THE SHRILL CRY OF THE NAYSAYERS IN THE ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA
THE SHRILL CRY OF THE NAYSAYERS IN THE ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA (Part I of a III part commentary)
By Genenew Assefa
If you think president Obama’s visit to Addis Ababa made a positive impression in the citadels of the Ethiopian opposition in the Diaspora, you are mistaken. Instead, no sooner the president’s travel destination hit the wires than the vocal minority of naysayers took to the streets, protesting the Whitehouse decision as an inadvertent endorsement of an otherwise “illegitimate government”. Whereas the covert ferry of the top leadership of AG-7 to Asmara, curtsy, no doubt, of the president of the pariah state of Eritrea, received applause in the shrill exile social media. As can be expected, the mainstream global networks headlined Obama’s state visit to East Africa as a milestone event worthy of a cover story. Indeed Obama’s three-day tour of the cradle of mankind is newsworthy as it marks a watershed in US relations with emerging Ethiopia under, in the president’s own words, “a democratically elected government.” In an inverted vain, however, doomsdayer opposition websites continue to post speculations of an impending doom to the ruling party in Ethiopia by dint of AG-7’s huge military build-up in Africa’s epicenter of regional destabilization, alias, Living Hail! Not exactly an unwarranted designation, considering that thousands of Eritreans flee this nightmarish land in search of respite from unremitting torment of no parallel in the living memory of the first post-partition generation of Eritrea. Whereas, groves of core functionaries of outlawed extremist entities of all strands shuttle back and forth to Asmara to update themselves in cross-border terror and indiscriminate mayhem of innocent bystanders.
But for ESAT, arguably the most hatemongering media outlet on the planet, AG-7 leaders’ stealth fret to the garrison state of Eritrea constitute a milestone in the multi-pronged ”Operation Restore Hope ” in the “land of despair” called Ethiopia. A backlog of disinformation briefs seems to have been in stored lest the Asmara-backed “Freedom Struggle-” is ridiculed by skeptics as yet another tricky ploy to milk the gullible in the Ethiopian Diaspora. To dispel any such doubt ESAT could only scramble to vouch for AG-7’s resolve and readiness to lick the “pushover army of the ramshackle EPRDF government”. The very government, mind you, that, contra ESAT, world leaders, not least president Obama, publicly hail as a bastion of regional peace and a beacon in an African age of radical change, characterized by growth and transformation. Read more