By Getachew Reda
No question, some websites owners building Zombies, are working hard to replace real people by play write actors to derailed yours and my attention that would have had focus against the treasonous mercenary regime of TPLF Meles Zenawi. Zombification or the work of a cult that has increasingly taken over the mind and soul of the Ethiopian Diaspora is sucking the morrow of our energy destroying our unity to the extent you can see naked cults praising website owners who invited EPLF to come to Ethiopia to save it from TPLF. The degree of such Zombiedom is that bad!
Particular websites for months now, been dedicated to add more moss to the oak, dragging the attention of the struggle from Berhane Mewa to Andargachew from them to AFD/OLF/EPLF from it to KIL from KIL to Berhanu Bertukan , from the BB to the attention of Democratic EPRP, from there to the tour of an actor, from the actor to Siye. Who knows from Siye what will follow. In the midst of this, the real focus is marking a new rout of hate to each other which can dwarf us even more dwarfed from standing tall in front of a monster who is praying to see us all fall.
As repeatedly said it before regarding Siye and the rest; I have no anger at any of them. If he can be the solution, I will be more than happy to see it and support him. But, by Golly! Give Colonel Mengistu and other the chance to save the nation, which were been destroyed by TPLF and the Derg. That could have been the Thanks giving gift to Ethiopia indeed if we are talking reconciliation issues.
The amazing thing that we felt as a sprinkled of freezing cold water on our face shocked us is the writing of some commentators who told us the Meison Leader Dr. Negede Gobeze whose hand is wet with Ethiopian blood therefore condemned him not to participate in politics while the leaders of the most treasonous and blood thirsty organization of TPLF who are primary responsible for mass killings and sufferings are suddenly qualified for reconciliation and rehabilitation. The worst thing of it is; when people tried for expressing their reaction based on the pain inflicted by such leaders to their families and country are labeled as few extremists. I cant tell you what made such individuals to cross the line to defend individual leaders of TPLF is beyond me. I like to remind readers or those who seemed to forget the nature of TPLF to hear it through the words of a victim excerpted from my article TRUE STORY The harrowing stories of TPLF mass murders in Tigrai as told by a surviving elder. (By Getachew Reda, November 12, 2003 ). Quote:
Those are not Tigrians, those are not Ethiopians; those are some evil creatures from hell! They have no respect for even the old. They were educated by us, by the Tigrian parents; they were schooled by the farmers and tax-payers money, they were armed by Tigrians but turned their back on us, and humiliated us in a way difficult to express in words.
If such victims or their families just react as any human sense with feeling reaction even for temporary reaction as humankinds suffered from such organization, why in the world do victims deserve an insult to the extent calling them few Extremists? Dont they have a mild word to express than to label us as such? In my opinion, it is not the hate/dislike of Siye or others that made things rough; it is the people around him the words they use to describe Siye and to his reactors made it ugly.
As the NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu in his commentary of Zombification he, said the word is undergoing Zombification. It was gradual for a while a few Zombies here and there. But it is becoming massive now. The Other day said Andrei: the other day in Colorado, 20,000 people showed up at a bake sale for Rush Limbaugh calling themselves Ditto -Heads, because, they have no thought of their own, only a voice that says Dito every time Rush speaks. (Rush Limbaugh is a conservative talk show host on TV/Radio. The word Ditto as I understood meant nothing but a habit to fill the blank as we sometimes say, Bingo!
Mass Zombification is the art of building cults. There are degrees of Zombification, of course. Mass Zombification is not new; said Andrei. Ditto- Heads are benign compared to the suicidal mobs of followers who gave up every thought in their heads for the sake of slogans that lead them directly to mass graves.
What truly happening here in our community in the Ethiopian Diaspora (all sides- pro or against Meles Zenawis party TPLF) is mass Zombification in the name of reconciliation or new politics or Fara and Arada politics. When we heard such political baptizing, the rest of us the un-Zombies turn our heads hoping the epidemic of Zombification will just worn out soon. But, it seems there are individuals/groups who are engaged in such business of Zombification who took fun out of the slow paralysis that they induce in people who are not quite Zombies yet.
This disunity and hate among each other of us reminds me the 1988 of the mercenary Eritreans against nationalist Ethiopian army war in Afabet in Eritrea. Gebru Tarekeng in his paper from Afabet to Shire: the Defeat and Demise of Ethiopias Red Army 1988- 89; journal of modern Africa Studies Volume 42, 2, June 2004) said; Quote:
The heads of the 14th and 19thdivisions were so busy arguing that when head quarters warned them the rebels had been seen moving weapons around by Camel and ordered them to close off a 5 K.M gap between their forces, they ignored command. Lost in their hatred for one another, Ethiopias commanders virtually forgot to hate their enemy
From there we know what happened. Entire divisions were being allowed to fall into separatist hands (remember the strongest of all the five Divisions the NADOW Division!). Not only the hate among each other that made the commanders virtually forgot to hate the enemy, but also the deliberate sabotaging the war effort by insiders who were able to infiltrate the army key positions did contributed to the fall of the might army of Africa, in similar way, as the Kil/AFD did mange to destroy the unity of the opposition inside and outside Ethiopia currently by derailed our attention away from focusing the enemy. The unlearn lesson of the Afabet commanders and the struggle we lost would have been now a lesson for all of us. But, we seemed to forget why we lost all odds over and over.
Ethiopia will prevail!