by Ibro (Nebiyou A.), Germany
The office of a dictator once had a very different meaning from how we think of it today. It was firstcreated by the Roman Senate in 510 B.C for emergency purposes. Such as taking care of rebellions. The dictators at that time couldn’t be held legally responsible for their actions, they couldn’t hold the office for longer than six months and they couldn’t use any public money other than what the Senate allocated to them. The appointment of dictators by the Senate was continued until 202 B.C, the appearance of Julius Caesar who was named a dictator for life.
Many historians consider Napoleon Bonaparte to be the first modern dictator. The term dictator here refers to the way dictators come to power and how they control every facet of the government. Although their regimes vary widely, most dictators have so many similarities; they usually rule autocracies and often, they have totalitarian regimes.
Bashar al-Assad of Syria , for example has proven to be a tyrant in disguise. One-man rule and the perpetuation of family dynasties, monopolies of wealth and power, the silencing of the media, and the deprivation of fundamental freedoms. Can we point out a single difference from what Bashar has been doing and what Meles has not? Noop!
The North Korean dictator, Kim II-Sung, was essentially the sole subject of all forms of art created in the country. The School children were taught to give thanks to Kim II-Sung, the source of their blessings, as part of their training. Similarly, Meles established an all pervasive cult of personality as Kim’s dynasty. The supporters of Meles and even some of his loyal opponents loud that he is a charismatic speaker, a double-minded man whose all rounded knowledge of topics such as nanotechnology, palaeontology etc. makes him a suitable leader representing the African continent.
In 1990, Burma had a general election in which San Suu Kyi, a female leader of the National League for Democracy, won. The Dictatorial regime refused to acknowledge Suu Kyi’s win and kept her imprisoned for much of the time since the election. How can we forget the victory of the oppositions in 2005 election held in Ethiopia, which was brutally crushed by the tyrant regime, leaving nearly 200 dead and CUD leaders jailed as well as an estimated 30,000 students and other oppositions supporters. Isn’t Meles the Burma’s dictator of Ethiopia?
All this raises a broader question: How and why cruel, tyrannical and repressive dictatorships persists?
Psychologists , psychiatrists , neurologists and many others, have sought for decades to study the dictator’s mind (psychology). According to them, many dictators suffer from extraordinarily high levels of both grandiosity (a personality disorder characterised by manic or hypo-manic) and paranoia (suspicious thoughts). After studying the behaviour of dictators, Dr. James Fallon concluded that relationships, the brain, genes and early childhood all contributed to making a person a dictator. (Dr. Fallon: The Mind of a dictator, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs1Re2-NAD4 ).
Apart from his acquired behaviours of a dictator, there is no doubt that Meles is indeed a person with antisocial personality disorder. A person who lives with such disorder has no regard for right and wrong. He violates the law and the rights of others, landing him in frequent troubles or conflicts. He lies, behaves violently, and has drug or alcohol problems. In his case, chewing ”chat” is on a daily basis for Meles. Accordingly, what makes him profoundly different among other dictators is that, he is the only dictator who is debouching his own people, blackmailing his history and destroying his country.
It will not be a surprise therefore, if such villainy causes a mess all the time. It is simply a direct result of a character built by intergenerational transmission and tradition of his ancestors. A study by Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University has strengthened my argument by suggesting that, “Convicted parents tend to have convicted children.”
I wonder why someone who calls himself an Ethiopian, supports a mentally sick person and an anti-Ethiopian of the worst kind. This is the man who divides the nation, stirs up hatred among tribes and religious institutions, and ruins the country. We are therefore living in a very crucial time.
Meles should not at all be allowed to continue. We must stop these conspiracies, treason and madness here. Let us identify his achilles heel (weaknesses) so that we can stop him. According to the Greece Mythology, Achilles was the son of Thetis and Peleus , the bravest hero in the Trojan war.
When Achilles was born, his mother, Thetis, tried to make him immortal by dipping him in the river Styx. As she immersed him, she held him by one heel and forgot to deep him a second time so the heel she held could get wet too. Therefore, the place she held him remained untouched by the magic water of the Styx and that part stayed mortal or vulnerable. When Achilles was a grown man he appeared to all to be invulnerable to the enemies’ weapons. Achilles fought heroically against the Trojans, but was killed by an enemy soldier who knew his weakness and therefore aimed his arrow at Achilles’ unprotected heel.
To this day, any weak point is called an ”Achilles heel”. Every dictatorship has an Achilles heel, so do Meles regime. It is time for us to rise up and work for a change in Ethiopia.
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