By Belay

Let it be known Eritrea is a troubled land: abondoned by its avuncular stepfather, it did not know where to turn.

Eritrea did not prepare itself to fight back the Italians for two reasons. It was so small and its citizens fragmented on religious and ethnic lines could not see itself carry the burden of armed struggle to liberate itself. 

Likewise it did not want to claim it was part of Abyssinia, as it felt Abyssinia under the Amhara rulers who were more obsessed with the colonisation of weaker group of people in the south, west and eastern part, as well as Tigray what has been known as Ethiopia.

For lack of choice Eritrea tacitly preferred to stay ruled by the Italians and served as a military force, albeit derogatorily known as Ascari, under different Italian commanders in all the battles the Italians fought Abyssinians, Libya and also including against the British who came to liberate them from the colonial masters. 

In 1950 the gov’t created a pension fund for nearly 140,000 #Eritrean Ascari who had served in the Italian Colonial Army. The amount was minimal (the equivalent of $100 yearly) and was paid through the Italian Embassy in #Asmara

Now the Eritreans are back occupying Tigray with flimsy excuses and their plan to colonise and exploit is fast fading like a dew and don’t know how to extricate themselves without blame and accountability.

For face-saving the Eritreans are embroiled in propaganda war fronts suggesting that they would resume war against Tigray at any time so to scare Tigrayans into thinking they ought to settle the conflict with the them amicably. 

If this were to happen then the Eritreans would be embraced by world leaders and would go scotch free and convince their citizens that they opted for peace because of world politics. That way they would secure a favourable  tum-thump and save themselves the indignity of mea culpa.

The other front of their propaganda is that they are in Tigray and would remain in Tigray as long as the Ethiopian government did not request them to evacuate and leave.

The Eritreans live in cloud cuckoo land. Eritrea is a sovereign country and requires no permission to do business and/or carry out a military exposition outside the will of its own people. 

Only mercenaries and racketeers do this sort of work for a commission. Unless Eritrea is an open and close mercenary  nation carrying operations for a commission, then it wouldn’t have done what it did and wait for a request to act and cease its illegal activities.

One thing is clear the world ought to know: Tigray will not sit down and conduct peace negotiations with Eritrea. No one is legally bound to sit with mercenaries to do business. Old habits die hard: a Ascari is always Ascari, they can’t help it! 

By aiga

6 thoughts on “Eritrea: From euphoria to carking hysteria!”
  1. One problem with your article. Tigray cannot “sit down and negotiate with Eritrea” as you put it. That’s not a choice. Tigray is a backward region of Ethiopia and only the federal government can sit down and negotiate with foreign nations. Tigray is not a nation nor will it ever be.

