Ethiopians shouldn’t be distracted by bull… from the core cause of TPLF’s crimes

Ethiopian refugees living in Malta protest in solidarity with Oromo protesters in Ethiopia


Ethiopians shouldn’t be distracted by bullshitters’ slimy behavior nor should lamp together their behavior as part of the premeditated lies of Woyane. After all, they have no conviction on anything or care less for the truth or the lies as long as they get what they want. Like a jackass; their Motto is ‘what is in it for me’ — regardless who rules and the horror the rogue regime inflect on the people.

By Teshome Debalke

They say; if there is smoke there is fire. Likewise, if there is criminal[s] –roaming the streets there is crime[s].

Similarly, if the rule maker, prosecutor and enforcer are one and the same; there is jungle law of Mobocracy. Therefore, talking about the smoke instead of the fire or the crime [s]instead of the criminal [s] is redundant. In fact, it serves noting more than to arouse the public’s emotions to redirect it to undesirable ends.

The people of Ethiopia suffered enough from rampant crimes of atrocities and corruption by a gang known as TPLF, a self-prescribed ethnic Mob posed as government of Ethiopia and financed by public money and foreign aid.

This undeniable reality being the case and the simple solution at hand; talking about the smoke instead of dealing with the fire (to use the smoke-and-fire metaphor) is disservice to the people of Ethiopia and the democratic struggle.

Our people have a saying;-“መጀመሪያ የመቀመጫዬን አለች ዝንጀሮ” . The message is simple; first remove the cause of the pain than treating the symptoms. The question is; what is causing the pain-and-suffering of the people of Ethiopia under the ethnic Apartheid Mobocracy?

No, it is not Woyane’s corruption and atrocities (the smoke). Nether; it is the inability of the oppositions (to come together to remove Woyane). Nor, it is the international community’s support for the Gang of Adwa Regime double talking. These are all symptoms of the problem.

Unequivocally (to use the infamous word), it is scavengers (bullshitters) on the misery of Ethiopians and the general apathy of contemporary elites to remain silent to challenge them. Most importantly; the absence of rule of laws and accountability to the people of Ethiopia made it possible for the Gang of Adwa to inflect pains and sufferings to our people.

Therefore, the way I see it, scavengers are the primarily cause TPLF Mobocracy or ‘Thugocracy’ (to use Prof. Al word) noting more. Don’t take my words and see for yourselves when the fork-tongued scavengers run their mouth with all kinds of bullshit while the silent majority elites remain spectators in the middle of the crises brought by non-other than TPLF. Mind you; scavengers care less about TPLF’s atrocities and corruption and the ramifications but, what it offers out of its crimes.

There is another Ethiopian saying; “የአባትህ ቤት ሲዘረፍ አብረህ ዝረፍ”. The message is simple; moral laps make a person join in the robbery of his own father’s home. That is what scavengers are good at. The only thing they know best is ‘what is in it for me’ regardless of the cost to the people.
The saying ‘you can’t stand the truth’ is for a liar but for scavenger it makes no difference one way or another. Therefore, lies come naturally for the Gang of TPLF. The willful revulsion for the truth is its foundation. Unfortunately; it is the marriage of convince with scavengers that made it possible for its survival. The apathy and the silence of the vast majority of Ethiopian elites didn’t help and made the nation a no-man’s land—a playground for TPLF gangs’ in partnership with scavengers for mutual benefits.

I can’t think of a better illustration of the core behavior of contemporary scavengers’ (bullshitters) than a little known book titled “On Bullshit” (2005) authored by the Princeton University Emeritus Professor of Philosophy Harry G. Frankfurt. The 67 pages long book with provocative title published 20 years ago as an academic essay goes right to the cause of all ills of our society.

The author distinction between liars and bullshitters is enlightening and explain further; why we are stuck in the mud as people to go forward to establish a democratic society.

Robert Strauss in a New York Times’ article titled “BY THE WAY; You Can’t Stand the Truth” published the same year summarized the book as follows;

“In sum, the book explores the phenomenon that Dr. Frankfurt outlines as different from lying because it bears no relation to the truth. At least a liar, proposes Dr. Frankfurt, knows what the truth is and has a perverse respect for it. Those who purvey his subject matter just blather and don’t care about the truth at all. It stems, he says, often out of the modern need to have an opinion about everything, an impossible task that mitigates the need or even the attempt to determine the truth.”

