The shambolic demonstrators think of the next election, the Statesman of the next generation
By: Dilwenberu Nega
3rd April 2009
The Ethiopia we all love – most of us with a great sense of patriotism and some of us with a decaffeinated sense of patriotwasm – had a very good three days in London. This highly encouraging news, however, had attracted a sense of inspiration and perspiration within the Ethiopian Abroad. To the silent majority – those who had refused to be jet hosed with lies by the cheer-leaders of hate politics – it truly was inspiring news. It renewed their hope that our beloved Ethiopia was, indeed, well poised to usher in a period of great socio-economic transformation for all Ethiopians. It also reassured them that contrary to what had become the interminable mantra of extremists’ hate propaganda; Ethiopia had become a respected member of the family of civilised nations.
But to the fast dwindling number of extremists who had been ventilating their politics of hate on the cyberspace - those with a morbid dread of seeing the union of free peoples, nations and nationalities, those who flare-up every time they hear or see good news emanating from Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi’s masterstroke at the G20 Summit in London, was greeted with perspiration. And, mind you, in panicky perspiration they would make it to their graves unless they galvanise the courage to change, and change for the better. Only a naive would hope to engage in the act of ‘baptising’ them into Revolutionary Democracy. There again, I am not sure, for that the Revo-Demos have a convalescence home for the mentally-challenged. Expecting change to knock at the home of those who had found a niche for themselves in chauvinism and obscurantism would, therefore, be a losing formula.
So those who are masters of their own destiny and not coolies of the destiny of others must brace themselves for the battle ahead: the mother of all battles of ideas. It is going to be a battle between Patriotism and Patriotwasm; between modernity and backwardness, between democracy and dictatorship, between veracity and mendacity, between love and hate, between good and evil, between cooperation and confrontation. But above all, it is going to be a battle between, on the one hand, the wise who, by refusing to rest on past laurels alone, had been ploughing ahead with their sacred task to consolidate the union of free and equal peoples, nations and nationalities of Ethiopia. At the other extreme, on the other hand, are the otherwise, who by resting on past laurels alone, had allowed themselves to be in hock to the ideals of a bygone era, as they attempt to claw back to power so that they can re-establish an Ethiopia which would be the mother of the chosen “We” and the step-mother of the damned many.
One, of course, fully respects the right to demonstrate to demonstrate of all Ethiopians against anything or anyone. But the sight of “patriotwasists” standing shoulder-to-shoulder with declared enemies of a united Ethiopia in London during the G20 Summit, and yes, waiving the Ethiopian tri colour alongside that of Shabia’s Eritrea – whose despot had repeatedly referred to Ethiopians as “Hadgi” (asinine) – was indeed a day of infamy to the shambolic demonstrators in London.
Thank goodness, then, for our patriot Statesman.