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The Twentieth Anniversary of the Demise of the Military Junta Emblazoned by
The Launching of the Grand Renaissance Dam is a Startling Red Carpet Day

By Tsehaye Debalkew
May 24 2011

It is only a few years shy from the nearly four decades when the imperial order was assigned into a limbo with the much vouched sanctity and infallibility of the monarchy abated and cemented by the landed gentry, the top brass of the military oligarchy and the tip of the highest echelon of the papacy and clergy.

And it has only been a mere thirty seven years since the ascendance of the military putsch into the helm of political power in our country consigning the nation to a seemingly perpetually entrenched ruthless and merciless dictatorship. The dictatorial military rule clamped down upon all conceivable rudimentary human and democratic rights. It's notoriety was extended into condemning Ethiopia into a gigantic prison cell of nations, nationalities and peoples, wherein thousands were recklessly subjected to suffocating cruelty and nefarious subjugation by the utter and sheer power of the barrel of the gun.

It is therefore only twenty years since the much hated military junta was pushed asunder and only thirty seven years after the feudal-bourgeois political order was defiled into oblivion that one reminisces with the utmost felicitation and profound pride that the genuinely heralded millennia years of sovereignty and independence of our beloved nation with its patriotic history of valor has all the more been embellished with brand new historic triumphs registered in the political, economic and socio-cultural spheres. To-day the commissioning of the Grand Renaissance Dam in particular and the Growth and Transformation Plan in general is yet another shining and startling crescendo of testimony to the ever spiraling stories of success and achievement that abound in Ethiopia.

An old chapter of the history of Ethiopia wherein the bristling bravado and patriotism coupled with centuries old aboriginal civilization and gallantry was brandished with modern values of farsightedness, peaceful co-existence rapprochement, conversation, patience, dialogue, civility, accommodation, tolerance, diversity, understanding, mutual respect, resilience, trust and an all out spirit of hard work and duty bound discipline.

Gone are the days of mutual destruction, attrition and hate. With the blossoming of the rights enshrined in the Ethiopian constitution and the burgeoning democratic culture and exercise within the bounds of the law of the land, has ensued a bright chapter of the orderly and peaceful political contestation to ascend the ladder of political power through to the pinnacle in the country's political arena.

The past prevalent modus operandi of “Might is Right and my way is the Highway” is relegated in to smithereens. With the periodic election to democratically and through the will of the electorate to power, the victors are not only the contestants but the real triumph goes to the Ethiopian people, who have demonstrated the acme of civility and magnanimity by expressing their will and support for the democratic culture to take root demonstrating a landmark resolution to shine upon divisiveness, hate and evil.

The advent of to- day's Ethiopia has surely opened new vistas for its people to be all the more respected by the international community for being seriously committed to institutionalizing successive and continuous elections for posterity with the will and political maturity and modern standards upheld and hailed by any democratic election anywhere on the globe for being free, fair, just, peaceful and credible by all accounts.

A striking lesson that could certainly be drawn from such a behemoth of political score is the irrevocable and inevitable drainage of the champions of mayhem, diatribe, and hatemongering advocated by the outlandishly infinitesimal domestic opposition and their cohorts, the vitriolic and acrimonious few in the ranks of the Diaspora Ethiopians.

Masquerading under the guise of bravado, the few extreme hate mongers are to-day enamored by a farfetched love and are bent upon sheer prayer to see Ethiopia wallowing in a scenario akin to that of the recent upheavals that had transpired in Tunisia and Egypt. The hardnosed rebuke of the Ethiopian people from all hooks and nooks and the width and breadth of the country is a resounding no to Poverty!! We shall March forward with the motto of the Growth and Transformation Drive!! We shall surely and certainly Nip backwardness, disease and ignorance in the Bud for good!!

In contemporary Ethiopia, the peaceful vista is the only and the surest way to democracy, development and justice and the watermark for the concord among the entire people of Ethiopia piercing the last nail on the coffin of the extreme vocal minority and advocates of terror and horror sealing their fate either to recant or be thrown into the dust bin of history and obscurity for eternity.