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Sour Grapes or Real Threat: Tamrat Negera Feyisa’s Interview

Sour Grapes or Real Threat: Tamrat Negera Feyisa’s Interview Have you ever noticed what a political ranter we don’t like can get us into?  Collective Obsessional Behavior is the term Sociologists describe.  Yea! that is what

Sour Grapes or Real Threat: Tamrat Negera Feyisa’s Interview

Have you ever noticed what a political ranter we don’t like can get us into?  Collective Obsessional Behavior is the term Sociologists describe.  Yea! that is what we have become.  Instead of creating a united front against any threat we face, we collectively obsess about individuals’ personal narratives.  And when that happens, the first thing we do, for better or for worse, as it has always been, is to create hysteria, hyperbole and scapegoating. Indeed, when that happens, anger becomes common currency and insults and contemptuous manners replaces common decency.  And that is well and good, really good; since doing so would give us a sense of superior morality, outwardly appearing to care for the well-being of Eritrea and Eritreans, while jealously guarding our comfort zones and blame others for the misfortune befell on us.  More on that later.  But that was exactly what happened recently, when an Ethiopian journalist, Tamrat Negera Feyisa – perhaps an Amhara-ized Oromo – raised the ire of Eritreans in an interview, when, in his matter-of-factly manners, he said, literally, “the day Ethiopia decides to dismember Eritrea, Eritrea wouldn’t exist”; and then, climaxing his rhetoric, in so doing, he declared, “no power can stop Ethiopia” – to dismember Eritrea.  And according to him, everything will be fine, peaceful and tranquil.

Such malign intentions for Eritrea are not uncommon in Ethiopia among the Amhara hardliners.  What made this unusual was that Mr. Tamrat took it to the next level to snatch a sovereign country’s independence, literally.  Mr. Tamrat Negera Feyisa, the arm-chair warrior, could have been born Kelbesa, or Demeksa, or Megersa before he changed his name to mainstream Amhara one: Tamrat, a possibility.  For he fits the profile of an Amhara-ized Oromo perfectly well.  Or, perhaps the senior Negera Feyisa could have been a Dergue soldier in Eritrea back in the days, maiming Eritreans before he himself was killed; thus, for Tamrat to begrudgingly justify his malign intentions for Eritrea – I suspect.  But what I can argue with absolute certainty is, extreme nationalists are rabid dogs who main anybody on their way; for their insecurity, or lack thereof, they tend to hide their ugly and hideous nature till the opportune moment materializes.  Remember what Hitler’s extreme nationalism brought to the western world in the 1940s.  Just beware of extremists and pseudo-nationalist, for they are of no good to society.

So, have you ever been demonized for your political believes by Higdef zombies who wanted to prove they are more Eritrean than yourselves?  I am damn certain you do!  Have you ever noticed those trolls and agitators at public gatherings?  Those are the insecure pseudo-nationalist ones who put a brave face to disrupt real and legitimate Eritrean gatherings.  And since they don’t have an identity to fall into, they become inherently ruthless.  These kind of people, unless restrained, have the tendency to be extremely feeble and dangerous and once they got the sniff of power, the havoc and misery they brought to bear would be unimaginable.  You don’t have to go too far, just look what Eritrea finds itself into under the illegitimate dictator, who, close to half a century, presented a facade of Eritrean identity and legitimacy to the Eritrean public, only to cause misery, death and destruction to the trusting public.

