Disinformation is the last dangerous weaponi
by Robert Crowe Feb 10-2021
Disinformation is the last dangerous weapon left in the hands of the Tigrinya elites and their allies who have not accepted the change of government in Ethiopia led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed.
The magazine “The Week” is the latest victim of this barrage of fakenews subtly issued by what remains of the TPLF, the Tigrai People’s Liberation Front, the party of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and of current WHO Director-General Tedros Adhamon.
The US weekly, in a report entitled “Tigray, Ethiopia”, reported a series of false news that aims to discredit the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments. After all, this is an ancient story: in an era when journalists travel little, in the absence of direct evidence, the news reported on one side or the other is reported. And very often it’s just fake news.
Thus, in this propaganda war those who frequently remain in the middle are the NGOs, used in an instrumental way. In other cases, however, it is even the large international humanitarian organizations that are exploited.
The news reported in good faith by “The Week” on the Tigray seems to be the children of these perverse logic of propaganda.
Other media even go so far as to accuse Eritreans of committing horrific crimes in Tigray against the civilian population and in particular against women when everyone knows and recognizes that the ethics and sense of solidarity and responsibility of the Eritrean Popular Front for Liberation has forged in the last 30 years a people that stands out for its civic sense and respect for others and which is often taken as an example not only in Eritrea but in countries where there is an important diaspora.
In particular, Eritrea is recognized for the role women played in the struggle for national liberation by winning the consideration of Eritrean men who have ended up being educated to respect them and to the concept of equality.
Claiming that Eritreans steal in the Tigray when history teaches us that Eritreans have helped, without asking for anything in return, countries such as Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Somalia out of an exclusive sense of solidarity, does not it’s just fake but criminal.
The Tigrayans themselves who know Eritreans well and who have gained their unconditional support during the period of the war of liberation know that these are slanders that are artfully published to denigrate the collaborative efforts of President Isaias Afewerki and Prime Minister Abiy to pacify the Horn of Africa. Observers, but also simple analysts who have studied and experienced the recent events in the Horn of Africa, know perfectly well that Eritrea has a positive and stabilizing role in the region.
Premier Abiy, respecting his political mandate, is also committed to pacifying the area, thus creating the conditions for the development of the entire region. Peace with Eritrea, after twenty years of war, was achieved in a few weeks. We know today that all the Ethiopians wanted it, with the exception of the Tigris of the Tplf who have always hindered it, but Eritrea above all wanted it.
The proof is that when a man of peace like Abiy arrived, the President of Eritrea, Isaias Afewerki, it took very little to find a peace agreement, re-establishing the normal course of a history that had already been written twenty years earlier. . Then, as evidence of this historic event, the Nobel Prize arrived, then, again, the three-party agreement (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia) arrived to give an economic and social perspective to the whole Horn of Africa.
The only ones who have always fought against this peace and development process were always and only they, the TPLF Tigers who today use their international network built and financed with the huge sums stolen from the Ethiopian Treasury budget to continue to disinform on what really happens in Tigray and the region.
Unfortunately, this international fake news factory is also made up of NGOs and UN officials who are still linked to leaders of the Tplf.
They pretend to ignore that the TPLF has turned out to be subversive and that it has committed terrible terrorist acts and crimes that the Ethiopian government is preparing to judge in the coming months.
In addition to the various attacks and massacres committed in Ethiopia, the TPLF is accused of having committed crimes in its own region of the Tigris. For example, it is now established that the Tplf militias after committing the massacre of Mai-Kadra fled to Sudan, passing themselves off as refugees, mixing with fleeing civilians.
As it is now established that before fleeing from Macalle, they freed the Tigray prisons filled with common criminals after providing them with military clothes copied from the uniforms used by the Eritrean military and sewn in their factory in Adwa in order to later accuse the Eritreans of the crimes committed.
The question of armed intervention in Tigray to safeguard peace in Ethiopia and Tigray is the result of the response to an armed attack by the Tplf carried out in November 2020 which aimed to destabilize Ethiopia and carry out a military coup to overthrow the Ethiopian government of Abiy.
All those who today accuse the Ethiopian government of intervening in Tigray pretend to forget that if it had not been for the military reaction that made it possible to defeat the criminal and terrorist plans of the TPLF, today we would have a divided Ethiopia prey to ethnic wars fratricide with serious repercussions on all states in the region and with millions of victims and refugees.
These people should also remember that the regretful Tplf Tigers did not want to respect the peace agreements signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea and are responsible for destabilizing the entire region for more than 20 years supported by an international community deceived by their politics. based on fakenews and backed by grateful and generous contributions to complacent media.
While they sold the image of a stable government that thought only about the growth and development of Ethiopia, they were preparing the secession of the Tigray and other Ethiopian regions by exploiting the ethnic conflicts and buying huge weapons to be concentrated in the Tigray under the excuse of the Eritrean threat that it was regularly artfully fed.
In fact, one cannot fail to recall how the Tigers, when they were still in command in Addis Ababa, had more than 80 percent of the national armaments transferred to their home.
A clever and somewhat arrogant gesture that actually aimed to maintain control of the armed forces to dominate the rest of Ethiopia and the entire region, including Eritrea.
To understand the current situation in Ethiopia and Tigray, one cannot ignore what happened on 3 November last: the hostile attack hatched by the TPLF against all the positions and military bases of the Northern Command of Ethiopia against which Premier Abiy had to oppose was the cause of the situation that the Ethiopian government is trying to manage with effort and dedication in Tigray.
And all people of goodwill should support the Ethiopian government’s efforts to help local people regain their fate after being freed by the terrorists of the TPLF, who after 20 years of business and despotic management of power are still trying , with the support of their old friends and with all the means at their disposal in the West, to safeguard their goal of destroying the unity of Ethiopia in order to maintain its hegemony even at the cost of creating damage and loss to their own people.
For those who wanted to understand how things really were, it would have been enough to re-read the various public speeches that Abiy made before intervening in the Tigray.
Real appeals to the population in which it was explained that Addis Ababa wanted to do nothing but restore order in the region and peace in the entire Horn of Africa.
Appeals reiterated also by the television channels, but fallen on deaf ears in the Tigrai not by the real will of the population but because the elites wanted to resist until the end.
What happened after the capture of Macalle, the capital of Tigray, by the Ethiopian is certainly a chronicle of war. And as always, tragedies are also unintentionally caused in these cases. If there have been acts of violence committed by the military they must of course be investigated and harshly condemned.
We have no doubts that the Nobel laureate Abiy will be able to bring the possible culprits to justice and that he will promote a commission of inquiry to this end that will shed light on what happened in an impartial manner. If in addition to the criminals of the TPLF there were also soldiers or officers of the Ethiopian army among those responsible, he will be able to punish them in an exemplary manner.
Because even during a war there are rules and laws that must be respected. But even these facts should they be ascertained, they must not make us forget the reality and that is that it was the Tigrin power groups that did not respect the peace agreements by unleashing the war with their hostile act.
It was always they who did not want to lay down their arms despite numerous invitations to surrender. And, again, it was they before fleeing the region who opened the prisons and sent thousands of common criminals to the streets and used the defenseless population as a shield.
In such situations it is clear that there is a humanitarian emergency. In a tormented region, it is clear that the population, already exhausted by famine and Covid, is in a state of profound suffering and is therefore trying to flee to neighboring regions. This is certainly a drama to be reckoned with and to cope with. We should all work hard to end the suffering of people harassed by power games.
But the truth must be respected. It is difficult, but we must try to stick to the facts without being subjected to provocations and without giving in to the attempts at disinformation still underway. Conversely, victims are added to victims, tragedies to tragedies.
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