Alemayehu G Mariam
Why are the T-TPLF gods of FEAR, TERROR AND DREAD afraid of their own shadows in 2015?
On May 24, 2015, a “parliamentary election” is scheduled in Ethiopia. “Election” as in rigged.
Five years ago on May 23, 2010, the ruling Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (T-TPLF) “won” that “parliamentary election” by 99.6 percent. That puts the T-TPLF a hair behind Saddam Hussein who won his “election” by 100 percent in 2002.
Will the T-TPLF “win” the May 24, 2015 election by at least 99.6 percent? Does the spotted hyena have spots?
But they tell me the T-TPLF is scared _ _ _tless in the run up to “The Election”?
What election? Thuglection!?
It is reasonable to fear defeat; but fear of “winning” again by 99.6 percent plus is downright nuts.
The “T-TPLF” is really scared this time around, they tell me.
“They” are, surprisingly, members and dyed-in-the-wool supporters and followers of the T-TPLF. So they claim. I have no way of corroborating if they are or not. I know some of them to be mere T-TPLF minions and groupies. They shuttle freely to Addis and back “on business”. “They are really scared this time around,” they assure me.
Would “they” go out of their way to give me a bum steer?
Why they would tell me intimate details about fear and loathing in the T-TPLF camp is a mystery to me. Perhaps disinformation, I remind myself. But “they” know I am too damn jaded to be a sucker for disinformation. Why then would they “confide” in me? Frankly, I don’t know and don’t care to know.
I am curious though. “They” must feel comfortable for some reason to become “informants” as we say in the legal business. “They” know I will let it all hang out. The man who proclaims to speak truth to power cannot speak truth by holding back on the truth. “They” don’t seem to care. No names. Just the facts, please.
The thought crosses my mind. Could “they” be feeling desperate? The quiet desperation of the high and mighty is sometimes thunderously louder than the hushed and monotonous moans and groans of the powerless and hopeless.
“They” tell me there is a pervasive sense of quiet desperation – a malaise, angst, disquietude — enveloping and blanketing not only in the T-TPLF leadership but also its rank and file.
I just don’t get it. How can the mighty T-TPLF that imprisons hundreds of thousands at the drop of a hat find itself trapped in a prison of its own quiet desperation?
That’s not all. There are the other “They”; the hard core T-TPLF opponents and detractors. “They” tell me the same thing. “This time the T-TPLF is really scared.” What in the world is going on?
Is the T-TPLF conducting some sort of disinformation campaign, running an elaborate game of deception, I wonder. Perhaps the T-TPLF is playing out a Sun Tzu stratagem: “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” Pretend to your enemy you are scared _ _ _tless when you are cruising at the peak of your power?
It is all a bit jarring. Listening to sworn “supporters” and sworn “enemies” of the T-TPLF saying exactly the same thing about the gnawing fear that is corroding the confidence of the T-TPLF leaders and rank and file is like watching a total solar eclipse. It does not happen all the time.
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