Just to sweeten the argument, recalling an historical precedent would be appropriate here – the Spanish Inquisition. The Inquisition is remembered to be the era of religious intolerance and repression of heretics in the late 15th century Europe.  Created by King Aragon of Spain in 1478 to eliminate religious deviants and heretics, it [Inquisition] was put under the direct command of the Grand Inquisitor by the name of Tomas de Torquemada.  As Grand Inquisitor, Torquemada – a Jew converted to Catholicism – had been the force behind the Inquisition, which murdered more than 300,000 Catholics in Spain.  Torquemada himself was responsible for the execution of more than 2000 alleged heretics.  Through sheer violence and brutality, Torquemada, the Jew heretofore, proved more Catholic than the Catholics.*  Any similarity here with the demeanor of Tamrat Negera Feyisa?  Certainly!  Devouring Eritrea has been an age old ambition of chauvinist Amhara extremists; a perennial disease from which they could never recover.  Thus, for Tamrat (Kelbesa) Negera Feyisa to parrot the chauvinist Amhara talking point, it is nothing but his sheer desire to be more Amhara than the Amharans.  Though, in fairness, the Amhara elites, if not reconciled, are at least content with the loss of Eritrea and only humming their perpetual obsession “yebaHr ber” or, “access to the sea” and to do just that, if only possible, they want to snatch the port of Assab from Eritrea.  But, for the Amhara-ized Mr. Feyisa, he wouldn’t settle for anything less than Eritrea on its knees.  Had he gotten the opportunity and the power – considering Oromos hitherto sub-human status within Ethiopian society – no doubt, he would have turned on the Amharas themselves.  Because, an oppressed person would never forgive his oppressor and finds an opportune moment for revenge.  Since Menelik’s time, regrettably, it was the Amhara elites who instituted pervasive racism and discrimination against the Oromo people; calling them with demeaning names like: GALLA, KOTU.  It was only after the revolution of 1974 that the Oromos had the humiliation and pervasive injustices against them remedied, albeit slowly.  Is it surprising then, to see the current ‘Quero’ movement unleashing its vengeance against non-Oromos in Ethiopia?  It certainly has the element to this sad chapter of the Oromo people.  And yet, for Tamrat Negera Feyisa, compared to his lust to dismember Eritrea, the sad history of Amhara domination of the Oromo people isn’t that important to him.  If humiliation and discrimination of the Oromos was good to his perverted mind, then, it certainly must be good for Eritreans, so goes his twisted logic.  “What is good for the goose is good for the gander,” in its general sense, of course.

Mr. Tamrat Negera Feyisa, flaunting his animalistic impulses, continued: after paying homage to the dictator for keeping Eritreans uneducated – there is an element of truth here to fair minded Eritrean – he endorsed for the extreme form of enslavement for Eritreans.  It is incredible how the human psyche works.  Someone who experienced a heathy dose of discrimination, prejudice and enslavement in his life is not going to heed to a peaceful, people to people relations and, in fact, he is more open to enslaving others.  Indeed, that someone is permanently hypnotized to a slave mentality.  That is exactly what Tamrat displayed in the interview: his slave mentality.  “We have to create Eritrea which is not a danger either diplomatically, politically and economically to Ethiopia,” Tamrat thundered.  The good natured Oromo, allowed us to have our own impotent parliament subject to the whims of benevolent Ethiopia.  “Some form of administration,” as he called it.  When the interviewer interjected, as if to reinforce Tamrat’s point, asked him if he meant an administration “commanded by federal police,” Tamrat replied sarcastically, “yea, that is what is needed,” he chuckled.  Then later, perhaps his human instinct kicked in, he allowed Eritrea to have an embassy – and, only one embassy – in Addis Abeba, controlled by Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affaires; although, under which article of the Vienna Convention for diplomatic relations this arrangement falls, Mr. Feyisa didn’t answer; nor did he give any precedent for this unusual arrangement between two sovereign nations.

But there was one notable moment in the interview, when Mr. Feyisa – the desk warrior and ‘political analyst’ – didn’t hide his anxiety about the fate of Ethiopia, when, for example, he mentioned the fate of the former Yugoslavia.  War had happened in Yugoslavia, he said, when the state of Serbia wanted to create puppet states of the constituent parts of Yugoslavia; therefore, he concluded, the disintegration of Yugoslavia became inevitable; implying the futility of such an endeavor.  Then, the logical question is: If Serbia’s attempt to create puppet states was Yugoslavia’s undoing, what makes it workable to create a puppet state in Eritrea?  This critical point didn’t cross his mediocre mind.  Nor did the interviewer challenged; perhaps, that was what he wanted to hear, he swallowed it wholly.  One can be puzzled at the spectacle of the whole charade.  I think, Tamrat’s performance was nothing but impulsive and rhetorical; but either way, should Tamrat decide to dismember Eritrea, Eritreans, irrespective of their current set back, expect this coward Oromo to be at the forefront of his campaign.  There was a time when Oromo militia were roaming Eritrea, chanting their famous slogan “embi yale sew Tiyit aguRisew,” and raping women and pillaging villages; and, we all know how it ended up; except Tamrat, who recently woke up from his trance state.

