Yohannes Gebresellasie (Ph.d) Addis Ababa 06-13-17
Built on firm foundation, trusted by the public at large, loyal to the constitution and the constitutional order, the Ethiopian Defense Force is the pride of our people and our nation. The services our Defense Force renders to our people to our nation and indeed to our region and the world at large goes without saying. Our Defense Force represents the Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of our Nation. It is a symbol and a sign of Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples. Our Defense Force has an impeccable track record and reputation of defending the nation and rendering developmental services to the public at large. Generally, the making, history, characteristics and achievement of our Defense Force is quite unique. The Ethiopian Defense Force is made of all Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia; therefore, it represents Ethiopia’s Nations, Nationalities and Peoples, it emanates from them and is their reflection and representation. Further, our Defense Force is also a reflection of its core mission which is”to enhance peace and security through deterrence and diplomacy and should these fail, to ensure a swift and decisive victory over the aggressor”.
Currently, the Ethiopian Defense Force dispatches over twelve thousand peace keeping missions under the auspices of the United Nation’s (UN) peace keeping mission in order to secure peace and stability in countries with difficulties and that makes the Ethiopian Defense Force the number one UN peace keeping mission in the world. Our Defense Force is also unique not only because of the activities it deals with here at home but also with those activities that it deals abroad mainly within the countries of our African brothers and sisters as well. Our Defense Force has an impeccable reputation for humanity, neutrality, commitment, heroism both at home and abroad. These unique character of our heroic Defense Force is demonstrated time and again in many African countries; Rwanda, Burundi, Ivory coast, Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia among others with utmost discipline and unparalleled heroism. Our heroic Defense Force still maintains an excellent reputation on those characters by those respective governments but most importantly by the people of those countries not only as a united Nation’s peace keeping mission but most importantly for caring, for neutrality and for humanity. For that, our Defense Force has been decorated with various international medals and was awarded with high level recognitions and acknowledgments from those countries and from the United Nations for the excellent services rendered to those governments and peoples.
In any Defense Institution, soldiers and officers are merited according to their services and braveries. For that, they can be bedecked with higher ranks, awards, medals etc. In any Defense institutions, service to their institution, loyalty to the constitution and the constitutional order, service to the nation and the public at large is not only important but indeed indispensable. It takes courage, commitment, perseverance and higher degree of moral as well as ethical standards to become a higher ranking officer in the Ethiopian Defense Force. Every rank and file within the Ethiopian Defense institution is thoroughly and impeccably monitored, evaluated and assessed before one gets to the higher level, and in that way, depending on the required merit and service rendered one is promoted to the higher level and that takes many years to get to the top level.
Since army service and army evaluation quite varies from almost all others, the competition to the top level is very tough. As a result, it is quite difficult to get replacements to such type of highly skilled, tested by fire ad courageous army leaders in few years. In fact, it is often difficult to get their replacement for years given their extensive track record, their, experience, their knowledge and professional skill and leadership qualities. The evaluation and development mechanism of our Defense Force is quite remarkable. The history of the Ethiopian Defense Force’s track record with regards to courage, commitment and love for the mother land is simply outstanding. The Ethiopian Defense Force also possesses a remarkable track record in the international and UN peace keeping mission as well.
Whereas the Ethiopian people from within and abroad are well aware of the significant role our Defense Force plays within and outside our nation and the fact that it holds deep respect and appreciation, few internal and external enemies and self centered anti-peace and anti-development individuals and groups and those with personal and group’s sinister agendas work day in and day out to defame disrupt, disregard and if possible dismantle our Defense Force in order to fulfill their covert and destructive agendas. They have more often than not been commenting and finger pointing on the structure and organizational framework of our Defense Force and indeed on our security institution as well. They even go as low as proposing the dismantling and if possible replacing this highly respected, highly regarded and well equipped, well organized and with an implacable track record institutions with guess who ? Their own mediocre, not experienced, low level land picked yes men that they can play around.
The main thing behind their agenda is that they want to destroy the constitution and the constitutional order, disrupt our peace and stability, weaken the nation by destroying our very able institutions thereby, they want to grasp power by any means including, through violence. They want to replace our tested by fire, courageous and hard working, peace loving and dedicated men and women serving our nation and our people with mediocre, not tested and with no background track record in terms of the required knowledge skill and profession. A kebele leader or a parliament member and even a political appointee can’t be a full-fledged corporal let alone Colonel or a full-fledged General in the Ethiopian Defense Force. The whole issue is but a cover up to advance their hidden agenda i.e to confuse the public at large under the cover of ethnicity excuses, an agenda they have been preaching for years.
