Monday, January 7, 2008

Meles, are you listening?

The proud people of Abyssinia have said "no" to your pseudo-democracy; Affewerki is up to your throat; citizens of Somalia have understood your hidden agenda; it has come into the glare of the world media how you oppressed the people of Ogaden, Oromo, Amhara, and the many minority tribes marginalized and tormented by your arrogant gun-wielding state police; the opposition are getting stronger than ever; Somalia's Al-shabab has flexed its muscles gaining ground day by day and that your soldiers are bogged down in the streets of Mogadishu not knowing how to evacuate; the Transitional Federal Government that you came to rescue in Somalia from the Union of Islamic Courts is on the verge of collapse; and above all drought has decimated your Tigre region with no access to the sea and completely closed from the outside world as their brethren on the other side in Eritrea have sealed their mountainous border.
Whether you step down or cling to power makes no difference as the damage has already been done .
You may have enriched yourself and your closest cronies but the fact of the matter is that you will go down in history as the worst dictator the Horn has seen this century. Remember, you were educated, armed, travelled on a Somali diplomatic passport, and clothed with Somali taxpayers money for almost a decade and now that you are a leader you have chosen to destroy them instead. The best you can do before the approach of 2009, is to tread carefully so that at least you could save your face from further harm.
Ethiopians and Somalis coexisted peacefully even when Mengistu and Siyad Barre ruled the two nations but sooner you got on the helm irreparable animosity of the greatest magnitude has emerged which will take a long time to heal.

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