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Ethiopia: My brother Abebe and his WMD.
By Yilma Bekele
I doubt there is an Ethiopian in the Diaspora not familiar with what happened last Friday. As they say the video has gone viral. The act has brought deep satisfaction to the psych of the oppressed and left the evildoers in disarray. Abebe took less than one minute to do what has been tried for over twenty years. His heroic act will be remembered in the history books like that other important event in the annals of our glorious past.
Of course I am talking about the daring act of none other Abraha Deboch, Moges Asgedom and Simeyon Adefres on February 19, 1937. The Fascist Italian Viceroy Rodolfo Graziani was set to celebrate the second anniversary of the occupation of our homeland and the birth of an Italian royal baby at Addis Abeba Palace now Addis Abeba University. That did not sit well with our freedom fighters.
Simeyon who has learned to drive befriended a soldier from the household of the patriot leader Dejazmach Fikre Mariam and was able to secure hand grenades. Abraha and Moges hurled their grenades at the Viceroy during the celebration but the balcony saved the Fascist pig. Their job was done. Honor was restored. The attempt on the Viceroy was followed by the massacre of the citizens of Addis from February 19-21. Their heroism was able to fill the hearts of their people with pride and joy and the number of the patriotic forces swelled until victory was achieved.
What my friend and brother Abebe Gelaw did was no less. It was a different time and place but the generous act on behalf of country and people is noted by all patriotic forces that stand against tyranny by a single individual. The setting was perfect and the delivery was laser guided. The event was a very shameful attempt to humiliate Ethiopia and its people. There was no other way of looking at this act of abdication of responsibility by the President of the US other than to bully our people into submission by affirming this unholy alliance that does not have lasting value to both our Nations. We pleaded, we warned and we tried to teach the administration the folly of this enabling act of a tyrant. It fell on deaf ears. We are aware of the fact Mr. Obama will not be seen with Ahmadinejed. He will not invite Assad for dinner. But he felt no qualms sitting with this criminal leader and place him on the same dais as elected heads of State. Our people and country were insulted. This election Ethiopian Americans should pay attention to this fact.
It was wrong. But our brother Abebe was there to set the record straight. Abebe used the art of ‘political heckling’ in its purest form. Citizens heckle out of anger and frustration. Heckling done right subverts the proceedings and knock the powerful and famous from their stride. In less than a minute Abebe accomplished all that and more. The lion roared and the mouse scurried away. There was no hole to hide no place to take shelter. The intense light showed the paper tiger from Arat kilo for what he is, underneath all that TPLF bravado there sits a little scared soul trying to get out. A bully met his match. The Prime Mister preys on the weak. In Washington DC the playing field was leveled in favor of the silenced and oppressed.
Since Friday all the talk has been about the patriotism, unselfish act and bravery of one individual. Yes it is true some people find the inner strength to rise up for the occasion. Somehow they dig deep inside their soul and come up with earth shaking feat that defies the law of nature and gravity. Do you think I am laying it on heavy? I very much doubt that. Can you think of any setting on that fateful Friday where the eyes of the planet were focused on? A meeting with the President of the US, the most powerful person in the world attended by the major News networks definitely counts as the premier event of the week. One individual put everything else aside and decided to be the voice of eighty million silenced souls. OH did he speak!!
Meles Zenawi is a dictator! Meles Zenawi is a dictator! Free Eskinder and all political prisoners! You are a dictator! You are committing crimes against humanity! You do not talk about food without freedom! We need freedom more than food! We need Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
It was short, precise and to the point. It is all choice words that conveyed our hopes and wishes. The delivery was forceful and the face was that of an angry lion roaring. Where did Abebe get all that energy is a good question? He got it from us! At that moment eighty million souls converged in the body of my friend and he was transformed into human missile of untold force. I was there. You were there. We were all there. Then it came to me. The message was not really directed at President Obama or anyone else. The message was for his people. Abebe was showing us the power of the individual and the enabling act of taking personal responsibility for you fate.
