Why is the West Trying to Revive the Fortunes of the TPLF?
Africa is a vast continent with huge natural resources and unlimited potential — a potential that is yet to be harnessed for the benefit of the people. Despite the wealth that Africa has, it has come to be seen as being synonymous with abject poverty and human suffering.
Though the reasons behind the failure of Africa to fulfil its potential are complex, suffice to say that Africa’s descent into the abyss of poverty and deprivation began with European colonialism.
Whether one argues for or against the legacy of colonialism in Africa, one cannot deny that during the period of colonialism, the Europeans were able to control the entire continent and exploit its resources with impunity.
Taking into account the degree of control European governments and the length of time they stayed in Africa, one would be forgiven to think that they were able to exert their influence by deploying a vast European army, but history tells us that this was not the case.
If Africa was not awash with European soldiers, how did European politicians sitting in London, Paris or any other European capital manage to rule the entire continent, with an iron fist at that? The answer is simple, they got Africans to do their dirty bidding and used African troops to control Africans while they simply stood at the helm and gave directions.
The modus operandi of the Europeans was rather simple, the first step was to identify a minority group. The second step was to put the minority group in charge and give it more privileges than the rest. By placing the minority group in authority and supporting it, the colonial powers were creating a system whereby the group in power was entirely reliant on them and would be subservient to them, doing whatever they ask of it if it wished to retain its status.
Though most African nations are considered to be independent nations in their own right today, unfortunately their affairs are still being influenced — mostly adversely — through the same mechanisms as that of the colonial times, with the only difference being that nowadays the interference of Europeans is somewhat covert as opposed to being overt during colonial times.
It therefore can be said that Africa had been colonised by the Europeans through empowering insecure minorities who were entirely dependent for their continued rule by the Europeans. More importantly, these minority groups were willing to do absolutely anything to hold onto their privileged position bestowed upon on them.
To understand why the European Union, the British government, and a plethora of western ‘experts’ are throwing their weight behind the now defunct Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), one should try and understand the nature of the TPLF and the character of its 27 year tight grip on the reigns of power in Ethiopia.
When the TPLF took power in Ethiopia back in 1991, it had managed to carefully disguise the fact that it was a hungry wolf poised to devour Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa by putting on its European tailored sheep skin clothing.
For 27 years, the West had tried very hard to convince Ethiopians and the people of the Horn that the TPLF was just a cuddly lamb, misunderstood by many. They made excuse after excuse for the repeated intransigence of the TPLF, turning a deaf ear to the cries and wailings of the people of Ethiopia in places like Amhara region, Gambela, Wolkait, Raya, Somalia Region etc as the people felt the Europe funded cold steel of the TPLF pressed against them.
The sole purpose of the TPLF was to cause unrest in the Horn and destabilise it, it managed to do this by first declaring war on Eritrea in 1998, then by invading Somalia in 2006. The antics of the TPLF was not limited to trying to destabilise its neighbours, but it was also busy violently suppressing the Ethiopian people, as the Europeans looked on.
Taking into account the violent history of the TPLF and its inherent flagrant disregard of Human Rights, any sane and reasonable person would not expect such a vile organisation to be given support by the European Union — a political entity which would like us to believe that it aspires for the highest standards of Human Rights.
Any real expert on the Horn of Africa who is worth their salt, would not hesitate to condemn the TPLF and find it difficult to put in words the profound relief that they would have felt at the demise of the TPLF, let alone advocate for it or worse, endorse its plans.
Sadly, since the TPLF’s stupefying miscalculation in November 2020 when it tried to seize power in Ethiopia by trying to bring under its control the Ethiopian Army Northern Command — which made up about 60%-70& of the Ethiopian army — by launching simultaneous attacks on Ethiopian army bases in the dead of the night, we have seen a great deal of western experts willing to sacrifice their career, creditability, and their moral standards in trying to give support to the defunct TPLF and exhume it from the political grave in which it is buried in.
The reason behind this continued support for the TPLF by the West is simple, they see the TPLF as an integral part of their plans to destabilise the Horn and confound the development efforts of countries like Eritrea.
The TPLF is an insecure, amoral, savage and malicious group of unimaginative short-sighted thugs, making it an ideal tool of the West in their quest to keep Africa in eternal poverty and subjugation.
It is therefore no wonder that when the true children of Africa are rejoicing at the demise of the TPLF, the West is not only trying to revive the fortunes of the dead TPLF, but is actively engaged in a futile attempt to try and restore this most despised group to power.
The time has come for the West to realise that the people of the Horn of Africa and the wider region have breathed the same sigh of relief that Europeans breathed at the demise of the German NAZI party and that people of the Horn are as equally determined in ensuring that the TPLF will never walk in the corridors of power, as the Europeans are about seeing the NAZI party coming to power.