July 28, 2021
I am not writing this piece to provoke unnecessary dialogue or conversation. It is just to suggest that as the way we engage in certain arguments or debates or conversations matters a lot, it is better to express ourselves accordingly instead of storming each other with all kinds of very personal, ugly, and unproductive words and phrases that have nothing to do with the points of view of our political thinking and beliefs.
This piece refers to a comment by a compatriot on my recent piece titled “The Terrible Paradox of Our Political Behavior “on the Zehabesha web site.
However, I want to say that though it is any person’s right to do so, it is much and much better to make our arguments relevant to the very matter or subject we are engaged in and concerned about, not making unproductive diversion of personal attack and characterization of our own very personal matters. I have never and I will never engage myself in this kind of ugly and unproductive way of conversation. I strongly believe and argue that it is wrong to say a person is stupid or idiot as a person or human being or dealing with his or her own life. There is a very big difference between saying that a person’s political personality as a leader of a country or political party or any political figure is wrong or stupid or idiot on the one hand, and saying that a person is personally or as a human being stupid or idiot on the other hand. The first part is quite appropriate as we need to call a spade a spade whenever necessary, whereas the second one is wrong as it is a direct attack on one’s personal behavior and private life.
So, it is the right thing to call a person’s political idea or thinking or behavior or action is terribly stupid or idiotic especially if that person is neither willing nor able to learn from what went wrong and try to make it right.
I hate to say but I have to say that this is the most miserable political illness of our ruling elites who are not willing and able to cleanse their bloody hands with a real sense of regret and apology and move forward with a very genuine political personality and agenda.
I am sorry to say but I have to say that it is impossible to be sure about the very continuation of Ethiopia as we have known her for a long and long period of history leave alone to see the realization of Democratic and strong Ethiopia under the incumbent ruthless merchants of the politics of ethno-centrism! I wish it could be possible. But the very hard reality of the past three decades that keeps going much more miserable does not show the possibility we aspire.
Now, the question is why and how? It is because we do not seem genuinely willing and able to break the very vicious cycle of failure which is so nonsensical. Aspiring the making of democratic Ethiopia on the one hand, and being victims of very cynical, dishonest, narcissist, hypocritical, conspiratorial and above all brutal ruling elites of the politics of ethnocentrism is wrong. Yes, dancing a monstrous dance with them is the most idiotic political paradox!
I wish you could challenge my very clear and straightforward comments by showing me point by point instead of trying to throw out all kinds of personal attack and insult. Try to sincerely think about how this kind of thinking can help us to get out of the very protracted and horrifying national crisis and embarrassment caused by our miserably repeated failure.
Yes, the Abay dam is a great project that must be safeguarded with the very coordinated way of doing things. No body with his or her right mind objects this very noble project or investment!
That is why I strongly argue that the struggle is two-pronged ; fighting for the realization of genuine democracy and doing what is good for long-term common good such as protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and getting critical or strategical projects done.