What Might Happen If TDF Marches Toward Addis Ababa

What Might Happen If TDF Marches Toward Addis Ababa

By Ibrahim Hassan Gagale, July 29, 2021

Abyssinia
Empire of Abyssinia, c.1940. Source Deviant Art

The Abyssinian Aksumites first identified themselves as Ethiopians in the 4th century of A.D during reign of Ezana. In 1529, war broke out between Adal Sultanate supported by Ottomans and Abyssinia supported with reinforcements by Portugal. Abyssinia was defeated in the conflict losing huge territory but recaptured lost territory and the war ended in 1543. Abyssinians established their capital at Gondar in 1632 and had a period of peace and prosperity before warlords split the kingdom in the 18th century. King Tewodros II reunified Ethiopia in 1885. His reign was followed by king Yohannes IV who was killed in 1889. King Menelik II took over the country and began expanding Ethiopia to the West, South and East through violent conquests and annexations of Cushitic lands starting with Oromo, Sidaama, Gurage, Wolayta and other ethnic groups including Somalis, Afar etc resulting in the current borders of Ethiopian Empire. But mass-killings started first with Oromo people in the Ethiopian highlands beginning 1850.

For outsiders, Ethiopia was a great empire more civilised and more advanced than the rest of Africa. An empire never colonized by Europeans when the rest of Africa became inevitable prey to European scramble for partition to colonise the continent brutally for cheap labour and raw materials. But for insiders, since the reign of King Menelik II (1889), Ethiopia is a country whose history is based on invasions, conquests, violent annexations, massacres, genocides, repressions, oppressions, destructions, displacements etc inflicted on Cushitic peoples (Oromo, Somalis, Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambela, Wolayta and SNNAPR etc shown in the map) by the invading Abyssinians, particularly Amhara kingdoms, for over 150 years. Such humiliating subjugation of Cushitic peoples by Abyssinians resulted in creating deep hostility, bitterness and hatred between Abyssinians (the dominating minority) and Cushitic peoples (the dominated majority peoples).

For the history of Ethiopian empire, Cushitic peoples were not allowed to rule Ethiopia for being treated as colonists owned by the Abyssinians including their lands. Only Abyssinians (Amhara and Tigre) were qualified to rule Ethiopia with the exception of PM Abiye Ahmed whose identity is yet unknown other than having Amhara mother and Amhara wife. Oromo people were first to face brutal crackdown by PM Abiye Ahmed, the same people who put him in the office of the land, and imprisoned Oromo major political opposition leaders to eliminate their rivalry in elections like the recent farce elections of EPP. PM Abiye Ahmed is not independent leader, he is in the pocket of Amhara who manipulate him for their own political benefits. When humans have cause with vision, they succeed. PM Abiye Ahmed has neither cause nor vision and that is why he becomes a mother bear eating its cub. A Somali Scholar, Faisal Roble, said: “Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed inherited a state. He sacrificed it to the dream of an empire, today he has neither a state nor an empire.”

The Semitic Abyssinian colonial invasions and annexations of Hamitic Cushitic peoples exactly coincided with the European colonial conquest and occupation of Africa (European Conquests:1884; Abyssinian Annexations: 1889). This is clear evidence that Abyssinians participated in the Partition of Africa late 19th century after Berlin Conference of 1884 with the Europeans’ tacit approval and supply of weapons mainly provided by the Portugese for the conquests and annexations. As Europeans invaded Africa for cheap labour and raw materials for their nascent Industrial Revolution, Abyssinian Empire conquered Cushitic lands for their richness in natural resources.

In the current situation of Ethiopia, TDF should avoid advancing toward Addis Ababa with the intention of capturing it to unilaterally declare TDF government to rule Ethiopia like TPLF did in 1991 because it will not be easy job as both demographics and times have changed in Ethiopia since 1991 and as the record of human rights of previous TPLF government is shockingly abusive. Today, all Ethiopian ethnic groups are armed to the teeth with all kinds of weapons with interethnic hostility and hatred much deeper and more revengeful because of the repressive, brutal historical Abyssinian colonial occupation against Cushitic peoples.

