by Fayyis Oromia
Now a days Tegarus' ruling class play the same role as servants of American imperialists again to suppress Oromos and of course at the moment Amharas are as suppressed as Oromos. Theoretically now there is nothing which can hinder the alliance of Amhara and Oromo forces to come together and fight for their freedom as they attempted in AFD, but still there are practical problems. Both need yet to learn to stop their mantra of crying for mere unconditional Ethiopian unity and mere Oromian independence without a union respectively. Amharas crying for unconditional unity makes Oromos only be sceptical for Oromos know what Amharas want to achieve with this pretext. At the same time the attempt of some Oromos to forge independence without giving the possibility for a union and without giving a value for the benefit of a union among neighbouring nations makes Amharas to panic for they think that they will be driven out of Oromia. Such move of certain Oromo organizations seems to be as contraproductive as the cry of Amharas for unity.
This mistrust between Amharas and Oromos is the God-given opportunity that Weyane is using to rule over the country as long as possible. Unless Amharas and Oromos come to term and cooperate against these blood suckers, all nations in the empire have to settle for the rule of Weyane not only for few years, but for many decades. I think the union of independent nations based on the right of nations to self-determination is a middle ground and can be used as a common purpose on which the two groups aka the two giant nations of the region can agree. Union of independent Amhara, Tigrai, Afar, Oromia, Ogadenia, Sidama, Gurage.....etc as a result of their respective self-determination and even the union including Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia (if they agree based on free will) is the noble cause for which all can fight together. Not accepting this model meanse unconditional separation of these independent nations as an alternative.
I hope Amhara forces do not misunderstand my position by reading my point of view here. I am not a representative of OLF, but I am a simple private person who tries to think independently. There can be certain views of mine which may be the same to that of OLF, but not always. Supporting OLF unconditionally and helping it to be on power is not my goal. My goal is self-determination of Oromos which can lead to an independent republic of Oromia with a union of nations in the empire/region or to independence of all nations in the empire without a union. I know few Amharas do accept this first option, but many do reject the second END goal. They do want larger unitary Ethiopia than the "inferior mini states" such as Amharai and Oromia. I am for the larger Ethiopian union based on the free will of Oromos, which can be the result of a referendum. But I fear that Amharas including some of the pro-democracy ones do advocate for the unconditional unity of the Imiye, which is dictatorial unity. To forge the END aka a democratic union based on self-determination, we need the alliance of all pro-democracy forces and pro-liberty fronts in the empire against fascist Weyane. I hope this is also the status, which some pro-democracy Amharas want to achieve. This form of the alliance between the democratic forces and the freedom fighters is the meanse to get rid off the dictator and the alliance can struggle for the union of nations in the empire as an END, i.e. as the goal to fight for.
As far as I know, even the most liberal Amhara movement aka Ginbot-7 preaches unconditional Ethiopian unity, which is not the goal of Oromos and other oppressed people who do fight for self-determination of nations. I am not against Ethiopian union based on free will of all nations, but I am against forced unity of any kind, which disregards the free will of nations like Oromo. If Ginbot-7 wants a unity of purpose with Oromo freedom fighters like OLF, I just suggest that it accepts only a union based on self-determination of nations as a common denominator, instead of praying the unconditional unity mantra. I read that G.-7 is calling for an alliance of all pro-democracy forces and pro-liberty fronts as a meanse to get rid of the brutal dictator Weyane. I do accept it. Here is my concern and the question I would like to ask: In reality, alliance of whom against Weyane?
The two positions, i.e Amhara pro-democracy forces' position (unconditional unity) vs Oromo pro-liberty fronts' position (union based on free will) should be discussed and debated before attempting to forge an alliance against the fascist Weyane. Even if Oromos give their vote to independence with in a union, then it is mandatory to decide secondly on which type of federal arrangement is to be accepted as suitable. Pro-democracy Amharas are advocators of geography based federalism in contrast to a language based federalism ("ethnic federalism"), which most Oromos do prefer. As "democrats", all can live accepting the winner per public verdict. This is what UDJ wanted to achieve in Medrek (FDD) . Actually it got what it intended: §39 is rejected and if Medrek wins the next election, the issue of the type of federation will be decided by the public verdict. Here it seems Oromo parties in Medrek lost in the compromise. They didn't insist to achieve the right of Oromo nation to self-determination and even they compromised the further existence of Oromia for the fact that if geography based federation wins, Oromia will be dismantled.
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