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Deciphering Meles Zenawi’s hatred of Ethiopia

By Messay Kebede

Meles Zenawi’s blatant hatred of Ethiopia is a puzzle that Ethiopian intellectual circles have in vain tried to {www:decipher}. While some propose the suggestion that the hatred betrays his commitment to his Eritrean side, others consider it as an expression of his ethnic racism. Still others remain baffled, unable as they are to understand how he revels in denigrating the object of his obsession, namely, state power. One thing is sure, however, they all agree on the idea that his overall policy and its day-to-day implementation make sense only from the vantage point of a project to ransack Ethiopia’s resources and leave the rest to the vultures of ethnic secessionism. Harsh dictators have ruled Ethiopia in the past, but all considered themselves as Ethiopians. What is new with Meles is his anti-Ethiopian stand and his open contempt for whatever is Ethiopian.

Yet, one important element liable to explain Meles’s hatred has been with us for quite some time. I have in mind the history of his family, which is a history marred by collaboration with the occupying Italian forces. Notably, his grandfather not only worked for the Italians, but he was also an appointee and an office holder. What this means is that Meles had to deal very early with this family shame, which according to testimonies brought scorn and isolation on his family.

Now, there are two ways of dealing with this kind of existential {www:predicament}. There is the positive way according to which the person affected by family disgrace tries to behave in such a way as to repair the fault. In the case of Meles, this would mean showing a renewed and active commitment to Ethiopia. This is the path of expiation, which requires a serious self-examination and, mostly, a great amount of courage. All the available and trustworthy testimonies about Meles agree on the fact that courage was and is not one of his virtues.

There remains the second path, which is negative and consonant with the lack of courage. It is the path of denial, that is, the denial of betrayal. In order to accomplish this metamorphosis, Meles has to demean Ethiopia and devalue all its accomplishments. The more he belittles Ethiopia, the more he weakens the gravity of the family betrayal, and the less guilty and stained he feels. There was no betrayal since what his family supposedly betrayed was just a trash.

The path of denial nurtures hatred for the simple reason that hatred is a self-defense, a counter to the feeling of being despised by others. When you feel that other people despise you, you react by developing an intense dislike for them as a way of protecting yourself. If you hate them, you get rid of all scruples and sensitivity and adopt the principle that all means are good to hurt them.

This hatred partially explains Meles’s rapid rise to the leadership of the TPLF. Who else could best express and incarnate the rage of the TPLF against the Ethiopian state and army but Meles, who in addition to sharing with other members the resentment against the marginalization of Tigray, had on him the personal scar of national betrayal. While anger motivated most members, Meles had a stronger torment: he was humiliated and could not rest until he humiliated the source of his own dishonor.

Meles’s characterization of the Ethiopian national flag as nothing but a trash, his persistence in reducing Ethiopian history to mere conquest and subordination, his delight in debunking Ethiopian heroes, his ritual of jailing pro-Ethiopian leaders and releasing them after forcing them to sign degrading letters, etc., are all part of his strategy to humiliate Ethiopia in order to feel good about himself. Add to this that his long-standing hatred has been reignited by his electoral defeat in 2005, which defeat he was quick to interpret as another attempt to humiliate him. Because the defeat revived an old wound, his crackdown on the opposition and protesters was bound to be brutal.

This is, then, an appeal to Meles urging him to psychoanalyze himself so as to become aware of the deep wound that constantly perverts his policy and contradicts his dream of becoming a great leader. As we all know, in matters of spiritual illness, awareness of the cause is an efficient cure so that the second path, the path of expiation through great deeds is still open to him. No amount of power can erase his shame so long as Meles continues to hang his rehabilitation on the trashing of Ethiopia. For the more he lowers Ethiopia, the less gratifying becomes his dominion. This contradiction is the reason why he wants more power, even though the discredit of the nation cheapens his power. In other words, the cure lies, not in the mistreatment of Ethiopia, but in its promotion, that is, in the commitment to overcome his shame through good works.

(Prof. Messay Kebede can be reached at mkebede1@udayton.edu)

42 thoughts on “Deciphering Meles Zenawi’s hatred of Ethiopia

  1. Well, for Meles Ethiopia is a unique chicken that daily lays the magical Golden eggs, exclusively for him and him alone. He owns the unique chicken that lays the Golden eggs. From these point of view it may be said that Meles is pathologically in love with Ethiopia in a sick and sickening way and hate any one who either tries to take the chicken that lays the golden eggs or shares the Golden eggs themselves. He used to hate Ethiopia when it was laying the golden eggs for others but not for him.

  2. Thanks prof. Messay
    I completely agree with your logic. For Meles, there is only one way not to repeat the faults of his grand father who was serving the fascist Italy by selling his country.Still now Meles has did more bad(giving land to Sudan, Mass killing, the Eritrea case…) and little good for Ethiopia but here and onwards he has no chance to do more bad because the Ethiopian people lost all the patience.

    1. ” Ethiopian people lost all the patience.”
      Don’t get me started! I just can’t take nonsense anymore!
      The abuser’s antidote (MONEY and POWER) has paralyzed the well of the people. They have great capacity for calmly enduring pain and no ambition for change. Yes, The mafia-marxist can do anything they want anytime they wish.

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  4. Dear Messay Kebede,

    I do agree with you Meles is motivated by hatred. But this baffles me too. I was surprised to find out his wife is amhara by father and mother. I am not trying to cover his sins. But am always baffled about this man. I do not even know why he struggle for 17 years because his policy does not show he had any good plan or good intention to help people. By looking at his track records, he appeared to be committed to Eritrea. However, his committment to Eritrea has not benefitted so far. It has neither helped Ethiopian. He has made Ethiopian an object of humiliation. If Eritrea has not benefitted so far, will it benefit in his absence? The man does see beyond his nose.

    He think he is immortal. He know he is the most hated man in Ethiopia. But what baffles again is why he had an election in 2005? Does he not know if there is free election? no one would elect him, not only in the rest of Ethiopia, even in his birth place in Adwa.

    I think Meles is by chance in Arat kilo he never had vision for anyone. He got Almouldi on the way and now he is doing business with Almouldi and cos.

