Sene’s demise in Ethiopian political conflict:  de javu

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Ethiopia is a proud country with many ethnic groups and cultures. It has its own calendar and ‘Sene’ which is the tenth month corresponds to end of June and early July in European calendar. In the last three years, Sene has become a bad omen for political and ethnic conflicts in Ethiopia. Two years ago, attempt to assassinate the new Ethiopian prime minster failed.  As expected, no one claimed responsibility but it was the talk of the town that only one political party representing one ethnic group could have the resource and the motive. Last year, Sene brought the assassination of key political and military leaders. This has led to some ethnic conflict and killing of many innocent people. The social media was full of posts, adding fuel to the conflict. It appeared that trolls sponsored by the perpetrators with clear motives had field days.  Mind you, posts on social media and speeches from ethnic-based agitators abroad had serious consequences. They led to gruesome murder of innocent victims, burning of churches and monasteries, and so on.

The havocs following incidents in this Sene and the last two have many similarities and some differences including the following.

  1. It is apparent that the motive is destabilization of the nation by breaking the fragile peace people had for the last few years. Some leaders of ethnic-based political parties want power by any means possible. They do not care about human rights, human life and religious institutes. It has become a norm for the renowned leaders of political parties who are muslim to use their political status for their religious agendas. These are modern religious crusaders or new breeds of Islamic extremists who are out to destroy not just Ethiopia but Christianity as well. The unsuspecting followers are becoming their instruments of religious and ethnic terrorism. Oromos who blindly follow their deceiving fear-mongering muslim leaders should pose and have a glimpse of what is happening in Ethiopia and ask themselves what they want from their country and what kind of society they want to have. ‘Oppression by kings in the past’, though attractive and being cited by some Oromos, does not make sense in the 21st century when most of the country’s leaders are Oromos who have been accepting anyone with open arms to a peaceful political process.
  2. We are in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic. This is a kind of pandemic that may happen once in a century and requires all our attention and resources. Inciting violence at this time could be easy for those who live abroad and sheltered at home or take the necessary measures not to acquire the infection. I have seen videos of angry-looking demonstrators from North America and Europe. I say angry-looking because it looks like they have not yet realized what their religious fanatic leaders and those who back them for their sinister motives (e.g., Egypt and parties who seek the mantle of the government by force) are up to. They may be mad because their leaders are imprisoned by the Ethiopian police force. What do they want? Is it to have a lawless land where people who commit murder and atrocities run rogue? The one simple point the diaspora living in North America and Europe should grasp is the importance of the rule of law that applies to all regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.
  3. For the first time in the history of our nation, the country is very close to realizing its dreams of using Nile for its development. Unfortunately, Egypt and some internal ethnic based political parties feel that they will lose their stake if they let Ethiopia achieve its pursuits. They are trying their best to intervene.  They are used to creating civil unrest and have done so for the past 3 decades. Therefore, the current violence in Ethiopia and the following ‘cry wolf’ of their surrogates abroad also has their signatures.  Whatever our ethnic or religious background, we should appreciate the historical magnanimity of the moment in using Nile and its importance in the development of our nation.
  4. The social media posts indicate that misinformed children and youth are being used as pawns to disseminate distorted history and lies. It is impressive when you read or watch what they post. This is dangerous because these are the future of Ethiopia. It would be beneficial if that energy was used to learn more about their precious country which uniquely stayed independent from colonialists, largely avoiding enslavement of its people regardless of ethnicity. Unfortunately, decades of propaganda following the fall of Derg has been used to seed mistrust of one ethnic group over another. The educational curriculum was designed to give upper hand to whatever ethnic group was represented by the ruling party. These were meant to prolong the political life of those in power and is still being used as a way to get back their influence.

A few demonstrations by Oromos in diaspora tried to draw parallels between their agenda and the African Americans’ struggle in the US. Needless to say, that this is completely wrong.: i) civil right movement and now the black lives matter movement do not have the intention of creating two countries, but one that gives equal rights to all. Despite 400 years of slavery, leaders of the African American community did not call for retribution against whites or other races. ii) Blacks in the US were brought from different tribes in African countries but when the situation calls, people from different tribes work for common goal. The story of Amistad is a good example for this. I wish our political leaders from all ethnic groups come to their senses and participate in advancing Ethiopia to a new chapter.

