Eritrea, America and Ethiopia: What do they have in common?
By Obo Arada Aba Shawl alias Wolde Tewolde August 13, 2016 The obvious commonnality is in their initial (GE’EZ) alphabetical names. All three nations evolve with similar vowels and if not in pronunciation in intonation. The A-bomb had
By Obo Arada Aba Shawl alias Wolde Tewolde
August 13, 2016
The obvious commonnality is in their initial (GE’EZ) alphabetical names. All three nations evolve with similar vowels and if not in pronunciation in intonation.
The A-bomb had a tremendous impact on the nature and structure of these three countries. Eritrea has to be re-considered if not re-evaluated by both the victors and victims of colonialism and hegemony. After launching the A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, America has emerged as a superpower in the global war by using its troops on European soil. Ethiopia has come out far and beyond its resistance against Fascism and colonialism. In other words, three of these nations had to reshuffle and re-ally their respective views and values if not towards the world at large but also among themselves.
Fast forward, President Roosevelt of America, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia and the people of Eritrea came head on concessions and compromises (CC).
In the same way as there are many Ethiopian and Eritrean elites all over the world on the pretext that they are in Diaspora to fight for Ethiopian or Eritrean liberation and freedom. Emperor Haile Selassie after his return from England where he was living as a refugee, wanted to avoid the British influence.
And I believe that if and when the corrupt system of TPLF administration or the tyrannical EPLF system of government dissipates, it may be very difficult to determine the allegiance of the Diaspora Eritreans or Ethiopians. A new leadership or chaos will emerge in all countries right after the Presidential election of November 5, 2016.
Right after World War II, The Eritrean populace did not know what to choose, Harnet, Independence, or Nazanet (HIN). Only a handful of elites and priests chose for them. Currently, we don’t know how the Eritreans desire to live and move on to the next digital world. It looks that Eritreans are fearful of the current and the coming digital global world of attrition.
One thing that remained of significant importance about Eritrea is that it was not a failed state. This is unlike its sister Italian colonized nations of Libya and Somalia. The Eritrean protracted Revolution has helped towards this situation. I don’t concur with those people who claim that the Eritrean Revolution should not have been carried out. There are some writers who try to romanticize the Eritrean Revolution. The Eritrean people have at least got one of the twin values of liberty and freedom. The problem which is which, nobody taught them or teaching them now. That is the anomaly of the Eritrean condition!!! There seems confusion among the elites, the peasantry and the outside world. It is camouflaged in what I call the ASSeHa Pandora box.
As to Ethiopia, Emperor Haile Selassie made a historic choice to ally with the A-bomb nation. He sent his delegation to the United States of America. When the Ethiopian delegation arrived here in the United States, they met with the then Secretary of State, Forster Dulles upon which he asked the experts why America need to ally with Ethiopia. The experts answer were as follows:-
- That Ethiopia is a mountainous country and that means that it is easy and convenient to control and command (CC) the Middle East from Ethiopian mountains. We have to remember that at the time there were only satellite Dishes for communication transmission.
- That Ethiopia is half way to China, the future emerging rival nation to America and
- That Ethiopia has never been colonized before.
Based on the above facts and presentations, the United State Government decided to be involved in the current nations of Eritrea and Ethiopia. Here is how:-
In order to fulfill the first condition of, the American government had established a communication base known as Kagnew, after the name of Haile Selassie’s horse.
In order to fulfill the second condition, the American government had established a well-known Airlines (Ethiopian). It is still one of the best in the world of air travels and maintenance.
In order to fulfill the third condition of influencing Ethiopia and its citizens, the American government had established and maintained transport and communications sector, agricultural sector, education sector, health sector, commercial sector and military and air defense. Ethiopian and Eritrean modernization has taken place. There was neither hatred nor dispute towards the American lessons of development with the exception of one. The exception was in the education sector.
I don’t believe that the American experts consider the Ethiopian Church education. The Eritreans and Ethiopians have lived for centuries with the information, knowledge and wisdom of the Orthodox Church. Besides, the expansion of the American government and private investment in education was far less minimal compared to other sectors of economy.
The dissatisfaction of education particularly at the University level had initiated and galvanized the Eway Ethiopian Revolution. The end result is where we are now. Neither Church nor digitalized modern education. Both are missing in both countries of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
America has almost adjusted its citizen to the digital age, thanks to their investment in education sector. I believe all three nations had a commonality at the beginning. How about now? That is the question at hand?
Truth will prevail