    1. “Tigray will not sit down and conduct peace negotiations with Eritrea with modern day ascaris, enslaved by amhara ” Most of us do agree with the above phrase.
      In modern day world , eversince their socalled eritrean independence, eritreans are not able to erect modern buildings, drive advanced cars , incapable of enjoying full internet acess.
      “As low as 6% of Eritreans have a mobile phone and hardly 1% go online (ITU 2012).”
      “By the end of 2018, more than 507,000 Eritreans had fled their country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — a little under 10 percent of the population. These economic migrants invaded almost all richest nations of the planet are not able to change the living standard of their nation. Their people are deployed to steal, rape and brutally massacre their neighbors out of satanic envy and their anger due to their defeat in ethio-eritrea war that took place from May 1998 to June 2000.
      ከም ሀገርን ውልቀ ሰብን ልዕሊ 30 ዓመታት ዘቑጸረ ናይ ጥምየትን፥ሥደትን ፥ልመናን ታሪክ እዩ ዘለኩም ደቂ ኢሬታት ሽኮሪናታት፥ ብወገነይ ምሥ ኤርትራውያን ዝምስረት ዓዲ ክህሉ አይንደልን፥፥አብ ክልተ አድታት ዝነብሩ አህዋትን አኀትን ይባኸለልና ካኣ፤፤ደቁ አዴታቱ አቦታቱ አኀቱ አህዋቱ ናይ ደቀ ኣዳም ገፅ ዘለዎም ሰብ ሥመሥሉ አራዊት ኤርትራውያን ብግፍኢ ዝተቀትሉ ሥድራ ዘለዎ ሰብ ምስ ኤርትራውያን ክህወስ አይደልን፥፥ምስ ኤርትራውያን ናይ ኀባር ረብሃ ዘለዎ ሰብ ብዙህ ክዛረብ ይክዕል እዩ፥፥መሰሉ ካኣ እዩ፥፥ብግዲ ኩሉ ትግራዋይ ናተይ ሃሳብ ክቕበል አለዎ ኢልካ ምዝራብን ምግዳድን ግን ቕቡል አይነኮን፥፥ኩሉ ነነናቱ ሃሳብ ከንጸባርክ ይኽእል እዩ ፥፥ናተይ ሃሳብ ዘይድግፍ ትግራዋይ ነፍጠኛ፤ሻዕቢያ ፥ዲቓላ እዩ ኢልካ ምፅራፍን ናይ ወድ ሰብ መሠል ምርጋፅ ግቡዕ አይኮነን፥፥
      እት ሐደ ብብዚህ ዝስማዕ ነገር ተሊዩ ትግራይ ሀገር ክትውን ኢልና ኣይተቃለስናን ዝበሃል ዘረባ እዩ ፥፥አቱም ጎይታይ ሻለቓ አነ ትግራይ ሀገር ክትውን እየ ዝቓለስ ብዚኣ ዘይስማማዕ ተሊዩ አነ ናብ ገዛይ ክምለስ እየ ክብል ትይጽበዩ ኔርኩም ድዩ፥፥ኩሉ ትግራዋይ ንዓዱ ንስድርኡ ንመላዕ ትግራይ ካብ ወረርቲ ከድህን እዩ ተቃሊሱ፤፤ ግና ብምክያት አብ ሕዝብ ትግራይ ዝበፅሓ ግፍዕታት፤ኢድካን እግርካን ተአሲርካ ብህይወት እንተ ኣለዉ ናብ ባሕር ክድርበዩ እናራዕና፤ከም ከብቲ ትግራዋይ ክህረድ፥ኣዴታት ሕፃውንቲ ክድፈራ ፥ተነጊሩ ዘይውዳዕ ግፍዕታት ኣብ ቅድሚ አይኖም ሥለዝረዓዩ ብተወሣኺ ካኣ ናይ ጸላዕትና ታሪክ አብ ግምት ውሽጢ አእትዮም ድኅር ሕጂ (ገዲም)ምሥ ጸላዕትና አይንነብርን ብሽሞም ኢትዮጵያውያን ተባሂልና ክንፅዋእ አይደልን ሰላም ደቕና አቦታት አዴታትና አኀትናን አህዋትና ሠላምን ደህንነት ኩሉ ትግራዋይ ውሕስነት ክህልዎ ትግራይ ሀገር ክትውን ኢና ንደሊ ንዝበለ ትግራዋይ ባንዳ ኢኻ ክትብሎ መሠል የብልካን፥ፖለቲከኛ ኩን ድላይካ ተኸተል ናብ ሥልጣን ዘደየበካ ድህንነተካ ተሀሊዩ ክትነብር ዝገብረካ ናይ ሕዝብካ ድምጺ ክትእፍን እንተኮይንካ ዲክታተር ምኻንካ በግብርካ አመሥኪርካ ኣለካ፥፥ከም አቦታቶም ጸላዕትና ንኽልተ ዓመት ምሥ ባዕዳን ወረርቲ ወጊናም አብሕዝብና ጃምላዊ ቅትለት ፈፂሞም ኢዮም ሕጅውን ቀፂሎሙሉ አለው፥፥ንዚ ታክ ነፍጠኛታት ንኻልኣይ ጊዜን ንሓዋሩን ከይድገም ውሕስነት ክህልወና ትግራይ ሀገር ክትውን ኢና ንደሊ፥፥እዚ ናይ ውልቀይ ሃሳብን ምኔትን እዩ ዘይሠማማዕ ንክህልው ርዱዕ እዩ የናት ሆድ ዥንጉርጙር እዩ ከምዝበሓል ግና ዝድግፍ ካኣ ከምዘሎ እሙን እዩ፤፤ምሥ ኤርትራውያን ክትሓውሱና ግን ኣይንደሊ፤፤ደገፍቲ ሻዕቢያ ኮኑ ተጻረርቲ ኩሎም ኣብ ሕዝብ ትግራይ ዝወረደ መዓት ጃምላዊ ቅትለት ዕንወት እጃሞዖም አወፍዮም እዮም፥፥ሓደ መንግሥቲ ሓይሉ ካብ ህዝቡ ዝእክቦ ሰልድን ሠራዊትን እዩ፤፤ንዚ ካኣ ኩሉ ኤርትራዊ ዘይተሓለለ ግደ እጃሞ ተጫዊቱ እዩ፤፤እዚ ካኣ ዘይካኻድ ሐቂ እዩ፤፤ሠራዊት ትግራይ ናብ ኤርትራ ናብ ከኣቱ እዩ ምሥሠምዑ ኩሎም ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ኢና በሓልቲ ተቃውምኦም አስሚኦም እዮም፤፤ኤርትራውያን ብዛዕባ ዕጫ ትግራይ ዝውሥንሉ ዝዛተይሉ ትግራይ አንደሊ፤፤ዉኢሎም ሓዲሮም ካኣ ንሕና ኢና ገበርቲ ፈጠርቲ ክንገዛኩም ኢና ክብሉ እዮም፤፤ኣይንደልን፤፤አልሰምተንም አይሰማዕናን ከይትብሉና፤፤ሥድራኹም በኤርትራውያን ተቀቲሎም ተሃሪዶም እንተዝኸውን ነይሩ ንስሑም ኤርትራውያን አህዋትና ኣሓትና በሓልቲ ትገዱ ኔርኩም፤፤