What is instructive about the essay is; unlike any; it explores the ‘gray area’ that besieges contemporary elites and “defines the concept and analyzes the applications of bullshit in the contexts of communication. As such, bullshit can be neither true nor false; hence, the bullshitter is someone whose principal aim — when uttering or publishing bullshit — is to impress the listener and the reader with words that communicate an impression that something is being or has been done, words that are neither true nor false, and so obscure the facts of the matter being discussed. In contrast, the liar must know the truth of the matter under discussion, in order to better conceal it from the listener or the reader being deceived with a lie; while the bullshitter’s sole concern is personal advancement and advantage to their own agenda.”

Therefore, according to the author; “It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction.”

He goes on;

“We cannot think of ourselves as creatures whose rationality endows us with an especially significant advantage over others—indeed, we cannot think of ourselves as rational creatures at all—unless we think of ourselves as creatures who recognize that facts, and true statements about the facts, are indispensable in providing us with reasons for believing (or for not believing) various things and for taking (or for not taking) various actions. If we have no respect for the distinction between true and false, we may as well kiss our much-vaunted “rationality” good-bye.”

Here is what I think is the gist of the essay;

“Someone who lies and someone who tells the truth are playing on opposite sides, so to speak, in the same game. Each responds to the facts as he understands them, although the response of the one is guided by the authority of the truth, while the response of the other defies that authority and refuses to meet its demands. The bullshitter ignores these demands altogether. He does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.”

On the ‘deeper sources’ of bullshit;

“The contemporary proliferation of bullshit also has deeper sources, in various forms of skepticism which deny that we can have any reliable access to an objective reality, and which therefore reject the possibility of knowing how things truly are. These “antirealist” doctrines undermine confidence in the value of disinterested efforts to determine what is true and what is false, and even in the intelligibility of the notion of objective inquiry. One response to this loss of confidence has been a retreat from the discipline required by dedication to the ideal of correctness to a quite different sort of discipline, which is imposed by pursuit of an alternative ideal of sincerity.”
And concludes;

“When an honest man speaks, he says only what he believes to be true; and for the liar, it is correspondingly indispensable that he consider his statements to be false. For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off: he is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all, as the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says. He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose.”

Such powerful observation separates and narrows down the political crises brought in our society by Woyane (the liar) and the bulshitters in undermining the democratic struggle. It is an opportunity for Ethiopians to isolate bulsihitters that made it possible for Woyane (liar) to extend its rule thus, its crimes against the people of Ethiopia.

Notice how far we have come as people to differentiate the liar Woyane & associates from bullshitters (scavengers) in short five years since the establishment of Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) alone.

About five years ago when I wrote “ESAT is the best thing that happened to Ethiopians since the Adwa victory”, I not only envisioned the smalltime ethnic Apartheid rule would come to end because of ESAT but, ‘bulsihitters’ (scavengers as I prefer to call them) utter contempt for the truth; not to mention for the freedom and democratic rights of our people will come to light to end their miserable existence—reinforcing; bullshit is the greatest enemy of the truth than the lie. I feel vindicated when I see TPLF gangs run in their caves outsourcing their dirty job for Bullsihitters.

Bullsihitter are many to count and come in different forms and shapes. And, nowhere can you find them in abundance but on bullshit Medias for the same reasons described in the essay.

A classic example of bulsihitters’ in the recent memory I can think of were the so call Ethiopian International Professional Support for Abay (EIPSA) sometimes referred as ‘GERD Panel of Experts’ that came from nowhere in 2013 and disappear in a tin air not to be found. The ‘Experts’ in hiding will come out in public again when the opportunity arises to scavenge the people of Ethiopia.

The ring leader was Dr Belachew Tesfa, of the University of Huddersfield in UK — referred as the ‘Director’ of EIPSA and a handful of unidentified drifters no one knows from where. The ‘experts not only made lots of unverifiable bullshit in support of the Dam building but went out of their way to attack and disparage those who raised questions and moved on like gypsies—so much for ‘professional experts’.