That is why I compared it to Abraha, Moges and Simeyon. Their heroic act was not just about killing Graziani. Mussolini can always send another Viceroy. They were more focused in teaching us what can be accomplished when individuals set their focus and energy in search of freedom. The fact of the matter was it worked. The patriots were inundated by new recruits. The spirit of “Yes I can” became contagious. Apathy was replaced by action. Darkness was gone and the light shone high and bright. That is what I saw the last three days. Ethiopians walking tall. Ethiopians high Fiving each other. Ethiopians understanding the power of the individual to rise up for the occasion.
What was revealing from this incident was the reaction of two individual. The Prime Minster was left speech less. He was left with his mouth wide open and his brain on freeze mode. He entered uncharted territory and he was on a free fall. Abebe’s timing was perfect. The PM was replying about food. That by itself is a very cruel joke being played on our people by the hapless moderator. The question gave the impression the moderator was chosen for his looks and his talking head not his journalistic credentials. He is the kind who would ask the pilot of the Titanic on the procedure of glacier avoidance or Colonel Gadaffi on the art of confronting a hostile mob.
The PM who is celebrating over twenty years in power is the last person to be asked such question. His ill planned policy is the cause of recurring famine and disaster on our ancient land and people. In a sane setting he should be chided for failure of leadership. But in this Disney land environment we were witnessing he was pontificating how the agriculture system should be set to avoid food insecurity. Even the words they choose are not to expose but hide and play cute games at the expense of our people. They call it food insecurity, mal nutrition, calorie deficiency whereas to our people it is pure famine or the absence of food. Nothing more nothing less.
The PM locked side ways with a look of surprise. How could this happen is his first thought. Then he saw the Lion roaring. Relentless, focused, and imbued with the energy of eighty millions and this was one mighty Lion. The dictator looked down. The dictator shrank. The wrath of the oppressed, the spirit of Eskinder, Andualem, Reeyot and all those ghosts he left behind in his dungeon came screaming to haunt him right there on stage. Evil does not pay. The price of bad deeds is mental anguish.
The reaction of his bodyguard is another revealing moment in this high stake drama. He threatened violence against my brother. He responded the only way he knows. ‘We will kill you’ he uttered! What a weak statement. What an empty threat. What a solution to propose for the problem he found himself in. What would have been accomplished by the killing of my brother? They say you cannot teach an old dog a new trick. Killing is the only language the PM and his associates speak. That is the sort of people President Obama invited to his table. We are saddened by this act. We expected better from the son of Africa. We hoped for better things. What the white leaders have done for their brethren in Europe we thought a black president will bring us respite from this agony our continent finds itself in. Not today. We are on our own. Our destiny is in our won hands. It has always been, but the last few years we have shown the tendency to drop the ball. But when you think the future looks bleak the problems pile up and darkness attempts to engulf our soul there rises a beam of bright light like the star of Bethlehem that led the three wise men to where Jesus was born.
That is what we shall do. We shall follow the spirit of our young friend and take matters into our own hands. We will redouble our efforts to free our country and people by any means necessary. One does not make appointment to be free. We start now. We each vow in our homes, our work place wherever we are to start the day of defiance of the evil system starting now. It is the result of our collective effort that can usher the era of peace, democracy and freedom. We do not act due to hate. We do not act to hurt others. But we have God given right to protect ourselves, our family and our country and people from evil.
Live, I wanna live inspired
Die, I wanna die for something
Facing towards the heavens
I fell into pitch a black
I’m moments from landing and I’m shaking like a heart attack
Is there time, can I turn back
I’ve made mistakes in the past
Need a chance, can’t take it back
Wish I could set things right tonight
Live, I wanna live inspired
Die, I wanna die for something higher than myself
Live and die for anyone else
The more I live I see this life’s not about me
All I know spins out of control
Wonder what’s next for the heart and soul
Nothing I earned can save me now
Hear in what may be my final hour
Don’t want to leave this world, knowing I’ve lived in vain
No time for myself, so sorry, so ashamed
Don’t wanna livee this life, knowing I’ve barely tried
Chase down all my dreams that I’ve hid away on the inside
Live I wanna live on fire
Die, I wanna burn out brighter
Brighter than the Northern Lights
Wanna live to feel the daylight
The more I live
I see, this life is not about me
Note: Ethiopian Politics- Richard Pankhurst
Lyrics: Anberlin- Burn Out Brighter (Northern Lights) lyrics
Symposium on global ag and food security Panel discussion
Forward the video clip to 3:30:00
viva olf….. the next priminstir will be oromo long live to the oromo ppl…free oromia from amara ppl by all means…
It looks as though the empire is coming apart!!! Free and Independent Oromia!!
tifram lemagn ekekam loser
Another idiot with inferiority complex. What a waste!!!
