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Necessary Illusions: Understanding Desalegn’s Recent Comments

Hailemariam Desalegn

Necessary Illusions: Understanding Desalegn’s Recent Comments
Ray Ja Fraser

Recently, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn warned that Ethiopia will “be forced to take…appropriate action to quell [Eritrea’s] destabilization efforts.” The comments parallel those he made in an interview conducted last year, warning that Ethiopia has shifted its policy towards Eritrea and is now determined to unseat Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki by force. While the respective statements are serious – in that they precipitously challenge, if not flagrantly violate, accepted international norms, laws, and diplomatic protocols – they do not constitute “breaking developments” per se. For example, prior to his passing, the late Meles Zenawi had similarly changed Ethiopia’s policy toward Eritrea from one based on “no-war-no-peace” to the active pursuit of “regime change” in Asmara. Generally, Ethiopian saber rattling has often sought to deflect attention from internal challenges and crises, with the latest comments arising after reports of attacks on the Ethiopian regime by the opposition.

It goes without saying that Desalegn’s comments merit mention; conflict and potential war carry massive consequences for all involved, and simply, a region with a long history of war (and with an array of current socio-political, economic, and environmental challenges) really cannot afford another. Yet, the comments also merit interest due to the manner in which they have been reported and discussed. Almost without fail, various analysts, think-tankers, and media outlets have accepted Desalegn’s claims about Eritrea’s destabilization efforts uncritically. This point reflects the sorry state of reporting and analysis on Eritrea and the Horn of Africa.

Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four describes “doublethink” – the act of holding, simultaneously, two opposite, individually exclusive ideas or opinions and believing in both simultaneously and absolutely. Likewise, during his visit to the Oxford Union in the 1960s, Malcolm X exposed how “the powers that be use the press to give the devil an angelic image and give the image of the devil to the one who’s really angelic…[or] they’ll take a person who is a victim of the crime and make it appear he’s the criminal, and they’ll take the criminal and make it appear that he’s the victim of the crime.”

Are there really no journalists, experts, or analysts that recognize the sheer irony of Desalegn’s claims about destabilization? You don’t have to be a “regime loyalist” to see how Desalegn’s comments about regional destabilization, coming while his country illegally occupies (and repeatedly attacks) Eritrea is hypocrisy of the highest order. Furthermore, in just the past several months, Ethiopia has repeatedly and illegally made military incursions into Kenya, while it has a long, bloody history of intervention and occupation in Somalia. A la the 18th century French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, not only was Ethiopia’s intervention into Somalia a crime, but it was a monumental blunder. Rather than stemming terror (the professed mission), it actually served to send terror and carnage cascading across the region. So who is destabilizing the region, again?

Like Chomsky’s “it’s only terror when they do it,” Ethiopia (on behalf of the West) is incapable of destabilizing others. Empire’s media, experts, think-tankers, and analysts don’t care about truth, rationality, context, or critical questions. Instead, part of Empire’s strategy is psychological and ideological propagandizing. For Empire, “the human being has his most critical point in his mind. Once his mind has been reached, the political animal has been defeated, without necessarily receiving bullets.” That is why Empire’s corporate media outlets churn out sensationalism and feed us mindless drivel, not context, truth, or rational analysis. If you’re not careful, war becomes peace, freedom becomes slavery, ignorance becomes strength, and wolves become sheep. Stay woke! 

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  1. Does the Ethiopian fool, Hailemariam Desalegn, know how many "Fenji-Reghach" and "Aglay" he is to need this time around! Then again, this time around it is the turn of the Tigrawot to be used as the "Fenji-Reghach" and "Aglay". The question is what kind of an army does he has to even think about such a venture. Then again, may be he is planning to send the 58 Weyane generals and 123 Weyane colonels in the Ethiopian army as "FENJI-REGHACH" and "AGLAY" this time around. Do not say never; after all you are dealing with certified idiot and a dummy after all.

    Good God, 58 Weyane generals and 123 Weyane colonels as "Fenji-

  2. I wonder, Why are all Ethiopian leaders ugly.

  3. do you see desalegn's eyes, are squinty? qurub hewlel ilen iyen yeintu

  4. be qedemu ye edug..

  5. Great analysis and yes, it describes precisely that all regime's in area, including the most notorious regimes of Eritrea, Uganda, Burundi, Central Africa Republic and Gambia. Bottom line , ALL socio-political changes brought to you through armed struggle/violent revolutions/coups are counter productive to society, severely destroys/distracts the social fabric, creates a form of government worse than the deposed regimes. So, if you are able to find a life size mirror looking at your self, you will be able to connect the dots as well as you will be able to apply this formula/ analyss to all the tyrants in that particular continent of ours, except Nigeria. Your analysis stands to be a universal and may you have the guts and intelligence to apply it wherever you smell /sense tyrants' toxic fumes. Thanks

  6. This time around, Hailmariam Desalegn will need the Weyane generals and the 123 Weyane colonels as "Fenji-Reghach" and "Aglay" before the army of Debub Hizbotch march to Asmara. Here is Ethopian dummy trying to be some body. What a pathetic born failure he is!

  7. Ethiopian leader Now PHailemariam I urge you to take a single step for Peace than to take two steps forward for War

  8. My dad is 89 years old , I told him about Hailemariam would like to take action against Eritrea . My dad response was very funny "he's dad told him the same thing " when he was 5 (that means 84 years ago ) therefore it's not new for Ethiopia to repeat the same thing over and over again!!! My message for Hailemsriam is very simple TRY IT We Eritrean don't like to talk but we like to show.

    God love Eritrea !!

  9. As far as big powers pamper Ethiopian Leaders, they will perform their genocide openly to bring down the fast growing population in Ethiopia until it is remained half of the number. Bloodshed makes its way inside Ethiopia like Iraq and Syria. Stay tunned.

  10. He's a empty suit, a stooge for imperial interests, just like his predecessors.

  11. by ኣሌክ - Alec you •"...The thing is the Ethio-pple are on the edge and they're only waiting for a reason to rise up against the woyane-tigray. And thats why the woyane are scared.. becuz they willl also face a large rebellion from the pple inside... yep just like libya Yemen and Syria. "

    by Reality "Bloodshed makes its way inside Ethiopia like Iraq and Syria. Stay tunned"

    OMG...Why do you wish bloodshed for human beings ?You must be sick!


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