Friday, December 01, 2006
Photo courtesy: Ethiopian Review
Ethiopian Review -- Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi has invaded Somalia
after receiving a green light from the United States last week. Leaders of the Somali Islamic Courts Union (ICU), on their part, have asked Muslim jihadists around the world to come to their aid. According to a recent U.N. report, currently at least eight countries are lined up backing either the Meles regime or the ICU. From all indications, Meles and his Tigrean People Liberation Front (TPLF) may have succeeded in igniting a regional war involving all Horn of Africa countries and beyond.
Without Meles, this war will not have started
While the inept U.S. State Department officials may be fooled by the intelligence Meles provided to them about the threat of the ICU, every one else, including the Europeans, believe that he is invading Somalia to divert attention from the internal crises his regime is facing. Sadly, in the name of fighting terrorism, Jendayi E. Frazer and her morally corrupt U.S. State Department officials are assisting Meles Zenawi, the number one terrorist in the Horn of Africa, to wage a war that could cause incalculable damage to the whole region.
Ethiopians around the world, and the major Ethiopian opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (Kinijit), are expressing opposition to Meles Zenawi's adventure in Somalia. It is important for the world, particularly the people of Somalia, to know that Ethiopians are against this war.
Why are we opposing the war:
* The Somali ICU does not pose a threat to Ethiopia.
* Meles, who was rejected by the people of Ethiopia in the May 2005 elections, doesn't have a mandate to declare war on behalf of Ethiopia.
* The legitimately elected rulers of Ethiopia are detained in Kaliti jail.
* The war is being waged by Meles to prolong his illegitimate rule.
* No one in the Horn of Africa has murdered, tortured, looted, pillaged and terrorized the people of the region as much as Meles and his TPLF gangsters.
It is encouraging that Kinijit has taken a strong position opposing the war. The international community needs to know that as a party that has been elected to govern Ethiopia, what Kinijit says reflects the sentiments of the majority of Ethiopians. If Kinijit is in power, we would not be talking about war today. Unfortunately, the Meles dictatorship, with moral and financial supports from the U.S. State Department, the World Bank and others, has denied the people of Ethiopia their choice.
Ethiopian Review urges Kinijit to continue speaking on behalf of Ethiopians in this matter of paramount national importance. We also urge Kinijit to hold frequent press conferences for the world media and get its message out. Issuing a two-page statement in Amharic is not enough.
It would help if, in collaboration with civic and other groups, Kinijit organizes worldwide protest rallies opposing the war, and call for a week of peaceful civil disobedience throughout Ethiopia. The purpose of the civil disobedience must be not only to oppose the war, but to also demand the resignation of Meles Zenawi, who has been certified by the parliament-appointed Inquiry Commission as a mass murderer.
While the peaceful civil disobedience takes place, EPPF, OLF and the other armed groups need to help out by blocking all major roads in the country, paralyzing the brutal regime completely.
Posted by FRIENDS of ETHIOPIA:: at 1:05 AM