No One Has the Right to Forgive on Behalf of the Dead Souls!

Belayneh Abate

In his brief article*, Rabbi Raphael Jaworowski, a Jewish scholar and writer argued that the Nazis will never  be forgiven for two reasons. Firstly,  no one has the mandate to forgive on behalf of the Holocaust dead souls crucified by Nazis. Secondly,  the Nazis never showed sincere remorse and repentance about Holocaust. Because no one has the mandate to forgive on the behalf of the dead souls,  the Nazis  are hunted and forced to face justice  all over the world until this date.

When it comes to our version of Holocaust, you hear even those who consider themselves as the opposing forces of the brutal Ethiopian Nazis preaching about phony forgiveness on behalf of the dead souls  before justice is served and  the Nazi members show remorse and repentance. I am just wondering what kind of conscience allowed these chameleon opportunists to make decisions on the behalf of others’ souls!

Similarly, you hear thousands of cowards talking about forgiveness on the behalf of martyrs,  who were crucified by the Nazis while these cowards were either serving the Nazis or hiding in the pits like winter rats . Since no value of life is registered in their conscience, the cowards who were silent or kissing the feet of the Nazis  are now the front-line cadres and pasters of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a blessed act, and a blessed act should be as clean as distilled water. To be clean, forgiveness should follow justice for all dead souls and sincere repentance from the criminals. Forgiveness without justice and sincere repentance does not exist. In the absence of sincere repentance and justice,  who has the right to forgive and reconcile on behalf of the dead souls? What organization has the right to forgive on behalf of the dead souls?  Which citizens, including their loved ones,  have taken consents from the dead souls to forgive their murderers?

Who in this world has the right to forgive on the behalf of thousands of people massacred during the Ethnic cleansings in  Wolkait, Gambella, Harar,  Gura Ferda, Metekel, and many other regions?

Who in the universe has the mandate to forgive on behalf of the likes of Assessfa Maru, who was murdered on the streets, and Samuel Awoke, who was stoned to death like Estefanos?

Who in the universe has the right to forgive on behalf of the dead souls, who were massacred while confronting the shooting devils in  Amba Giorgis, Gondar, Deberetabor, Bahir-Dar, Dangila, Bure, Woldia, Magete, Ambo, Nekemte, Denbi Dollo,  Woliso, Debrezeit, Jimma, Shashemene, Kofle, Harrar, Moyale, konso and other places?

These martyrs were not coward chickens like us. These martyrs were not greedy pigs like us. These martyrs were heroes and heroines that confronted the barbaric killers. These martyrs were saints that confronted the soldiers of devil to establish better lives for  others.  Who in the world, then, has the right to forgive on behalf of these martyrs?

Based on what moral or legal ground we offer forgiveness  to the murderers and  walk on the avenues of freedom the dead souls cleaned with their plasmas? If we do not deliver justice to the dead souls, what legal and moral authority do we have to walk in the country flooded with the blood of dead souls? Do not we feel ashamed when we feast and make blood-stained trade deals with the murderers of dead souls?

If we are striving to make our future better at the expense of dead souls, how are we different from scavengers that feed on carcasses? If we ignore dead souls and feast with their killers instead of forcing them face justice all over the world, how are we morally different from their murderers?

A note to the dead souls and the future generations: I wish I had the right to forgive on the behalf of the dead souls. Unfortunately, I do not have, and I will never have the  right to offer forgiveness to the heinous murderers on the behalf of the dead souls.  Therefore, I have been demanding and I will keep demanding justice for these dead souls.

As the Amaric adage goes, የሞተን አትርሳ የወደቀን አንሳ!!” Never forget the dead! Thank you.

