The Horn Times Opinion box
by Getahune Bekele
Taunted by Gaddafi-like death for months and terrorized by a Mussolini style hanging along with his wife, Azeb, reports are that, the lunatic tyrant is about to flee to the US, just to die there peacefully.
If he succeeds, a Rwanda like genocide would be unavoidable for Ethiopia.
This is the man, once mighty and looked immortal; ordered the killing of thousands of his real or imagined opponents without thinking about it, banished others in to exile.
Now, in complete contrast, he is lying helpless and lone, in captivity under his mammon-worshiping wife, bawling in agonizing pain as the debilitating cancer ebbed away his life.
After years of blood lust, sheer arrogance, debauchery and substance abuse,…death has come knocking.
The tyrant who blurred peace and tolerance to insignificance, a fascist who ignored all kinds of unprecedented offers to hand power to a legitimate Ethiopian, the complacent despot who perpetrated apartheid style social and economic crimes, master of nefarious deeds, is now risking falling in to the hands of the very same patriots he persecuted with utmost severity.
PM Meles Zenawi, the man who bewitched a generation of young Tigres with laconic speeches, calling up on them to show no mercy to rebellious Ethiopians, is now cowardly dying, leaving them to the mercy of the patriots.
Hypothetically speaking, currently, his fervent wish is to die soon rather than pulled by the bridle to the gallows.
In addition, if he dies, his entire war cabinet of Tigre warlords will flee north to see if it is possible for them to declare a Tigraye republic, a new nation for war criminals, traitors and other sub-humans such as GEN Samora, Zeraye Yehedego, Tedros Adhanom, and the shrewd Judas, Gebru Asrat.
In post Zenawi Ethiopia there is a possibility that secession might be forced up on Tigraye as a punishment for the 21 years Roman Empire style brutal colonization of Ethiopia. First, she must cede the massive stolen farmland back to Ethiopia and pay back every penny her subjects plunder from Ethiopia proper.
Moreover, enevitably, a massive amount of reparation will be placed on Tigray’s head for the Warships Zenawi gave Eritrea and for the financial loss incurred due to the loss of port Assab.
Nevertheless, the precondition for peaceful settlement is Zenawis’ immediate arrest and the surrender of the nearly 1million Tigre militia that kept Zenawi in power for more than two decades.
Setting up a Nuremberg type court is also a necessity to prosecute war criminals.
Cool heads must prevail and work towards peaceful transition, from ruthless tyranny to democracy should commence now while Zenawis’ heart is still beating.
As once suggested by Tinsae Ethiopia, it is time to form a transitional government strong enough, bold enough, and democratic enough to save the battered nation from further bloodshed.
Moreover, the transition requires the active involvement of the international community. For western powers, disowning the once useful, now useless tyrant is not negotiable.
Otherwise, the consequence of Zenawis’ sudden death or escape coupled with the violent implosion of the TPLF will be devastating beyond imagination.
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