During TPLF rule under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (1991-2012), TPLF hijacked the Ethiopian government by grabbing major institutions for the benefits of Tigre Region and monopolised federal military and police to subdue Ethiopia for his dictatorship. Tyrant Zenawi was responsible for the violent crackdown on Oromo demonstrations protesting the widely believed rigged election in 2005, for committing massacres and serious human rights abuses in the Somali State of Ethiopia. The Tigre government also created current land disputes between Somali State and Afar Sate and between Amhara State and Tigre State etc that claimed the lives of thousands and thousands of civilians. Tigre government too invaded illegally the capital of Somalia Mogadishu in 2007 under the command of general Gabre committing atrocities and human rights abuses but withdrew from Mogadishu after inflicted heavy casualties. So, Cushitic peoples at the head of Oromo and Somalis may not let any new government led by Tigre again or even Amhara take over Addis Ababa. TDF has their region and people devastated by the invasion of November 4, 2020 and may not have stomach to engage in war of attrition with Oromo that they will lose at the end.

Oromo people, the biggest ethnic group in Ethiopia, have their own armed resistance to topple Abiye’s dictatorship. The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, is located on Oromo land and that is why Oromo people do not want to see Addis Ababa fall into the hands of TDF again. Somali people, who were brutalized by Tigre Government of Meles Zenawi, similarly do not want to see Tigre-led government in Addis Ababa again and may support Oromo alongside with other Cushitic ethnic groups to defeat TDF if it tries to move toward Addis Ababa to seize the power. Amhara too don’t want to see Addis Ababa run by Tigre because they massacred each other in the current civil wars. Such huge obstacles and the historical resentment over Abyssinian long-time brutal occupation against Cushitic peoples prevent TDF from marching toward Addis Ababa. Only collective and collaborative ousting of the mad man, Abiye Ahmed, can stop further devastations in Ethiopia.

If TDF makes political miscalculation and tries to use force and move to Addis Ababa to declare government unilaterally in Addis Ababa, there will be endless bloodbath between TDF and enraged Cushitic peoples led by Oromo, the majority in Ethiopia. The only way to end civil wars in Ethiopia is to release all political prisoners, hold pan-Ethiopia reconciliation conference for restoring Ethiopia unity and democratic federal system and finally form government headed by Oromo or Somalis as both Amhara and Tigre failed Ethiopia for their long-time brutal, abusive kingdoms and repressive governments. Cushitic peoples believe that it is their unchallenged chance to rule Ethiopia as Abyssinians never let Cushitic peoples rule Ethiopia before. Mohamed Jawar, an Oromo opposition moderate leader in prison, may have political prowess and skills to bring Ethiopia together. The West should not support unilateral government declared by TDF to avoid endless bloodbath between Cushitics and Abyssinians in future.

But if coexistence among Ethiopian ethnic groups becomes difficult and interethnic civil wars become rampant, frequent and persistent with no hope of accepting one another, then it is reasonable to support them go on their separate ways for self-determination to have independent republics taking article 39 of Ethiopian federal constitution in order to have peace and stability instead of having perpetual bloodshed, gun violence, massacres, ethnic cleansing, displacement, fleeing, influx of refugees, instability etc in the Horn of Africa.

SOME IMPORTANT REFERENCES
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– Mekuria Bulcha, “Genocidal Violence in the Making of Nation and State in Ethiopia”, African Sociological Review Vol. 9(2), 2005

– Bulatovich visited much of the Oromo territory between 1896 and 1898 and witnessed and acknowledged the damage done by the Abyssinian conquest.

Ethiopian Old and Current Maps
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1. The inset smaller map indicates the original native land of the Abyssinians (Tigre and Amhara) before conquests and annexations for land expansions down in the South, West and East of Ethiopia.

