By Amanuel Biedemariam,
The biggest mistake the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) ever made was to pick a fight against the people of Eritrea. It was a mistake to betray Eritrea, betray EPLF. It was historic miscalculation that will cost them for a long time to come. Their moves were short sighted, poorly thought-out and it was a gamble of historic proportions that they lost. They gambled everything at their disposal to defeat Eritrea so they can dominate but lost everything.
The TPLF confidently gambled, thinking, as long as the US is on their side, any nation-let alone a nation coming out of liberation struggle can stand a chance against the wrath that the US could bring. The TPLF gambled that they can kill Eritrea in her infancy before gaining any footing. They lost that gamble. Because Eritrea is standing and standing tall as they crumble.
The Tigrayan-TPLF led regime in Ethiopia, in cooperation with Washington, gambled that they can disarm Eritrean nationalism by demoralizing, discouraging and making Eritreans feel helpless using psychological warfare strategies for nearly 20 years and failed. The best such example is when the TPLF expelled 80,000 Eritreans out of Ethiopia in the most humiliating fashion masterminded by the late Meles Zenawi, who, when asked why Eritreans that lived in Ethiopia for decades are deported; he answered, “If we don’t like the color of their eyes we will deport them.” That was done to demoralize but the gamble failed because they are now contributing to the development of Eritrea.
The TPLF assumed ethnic and religious divide will tear Eritrea apart. They also believed if Ethiopia stops trading with Eritrea, the economy will collapse in no time. TPLF gambled, under pressure Eritrea will collapse in six months. Eritrea is still standing and standing tall.
As continuation of the military campaigns of 1998-2000, the TPLF aligned with Sudan and Yemen to encircle Eritrea and suffocate her out of existence. The alliance was short lived because Eritrea masterminded brilliant Sudan strategy based on savvy military and political maneuvers that brought President Beshir to his senses and won Eritrea a prominent strategic space inside Sudan. This was another miscalculation and yes, TPLF gambled with the strength of Sudan and Yemen and failed.
The Tigaryan led regime exploited instability in Somalia first by invading the helpless nation on December 25, 2006 and secondly by connecting Eritrea to Al Shabab with lies that ultimately led to Eritrean sanctions. The battery on the people of Somalia by TPLF was relentless. It was genocide that will impact Somalia for a long time.
Now, the world knows Eritrea has nothing to do with Al-Shabab. What is lost, however, is the regional agenda of economic integration through cooperation and under the umbrella of one regional group and ultimately Africa. Of course, the minority regime was acting as a puppet to its masters. However, their unprincipled prostitution has led to countless deaths and set back the region’s economic potential by decades. This was yet another gamble that they lost. It is like a slot machine that gives you pennies and take away all your money. The TPLF gambled away the future of the region for temporary gain so they can get paid as UN African peace keeping force.
TPLF regime was relentless and did all it can to bring Eritrea to her knees. TPLF exploited UN, undermined agreement it signed with Eritrea, occupied Eritrean territories that it refuses to vacate, declared no-war, no-peace situation and pursued regime change against Eritrea openly.
The TPLF used its port leverage in Djibouti and enlisted the leadership against Eritrea. The TPLF and Djibouti waged military campaigns against Eritrea in June of 2008 and were defeated badly. They ignited the conflict and turned around and blamed Eritrea. This was designed to make Eritrea look like the aggressor. Soon thereafter the Bush Administration pushed Arab league (AL) and some African countries to condemn Eritrea at the UN automatically without any investigation. At the time the Arab League was another puppet organization that parroted the Bush administration. In fact, the AL worked against its interests. Lo and behold Eritrea outmaneuvered the schemers. And whose side are the Arab League with today? TPLF’s gamble failed.
TPLF’s mischief on the people of Eritrea are countless to detail. The Tigrayan led minority regime in Ethiopia tried to do serious damage to the economy, youth and life of the people of Eritrea. It tried to setback Eritrea’s development strategies by disrupting Eritrean life. TPLF tried to disrupt all aspects of Eritrean life negatively by tying Eritrean workforce on the border to defend their nation instead of serving the nation to rebuild. That is another gamble. The TPLF undermined Eritrean resolve to its detriment.
When TPLF started war, the entire Ethiopian population was misled to side with the minority Tigrayan regime against Eritrea. Today, the entire Ethiopian population has sided with Eritrea. After the war failed as continuation No-war-no-peace strategy of attrition was initiated. Eritrea rendered the No-war-no -peace strategy mute and motionless. Eritrea’s resolve is tried and true. This was another futile gamble TPLF lost.
The Cowards, Scalawags and Quisling League’s Demise
As part of its asymmetric warfare against Eritrea, the Tigrayan led minority regime enlisted few disgruntled Eritreans to do its dirty bids. These are true losers in every sense. Shameless brutes that saw no shame in working with Tigrayans that are hell-bent to turn Eritrea into hell on earth.