    The fact that Meles is selling Ethiopia now is a testimony he has any substances about the country and people. All he wanted is to make money with Almouldi and become the richest man. Otherwise how would one go extra miles and even cross continents asking nations to takeover his country? Can an Ethiopian sell land for 100 years in the 21 century? There is no even such barbaric sell out of land for 50 years leave alone for 100 years anywhere in the world. So Meles took Tigreans for a ride, but in his mind he is committed to destroy Ethiopia.
    Meles assertion Ethiopian flag is cherq or a rag is a testimony how dishonours our country. He has also reduced our history to 100 years?

    I do agree Meles Zenawi has been abused, isolated, victimized by his community in adwa because of his grand father service to Italian as banda. I can feel for him how horrific it would had been in his childhood. I know in Tigray, leave alone someone who such betrayal of services to invaders, even minor things can isolate a family. I do understand how he has been victimized. The fact that Meles does not respect his comrades and now is a lonely person after chasing everyone or assassinating systematically is a testimony how he grew up.

    But if I was in his shoes, I would have done the right thing to my country. Reason, whatever his grand dad has done was not Meles fault. But Meles took that revenge on the whole Ethiopia? Why Meles does not think It was not either the Ethiopian fault, the fault was his grandfather’s fault. But reading the track record of Meles, like run away from war fronts leaving his comrades in fire field tells that he has actually repeated what his grandfather did.

    The fact that Meles aborted the Ethiopian victory on Eritrea and he took Ethiopia to Europe. He repeated his grandfather’s deed.

    In general, Meles is a victim of his gradfather and his own adwa community for isolating his family because of his gradfather. The bad thing now is the mistakes done by his grandfather is being repeated by himself. Isssays is more probably fond of Ethiopia than Meles. Meles hates Ethiopians and Ethiopia too much and he reached to the point he has to sell the land to Indian and Arabs instead of to Amhara? This is very serious issue.

    Having listened to Gremedhin, and to Herman Cohen, Meles knowingly or not, he has deep rooted hatred to amhara. His hatred to Ethiopia and amhara looks like exactly like some Eritreans who feel taking off their clothes when they speak amhara.

    In anycase, I think Meles is cannot repaired after now. He has chosen the wrong path from the beginning. He has decided to marginalize, isolate and exclude Ethiopians.He has decided to work with Arabs or Indians or any foreign than with amhara. It is better for him to give and sell the land to Arab than Amahara take and use it.

    I swear better everything is taken by amahra than by a complete foreigner who boasts taking the land without even seeing it. We were embarrassed when the Indian said they gave us and we took it. We did not even see it. He also said that he has obligation except paying that peanut to Meles.

    Dr. Messay Kebede, Meles Zenawi must go or he may go naturally and who knows if power falls by mistake on an Ethiopian.

    If Meles had any good intention, he could have followed a good path from the beginning. But Meles did not show any good intention from the beginning. As soon as he set his food in Addis, Meles worked so hard with Botro Gali to make sure Ethiopia will be landlocked. He forced EU, OAU,UN,… to recognize Eritrea as a nation and he endorsed the landlocking of Ethiopia.

    Meles must go before it is too late. He must understand that. The overpressed and oversuppressed Ethiopian sentiment will one day , sooner or later will boild over and I am affraid he might face the fate like Gadaffi. It is wise to slip away wisely before it is too late. I never come across any Ethiopian who love or have any slightes respect for Meles. Everyone I come cross tell me he is banda. Ethiopians even called him banda including myself without even knowing about his family history. He now have good reasons to call him banda. Reason, simply he the best banda Ethiopia ever had.

    The banda even go back and insult Theodroes and others for being bad leaders? Yerasawa eyareerebat yesew tamaslalech. He himself someone who legalized selling of chidren in the name of adoption, and a man who ship his teenage girl citizens to become an Arab work and sex slaves in the 21 century. A man who sells the gambala province to 36 countries investors think he is better than Theodroes, Menelick and Mengistu?

    I have to tell to Meles, all of the past leaders are better than him including Mengistu. He is the worst. Mengistu has killed his own people,but he never sold chidren, never shipped Ethiopians to Arab. He never sold any national asset or any piece of land to any foreigner. Having his an educatead and never travelled, almost none experience, Mengistu has done better than the banda Meles who is busy selling the country piece by piece to any bidder. Down to wedi Zenawi, down to Wedi Afom, the two evil of the century.

  5. Dear Messay Kebede,

    I do agree with you Meles is motivated by hatred. But this baffles me too. I was surprised to find out his wife is amhara by father and mother. I am not trying to cover his sins. But am always baffled about this man. I do not even know why he struggle for 17 years because his policy does not show he had any good plan or good intention to help people. By looking at his track records, he appeared to be committed to Eritrea. However, his committment to Eritrea has not benefitted so far. It has neither helped Ethiopian. He has made Ethiopian an object of humiliation. If Eritrea has not benefitted so far, will it benefit in his absence? The man does not see beyond his nose.

    He think he is immortal. He know he is the most hated man in Ethiopia. But what baffles me again is why he had an election in 2005? Does he not know if there is free election no one would elect him? not only in the rest of Ethiopia, even in his birth place in Adwa.

    I think Meles is by chance in Arat kilo he never had vision for anyone. He got Almouldi on the way and now he is doing business with Almouldi and cos.

    The fact that Meles is selling Ethiopia now is a testimony he has no any substances about the country and people. All he wanted is to make money with Almouldi and become the richest man. Otherwise how would one go extra miles and even cross continents asking nations to takeover his country? Can an Ethiopian sell land for 100 years in the 21 century? There is no even such barbaric sell out of land for 50 years leave alone for 100 years anywhere in the world. So Meles took Tigreans for a ride, but in his mind he is committed to destroy Ethiopia.
    Meles’ assertion Ethiopian flag is cherq or a rag is a testimony how dishonours our country. He has also reduced our history to 100 years?

    I do agree Meles Zenawi has been abused, isolated, victimized by his community in adwa because of his grand father service to Italian as banda. I can feel for him how horrific it would had been in his childhood. I know in Tigray, leave alone someone who has such betrayal of services to invaders, even minor things can isolate a family. I do understand how he has been victimized. The fact that Meles does not respect his comrades and now is a lonely person after chasing everyone or assassinating systematically is a testimony how he grew up because he has no respect for life.