2. The bigger yellow map indicates the original native lands of Cushitics (Oromo, Somalis, Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambela, Southern Nations and Nationalities etc) conquered and annexed by Abyssinian kings – King Menelik 11 being the maker of biggest land expansion and the creator of Ethiopian Empire.

3. The coloured map indicates the current Ethiopian map showing ethnic group states.

4. The mother bear eating its cub. The mother bear is Abiye Ahmed and the cub is the Ethiopian people.

Ibrahim Hassan Gagale
July 29, 2021

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1 Comment

  1. Aba Solan says:
    July 28, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Re-Posted from KIchuu

    A note to the Oromo AND ALL the people of the Colonies in the Empire:

    A Speculation

    As Traders say on Wall Street, ” Speculation is serious Business,” so, in that vein of thinking, I am going to speculate on the SERIOUS BUSINESS OF THE PROBABLE
    RE-CONQUERING OF OROMIA CURRENTLY UNDERWAY…Indulge me, if you will please…

    We now know the reason for the closure of Bole International Airport to Civilian Aviation for an unusually extended period, a couple of days ago…It turns out that, the Closure of the Airport was to transport MORE Eritrean Mercenary Forces into Oromia! The Americans, the European Union, and the English have given their TACIT OR an as yet UNDISCLOSED OFFICIAL approval for an all out total war on the Oromo Liberation Army, OLA, AND by extension the Oromo people, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO ENSURE THE ‘TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY’ OF Ethiopia, an Empire State. Why the FOCUS on the OLA and/or the OLF? The answer is simple really: Unlike Lenco Leta, Dima Nogo, and some of the TURNCOATS of the bygone years, THESE CURRENT CROP OF OROMO LIBERATION FRONT AND OROMO LIBERATION ARMY LEADERS COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OR CO-OPTED INTO ACCEPTING THE COLONIAL STATUS OF OUR PEOPLE IN PERPETUITY! What proof do I have that the West has ‘approved’ an ALL OUT WAR on our people you may ask.
    A fair question. I do not have a copy of a ‘written memo’ from any of the ‘Good Offices’ of the Western Powers mentioned above, to show you in support of my speculation but, to a Careful Observer, there have been tell-tell signs which can, in their totality, point us in the right direction… One such tell-tell SIGN is the shrill with which these same Western Powers have CONDEMNED the presence of Eritrean Troops in Tigray; while NONE of them EVER raised a single objection to the killing of the Oromo people by these SAME ERITREAN TROOPS IN WESTERN, CENTRAL, & SOUTHERN Oromia over the past FIVE months! The additional deployment of more Eritrean Ground Troops to Oromia is a CONFIRMATION of their Tacit Approval AND COMPLICITY, actually, in the MURDER AND KILLING OF THE OROMO PEOPLE, BECAUSE the Oromo People, WITH THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR THE OLA, have BECOME an IMPEDIMENT to the execution of the West’s PLAN of CRUSHING the Oromo Liberation Army, the ONLY SERIOUS OBSTACLE standing in their way towards putting their grand “anti-fragmentation” plan for Ethiopia in place. Why, you may wonder, are the Western Powers so ADAMANT about ‘KEEPING ETHIOPIA TOGETHER’? Here are the three reasons I can think of:

    1)They say they do not want another “Failed State” in the Horn of Africa. The example they cite is Somalia. But NO ONE HAS YET DISCUSSED THE
    TRADEOFFS BETWEEN KEEPING THE OLD SOMALIA OF SIAD BARRE’S GOVERNMENT AS IT WAS, VERSUS HAVING THE THREE ENTITIES CARVED OUT OF THE FORMER SOMALIA yet, to convince me why this current form is DISADVANTAGEOUS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE MAJORITY OF THE INHABITANTS OF SOMALIA COMPARED TO THEIR CONDITIONS DURING THE REIGN OF SIAD BARRE! I tell you what is obvious to me: the current situation has MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR WESTERN POWERS TO EXTRACT RESOURCES FROM SOMALIA AT WILL, specially, its RICH Coastal Marine Resources, in my observation, in contrast to the ‘Good Old Days’ of Siad Barre. That much is clear in the case of Somalia! Could it be that the notion of a ‘Failed State’ is actually the West ‘crying Wolf,’ in some cases? Your guess is as good as mine, as the old adage goes…

