Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel
Prize for Peace which begs the question, if it takes two sides to
fight a war doesn’t it take two sides to make peace? Just as it takes
two hands to clap it takes two to make peace and P.M. Abiy has taken
pains to give credit where credit is due, that Eritrea President
Issias Aferwerki, his partner in the peace process was the leader in
this process. Abiy said it unequivocally on July 8, 2018 at the end of
his speech welcoming Issias for the first time to Addis Ababa, stating
that “Issias is leading us”.
Abiy is 43 years old, leading Ethiopia only since April of last year,
2018. Issias is well into his 70’s and a gray haired battle hardened
veteran with almost 60 years of revolutionary leadership under his
belt. Who do you think was the primary party responsible for peace
between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Abiy or “Issias is leading us”?
Abiy has been unstinting is his praise for Eritrea and our leadership,
saying how, during his first visit here in June 2018, that he would
like to be an unofficial foreign minister for Eritrea so he could let
the truth be known and help fight the lies being told about our
Not a word of this is being mentioned in any of the international
media other than in pages such as these and we here in Eritrea have
learned to expect nothing else. For how can so called “democracy’s”
allow praise for a leader who came to power through the armed
struggle, by “the barrel of a gun”?
Revolutionary and socialist, Eritrean President Issias Aferwerki is an
anathema to those perpetrating neo-colonialism to maintain control of
the wealth of the richest continent on the planet, Africa. They do it
through elections and the IMF, who supposedly saw their recent offer
of $1.6 billion to “modernize” Eritrea’s economy ignored. Issias is
not about to sell the future to pay for non essentials today and fall
into the trap of economic debt bondage that inflicts the rest of
In other words, Eritrea will “never kneel down” as the national motto
goes and the western powers will not recognize anything positive about
us, to the point of ignoring reality when it comes to making peace.
It takes two hands to clap and it takes two parties to make peace. The
Nobel Peace Prize Committee showed it’s real agenda in this case. Then
again, this award was given to Barack “The Libya War Criminal” Obama
so it’s not like Abiy is joining any sort of honorable inner circle,
far from it.
We will wait and see what P.M. Abiy has to say when he accepts his
award in Stockholm, though somehow his words will be twisted away from
their real meaning and only one party will be praised for the
impossible task of making peace all by themselves.
Thomas C. Mountain is an educator and historian living and reporting
from Eritrea since 2006. See thomascmountain on Facebook or best reach
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