By Getaneh Kassahun July 16, 2020Ambassador Cohen:Greetings! I see that you simply’re again with one other touch upon Ethiopia, this time on an issue you helped create as a 59-year outdated diplomat—by which you assured Ethiopians and People alike, that the TPLF lead Marxist guerrilla would ship a consultant democracy. How did that prove, three a long time later, Mr Cohen?Permit me to refer again to my e-mail to you on January 30, 2020 by which I protested your, uninvited, conflict-of-interest ridden “solution” for Ethio-Egypt dispute on the Nile. Figuring out full properly that solely 40% Ethiopian inhabitants has entry to electrical energy and the precarious nature of Ethiopian economic system, you recommended GERD dam be stuffed very slowly, in return for some intangible green-cow funding. I’m glad and relieved that Ethiopia refused to signal on the dotted line of a everlasting poison capsule that will have forsaken its future. The matter is now again to the place it belongs: in Africa, versus within the fingers of individuals with overlord entitlement mentality to suggest and/or impose “solutions” to locations they will’t find on maps and for folks they know nothing about their historical past. American curiosity within the area is finest served by a steady and affluent Ethiopia. A proposal to limit Ethiopia’s capability to make the most of its waters with its personal assets, when its present inhabitants of 114 million swells previous 200 million in 30 years—on prime of the unwritten mortgage and assist embargo by US lead worldwide monetary establishments (WB, IMF) on initiatives on the Nile (the place Ethiopia contributes 85% of the water quantity)—was not solely unjust and unfair to Ethiopia however very counterproductive for all stakeholders concerned.    Admittedly, your understanding of Ethiopian points, particularly historical past is stuffed with <insert alternative phrases> chosen mythologies propagated by TPLF and OLF ideologues. One in every of such mythology that you simply carried and practiced for near 4 a long time, is the concept of Amhara hegemony. You informed me: “everything I know about the Amhara, Meles Zenawi taught me.” And then you definitely’re shocked to seek out out, only recently, that HIM Haile Selassie had Oromo linage.  However then you definitely preserve failing upwards to by some means “offer a solution” to Ethiopia’s issues.In distinction, the late Paul Henze, who was former deputy NSC & was CIA station chief in Addis Ababa, studied Ethiopian historical past extensively–with  eager curiosity at that. He wrote books on Ethiopian historical past, printed volumes and travelled extensively. From a letter, dated Jul 30, 1992, to the then President of Transitional Authorities, Meles Zenawi, Mr Henze has this to say about OLF and ethnic politics:“The OLF tries to represent the Oromo as victimized by Menelik and never given justice for their sufferings. They are entitled to their own view of history, but they cannot require other Ethiopian people to accept it. Much of their history is selective mythology. They forget that in historical terms the Oromo are one of the newest peoples in Ethiopia. Europeans in North America in Whites in South Africa have occupied their territories longer than Oromos in the most regions of Ethiopia. Political debate, however, if it centers on alleged rights and wrongs of the past, leads nowhere. Political debate should be about the opportunities of the future and how best to take advantage of them, not about past history… If the OLF turns the Oromo into an alienated, disgruntled group supporting insurgency and other destructive actions, they will do the people they claim to represent great harm. They will also make Ethiopia impossible to govern. This is what they [OLF] seem to want to do now. I find it hard to believe that most Oromo want this to happen.Politics in too much of Ethiopia have centered on ethnicity—with almost no other content to political discussion.” –Paul B. Henze, letter to Mele Zenawi, July 30, 1992 (emphasis mine).Mr Henze’s clear-eyed evaluation—anchored by actuality, precise historical past, rigorous research and logic—is as pristine at this time because it has been through the years. OLF resentment politics primarily based on false historical past and mythology and institutionalized ethnic politics have made Ethiopia unstable, liable to ethnic violence and, final yr, was house to the biggest displaced folks on this planet. Regardless of the ethno-nationalist’s Orwellian title, “Multinational Federalism”, it merely is an apartheid system—by which ethnic minorities ‘within an ethnic region, especially more or so in the Oromo, Harrar, Dire Dawa, Benshagul Gumuz regions, are treated worse than second class citizens. Residents that don’t belong to the bulk ethnic group in that area can’t maintain workplace and face each day indignities of discriminations in in their very own nation. In recent times, ethnic and spiritual minorities within the Oromo area continually face threats of ethnic cleaning within the pursuit of revenge for alleged mythology of previous crimes that by no means existed and purify the Oromo area of non-Oromos. I wish to remind you that Amhara have been excluded from the convention that created the present ethnic apartheid system in 1991 and have been made the first targets of ethnic violence ever since.  