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The Vandals of the 21st Century: Eritrean and Amhara Troops in Tigray

The Vandals of the 21st Century: Eritrean and Amhara Troops in Tigray

 

Kalayu Abrha

01-18-21

We are having a "Wild West" scenario in the 21st Century, in a world that has succumbed to the rule of lawlessness, when it is expected to be more human than the anthropoid ape it evolved from. What is happening in Tigray is a material expression of how much humanity has retrogressed socially while paradoxically it claims to have achieved a space-age technology.  The world's largest democracies and the World Body have disabled high-tech world wars but turned a blind eye to wars of savagery worldwide. The "highly advanced" world has stood and watched the Jewish holocaust, the death camps of Cambodia, the massacre of Salvador Allende's supporters, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, the Rwandan  genocide, and the Rohingyan tragedy. Tigray, an ancient human civilization, a world treasure, and the home of brave but peace loving people, has been invaded by foreign troops, with the inexplicable permission of Ethiopia into its sovereign territory to do whatever they wish to do.

Tigray is the core of the Axumite Civilization, which spanned for over a thousand years and was the contemporary of Rome. This makes it a world heritage that is jealously guarded by humanity. What happened to great Rome, in the 5th Century AD, by the Vandals is happening to Tigray in the 21st Century. By this Century and much earlier, the world has moved the common noun- "Vandals"- into a word in the English Dictionary. In the dictionary the word "Vandal" means a person engaged in the worst of all human actions over fellow humans. This implies that the world has vowed never to allow anything like that ever after. Unfortunately, realities around the world, including in Tigray, is a living witness of the fact that the world community has not lived upto its promise of making Vandalism history. The word Vandal has close to 30 synonyms: savage, brutal, uncivilized, rude, rough, harsh, destructive, atrocious, outrageous, cruel, barbaric, inhuman, ruthless, malicious, ferocious, sanguinary, blood-thirsty, beast, merciless, wild, unpolished, rapacious, ravenous, remorseless, hard-hearted, hooligan, murderous.

The Vandals were barbaric Germanic tribes who invaded Rome at the height of its glory. Rome at the time had been the highest and most complex material expression of the level of intelligence the human race had ever attained. However, Jacobsen, who studied the history of the Vandals, thinks that the Vandals were a lesser evil than they appear in the history books. He wrote "They did sack Rome but they spared most of the city's inhabitants and did not burn down its buildings." Here we are running for the "Vandal Book of Records"! What the "wild" invaders of Rome restrained themselves from doing, i.e. destroying and looting infrastructure and exterminating Romans, is being done in Tigray by the joint Eritrean and Amhara troops. So, this implies that these troops are Super Vandals. The world has a clear choice to take: To stop these troops from finishing off the ancient land of Tigray and keep the history of the Vandals without a modern day competitor, or sit and watch the tragedy and in the end write a new world history for the Super Vandals. Choosing the latter sets a sad precedent for worse acts of Vandalism in the future worldwide.

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