Collective Obsession

What Tamrat (Kelbesa) said wasn’t that important.  What matters is our reaction.

Ladies and gentlemen! how easy could it be for any agitator, internet troll or rabble rouser to control our emotions?  Think about it, out of no where, Tamrat spoke to the effect of something we don’t like, and, in an instant, created a storm.  When do we stop this persistent herd mentality?  When do we stop the collective obsession about irrelevant issues?  As far as I am concerned, our anger towards this Oromo rabble rouser is a bit misplaced, because:

First, he wasn’t the one who created the condition we are in, so our gun should have been at the forehead of the Tembienay dictator.

Second, in his rebuttal to the uproar of Eritreans, while we Eritreans are silent, Tamrat itemized for us every detail of the dictator’s misdeeds towards Eritreans:  the trafficking of Eritreans, the closure of Asmara University, Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia ..etc

Nobody can dispute the veracity of what Tamrat said; none, whatsoever.  We just need to muster the courage to confront the non-Eritrean dictator, who, in his lust to dismember Eritrea, created Eritrea’s existential vulnerability by allowing, encouraging, even forcing the exodus of Eritreans from their country.  Eritrea as a viable entity wasn’t his lifelong dream, but its failure and dismemberment is; and, by changing his colors like chameleon, he worked for his ultimate goal from within – the dismemberment of Eritrea.  That is what an enemy does, if only we knew and conscious about it.  If he doesn’t belong to one of us, expecting him to care for Eritrea and Eritreans is sheer madness.  It is way past time to confront him.

*Brian Innes: The History of Torture

Tesfamichael Kidane

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  • k.tewolde January 16, 2020

    ‘If he doesn’t belong to one of us, expecting him to care for Eritrea and Eritreans is sheer madness.’>>>>perfectly dressed but late for the party Mr. Kidane,some of us has been saying this back in our puberty years,it was an innocent boys gut talking. ‘It is way past time to confront him.’>>>>> I wouldn’t raise the white flag like that, we might have lost all 11 rounds of the fight,but all it takes is that one wild swing, that perfectly placed upper cut because I believe in the Eritrean people,they are cut bleeding and the face is swollen and barely can see through the eyes,however the fighting heart is intact and the opponent knows them very well.

    • Tesfamichael Kidane January 20, 2020

      I like your analogy. OK! Let’s hope for the best.

  • Woldegabriel January 16, 2020

    Dear Tesfamichael Kidane
    I wonder why we are still fussing about the so-called Ethiopian journalist. Don’t we have real issues to attend to? What is so important with the ethnicity of the journalist?
    You took unbelievably extraordinary effort to remind your readers repetitively that the journalist is an Promo. It is the message not the messenger that matters. In fact you appear to absolve the propagators of the idea and commend them for dodging their demand for Assab. Please be informed that the Oromos are among the most sincere and civilized people in Ethiopia. (I do not believe PM Abiy is an Oromo)

    • Tesfamichael Kidane January 17, 2020

      Dear Woldegabriel,
      What the fuss? Unless you missed it, that was exactly what I wrote in the first paragraph and our obsessional behavior in the last. “…dodging their demand for Assab?” Where did find that in the post? You will be well served if you read the post again and try to understand the context. Whether Abiy is an Oromo or not, that is not even discussed in the post, so I have no idea what you talking about.
      But the surprising thing is, here is this Oromo, entertaining the idea of dismembering Eritrea, and yet, instead of giving him the appropriate response, you want to argue and fight with me?? Some people say, Eritreans are incapable of forming a united front. If so, you are a cream testament.