They are doing their nasty job preaching hate propagandas and they have been poisoning innocent people for many years because they know that they cannot fulfill their anti-Ethiopian menacing agendas as long as our Defense Force continues to do the excellent job it always does effectively and consistently with all the courage, commitment and determination: which in fact that has been its trade mark. As a result, these enemies of our nation continue to do their usual unholy work because they hope and want to create a vacuum and infiltration within this credible institution and wishing to finally create destruction through anarchy and lawlessness within our nation. They are importing and preaching propaganda terror to create bloodshed between brothers and sisters within our nation while they live very comfortably in North America and Europe and sending their children to schools of their choice there. On the other hand, they want our children to die for them while they and their children enjoy comfortable life there. What a bizarre idea! What a wishful thinking! In their wishful thinking, they think they can grasp power by poisoning the new generation with their false propaganda using variety media outlets such as ESAT. Genially, they think that the new generation will be fooled and be persuaded by their message and by their propaganda machine funded by our inherent enemies. Further, they think that they can dismantle this treasured institution and replace it with their own submissive institution in order to fulfill their and their masters menacing agendas. They have been doing that for many years and failed to accomplish their agenda then and they are doomed to fail now. The only ticket left for them now is to use ethnic cover up to spread their evil agenda. Since they know that they cannot directly wage war against our heroic Defense and our intelligent National Security forces and since they know that they have no power, commitment or courage to face and challenge our gallant Defense and National Security forces in any way, shape or form, they continue to spread their propaganda by doing their nasty job on a day to day basis. Further, they know that they cannot challenge the government in a peaceful and democratic manner via electoral ballots because they know that the Ethiopian people will not cast their votes to destructive and mercenaries forces. Therefore, their only option is to wage a face book and u-tube war to incite lawlessness and anarchy in our nation through trickery and false propaganda machine in order to disrupt our peace, security, our constitutional order and our developmental endeavors. They even go further to preach hate propaganda to disrupt and dismantle the construction of our Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: our Dam, the largest dam in Africa and one of the largest in the word.
In our era of 21st century, young Ethiopians know what is good and what is bad for them and for their nation. The Ethiopian people are saying enough is enough. They do not want to lose their core principle of preserving their peace and security: values they fought hard to bring about and preserved for many years. They know that without peace, there cannot be development and without development, they cannot lead a comfortable life. Further, they do not want anyone to disrupt their peace and security and they do not want to listen to those who instigate and incite bloodshed to destroy their treasured nation. Our people are well aware of everything because they are on the ground and they are busy working day and night to transform their country in order to place it amongst the industrialized nations; they know and they are confident that they can do it.
Our people have started to see light at the end of the tunnel; therefore, they are giving a deaf ear to destructors and disillusioned internal and external enemies and are focusing on their core principle i.e. to develop their nation and change the lives and livelihoods of the people for the better. As a result, they are saying enough is enough, please do not disturb us, please return to your senses and do the right thing and that is to focus on constructive ideas as opposed to destructive ones. Therefore, it will be better for you: enemies of our nation to stop your evil activities and come back to your senses before it is too late. Further, please do not deny your family, friends and love ones to do the right thing by planting poisonous seeds on them. Advise them help their people and their country by doing the right thigh; do not plant racism or xenophobia on them, do not pass your bizarre and poisonous ideas to your friends, love ones and others who did not have the chance to see the reality on the ground and decide for themselves on issues concerning their people. Once they know the reality. They will curse you and that will be regrettable least to say.
Guided by and strictly following the constitution of the land, equipped with scientific military and academic training coupled with strict disciplinary principles, our courageous Defense Force is our nation’s and our people’s guarantee that we can always depend upon at any time. Our Defense Force is a vanguard of our nation and our people under any situation and under any circumstances and conditions. Our Defense Force is reliable, disciplined and humane; therefore, we should always be proud of our Defense Force but most importantly, we should always be thankful and give the due respect and admiration to the Ethiopian Defense Force: our own Defense force.
Whereas the work and services our Defense Force provides to the nation, to the region and the world at large is without doubt truly remarkable, the attention and appreciation it gets from our own people has not been openly reflected and that is because our people take our Defense Force for granted as their own and as one that needs no appreciation; however, it is time and in fact long overdue that our Defense Force gets open appreciation, respect, credit and admiration that it truly deserves from the government and the public at large.