      Let us take the bloody price made so far into account and without forgetting the likelihood of future prices if we remain in the socalled ethiopiawinet serving as a blindfold, and spell bewitching us and made us victims of massacre for centuries by the same people, their forefathers and their children(i;e fanos ).
      Let us make ሀገረ ትግራይ real and work together despite our difference in political and personal standing for the sake of safety, security, betterment and development of Tigray, oppressed people for centuries.It is evident for everyone of us , building autonomous Tigray not an easy task for people who underwent extensive suffering and who lost their public & private infrastructure , but it would be good idea for the safety and security of future generations of Tigray. We are not concerned for ourselves but for our future generations . BTW, most of us find it the surrender of heavy artilleries to ENDF, when fanos and other Eritreans are still in Tigray. Do TPLF leaders want to bing a knif to the gun fight ?

      Thank you

    2. Yodit,
      I might agree with you that Tigray at this time is weakened for the obvious reasons we and the world community know about, but your statement “Tigray is not a nation nor will it ever be”, is an erroneous assumption and I want set things in their perspective. There are many arguments that can be made to nullify both assumptions. The first thing one needs here is to study the criteria social scientists and UN offices use to verify whether a group of people residing in a specific region fulfil the criteria to be considered a nation. In my humble opinion, Tigray compare to many African small nations, including that of Eritrea, is more than qualified to be a separate nation. The question to ask is, do the Tigrians want to be a separate nation? In addition to this universal rule, the Ethiopian constitution (declaration #39) anticipates every Ethiopian region has to right to leave or stay the federated union of Ethiopia. To my knowledge, so far, the question of being a separate nation has not yet come forward in the minds of the Tigrians at large, but potentially, Tigray can quit the union any time it wishes to do so. Now, because you brought the issue of a nation, if we follow the criteria used to define a nation, does Eritrea qualify to be a nation, especially now, when Isaias and its so-called leaders destroyed all the conditions that make a region a nation? I doubt it.
      That said, I want the Eritreans to enjoy their hard-won independence and wish them the best, but sustaining it as an independent nation is a burden the Eritrean young generation is charged with.

      1. This very weak, weak argument man. You need to get out of this weak TPLF mindset. Tigray is the oldest nation in the world. Eritrea is a fake country first crafted by Menelick and Mussolonic and then that fake Eritrea resurrected by the cursed TPLF. Both Eritrea and Ethiopia are fake. They have no history as nations. There is no book history book about Ethiopia or Eritrea. All the books talk about Tigray or Axum. Tigray includes Eritrea of today and this is our ancestral and historical land. The Tigrignea speaking people in Tigray are Tegarus or Afar or Kunama or Saho and the rest is rubbish legacy of Menelick and Mussoloni. The article is fully flawed because bases itself on colonial legacy.
        The problem is not the people in Eritrea or in Tigray. The problem is the modern Italian and Menelick Ascaris which are TPLF and Shabia. Let us be honest, both parties evil ones. Talking about both people is wrong. It is TPLF who told us it fought for Eritrean independence? right? it is TPLF who saved Issayas on last hour? right? why blame only one person Issayas or the people of North Tigray? neither the writer nor the commentators are solution for the problem we have. All of you are colonial stooges. Tigray does not need the rubbish TPLF article 39 after now. That article of TPLF is dead now. Tegarus have to reclaim their historical and ancestral land, sea and people. We will not be separating from Ethiopia, because we were never Ethiopians to begin with. We will restore our oldest country Axum. We need something new not this all rubbish who waste our time talking about Italian or Menelick narration. Tigray was never part of Abyssinia or Ethiopia. The Tegarus in Eritrea were told to Italy, did not choose Italy to colonize them. Instead of discussing to know the root problem, you are telling about Menelick and Mussoloni? Tegarus, you must change and learn. There are many Eritrea Tegarus who are more Tegarus than the Menelick Tegarus. What is the difference with one Tigray becoming Italian Ascaris and another becoming Menelick Ascaris? Which is better? Tegarus in Tigray are still under Menelick colony and at least Tegarus in Eritrea are free physically from the Italian albeit the mental colonization still persists. So weed Tegarus on both sides who restore our history but not those who try to insult our people on both sides by calling Ascaris . This is stupidity to be honest. Are we not Tegarus in Tigray under the colony of Amhara for the past 160 years? We do not see it but we are colonized until now. To be a nation, we need to restore our historical and ancestral land, sea and people. We do not need the rubbish TPLF article 39 that genocided our people. Enough is enough, Tegarus in Tigray, you do not see the log in your eyes, but you blame Tegarus in Eritrea for your own failures ? I know Aiga website, the blind TPLF supporter will not allow this comment. But changing is coming that will liberate our people from the slavery of TPLF and Shabia. Death TPLF and Shabia, Resehat

  2. BTW, most of us find the surrender of heavy artilleries to ENDF unacceptable, when fanos and other Eritreans are still in Tigray. Do TPLF leaders want to bring a knif to the gun fight ? Thank you

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