  • ተወልደመድህን January 16, 2020

    ገና ብዛዕባ ታምራት ምዝራብና ዘህዝን ኢዩ።እንተስ ሕማቕ ባህሪ ኮይኑ እንተስ ምው ሓጥ ኣብዩዎም ናጽነት ኤርትራ ዘይተቀበሉዎን ዘይተወሓተሎም ብዙሓት ኣለው።ክቅበሉዎ ከኣ ኣይክእሉን።ንሳቶም ኢትዮጲያ ናይ ሰለስተ ሺሕ ኦኣመት ናጽነታ ሓልያ ዝጸንሃት ሃገር ዓሰርተው ኣርባዕተ ጠቕላይ ግዛት ክልተ ወደባት ዓሰብን ባጽዕን ዘለዋ ሃገር ተባሂሎም ስለዝሰልጠኑ።ሰለዚ ብቀሊሉ ክቅበሉዎ ኣይክእሉን።ኩሉ ሕልሞም ባህጎም የባህር በር ጥራይ ኮይኑ።ንሱ ክርእዩ ከኣ ኣብ ውሽጢ ኢትዮጵያ ዘሎ ኩነታት ክግምግሙ ኢትዮጵያ ናበይ ትኸይድ ምህላዋ ክግምግሙ ኣይክእሉን።ናቶም ስራሕ ናይ ኤርትራ ኩነታት ጥራይ ኢዩ።ድሕሪኡ ኩሉ ዝመዓራረ ኢዩ ዝመስሎም።
    ታምራት ዝበሎ ናይ መጻኢ ስራህ ዝበሎን ክኸውን ይኽእል ድዩ ወይ ይሓልም ኣሎ ኢልካ ዝግደፍ ኢዩ።ርግጽ ብሰንኪ ድፊኢት መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ማዕቀብ ተገይሩሉ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ።ንሱ ከኣ ብኤርትራውያን ተቃወምቲ ቅቡል ዝኾነ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ኣብቲ ከባቢ ኦኣንዳሪ ኣፍራሲ ተራ ይጻወት ብምህላው ዝተገብረ ኔሩ።ካብዚ ኢትዮጵያ ንምፍራስ ተቃወምቲ ካብ ዓቕማ ንላዕሊ ኣኪባ ተሰልጥን ኔራ።ኣብ ሶማልያ ኢድ ብምእታው ን ኣልሸባብ ተዕጥቕ ብምንባራ እቲ ማዕቀብ ተካይዱ።
    ካብዚ ሃሊፉ ግን መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ተፈላጥነት ስለዘለዎ ኣይኮነን ተገይሩ።ነዚ መሰረት ብምግባር ኢዩ።እታ ምህላዋ ኣጣራጣሪ እናኾነት ትመጽእ (ትምኒተይ ኣይኮነን።ኩነታት ዝህቦ ዘሎ ምልክት ኢዩ ) ዘላ ኢትዮጵያ ክትገብሮ ትኽእል ዝብል ዘሎ።ሕጂ እዚ ናይ መጻኢ ስለዝኾነ ክከውን ይኽእል ኣይክእልን ንግዜ ንግደፎ።
    እቲ ብዛዕባና ዝበሎ ግን ፈቲና ጸሊእና ንቅበሎ ሕቁ ኢዩ ሂቡና።ስለዝጸረፈና ብዛዕባ ኡ ክንዛረብ ዋጋ ኣይብሉን።እታ ሓራዲት ምስዚኦም ኣይንበርን ዝበልናዮም ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ከፊኡና ንከዶም ኣሎና።ኣብታ ሰላም ኢሎም ዝከፈቱዋ ማዕጾ ክንደይ ሰብ ኢዩ ኢትዮጵያ ኣትዩ።ግፍጥ ኢሉ ኢዩ መጺኡ ኤርትራዊ።እታ ዓዲ ሰብ የብላን፡ካብ ባንኪ ገንዘብ ከውጽ ኡ ኣይክእሉን።ድካ ብድንቁርናን ሽግርን ዝተሳቐየት ሃገር ሒዞም ኢዮም ሃገርና ሃገርና ዝብሉ ዘለው ክብል ከሎ እቲ ሓቂ ኢዩ ዝበለና።ምናልባት ኢሳያስ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ኢሉ እንተዝኸውን ክንደይ ምተዛረብና ኔርና።ሓቂ ከኣ ዘዛርብ ኢዩ።
    መንግስትና ተኺልና ኢልና ካብ ካልእ ዝተፈለ መንግስቲ ከምዘሎና ክንነጥር ካልእ ሃገራትን ህዝብን ክነቆናጽብ ሰሚዑ እነሆ በሉ ኣታ ጽዋዕ ስተዩዋ ኢሉ።ነታ ሃገር እንታይ ክንገብረላ ከይመዘና ወይ ከይገበርና ኤርትራና ኣኤርትራና ልዕሊ ዝኮነ ኮይኑ።
    ስለዚ ኣብቲ ተጃሃሪ ባህርና ጽቡቕ ገይሩ ኢዩ ኣስፊሩዎ።እሞ ደኣ ማዕረ ክንደይ ዘንዕቕ ተግባር ንገብር ምህላውና ኣሚና ክንዕረ ክንመሃየሽ ድዩ ዘሎና ኦኣሶኣሶ ንዑኡን ሰሳልስቲ ብዛዕባ ኡ ብዛዕባ መወለዱ ክንጽሕፍ።
    በቲ ካልእ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ኮይኑ ንዝተዛረበ ክንወቅስ ክንጸርፍ፡ነቐፈታ ዘይንኽእል ናይ ነጻ ርእይቶ ምፋሳስ ዘይንቕበል ዘይንጻወር ድኹማት ምዃና ኢዩ ዘብርህ።ንሕና ናትና ዕዮ ኣሎና።ዕዮና ምግባር ጽቡቕ ኢዩ።ሕልሚ ለይቲ ንዝኾኖ ሰብ ክንቅይር ዘይከኣል ኢዩ።እቲ ዝሔሸ ግን ንሕና ንቅየረሉ ኩነታት ምጥዖኣም ጽቡቕ ኢዩ።ነቲ ንሱ ዝበሎ ሃጓፍ ምምላእ ረብሓ ሃገር ኢዩ ካብ ታምራት ዝበሎ ቃላት ምዥብራር።