    But if I was in his shoes, I would have done the right thing to my country. Reason, whatever his grand dad has done was not Meles fault. But Meles took that revenge on the whole Ethiopia? Why Meles does not think It was not either the Ethiopian fault, the fault was his grandfather’s fault. But reading the track record of Meles, like runing away from war fronts leaving his comrades in fire field tells that he has actually repeated what his grandfather did.

    The fact that Meles aborted the Ethiopian victory on Eritrea and he took Ethiopia to Europe. He repeated his grandfather’s deed.

    In general, Meles is a victim of his gradfather and his own adwa community for isolating his family because of his gradfather. The bad thing now is the mistakes done by his grandfather is being repeated by himself. Isssays is more probably fond of Ethiopia than Meles. Meles hates Ethiopians and Ethiopia too much and he reached to the point he has to sell the land to Indian and Arabs instead of to Amhara? This is very serious issue.

    Having listened to Gremedhin, and to Herman Cohen, Meles knowingly or not, he has deep rooted hatred to amhara. His hatred to Ethiopia and amhara looks like exactly like some Eritreans who feel taking off their clothes when they speak about amhara.

    In anycase, I think Meles cannot be repaired after now. He has chosen the wrong path from the beginning. He has decided to marginalize, isolate and exclude Ethiopians.He has decided to work with Arabs or Indians or any foreign than with amhara. It is better for him to give and sell the land to Arab than Amahara take and use it.

    I swear better everything is taken by amahra than by a complete foreigner who boasts taking the land without even seeing it. We were embarrassed when the Indian said they gave us and we took it. We did not even see it. He also said that he has no obligation except paying that peanut to Meles.

    Dr. Messay Kebede, Meles Zenawi must go or he may go naturally and who knows if power falls by mistake on an Ethiopian.

    If Meles had any good intention, he could have followed a good path from the beginning. But Meles did not show any good intention from the beginning. As soon as he set his food in Addis, Meles worked so hard with Botro Gali to make sure Ethiopia will be landlocked. He forced EU, OAU,UN,… to recognize Eritrea as a nation and he endorsed the landlocking of Ethiopia.

    Meles must go before it is too late. He must understand that. The overpressed and oversuppressed Ethiopian sentiment will one day , sooner or later will boil over him and I am affraid he might face the fate like of Gadaffi. It is wise to slip away wisely before it is too late. I never come across any Ethiopian who love or have any slightes respect for Meles. Everyone I come cross tell me he is banda. Ethiopians even called him banda including myself without even knowing about his family history. we now have good reasons to call him banda. Reason, simply he is the best banda Ethiopia ever had.

    The banda even go back and insult Theodroes and others for being bad leaders? Yerasawa eyareerebat yesew tamaslalech. He himself someone who legalized selling of chidren in the name of adoption, and a man who ship his teenage girl citizens to become an Arab work and sex slaves in the 21 century. A man who sells the gambala province to 36 countries’ investors think he is better than Theodroes, Menelick and Mengistu?

    I have to tell to Meles, all of the past leaders are better than him including Mengistu. He is the worst. Mengistu has killed his own people,but he never sold chidren, never shipped Ethiopians to Arab. He never sold any national asset or any piece of land to any foreigner. Having the fact Mengistu never had a proper education or never travelled or never had any life experience,annd almost none experience, Mengistu has done better than the banda Meles who is busy selling the country piece by piece to any bidder. Down to wedi Zenawi, down to Wedi Afom, the two evil of the century

    Given his 17 years as rebel, the most travelled Ethiopian leader, and nominally a PHD holder, he should have been the best leader Ethiopia ever had. Unfortunately, all that does not count, Meles the most disgraceful leader. We cannnot do anything about it. It is his fault. He could have done alot of work in the past 20 years even without sharing power with anyone. Ethiopians did not care who will be in Arat kilo, Ethiopian concern is Meles does nothing for Ethiopia except landlocking it, selling it, defiling it. He is a liability to Ethiopia.

    18 billion dollar stolen
    6 billion spent in the past 13 years to keep soldier on the non-existence border between shabia and our soldiers
    40 billion dollar spent to buy ports from Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan
    100 000 souls betrayed during the war with shabia.

    The many lives lost after that because of shabia bombing all ove r Ethiopia
    The killing of 75 Ethiopians in Ogaden
    The selling of land to the world
    Legalizing 100 multibillion American companies who sell Ethiopian children from addis ababa?
    The shipping of Ethiopian teenage girls as young as 14 years old
    The going in and out of Somalia but never think or touch shabia?

    All the above are good reasons for all Ethiopians to unite and to say to Ato Meles we had you enough and now we want you to go. Finish, to expect Meles to change is jus floolishness.

    1. Meles is product of your kind of thinking (How can we make you understand that Eritrea does not belong to you; is’t fifty years enough) I have began to realize what the professor told Herman maybe true. I hate to use this word but i see why you were nicknamed (……)(you just can’t think out the box after fity years). As much i dislike meles you are making me think twice about him for treating you in the way he does. I don’t even know why i gave you and your kind the benefit of the doubt until this day , when i could have know this long time ago just from listing my forefathers when they used to say”this people let alone to rule over you is even harder to rule over them”. Don’t forget that you were 100 times worse than meles ,and i would imagine even harder for meles to forget after what happen to his people in 84 and nobody will understand your crocodile tears not even Herman and his like; they will play along until you decided for yourself to drink the water that is provided to you in plenty; and they are not stupid they know you very well you have the same intention as before and that is why i said you made meles what he is today.. I hate say thing in plain but you made me do it in the same way you made Meles who he is. I am tired of hearing you cry for the suffering of the poor Ethiopian people when we both know you could less about them and you are the one blame not meles.
      Down with meles and more so with you (…….)

    2. Whatever you say, Meles is the best leader Ethiopia ever had. This is the solid fact, and people living in Ethiopia know this. For the very few people living in diaspora, their mind has been brainwashed by the thousands of essays written by lossers everyday. If you believe what the likes of Dr.Messay, Prof.Alemayoh write everyday, you don’t have any option to see the reality. Your eye is blind, and your ear cannot hear. The fact is again, no one is to compare with Meles Zenawi. He is the greatest leader in Ethiopia regardless of what Haters say!

