Ein Haufen von Ignoranten und Lügnern:

 

Herr Wim Dohrenbusch kommentiert am 01.07.2008 aus Nairobi und  nannte die Afrikanische Staatengemeinschaft ein Trümmerhaufen und peinliches Schmierentheater. Ein Haufen von Ignoranten und Lügnern: Die Bezeichnung mag passend sein. Die Frage ist nun, warum regt sich Herr Wim Dohrenbusch auf?  In Folge von Äthiopische und Amerikanische Invasion  gab in Somalia seit Dezember 2006 rund 12.500 Tote und 25.000 Verwundete, knapp eine Millionen Menschen befinden sich jetzt auf der Flucht. Alle Oppositionsführer Äthiopiens saßen andere sitzen noch in Gefängnissen. 200 Menschen sind auf den Strassen von Addis Abeba geschlachtet. Das interessierte Gordon Brown nicht, Kanzlerin Merkel nicht, Herr Wim Dohrenbusch nicht. Die AU und IGAD haben die Invasion Somalias gebilligt. Dafür sind Herr Bush und Herr Gordon Brown  sehr dankbar. Warum also die Aufregung über Zimbabwe? Hat das mit Demokratie zu tun? Hören sie auf Herr Dohrenbusch!

 

Above:   Opposition leader Tsvangirai surrounded by his masters, Western Ambassadors pretending to be his friends. We want Tsvangirai; we want Tsvangirai…, to show where they stand in Zimbabwe - with the MDC. Do they care about what the Zimbabweans want? NEVER. They are there to protect the interests of a very few Settlers (1% of the population) who own 70 % of the countries Farms, who in turn are the guarantors of their own interests.  

 

Why does the West behave that way in Zimbabwe but the opposite way in Ethiopia? Why did they impose sanction against Zimbabwe and why not against Ethiopia? Please read what the opposition leaders of Ethiopia had to say about their experiences with the western Ambassadors.

Zeru

Opposition leader Berhanu nega, Bucknell Speech, February 26, 2008 It was a clear Thursday evening in March 2006 when two prison guards called me outside my prison cell. I and my colleagues in the Coalition for Unity and Democracy had been in prison already for five months by then. The guards told me to get dressed because I had "important" visitors waiting for me at the main prison office. Followed by my two escorts, I went to the office to meet these "unknown" guests. But, when I got to the office, I saw the familiar figures of Vicky Huddleston, the Charges d' Affaires for the U.S. Embassy and the French Ambassador. We all knew each other and greeted each other before we started with the more serious business that brought them to the Kaliti prison.

I was happy to see them initially, thinking that the West had finally seen the madness of the Zenawi´s government and might be looking for a negotiated way out of the crisis. I knew the U.S. was nervous about the instability and wished it to end. What I didn’t' t know was how far they were willing to go in pushing the government to clean up its act and respect its own laws.

Mrs. Huddleston and the French Ambassador told me how worried they were about the ongoing instability in Ethiopia and said that if we didn't put an end to this, it might spiral out of control. I told them that I agreed with their assessment.
 
Believing that they would agree with me, I said that the easy way out would be to pressure the government to abide by its laws and to negotiate on the 8 points that we put forward before the crackdown, which asked for allowing the independence of the institutions necessary for a democratic political order, such as a free media, an independent election authority, an independent judiciary and a neutral police, security and military apparatus.

Mrs. Huddleston’s response to my statement went directly to the crux of the matter. She said …the US and EU governments have no way to force the government to abide by its own laws. Yes, she said, we could impose some economic sanctions, but sanctions are usually not very effective.
 
So, since the government was not willing to do the right thing, it was up to the opposition to avert this potentially dangerous instability. She suggested that I abrogate my Mayor ship and tell the public to accept as Mayor the person chosen by the government. Since the public listens to you, she said, they would accept that outcome, then we could slowly cajole the government to jump start the democratization process and release you from prison. Otherwise, you are going to be in prison for a very long time.

At first I could not believe my ears. That was the official US position, and it was contrary to everything that the US government has been proclaiming in support of freedom and democracy around the world. I knew from history that the US had done some pretty nasty stuff around the world to protect what it deems to be in its "national interest." But I was still totally bewildered by what I was hearing from the US representative.
 
First, I was directly experiencing the kind of hypocrisy that I had only read in books, and it was powerful and shocking to encounter it so directly. Second, I could not fathom what " national interest" made the US take such a blatantly unjust position after the cold blooded murder of hundreds of unarmed civilians following a stolen election that had been witnessed by international observers.
 
I was totally outraged by what was going on in
Ethiopia and I felt that every freedom loving person would be equally outraged. I also knew that the US and European governments knew in minute detail what had happened in the country. Furthermore, I knew full well that the US and the EU had such a strong influence on the Meles government, that they could actually force the government to change its ways. So, I realized that they must have taken a cold, calculated position not only to keep the government in power, but also to grant its wish of staying in power without the burdens of democratic accountability.

What made me really angry at that moment were not so much the positions they had taken. It was rather their audacity to turn my friends and me into accomplices to the government's wicked schemes.
 
Their visit was arranged to convey the message that we should not expect any real pressure on the government from the West. If there was any pressure it would be on us to surrender. I had heard a couple of weeks before that Ambassador Huddleston had invited our families to the embassy to ask them to pressure us to accept the government's demand to secure our release
. So, this visit was a continuation of this psychological pressure to weaken our resolve. My response was angry and not very diplomatic. In brief, I told her what a shameful position she and her country were taking. I said that I would rather die in prison than be a party to the destruction of democracy in my country.
I also told her that I knew that her words and action did not reflect the decency of the American people. She and the French Ambassador shamelessly tried to convince me to do what they asked, during which time I became angrier and angrier.
After things calmed down the French Ambassador asked me what kind of chocolates I liked so that he could send me some through his driver the next day. I was simply amazed by the brazen and crude nature of big power diplomacy.
 
As I walked back to my cell, what hit me powerfully was my realization that for these diplomats and the policy makers in their capitals giving them orders, we are nothing. We are not even human beings properly speaking. We are just pawns in their global game, and it was not a good feeling at all.

It was only after about eight months that I figured out the reasons behind the US position, when I started to hear the escalating rhetoric on the government media about the danger posed by the Islamic Courts Union of Somalia to
Ethiopia’s security. The arguments presented by the government made no sense. Nobody in Ethiopia felt threatened by this shabby bunch of amateur militias. I knew it would be absurd for Ethiopia to invade Somalia for a number of reasons.
 
When the full scale invasion of
Somalia by Ethiopian forces occurred, quickly followed by the bombing of Somali militia targets by the US military, I understood very well the calculation behind the unconditional support of the US for the dictatorship in Ethiopia. After 14 months of non-stop conflict claiming thousands of lives and at least a million Somalis displaced, Somalia is slowly but surely resembling Iraq.

While official US policy in the Horn region lacked any moral centre and thus was deeply
disappointing to democratic forces inside
Ethiopia, particularly those of us in prison, we were also hearing from various short wave radio sources that gave us hope and strength. Many American citizens were active in sending letters to Congress and the State Department asking for our release and trying to influence their governments to do what is morally right.