OLF is dead, it is only alive in the minds of people with low self worth like yourself …. meskin!
“I was there. You were there. We were all there.” - No, ato Yilma, I and Millions of Ethiopians were not there. We were with our (Africa’s) representative and hero, PM Meles Zenawi. Continue to live and die in your fantasy world. Yes, AbeDe was barking like a mad dog, but our dynamic leader was being praised by the same person you referred as “the most powerful person in the world” - President Obama, for his extraordinary achievments.
We’ve always said that there are many who wear the journalistic mask and advance a totally different agenda; I thank Abede for making that clear to the whole world. Abede and his likes will continue to bark, our hero, PM Meles, and millions of Ethiopians will continue to work hard to create a prosperous and democratic Ethiopia.
What a shame I never ever see any journalist (press) making ass of of himself like him he could have done better if he was well inform than last minute rush for only silly attention. Sorry bro I grade you -130% us bogus stock market.
Hey Dedebit are you kidding you guys who were there are simply the 10 000
Agazi Bandits ,Tigre Mafiosis and kersam Bandas never the millions of the oppressed Ethiopian Peoples who
were repreesented by this Patriot who
really gave the proper slap to your leba master .Last Friday this evil tyrant has received the price he really deserved .Friday May 18th the
ESAT TV JOURNALIST ABEBE GELAW HAS BEEN THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS ETHIOPIAN PEOPLES .Oppressed and miss
treated by the Criminal Zenawi and Agazi Bandits .It’s not under cover
of African Food Security that President Obama can deny the “NAKED
FACT” !!!!!!SHAME IN HIM AND HIS ADMINISTRATION !!!!!!
from: Dawit [Visitor]
YOU WERE THERE, TO DO WHAT ? TO MAKE PLANE FOR WESTERN PEOPLE WITH YOUR MONKEY BRAIN, GO BACK TO YOUR BARREN LAND SO CALLED TIGRAY,
I remember the day Meles Zenawi phoned in VOA, Straight Talk Africa live tv and radio program and participated by giving a false name ABEBE. Everybody knew it was Meles Zenawi and the Eritrean Ambasador who was also on the program acknowledged that. This time the real ABEBE himself came to meles zenawi to tell him his true identity in front of the whole world. Yes Meles was slapped in the face. Thanks to our Hero Abebe Gelaw! God bless you Abe!
Jegena tewelede - Abebe Gelaw!!! I admire you!!!
Do one favor for me and other Ethiopians. You could use the US election campaign to Ethiopian advantage. For instance, you could ask both Democrats and Republican candidates about their view on Meles’ dictatorship and why America supports him. If they want Ethiopian-American’s vote, they have to address Ethiopian’s issues.
of all the people who contribute to nazret.com this guy is the dumbest and the most boring. ato yilma why not compare abebe gelaw to Jesus christ…lol…abebe may have hurt meles for five minutes but the damage he caused to the opposition and his news media dwarfs any temporary anger he might have caused to meles.
Those losers who never know what bravery is and what a brave man/woman does call Abebe jilu (the foot-for-food)a brave man. ayaskim?
Le komata ande tat bireku nat.
This case is too much exaggurated and this show how the losers disperate on the current peace and development in Ethiopia.
Now that I am thinking about it, doesn’t it what he did conflict from his responsibility as a journalist? meaning that he is there as neutral and objective to report but not take sides? I think he violated the journalist code… but I still think what he did was amazing.