  • Woldegabriel January 17, 2020

    Dear Tesfamichael Kidane
    Your beautiful, mesmerizing and expressive English grasped my full attention and there was no need to read it again. Open political discussion/dialogue is essentially meant to widen our outlook and perspective for the overall good of our people and country. We are debating and discussing ideas. Nothing personal at all.. To come to the points you raised:
    1. Irrespective of your opening paragraph, which I concur, the whole theme of your article is about the journalist. May be you have to read your article again.
    2. Your obsession with the Promos is still manifested in your response to my comment. Instead of addressing him by name or profession, you chose to call him the Promo. The intent and objective of my comment was to dissociate the idea and the person vis-à-vis the primary propagators and initiators of the message. It is from this context that I briefly tried to talk about the Promos and PM Abiy Ahmed..
    3. I quote ” in fairness, the Amhara elites, if not reconciled, are at least humming their perpetual obsession access to the sea and to do just that, if only possible, they want to snatch the port of Assab from Eritrea, but for the Amharized Mr. Feyissa, he wouldn’t settle for anything less than Eritrea on its knees. So are you saying the Amhara are less evil and better? The whole game-plan of isayas and weyane was to completely put Eritrea, step-by-step to its knees. Remember, the imposter isayas ordered the Eritrean army to evacuate Assab, but it was saved by its gallant sons. Imagine, had Assab fallen under the Ethiopians control, the perpetual war would have been not for Badme but Assab and imagine also what the end result of such a situation would have been? Unknowingly, I hope, you are fanning isayas’s – the Amhara spy- formulation of destroying Eritrea bit- by-bit.
    4. I suppose, I don’t have to enumerate historical facts to prove we Eritreans can do miracles with our unity. I wonder why you repeat this demeaning and outdated feudal Ethiopian cliché. Entertaining different views and opinions is something we have to develop, if we seek for a new Democratic Eritrea.

