By Teweldebrhan Kifle(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tigrai Online Jan. 14, 2013
The rumor mills in the court of the extremist Diaspora groupings once again relentlessly churn out defamations leveled on the Ethiopian government (as they fondly call it TPLF) accusing it “for plotting unsuccessful assassination attempt” on a certain villain who seems to have overrated himself on the ground of his barking at the Late Meles Zenawi (peace be upon him) during “The US Food Security Plan for Africa” convened in Washington in the mid of May 2012. The narratives go something to this effect: “TPLF deployed an outfit to shoot and kill the Ethiopian Journalist Abebe Gelaw which is then foiled by the FBI”. The alleged suspect of the plot is led by a certain Guesh Abera along with three other accomplices. It is said that they are fanatic-spying agents of the TPLF which is “tyrannically ruling Ethiopia”. And the purpose of the plot was to “eliminate the journalist and press freedom activist Ethiopia dearly needs” as ESAT and Ethiopian Review put it. It was further reported that the “assassin” is under custody to face a lawsuit over an attempt of murder with a possibility of political extension of meaning and depth that pleads with the US government flex its muscle to penalize the TPLF for its “long tentacles” spreading beyond the western hemisphere.
The Civility Forum lately interviewed the accused (in reality the victim) which he said he did nothing except he posted a comment on his Face Book timeline in a response to some verbal provocations, “the usual cyber war” as has always been the case with many of us frequenting the social media networks. Guesh Abera, a 25 years old man, hailed from Tigray and moved to the US wining the Diversity Visa Lottery is residing in Boston. He said, he never met Abebe Gelaw never have any connection with TPLF (there is nothing wrong if he does anyway), never spent a single day behind bars, and works seven-days a week to meet both ends and didn’t hide the fact that FBI agents have approached him at his workplace following the news permeating the airwaves.
Please listen to an interview of Guesh Abera done by Ethiopian Civility Forum
He further explained that he is deeply traumatized by the racially motivated defamation and insinuated that he is mulling over to level legal action against the defamers. That the case may be, the fabrication of such lies has more to do with what the news try to exclude than it includes. The machination of such melodrama presumes that the shouting of Abebe Gelaw was some kind of “magic bullet” that killed Meles. His “bravery” has earned him person of the year 2012 thanks to his ecstatic goons who had danced on account of the death of this great man while the entire nation mourns. Much to their chagrin, the untimely death of Meles has caused them more pain than they anticipated.
They are politically devastated because they always factored-in Meles when analyzing EPRDF and without him it was a sure event that the front would be dilapidated like house of cards. Their postulates were supported by “insiders” who left the front circa 30 years ago the ilk of Aregawi Berhe, Gebremedhin Ararya, Gidey Zeratsion, and others who should know better.
Gebremedhin Araya appeared on ESAT screen to connect the dots of the “fault lines” of Meles to the blood line of his “Eritrean” mother and contended that his death would cause untold damages to the nation far worse than when he was alive and in power. He was seconded by Aregawi Berhe who seems to me similar to “Boxer” the Orwellian character in “The Animal Farm” with his motto “I will work harder” to every prevailing problem the farm community had to face. It seems he has a hard time to reflect on what went wrong with his career as tegadaly with 10 years stay in the bush. His narrative is similar to what an average urban dandy could expound regarding events of less significance. It was clear that he was utterly intimidated and overwhelmed by the then rising stars the likes of Meles and Siye (who were merely sophomores) though he was a graduate of political science when he joined the group.
If anything, Aregawi Berhe and Gidey Zeratsion are the living witnesses of the civilized methods of conflict resolution in the ranks of TPLF. What every TPLF tegadaly believes is that TPLF leaped in all aspects after their departure. New perspective had been injected to bring back the front from stagnation and standstill to vibrancy. Moreover, the golden times of TPLF, during the armed struggle, were the years between 1985 and 1991 where past mistakes were corrected, internal parties proceeding made democratic, collective leadership was practiced; the cornerstones of the Ethiopian revolution were laid out, strategic alliance forged and the prospects of democratic Ethiopia conceptualized. Practically, Aregawi Berhe hardly knows what really the new TPLF was all about. He had a memory of the worst kind when he, as commander, wanted to dictate while others opposed knowing well the struggle was all about sharpening the political will and consciousness of the tegadelties as well as the masses, and any military engagement had to be executed in line with the stated political expediency. He was oblivious to the perennial suffering of the people under the Dergue’s brutality as a result of failing to consolidate the areas liberated from time to time. He failed to fathom it was time to evolve from a gorilla to conventional force that fights the enemy while maintaining the people and the areas under its jurisdictions from possible attacks, a typical of forces with conventional standing.