To the denkoro dedebit Woyane/TPLF terrorists and thugs;
It must be in your Woyane/TPLF land and imaginary world that a criminal and terrorist like Mellesse deserve any type of respect. No professional journalist of sound mind should care to pose any question to the delusional and narcissist Mellesse. As such, Abebe Gelaw was absolutely correct that he did not ask Mellesse any question. Mellesse does not understand any type of respectable dialogue nor deserve any respect. Embarrassing and exposing Mellesse was the most appropriate thing to do. Mellesse, true to his psychopathic and delusional nature meticulously planned, coordinated, and executed high crimes of kidnappings, tortures, murders, treasons, treachery, ethnic cleanings, and genocides against Ethiopians from Gonder to Borena and from Ogaden to Gambella deliberately. In reality, Mellesse is completely narcissist, psychotic, and serial killer that belong to mental institution.
An empty stomach does not care nor understand democracy. If that is the logic, that carries you to fight for, you need to assess yourself. And adjust your priority. Above all, “HERO” is a respected word do not trash it because you now how to spell it.
The Bast*** of meles the “Chenawi” wedi “Chenawit” are loose again on this blogsite.
These are “yemeles dikalas “
Death to TPLF and its slaves
Meles deciples, don’t try to separate oromo from amhara. we know ur tactic…devide and conquer. try another techniq. bingo.
Please poll all Ethiopians that have seen the whole entire video of the summit including the remarks made by President Obama about Ethiopia’s progress towards food security. If they agree with Abeba Gallow then I will call him a hero but all the Ethiopia’s I have spoken to seem to think that moron(Abeba Gallow) embarrassed a nation. Shame on!
Zinawi is a living dead.All those who live on Zinawi’s handout can not bring back Zinawi to a meaningful life.
Abebe is a highly focused,an intellegent and a very good thinker.In just less than 50 energy-packed words,hit Zinawi at lightening speed and turned him into a pile of dust.This is only the beginning;the final one will be,Zinawi standing trial and receiving the final punishment tantamount to the crimes that he committed against Ethiopians.That day is not far.
In the summit hall,the attendees also delivered their message to Zinawi,even the Gahnian president who sat beside him did not waste time to comforted Zinawi;the president, just let Zinawi remain seated in a twilight zone and talk to demons.The rest of the dignitories sent simple and clear message to Zinawi:- YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN,DEAL WITH IT.
You see,Ethiopians,how Zinawi is nothing but cheap chinese made manniquin.Gut! Gut! Gut! that is what Abebe has,zinawi doesn’t.How well Zinawi,the banda knows Ethiopians? Better had zinawi talk to Fascist Italian Masters to refresh his memory of the grand askaris,and keep the lesson stick to his hardwired brain.
Only free people can win the fight against poverty and hunger. No freedom, no food. Give me freedom and the rest will follow!!!! How can dictatorship be consiered as a useful tool to aleviate poverty? How can you hand cuff me and expect me to work and feed myself? How can you divide the people by ethnicity and claim economic progress after narrowing their boundaries? Meles Zenawi has worked against the interest of the people of Ethiopia in general. In the long run, the people of Tigray are the biggest loosers from this dispensation. Meles has lost a historic opportunity to unite Ethiopia and develope a multi racial society especially for the sake of the people of Tigray that do not have sustainabe economic resources and rely on other regions for their survival.
Do not be fooled. TPLF thrives by dividing people. They know the fight between Amara and Oromo, they are trying to incite division. By now 21 years of TPLF should be evidence for you what their target is.
Very well said. You could be one of our Amara Princess on this blog. I like your logic. keep coming back
if his Ayat sim was dereke,iwould say wow,’cose in the picture that’s how he looks.
what suprises me most is his voice, got thinner,though i knew Meles got grace to frighten him like how he wasand for Abebe as well he should have sound like lion roaring than…….
it’s good try but no more combelcha any more,buy buy.
To Jegnaw Abebe,
Abebe Gelaw is a hero. He made his point. He exposed and shocked criminal Meles Zenawi.
He did not ask or show any respect to the dictator. He just made his statment. Told Meles in his face that he is commiting crime against humanity.
To the TPLF cadre,
“tifram lemagn ekekam”
TPLF Adwa cadre……..
