The Victory of Ethiopia, the Corrosive Stubbornness of TPLF, and the Illusive Sabotage of Biden’s Administration
The Ethiopian Herald BY JOSEPH SOBOKA
Obviously, people fight over something that affects their interests. Such a fight is natural that nobody likes to give away what he thinks belongs to him legally. Apparently, the war that is going on in Ethiopia especially on part of the TPLF is not just. But it is the consequence of the refusal to obey the law of the country in an attempt to establish a de facto state. On the part of Ethiopia, the war is just because it is fought for a reason that is justified, and it carries sufficient moral weight – restoring law and order. In response to the unjustified war that TPLF waged, Ethiopia has used military force to demonstrate that there is a just cause to do so, primarily maintaining the sovereignty of the country.
One thing should be clearly noted that a war between the armed forces has a governing international law that the fighting parties should obey. In the process, unarmed civilians should not be the targets at any cost. Most of all, women, children and the elderly from both parties must humanely be treated in all circumstances. However, the terrorist junta, instead of the armed forces, makes it a bounden duty to attack unarmed civilians brutally. In principle, civilians must be protected against any act of violence, as well as against intimidation, insults which the terrorist rebels are exactly doing. In fact, the unarmed victims of the circumstance should not be detained from access to accommodation, food, clothing, hygiene, and medical care.
They should not be denied any human support as they are not taking a direct part in hostilities. As a matter of fact, they can be detained not in a form of punishment but only to prevent participation in the conflict. However, what the junta does to the unarmed civilians is in direct opposition to the humane treatment of the captives or prisoners of war. As civilized members of the international community or inhabitants of the earth should act likewise by leaving alone their captives to continue their normal life without being harassed; their goal must be to fight the armed soldiers and defeat or be defeated. But here it is an outright genocide that should be condemned as a war crime. The tragedy of it is that those countries that are the forgers of the Geneva Convention regarding war, who are supposed to condemn the war crime, chose to remain silent as the rebels commit such atrocious war crimes unabated. Akin to that, on top of their unacceptable silence, the international community is openly supporting the perpetrators to heighten their atrocity.
But in actual sense, as a civilized measure, if justified by imperative reasons of security, a party to the conflict may subject civilians to assigned residence or to internment. Extensive protection must be provided for civilian internees during armed conflicts instead of brutally massacring them. Therefore, internment is a security measure, and cannot be used as a form of punishing the innocent victims of the war. This means that each interned person must be released as soon as the reasons which necessitated his/her imprisonment are nullified. There is no need to shed blood on the people who have no direct involvement in the fighting whatsoever. All the assassinated victims were those who were engaged in their daily business with no intention of taking arms against the invaders. They had no time to run away for their lives at all. It was a surprise invasion of shooting down all indiscriminately and that has terribly shocked all Ethiopians from one end to the other.
Furthermore, as frenzied as the terrorists were, on top of beating up and shooting, they savagely hacked, and worse of all, they would dance around the bodies of the slain. The tragedy does not end there. They go from house to house, like hungry scavengers looking for something to devour. They force the terrified civilians to give them money and even after receiving they still demand more which the victims may not have at the time. Thus, they shoot them there at close range without any sympathy. The devil incarnate enemy to satisfy its unquenched lust does the most heinous crime to women and children – raping a wife while the husband and children watch. The agonizing situation there is the gang rape while the woman cries for mercy upon which she may die or be subjected to physical and psychological illnesses. Abreast of this, the onlookers in many cases are left to severe emotional shock or trauma that may demand a lifelong psychological treatment. To date, many victims of the circumstance are crying for death and in fact, many have taken their own lives being unable to stand the humiliation.
The terrorist TPLF, putting aside all the crimes it has committed against the people in the Amhara and Afar regions shamelessly appeals for justice through the mediation of the international community, principally, the West and the United States who are its strong allies. Bathed in the blood of thousands of unarmed civilians and on the verge of its burial, it desires to negotiate with the government of Ethiopia. Worse, it demands the reinstallation of electric light, communication systems, and surprisingly the allocation of budget for Tigray region with the hidden agenda perhaps to reorganize itself to wage a renewed war against Ethiopia to achieve its original goal of dismantling the sovereign country in accordance with the strategy designed by the West and the United States.
Nevertheless, the Ethiopian government, after clearing the Amhara and Afar regions off the elements of the sadistic junta, has ordered the army not to proceed into the Tigray region primarily in order not to repeat the mistake previously done – the Ethiopian forces’ human and material loss. At the same time, to allow time of repose for TPLF to reassess and evaluate its situation and perhaps decide to surrender itself to the Ethiopian forces. Such measure had previously been taken by the government; nevertheless, the junta abused the goodwill and caused vast devastation to the country far beyond a reasonable limit. It is wise to restrain oneself until situations are clear regarding the relation of TPLF and the general Tigrian population.
