stand by him. But in general terms it is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, as Theodore Roosevelt memorably articulated, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the leader or anyone else. I am loyal to Ethiopia precisely for the cause I paid for to demand forcefully to have the freedom to form and express views about her forever. ‘They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.” A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his political cadres. The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously. A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.

  14. Al, please ተረጋጋ.

    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams not the opposites in temperament.

    Selam le Ethiopia!

  15. Prosperity Party member and EDTF cashier Alemayehu Genrrmariam is doing an early political election campaign for Prosperity Party so Al. M. continues to rob more of the diasporas EDTF $$$ with the people who claim it to a their turn . EDTF is not even starting a campaign to rally for the Amara genocide victims families or did not attend the protests in the diaspora.

    In the past two years what Ethiopians found out is the volunteer slave Abiy should look for a career in hospitality Industry as a home decoratior or event organizer.

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