Friday, July 20, 2007

Alas, all farces must come to an end....

The crucible of crazy that is the EPRDF is wading in so much shitamagoo that you have to wonder… does Jesus love stupid, maniacal sociopaths?

Doubt it.

Soooo, the farce of a “trial” is finally over; someone must have thrown raw meat laced with downers into Ato Meles’ cage because, bara-bing! the prisoners have been released. And it only took the EPRDF three years to realize what a colossal jackass it has made of itself.

The dementia of this trial is unparalleled by any, you must understand. Proceedings were routinely postponed because… heck, just because; judges were routinely absent; and promised “tones and tones” of evidence proving, um, genocide, was reduced to a government witness misidentifying one defendant.

Fun was had by all.

Thing is, Ato Meles has long lost all credibility with the Ethiopian people who have been living with his flowering psychosis for a decade and a half. What was amazing to witness, however, was how much humiliation his benefactors at the State Department and at 10Downing were willing to live through for their trainwreck of an ally. Remember the State Department’s appeal for a “fair and speedy” (har, har) trial? (On par with Donald Levine’s affirmation that at least they were not being boiled alive?)

The biggest loser of this trial/verdict/pardon/saving face drama is not Ato Meles. It is his enablers in the west who stood by as innocent men and women were dragged through this farce. Now they are beating their chests in victory: we mediated a release! Look, mommy. Look what I did on my summer vacation.


If Ato Meles did not routinely hemorrhage common sense, he would have understood just how much he has legitimized the CUD as a true “party of the people.” The jailed leaders, journalists and human rights activists could not have a more solid democratic accreditation than being tried in an EPRDF court.

In one of his inane speeches to his emasculated parliament Ato Meles noted how the west’s mediation effort to have the prisoners released was “shameful.” For once, for once, I agree. It was excruciating to witness how the west pretends Ato Meles is a statesman who can be dealt with on the up and up. No matter how many times he breaks his word, wriggles and bloodies himself out of negotiated deals, the Bush administration and the EU keep lowering the bar for a man with the intellectual aptitude and disposition of a schoolyard bully.

As for Ato Meles, he has proved himself, yet again, to be an extraordinarily ordinary… thug.

Welcome home, all who were released. You have done your part. We will do ours.


Anonymous gonTe said...

welcome back wonq! good to see you back. but minew, meles got off easy this time around?

Love to love ya!


12:43 PM, July 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok this time I KNOW it is you. Nobody else has that sizzle! No more unchallenged free ride for the morons running AIGA. The Wonq is back, hopefully to stay this time.

3:24 PM, July 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i disagree about his performance in parliament is inane. none of the opposition are a match for his argument skills specially that temesgen folly. always manages to get a lecture from on adam smith to ha hu of democracy..

wenket we will keep you honest too/will do our work as you put it. no more free passes for mediocres or insincerity from any side.

3:59 PM, July 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of Tom Paine’s famous lines.
“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” So, you disappeared during the trying times and now you are poking your head again thinking that it is sunshine. Shame on you!!!

8:38 PM, July 20, 2007  
Blogger mesfin said...

Welcome back, Wonke! it is this hard hitting analysis that I missed soooo much. Now, you are doing your part. Keep up the spirit.
As to the so called pardon, I say Yeleba Ainederek Meliso Lib Yaderki. It shows how woyane is desperate to get back the lost western cash aid/handout.

1:00 AM, July 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We missed you sister! Welocme back!

Agreed, it is time to do our part.


1:14 AM, July 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a slam dunk! Brilliant as always. Glad to see you back.

8:53 AM, July 21, 2007  
Blogger Redeem Ethiopia said...


Welcome back!!! can't tell you how happy we are to see you posting again. You are one in a million!

12:58 AM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad the release of the leaders have released one brilliant mind from self or...imposed exile. Welcome back, and in full vigour, Wonqette. You were definitely missed.

6:20 AM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After I read you my spirit to fight injustice went way up.
If you stay away for such a long time again I think will become suicidal.

La lutta continua!

6:31 AM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


KUDOS again . . . Simply Brilliant. I said I would eat my words. How would you like it?


11:29 AM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Mimi said...

Wonqye, it is so great to have you back! I had missed your brilliant analysis and witty comments about Ethio-politics! good to see you again...I missed you!

Great news about our leaders!
Let Freedom Reign!
Long live Ethiopia!

1:03 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost 200 people got shot and died. wHO takes the blame? According to the "deal" CUD incited and the EPRDF shot these people. Now the two sides agreed to let by-gone be by-gone.
Well, can we get back to the people's buisness?

5:40 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stick to fashion woman.
which-ever way you look at what is going on EPRDF has won game, set and match as well as achieving all its political objectives.
don't give us your "we will do our part" nonesense: where were you when those people needed the most help????

5:47 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous kezira said...

wonqi... why do i have to hear you are back from ne'er do wells? igzio! like the smell of water yetekonebet mikniat is...?

did the eprdf get "political objectives" while you wuz gone, or did i miss that, too? double igzio.

fashionably yours,

5:55 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous y.o. said...

A-ha! My cyber-stalking worked! Welcome back. No explanations needed.

K, understandable confusion. The boys of TPLF had goals- principally proving they are "extraordinarily ordinary thugs." Next goal: *exceptionally* extraordinarily ordinary thugs. (They aim high.)

I was venting all by myself for so long.


6:20 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous ye esat erat said...

"As for Ato Meles, he has proved himself, yet again, to be an extraordinarily ordinary… thug."


8:06 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous berhanu said...

Welcome back!

Now for the hard part to explain.............. where were you?

8:41 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in love....

with you..

where the hell have you been

12:12 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you're back! You mentioned that "the trial is over"--but you're wrong! There is another trial going on, and the accused are still languishing in Kaliti, with the next "official" court date still months away. I hope those who've been released haven't forgotten their colleagues who are still being held (Kifle Tigneh, Remember folks: it ain't over 'til it's over!

5:54 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Welcome back!! Please don't go away like that without telling us when to expect a post from you again.... or if some other person is taking over your blog. I guess when you come back after such a long absence, the least you can do is offer some explanation. Some of us are big fans. Don't break our heart.:~(

4:36 PM, July 25, 2007  

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