      1. The wife of this chimp is in no way amhara she is half sudan and half tegre from wolkait ,having said that this guy by the name melese legese or what ever is the no 1 enemy of Ethiopia to say the least and only using the benefit that he is enjoing from the west and the inferriority in him only allow him to be brutal not to loose this chance that he get in his 4th chapter of human life,prof messays assumption of the three reasons are all applying in his 20 years above all he is well aware of what would happen to him the day he left this position and the only alternative left for this son of bandas and traitors from his ancestors to stay by iron fist till he faces the sweatest reallity in a very near future

  6. Thank you for writing the article. Examining the psychology of leaders helps to explain their policies particularly when style of governance that they apply is unpopular and repressive. I would like to add some factors that we need to consider in analysing the psych of the leadership in Ethiopia. Several factors should be considered in examining the psychoanalysis of leaders in relations to policies and governance they follow.

    1. Past family/childhood experience
    The article partly explained the role of Melese’s childhood bad experience for his hatred of Ethiopia. It is true that his family may experience feeling of lack of trust and social isolation in marriage by local communities. While suckling his mother’s breast, Melese might have learned a lot about the greatness of Italians, how foolish Ethiopians were to wage the war to the most civilised white force and Eretria’s transformation during occupation that was destroyed after unification. These experiences might have bearing effects on his confidence, identity and attachment with others. These factors might have triggered his grander motive of controlling and sustaining power at any cost and using any despising method. That is why he doesn’t care selling Ethiopia and its sovereignty; he wouldn’t dare to sell Ethiopians as slaves to others nor does he care to give land to countries that support him stay in power.

    2. Ethnic racism
    Melese is not a Tigrean. Zenawi’s mother is a Tigrean but his father is from Gojam. Genetically speaking Amhara, Tigrea, Oromo and Eritreans are same people, but if we falsely assume they are, Melese is an unlucky hybrid from Amhara, Tigrea and Eretria. Taking his repressive actions on the people of Tigray and fighters that he slaughtered into perspective, he is neither ethino-centeric nor has inclination towards any ethnic group.

    3. Organization
    It is hard to imagine a good leader from an authoritarian political organization. TPLF’s founding principles are ethnic centred amalgamated with alien philosophies–socialism and Stalinism, and seceding constituents of the country—as solution. He is partly an expression of the TPLF: an authoritarian, deceptive and efficient killing matching comprising a few people at its core leadership. It is organised in such a way that the most cruel, hated and insensitive who lost their Ethiopian identity are placed in leadership position. This is because the leadership at the tip of the ladder selects such trogans to safe guard their power. The policies and repressive measures taken by Melese (and his associates) could be expressions of his fear (reprisal of misdeeds), enmity for any person/organisation with differing idea and paranoia of losing power.

    4. Ethiopian people
    We have to answer why such a megalomaniac leader and associates are allowed to destroy us the country. Do we really care for our country? Why do we fail to remove and tolerate such leaders to our destruction? It is the society that should shape, dictate and limit the power of government and leaders. But, we allowed the revers to happen. I think we have to take responsibility individually, then collectively to fix our limitation.

  7. You need to be more specific. Meles hates Amhara’s plain and simple He lives and dies to destroy the Amhara legacy. Meles has not backed away from expressing his deep hatred for Amahara. For example, during the 1997 election, he summoned some of the non- Amahar members of Kinjet party and told the, “you guys have to keep quiet and watch your backs. If something happens to you, no one will care for you. Amahara got a lot of wealth. It is our time to get wealthy at the expense of Amahara.” What Meles Zanawi wants to see is the annihilation of Amahara. I do not know what the definition of Ethiopia is. You may as well try to elaborate it a little further. What you and other so called intellectuals should try to do is find a way that can help remove TPLF criminals from our country. Leave the job of being psychologist or psychiatrist to people who are already in the profession. As a matter of fact, you were a dictator in chief of the department of philosophy when you were teaching in Addis Ababa University. A lot of people wonder if you could do differently if you were in the position of Meles Setanawi.

    1. Dear Damo,

      I completely agree that Melese hates Amhara more than others. Main reason is that Melese percieves Amhara as his main threat to his power. Thus, he has to distroy them first. This doesn’t mean he loves Tigrea or other regions which are effectively silenced by his cadres.
      I am not a phychologist. I never been a professor during Mengistu’s regim. I am younger than that generation.

    2. Thanks,Damo

      “What you and other so called intellectuals should try to do is find a way that can help remove TPLF criminals from our country.”

      Yes!!!!We aren’t in need of Psychotherapist. Let’s stop this nonsense and waste of time analyzing Hitler, Mussolini, which we have been doing for the last 20 years. Meles and His Co. are accomplishing what they set forth, they are on their “stretch goals”.

      “what the definition of Ethiopia”????????

    3. He dont hate amhara rather he is suffering chronic inferriority about Ethiopians specially the amhara ethnic that he can never never be one in his nature and any one who loves Ethiopia is the enemy of this jungle monster and above all he is ego centric who does not care for no one except himself not even the tegreans.

  8. Dr. Messay Kebede states Meles hates Ethiopia; in fact, to the contrary, Meles loves Ethiopia more than he loves his wife Jezebel (Azeb) and his three children. Physically, Meles is married to Jezebel (Azeb), but spiritually he is married to Ethiopia; however, the marriage between the two is incompatible: Ethiopia is beautiful; Meles is ugly; Ethiopia is rich; Meles is a pauper; Ethiopia is from a royal family; Meles is from a disgraced and a traitor family. Even though Ethiopia wants to get out of Meles’ hand, Meles is telling Ethiopia: “I love you so much, cannot live without you, and I will die for you!”

    Many times, Ethiopia has tried to leave Meles not for his ugliness alone but for his greed for money and power; for example, in 2005, encouraged and persuaded by many concerned Ethiopians who saw the difficult living conditions of this lovely girl, Ethiopia, Ethiopia has almost escaped from her cruel and self-declared master, Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi); however, Meles, who cannot live without Ethiopia, who cannot function without Ethiopia, and who cannot spend a single night at the Menelik Palace without Ethiopia, ordered his Federal police to search for her and bring her to him from her kidnapers, the citizens of Addis Ababa. Her kidnapers fought hard to keep her free, shed their blood for her freedom, and some of them were sent to jail and some to exile because of her.

    When Meles saw his victory over those who snatched Ethiopia away from his hand, he declared a total war over the citizens of Addis Ababa by imposing heavy taxes upon many of them, restricting their travels, confiscating their properties, stealing their coffee products, robbing their banks, selling their lands and their babies to foreigners, and starving many of them to death.

