OPPOSITIONS’ AND SUPPORTERS’ ENDLESS SMEAR CAMPAIGNS

PART 8

By Mathza 

 

 

Most of the oppositions’ leadership and their handful supporters, particularly the minuscule vociferous Diaspora, and some individuals obsessed with lust for power and hatred against Prime Minister Meles Zenawi have been and are doing anything to get rid of him, the TPLF and the EPRDF. They are intimidated and demoralized by his intelligence, capability, competence and the respect he commands in the international community. Their hatred is limitless. In their obsession and desperation to snatch power, they have crossed the line of treason by compromising and endangering the sovereignty, security, territorial integrity and national interests of Ethiopia. The following are examples supporting this statement:

 

They condemn Ethiopia’s defense against jihadists;

 

They praise, congratulate, defend, encourage and support—instead of denouncing—the atrocities committed by separatists and jihadists;

 

They condemn Ethiopia’s reaction to such atrocities;

 

They collaborate and scheme with the Eritrean government which has been and is trying hard to destabilize and disintegrate Ethiopia;

 

They belittle EPRDF's sound government policies and strategies, which have proved successful;

 

They deny and ridicule the double-digit economic growth, a remarkable progress and performance in socio-economic development in the last five years; and

 

They unashamedly accuse the Prime Minister of being a stooge of developed countries because of, among others, his success to mobilize foreign assistance (For example: by not giving in to pressure from such countries to allow foreign banks to operate in Ethiopia he not only shielded the development of local banks but also saved the country from the devastating impact of the current global financial crisis).

 

In short, these hate-mongers and anti-Ethiopia elements do not care at all about Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Their only desire is to be in power by any means—in the driver’s seat—without any concern on how that might impact Ethiopia and its people, enie kemotku serdo aybqel.

One of their tactics is a negative smear campaign portraying the country's image and, in particular, it’s dedicated Prime Minister with all kinds of monstrous adjectives and pictures. Among the methods used include politicizing everything, outrageous allegations, lies, exaggerations, wild generalizations, spinning, misinterpretation and spreading rumors. Practically all of the writings of these-diehards are replete of despicable descriptions and character assassinations, all intended purely to bring down the government. This writing ferrets out examples of statements that do not make any sense, are illogical, are concocted, or are not supported by facts—purely intended to misinform and mislead readers, particularly the Diaspora silent majority. It is a modest attempt to expose those bigots who have been hoodwinking and continue to hoodwink the Ethiopians and the international community. (In the future, there will be a series of matrixes like the one below, each preceded by the current two paragraphs).

 

 

Title/Source/Date

Author’s Statement

My Comments

1. Monkeys have a sense of morality, say scientists, ethiopianreview.com, February 17th, 2009

 

 EDITOR'S NOTE: We cannot say the same thing about the cannibalistic Woyannes.

 

Strange, you Elias, of all people, speaking about morality! Your comment should read “We, the readers, cannot say the same thing about the habitual, hateful, pathological and perpetual liar, Elias, the publisher of Ethiopian Review.”

2. Nigeria, Ethiopia top Africa investment index, by Peter Apps, Reuters, ethiopiafirst.com, Wed Feb 18, 2009

 

Nigeria and Ethiopia topped a new index of African potential investor destinations on Wednesday, with the survey organizers saying the continent offers good potential growth even against the global economic crisis.

It [Ethiopia] had been cited as an increasingly appealing private equity destination before the global economic crash.

This is a “merdo” to that vocal diehard Diaspora, oppositions and their supporters. This group incessantly denies the progress made and being made in the social, economic and political development in the country. They keep others in the dark by misinforming them. They give the world a negative image of Ethiopia. They endlessly beg donors to stop financial support to Ethiopia with no concern of the dire consequences on Ethiopians. 

 

3. Obama approach to democracy-building troubling: A Quieter Approach to Spreading Democracy Abroad?, by PETER BAKER, The New York Times, ethiopianreview.com, February 22nd, 2009

 
 

The realists…are skeptical of assumptions that what works in America should necessarily be exported elsewhere, or that it should eclipse other American interests.

…the whole focus on elections, particularly, is misplaced when so much of the world is suffering from poverty, hunger and disease. Mr. Obama seems to side with that point…he said he wanted to consider the promotion of democracy “through a lens that is actually delivering a better life for people on the ground and less obsessed with form, more concerned with substance.”

