hardliners & Shaibya menace to peace and stability
Editorial Ethiopian Observer
Ever since Shaibya invaded Ethiopian
territories in May 1998, it had been urged time and again to
withdraw its troops and settle the border issues through
negotiations or mediations. Shaibya’s response to all the calls
and shuttle diplomacy has been spectacular and adamant. We do
remember the comments by Eritrea’s vulgar lifetime president
Issaias on “overthrowing a minority government and putting in
place the majority”, “his problem of finding out appropriate
partner to replace the incumbent government” “empty kettle
without peoples’ support”, etc. We also got to know about the
hundreds of kilometers of trenches, dug out by the slave labor of
the recruits. All Isayas’ intransigence and prevarication
resulted in the loss of many lives, defeat and occupation of
sizeable parts of Eritrea by the valiant armed forces of Ethiopia.
With its army annihilated and bolting to neighboring countries,
the dictator finally called SOS alarm to the UN to negotiate
immediately. He agreed that 25kms wide area in Eritrean territory
would be kept as a temporary security zone until delimitation and
demarcation was completed.
years respite following the signing of the Algiers agreement,
which was devoted that time to rebuilding the army, Issaias is on
his usual track of miscalculation to destabilize or even occupy
parts of Ethiopia. His vanity over Eritrea being the center stage
of world politics, the dictator as impudent as he is, is bullying
the UN, its member states as well as the great son of Africa and
world leader Kofi Annan. Statement after statement is hatched up
lambasting the world organization and its leader. He has been
belittling the important work and duty carried out by the
peacekeeping force and its members. The latest decisions by
Eritrea to limit the movement of the UNMEE by banning helicopter
flights and selectively targeting Europeans and Americans have
enraged the international community. In view of the one sided
decisions by Eritrea; the UN should take proper measures against
the gross violations of its own treaties. The UN by so doing
establishes a precedent for its Security Council decisions and
enforces its effective leadership in conflict management and
One of the
treasonous behaviors of the CUD leaders and diehards was and still
is their collaboration with the dictator in Asmara, the most
despised dictator in the Horn of Africa and sworn enemy of the
Ethiopian people. The dictator has never had any election, freedom
of belief, thought and expression and is known for religious
persecution and mass arrests. For Issaias and his cohorts
constitution and rule of law are alien words. In his attempt to
destabilize Ethiopia, he has allied himself with terrorists such
as Al-Ithad al-Islamiya in the Ogaden region, which is in
collaboration with the fundamentalist groups from Somalia,
financed by Osama bin Laden, Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) a
disgruntled extremist group, which was once part of the coalition
government (1991-1993) but left due to its terrorist activities on
Ethiopians, Ogaden National Liberation Movement (ONLM), a
fundamentalist group similar to Al-Ithad and supported by the
“Greater Somalia” groups and fundamentalists as well as
remnants of the leadership of the EPRP. Members of the later group
and some of the extremists, who are now crying and shouting abroad
against the very interest of Ethiopia, were among others who
opposed material and moral support to the Ethiopian Army by
downplaying the occupied territories of Ethiopia, located in both
Tigray and Afar regions as insignificant and barren.
showing their servitude to the Eritrean dictator and being
submissive to his idea of bringing down the Ethiopian government,
the CUD hardliners are working hand in hand with this hawkish
regime by marching and staging in common gatherings and
demonstrations. Expecting liberation and democracy from Asmara is
tantamount to the introduction of authoritarian rule in Ethiopia.
Despite the ridiculous announcement of the devil’s messengers to
have a “military wing” in Eritrea together with the OLF, these
lackeys and Shaibya are still menaces to peace and stability in
Ethiopia. The treacherous acts and miscalculations of this
misbegotten plan to create havoc in alliance with the iniquitous
regime of Isayas together with CUD and OLF elements will indeed
backfire on them, because of the firm determination of the united
Ethiopian peoples to foil any aggression and violent actions.
Ethiopians after separating the sheep from the foxes have a great
deal to dwell on the basic necessities and priorities of life,
namely food security, development, education and health. Those
Ethiopians, who foul their own nest and are trying to dismantle
the very existence of Ethiopia and its peoples in collaboration
with the forces of evil, should instead join hands with their
compatriots at home and abroad and work hard to extricate the
country from abject poverty and ignorance.
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