Zmeselo wrote:That said, I want to clarify for U the reasons U listed as to why Meles seems "good for Eritrea". Meles is undoubtedly the smartest in the bunch leading your country today. Whatever Meles decides vis-a-vis Eritrea is because he KNOWS the nature of eritreans in general and shaebia in particular. That knowledge helps him make decisions that prolong his stay in power whilst most of the others in his "govt." would be led by emotion and "zeraf zeraf", to their detriment. For me, Meles is even more dangerous than the others because his decisions are not emotional, but well calculated. The "head on" attitute the others in that junta seem to have, especially towards Eritrea, he knows, will lead nowhere. If he´s to prolong his rule, which until today seems to have served him right (1.2 billion dollars in the bank), why should he antagonize the only power in the HoA capable of dislodging him from the throne of Ethiopia? But that atttude, U call, love for Eritrea.
I don't think it is implausible to think Meles loves Eritrea, after all his mother was an Eritrean, his father was reviled as a traitor by the people of Tigray, the only place Meles found any respect and acceptance was in Eritrea. So why shouldn't he love Eritrea?
Meles has shown many signs over the last 20 years his committment to the success of Eritrea and her independence. I admit, Meles hates Isayas he hates Shabia, but he doesn't hate the idea of a successful and independent Eritrea. I think he is working with Eritrean opposition because of his belief that Isayas is a threat to Eritrea's future.
He doesn´t have to "declare Assab, eritrean" because it´s not for him to declare. U cannot diminish our struggle and sacrifice, to something to be "blessed" or given the "stamp of approval" from a coward ethiopian leader, to have any value.
If Meles hadn't been the leader of Ethiopia surely Ethiopia would have demanded to recover Assab by force. I know you will say "we will wipe out your army it tries to capture Assab." But you are forgetting one fact, Meles pervented a war on Assab altogether by publicly declaring Assab is Eritrean. But because you hate him you can't even see the favor he did to Eritrea at great risk to Woayne and to the people of Tigray.
He went after the algiers agreement, because he knew shaebias´ counterattack will render the war to be played out in Tgray territory, if he opted to continue. I don´t know what experience U have in military matters but I´m telling U, shaebia would´ve whipped his butt, royally, and that would´ve triggered the oppressed people of Ethiopia, take advantage of the situation. That´s why I say, he calculated smartly there.
I don't agree, in 2000 Shabia was in no position to counter attack, its military strength was so damaged. Now it is different, thanks to the 11 years of peace Shabia has rebuilt its strength and it now has young freshly trained troops who are eager to avenge the blood of their brothers and sisters. The Agamess though Amhara was their enemy, but their worst enemy turned out to be the leader of Woyane Tigray.
Do U know aything about "the rule of law"? Whatever Meles did, whether it be returning "looted property" or whatever, is because it´s stipulated in the agreement signed. Mind U, Eritrea willingly accepted the findings "Eritrea started the war" decision because it wants to abide by agreements and not because the findings are correct. But U seem to forget there´re third parties involved in the agreement and U want to paint the whole situation as if the TPLF have a monopoly on decisions. What U said about "Isaias not returning looted property", I don´t know what U´re blabbering about because the war was from the beginning till the end, played on the Eritrean side of the border.
Meles and Sebhat didn't return looted Eritrean property, not because the white man told them to, but because they wanted to. Sebhat nega said in a radio inteview "it's about time", when Meles declared Eritrean property will be restored.
You forgot, when the war started Shabia kept all the Ethiopian goods that were in Assab and Masawa. Many Ethiopians living in Eritrea were dispossessed of what they owned and were expelled. Granted the looted Eritrean property was much greater, but still the incident shows Meles and Sebhat have no respect for Ethiopians. Having said that, don't misunderstand me, I have no desire to see Eritreans lose what they worked for. If I had the power i would open the borders and would welcome the Eritrean people who want to live in Ethiopia. So i have no fight with the Eritrean people, my fight is with Meles whose abnormal behavior is not helping anyone, not even the suffering people of Eritrea. Politically what Meles is doing might seem good for Eritrea, but the Eritrean people are suffering because of this Badme issue.
Then again U claim, Meles´ attempt at overthrowing the Eri-govt. as a kind of favour for as eritreans when U damn well know how much we love our president. Are U that ignorant or U want to, indirectly, insult the ertrean people? I hope it´s the first alternative.
Not every eritrean loves ISayas, there are those who hate him, they are now training and organizing in Tigray to wage war against Shabia.
Why didn´t U talk about the egri mekhel war (or Tsorona war) which happened after the strategic withdrawal from Badme? Is it because there´s no logical explanation for an army, presumed destroyed, to miraculously come back and score such a huge victory?
I didn't say the eritrean army was completely destroyed in the Badme war, but it was badly damaged. I even knew an Eritrean man who fought in the war and he told me a great deal about the carnage both sides suffered in feb 1999. It is true the Egri Makel war was a deafet for Woyane, but only barely, the Woyane almost broke the trenches, Eritreans barely won that one. But after that it was deafet after defeat for Eris. But that's old history, we should focus on the fututre, now Eritrea is not weak anymore, and Woyane can not dare to ignite war without risking the very existence of Tigray. I think that all that matters now.
Zmeselo, i want you to understand my thinking, i have no desire to see Eritrea defeated, because I can gain nothing from it, nor do I think Eritrea will be defeated. But you people need to understand, any false move could lead to a conflagration that could destroy the entire HoA. This time war is a dangerous undertaking, no one can predict where it will lead.