    2) The Americans, the English, and the Europeans ALL know that the REAL FRAGMENTATION of AFRICA OCCURRED AFTER THE BERLIN CONFERENCE OF 1884-1885, AND THE ‘ORIGINAL HABESHAS,’ THE ABYSSINIANS, WERE EQUAL PARTNERS IN THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA, i.e, DIVVYING-UP THE SPOILS OF THE TERRITORIES OF THE HORN OF AFRICA WITH THE THEN REIGNING EUROPEAN POWERS OF ENGLAND, AND ITALY.
    ARMED WITH REMINGTON RIFLES SUPPLIED TO THE CHRISTIAN KINGDOM OF ABYSSINIA BY THE ENGLISH, THE ABYSSINIANS GOT REWARDED WITH THE CONQUEST OF THE OROMOS, THE SIDAMA, WOLAYITA, HARRARI, AFAR, AND OTHER PEOPLES’ LANDS INCLUDING, OGADENA , LAND OF THE SOMALI PEOPLE. AS AN ANECDOTE, HERE IS A REAL FRAGMENTATION FOR YOU:
    THE REST OF SOMALI COUNTRY BESIDES OGADEN, WHICH THE ABSSYNIANS ACQUIRED FOR FREE, WAS DIVIDED BETWEEN THE ENGLISH AND THE ITALIANS! ‘BIYAA OROMO”, OR ‘OROMO COUNTRY’ WAS DIVIED UP BETWEEN THE ENGLISH AND THE ABSSYNIANS! A FUN FACT: I can not tell you how many times I had to explain, during my University days, to ‘Ethiopians’ and the so called Western ‘Experts’ on the affairs of the Horn of Africa that “THERE ARE OROMOS IN KENYA, AND THAT THEIR LAND STRETCHES FROM MOYALE, TO TANA RIVER, via LAGA HAREE,TO THE INDIAN OCEAN COAST, to the utter disbelief of my listeners in MOST cases… In some cases, the eyes of my interlocutor will ‘glaze over’ and I remember how their ignorant incredulity made me feel like a liar…LOL

    SO, TO ALL THE SHRILL ABOUT ‘Fragmentation & Balkanization” I SAY, the REAL Fragmentation OCCURRED back in 1884-1886 during and after the Berlin Conference, AND TODAY’S NATIONAL MOVEMENTS ARE ACTUALLY, IF ANYTHING AT ALL, ABOUT REUNITING A PEOPLE WHO WERE FORCIBLY SEPARATED BY REMINGTON RIFLES AND THE POISON GAS OF THE ENGLISH, EITHER INTO SEPARATE ‘COUNTRIES,’ OR ‘PROVINCES AND ADMINISTRATIVE REGIONS’ OF SOME NEWLY MINTED COUNTRY, SUCH AS ETHIOPIA! IN ETHIOPIA, FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS, THE MOVEMENT OF OROMOS FROM ONE PROVINCE TO ANOTHER OR INTO THE CITIES WAS BANNED BY THE IMPERIAL STATE!

