Dare to dream with me about the new Ethiopia in 2017
By Prof. Al Mariam
January 3, 2017

Author’s Note: I get to celebrate New Year twice every year. The first on September 11, the Ethiopian New Year. The second on January 1.

In this first commentary for 2017, I aim to challenge all Ethiopians to rise up, lock arms and march together as ONE people to meet their destiny.

I challenge them to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, learn from those mistakes, unchain themselves from the dungeons of false history and set personal examples of courage, creativity, honesty, hope, kindness, humility, teamwork, leadership, forgiveness and prudence.

Above all, I write this first commentary of 2017 to challenge and to invite all Ethiopians to dare to dream with me about the New Ethiopia in 2017!

A Happy New Year to all of my readers!!!

Will you dare to dream with me about the New Ethiopia in 2017?

I can only imagine how agonizing it must be to dream while living a nightmare.

On the first day of 2017, Ethiopians are living a nightmare called the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF).

The T-TPLF has declared a “state of emergency” by which it has licensed itself to kill, jail, torture, persecute and prosecute any Ethiopian on a whim.

Over the past year, the T-TPLF has jailed, imprisoned and disappeared hundreds of thousands of people; and today the T-TPLF holds one hundred million people hostage in a totalitarian police state of emergency.

In November 2016, the T-TPLF announced it had arrested 11,607 people. Of course, the actual number is many times m more than the figure reported by the T-TPLF. Without exception, all 11,607 persons were arrested, imprisoned and deprived of their liberties by the T-TPLF without due process of law.

In 2013, CNN declared the T-TPLF regime runs “a police state” in Ethiopia.

The T-TPLF has clung to power in Ethiopia for over a quarter of a century not only by killing and jailing innocent citizens, but also by creating ethnic and sectarian conflict, fabricating hatred, sowing division and disunity, fomenting discord and strife and stirring trouble every chance it gets, and by operating a fetid empire of corruption.

Is there a worse nightmare than what the T-TPLF has done in Ethiopia over the past 25 years and is doing now?

The only nightmare worse than what the T-TPLF has done and is doing now is what some of those blathering ethnic chauvinists and atavists who professedly aim to overthrow the T-TPLF are doing today.  Indeed, it is a fact that some of them are on the T-TPLF payroll, though they are paid indirectly to do  the T-TPLF’s work of hate and division particularly in the Ethiopian Diaspora.

Those superannuated and obtuse politician wannabes who deny the unity and oneness of Ethiopia and Ethiopians and preach the gospel of ethnic division and sectarianism in my view are more T-TPLF than the T-TPLF itself.

Those self-appointed wannabe chieftains of hate toil everyday to rename Ethiopia, “Kilil-istan”, the apartheid version of South Africa’s Bantustan.

Those self-commissioned capos are prepared to sever and dissolve the millennia-old bonds of marriage and birth and put asunder what God has put together as ONE Ethiopia.

It is written, “Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.”

Ethiopia shall stretch her hands because God is ready to lift her out of the clutches of the Beast known as the T-TPLF and its wicked minions who now sow the seeds of division, hatred and conflict among Ethiopians.

I say to the T-TPLF and its handmaidens: “The hottest places in hell are reserved” for those who conspire to divide and rule Ethiopia, cling to power and line their pockets by robbing Ethiopians of their voice and wealth, and for those whose hatred for Ethiopia and Ethiopians is exceeded only by their love for power and filthy lucre.

I say to them all: Vadis ad infernum!  Where you belong!

Why dream…?

I like to start the new year with an exultant expression of my dreams of a New Ethiopia.

Dreams are vitally important for individuals, societies and nations.

The Framers of the American Constitution dreamed an impossible dream, a dream undreamt before they set themselves to dream. They dreamt of a republic where they can “form a more perfect union, establishing justice and securing the blessings of liberty to themselves and their posterity.”

Unfortunately, the American dreamers left out Africans forcibly shipped to America and trapped in the nightmare of slavery. Malcom X, a descendant of those slaves declared that for “twenty million [negroes] in America who are of African descent, it is not an American dream; it’s an American nightmare.”  Another descendant of those slaves by the name of Martin Luther King two centuries later demanded a share of the “American Dream” and immediate payment on the “promissory note” made at the inception of the Republic “that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’”

I am inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of an America at peace with itself and the world. I believe in his dream of “hew[ing] out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope” and “transform[ing] the jangling discords of [a] nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. I  believe in his dream “that one day [America] will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men [and women] are created equal.’”  Dreams can be transformational.  

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