It is understandable that there are some from Ethiopia who have extreme ethnic or religious notions. These individuals, educated or illiterate, base their logic on nothing other than their own ill perceived ideas. We should fight these ideas relentlessly and continue to have a respectful dialogue on how to make our families, communities and country better. Ethiopian community leaders and other institutes not affiliated with ethnic or religious group should take the initiative to create forums, organize peaceful demonstrations that respects all ethnic groups and religions, inform not just the diaspora community but also the general public abroad about the actual perpetrators and participants of violence in Ethiopia as well as the dangers of emerging new breeds of Islamic extremists under the disguise of ethnic political party. As the saying goes ‘love in practice is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams’. Love is, however, the beginning of all things created to last.

STL Kagnew

8 Comments

  1. There’s a lot disinformation in the article. There’s no a religious war in Ethiopia. Be truthful when writing about events in the homeland. Readers spend time to read essays in this website. Remember their right not to be fed disinformation.

  2. To say that we Ethiopians are proud of our country and culture is an understatement.  Why not?  Despite the active miscreants that came of age a long time ago during the intellectually misguided and infamous communist student movement that gave birth to the dark ages Red Terror, Derg and TPLF that still haunts to this day as evidenced by this kind of unsigned or miss signed electronic leaflets reminiscent of the EPRP days of our activist uncles, aunts and fathers and mothers (I was born in 1994).  Despite that and regardless of the recent tragic state of affairs in Ethiopia with the likes of the lunatic Jawar, Ethiopia  remains the origin of human beings and the unconquered lion of Africa and pride of balck people the world over. If Ethiopia, which is a mosaic of 80 different ethnic gropups and languages as well as all of the major religions of the planet including Christianity (62.8%), Islam (33.9%), Judaisim  and traditional faiths (2.6%) ], is not a country to be proud of then what is? Ethiopia is a land of contrasts endowed with boundless fertile soil, forests and rivers surrounded by  magnificently glorious mountains of the famous Ethiopian Highlands. Ethiopia is home to the  second-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa. Most importantly Ethiopia has recovered from our parent’s past trauma. In the 1970s and 1980s, our parent’s generation was devastated by  civil war and communist purges. It’s estimated that over 500,000 were  assassinated during the Red Terror including my grandfather and 5 granduncles. The Red Terror was  Derg’s answer to what they called the ‘White Terror’, a series of violent activities, assassinations, and murders against human rights activists like my grandfather that they had branded as “petty bourgeois reactionaries” (Elite).  Well,  I’m optimistic Ethiopia will be fine because today  it’s in good hands with the new generation. For good or bad it’s our time.  GERDl be filled and Egypt will come to its senses sooner or later.  We’ll rebuild the fastest growing economy in the world.  

    Here we are in the middle of a pandemic, but our biggest problem remains the same old ugly politics propagated by people we don’t recognize, we don’t know and we don’t understand.  The worrisome aspect is the prevalence of the sociological state of mind known as  “non compos mentis,” Latin, literally ‘not having control of one’s mind,’  as the weird saga of the disenchanted Ethiopians vs the monkey business of the elderly political tebeqas in the diaspora continues.  This essay, which is all over the map and propagandistic in presentation, nonetheless does have some interesting elements to expand on. If anything it’s a perfect case study of the writer’s generation of Ethiopians that suffer from the lingering effects of  Oedipus complex (otherwise known as daddy issues) as confessed by Tecola who shares your prose “Ethiopian family structure was, in fact, the target of rebellion by the students of the time. Ethiopian students mainly fought for their own liberation from the tyranny of their fathers and the family hierarchy, and not, as often claimed, for liberation of Ethiopia ’s “masses”. Such psychological state of mind of Oedipus-complex had a disastrous effect on our Ethiopian political life to this date with repressed orgasmic desire for Hammurabi justice,  or in this case  the  “Electra complex” may also be at work. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. So it’s not surprising that the leaflet politics of our grandparents’ time has evolved to the current  format of social media posts. In that platform what’s clear is that the miscreants lack native intelligence of the new frontier of communication. The  good news is that the future belongs to us. “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. …Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. …even you can change the world if you want to . As to me I’m resigned to the fact that I’ll get old trying to reclaim my father’s dream. As to you don’t know what you’re up to, really.  God bless Ethiopians both at home and the Diaspora. And God protect our country Ethiopia.

