Dawit Fanta (Eng.)
At the Bottom of Pandora’s Box
In classical Greek mythology Pandora was given a box which she was not to open. However, bludgeoned by her inquisitiveness given to her by the gods, Pandora opened it, and all evil contained therein came out and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the box, but the whole contents had escaped, except for one thing that lay at the bottom, which was the angel of Hope.
Metaphorically when the minority TPLF came to power in Ethiopia, our Pandora’s Box has been opened by the quisling Zenawi; and since then:
- Ethnic conflict
- Abject destitution
- Non-stoppable famine
- Political partiality
- Economic genocide
- Minority dominance
- Rampant inflation rate
- Persecution of Journalists and free press
- Exponential rate of Prisoners of Conscience
- Chronic Genocide on Amhara, Gambella and Somali people
Spread over the country; and they have been exercised by the quasi-occupiers (TPLF) to the level of state policy which left the country at the brink of total dismemberment and drive the people to the depths of despair.
For the last twenty-one solid years we have been vilified, tortured, exploited, murdered, characteristically assassinated, imprisoned, exiled, impoverished and so on. But after we lost everything we are merely left with one thing which is a glimmer of hope for our liberty which will be scribbled in bold by our blood. For the last twenty-one years there were different political struggles that underway by different bodies; but many of them were ended up fruitlessly and some of them which are mostly filled with cliché ridden talk still tottering on the verge of failure. In doing so and in engaging in such weak activity gave TPLF enough time to continue to keep tight the rein on us. And I think this is the right moment to change our course of struggle and focus on the pillar of the regime which is the centre of gravity to TPLF that holds the whole hegemonic body firmly- the dictator Meles Zenawi.
In fact since the rift of TPLF in 2001 it has been reduced to the size of a galaxy of Zenawi’s family in which all crony cadres revolve around him. So why we whiles-away our time in struggling with the imaginary-shadow (TPLF) as long as the body (The Dictator Meles Zenawi) is at a point-blank distance? Why not we exploit our opportunities to use leverages over him? What do you expect else than personalizing the war on him as TPLF has been straitjacketed into Zenawi’s size? We are now on the very critical time of struggle for survival; so do you think that it is justifiable to left any space for moral values and public image consumption? Who really dare to expect us to trade our freedom for moral values and courtesy? Our hope of freedom mainly lies on our endurance and wisdom. Let’s play dirty with dirty. Let’s focus on the source of power on which the rest hegemonic structure relies. This will make our journey for freedom short and economical; and we mustn’t forget that we are more advantageous since TPLF is highly centralised to one-man size so the blow at the centre of gravity will torn asunder the folk. Abebe Gellaw’s experience is a good example. The trick is to widen the scope of attack!!! God bless Ethiopia!
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