    • Tesfamichael Kidane January 20, 2020

      For your info, you read other writers’s article to understand the context, not your own, so you know. If you think the article is about him, then you have serious problem understanding the context. No wonder you are arguing.
      But most importantly, if you are trivializing what this Oromo said and, in fact, defending him against me, maybe you don’t like it, but I am not going to stoop to your level.

      • Woldegabriel January 20, 2020

        With that clarity, I rest my case.

  • Woldegabriel January 17, 2020

    Pls read ‘Oromo”not promos.

  • rezen January 17, 2020

    Subject: “Sour Grapes or Real Threat: Tamrat Negera Feyisa’s Interview” by Tesfamichael Kidane, JANUARY 16, 2020

    Commentary, 17 Jan 2020
    I was going to quote the EXACT line of k.tewolde on the subject. His comment, as usual, is succinct to the point. And I admire his narration about a BOXER who refuses to give-up and indeed succeeded, achieving his goal — battered and bleeding, as he may be, he is supposed to attain his goal. It is, of course, a reflection of the Eritrean Liberation Struggle.

    Now, let us address the REALITY of Eritrea. It is generally accepted that the Liberation Struggle would never have been successful with multiple parties as we have TODAY, numbering 80 to 90, all tooting to be fighting for the SAME objective. Hard to believe, putting it kindly. Even the admirable, gallant and famous ELF and EPLF BROTHERHOOD found it that TWO FORCES to be too many for one struggle.(1)

    So, where do we go from here? In my opinion, first and foremost, we should concentrate on our own affairs. — NOT on the merits and demerits of individual (non-Eritrean) writer about Eritrea, Doing so, serves no purpose for our objective >> other than being on merry go round fanfare.

    Second, if we truly believe and agree in what we tooted i.e. that the immediate problem of Eritrea lies in the dictatorial self-anointed president, then we should concentrate on means and ways of retiring the president from the post. Considering, the characteristic and determination of the self-anointed president, the monumental struggle of releasing him from power requires ingenuity and determination, with one common effort. Are we capable of doing it? Are we capable of uniting ourselves under one umbrella? The self-appointed president answered it for us when he simultaneously [at 0300 hrs of a night] liquidated eleven (11) top-notch heroes of the 30-year liberation struggle, never to be seen again.

    Let us be honest: My Dear Eritreans, Issayas Afeworki Abraha Miratch knows the psyche of the Eritrean people from top to bottom; from left to right; and inside out. Indeed, there wasn’t a single blip of a sound from the famous liberation front of Eritrea!!! It would have been ‘unbelievable’ had we not witnessed it for the last twenty years. Consequently, should we really wonder why Issayas has the lowest opinion about ERITREANS, coupled with hatched hatred from way long past when he hated to be called “Agame”? (2)

    And to use k.tewolde’s determined BOXER, can we realistically emulate the extra-ordinary determination of the symbolic boxer and LIBERATE Eritrea from its own ADMIRED, WORSHIPED, BELOVED and BELIEVED HERO of YESTERYEARS? Let us be frank and honest to ourselves. Didn’t we elevate Issayas to where he is today? Did we forget the glorification [bordering madness] we bestowed upon HIM in 1991 – Liberation Day? In our euphoria, Issayas was next to God. In any case, we are where we are today, insulting each other on the Internet with multitude of parties [equivalent to the collection of the famous ‘betrie’]

    Before I end my mini-essay I wish to deeply thank for the provision of space to express my opinion, NOT for what it is worth but for my personal beautiful nostalgia for a birthplace that could have been GREAT but alas entwined with CLASSICAL TRAGEDY >>> which seems to say: ‘I CANNOT HELP IT; IT IS IN MY NATURE’ THE END

    (1) There was, of course, other insidious reasons for the tragic massacre of each other in the middle of a war for the liberation of Eritrea. It is unbelievable, had we not witnessed it ourselves.