    Meles loves Ethiopia because Ethiopia has brought him from utter poverty to great prosperity, from eating one day a meal to eating every hour delicious food, from drinking mere and unpurified water to drinking French wine, homemade arekie, tej, and tela, from sleeping on the floor to sleeping on a water bed, from wearing tattered clothes to wearing expensive custom-made woolen coat, and from riding a donkey to driving a brand new and a bullet-proof Mercedes; therefore, Meles has no reason to hate Ethiopia, and like his former friend Colonel Muhammad Kaddafi, he will die and be buried in Ethiopia.

    On the other hand, Ethiopia knows very well Meles has been her arch enemy, but she loves him because the Holy Bible says, “Love your enemy,” but Ethiopia’s love for Meles may not last long for he has slaughtered so many innocent people in her eyes, and he wants to kill more people if any one tries to separate him from Ethiopia he loves so much.

    How do we know Meles loves Ethiopia, and what evidence do we have he loves Ethiopia? He loves Ethiopia because he has refused to come down from his office and give his office to another person. He thinks there is no a better person than him who can lead Ethiopia for another ten or more years. He loves Ethiopia, and he has demonstrated his love to her by defeating the Eritreans, the Somalis, and her internal enemies – the OLF and their likes. He loves Ethiopia because he has kept alive her language, her culture, her tradition, her religion, and her heritage. In reality, he has not tear down her flag, the symbol of her unity and one of her old histories. He loves Ethiopia because he has not burned down her magnificent Churches and her numerous monasteries, and those who burned some Christian Churches in the southern part of Ethiopia he has persecuted and sent all of them to jail.

    Those are some of the good things Meles has made since he has been in power that kept him alive and still running the country. Indeed, Meles loves Ethiopia; other wise, he could have left Ethiopia long time age. Meles loves Ethiopia and that is why he has built many schools, roads, and dams, and still planning to build more dams in the country.

    The main question is why has he failed to bring democracy to the country, and why is he afraid of democracy? The answer to this valid question is he is diffident; he hates competition; he hates open discussion and dialogue with his political opponents, and he knows he cannot debate them in public and win the debate, and if he cannot win the debate, he knows someone is coming to take his place; hence, he must silence those who cry for democracy, those who advocate for the rule of law, and those whom he thinks are simply whistle blowers. Those who cry for democracy, for the rule of law and for human rights violation are, mostly, the journalists, such as Elias Kifle, Eskinder Nega, Mesfin Negash, Abiye Teklemariam, Abebe Gellaw, Fasil Yenealem, and many others. He is, therefore, in an endless war with Ethiopian journalists as well as with foreign ones, and for how long he is gong to fight with the news media, only God knows who brought him to power to punish the Ethiopian people for their sins for killing their beloved Christian King, His Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie.

  9. Yes, the chuvinist amahara live in the past. You will never be the same people. You have tortured Tigreans for the last 100 years. You tortured the Oromos for 100 years. You tortured Eritreans for 40 years but you burned there. You define Ethiopia as Amhara.

    It is because of you nast treatment to Eritreans that they kicked out ass in their country. You will lose Ogaden at some stage. Learn from your retarded mistakes. If you continue the way you think about Ethiopia …. it will be disintegrate.

    Learn UNITY BASED ON EQUALITY if not there will be more Eritrea will come out of Ethiopia. Tigray, Oromia and Ogaden and you will end up with your Amara region with no friend but to kill each other. Imagin if the fertile land and mineral rich oromia created its own land. Tigray suck you bloody labour and Ogaden with their oil and gas region.

    Chuvinist Amhara, learn to live with equality and integrity. You can not accept to have a leader from Tigray or Oromo then go to hell

    1. Mr. Weyanay,if that is how you spell it. First of all i like to tell you i am amhara on my father’s side and oromo on my mother’s side. You very much sound that you have an itch you want to scratch in your little brain. You get satisfaction when you scratch the itch ” Amhara”. This hate is the one that you guys have been fed all your lives and you could not get rid of it. “Amharas are the one who are oppressing Ethiopia” was the political garbage TPLF and EPLF used to beg money from Arab countries. Even now you are using the same language in order to justify the leaders who are killing the Oromos, the Ogaden people and others every day. You can close your eyes and pretend that you don’t see what is going on in our country. And when all Ethiopians over throw the government you are going to say “it is the Amharas who did this”. My answer for will be it is all Ethiopians who will do it.
      You don’t even have a clue what is going on in Ethiopia. The struggle in Ethiopia is not between Amhara and others. The struggle is for democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the rule of law and so on. You must be one of those idiots who are satisfied with the government as far as the leaders are from Tigray. If you have read your history book which i doubt you did, there were so many Amhara students and leaders of so many organizations who were against the Emperor’s government whom you call “amhara government”. But contrary to that reality an idiot like you follows and worships the leaders because they are from your region.Have you just seen Dawit Kebede’s interview? He was born in Adowa but he does not believe the government in Ethiopia is democratic . And they hate people tell them what they are doing so they put him and his friends in jail for what they wrote. Do you know that dictators hate people criticizing them?
      Now because Dawit is not an Amhara you are calling him he is a supporter of Shabia.For your information this is the latest one in Ethiopia. Just to let you know that if you write one sentence against the government’s practice or the individuals you will go to jail accused of being Shabia. So people like you are the ones who are ruling this huge country by accident. Because when they formed TPLF they were going to form a socialist government in a “liberated” Tigray it would have been great for people like but not for other Tigres. I am not expecting you to change your mind and be like other brave children of Tigray but may be this will help you shut up until you wake up.

  10. Well you all seem to miss the point why such dictators such as Meles and Issayas take over nations. There are shadow groups probably from West/Arabs who study a nation such as Ethiopia who is symbol of independence how to destroy it. I bet before the over throw of the Mengistu, the taking over of Isayas and Meles have been concocted by “Shadow groups” from outside perhaps 10 or 20 years before the rise of Meles and Isayas. Is it ironic these two leaders have/had families who worked with Italians against Ethiopia? Is it coincidence? I don’t think so. Why would such as these two leaders left the oppportunity they had in Addis Ababa University to be rebels? They were “chosen” for future leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea. I bet, the future leaders after Meles and Isayas has already been picked for us. The strength of Ethiopia had diminished since the end of Mengistu eventhough Mengistu was a dictator.

