Response to Mr Paulos

By Gezaee Hailemichael

July 24 2008

First of all I would like to appreciate your courage and contribution on bringing us news and views on the web. I also encourage that you are hosting opponent's views as I can see some of them posted. However, it is really important to examine (at least the writer him/herself ) the content and purpose of any article, essay or letter or any sort of views before posting for public. Because, we have to learn something out of it and not abuse the opportunity of the IT in our time.

1. Ato Paulos Fasil, the title of your article shoul be in defense of Ato Yacob and Ato Meles than comment. In further, I am fully entitled to express my opinion. You have no any right to censor people. What about if you do not like it? it is apparent you did not like it for the very obvious reasons. I can guess where you come from.

The reason why I am forced to write this short note is to share few words to our brother Gezae Hailemichael who is posting his views on this website. I read most of his writings that reflect his inner views, which always starts and ends with blaming of the EPRDF and Meles Zenawi, and nothing more. I respect his opposing opinion, however, he should be able to substantiate his argument with strong facts and analysis. I do not see any alternative ideas that can be taken for grant. It is just a simple cry and is immature. I tried to find out what Gezae wants to promote in his writings but I hardly found anything except pointing fingers on other people; people who really are trying their best to transform Ethiopia and it's people to a better position.

2. Ato Paulos, what would you like to be proved? Ethiopia is landlocked? do not you see it? are you blind? Many Ethiopians perished along the Tigray border with Shabia and Ethiopia won, but your Meles aborted the victory? He took our country to the hagues and when he was asked if the cause of the conflict was the port? he told them Ethiopia has no claim on any of the ports and he even gave them badme itself whether you going to agree or not. Meles has given badme in his capacity. . If you want to proof\s for this you will need to track down any of the commissioners and they will tell you. to your face.

3. Ethiopian land and the people are divided on ethnic lnes. I hope you will not ask me proofs for this. This type of division of people based on ethnic was only practised by colonizers.

4. Ethiopia is in Somalia and many Ethiopians are dying everyday. Many innocent Somalians are displaced. Do you have any feeling for other human being Ato Paulos? Ato Paulos, you need to be human?

5. Ethiopians are on death throe because of famine, not just one time, every year and now worse even. Do I have to prove it for you? check out for yourself every websites money is being begged every day for Ethiopians everyday online? do you feel it? it seems you have normalized it and accepted it.as away of life.

Labeling people as ''traitors, Bandas, Crooks, and Conformers'' does not help. We should respect each other and try to convince others in a civilized manner. It is the power of ideas that should bring people to your side and not insulting and demonizing, for it is very backward. I am not saying that he must agree with my opinion but he has to carefully examine the substance of his writing before posting to public. The purpose of writing should be to transfer and receive good ideas and go forward. We do not want to dwell on blackmailing and blame politics. There is nothing to learn from it. Gezae must understand that there are many intelligent people than him that have detail information and deep knowledge of the Ethiopian politics and the world in general.

Ato Paulos, you need to ask yourself why? there is a cause for everything. The reasons I have mentioned above and many other reasons are a cause for me. Before you judge people, try to understand because there are reasons of contention behind everything. No human being would wish to be a negative force. And there is no room for alternative idea in Ethiopia. I am sure you will not agree. But this is true in Ethiopia. There is only one single idea in Ethiopia and that idea whether it is one or two, it is Meles' idea. Moreover, I am sure there is no substance in my writing for you. But I am not you. I am Gezaee. I have my own perception. Ato Paulos, you need to learn to swallow some of the bitter tablets you read in my script. You can call people immatu\e because they do not talk what you would wish to hear.

Let me ask Gezae simple but very important questions that he must, that he must answer it for him self. Have you called your relatives in Ethiopia to plant three trees for the third millennium? Have you contributed money to the victims of the drought like other Ethiopian diaspora are doing? If you failed to do so my friend, where is your love to your nation! As my people say 'Letekemach Semai Kirbu' , crying or insulting and blackmailing from a distance does not contribute anything to alleviate our problem. I advise you not be part of the problem but a solution that will bring all of us to a better position. Please think and think and think on the issues you wish write and change your enmity approach so that you join the constructive dialogs for the sake of your self and your own people whom you claim you care about.

About Tree planting question? that is an old question. I have planted many trees while I was there. None of them survived. It is a general truth. We have been planting trees since I knew myself but none of them survived. This is an old Sasako and Gimmy Carter Project which failed 100 times. Even the method of planting never change it is all the same way. Doing the same thing year after year. It is like the famine in Ethiopia, begging year after year. Even our begging every year is a proof that we plant trees every year but they do not survive and that everyething is static in Ethiopia. If there was a room for dialog, TPLF veterans would not have been chased from the party they sacrificed their prime life.

When Meles is alive, our people cannot come to\gether. He is the cancer of unity. He is the cancer of love and unity. He is the source of hate, conflict and bloodshed within our country and even further. It is beyond my imagination there are such people on this planet who create an opposing current agaisnt themselves. There are people who love to live in confict. There are people who are not willing to learn from experience. That is why your Meles forced 80 million people to be landlocked?

Finally, I would like to remind you that PM Meles and Prof.Yacob H/mariam are doing much, much, much.... better than people like you. And if you are expecting them to be perfect, you are really naive and all I say is time will teach you.

Sincerely

Ato Paulos, you are entitled to have your opinion. You are fully entitled to it. I am fully entitled to agree or disagree. That is why I said your opinion should be in defense of Yacob and Meles. To make you more happy, Meles begs every year professionally and kills his own people with live bullets when he feels his power is being threatened. Yacob sacrifices innocent 196 Ethiopians to usurp power from Meles by force. and Meles reacts they usually way. Meles is not different from Mengistu, the only difference is he speaks Tigrignea and he knows how to play around with the Ferenji. A despot is a despot whether he speaks amharic, or Tigrignea, or English. Yacob is a priest baptised by the United Nantion. According to you, they are what you have stated but according to me. they are power hungry men. And you know there is satisfaction with power. Power hungry men are like drug dealers and drug addicts who indlulge snuffing drugs.

Ato Paulos you were supposed to think and think and think and think before you start writing in defense of Meles and Yacob.

About Intelligence, I never ever said I am intelligent, never. ;You are misquoting me here. Writing my opinion does not say I am inteligent. I am not either less than anyone. I am not better than anyone and no one is better than me unless you say so. I believe everyone has the potential if everyone taps his potential. I am not the type of who emulate people over other people. You said there are more intelligent Ethiopians than myself, that is your opinion I have no clue about it. did not count and do any measurements about intelligent Ethiopians than myself. What I believe is I am not less than anyone according to my beliefs.