Halafi Mengedi wrote:
I hope and pray that another senseless war is not started. It is very disturbing to hear this kind of news. What is the gain for Ethiopia now to go to war? Losing another thousands of soldiers, destroying infrastructures, spending millions and may be billions of dollars for nothing? This is sick! If Meles goes to war, it shows only how very insecure this guy has become. I hope common sense overcomes at the end and we are spared from another senseless and stupid war!
You seem to be all the time behind the curves. You were arguing with me Meles policy about land leasing to foreign countries are good but I saw you posting you reversed yesterday I am glad to see you it is wrong. Today you are saying it is not good Ethiopia to go to war against Eritrea, I wonder you thinking is about your ethnic gain by being Issayas alive in power than ousted and Ethiopia gains Sea outlet and peace. Ethiopia never had any kind of peace since Eritrea gained independent, we handed them out to live in peace but out efforts became fruitless despite Ethiopia is paying a hefty price for port fees and the price of peace, then why not just go to war and remove the insane and let Ethiopia recover the Afar region. To gain something you have to take risk and the risk is worthy for the pride of the country we will hand in to the next generation.
Halafi, you are misquoting me now for the second time about the land grab. I was always against the land grab. Show me a single statement that show, I supported the land grab. Never! Please see my old thread here: viewtopic.php?t=33478
What I was arguing with you was that the Meles' policy of selling electricity to Djibouti is a right thing to do, which I still stand by my statement. So, get your facts straight. It has nothing to do with land grab.
Now come to the current war mongering. First, my ethnic group i.e. the poor Amhara will benefit nothing from the Eritrean government. Zero! I really did not see any Ethiopian opposition organization that has its main office in Asmara accomplish anything substantive to end dictatorship in Ethiopia. I'm not like Elias, who sees his future in the hands of Isayas Afeworki. Even the so called TPDM and EPPF have achieved almost nothing and I haven't heard of them for months and years now. Let me be frank here, whether in the field of military or politics or diplomacy, their achievement was very little and insignificant. They seem to be totally forgotten not only by the people they claim to represent but also by their very enemy woyane. That tells you how alive they are! I don't want to simply blame the Eritrean government but most organizations that have their main offices in Asmara have become some how paralyzed. I may be mistaken but that is at least my impression.
So, I believe in an indigenous Ethiopian opposition, that is not absolutely controlled by Isayas. With or without Isayas, the fate of Ethiopia is in the hands of Ethiopians and they are the ones that need to do the job. So, my whole stand against any senseless war doesn't come from some futile hope of gaining something from Isayas.
That said, I am absolutely against a war that does not come out of absolute necessity and out of self defense. If Ethiopia starts war now, it is pure adventurism and aggression, which I fully am against. It is simply irresponsible to sacrifice thousands of lives, displace hundred of thousands of civilians in both countries, destroy infrastructure and spend billions of dollars just for the sake of adventurism. If we are not against this kind of senseless war, then I don't know what we kind of people we are. Ethiopians should stand united as one to defeat aggression from outside any time but they should also start to learn to condemn aggression that is initiated by their own government!
The difference between you and me is that you seem to be only focused on the question of who will win the war. I'm against the war not because I'm afraid Eritrea somehow will crush Ethiopia and march to Addis. Who wins the war is not in my equation. The question is not about who wins the war but about finding a long term win-win solution that can serve as a basis for a peaceful coexistence of our both nations. Believe me whether Ethiopia wins this war or another war, as long as you are not able to get the idea of Eritreanism out of Eritreans you are just postponing the conflict to another generation. So lets grow up and start to learn to solve conflicts peacefully through negotiations and compromise. This is the only way that guarantees a peaceful and prosperous future for our next generation. I would want rather to hand to my next generation a stable, democratic and peaceful region than a port that serves as flash point to the conflict of the next generation.