Mankelklot Haile Selassie (PhD)
Professor Mesfin is wandering away from Ethiopian people. A lost sheep. The following items, from the mouth of the Professor himself, would show the extent to which he would not reach to defend the action of Meles Zenawi, directly or indirectly. He is turned into a disguised instrument of Meles Zenawi. Some of the items are paraphrases not direct translations. He said:
1. We are new for political struggle. In general, the Ethiopian people do not have the experience and the history (of political struggle). It has to learn.
Is this true? What about the student movement? What about the sacrifices made even during Meles’ rule, under his nose? Wouldn’t the result of the election of May 15, 2005, and the demonstration of May 9, 2005 in support of the opposition forces indicate the robustness of the experience and the cumulative history of the political struggle of Ethiopian people? Was Professor Mesfin Woldemariam comfortably sleeping while these experiences manifesting themselves through the people of Ethiopia, in broad daylight?
2. Peaceful struggle is not started. Not yet.
Is this true? He is underlining his position of #1. He is completely denying or rejecting the sacrifices made by the students, by the peasants, by the teachers and by the professionals of different fields, all over the country, and throughout the years. What about the sacrifices made even during Meles’ rule? Wouldn’t the result of the election of May 15, 2005, and the demonstration of May 9, 2005, in support of the opposition forces, indicate the robustness of the experience and history of the political struggle of Ethiopian people through peaceful means? Was Professor Mesfin Woldemariam comfortably sleeping when these experiences that are part and parcel of the process of peaceful struggle were taking place? Because he was not involved in the process, in-hands-on-manner does not mean it did not take place. Can the Professor specifically identify an action by him, as an input to the results of the May 9, 2005 demonstration and the May 15, election outcome? Where was he when the Ethiopian people were fighting it out tooth and nail?
3. We did not win, (referring to the election) but we shook it up (angedagednew).
Is this true? Can we replace the “we“with “Ethiopian people” and come up with the concluding and satisfying statement made by this Professor? The tone of his voice tells how confident he is when saying it. Note this. He completely dismissed the victory of the people of Ethiopia witnessed by the international observers, simply to appease Meles Zenawi. Professor Mesfin Woldemariam is walking on his fours and liking Meles’ feet to let him live comfortably while the people are miserably suffering. By the way, before the election I have heard Berhanu Nega saying to “lemangedaged.” Berhanu Nega did not believe that the Ethiopian people will come out in such a force and evict Meles and his cronies. Now, after the election and the victory the Professor says “angedagednew inji alashenefnim.”
4. We will not survive without them, and they will not survive without us. (Referring to Meles and Woyane).
Will the Ethiopian people say what he just said? Can any one of you say the Ethiopian people will not survive without this Mafia group? This guy is really amazing. Yemin melemamet new? He should come out and declare his position. For how long is he going to cheat the people of Ethiopia?
5. If we want to see change, let us forgive what they did, and let them keep the wealth they amassed.
Do you agree with this statement? The mother of all intellectual opportunism. Professor Mesfin Woldemariam is, shamelessly, walking on his fours and liking Meles’ feet to let him live comfortably while the people are miserably suffering.
6. They have difficulties and fear too, so let us understand them. (He is talking about Meles and his group)
What is he trying to get across? Is he talking to Meles and his Mafia group or to Ethiopian people? The mother of all intellectual opportunism. It is so thick one can cut it with a knife.
7. The situation in Ethiopia did not come down to the situations that we re in South Africa and Montgomery Alabama, where people were killed, burned and treated with dogs.
Can you see the implication of this analogy? What is his message? Unbelievable. He is misguiding the society by implying that it is possible to struggle in Ethiopia under Meles Zenawi’s rule. Meles is still killing, jailing, and harassing people all over the country while the Professor is minimizing and defending Meles Zenawi’s brutal act. He should have read the latest Ethiopian Human Rights Council report. It is like comparing the number killed in South Africa or in Montgomery Alabama with that of the number killed in Ethiopia and come up with a positive attribute to validate Meles Zenawi‘s heinous genocide. And yet he was claiming that he was once the defender of human rights. I am wondering whether he was doing it from his heart or simply as a profession. It is very sad to say that I have come to question his sincerity.
8. Let us not call Meles and Woyane enemies.
Do you agree? I have said a lot about this characterization stuff. Perhaps I am the first to call Meles enemy number one, publicly. The Professor links the validity of enmity with citizenship status. His argument is Meles and his cronies are Ethiopians therefore they should not be called enemies. What is he going to call an individual who spied against his own country? What is he going to call an individual who joined Italy against Ethiopia? Meles9 9s grandfather was one of those who joined Italy against his own country Ethiopia. It appears Meles inherited it from his grandfather. The next constitution of Ethiopia has to delineate the specific qualifications of an individual to be a leader. The qualification criterion to include track records of an individual to be elected particularly to a leadership position, such as what Meles is holding now. An dedicated enemy of the people of Ethiopia is now ruling the country. What a disgrace.
9. Just as the election of “97”, public gatherings, and ensuing self-congratulations puffed-up (indasabeTe) the hearts of so many people, the imprisonment has also puffed-up the hearts of some individuals.
What do you sense from his statement? Is he happy or angry with the result of the election of “97”? Is he on the side of the people or on the side of Meles? Do you sense his position? One can sense from his voice how he was trying to minimize the aggressive participation of the Ethiopian people, hence their understanding of the political situation in the country. By the way, he always, consistently, blames the people of Ethiopia that it is submissive. Most recently he compared them with the people of Kenya, for example. Long time ago, during Nimerie‘s rule, he compared them with the people of Sudan. He said that the Sudanese people came out, immediately, in mass, to protest the increase of fuel cost. Whose fault is it for Ethiopian people to have this kind of culture? Of course it is hurting the struggle. People don’t come out spontaneously when their leaders are jailed or the offices of their party are broken in or sealed. I did indicate this matter repeatedly for a long time. It should have been the likes of Professor Mesfin, who is in the midst of the people, who should have resolved this detrimental culture, perhaps long time ago. The problem with the Professor is he knows how to talk, he is a talking machine, but he does not even try to do something about it. Never. I think he should shut up, stay home, and wait for the next regime. A rollover.
10. The regime is weakened. The reason being it decreed different laws in its favor to strengthen its muscle. Therefore, we have to continue weakening it.
This is a very subtle way of emasculating the struggle? I sincerely hope you would discern this divisive move on the part of the Professor. If not, some thing is wrong with you guys. Is the regime really weakened? Do you see a deliberate fallacy in his argument? What do you think? Do you think this Professor, hence, the party he is affiliated with, with this kind of opportunistic analysis, will pursue uncompromising struggle against Meles? Absolutely not.
In my opinion all those itemized above clearly indicate that Professor Mesfin Woldemariam is a disguised instrument of Meles Zenawi. What Professor Mesfin did, while he was rolling over from administration to administration does not give him the certificate to misguide and confuse these people who are emotionally attached to the situation in Ethiopia. Absolutely not. The hell with what he did before.
Finally, unfortunately, in my opinion, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam is no more credible enough to offer any political and economic crisis analysis that the people of Ethiopia is immersed in. Accepting his analysis is the same as accepting the analysis of Meles Zenawi.
Agree or disagree that is my opinion and I am sticking with it.