    (2). Re: “Eritrea at a Crossroad” 2014 by Andebrhan Welde Giorgis page 322, footnote 129

    • Tsehaye January 25, 2020

      Dear Rezen,

      Your comment has some good points, but I am perplexed by this statement: “liquidated eleven (11) top-notch heroes of the 30-year liberation struggle”. As per the testimonies and experience of the Eritrean peasants, there was not a single angel within the barbaric EPLF’s leadership. Additionally, in case you are not aware of it, there was no Eritrean peasant who expressed joy when the Gedli barbarians declared independence for the next stage of exterminating Eritreans. Please tell us, if you do not mind, the names of this 11 individuals. I am seriously curious. I also join you in thanking for providing this comment page and for deleting comments that it does not like—similar to this one. ኤርትራዊ ዕሱብ ኮይኑ ከገልግል እምበር፡ ተላዚቡን ተኻባቢሩን ሃገርን ህዝብን ከማሓድር ብቕዓት ከምዘይብሉ ኣብዘን ዝሓለፋ 30 ዓመት ኣረጋጊጹ እዩ። We are more comfortable to talking anonymously in front of the screen that making a difference by getting out to save a dying nation.

  • Hdrisuehalalmarie January 19, 2020

    Hi Tesfamicael kidane,

    The Eritreans reaction against tamrat is not at all hysteria/hyperbole. It is appropriate, a measure of our resolve to defend and protect our homeland, the legacy of our Martyrs, against any form of attack, be it psychological or otherwise.

    What caught my attention more however was the similarities of the negative views expressed by you and him towards our spontaneous and forceful reaction. I am wondering whether you two guys are somehow related and coordinating your psychological onslaught on our people?

    You also heaped ridicule on our alleged disunity. Here again you are deadly wrong. We are more United than ever, now that we know definitely who our enemies are… … the imostor isaias afewerk and woyane….. and what their hidden agenda is.

    Remember, con artists can deceive upright people, albeit temporarily. No doubt we have been conned by these villains but we are now fully aware and resolved to foil the conspiracy of the anti nationalists embedded within us and their woyane accomplices. Very soon you will see the 1991 victory celebration replayed with far more joy in our homeland.

    • Tesfamichael Kidane January 20, 2020

      With your interesting name, if your were not bragging behind your screen, I could have given some wait to you comment.

  • k.tewolde January 20, 2020

    Brothers Hidri,Wolde,and Tesfa. please stop this madness,it hurts,the people you care about won’t benefit from this verbal altercation except you know who?????lets orient our warhead against the one who is literally decimating us from the face of the earth,with brotherly love.

  • Aba thimmer January 20, 2020

    Viva wedi Ali on our heart and mind!!! Death to son of tembien with all together Tamrat and his like. Honestly speaking, some say singular opinion concerning Tamrat’s hate speech vs which as much I have a hate too. You know why, I don’t trust anyone until I am secured as native eritrean .some intellectuals are ignoring the valid risks i.e, what is going on.? The exact risk we face is clearly should be addressed. It is not a matter of who said and why! So, late be aware that we are sold out.

  • Hailu Yeshiwondim May 8, 2020

    You write well. But you start with a wrong premise. You start with the wrong assumption that the Amharas are the sole nationality in Ethiopia that was and is opposed to Eritrean independence. Emperor Haileselassie and Nengistu were not pure ethnic amharas. During the Eritrean independence struggle many of the generals and the majority of the soldiers in the Ethiopian army were Oromos. I have first hand knowledge of the fact that the attrocities that took place, especially in the lowlands of Eritrea were by and large committed by non-amharas. The Eritrean victims thought the soldiers were Amharas just because they spoke the national language amharic. It is this misconception rooted in ignorance that has been the dominant narrative of all liberation movements in Eritrea and in Tigray. As a former ELF member from Ethiopia and as an eternal friend of Eritrea I know what was happening on the ground then. As to the journalist, his analysis is not that bad but his view on Eritrea is twisted and hopelessly wrong. He seems to have been brainwashed by Derg propaganda back during his younger years. To conclude, it is wrong to explain the political view of an individual in terms of his or her ethnic origin. Ethnicity is destroying many African countries including my own.. When Eritrea was under occupation, it was not occupied by another ethnic group but by another country.