  3. To say that we Ethiopians are proud of our country and culture is an understatement.  Why not?  Despite the active miscreants that came of age a long time ago during the intellectually misguided and infamous communist student movement that gave birth to the dark ages of Red Terror, Derg and TPLF that still haunts us to this day. (I was born in 1994).  Despite that and regardless of the recent tragic state of affairs in Ethiopia with the likes of the lunatic Jawar, Ethiopia  remains the origin of human beings and the unconquered lion of Africa and pride of Black people the world over. If Ethiopia, which is a mosaic of 80 different ethnic groups and languages as well as home to all of the major religions of the planet including Christianity (62.8%), Islam (33.9%), Judaism  and traditional faiths (2.6%) ], is not a country to be proud of then what is? Ethiopia is a land of contrasts endowed with boundless fertile soil, forests and rivers surrounded by  magnificently glorious mountains of the famous Ethiopian Highlands. Ethiopia is home to the  second-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa. Most importantly Ethiopia has recovered from our parent’s past trauma. In the 1970s and 1980s, our parent’s generation was devastated by  civil war and communist purges. It’s estimated that over 500,000 were  assassinated during the Red Terror including my grandfather and 5 great-uncles. The Red Terror was  Derg’s answer to what they called the ‘White Terror’, a series of violent activities, assassinations, and murders against human rights activists like my grandfather that they had branded as a “petty bourgeois reactionaries” (Elite).  Well,  I’m optimistic Ethiopia will be fine because today  it’s in good hands with the new generation of leaders. For good or bad it’s our time.  GERDl be filled and Egypt will come to its senses sooner or later.  We’ll rebuild the fastest growing economy in the world.  

    Here we are in the middle of a pandemic, but our biggest problem remains the same old ugly politics propagated by people we don’t recognize, we don’t know and we don’t understand.  The worrisome aspect is the prevalence of the sociological state of mind known as  “non compos mentis,” Latin, literally ‘not having control of one’s mind,’  as the weird saga of the disenchanted Ethiopians vs the monkey business of the elderly political tebeqas in the diaspora continues.  This essay, which is all over the map and propagandistic in presentation, nonetheless does have some interesting elements to expand on. If anything it’s a perfect case study of the writer’s generation of Ethiopians that suffer from the lingering effects of  Oedipus complex (otherwise known as daddy issues) as confessed by Tecola who shares your prose “Ethiopian family structure was, in fact, the target of rebellion by the students of the time. Ethiopian students mainly fought for their own liberation from the tyranny of their fathers and the family hierarchy, and not, as often claimed, for liberation of Ethiopia ’s “masses”. Such psychological state of mind of Oedipus-complex had a disastrous effect on our Ethiopian political life to this date with repressed orgasmic desire for Hammurabi justice,  or in this case  the  “Electra complex” may also be at work. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. So it’s not surprising that the leaflet politics of our grandparents’ time has evolved to the current  format of social media posts. In that platform what’s clear is that the miscreants lack native intelligence of the new frontier of communication. The  good news is that the future belongs to us. “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. …Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. …even you can change the world if you want to . As to me I’m resigned to the fact that I’ll get old trying to reclaim my father’s dream. As to you don’t know what you’re up to, really.  God bless Ethiopians both at home and the Diaspora. And God protect our country Ethiopia.

  4. Let’s give Ethiopia and Ethiopians around the world and view Ethiopia as nurturing one because you’ll see authentications to assist this idea. When you expect Ethiopia as hospitable, you view  hospitable people and vice versa. You look for situations to fix in your favor. You expect pleasant things flowing into your imagination. Reading the news and this crap deprives (someone) of the rights and privileges of a free inhabitant because the ethnic borders and lines we’ve created are completely unnecessary. That’s just another Ethiopian  on the other side, and it’s his bad luck that he was born there and it’s my good fortune that I was born here. It’s all kind of illogical. 