*The Conversation: Academic Rigor http://theconversation.com/exploring-the-complexities-of-forgiveness-71774

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First in June 28, 2018; Again in January, 2022

 

4 Comments

  1. The same question can be tossed to the writer ‘who gave you the right not to forgive?’ You see, this is not a winning argument. If he/she claims he was given the right not to forgive, does he have that in writing or on a record of any kind? That may not be in writing but it can be a vast majority of the surviving victims telling him/her not to forgive. Amnesty and forgiveness is deeply etched in our history and culture. Our forefathers had at times to swallow their anger and utter grief no matter how it was so bitter and chose to choose magnanimity over retribution for the good of their country and people. Let’s take the aftermath of the defeat of Italy’s fascist bullies in 1941. Didn’t the late Emperor forgive those Ethiopians who worked for and or collaborated with the fascist rulers? Many of those British officers around would have loved it to see ‘niggers’ butchering ‘niggers’. But he chose the skills they acquired during the occupation over the revenge even though many of his officials went of ranting about it. Remember those fascists were not like their comrades who invaded France but devils in human flesh who gassed our countrymen/women. They were those fascists who herded families inside thatched roofed huts and burned them alive. They were not just fascists but ‘nigger’s’ blood thirsty psychopaths. He pardoned them and peace returned to the country at an instant. That did not render him a ‘traitor, wimp or himself a fascist’. He had the power and the means to line up those collaborators and execute them. But he did not because he knew very well that amnesty is as Ethiopian as it is the coffee it give the world. Nuff said for me now!!!!

  2. Aba Ferda,

    You are talking non-sense arguments, because the lost lives are not yours.
    1.Unlike forgiveness “not-to- forgive” is not some thing you ask for consent and you can transfer from one to another and no remedy for it. For forgiveness, you can ask for consent and it can happen if it follows justice as a remedy.
    2. The other rulers you mentioned did not do it the way you are misinforming and jabbering. Read history. Not a single Ethiopian pardoned Mussolini. Sebehat Nega is worse than Mussolini. Even if they did it the way you are misinforming to justify your denial of justice or massacred people , the notion “others have done it, therefore we should do it” is one of the stupidest opinions. You do not throw your self in to a cliff because somebody did. I know you do not throw your self into cliff because it is your life unlike the unfortunate people you are trying to snatch their right for justice.

    • Abebe,

      I don’t usually respond to potty mouth eyal-al-souqs but I highly suggest to you to go back re-read your own comment. First, I never said the late Emperor had pardoned Mussolini. Re-read my comment with undivided attention and open mind. In addition I highly suggest to do yourself a favor and try to read and understand more about fascism. Nazism and fascism are the outgrowth of the same evil ideology. Both Hitler’s and Mussolini’s fascism have no peers in their cruelty before and after them. None. Again, I highly suggest to you to spend more time at libraries and read more about them.
      In conclusion, no country was built on heaps of insults and hurling insults at people during conversation or to initiate one is not in our legendary culture. My pen name is Ittu Aba Farda and not ‘Ferda’.

  3. Abebe,

    I don’t usually respond to potty mouth eyal-al-souqs but I highly suggest to you to go back re-read your own comment. First, I never said the late Emperor had pardoned Mussolini. Please re-read my comment with undivided attention and open mind. In addition I highly suggest doing yourself a favor and try to read and understand more about fascism. Nazism and fascism are the outgrowth of the same evil ideology. Both Hitler’s and Mussolini’s fascism have no peers in their cruelty before and after them. Blood thirsty Mengistu had mutilated and murdered more than 500,000 citizens but he was not qualified as a fascist. He was as cruel and ruthless as Hitler and Mussolini but he was just a murderous dictator. EPRDF with the TPLF leaders at the helm had jailed, murdered and made opponent just disappear in thin air but they were just bloody thirsty dictators and at par with Hitler and Mussolini in their cruelty. But they are not fascists. None. Again, I highly suggest to you to spend more time at libraries and read more about them. In conclusion, no country was built on heaps of insults and hurling insults at people during conversation and to initiate one is not in our legendary culture. My pen name is Ittu Aba Farda and not ‘Ferda’.

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