    3) The West is working from an assumption which claims that the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) is highly influenced by Nationalists of the Islamic Faith, therefore, CAN NOT BE TRUSTED TO BE A PARTNER WITH THE WEST IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. AS a result of this ERRONEOUS belief, the West HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUSPICIOUS OF THE SECULARISM OF THE OROMO LIBERATION STRUGGLE. Here too, it seems to me that the West has ‘bought’ into A FALSE NARRATIVE CONCOCTED by Nefxagna Amahara elites who wish for nothing better, in their entire lives, than to see the destruction of the Oromo Liberation Front AND THE CONTINUATION OF THE OROMO PEOPLE IN THEIR STATUS AS SUBJECT PEOPLE IN PERPETUITY! In Passing, I want to point out that, WE OROMOS WILL NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR THE FAITH OUR PEOPLE CHOOSE TO FOLLOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY USE THE KNOWLEDGE THEIR FAITH TEACHES THEM FOR THE BENEFIT OF THEIR OWN PEOPLES’ STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM! That the OLF is A SECULAR Organization has been proven with the UNITY IN MARTYRDOM OF OUR LEADERS! During the formative years of the OLF, ten of the Leaders of the OLF, while traveling from Oromia to Mogadishu on foot to solicit Aid and assistance for the National liberation struggle from the Large Oromo Community in Somlia’s Capital, were ambushed and captured by some Armed Bandits who wanted to separate each and everyone of them into their respective faiths’ of Islam and/or Christianity, so they can spare the Muslims but kill the Christians. One of those men murdered at the time was my Paternal Cousin! THE LEADERS OF THE OLF REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH THEIR ORDER CHOOSING TO DIE TOGETHER AS OROMOS RATHER THAN LIVE JUST BECAUSE OF THEIR MERE FAITH! BASED ON THIS FACT, WE OROMOS CELEBRATE OUR MEMORIAL DAY ON APRIL 15, IN HONOR OF THE EXAMPLE BEQUEATHED TO US BY THOSE HONORABLE AND DIGNIFIED OROMO SOULS WHO CHOSE TO DIE AS OROMOS THAN LIVE SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY PRACTICED ‘THE RIGHT RELIGION’ i.e, THE ‘RELIGION’ OF the BANDITS! The West needs to REALIZE THAT THIS IS NOT A MADE-UP STORY BUT THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE OF THE OROMO LIBERATION FRONT TODAY AND INTO THE FUTURE! WE will not accept your aid and assistance if it is, in any way, predicated upon our practicing a Religion that pleases you! You HAVE THE ETHIOPIANS, OR THE HABESHAS, AS WE PREFER TO CALL THEM, FOR THAT: YOU DO NOT NEED US, AND THANK G*D ALMIGHTY, WE DO NOT DEPEND ON YOU TO FREE OURSELVES FROM THE BONDAGE YOU DEVISED FOR US IN THE FIRST PLACE! THE OLF BELIEVES AND LIVES BY THE PRINCIPLE THAT FAITH IS A PERSONAL MATTER, WHILE OROMIA IS A COLLECTIVE POSSESSION OF ALL HER LAWFUL CITIZENS!

    These three reasons, enumerated above, I believe are at the heart of the West’s ‘Suspicion’ of and Diplomatic attitudes towards the Oromos and the Oromo Liberation Front. It also explains the tacit approval they have given to the Eritrean Army to remain in Oromia to ‘crush and destroy’ the OLF, so they could keep their own creation, Ethiopia, from ‘disintegrating!’ How do they intend to execute on their plan of keeping Ethiopia together then?