    So Meles is just taking orders that is. Every foreinger that comes to Ethiopia, he fulfills their wishes because instead they give him protection. Ethiopia’s visitors are many these days that guarantee Meles: The Pente coastals/Evangelists, the Arabs, the Wahabists, the neo colonialists, the neoliberalists, their colleagues the Liberation Fronts,Shaebians, you name it. They bring him full of gift! All he has to do is fulfill their wishes of influencing Ethiopia in every way.

    The issue is where are the owners of Ethiopia, the “True Ethiopians” that brought respect and integrity to Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia will prevail!

  11. DAMO, WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF YOUR ARTICLE ? YOU MENTIONED THE MUCH OBVIOUS BEHAVIOUR OF MELES AND USED THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTACK THE PROFESSOR.COULD YOU NAME ONE OR TWO PSYCOLOGIST OR PSYCHATRIST WHO DARED TO WRITE ABOUT MELES ?AGAIN HOW ON EARTH A SANE MIND COMPARED PROF.MESSAY WITH MELES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES?

  12. #5
    Look brother! who the fuck ever allowed for beggard the right to decide about ports while himself was accintaly adivised and directed to change gears at the 11hrs toward the greener posture? I think only corrupt notorized habtual liars like meles or naives short of common-senses like yourself can possibly deny facts on the ground. The recorded fact is woyane wouldn’t even able to librate thier beloved nation within a nation spoiled brut Tgray no matter they wedged woyane #100 times by themselves. To be honest, I totally understand why some Ethiopians are hell mad at proffesor shaebia.
    Sorry ato Stranger! You gave me zero choice but to accuse you iether you are woyane cadre who is having sleepless nights of loosing his illegaly landgrabed from the innocent true Ethiopians of Eritrean origin by the prodemocrat patriot Ethiopians some day or you are Eritrean Little Terrorist Puppet hired by woyane to expand its poisonious devide and rule aparthied empire for exchange of consuming the Menelik Place leftover kitfo. Heck! Who knows you might even be an average Tgraean Joe as well who sympathizes with the Club Of Nine Ethiopian Haters to appease his konjo under age Amhara chic mitress hopefully ubsolutely owning her litle innocent heart like dictatorship cotrol freak in order to score unlimited access to her sexy legs.
    My free advice to you dear poor soul is please leave alone the Big Terrorist Dictator miget in the hood to enjoy the hungry bellies hidden stolen treasures (including the 35 million flasha ransom paycheck) until the fateful judgement day catches up with him. One thing is for sure: I totally agree with your statement 100% when you stated that the woyane ventured suddenly in Adis to squeeze the juicey of the ancientland like a gold-digger stripper does to her toothless sugardaddy, ripping-off the shit out of him to the bones.

  13. Wow Mesay, thank you very much. I always say he is anti ethiopia. We are under colony by an enemy. I hope the people will wake up one day and see see the truth.

  14. #5 these people give fictitious names and ethnic to themselves. How can you be sure that she is Amhara. I once heard that Kuma Demeksa or Abadula are Tigres. In fact, Bereket Simeon is Eritrean and yet he claims to be Amhara. Pls let’s not be deceived by this people. Don’t accept all what they say.

  15. #5 these people give fictitious names and ethnic to themselves. How can you be sure that she is Amhara. I once heard that Kuma Demeksa or Abadula are Tigres. In fact, Bereket Simeon is Eritrean and yet he claims to be Amhara. Pls let’s not be deceived by this people. Don’t accept all what they say.

  16. Dr. Mesay,
    Ere eyetestewale. If you look deep you will be surprised to find out that there were a lot of Amhara’s, Gurage’s and Oromos’s who had been paid Italian lire. We should focus on Meles only. Trying to connect the deed of his grandfather with Meles is kind of absurd to me. If Ermias S/Sellassie was raise an issue, nobidy would dare to mention that hid grandfather almost signed an agreement with the Italians. The same thing with Luel Asfawesen. The Italians approached both of them separately, assuring them that they will make them a negus of Shewa if they were to allow Italian rule over Ethiopia. Both of them almost agreed without the consent of the Ethiopian people.

  17. Well – I thank Prof Messay for his insightful article about Meles’ absurd and yet apparent anti-Ethiopian mentality. He is anti – Ethiopian simply because he has a troubled behavioral background and more of ignorance-induced-arrogance. Ethiopians are disappointed in Meles merely because they all thought he was better than his predecessor – at least intellectually. Now all of us know he is not. Even worse, he has a split personality characterized by inferiority complex and pretension (just for psychological compensation).

    His behavior was not a point of interest had he not been where he is. If he moves soon, we will be still better. If he is to stay any longer, he will irreparably destroy this hopeless country.

    Enough have been said about our anti Ethiopian and disgusting politicians since they come to power. More useful would rather be the way forward to deal with this socio-political quagmire once and for all.

    Merry Ethiopian Christmas for all Ethiopians!

    KH

  18. I wonder, how many times half pint and monkey face Meles was rejected by Amhara girls, for him to have this much deeprooted hate for Amharas. Go to Hell Meles and burn in Hell!!! Ante inatina abate yebdlehe balagae bloodsucker, heartless molacha qoshasha LEBA affer yasbelahe! to bad anten yemiyatefa teffa!! Amharas never looted the country, infact they bled and died for their country. But your father and grand-father were bandas. It is heartbreaking to know that the son and the grand-son of bandas is now living in the palace looting and killing Ethiopians. What a great shame for Ethiopia!!

  19. Prof you have given us the right picture (nature) of the dedebit rat i cant say it any better by your next piece olease tell us how to get rid of him as he is not Ethiopian rather a dedebit dirty rat period.

  20. After the enemies vanquished and demolished her, the country has a way of coming back big and large. This is the history of Ethiopia. After Grang, Yodit, Italy, and all others, the country re-invented herself and made a huge come back, each time bigger. Egypto-Assyria which Meles is by deed and character, he whose time is now and represents Assyria, Gog & Mgog, New World Disorder (inside out, upside down) – who cares for small time player whose history and legacy are slate to be quickly forgotten and not remembered at all, he of the darkness and cursed by his own. Good article.

