Time to Challenge the US and the UK

By Waltenegus Dargie

October 6,2016

Four prime minsters have come and gone in the UK and the fifth is now in office and Americans have elected three two-term and one single-term presidents since the TPLF took power in Ethiopia by force.  Three of the UK prime minsters belonged to the conservative party whilst two of them belonged to the labour party. Likewise, two of the American presidents were republicans and the others were democrats. Considered individually, none of them are ideologically, religiously, or even in terms of character and integrity, alike. And yet, the political positions these two countries and their leaders took towards Ethiopia were and still are remarkably the same and consistent throughput the past twenty-five years. Not only do they invariably support an oppressive and brutal regime, but also influence how its taxpayers perceive it by carefully and systematically influencing almost all American and British mainstream media. Consequently, despite repeated and most horrifying human right violations and broad daylight mass murders of innocent civilian protesters, TPLF still rules unchallenged and unmolested makes dirty business with the US and the UK.  Moreover, whenever its barbaric actions become indefensible before their senate and parliament to justify direct monetary aid, the US and the UK politicians always manage in finding side-doors and alternative channels and stream a large sum of money to the regime.  Ironically, these two countries, since the time of the Nurnberg Trials in 1946, have interfered in the internal justice and political systems of innumerable countries in the name of defending the freedom and dignity of defenceless citizens, even though this highly elevated action has always been mingled with unwholesome self-interest.

Considering the large number of Ethiopian diaspora in both countries, particularly, in London and Washington D.C., and its fierce and relentless opposition of the atrocities and political marginalisation of the TPLF, it is inexplicable how the blatant support of the UK and the US remains strong and effective for more than two decades.  The diaspora should know that without the support of these two countries (forget China), the TPLF is veritably lifeless. Not merely politically but also individually the TPLF machine will become dysfunctional. Not only for the lack of funding to run the government apparatus but also because the UK Secrete Intelligent Service (SIS) and the US National Security Agency (NSA) intimately know and have a grip on the businesses, assets, savings, and local and international investments of every TPLF member. A single act of genuine concern from the UK and the US can instantly freeze everything TPLF members toiled for for more than 25 years. (Which is why it is painful to witness the indifference and selfishness of these two great countries in the midst of the suffering of an entire country.)

There are three main reasons as to why the diaspora has not been successful in challenging the US and the UK. First of all, the diaspora has been timid in its protest and petition. Its approach of UK and US politicians has so far been that of the approach of an apprentice its master or a servant its master, by begging and ingratiating oneself. The Ethiopian diaspora has not learned that in a political struggle of any kind, physical strength instead of good-will counts. It has not boldly, publicly, and aggressively put partial blame for the murder of thousands of innocent Ethiopians on the UK and the US, particularly, on the UK. Secondly, Diaspora activists and opposition have been most inarticulate, unprofessional, insufficiently organised, and unknowledgeable in front of the international media. We have been short of a flawless language, facts and statistics. Both the Ethiopian government and foreign politicians have wisely taken advantage of these flaws; and knowing very well that our opposition never makes an international ripple, they go on doing business as usual. Even though our activists and scholars are good in writing, they are invariably poor in speech. Thirdly, our protests have been spontaneous and unpremeditated, always lacking in coordination and preparation.  

It is time to address our weaknesses and to stand firm against the reprehensible policies of the UK and the US. Only this way can we achieve a lasting and respectable influence.