    Fist, the English, the EU and the Americans are fully aware of the current thinking of TPLF Leaders that Tigray CAN NOT EASILY MAKE A TRANSITION INTO A VIABLE, ECONOMICALLY VIBRANT, INDEPENDENT COUNTRY IN A SHORT ORDER, of say Twenty years, for example. BUT AN INDEPENDENT SOVEREIGN OROMO REPUBLIC COULD POSSIBLY JUST DO THAT! BECAUSE Of THESE TEMPORARY LIMITATIONS OF ECONOMIC CAPACITY, the TPLF/TDF are not KEEN on declaring their independence from Ethiopia YET! That understanding between the West and the TPLF, makes it easy and convenient, to work with the TPLF/TDF for the “GREATER GOOD” of avoiding ‘fragmentation’ or “Balkanization”, the Common Refrain heard from ALL the “Experts,” Habesha AND Non-Habesha alike, on the affairs of the Horn of Africa. If that is the case, then the TPLF could be “persuaded” to stay within a “Democratic Ethiopia”, albeit temporarily, where the Amhara Elites could be ‘NICELY’ SIDELINED, with the TPLF and ONLY the TPLF as the ‘TOP DOG,’ TO DO AS THEY PLEASE WITH THE VAST RESOURCES OF OROMIA AND THE SOUTH TO WHICH THEY WILL HAVE UNFETTERED ACCESS, once THE OROMO LIBERATION ARMY IS weakened enough even if not completely destroyed. The TPLF/TDF’s LIGHTNING advance against the Amhara Elites’ Chauvinist Militias can be partly explained by this new development! THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THE TPLF IS GETTING DIRECT MILITARY INTELLIGENCE ASSISTANCE FROM THOSE WITH ‘EYES IN THE SKY’ IN ITS STUNNINGLY SPEEDY FORAY INTO AMHARA, AFAR, AND SOON, OROMIA Regional States! AS I have mentioned elsewhere here On Ayyaantuu’s & Kichuu’s pages in a couple of comments recently, the “Second Coming” of the TPLF/TDF to get rid of Abiy’s inept, brutal, and UNWITTINGLY “Anti-Ethiopian” Regime not only HAS the blessings of the English, the Americans, and the EU, it is being ACTIVELY assisted by these Powers! The TPLF WILL SOON BE ROLLING INTO FINFINNE/ADDIS ABEBA! THEY MAY EVEN KISS AND MAKE PEACE WITH THEIR COUSIN, Mr. AFEWERKI, WHO WILL BE REWARDED NICELY FOE BEING A GENTLE MAN OF THE WEST, BY ASSISTING IN WEAKENING THE OLA AND HELPING THE WEST AVOID THE BOGEY MAN OF ‘DISINTEGRATION AND BALKANIZATION’ OF ETHIOPIA.

    What then for our people, and all the other colonized people of the Empire?

    First, I am afraid the Oromo people particularly, and all the other COLONIZED PEOPLE, are about to experience the brutality of multiple enemies the likes of which we have not seen to date, in the long history of our struggle for National Self-Determination. Second, when the ‘Second Coming” of the TPLF materializes, the degree of Resource Extraction which will occur in order to accumulate the Wealth Necessary for a Future Independent Tigray Republic, AND TO BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THEIR FUTURE STATE WHILE THEY RULE OVER OUR PEOPLE, will make the plundering of Africa by Europeans look like a Child’s Play! Look, the TPLF, if it AGREES TO RE-CONQUER OROMIA, will be fully aware that it CAN NOT KILL US ALL! ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, THE OROMO WILL FIND A WAY TO FIGHT BACK, JUST AS I EXPECT THE SIDAMA, THE SOMALI, THE AFARS AND THE OTHERS WILL, WITH VARYING DEGREES OF INTENSITY! This MEANS it has to conduct its ROBBERY OF Oromo AND OTHER COLONIZED PEOPLES RESOURCES with LIGHTING SPEED! With the help of its benefactors, the Americans, the English, and the EU, it is going to be as easy as ‘a walk in the park’ to PLUNDER whatever the TPLF/TDF WANTS FROM OROMIA AND THE REST OF THE SOUTH !

    Oh by golly, I WILL BE PERFECTLY HAPPY TO BE WRONG IN MY CYNICALLY DEPRESSING SPECULATION!

    But If I were right? What can we do with the little time we have left before we begin seeing TPLF/TDF Soldiers in our villages, our farms, our towns, and outside our huts?

    For the Oromo and ALL the Other Colonized People:
    A) Prepare to defend yourself, your family, your property, AND YOUR DIGNITY! YOU DID NOT GO TO THE HOMES OF THE PEOPLE OF TIGRAY to robe, steal, enslave, AND humiliate them! YOU CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF TIGRAY BY THE AMHARA NEFXAGNA REGIME OF ABIYOT, aka, ABIY AHMED! If the TPLF/TDF shows up outside your door, on the other hand, be prepared for the worst possible form of thievery, harassment, and humiliation you have EVER EXPERIENCED EVER! THOUGH THEY DO NOT ADMIT IT IN THE OPEN, THE TPLF/TDF, WITH THEIR UNPARALLELED CONTEMPT FOR THE COLONIZED PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH, HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR “SUPPORTING” ABIYOT/ABIY AHMED in his disastrous adventures in Tigray! DO NOT LET THEM DO AS THEY PLEASE WITH YOU! GO DOWN FIGHTING! Herein lies the BEAUTY of a War of National Salvation and Self-Defense: the weakest human being in his own land could be the most formidable enemy to an OCCUPIER AND AN INTRUDER!

