The West (US and EU) is furious at the Chinese government’s contribution to Ethiopia’s development and growing friendship and is getting cantankerous and want to take it out on PM Abiy .
Unhinged about the Chinese penetration in Africa and more so in Ethiopia, the current unease of US state department officials expressed by anti Abiy’s government language, political war and distortion has puzzled Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia.
The recent US Department of State statements/policy plans on the current situation in Ethiopia declares “The United States has deepening concerns about the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as well as other threats to the sovereignty, national unity, and territorial integrity of Ethiopia.” Over the past thirty years, US policy contribution towards supporting Meles’s TPLF/EPRDF regime in Ethiopia at the expense of all democratic demands by the Ethiopian people is the reason for the significant present day debacle/crises in the country.
Besides being the financier and suitor, successive US administration policies supported and armed PM Mele’s TPLF/EPRDF regime to enhance “war on terrorism” in Somalia. PM Meles opened war on Somalia’s shabab and also used the weapons and training to punish internal dissent.
The Ethio-Eritrea war of 1998-2000 which was mocked by some of the US media outlets as “two bald men fighting over a comb” is too recent to forget. The war cost a hundred thousand lives. Throughout these years, US administrations supported PM Meles’ repressive rule that suffocated Ethiopians democratic demands.
During this period, all we heard from the western media airwaves was adulation of the TPLF’s regime with “fastest growing economy”, never putting pressure on PM Meles’ for more democracy in the country and turning a blind eye on his bloody dictatorship and the ‘no war no peace’ situation with Eritrea.
Also, PM Abiy does’n t have a friend in the likes of Ruben, Alex de Waal, Martin Plaut, Cohen etc., and the sharp shooting TPLF lobbyists in DC who are on board with US State department policy that “PM Abiy Ahmed has condemned Ethiopia to dissolution” and “PM Abiy may have cemented his legacy not as a Nobel Peace Laureate, but rather as the man who ended a country whose history dates back millennia”.
Some in these group with a perfunctory knowledge of Ethiopia’s history or more recent struggles of its people for modernity, democracy and development over the past few decades, would realize Ethiopians are resilient people and every generation asserts its own imagination about the nation’s destiny. As Ethiopia looks forward to national elections now rescheduled for June 21, the group’s doomsday babble about PM Abiy’s legacy rings hollow.
I can’t be sure , but assume learned men like those in the group understand that the TPLF/EPRDF lost power by rebellion of Ethiopians from all corners of the country tired of its twenty- seven years of corrupt, repressive and cruel reign.
They would also know the mass movement that began 2016 culminated in TPLF’s overthrow despite US support throughtout its reign. Those in the coalition of the EPRDF tailgated the mass movement, and except for the TPLF, the remaining ones in the EPRDF’s coalition coopted the popular mass movement that eventually brought PM Abiy to power.
Disturbed by its predicament, the TPLF settled in its regional state capital Mekele, used it as home base to attack PM Abiy’s government directly and indirectly for three years (i.e., since PM Abiy’s ascent to power).
Voices in the group claim that “Abiy’s stated reason for his assault on Tigray was the rebuff of that province’s leaders to his efforts to delay elections.”. This is not the reason for the “assault” and
in fact, the main reason given by PM Abiy was to enforce the law through “a law and order campaign” after TPLF’s attack on the ENDF northern command. The group should ease off with these kinds of false narratives and they should know Ethiopians are aware of the ongoing chorus of paid intellectuals and lobbyists crowding the airwaves pushing with “strong language” to undermine the peaceful efforts of PM Abiy.
Ethiopians know numerous efforts in settling differences peacefully by PM Abiy were rejected and many calls for dialogue by efforts of Ethiopia’s respected elders, representatives of different religious faith were also thwarted by the TPLF leaders.
No Ethiopian missed the tears of PM Abiy’s peace minister pleading for peaceful settlement while in fact, the TPLF was preparing for war and believed it will march into Addis in a couple of weeks after its attack on the northern ENDF.
After TPLF’s attack on the ENDF northern command, a bite that eventually destroyed TPLF’s leadership, PM Abiy’s counter attack, described as a law enforcement action, left the remaining TPLF low level cadres roaming the country side of Mekele looting, sabotaging infrastructure and fabricating fake news. The TPLF is now designated a terrorist group by the Ethiopian parliament.
On May 26 , 2021 Senator Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma) , as if to remind the US State Department officials spoke on the senate floor saying that the Ethiopian government wants a peaceful resolution to the problem. He also said to equate the TPLF terrorist group in Tigray with the Ethiopian government is wrong and outrageous. Furthermore he said “I oppose the heavy handed visa restrictions from the Biden Administration. Ethiopia needs our support as they work to end the sectarian violence. Actions like this don’t help us get closer to a peaceful resolution”.
The US State Department official’s stated “Despite significant diplomatic engagement, the parties to the conflict in Tigray have taken no meaningful steps to end hostilities or pursue a peaceful resolution of the political crisis”.
This kind of hostile pressure on PM Abiy knowing the utter destruction of the TPLF leadership and rejection of the remaining terrorist cadres roaming the woods along with those who committed henious crimes in prison is unfair to PM Abiy’s government. It may turn out to be counter productive and as Ethiopia nears its historic national elections, we may see peaceful demonstrations across the Ethiopian
nation on this matter..
Hager Wodad, Los Angeles CA, USA