There Are no Permanent Friends or Enemies in Politics!


Drs. Tsegezab Gebregergis

In connection with the article I wrote yesterday in support of the new initiatives undertaken by General Mesfin Hagos, I think it is of strategic importance that all Eritrean justice seekers understand and embrace the plain historical truth that there are no permanent enemies or friends in politics.

In other words, under new and changed circumstances in a given country, friends can become enemies and what were enemies can also become friends. This plain political truth has been witnessed throughout history without exception.

Consequently, at this particular historical juncture – that is, at a time when Issayas Afeworki and Abiy Ahmed have formed an alliance and are determined to create havoc, destruction and bloodshed in the Horn of Africa and when the new unfolding and volatile situation in Ethiopia has confined/cornered the TPLF to its home province of Tigrai – it has ceased to be the enemy of the Eritrean people.

The sole mortal enemies of both the Eritrean and Tigrian people at this juncture are therefore the Eritrean dictator, Issayas Afeworki, and the emerging new Ethiopian dictator, Colonel Abiy Ahmed. These two are the sole enemies of Eritrea and Tigrai and our strategic thinking and plans should, therefore, be based on this prevailing historical reality for the foreseeable future.

It is therefore of utmost importance that Eritreans allegedly involved in the struggle to topple the fascist Eritrean dictator – but who are incapable of understanding and appreciating the historical necessity to coordinate the Eritrean struggle for justice and democracy with the TPLF-led struggle for the national honour and dignity of the Tigrian people and who want to remain frozen in the past – should retire altogether from politics and leave that space to the young whose politics are not spiteful or vindictive.