Obviously, the terrorist junta has lost the game. Yet, TPLF does not admit the fact that it has severely been beaten by Ethiopian heroes. And all the same, it brags that it has made a consciously designed tactical retreat for a further attack in due course. If Ethiopian forces go deep into Tigray, which means the fight takes place in Tigray proper and in the process, many innocent people can naturally be killed without ulterior motive. After all, it is a war; it is rather irrational to think of war without the death of an enemy or otherwise. Situations are slowly revealing themselves.
TPLF has declared that if the Ethiopian force particularly the Amhara militia enters the Tigray region, the Tigrian people will defend themselves with whatever weapons they access including knives. This is their effort to convince the world that TPLF and the people of Tigray are one and the same and the Ethiopian government is out to eradicate not the TPLF but all Tigrians from the face of the earth. However the event turns, the sole desire of western countries and the United States is to allege Ethiopia for committing genocide.
TPLF has devastatingly lost the game. The Biden administration still urges its allies to press Ethiopia to come to the round table negotiation with the terrorist group the very fact they do not do with terrorists if such thing happened to them. The situation is like exhuming a body from the grave and conducting a dialogue with it – a situation religiously or scientifically impossible to happen. It is easy to pock a finger into somebody’s wound; the pain is felt only by the wounded person. It is obvious that the West and the United States are least concerned about anything rational when it comes to the so-called egoistic national interest. The victims should care for themselves!
The Phony Policy Western Countries against Ethiopia is Inconsistent with the Principles of Democracy
The world is foiled with hypocrisy Under the guise of inept democracy, Empty talks of fairness and impartiality That heightens the scheme of absurdity. As there is little to trust We should forget it as we must. By flexing its muscles of money and gun Threatens Ethiopia for no wrong she has done. Story of love and care to it is unknown Since its thorns of greed are fully grown The US celebrates unwarranted democratic jubilee That is mischievously planted like acacia tree. Immovable is its surreptitious plan That divides the people into ethnic and clan. Coercing the nations everywhere US holds insidious meetings here and there. Summons her allies from around the globe To plot against nations and their rights to rob. Many countries summoned for participation Even though she is in utter desperation The topic is her fruitless democracy That only satisfies her spirit of ecstasy. The participants seem to be hand-picked The rest cast away and politically tricked. Is it deliberate or due to acute dementia? That she left out Ethiopia, China and Russia. From the seemingly world-rocking forum Or might she fail to steady its fulcrum? The US and allies preach democracy That is filled with debasing intricacy It devours honesty and sincerity Giving birth to economic disparity Many have just fallen victims to it Hoping to gain the promised benefit But it has sent friends into delirium Give up their rights and easily succumb. The super power and allies traverse the planet And allure nations into their big hollow net. These fishermen never yield to reason As overwhelmed by nation-killing treason Their fake argument is weary And their propaganda dreary Rejecting the truth, they cling to lies They never heed to the victims cries. With fiery condemnation the nations they fry The victims live sobbing and weeping they die. Africans are most tortured so mercilessly Despite such treatment they enrich generously. The perpetrators are never grateful They’re abusive and even more hateful. The abominable merciless conqueror Incarcerates nations in its camp of labor Enjoys the servitude of its captives And little cares for helpless natives. This has been her way and will be so Thus, she’s determined any distance to go Ethiopia struggles for her safety That embodies liberty and fraternity. No power can snatch the national legacy Be it economy or Biden’s democracy. Their Democracy that promotes evil deeds Condemns those who uphold the right creeds The stealthy maneuver of neocolonialism Can never trample on Ethiopia’s patriotism Any attempt to do so enmity it breeds No other solution, but to war it leads. The sly diplomacy that the US promotes Is interwoven by nation-wrecking plots She employing strategic imposition She aspires to impose her disposition. She deceptively foils the objective reality Raises her scepter as a gesture of impunity Yet, she fancies the enemy, the erring party That’s sheer indication of her true ignominy. Undemocratic elements ganged up on Ethiopia With false rhetoric and unprofessional mass media The news of rape and harassment is to their joy They’re happier when terrorists kill and destroy. Burned mosques and church is what they like to see But the situation will be reverse as soon as it can be. Their democracy isn’t as it should, after all It is shameless intimidation and coercive control. All these injustices summed up become gray war They’re not satisfied; they’re still looking for more. We too will fight to our best We will leave to God as for the rest Let them get together shriek, cry and roar Yet, Ethiopians say, enough and No More! Hypocrites No more movement Neo-fascist TPLF leader