Shell Shocked in Amhara, Ethiopia. “I don’t even want to hear the word ‘America.’

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      JC: The story is a million people traumatized and confused not only by war but also by the vitriol coming from the West. I was in an IDP camp yesterday, and I was documenting an aid organization, a local aid organization feeding people at this IDP camp. And when one guy heard that I was American, he said, “I don’t want to talk to him.” And so my escorts had to explain that no, I was there to help, to talk about the IDP situation, that I was basically a neutral, objective journalist.

      Then the guy opened up to me, after we talked him off the ledge. But he basically said, “I don’t even want to hear the word America, because Americans have done so much damage to this situation and you have aided and abetted the TPLF. We lived under the TPL for 27 years. We saw them commit atrocities, and disappear two million Amhara. We saw them create this ethnic apartheid system. And the Americans want to maintain that relationship and see them return to power.”

      The US trained TPLF troops and empowered them because President Meles Zenawi promised to be their ally during the War on Terror. Then the US turned a blind eye when Meles used their resources to destroy and subjugate anyone in Ethiopia who was not ethnic Tigrayan.

      I have a cousin who lives in Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital, whom I actually went to see when I was able to go there in June. Ethiopians are by and large mixed people: Oromo Amhara, Amhara Tigrayan, Oromo Tigrayan, Gambella Amhara, and so forth. This whole ethnic-based identity promoted by the TPLF is completely destructive. My allegiance is to God first and to human rights and justice for everyone. I just want to see justice in Ethiopia for Ethiopians.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      Jan Boehmerman
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      I don’t know a damn thing about Ethipia.   But the US MIC is VERY INTERESTED in the region very suddenly!

      What gives?

    • #448971
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      America winning hearts and minds over seas as usual.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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