A stagnant mind in Asmara reflects at the AU summit in Addis through Girma Asmerom’s Vocal Chord
A stagnant mind in Asmara reflects at the AU summit in Addis through Girma Asmerom's Vocal Chord PART II by Fetsum Abraham This is a continuation of my last article on Girma Asmerom's speech at the recent AU
by Fetsum Abraham
This is a continuation of my last article on Girma Asmerom’s speech at the recent AU summit in Addis. That article discussed his grievance vis-a-vis the Badme or Ethio-Eritrean border issue.
In this article I will discuss my opinion on his short speech at the summit on the US.
As it had been throughout the Eritrean experience, philosopher Afwerki can not finish an agenda without injecting the term “lies” and “US” in his speeches. I can not tell you if phobia or obsession caused this amplified paranoia vis-a-vis said Lies and Americans but President Afwerki is in one way or another chronically in love with DECEPTION and the US: both have become the center of his existence. He is deeply infatuated with lying; he denies the existence of lawlessness and injustice in Eritrea. So in love with America he is on the other hand; the interesting president accuses it for anything including a hick-up.
Girma Asmerom’s predicament on the groundless Eritrean excuse of failure on the US
The Eritrean government press release on the AU Summit presented Girma’s grievance stating that; “In this connection, the misguided US policy is holding peace hostage in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and the Horn region as a whole, Mr. Girma Asmerom underlined.”
Eritrea’s threat is not dangerous anymore and can not be used to hold the East Africans hostage any longer. It is a paper tiger that has been neutralized through absolute dictatorship, poor diplomacy, poverty, lawlessness, political instability, sanction, isolation, academic and economic stagnation, arrogance, empty pride, increasing public awareness, weakened Eritrean army, etc. Besides, the genuine democratic development in Somalia has nailed the final impression to the dead case by sidelining Al-Shebab (the best weapon of Afwerki’s ambition to disturb the region).
As for Eritrea’s accusation of America, the US has no responsibility here than facilitating the process peacefully which it did; the rest is Eritrea’s, needless to say that the Super Power has indeed officially and clearly fulfilled its responsibility on the matter by virtue of accepting our country’s ownership of Badme, the REDSES COAST and our ISLANDS included: The fact that the US validated the verdict at the HAGUE unquestionably justifies this conclusion.
How can a nation that does not even have a constitutional law accuse America of holding peace hostage in the region? Can someone tell this government that you can not manifest the art of holding peace hostage stronger than denying a constitution and education to a society in a language it understands?
An obstacle that Eritrea created viv-a-vis the US.
Afwerki, after confronting the Clinton administration face to face for at least 2 years, the Bush administration for 8 very long years, happened to be the first president to pick a steam with president Obama immediately after he came to power. Obama tried to have it better with Eritrea but Afwerki refused.
One source of information says that; “On Wednesday, June 17, 2008 a VoA reporter revealed that Mr.,Johnnie Carson (US Assistance Secretary for African Affairs) had alleged that the Eritrean Embassy in Washington, DC had returned his passport “without a visa in it.” According to the reporter, Carson commented later, “If relations are not improved it will not be because we’re not trying to act as a respected partner.”
Another sources states: “…..Mr. Michel Lewis [a politician representing the Europeans on the issue of Dawit Issac] explains the obstinacy of the Eritrean president [by] say[ing] the president has little or no interest in boosting diplomatic relations. For example, when the new US administration wanted to send to Eritrea Mr. Johnnie Carson, an official from the US Department of State, the Eritrean president insisted that he wants to talk with Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. In relation to this, several letters were sent to the Eritrean present from the American government to which he did not reply even after several days. In spite of such confrontational (brutal and head on) approach, Mr. Michel says he tried his best to keep a good relationship, a relationship of trust with the Eritrean president, but he didn’t get what was promised to him. He added that he had done everything he could, listen to the president, never denounce him in public, show patience, and he thought that this would bring something in return. It never happened.”
This evidence discloses that Eritrea refused to normalize its relationship with America. Obama having had a job to do at the highest political pinnacle of the planet, had had no direct time for the vision less dictator. Neither could Hillary who was busy working as the third strongest politician on the planet spare the time for the president of Eritrea. Mr. Johnnie Carson was what Afwerki’s standard of political status deserved at best from the United states similar few other leaders in the continent. He was the qualified diplomat assigned for the job by his president. Afwerki, however, made his desire to meet either with Obama or Hillary mandatory for dialogue between the two countries and refuse to accept Mr. Carson for a chat.
Okey; here is the thing: Direct dialogue with an American president is not something any president can achieve: one must earn it through civility and good diplomacy. Afwerki could not understand this basic reality. He wanted to be like Meles Zenawi who earned respect from all international leaders (academically and politically) and directly met Obama on quiet few occasions representing his country and the African continent including Eritrea. Obama invited Meles to attend the G8 meeting held at Camp David in May 2012, for example to represent “Africa on the issue that concerns the continent: From climate talk to the other issues” and he did. Afwerki was represented by Meles in that summit like were all other African leaders. The difference was academic capacity and diplomatic intelligence (“Meles acquired an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the Open University of the United Kingdom in 1995 and a masters of science in economics from the Erasmus University of the Netherlands in 2004. In July 2002, Meles received an honorary doctoral degree in political science from the Hannam University in South Korea.”
Truth hurts but he educated himself and his fellow politicians after the war with Mengistu was over, ladies and gentlemen! If you have higher education in business, economics and political science, chances are you have equipped yourself with academic tools to lead a nation better than than those in the opposite side of the fence. I do not think the Eritrean president went to school after independence; nor do I believe that he allowed his officials to be educated for their positions like Meles did, needless to comment that he does not appear like a person who self-educates through reading. But Meles qualified himself for a leader to be reckon with and had no problem meeting any leader in the world.
In short Afwerki did not allow Obama to play a positive role in any issue similar to his habitually rigid and confrontational diplomacy against other initiatives. Obama, therefore, can not civilize Afwerki by twisting his arms and must wait for something to change in order to help. I think brother Girma, once again failed to come with a new idea in this contemplation. There is no evidence that he provided for his allegation against the US at the meeting.
In conclusion, whether by personal, psychological, circumstantial or psychopathic reasons beyond the comprehension of the ordinary mind, Afwerki can not avoid getting in cross roads! He can not avoid the US for survival; yet he can not stop accusing it for all the problems he created in the region.