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“If it lasts more than four hours, see a doctor.”

 

 

“If it lasts more than four hours, see a doctor.”

EsaTed 12-18-18

The recent developments in Ethiopian politics are described by a young man from Tigray as “a fight among kids who are goat shepherds trying to take a higher ground and throwing rocks so other Sheppard’s won’t get to the top.” This may be true of the fight among the sister parties in the EPRDF, but the problem with Ethiopian politics has more to do with this narrative of making the other (mainly Tigray) less Ethiopian than its historical rival.

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As politicians employee different methods to galvanize support among their base, there is no problem when arguments are presented to show why the other (not people) but political party is presented in a not so forgiving way, in fact that is part of the normal discourse when you get into the arena of politics.

But unfortunately the lines that should not be crossed are so thin and intentionally or unintentionally politicians and their supporters sometime cross them and when that happens a good leader knows how to change course and bring the conversation back.

Looking at what is going on in Ethiopia;the current federal government seems to have crossed the line for political expediency. Creating a boogeyman to rally support is fair game, but characterizing a group of people or as we have seen in the recently released documentary, Tigrigna speakers as perpetrators of crime is not what any reasonable minded person supports, but if you think it is a good idea I say please stop.If you think how you get to power is not as important as getting to power, then you are in for a rude awakening. And if you still think TPLF or the people of Tigray are the enemies, maybe you should see a doctor because your hate has lasted longer than….

 

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