    B)Believe me on this one, I know a little bit about Military Science: You are going to need something better than a club, a Spear, AND a Machete! That will do in CLOSE Quarters but you will NEED GUNS for defense from distance…Go get some training with our OLA if you can, AND GET ARMED! MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, GET SOME ARMS WHILE YOU CAN, even if you can’t get professional training! YOU CAN TEACH YOURSELF THE BASICS! REMEMBER THE GREATEST PRINCIPLE TO LIVE BY IN SELF DEFENSE: IT IS BETTER TO HAVE A GUN AND NOT NEED IT THAN TO NEED IT AND NOT HAVE IT! AFTER THESE RECENT EVENTS, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EVER ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE DISARMED AGAIN!

    LET’S PREPARE AS IF WAR IS ABOUT TO BE VISITED UP ON US BY THE TPLF/TDF AND ITS WESTERN SPONSORS! YOU MAY EVEN HAVE THE COUSINS ‘MAKE UP’ AND GANG UP ON YOU! DO NOT GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT! LET’S US PREPARE TO DEFEND OURSELVES, OUR FAMILIES, OUR LAND, OUR VILLAGES, OUR PEOPLE, AND OUR DIGNITY! WE DO NOT NEED TANKS AND A COLUMN OF THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS! WE CAN MAKE OROMIA A BURIAL GROUND FOR AN INVADING ARMY, EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY, EVERY WEEK, EVERY MONTH, AND SO FORTH, FOR AS LONG AS THEY CHOOSE TO REMAIN ON OUR LAND UNINVITED!

    THE OROMO LIBERATION ARMY IS THE GUARANTOR OF OUR PEOPLE’S FREEDOM BUT THEY CAN NOT DO IT ALONE! LET US STAND WITH OUR SONS, DAUGHTERS, BROTHERS, AND SISTERS OF THE OROMO LIBERATION ARMY WITH EVERYTHING AND ALL WE HAVE! LET US REFUSE TO BE
    RE-CONQUERED BY THE TPLF/TDF A SECOND TIME!

    WE OROMOS AND THE PEOPLES OF THE COLONIZED NATIONS HAVE NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM TO ETHIOPIA! ETHIOPIA HAS, IS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM FOR US IN ITS CURRENT STRUCTURE! THEREFORE, IT IS RIGHT FOR THE OROMO TO REBEL! IT IS RIGHT FOR THE SIDAMA, THE SOMALI, THE AFAR, THE WOLAYITA, THE KAMBATA, THE GUMUZ,
    THE BENI-SHANGUL , THE GAMBELA, THE AGEW, THE QIMANT AND ALL THE COLONIZED PEOPLES OF THE EMPIRE TO REBEL!

    LET US BRING FORTH An Independent AND Sovereign Oromo Republic, Conceived in Liberty, with FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL HER CITIZENS!

    Waqaa Gurracha Oromo Waliin!

    Kumilachew says:
    July 29, 2021 at 10:01 am

    if you are that powerful, why did you remain helpless and let Abiy and his cadres kill innocent civilians ? secondly, expert in hairsplitting, political analysis, being mouthful of propaganda will not satisfy your people who seek food, fuel, water etc They a need a good leader tackling the existing problems but not not a false shepherd dispensing mere promises and incite violence against neighboring nations .
    They and we all want sniff peace and live in harmony. Where were you when thousands of Oromos slaughetered and imprisoned by Abiy and Demeke mekonenen, but you get courage to intimidate TDF and other nationalities ??Talk and propaganda are cheap as tiny loaves or even cheap as chips .
    your academic credentials and expertse of cheap talks will not unite you all and heal your bruises.
    Donot write hotchpotch to win pennies or acclamation by creating hostility among nations .