These quisling-league-gangsters are unabashed in their betrayal in pursuit of ill-conceived agendas-based on regionalism, extremist-religious views, nepotism, greed and sheer hunger for power. These traitors are gambling partners to the TPLF.
They gambled against Eritrea. They tried to gamble away hard won independence, Eritrean nationalism, Eritrea’s future, and gambled with the lives of Eritrea’s youth and gambled in the name of Eritrea with the life of Eritreans everywhere in the world.
Whilst they are the smallest fish in the pond; they tried to seal indelible mark on the future of Eritrea. To mention some:
- Alongside their Tigrayan TPLF masters, they campaigned the US State Department and demonstrated to urge US authorities to stop food aid in the midst of the 2000 war with the TPLF.
- At the behest of their masters in Europe and the US, they waged sustained campaigns against Eritrea to destroy Eritrea’s name, reputation, legacies and every value that nurtures Eritrean pride. They work extremely hard on all western, and TPLF initiated campaigns that are designed to destabilize Eritrea. They campaign to encourage Eritrean youth to flee and led many to the sea of death some are languishing in Tigray, in Sudan and all around the world as direct result of their campaigns. Contrary to their agenda the youth are going back and contributing to their nation’s developmental endeavors.
- These are cowards that found comfort in the bosoms of TPLF’s monstrosity. These cowards pump their chests every opportunity they get from their homes in the west as if they own the world. When in reality they are the yes men and women of their Tigrayan masters. TPLF pays them stipends and their livelihood depends on it. These cowards can only do what their Tigrayan master’s order them to do.
True story. A person that fits the perfect definition of a loser went to AddisAbaba from Washington DC prior to the June 12, 2016 military campaign the TPLF waged against Eritrea. He went as part of the government on exile that the TPLF made-up to replace the government of Eritrea. He is now back in DC to his failed life.
These coward losers were, and remain integral part of all TPLF, Washington, Western campaigns against Eritrea. Human rights, COI, List of countries that sponsor terror, sanctions, campaigns to stop development aid, military intervention campaigns and the list could go on and it is endless. They are and have been in it 100%!
Eritrean Resolve, The Antidote
The people of Eritrea cannot gamble or make moves for temporary gain at the expense of the future and sell the principled stands that helped propel Eritrea to independence. The Eritrea path is unwavering as described well by the motto, “Let the camel march as the dogs bark.”
The dogs barked waving false flags, exploiting heroic names like Hamid Idris Awate and stealing and exploiting the names of Eritrea’s beloved cities like Asmara. They photographed with genocidal killer, the late TPLF chief-gambler TPLF gang leader Meles Zenawi as if they were in Hollywood with a celebrity.
The shelf life of the TPLF is short relative to the history of the world. Twenty-five or twenty-six years may feel like eternity. However, the gambles they made on the people of the region was serious but temporary. And they have lost and lost big.
Today, Ethiopia is awake and ready to gobble the minority criminal Tigrayan TPLF regime like a Thanks Giving turkey mercilessly. The people of Ethiopia now know clearly that the people and government of Eritrea are not the threat but friends. They know and understand the real threat is the TPLF and their minions that claim to be Eritreans.
The minions that the TPLF wanted to replace the government of Eritrea were at home in Addis Ababa. They were vacationing, building homes and doing business with the minority regime. Food for thought. What happens to an American that travelled to Cuba when US and Cuban relations were at odds? Well, those that travelled to Addis must have thought along those lines. Instead, they went and touted the developments TPLF made Addis while deriding everything Eritrea. They did it because they believed that the TPLF will win. They gambled with the TPLF that the government of Eritrea will capitulate. They gambled and lost big.
Sudan was the first home of these coward quisling league carpetbaggers. However, when Sudan fixed its relations with Eritrea they thought home was Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. That quickly changed as all these countries realigned their positions and relations with Eritrea. Today, Ethiopia is out of reach and very far as the TPLF is being chased out of mainland Ethiopia. Where is their next home going to be? They will be homeless as there is no room for terrorists in the region because Eritrea is cleaning the region.
As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” What the Tigrayan minority TPLF clique and its coward minions partnered to achieve by gambling has failed. It failed because the people of Eritrea foiled it.
The unrelenting barrage of assault on the people Eritrea was in a sense a blessing in disguise that enriched the resolve of the people. The people of Eritrea know and understand, to thrive as nation they must withstand all kinds of pressures and stand tall by challenging the challenges head on. The people of Eritrea have answered the challenge and defeated the minority Tigray People’s Liberation Front and its coward minions. Today the TPLF is like a chicken with its head cut-off jumping from place to place headless until it dies.
The legacy of the martyrdom, bravery, valor and victory is alive and well in Eritrea. The people of Eritrea have proved that beyond any shadow of doubt!