Many tegadelties believed that 1985 was the point of departure where had the Gideys and Aregawis had won the political battle, Ethiopia would have headed to unknown future probably similar to the lines of the EPLF but worst in effect because of the intricacies of the prevailing political challenges and diversity.
TPLF’s struggle against the Dergue was the most conventional one. Every action taken had to justify its central objectives. No Dergue official was particularly targeted through assassination plots. Simply, no such thing is recorded in its entire history. It was not because it could not do that given the determination of its members to pay the ultimate for the cause they believe in and loopholes in the security machine of the Dergue. But strategically, the fight was directed against the overall political system and war machinery. The reason being not because it sympathized with the club of the killing machine, but simply put doing so could neither hasten nor delay the outcome where any vacant chair would be easily filled by another dictator.
So if we agree on the theme that TPLF had no such history in dealing with its enemies in the land it operates, how can one explain the Diaspora cry-babies recent whining and lamenting? All attempts made in the past 21 years so far could not come into fruition. The Trojan horses like EPRP, EPPF, OLF, ONLF, G7 and the recent “civil wing” lead by Fiseha Eshetu could not produce results. All the conspiracies and plots planed by the surreptitious cabal evolved in the EDF to assassinate high-ranking officials of the FDRE government had foiled miserably. The promise of the Arab Spring remained a far cry to touch the Ethiopian soil. The dictator to the north couldn’t wreck havoc to turn Addis into Bagdad as he had prophesied. The gullible who bought the “patriotism” card are demanding back either victory or their money.
It’s obvious that the money is appropriated in “high-value secret operations” which defy the procedures of regular auditing. Therefore, the balance has to be settled by declaring victory where the death of Meles is attributed to the “planned attack” by their “brave son” which nature has provided them in silver platter as much needed facelift.
Apparently, the story didn’t stop there. The death of Meles could not bring the intended outcome. The much hoped end of EPRDF took a different departure to unprecedented heights to the contrary of what the mainstream pundits and so-called analysts had anticipated. So the lingering question of “where is our money?” remains hanging over the horizon. Moreover, the cause and effect of Gelaw’s barking and that of the death of Meles is totally uncorrelated and hardly cross the mind of any average guy.
I would like to know what magic does this little man posses other than his loquacity and invective rants which are but too common and have remained constant all along the years of Meles’s rule. The group wants us to believe that Meles’s self esteem could not handle such “humiliation” is an utter nonsense. So they have to invent and make-up a story. Claiming that TPLF is insidiously feeling the pain that the death of its leader that revered most was caused due to Gelaw’s shouting therefore, plotted assassination vindictively. It’s just creating a smoke screen that takes their subjects to another ride. I say to them that TPLF is not their equal. They amount to nothing but chaff. TPLF plots to assassinate Abebe Gelaw is just joke of the town.
It’s unbridled desire of self-aggrandizement which nobody buys it. The same goes to the Berhanu’s and Eshetus which are living in day dreaming and fantasy. They may grow grey even die but TPLF will surely transcend generations because it’s build on solid foundations and timeless principles. Their presence in whatever forms hardly ruffles the wings of this vibrant front let alone digress it from its historic journey. Their obsession with TPLF only consumes them one by one. Their cacophony may partly distort the image of this great nation which has been in siege for many decades under the dominant political thinking they represent but never stand on its way when it marches to its inevitable historic place of civilization.
Update Jan. 15, 2013
Tewelde Weldeghebriel from VOA Tigrigna program interviewed Mr. Guesh Abera on the alleged incident. According to the VOA report which aired on January 15, 2013, the FBI said “We didn’t find any evidence of assassination and we didn’t file any charges.”