In actuality, their bullshit has nothing to do with the need to build the Dam or anything about economic development as they wanted the public to believe. Nor, their expertise worth the paper it is written on. They are simply drifters with no conviction to the truth or the lies but, anything ‘for personal advancement and advantage to their own agenda’ just like the essay described.

Have you heard from them offering their ‘expert’ opinions ever since in what turned out to be the biggest hoax TPLF pulled on the people of Ethiopia yet? You can wish all you want but, it won’t happen; that isn’t how scavengers operate.

Many people think scavengers are part of TPLF lying machine. Quite to the contrary, they are scavengers –detached from the reality to tell the difference between right from wrong or truth from falsehood but, ‘pick up or makeup anything to ‘suit’ their purpose’ of the moment. For scavengers; TPLF’s crimes are opportunities and the people are expandable– a means to their ends. In fact, they are the last refuge for survival of TPLF Mobocracy.

Sadly to say, many foreign bullsihiters from high level of Western government officials to low level con artists on the ground are in it too–making matters worse for the people of Ethiopia. Notice how they bullshit—talking on both side of their mouth.

Quite frankly, it is embarrassing to see grownups make a jack ass out of themselves in front of the world to make scavenging respectable activity and TPLF Mobocracy worthy regime but, for them it won’t matter either way.

The proliferation of bullshitters in modern times is a phenomenon no one seems to understand –fixated on modern Mobocracy regimes like Woyane. When you examine them closely; they are separate entity — the principle rogue regimes find aid-and-comfort to extend their rule.

Whether in politics, economics or social affairs of our people, bullishitters flourished in the last decades and made it possible for TPLF to cause more havoc than otherwise on our people. They must be dealt with one-way-or-another and sooner than later to successfully dismantle TPLF’s Mobocracy.

True Medias and Civic Societies have the lion share of the responsibility.to follow up on them in order to end their miserable existence at the expenses of our people. But, the problem is; there are more Medias and civic societies pushing bullshit than the truth. Therefore, cleaning up the Media and civic society is the first thing to be dealt with.

If you notice lately, scavengers are in the front-front of talking about the economy on both side of their mouth– insinuating TPLF’s Mobocracy is better alternative. They do so; not because they can tell the difference but, their next meal comes from the status qua.

Ethiopians shouldn’t be distracted by bullshitters’ slimy behavior nor should lamp together their behavior as part of the premeditated lies of Woyane. After all, they have no conviction on anything or care less for the truth or the lies as long as they get what they want. Like a jackass; their Motto is ‘what is in it for me’ — regardless who rules and the horror the rogue regime inflect on the people.

You see my people; modern day scavengers (bullshitters) have no qualm on violation of rights and liberty of our people. In fact, they see it as an opportunity to grab more of what they can get out of the rogue regimes. That is why Woyane use them effectively to sustain its Mobocracy or why they tag along with it to scavenge what it allows them.

As I said before, the worst of them are found in the Diaspora. Most do what they do in hiding but, the few that are forced to come out in public to distract from the main issue speak bullshit with forked tongue. Remove them out of society; there would be no more Mobocracy or ‘Thugocracy’.
The question is; are Ethiopian elites ready to remove the scavengers in their mist and relief our people from the suffering inflected by TPLF’s Mobocracy?

Personally, I agree scavengers are worse than Woyane. In other words; bullshitters are worsts than liars. Liar has no leg to stand on without scavengers. Therefore, ending the scavengers’ bullshit is the simplest and the fastest way to end Woyane rule.

Identifying them is as easy as ABC. For example; calling themselves nonpolitical or neutral is the scavengers’ way of saying; ignoring TPLF’s crimes goes as long as they get what they want. Another characteristic of scavengers is justifying Mobocracy by skipping important matters that interfere with their interest. These particular bullshitters are often found in the economic sector –pretending to operate in the vacuum. As far as they are concerned; the gang of Adwa that ransacks the nation doesn’t exist.

Whether we like it or not, that is where the solution to all Ethiopians’ problems rests. Bullshit has to go no matter where it originates.

As Professor Harry G. Frankfurt concluded;

“To establish and to sustain an advanced culture, we need to avoid being debilitated either by error or by ignorance. We need to know—and, of course, we must also understand how to make productive use of—a great many truths.”
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