“Joy Comes in the Morning!”: My Message for the Ethiopian New Year 2009 (E.C.) By Prof. Al Mariam

September 11, 2016 is the beginning of the 2009 Ethiopian New Year (Meskerem 1, Ethiopian Calendar [E.C.]).It is painful for me to utter the words, “Happy Ethiopian New Year- 2009” (Melkam Adis Amet) this new year.

2008 E.C. has been a Year of Mourning for the people of Ethiopia.

In 2008 E.C., the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) intensified the murderous spree it started a quarter of a century ago in 1991.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its June 2016 report documented that “security forces in Ethiopia have used excessive and lethal force against largely peaceful protests that have swept through Oromia, the country’s largest region, since November 2015.”

According to HRW, T-TPLF security forces

shot into crowds, summarily killing people during mass roundups, and torturing detained protesters. Because primary and secondary school students in Oromia were among the early protesters, many of those arrested or killed were children under the age of 18. Security forces, including members of the federal police and the military, have arbitrarily arrested students, teachers, musicians, opposition politicians, health workers, and people who provided assistance or shelter to fleeing students.

The T-TPLF massacres in 2008 E.C. have been so atrocious even the Obama Administration, the protector,  guardian and benefactor of the of T-TPLF, was forced to diplomatically express its horror and disgust.

ast week, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, expressed “grave concerns”  about the “excessive use of force against protesters in Ethiopia.”

Power described the T-TPLF “violence” as “extremely serious” and called for a transparent and independent investigation. Power said “the U.S. has asked the government to allow people to protest peacefully.”

All that mumbo jumbo is diplomatic-speak for, “The T-TPLF has committed large-scale crimes against humanity. A credible international investigation is needed to bring the perpetrators to justice. The T-TPLF should let peaceful demonstrators peacefully demonstrate.”

On August 10, 2016, the head of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights demanded that the T-TPLF “allow international observers into restive regions” where scores of unarmed demonstrators have been massacred by T-TPLF forces to conduct an investigation. The T-TPLF thumbed its nose (or did it flip the bird at) on the High Commissioner.

On August 21, 2016, Tom Malinowski, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and Obama’s  global messenger of democracy and human rights declared the T-TPLF’s “tactics in response to protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions of the country are ‘self-defeating’”.

That is diplomatic-speak for, “The more innocent people the T-TPLF massacres, the more it dooms and seals its fate. Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.”

The fact of the matter is that the  T-TPLF can’t run and can’t hide. It has reached the end of the line!

On September 6, 2016, the European Union (EU) took action and cut off funds from its Emergency Trust Fund going to the T-TPLF. The EU statement declared: “As far as the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa is concerned, it is important to know that no funding are decentralised to, or channelled through, the beneficiary countries’ government structures.” In other words, the EU will no longer feed the T-TPLF Beast.

In America, September 11 is a day that shall live in infamy.

On September 11, 2001, the terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated four attacks in the United States massacring over 3,000 innocent civilians and causing property damage in untold billions.

Americans and the whole world reacted with horror and outrage at the work of Al Qaeda.

Yet, when the T-TPLF, an organization listed  as a terrorist organization in the Global Terrorism Data Base, commits massacres and crimes against humanity on an industrial scale in broad daylight day after day, the Obama Administration turns deaf ears and blind eyes.

Aah! The double standard on global terrorists.

The Obama Administration’s attitude is, “The T-TPLF may be a terrorist organization. But they are OUR terrorists.”

Not unlike President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s attitude towards the Latin American dictator Somoza Garcia. “Somoza may be an S.O.B., but he’s our S.O.B.”

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