Drs. Tsegezab Gebregergis
Tigray and its people are now at war against the chauvinist forces led by the unconstitutional government of Abiy Ahmed. It is therefore very important to understand clearly the military and political objectives of the war in progress.
As far as I am concerned, the nasty war declared by the Ethiopian fascist dictator and his counterpart, the Eritrean megalomaniac and tyrannical dictator, Issayas Afeworki, has the military and political objective of conquering and humiliating Tigray and its people and bringing them into total submission and enslavement.
Furthermore, the objective of the aggressive joint offensive under the command of the unconstitutional government led by the crude fascist dictator of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, and his counterpart, Issayas Afeworki, is also to create the favourable military and political conditions in both Eritrea and Ethiopia for the direct annexation of Eritrea into the moribund Ethiopian empire led by the dying Amhara ruling elite – a chauvinist political elite that never learns the lessons of history and has been the cause of all the wars and conflicts in the Horn of Africa. Throughout its known history, Eritrea and its people have been the victims of aggression by the Amhara elite in Ethiopia.
Consequently, the fates of the Tigrayan and Eritrean people are intimately connected. There is, therefore, an urgent need for active solidarity and coordinated response by the brotherly people of our two countries to tip the military situation in their favour.
Similarly, it must be also clearly understood that the Tigrayan people being cornered at present from all sides by hostile chauvinist and expansionist forces have every right to defend the national honour and dignity of their country and its people using every form of weapon. This includes effective use of the heavy artillery in their possession – artillery with a range of some 750 miles – and demolition of the command centres in which the cowardly instigators of the war against Tigray and the Eritrean people are taking shelter. It must also be clearly understood that, if this nasty war which serves no intelligent purpose continues, no-one in Ethiopia or Eritrea will be safe.
Obviously, the sane and healthy thing to do would be to stop the war immediately and bring about a negotiated settlement of all outstanding problems between Eritrea and Ethiopia and between Tigray and the unconstitutional government in Ethiopia.
Needless to say, war is a double-edged sword and, in the final analysis, all participants become net losers.
I, therefore, hope that wisdom will prevail, that the war will be stopped before irreparable damage is incurred and that negotiations made in good spirits will resolve all outstanding issues in a civilised manner.