…And if that were not clear, during her [Mrs. Clinton] trip to Asia last week, she said that human rights violations by China “can’t interfere” with cooperation between Washington and Beijing on other issues.

 

This and similar articles are disappointments to Elias. The contents of the article express realities contrary to Elias’s and his likes’ dream of Obama coming out with drastic foreign policy changes in respect of  democracy. To their dismay the Obama administration favors a pragmatic approach to promoting emerging democracies taking account of specific conditions prevailing in the countries concerned.  This approach coupled with pursuing American national interest means it is unlikely that the Obama administration would opt for significant deviation from the previous government’s practice. In fact, indications are it could be more understanding and lenient in dealing with countries in the process of democratization.

The above conclusion is particularly applicable to Ethiopia where democratization is a daunting task in a country without any democratic experience. Unlike in other African countries democracy in Ethiopia had to start from scratch after centuries of feudal and recent communist systems, thus—against all odds—requiring more time and patience. It should be noted that the administrative machinery has been evolving and continues to evolve compared to ready-made modern administrative systems the other African countries inherited from colonial legacies.                  

Officials in the State Department  are aware of the peculiar situation and progress being made in all sectors in  Ethiopia. They are also aware that none of the untested opposition parties, individually or as a group, can replace EPRDF, the staunch and proven ally of the United States. These are the main reasons why the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald Yamamoto, recently declared that the “United States will keep its strong relations with Ethiopia… America wants to continue that” (See also item 9 below).

As the last statement on the left shows the new administration, apparently, gives priority to the well being of the people, not to elections. Mrs. Clinton’s pronouncement on Chinese human rights definitely indicates the new orientation of the Obama administration. She said "Human rights… don’t take a front seat, a back seat or a middle seat.”  In other words, raising the standard of living of the people through improving governance and development (fighting poverty)—exactly what the EPRDF government is doing—is what matters most at this juncture, not conducting elections.

 

4. Meles Zenawi and his interview by Yilma Bekele, ethiopianreview.com, February 22nd, 2009

 

 

…I thought it would be better for all of us to look at it [the interview] closely and peer into that murky brain of his [Meles]…

…given that that Sheik Ahmed is now the President of the Transitional Government… has the Ethiopia’s intervention positively affected things on the ground…

The TPLF army was forced to retreat back across the boarder with the Islamists at their heels.

 

 

To the question if there have been positive changes now that Sheiks Sharif Sheikh Ahmed is the President, the PM’s reply were a resounding yes. His reasons were: the Eritrean government orchestrated destabilization plan and strategy, the Somali jihadists and Ethiopia armed groups threats were all foiled by the Ethiopian intervention. The civil disobedience and chaos in Ethiopia that was unrealistically hoped for to take place did not materialize.

The Eritrean destabilization strategy is depicted on a map of Ethiopia on the Awate website. This map has been there, a permanent fixture, since July 22, 2006. It shows war fronts/flash points synchronized to start simultaneously in all four corners of the country. Clicking on the map displays the writing related to it. Such strategy  would have, probably, come true had not Ethiopia intervened in Somalia and got rid of Issayas’s surrogates outside of our country thereby disabling Eritrea from starting another war against Ethiopia. Thanks to the preemptive strike, lose of lives and destruction of property within Ethiopia, a repeat of the 1977 Somali invasion of Ethiopia, was averted.

In 2007, with mission accomplished—the removal of the clear and present danger posed by Somali extremists, OLF and ONLF orchestrated by the Eritrean government—in about two weeks the Ethiopian defense forces should have pulled out of Somalia as planned. However, as we all know there was a second element for Ethiopia’s intervention, the request for help from the Federal Transitional Government (FTG) of Somalia. The Ethiopian forces had, therefore, to extend their stay to fulfill their obligation as well as at the behest of the AU, IGAD member states, etc. to ensure the TFG was on its feet. Unfortunately, the sub-sub-clannish nature of the Somali people and the failure of the international community to provide adequate resources continued to haunt and delay the TFG from taking quick decisive actions thereby giving time for the Al-Shabaab to organize, strengthen and play havoc. Bickering among Somali officials complicated the situation. The last Djibouti agreement reached between the TFG and the moderate Islamic group of the Islamic Courts Union stipulated the pull out of the Ethiopian forces. Ethiopia had to comply. Its troops      were not forced to retreat as the writer would have us believe. Not complying would have been interpreted as Ethiopia was against the stability of Somalia and the well being of its people which was never the case.