  21. Well said prof. Messay. However, i wish you should have added that corrupt meles might compete over control of resources and power with his northern dictatorship shaebia cousins but when it comes to hating mother Ethiopia i think they all hold the same common outlooks.

  22. This fashionable phrase, “hating Ethiopia” is misleading and misinformation and false from its head deep down to the toes. Semantic misstatements and expressions aside, individuals and groups really hate ONLY discrimination, domination, injustice, exploitation and the bygone and ongoing totally unequal distribution of power, financial and material resources that causes life and living absolutely impossible for the majority of Ethiopians.

    Take away or eliminate discrimination, domination, injustice, exploitation of the majority by the tiny minority, unequal distribution of political power, financial and material resources and through that democratically increase citizen participation, empower and promote the welfare and well-being of all Ethiopians down to the grass roots levels. Then you will see that all Ethiopians thus equally loved, empowered and benefited will surely love and benefit Ethiopia that loves and benefits them. It does not matter as to what name your cow has as long as it gives milk equally to every one in the family.

    From experience I know that even a cow is much more egalitarian in honestly providing scarce and nutritive milk to all members of the family as opposed to most of these verbose exclusionist Ethiopians extraordinary Ethiopian lovers craving for power with out having in heart visibly and truly equitable and egalitarian democratic rule and justice for all.

  23. Dear Woyenay,
    you are sick man. You do not belong to 21 century. you perhaps belong to the Zemene Mesafnt.

    I honestly do not like discourse about ethnic. But I feel vomiting when I come across extreme, biased, prejudiced,unhealthy spewing like those from Woyenay.

    Woyanaye, damn, if you do not like amhara, what the hell are you doing in the rest of Ethiopia? Why you just do not leave them alone? Why are you administering them? why are you selling the land of the Gambelans? and you selling not only land, you selling girls, chidren? What did the amhara do that is worse than this? Tell me.

    If you do not like Ethiopiia, if Tigray is differeent from Ethiopia, what are you doing there? which amhara is your enemy? all the 30 million? if that is the case, now because woyane is selling land, shipping girls to Arab, and selling children in the name of adoption by legalizing and considering adoption an investment industry that attacted 100s of American adoption investors? Are all the Tigreans to be hated then?

    Dear all Ethiopians, we have all these kind of people. Ignore them, It is a mattter of time, we will build Ethiopia to the envy of these type of pathogens. We will establish a law where every Ethiopian will be treated equally under one supreme law and where Ethiopian will be judged not by tribe or ethnic, or colur or race, but by merit and by competence. Our young generation does not need to chew these type of barbaric hatred recycling mindset. We do not need Oromia, amhara or other regions. Ethiopia will provinces nonethnic and the regions will be as they were before. The woyane ethnic region is poisonous, aparthied system. There is no such system anywhere in the planet where people are given land by ethnic.

    I only read this kind of land partition in the bible. After the Israelite spent 40 years in the desert. God helped Jaushua and Joshua invaded the Amorites, Hivitetes, Maliketes, Jebusites, philistines,… he took the land from those who owned the land and gave the land to the 12 tribe of Israelites. This was the promised land which God promised to Abraham. Then the promised land which was taken from those who own it and were allocated to them as promised. anyone can read in the old testament. This the only time in human history land was allocated by tribe, and it is this the only history I have read the most bloodiest ever. You can read it is in the old testament Israelites killing each other for an inch of land encroaching across other. It never helped them. God wiped them out because they forsoke God and they made their own Gods and they had endless wars among each other. Then he banished them to Babylon. That is the only time we find human record that land was allocated by Tribe. Meles might have read that archaic history and decided to tell us he has invented this ethnic engineering. Society does not need such divisive sociatal engineering. Imagine, Oromo fighting claiming the whole wollo? even some part of Tigray? amhara claiming land from Tigray? and the other part the same, would you see how bloody it can be?

    Meles has not solved any problem yet. He actually complicated things in Ethiopia more than ever. He did not even solve the Ethio-Eritrea problem. He just made it much worse. He actually created Ogaden,…

    I want you all Ethiopians to think that this new system is an old sysem that has no relevance to the 21 century. People are now not interested in ethnic or tribe. Trust me, all human are mixing and border has become irrelevant leave alone within one country, even across the globe. Technology has destroyed all the human barriers. Technology is still destorying human engineering. Meles’s Zenawi engineering is surviving in Ethiopia because Ethiopia is backward counry where the majority of its citizens are blacked out from Technology.

    With the development of Mega wareware scale computer centers. In the near future we will become world citizen with world citizen electronic id and with electronic passport and with electronic security system.

    Woyanes ethnic engineering is old and belongs to primitive communal society, not to the age of high tech. Such land seizure were the behavoirs of human being during primitive communal soceity. So what Woyaney saying is now very disgraceful to find even there are such people in the 21 century.

    I want to live in Ethiopia anywhere and I do not want my tribal name to dictate where I live and how I live. Damn, hell, what is that.

    Ethiopians, they have been brainwashing you. Please leave these ethnic or tribal discourse and talk something that belongs to the 21 centtury. Pleas discuss about technology and innovation.

    In the first place, TPLF and Shabia’s war of 30 and 17 years was bloody and useless and meritless. They could have achieved better if they could have worked positively with EPRP.They destoryed the peaceful EPRP and they immersed the country into 30 years bloody war. Has this benefitted Eritrean? or Ethiopians? Did not benefit anyone, what about the losses of resources, lives, and the sufferings, famine.We suffered because of them. I have moved out of my country and went through many things becaus of them.If there was stability and peace in my country I would not have gone through all that. How many Eritreans and Ethiopians are dyiing and suffering in foreign land? mind you there are the Eritreans who still live in Sudan as refugees? It is now 53 years, more than a century? what did Eritrea bring to those? nothing.

    What did Eritrean get? they took the ports from Ethiopia? what are they getting? nothing, the ports are sitting idle. What the benefit from all that bloody war? only Kisara, no profit.

    I must say to all young Ethiopians including Eritreans, you have to shape your future. The old generation has only deshaped your future. You have to call the discourse of amhara or tigrie or oromo as rubbish and irrelevant to the 21 century. Think better.