    Irkoo says:
    July 30, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Ato Kumilachew,
    I should probably leave you alone rolling around in your own ignorance, but individuals such as yourself do usually take silence as weakness, because you do not possess the intelligence to tell the difference, so I have decided to say a few words. I am also going to assume that the Writer of the article, Ibrahim Hassan Gagale, and the writer of the comment are not going to waste their time responding to your insults & insinuations.

    Here are a couple of the things I wanted to point out to you, not that I expect you to learn much from Oromos, whom you and the likes of you despise so much…

    1) If you insist on writing in English, at least, make an effort to learn some basic grammar of the language. Learning to spell may be too much for you
    (you seem to detest Education & the Educated), at least, learn how to use a “spelling checker” on your Computer.

    As to the essence of your comment, all I can tell you is none of it makes sense to me. Habesha Activists like yourself have managed to silence independent Oromo voices & entities, such as, a Music Production Studio
    (for goodness sake!) called “Raya Studios”, Kello Media, OMN, etc, by claiming that these entities “incite violence”! That phrase seems to be a favorite among your types, because, leveled against independent Oromo & Other Voices from the Empire, it gains you immediate attention from the Social Media Oligarchs of the West, such as YouTube. Why? Because these entities do not want to be accused of the sin of ‘allowing their platforms to be used for such a sinister purpose as the incitement of violence!’ Get some of your Habesha friends together along with Agents of the TPLF, pardon me the TPLF just got RE-BAPTIZED, it is now the TDF, get online, and click on “report!”, and boom, the DEFENSELESS independent Oromo entity or voice is gone, silenced for good! Because you and the likes of you have been so successful in these types of malicious Anti-Oromo Campaigns, I know many brilliant individuals from the Colonized Nations who simply are not wasting their time on Social Media! For your info, those are the people you are probably asking about, when you wanted to know ‘where the two Writers above were, when this, this, and that happened…” I can surmise these two Writers were doing something BETTER for their people than you could probably ever do for yours, because of your glaring ignorance, and they will not be sending you a report on their work or whereabouts any time soon!

    The truth of the matter is that the individuals and entities which are shut down, speak on behalf of the Oromo and the other Colonized Nations trapped in the Empire. That type of voice against Settler Colonialism is unpalatable to you and the likes of you. So, you organize Campaigns against our Independent Voices, because THERE ARE MORE OF YOU HABESHAS THAN US IN THE WEST, and you manage to get them silenced on Social Media Platforms and the like…This is exactly what you are trying to do here on Kichuu as well. But you will not succeed here, I hope! I have learned more from the comments of Aba Solan about our CURRENT PREDICAMENT of having to deal with the TPLF’s Expansionist, Murderous Agenda AND the Agenda of the Nefxagna Amhara Elites which the TPLF is vying to REPLACE, than from any other Oromo related writing I have read recently online! It is truly my hope that Aba Solan will continue writing and commenting on our concerns and current issues.

    Lastly, you talk about Unity! Unity with whom? Based on What? Your UNMITIGATED Conceit AND Contempt for the Oromo AND the other Nations of the South? The Oromo have NOTHING more in common with you than any group of other nations on Earth! Besides, DID WE EVER CHOOSE TO FORM A UNION WITH YOU? Do you even know that, the Oromo have more in common GENETICALLY & CULTURALLY with the Sidama, the Somalis, the Afars, the Rendille, the Wolayitas, the Kembatas, so on and so forth, than with you? IF WE DECIDE TO FORM A UNION WITH OTHER NATIONS, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE CLOSER TO US THAN YOU ARE! By the way, if this “unity” you talk about is so useful for the people of the South, how come we do not migrate to Mekele & Gonder but it is ALWAYS you who can’t wait to get to the South? Please educate yourself before you ‘put your foot in your mouth’, as the English say!

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