EthiopianReview's Elias Kifle Says Eritrea will reunite with Ethiopia

Elais Kifle (right) in Eritrea with President Isaias Afwerki (center).

The following is Ethiopianreview's Elias Kifle position on Eritrea and Djibouti:

By Elias Kifle

As we celebrate Ethiopian New Year today, we have a special announcement.

It has been 24 years since the northern Ethiopian province of Eritrea was separated for no good reason other than to fulfill the Arab League's mission to dismember and cannibalize Ethiopia. The 4-decade war that was fought to cut off Eritrea was funded primarily by Saudi Arabia, and other Arab League nations, as recent Wikileaks documents proved. Mainly because of the stupidity and corruption of the Derg regime, Ethiopia lost the war, and the Tigrean People Liberation Front (TPLF) that came to power in Addis Ababa lobbied the United Nations to expedite the separation of Eritrea from Ethiopia, becoming the first "government" in history to argue for dismembering the country it rules. At the time, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF aka Shabia) was not in a hurry for Eritrean statehood, because their priority was to loot as much of Ethiopia's wealth as they could and turn Ethiopia into several mini-states before their mission is completed. By the time the Arab League puppets, Meles Zenawi and Isaias Afwerki, came to power in 1991, Derg's idiocy and cruelty had completely neutralized and demoralized pro-unity Ethiopians. Ironically, it was narrow Tigrean nationalists who averted both EPLF's and TPLF's plans.

After 7 years of looting spree, in 1998 Tigrean nationalists who had grown to despise Shabia have had enough. At their instigation, TPLF and EPLF fought a bloody war that claimed the lives of over 100,000 people in a period of 2 years.

The 1998-2000 TPLF-EPLF war put an end to Meles Zenawi's Greater Tigray Manifesto. But Shabia has not lost sight of its ultimate plan.

After inviting Ethiopian opposition groups to come to Eritrea to receive training and assistance to fight TPLF, Shabia slowly started to once again put together its plan to divide Ethiopia along ethnic lines by breaking up the multi-ethnic Ethiopian People's Patriot Front (EPPF) into 5 ethnic groups -- Tigray People's Democratic Movement (TPDM), Benishangul People Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambella People's Liberation Movement (GPLM), Southern Ethiopian People's Front for Equality and Justice (SEPFEJ) and isolated Amharas in EPPF. Shabia also arrested, tortured, and murdered many leaders and members of EPPF and others who resisted its ethnic apartheid plan.

Ethiopian Review's position regarding Eritrea for the past several years has been the following: Preserve the remaining Ethiopia and let the next generations of Ethiopians and Eritreans, who share the same culture, language, history, and religions, discover the fallacy of separation and reunite.

However, after 16 years of closely observing Shabia's activities, it is clear that Shabia has no plan to leave Ethiopia alone. Evidently, Shabia will not rest until Ethiopia is Balkanized and obliterated. On top of dividing up Ethiopian opposition groups along ethnic lines and banishing patriotic Ethiopians, Shabia is conducting a coordinated propaganda campaign targeting young Ethiopians to embrace their ethnic identity instead of their Ethiopian identity. For this purpose, Shabia currently funds TV and radio programs, websites, conferences, and books. Taking over ESAT was a big bonanza for Shabia.

Today, after buying ESAT and Ginbot 7 to become its puppets, Shabia is gaining a foothold in the Ethiopian opposition camp by pouring enormous amount of money. Ginbot 7 alone receives over $1 million per year in cash from Shabia, not to mention the logistical, technical, and political support it is receiving. In the end, Ginbot 7 and all other Shabia puppets will fail miserably, and Dr Berhanu Nega and others who are currently in Eritrea will rue the day they set foot in Asmara. But may be not before they do too much harm.

Even members of the defunct Derg officials are now shamelessly joining the Shabia bandwagon as if they have not done enough damage to Ethiopia. In a span of just 14 years, Derg gave away 2 major Ethiopian territories -- Djibouti and Eritrea. Not to mention the terror they unleashed on the people of Ethiopia for 17 years. Haven't they done enough?

Unless we take Shabia's intention seriously, we will have no country to transfer to the next generation. We can ensure Ethiopia's survival by addressing the root cause of the problem, i.e., Ethiopia's rightful claim over all of her stolen territories.

Ethiopian Review reaffirms its belief that Eritrea and Djibouti are historically, legally and culturally Ethiopian territories.