    Dear Elias, please use my name. I am not affraid of any man under ths sun be it TPLF or shabia or any one. I have no fear to anything under the sun. I am telling you this from my heart. My problem now is I have lost what you call fear from within me. I am ready to die for speaking truth. I need nothing from anyone. All I need is not human power, but divine power and divine wisdom, divine skill, divine knowledge. Do not remove my name. I know TPLF may try to kill me they can kill me because I will die one day. At least it is better to speak truth and die than die in silence. Do not worry about me Elias. If I say something which is not true or false I am willing to correct myself. But I will not speak to appease to any group or tribe or ethnic. I have learnt all these from my life. God has thought me not to fear anything that is under sun.I have been living like this. I know Killing people who use their brain is a culture of TPLF. They can come and kill me. Tell them I live in Halifax and I can even give them my house number. I know they can be happy by killing thier citizen who speak about their wrongs. Everyone will die at some stage. The killing of people because they speak their mind is the barbaric act of humanity. I cannot rule out TPLF will not hunt me for speaking.I know it has even hunted its own figthers leavea alone me.

  24. By the way watch the interview Meles has recently gave to EU media – he openly admitted the three thousand history of Ethiopia and in fact called it one of the craddles of civilization. So some move towards expiation???

  25. Hey bro Elias,
    I think some scam of plagiarism is going on here. For the record #15 is not me. If my memory serves me right i was only pressing the trigger at a ghost named mr/s Anonymous(#5) not did i responded by the name of Gezaee H. either.
    By the way, a certain ER blogger once accused the so called ato Gezaee (aka halafi/steyaqi mengedi) that he’s just Eritrean wannabe pretender, a typical woyane character; the likes of simon bereket(amara).
    I really don’t know what one makes of these shaddy con artists gentlemen: could it be identity crisis or a delibrate undercover spying assignment missions, authorized by those who made a sudden U-TURN on Arat Kilo; the promised land of honey&milky by upgrading their Tgray Manifesto into Ethiopian Nationalism. What about calling it by its true meaning: ETHIOPIAWNET WITH BENEFIT!

  26. Well adressed, not only meles and azeb but also few of the TPLF rulers hatred ethiopia that originated from their back history, the others are just following them thinking that they are introducing new administration system to the country. Ethnic federalism, the right to self determination, etc is to disintegrate the country and it is their political instrument to suppress the ethiopians and extend their time as a governor of the country. The ordinary Tigreans except the cadres do not accept their politics. They are seeing that the current politics is not fair to live together with the rest of the ethiopian people. Meles has no the feeling of being an ethiopian. I am feeling that he is from some other country to destroy ethiopia. The elites of Eritreans have also the same hatred to ethiopia since they believe that they were colonized since ethiopians did not protect them from Italian invasion. But they should have known that they were fighting ethiopians being Italian’s soldiers in Adwa and Ambalage wars with Italians. Being half cast Eritrean, meles has also hatred to ethiopia. He is also messenger of Esayas to disintegrate the country. The time will come soon that the ethiopian people will understand the real politics of meles, unite against him and he and his messengers will be wiped out of the country ones and for all. God will help ethiopian people.

  27. I do not think you know who I am. I beg you to think before you write. if you know me for sure who I am then you can talk. What you are writing is false and fabrication. Do not waste your life and you time writing completely false and imaginary accusation. Okay, I am not here to beg my Ethiopiawinet from you. You need to use your brain that an Ethiopian is Ethiopian. Ethiopiawinet is not given by individual. It is a birth right. Bury your lies and speak about something sensible that can teach people something. I honeslty do not have time to respond to every trash. I think some of you write only because you access to internet?

    Do not take every rubbish people write here. The reason they use their nick and they think no one knows them? and try to black-mail everyone they do not like.

    Elias, you can just track their IP and expose them who they are.I hope you know how to do that. You can track their profiles, who they are and where they are and everything. Let those who think Internet is an Amazon forest know it is not amazon. Internet is the most transparent media. The goodness of internet is not only its accessibility. It you can also mine info of criminals and catch them online redhanded. Catch the TPLF, Shabia cadres.

    They cannot even feed themselves, but they are abusing internet technology by using it to abuse others. This Technology was discovered by alot of hardwork. The civilized world use internet to do business, not to use to abuse and insult fellow human beings.

  28. Dear united we stand,

    I do not think you know who I am. I beg you to think before you write. if you know me for sure who I am then you can talk. What you are writing is false and fabrication. Do not waste your life and you time writing completely false and imaginary accusation. Okay, I am not here to beg my Ethiopiawinet from you. You need to use your brain that an Ethiopian is Ethiopian. Ethiopiawinet is not given by individual. It is a birth right. Bury your lies and speak about something sensible that can teach people something. I honeslty do not have time to respond to every trash. I think some of you write only because you access to internet?

    Do not take every rubbish people write here. The reason they use their nick and they think no one knows them? and try to black-mail everyone they do not like.

    Elias, you can just track their IP and expose them who they are.I hope you know how to do that. You can track their profiles, who they are and where they are and everything. Let those who think Internet is an Amazon forest know it is not amazon. Internet is the most transparent media. The goodness of internet is not only its accessibility. It you can also mine info of criminals and catch them online redhanded. Catch the TPLF, Shabia cadres.

    They cannot even feed themselves, but they are abusing internet technology by using it to abuse others. This Technology was discovered by alot of hardwork. The civilized world use internet to do business, not to use to abuse and insult fellow human beings.

    Elias, there is mistake when I posted under united we stand, it was mistake.

  29. Every Ethiopian need self reflection a kind of introspection Messay is doing;If we do we migh be able to see a fraction of or ,a tip of the iceburg in us , what we really are.Only GOD is aquinted with us ;He knows what takes place both in our concious and uncouncios mindFor this reason we sholud not dare to say this happen to so and so. I(ndoing so we are chaniging the tpopic of our disourse frompolits to personal and psychological.

    Ethiopian is faced with monumental problem.It is waiting her childreen to roll their sleves,get involved and devivese a plan to remove the tPLFclique.We need politcal resolution to the problem in hand.The discussion such as above won’t bring our people together.

  30. Dont make it sound like Meles does what he has been doing the last 20 years and earlier alone. No, he has thousands or even millions who help him do what he has been doing. From his close associates,to the soldiers,spies,cadres,and his foreign supporters, all are helping him commit all the crimes he has been commiting.
    Could that be that he was raised to the position of TPLF leader in 1989 by the likes of Sebhat Nega,Shabia and CIA because of that characteristics of him ?

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