Dagim Dirba’s Pariah State of Ethiopia (Ersasu Mere)
Skimming through your writings, your efforts to curve out the insults can not go unnoticed. It is good to know that , at least , you can learn. In case you read my comment on your first riposte, I said this: “በተረፈ ስለ NGO እመለስበታለሁ ብለኋል:: እንደ እኔ ከሆነ የሚሉትን ሁሉ ቀድመን ስለምናውቅ አይድከሙ ነው የምለው:: በጥቅሉ የሚሉት እነዚህ በእርዳታና በሰብዓዊ መብት ይክበር ሰበብ የ”Neo Liberal” አጀንዳዋቻቸውን በእኛ ላይ በመጫን የቀለምና የምናመን አብዮት አምጥተው እንደ ግብጽ ዩክሪን እና ሶርያ ሊያበጣብጡን ነው:: ያን አርገው አገራችንን በቁጥጥር አውለው ሀብታችንን ዘርፈው ሲያበቁ ቁጭ ብለው ሊስቁብን ነው:: እነዚያ ሴጣኖች:: Of course , as usual you will use all the documentation written about the subject in some sort of intellictual manner. “
Boy did I read your play book or what? But after diving into your article, whether I should be vindicated of accusing of you and your boss for utter incompetence should be left to reader’s judgement. I must admit, though, you clearly made your point in style. No one will doubt your writing and your boss’s oratorical skills.
In substance, however, both of you write and say empty bravado and age old rhetoric. If I have to sum up your core message, all of these institutions and donor countries with liberal agenda do not want to see Ethiopia to be self sufficient. They do not want to acknowledge the leap frogging Ethiopian economy and they deny the remarkable peace and stability the country is enjoying. You are saying that not only they hate what Ethiopians are achieving they also open many fronts to stop it . Hence, in your and Ato Redwan’s mind Ethiopia is treated as a pariah state by the developed nations.
If we Ethiopians are not alarmed by such reckless and delusional statement that will definitely come with a whole array of consequences , who will? To show how I found you to be delusional and shameful, I will quote just a statement from your writings. You can be trained to write good and to talk better than others, however, it is up to you to use your God given human conscious to make a judgement that can be acceptable by some, never by all. You said this:
“For starters, these NGOs are by no means are keen or eager to see a self-sufficient Ethiopia free from reliance on Western handout. For otherwise the aid industry will cease to be a lucrative enterprise if aid- recipient countries were to achieve self-sufficiency as Ethiopia is striving to do so on all levels.”
If I were a distant observer of the economic and political life Ethiopia, I would have mockingly laughed at this statement. However, I am an Ethiopian by blood and spirit and when an official or EPRDF elite thinker, as you claimed to be, spewed such statement I am disheartened knowing that the fate of this great nation is in your the hands. Can you tell the Ethiopian mass who benefited a whole lot from the relief food aid that saved their life, the health and education benefit they get from the NGOs, that these evil donors are coming to Ethiopia to do business. Quote me a single case , in the last 40 years what Western donors and NGOs get from Ethiopia? The last I heard , it was the socialist Russia that was exploiting the minerals of the country in exchange for arms we used to kill each other.
The last I heard in your party’s reign, is when convicted Chinese criminals coming to work in Ethiopia as a deal for the Chinese government financing the construction of roads. The last I heard foreigners benefit from Ethiopian is when ordinary Indians farmers come to work on their almost freely gifted arable land.
On the contrary, the few Westerns that come to Ethiopian in the name of Aid were well accomplished professionals most of them on voluntary basis. If they have to be paid , they were paid by their own government. The lucrative enterprise, if they ever exist, are directly or indirectly financed mainly by individual donations or tax payers money. Every penny of it accounted.
You people like Dagim see things from their perspective. They don’t even know how their conglomerate , EFFORT- a non profit organization, is financed, where the profit goes and who will be auditing them. Except few individuals they do not have a clue what their government is doing when it comes to money matters. So pal, if Ethiopia is self sufficient there are close to hundred countries who would happily take what was going to that country. If you close their operation in Ethiopia, the first one who benefit is the donor agents and the people and government of those institutions.
If you are worried about the people, who work in those institutions, I would say don’t .These employees who usually get paid under their market value , will find , if they are not retired already or have enough money to live by, another job in a heart beat. If you allow me to digress, what would Mr. Redwan do if he leaves office. Probably become a biology teacher. How about Speaker Aba Dula, etc. They can not earn enough by their own labor and skills. That explains why they hang to power no matter what it takes. That is also the reason why they do not want to hear any talk of change.
Let us talk a little bit about Ethiopian haters and show where you broke the boundaries of reason and common sense. You stated international Rivers Network is waging war against the Great Renaissance Dam and other water projects on the grounds of environmental concerns. This network, which is known to be founded by scientist and social activities, journalist and volunteers , has been functioning for about 30 years. They are fundamentally against big dams .
They argued that although big dams contribute a great deal for human development their research on over 50 countries showed them that the overall cost paid to secure the benefits of these dams was too much to bear. The network was not created yesteryear to be a bad messenger from our arch enemy Egypt as Ethiopian government has tried to portray it. For your information, the network, which has many experts on many issues related to dams ,was behind the formation of the World Commission on Dams which was initiated by the World Bank and the World Conservation Union.
So, the question I would ask is that why their opposition to Great Renaissance Dam can be any different from their opposition to many dams in many countries of the world. In fact, their opposition does not emanate from an evil scheme and hate. They have given an alternative plan of actions that will benefit the majority of Ethiopian farmers and pastoralists. Who would listen? It is the birth child of a visionary leader and party, the dam construction will be completed and any modification or revision is counted as going against the legacy of that visionary leader. Even with this assumption, there should be a space to confer and consult instead of characterize them as enemies of Ethiopia.
Another institution Dagim Dirba accused it of allegedly wishing an unrealized doomsday for the motherland is the International Crisis Group(ICG). This group is also filled with prominent individuals with back ground in government works. ICG is mainly research based group that give advice to many NATO countries and UN on potential conflicts and humanitarian crisis. They also work on conflict resolution.
I would not have enough space here to tell you how many lives they saved and the potential deadly conflicts they were able to avoid. Their failure to go wrong on their prediction on the Ethiopian Case may be true. I would pray they always remain wrong. But what you and your government did not want admit was the existence of the symptoms for crisis this well informed group has found out.
Speaking of Human Right Watch, everybody knows why Ethiopian government would love to hate them. I would not get into the hodgepodge of what they want the Ethiopian government should and should not do. Nor would I indulge in the needless argument of the neo liberal ideology they want to impose on our country and why the government of Ethiopian should or should not accept that ideology.
I still do not understand why there is even a discussion about neo liberal ideology. Aren’t we tired of such conversation about socialist, Marxist, capitalist , bla bla ideologies which only few hundred Ethiopians may understand them. In the same way , it is a waste of time to respond to the allegation that the Watch is lobbying the US government to hurt Ethiopia. In case I ask Dagim Dirba, why would they do that? , I am not ready to entertain his moronic response for it would surely be the non existent corporate interest.
Ethiopia sought after for corporate interest and deemed to be hurt if not complying with the seekers demand. What a joke! Inspite of this, there is a chance for EPRDF and the government to do the right thing by respecting the basic and fundamental human rights, render equality and justice to all. That will save them the time and the energy used to antagonize their critics. You will always lose the battle of ideas if your aim is to hide your ill doings and shortcomings. It may earn you praise and appreciation, even though I doubt they may not be genuine, from your circles and entourage. I am sure you can not convince a single soul on this argument of defending the indefensible.
Peace to Ethiopia and Ethiopians