  5. In military science the other side of the coin to to déjà vu is called jamais vu. Based on my distinguished service to Ethiopia for more than 45 years the fascinating thing about people who are undiagnosed yet truly crazy: their real genius is for making the people around them think they themselves are crazy. In military science this is called Psy-Ops, for your info.” It’s when you encounter the same people or visit locations, over and over, but every meeting feels original. Each one is unfailingly an outsider;. No single thing is ever well known from long or close association. Once you accept your worth equivalent in value to the sum or item specified., a natural ability to do something. and actions you can perform well, it render (something) ineffective or harmless by applying an opposite force or effect. when others think less of you. That’s precisely is what the writer (who ever he is) are missing here. It would help greatly to see his resume and to determine if he is real or counterfeit. Sadly he leaves us no reliable source to act up on. It’s all fluff. We have seen all too often (in the broad course of history as well as in modern times) what happens when we make key defense policy decisions based solely on instinct, ideology, and impression. To avoid cavalier, careless, and agenda-driven decision-making, we therefore need to study the science of war as well-even as we also remember the cautions of Clausewitz and avoid hubris in our predictions about how any war or other major military endeavor will ultimately unfold.” In that regard, and as far as I am concerned, STL Kagnew is as good as a dead horse. He is fake.

  6. n military science the other side of the coin to déjà vu is called jamais vu. Based on my distinguished service to Ethiopia for more than 45 years the fascinating thing about people who are undiagnosed on the battle field: their real genius is for making the people around them think they themselves are crazy. In military science this is called Psy-Ops, for your info.” It’s when you encounter the same people or visit locations, over and over, but every meeting feels original. Each one is unfailingly an outsider;. No single thing is ever well known from long or close association. Once you accept your worth equivalent in value to the sum or item specified., a natural ability to do something. and actions you can perform well, it render (something) ineffective or harmless by applying an opposite force or effect. when others think less of you. That’s precisely is what the writer (who ever he is) are missing here. It would help greatly to see his resume and to determine if he is real or counterfeit. Sadly he leaves us no reliable source to act up on. It’s all fluff. We have seen all too often (in the broad course of history as well as in modern times) what happens when we make key defense policy decisions based solely on instinct, ideology, and impression. To avoid cavalier, careless, and agenda-driven decision-making, we therefore need to study the science of war as well-even as we also remember the cautions of Clausewitz and avoid hubris in our predictions about how any war or other major military endeavor will ultimately unfold.” In that regard, and as far as I am concerned, STL Kagnew is as good as a dead horse. He is fake.

  7. In military science the other side of the coin to déjà vu is called jamais vu. Based on my distinguished service to Ethiopia for more than 45 years the fascinating thing about people who are undiagnosed on the battle field: their real genius is for making the people around them think they themselves are crazy. In military science this is called Psy-Ops, for your info.” It’s when you encounter the same people or visit locations, over and over, but every meeting feels original. Each one is unfailingly an outsider;. No single thing is ever well known from long or close association. Once you accept your worth equivalent in value to the sum or item specified., a natural ability to do something. and actions you can perform well, it render (something) ineffective or harmless by applying an opposite force or effect. when others think less of you. That’s precisely is what the writer (who ever he is) are missing here. It would help greatly to see his resume and to determine if he is real or counterfeit. Sadly he leaves us no reliable source to act up on. It’s all fluff. We have seen all too often (in the broad course of history as well as in modern times) what happens when we make key defense policy decisions based solely on instinct, ideology, and impression. To avoid cavalier, careless, and agenda-driven decision-making, we therefore need to study the science of war as well-even as we also remember the cautions of Clausewitz and avoid hubris in our predictions about how any war or other major military endeavor will ultimately unfold.” In that regard, and as far as I am concerned, STL Kagnew is as good as a dead horse. He is fake.

  8. The Oromo of today is not the Oromo of hundred of years ago. They are more educated than you and irrespective of who lead them , the time of divide and rule is over. So please stop bringing religion in to the equation.There is historical grievances of Oromo people in which current generation will not the status queue to continue. Amhara must accept Oromo it’s there turn. Or else get the hell with you Amhara Ethiopia. We all want an Ethiopia that respect her people but not ruled by minority . Thank you

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