Which brings me to your current touch upon ethnic pressure and violence. Certainly, Ethiopia goes by a troublesome time and is, in my opinion, in a transparent and current hazard of ethnic cleaning and genocide—due to the ethnic politics that has been planted three a long time in the past—midwifed by you. Job properly performed, Mr Cohen! As reported in Addis Commonplace element on July 15, 2020 , Voice of America on July 5, 2020  & July 6, 2020 and BBC Information on July 06, 2020, amongst many others, following information of the tragic homicide of Hachalu Hundessa, a well-liked Oromo musician and activist, on June 29th in Addis Ababa, a big group of extremely organized Oromo youth, the “Qeerro”, led, primarily by, Jawar Mohammed, a fanatic ethnic (& very possible non secular) extremist:Attacked ethnic and spiritual minorities, primarily Amharas, Guragies, and Orthodox in a number of dozen districts and cities of Arisi, West Arisi, Bale and East Shewa zones of Oromo area. Hundres have been killed, their houses, properties and companies looted, vandalized and burned down—all as a result of the Qeerro was informed to avenge for the killing of the favored ethnic singer—earlier than even the police say something concerning the alleged killers. Why a bunch of individuals distant from the crime scene must be accountable and punished for the crime of somebody that they had no thought exists within the universe? It’s the results of politics of “us vs them”. The Qeerro attackers had record of their targets and checked ethnicity of victims from their identification playing cards, which have all of the hallmarks of the ethnic cleaning and genocide witnessed in Rwanda in 1994.The broader and peaceable Oromo residents within the attacked cities have been very protecting of their neighbors. However this noble humanity didn’t go properly with the small however very militant and arranged Qeerro—which distributed pamphlets that warned urged them to not present assist to non-Oromo neighbors, nor purchase/promote from/to them—since their property will likely be confiscated by Qeerro. Ethicized native and federal safety and authorities organs not solely failed to forestall & cease the assaults and refuse to assist pleading victims, some labored actively with “Qeerro” and took part within the pogrom. The “Qeerro” have been both left to loot, destroy, burndown enterprise and kill Amharas, Guragies and Orthodox believers in impunity. I’d have thought you could mirror in your function however as an alternative you commented:“Ethiopia is going through a period of ethnic tension accompanied by violence. PM Abiy could lower tensions and contribute to stability by announcing a firm commitment to true federalism in which the rights of all Ethiopian peoples are respected.” To a bystander, this may occasionally seem innocuous. However what you’re suggesting is including gas to a raging hearth. Once you say, “true federalism”, you’re being disingenuous or clueless. I do know—have skilled it and are available to admire—what a real federalism appears like, proper right here in US, the place four in 10 New York Metropolis residents or as about 1 and four California residents are international born and revel in all of the freedoms and privileges the US has to supply—regardless of their ethnicity or the place they have been born. However non-Oromos who have been born in Debre-Zeit or Nazareth cities are handled as second-class residents in their very own county. That’s not a federalism. It’s a special “ism”: apartheidism. A toddler born from an Ethiopian immigrant within the US has, give or take, about the identical rights as these of the descendants of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson to pursue his/her desires. However the identical baby, if born in Shasheme or Zeway cities from an Amhara or Guragie mother and father, will likely be handled lower than a second-class citizen —regardless of his ancestors having lived there since time immemorial. How is all “peoples’ rights” are you urging to be revered beneath the ethnic apartheid system? It’s not been unnoticed by me that you’d by no means say, “American peoples”, however you employ “Ethiopian peoples”—shopping for into the mythology of centrifugal OLF and TPLF concept. It must be “the Ethiopian people”—similar to we are saying, “the American people”. Ambassador Cohen:Repeatedly, spanning 4 a long time, you’ve got been engaged in initiatives and concepts that introduced distress and discriminations to tens of thousands and thousands of Ethiopians and ethnic cleansings to tens of 1000’s. Ethiopia goes by troublesome time due to the scourge of ethnic apartheid. However make no mistake, it can persevere and survive to emerge as a robust, proud, unbiased and supply of hope for Black peoples all over the world, it as soon as was. It can get there by leaning by itself three thousand years of civilization and its values; and ultimately by rejecting the irregular three-decades outdated alien ethnic apartheid system. Ethiopia will get well and thrive by its personal. Simply get off her neck! Sincerely, Getaneh Kassahun  Be a part of the dialog. Like borkena on Fb and get Ethiopian Information updates repeatedly. 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