As already referred to above there are those who argue that there is no change in leadership as the same Islamist leader, Sheiks Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, is at the helm both before and after the Ethiopian intervention. We should recall that the Islamists in those days comprised extreme and moderate groups. The threat to Ethiopia was from the former, now represented by al-Shabaab which is currently fracturing and weakening, as manifested by loss of its biggest military base. Sheik Ahmed belongs to the latter group. His take over should be a welcome to Ethiopia as Ethiopia has no objection and cannot object to Somalia adopting the proper Sharia (Islamic) law, not the “un-Islamic Islam.” In a nutshell, Sheik Ahmed with a more moderate agenda in power is nothing but a win-win for both Ethiopia and Somalia.

5. Ethiopia's export to the U.S. rose to $152 million, Reuters, ethiopianreview.com, February 25th, 2009

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Most of the exporting is being done by companies that are owned by the Meles crime family, including his wife Azeb Mesfin. The money stays in the U.S. and Ethiopia gets no benefit.

 

Provide evidence if you want readers to buy your allegations. The more you repeat this lie the more you convince readers that you are a pathological liar.

Elias and his likes have been endlessly repeating unfounded allegations that high corrupt government officials own most businesses and as a result the space for private businesses is narrowing in Ethiopia. There is no corruption free country in the world. It is a question of how rampant the corruption is. As confirmed by many foreign analysts and observers, institutions and individuals, the level of corruption in Ethiopia is among the lowest in the world. The latest witness to this is Mr. Donald Yamamoto, the U.S.A. Ambassador to Ethiopia. During a recent interview he gave he asserted “You have very little corruption in this country.”

 

6. VOA interview with Dr. Berhanu, 2/26/09

Questions:

- Balenbet zemen tornet yawatal way?

- Etiopia quwanquwa meseret yaderege yekilil sr’at slemt’tader wode base yers bers tornet ayasgebam way?

- Mn adega liyameta yichlal?

 

The questions on the left were among those asked by the interviewer. Those questions were based on fears/worries the interviewer expressed in regard to the possibility of confrontation among nations and nationalities. Surprisingly Dr. Berhanu’s answer in a nutshell was “Ye etiopia hzb wode irs bers metelaleq/mebelalat yigebal bye alamnm yemitayegn chgr yelem.” What a lie and a blunder!  

His premise is “Ketnt jemro betarik yayenew ezih sltane dereja yederesut hailoch hulu kebarnet yliq taglo nestanet maggnet yshalal blew taglew nestanetachewn ag’gntew new lezih blstgnana lezih selam yederesut.” In other words, in this 21st century, Ethiopia has to follow the example of what happened centuries ago in Europe. This is insanity, pure and simple. Does he really believe that the Ethiopian nations and nationalities who—for the first time find themselves masters of their destinies—would surrender to his greed without struggle?

 

7. Ethiopia under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
b
y Lee Jay Walker, nazaret.com,
The Seoul Times
Tokyo Correspondent

…it is all too easy to point a negative finger at the EPRDF but the stark reality is very different.

…in truth, the EPRDF is a responsible political party…

…the EPRDF is the first party in the history of Ethiopia to develop a proper multi-party system of governance…

…the EPRDF is focused on modernizing Ethiopia via economic restructuring and democracy…

…The EPRDF is steering Ethiopia on the right path and in recent years you have had major economic growth. If you look at the continuing political crisis in the Ukraine, and magnify this with the ethnic, religious, and geographic make-up of Ethiopia, then the EPRDF is clearly a very responsible political party.

 

The quotations in the middle column are among the realistic observations of a Tokyo correspondent.

 

 

8. ሳምንታዊ ዜና ዘገባ

ፍኖተ ዴሞክራሲ የኢትዮጵያ አንድነት ድምፅ ራዲዮ የካቲት 21 ቀን 2001 ዓ.ም., ethiolion.com, 03/02/09

 

This EPRP radio station has the audacity to ridicule and belittle the success story of Ethiopian farmers. It has the audacity to misinform the public that the government claims that the success story covers all and every farmer all over Ethiopia. The government never declared such nonsense. What the government has been claiming is progress has been made and the number of successful farmers is growing. Limitation in resources and fast population increase hinder faster change. Despite this, the growing number of successful farmers is serving as models being emulated by other farmers. The model farmers are helping and encouraging their friends and neighbors. The core circles of their influence keep on expanding and coalescing. It is a question of time before the majority of farmers join the club.

