When Meles Zenawi is challenged by a real journalist, the theory about his "great mind" becomes highly unsustainable. We know what happened when Stephen Sacur of the BBC's hard talk put him to test. Andrew Simmons a journalist of highest integrity was in Addis Ababa recently and took Meles to task. See here how dim-witted he could be.
Of course, there are challenges in Mogadishu, but the rest of Somalia is very
stable and even in the case of Mogadishu, taking into consideration the fact
that this is a city of 2.2 million people, awash with guns, the type of
security challenge we currently face are not all that unexpected or
There are mortar attacks on the national palace and the airport almost every day. Ethiopian soldiers were killed and dragged on the streets of Mogadisu. This isn't really alarming security challenge for Meles.
If one assumes Somalia is equal to Mogadishu, then, of course, that could be a
correct assessment, but I believe Somalia is not equal to Mogadishu. The rest of
Somalia is absolutely stable and even in Mogadishu, while there are these
challenges, these are not insurmountable challenges. You talk of daily attacks
on the Ugandans, as far as I know, not a single Ugandan soldier has been killed
since arriving in Mogadishu. That gives you an idea of the scope and scale of
the attacks which understandably are exaggerated by the media.
Almost a fifth of Somalians live in Mogadishu. It is both the commercial and political capital of the country. ALthough it isn't equal to Somalia, It is the most important part of Somalia. Most of the wars in the war lords era were fought in Mogadisu. Without the capital's stability, there can't be full stability in Somalia. There are reports that at least 40 thousand of the city's residents have fled since the insurgency started. Is the benchmark for stability the death of Uganadan soldier? How about the refugees? How about dragged bodies of Ethiopian soldiers?
Now, this assertion that they brought peace to Mogadishu, in some ways is very
similar to assertions by some, that Hitler, for example, instilled, enforced
peace and stability in Germany after the turmoil in the Weimar republic, but the
way he did it was such that it would be obnoxious to everybody and could
not be sustained.
Now this is an intersting statement to make. Those who credited Meles for bringing enforced peace should take note.
That(somalians think Ethiopia is an occupying power) is not the
overwhelming opinion of the overwhelming majority of people in Somalia.
Did he get that from the same TPLF "pollesters" who predicted a sweeping election victory in May 2005?
Had it been the case, we would not have rooted out the Islamists in four days
with a very limited contingent and we would have had fire burning throughout
Somalia, that is not the case.
How does he expalin America's swift conventional victory in the Iraq war and the subsquent nation-wide insurgency? Is it the case of Iraqis, discoverning in the spur of the moment what they hadn't at the start of the war?
The Horn of Africa is much safer now than it was in December, in spite of
the conflict in Somalia and the tension in Eritrea, the Horn of Africa is doing
very well economically the bulk of the population lives in Ethiopia and Ethiopia
is doing very well economically, we are going ahead with all our plans, so I
don't think ... I can't say the Horn of Africa is very stable and safe but I
cannot say that it is deteriorating either.
Kidnappings, thousands fleeing from their homes, torture, mortar attacks on puppet leaders....That is the story of horn of Africa since December. God save us from what Meles thinks is the worst.
More on Meles's view of Ethiopia's human rights situation on Monday.