The Tightening Noose

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In the early hours of 4th November 2020, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), launched an attack on the Ethiopian Northern Command,  euphemistically calling the attack, an anticipatory self-defence attack, while the rest of the world condemned the attack  for what it was — a cowardly terrorist act on the innocent.

This unprovoked and gruesome attack by the TPLF on Ethiopian soldiers while they slept, was the spark that ignited the current fighting in the Tigray region between the Ethiopian Federal Army and renegade TPLF forces.

In the early hours of 4th November 2020, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), launched an attack on the Ethiopian Northern Command,  euphemistically calling the attack, an anticipatory self-defence attack, while the rest of the world condemned the attack  for what it was — a cowardly terrorist act on the innocent.

In the fighting that ensued — after the Ethiopian Army had recovered and regrouped from the attack by the enemy within — it has become all too clear that the TPLF had committed one of the greatest military blunders in the entire history of warfare. It did not take long for the Ethiopian Army to overrun TPLF held territories, driving the TPLF back to Makele, the capital of Tigray, at break neck speed, with no or little resistance from the TPLF forces. It was only a few weeks ago that the TPLF had vowed that Tigray, the region that it controls, would be the burial ground of any military force that dared to attack it.

With its ill conceived military plans in tatters, its forces in total disarray and with each passing day its demise getting closer, the TPLF like other forces similar to it — Adolf Hitler and Sadam Hussein — resorted to firing rockets indiscriminately at cities in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

It is said that if one does not learn from history, one is condemned to repeat the same mistakes. History shows us that in 1944, when it was becoming clear to Hitler that the tide of war was turning against him, he had unleashed his V1 rocket and later his V2 (which Londoners nicknamed ‘Doodlebug’) rocket  on cities in Britain, with London  taking the brunt of the attack.  The rocket attacks, apart from spreading terror amongst the people and destroying houses and factories, had no effect on the outcome of the war and were not able to spare Hitler from defeat. Similarly, as the Coalition forces were closing on him, Saddam Hussein had resorted to launching Scud missiles on neighbouring countries to sow terror and in a desperate bid to reverse his losses. Yet again, the missile attacks achieved next to nothing, apart from bolstering the ego of Saddam. 

With the Ethiopian Federal Army tightening the noose around TPLF’s neck, in a last grasp attempt to find a way out of the impasse of its own making, the TPLF launched a rocket attack on Asmara, the Eritrean capital, on Saturday 14th November 2020. Despite the targets chosen being densely populated civilian areas in Asmara, by sheer stroke of luck, the rockets missed their targets, causing no damage.

The aim of the attack was to try to draw in Eritrea into the fighting and by doing so, internationalise the conflict and give the International Community reason to intervene in favour of the TPLF. Like its initial act of aggression, this too turned out to be another huge blunder, as Eritrea showed great restraint — something the American Secretary of State appreciated and commended— in avoiding the trap that had been set for it.

Today, on 27th November 2020, with the TPLF holed up in Makele and with the Ethiopian Army poised to deliver the final blow to TPLF’s Jugular, reports are coming in that there has been an attempt by the TPLF to hit Asmara with rockets. It appears that the rockets have not even reached their intended destination and have fallen harmlessly in the wilderness.

The TPLF’s attempt to draw in Eritrea in what the Ethiopian government calls an operation to restore the rule of law in Tigray, has not been confined to launching rocket attacks at the Eritrean capital.

The TPLF concurrently with its military operation has waged a concerted propaganda war through the media — greatly aided by its western mouth pieces — to try and implicate Eritrea and accuse Eritrea of taking part in the conflict.

Eritrea has been accused of taking part in the fighting by sending in its troops into Ethiopia, but no evidence to corroborate these claims have been put forward. The TPLF’s modus operandi, is to make such claims through ‘Eritrean opposition’ media outlets which it owns and finances and using those Eritreans that have sold their soul to it, for a few pieces of silver.

It is interesting to note that those media outlets that had for so long purported to have been Eritrean and to be standing for the rights of Eritreans, have not condemned the missile attacks on Eritrea. In fact, they have cheered on the TPLF and have expressed their wishes for the Eritrean army to be destroyed by the TPLF — an act of treason that should never be tolerated nor forgotten.

As one sees those who claim to be Eritrean, wishing to see the demise of the Eritrean armed forces, which have spent the past twenty years in the trenches safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty by protecting the country from an attack by the TPLF, the story of King Solomon’s judgement comes to mind.

The story of King Solomon’s judgement is as narrated in the Bible is as follows,

Two mothers living in the same house, each the mother of an infant son, came to Solomon. One of the babies had been smothered, and each claimed the remaining boy as her own. Calling for a sword, Solomon declared his judgment: the baby would be cut in two, each woman to receive half. One mother did not contest the ruling, declaring that if she could not have the baby then neither of them could, but the other begged Solomon, “Give the baby to her, just don’t kill him!”

The king declared the second woman the true mother, as a mother would even give up her baby if that was necessary to save its life. This judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom.

Those who cheered when the TPLF falsely claimed to have destroyed entire Eritrean Army divisions, those who were elated at the news of the attacks on Asmara, have revealed their true self and have shown their loathing of Eritrea and what it stands for. The crocodile tears that they have shed over the years, will now burn them, leaving an indelible scar, which will forever be seen as testament to how much they detested and hated Eritrea.

Eritrea, Ethiopia and the entire region now find themselves at the dawn of a new era— and era of peace and development.

ዓወት ንሓፋሽ

Yafet Zereou

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