The number of people needing help does vary from year to year depending on the weather and drought. There are, of course, those who live in hostile areas whose agricultural and pastoral development is curtailed by instability caused by separatists who are encouraged, defended and supported by EPRP and their likes.  There are also those under the safety net program. Their number is decreasing as more and more graduate every year, i.e. become self sufficient and more. According to Josette Sheeran, WFP Director, “Ethiopia...now it is producing a food surplus.”

 

9. President Barack Obama’s Administration Would Reassess
USA Policy On Ethiopia, ethiolion.com, 20 February 2009

Mr. Gonzales expressed his hope that the opposition parties and the Ethiopian Government would positively work hard together in order to ensure the success of the forthcoming election in 2010, lest he felt it is dangerous for the Ethiopian people, the Ethiopian Government, the Horn of Africa and the World at large.

Apparently the write-up in question is an AEUP’s press statement following Engineer Hailu’s meeting with Mr. Gonzales. While the first part of the sentence on the left is plausible the second part may have been doctored to give the impression that the U.S. Embassy supports the oppositions. The same conclusion applies to the title. In this regard readers should note the title on the press statement itself is “Engineer Hailu Shawl, And Mr. Michael C. Gonzales, Agreed To Work Together.” The title on the first column appears as some kind of subtitle. In other words, it appears the title on the first column should be replaced by the one on the body of the article which, by the way, is in line with the Amharic version ኢንጂነር ኃይሉ ሻውልና ሚስተር ሚካኤል ጎንዛለስ አብረው ለመስራት ተስማሙ.

 

Readers may have already read that the U.S. Embassy had dismissed AEUP’s press statement. The Embassy said “The statement mischaracterizes the views of Embassy officials… Ethiopia will remain a core partner for the United States.” (See also item 3 above). ፓርቲው የሰጠውን መግለጫ ዕውቅና እንደማይሰጠው አስታወቀ

 

The latest news is Mr. Gonzales invited Ms. Birtukan’s mother to the U.S. Embassy and talked to her. As this comes from the same source as the above we do not know if she was invited or she asked for a meeting.

 

10. Unleashing the lesson of Adwa, by Yilma Bekele, ethiopiareview, March 2nd, 2009

 

While Yohanes was King he had allowed Menelik to negotiate a treaty with Italians, which was signed at Wuchale, Wollo.

 

 

Is it true that Emperor Yohannes IV allowed King Menelik to negotiate the Treaty of Wuchale with Italy (signed soon after the former’s death) ? It is very doubtful that the Emperor would have done this. It is, probably, one of the ploys of the Shewans to cover up the conspiratorial activities of Emperor Menelik II when he was king. Here I am not refering to local conspiracies the writer mentioned; I am referring to King Menelik’s conspiracy with Ottoman-Egyptians, the Mahdists and Italy.

Obviously the writer showed his racial bias as did and do his likes who try to hide the role Emperor yohannes played in defending Ethiopia from the Egyptian, Italians and Mahdists of Sudan while King Menelik was conspiring with all these three Ethiopian enemies. In practically all written materials related or referring to the period starting with Emperor Tewodros II the chauvinist writers have been downgrading the contribution of Emperor Yohannes IV and worse still completely ignoring even mentioning his name. (See my URGENT NEED FOR RECONCILIATION BASED ON CONFESSION AND ATONEMENT,
PART I, Hmbasha, March 29, 2006).

The writer is among the few exceptions who gave some coverage to Emperor Yohannes IV. He, however, stopped short by not informing readers that Adwa was not the first defeat of Italy by Ethiopia. Ras Alula routed the Italians at Dogali in 1887. Other Emperor Yohannes IV’s victories against foreign invaders were Turco-Egyptian troops at Gundet (1875) and Gura (1876) and Mahdists/Derish of the Sudan at Kufit (1885) and Metema (1889). All battles—including Aylet (1877), Sanhit (1880), Sahati (1883) and Sahati (1887)—except Metema, were fought in present day Eritrea.

 

 

 

PART 7: http://aigaforum.com/articles/smear_campaign_part7.pdf