Who picked the right and deserving name to yourself.
Oromo or Amhara are all good Ethiopians. Don’t worry about who will come next. No more venomous TPLF propaganda against Oromos and Amharas. Oromos are Amharas and Amharas are Oromos. We all love Ethiopia.
Here you again trying to sell your helerous and Shaneful argument…….
The fat PIG, Abebe Gelaw or Kilo Mamo, didn’t achieve nothing other than embaressed himself at the event were so many intellectuals and dignitaries guests gathered to find a lasting solution to the problems that the African people facing…..
I know it was a hard for you all hateful diasporas, to accept the realty that the smart leader of the Ethiopian people, PR Meless Zenawi the great, were one of the three African leader whom are reconized for their brelian contribution in provorty reduction as row models for continent…
The truth is, your hero Abebe Kilo just shrunk his face, and may be opened his a***hole fessam…kizenam.. to let out that funny squeaky voice..no food….for few second…LOL…LOL.
For the great leader of the Ethiopian people, business was as usual, and he accomplished his mission in representing the interst of his his people….
you all barking dogs of the enemies of the Ethiopian people, keep jump up and down like mad dogs!! That’s what you all are
God bless the world!!
am glad i was there too.
ተናግረህና ሰርተህ ሕዝብን ማሳመን ካልቻልክ እንደ ውሻ ጮኸህ ራስህን ማሳመም ትችላለህ።
WE DON’T NEED FOOD,WE NEED FREEDOM!”
~Abebe Gelaw, G8 Food Security Summit
Abebe Singing Faster than a machine said the following:
MIGIBIMA MOLTWAL HODDE MUCHI GODELE
NETSANET BICHA NEW YALTEDELADELE
MIGIBIMA MOLTWAL IGZER YESETEGNI
YESILTAN TIMAT NEW INEN YSACHEGEREGN!
Oh really? the fellows like Abebe Gelaw have nothing else to do than fill-up their belly with raw meat day by day and sip Budwiser. They are good at gossiping and chitchatting. In principle there is no gratis freedom anywhere on the wide world we live in. Freedom goes along with procedural law and order. If one misuses the law in the name of freedom; he or she looses it.
That said, you cannot simply eat freedom where there is no food. First in our task must come saving lives; then comes talking the talks about freedom. Abebe Gelaw could hardly collect himself and express what he had to say at that moment;he was simply mumbling and throwing out not so clear statements; leave alone attacking Meles Zenaw on logical grounds. What a shameful act it was towatch this KEFETTAM HODDAM ABBORE AFF. Little heads usually don’t think of what they want to do. That is Abebe Gelaw. Shame on you Abebe Gelaw.
People are saying, maybe if all Ethiopian journalists behave liek this man, they all deserve to be in jail!
C’mon as a journalist he should know better but it seems that he is a full-time G7 agitator . If he had legitimate press pass he could have asked a decent question by rattling Meles with logical comparisons that make reference to both freedom and fighting hunger. But he chose to tend to his base instinct. He is a disrespectful thug!
IF he was just another participant he could have still made a point by thinking what he should say. He is a thug like Code-pink and all those war protesters who bugged Bush during his years. Did they stop the war? NO. people like this only work to turn public opinion against their cause.
This Bunga-bunga article smells like Elias Kifle’s usual ER-fabrication of hate; or Alemayehu G. Mariam’s defamation article demanding for Black Milk to be brought forth; or trying creatively to tell us that a bull has given birth for a calf in Ethiopia. What nonsense tale. This is purely trying for hair splitting. We don’t
This is probably the beginning of the end. Meles Z is getting naked.( he was naked but only a few could see, now he is on downward speedway. He will never survive beyond this year.)
It is sad that because of this man’s insatiable greed to power and god’s complex personality, the whole Tigrians would bear the wrath of all the people..eventually being a Tegrian becomes a burden and a liability. I feel sorry to your children.
The only good Tegre will be the dead one. Please get rid of this man and his greedy wife who is killing every opportunity to a sustainable growth in the country. I work for Ethiopian Airlines and I know what is being done.
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