By Dilwenberu Nega
Tigrai Online, Sept. 30, 2014
The news that the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Washington DC was occupied for a short period yesterday by a bunch of has-beens and never-will-bes came close on the heels of a successful talk a high-powered delegation led by Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalgn held with President Barrack Obama.
However, it was Obama’s thumping approval to Ethiopia’s social, political and economic advancement which had led Ethiopian extremist groups to go berserk. The doyen of the extremist camp, popinjay Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam (Al Mariam), was the first to lead the extremists’ chorus of shaming President Barrack Obama. In his Monday sermon entitled “Shame on me for being proud of Barrack Obama” he criticized severely the President’s public endorsement of the state of Ethiopia.
There is no doubt then that President’s commendation of Ethiopia had caught the opposition-at-large with their pants down, none more so, it must be noted, than the dastard Chairman of Ginbot 7 who had all along wrongly believed that he had made Washington DC and the White House no-go areas for EPRDFities.
Much has been said and talked about the depth of Dr. Birhanu Nega’s cowardice. His arch political nemesis, Professor Muse Tegegne of the so-called Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF), has been chipping away at his ego and braggadocio by lampooning his assertion that it is possible to wage a ‘liberation struggle’ against EPRDF by remaining an absentee liberation struggle leader.
Chagrined and disappointed by last week’s red-carpet treatment President Barrack Obama laid for Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalgn, Birhanu Nega quickly came up with a plan to limit the adverse impact it had on his acolytes. Accordingly, a well coordinated plan to perform a political circus at the Embassy of FDRE in Washington DC was set in motion. Half a dozen rouble-rousers managed to outsmart the Embassy security and hoist the Ethiopian tri-colour without the current coat-of-arms. This deed by itself speaks volumes of the sort of ETHIOPIA the extremists groups are salivating to see – a one size-fits-all Ethiopia where diversities are suffocated rather than celebrated.
What is even more incredible is the fact that those who shout most against Ethiopia are the very ones who are the beneficiaries of today’s Ethiopia. A case-in-point is that of Bekele Wolde Michael, one of those ‘brave Ethiopians’ who took part in the forcible entry into our Embassy in Washington DC.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this instance it is a million words.
Bekele returned from Addis only last week where he has built a house under the housing policy of EPRDF’s government, yet he is the first to discourage other Ethiopians from ever visiting their country. Have a look at the pictures below and judge for yourself.