We Oromo nationalists seem to be legitimately quick to accuse and judge our fellow Oromo individuals, who seem to work with our foes, as being politically on the wrong side and so to be possibly guilty. We some times denounce our such fellow Oromo individuals as being collaborators, betrayers of our Kaayyoo and even as criminals who did certain atrocities against Oromo nation. Then all who have been denounced like this are usually denied the recognition of their talents, which we would have respected disregarding the fact to whose service they applied their talents. Who were/are actually the targets of such judgement of ours? Let's look at our history and our status quo in short for this may help us to correct our mistakes in order to achieve our desired future destiny.
Before proceeding in my writing, let me operationally define two important words (innocence and guilt) to be used in this essay. Innocence is a term used to indicate a general lack of guilt, with respect to any kind of crime, sin, or wrongdoing. In a legal context, innocence refers to the lack of legal guilt of an individual, with respect to a crime. Guilt is a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes - whether justified or not - that he or she has violated a legal or moral standard, and is responsible for that violation. There can be a situation where a person can be found guilty by others, including the justice institution, but the person may not feel it emotionally or accept it cognitively.
Regarding our history, we tried to accuse and vilify some of the prominent Oromo individuals like Gobana Dacee, Qusee Dinagde, "Minilik" Caalaa ("our colonizer"), Teferi M. Guddisaa, Teferi Benti, Demise Bulto, Mengistu H. Ayaana, Merid Nigussie, Kasaye Cemedaa...etc. Here to make my position clear, I am not the supporter or fan of these Oromo individuals, but I just would like to recommend that we better recognize and accept some of them, specially the non criminals, at least as strong and talented Oromo individuals who only played their game in a wrong club. It is not my intention to declare that they are either innocent or guilty because of their actions, but I do appeal to all Oromo people to recognize their talents.
Let's look at soccer profis as a good metaphor! I know two national players in Germany, who are originally from Poland, their names being Klose and Poldolski. Few years back ( I don't remember whether it was in European or world compitition), German national club played against Poland and it was Poldolski who made his historic goal to make Germany a winner against Poland. After that there was a discussion among Poland's politicians on the question: who is wrong for the fact that this talented man from Poland could play for Germany instead of for Poland? Was it the fault of the player? Was it the fault of Poland's politicians? Was it the fault of his parents? Was it the economy that was stu*pid?.....etc. Fault finding after fault finding took place, but with no avail to correct the lose for Poland.
Who ever did the fault, the fact was that the talented Poland citizens played against Poland for the advantage of Germany. This is a classical example to be used to explain the reason for condeminig the talented Oromo individuals who played a political game in the club of Abesha against Oromo. It is fact, which we can not deny, that these Oromo individuasls were talented, but they played in a wrong club. So the above mentioned politically talented Oromo individuals and a lot of others in history played for Abesha against Oromo. We know the main motive of the soccer players is the money they do earn, but what was and is the motive of the Oromo individuals who played or are still playing in wrong political club? The temporary financial gain or some other life advantage? If so, then it can be simply put as an opportunism. Otherwise who was responsible for their choice of the club for whom to play? Was it only the political conviction and the understanding they had at that time, for some didn't know the viability of Oromia and might have thought their only country was Ethiopia? Well the previous politicians in history might have thought so, what about those serving Abesha today? Is it may be for they are the mentally enslaved part of Oromo national body as a result of the subjugation we endured in the last about 150 years? Or who really did the fault so that our talents could serve Abesha political club instead of Oromo club? Mind you there were/are also a lot of Oromo talents serving Abesha club in other fields like in language, art and sport, for instance Tsegaye G/Medihin aka Debteraw, Be'alu Girma, Tilahun Gesese, Abebe Biqila, Kenenisa Bekele, Tedi Afro (Tewodros Kasahun Germaama)...etc.
I think the politics of the empire in the last 300 years till Weyane took power in 1991 was seemingly under the domination of Oromo individuals including Amharinya speaking Oromo of Shoa. The main crime or mistake these Oromo elites did seems to be their action of promoting and using Amharinya as a national language, neglecting or even oppressing Afaan Oromo. Why did they do that? May be was it similar to the German royal family, who used to speak french rather than german language, giving more value to foreign language in order to show their own "better quality" in comparision to the ordinary citizens? I do have my own thesis. Some Oromo groups in Shoa seem to have accepted and developed Amharinya since 1270 in relation to their acceptance of the Holy book which has been written in Ge-ez. So they fostered Amharinya as the new language out of Ge-ez and Afaan Oromo. Then it was given a moral upper hand being the language of both clergy and royality. Elite Oromos who accepted the religion and such royality also revered Amharinya at the cost of Afaan Oromo. Minilik Caalaa of Shoa and co are the products of such process. Then being the carriers of this moral upper hand, Amharinya speaking Oromo groups started to feel superior to others and then tried to "civilize" their Afaan Oromo speaking siblings south to them. It is historically recorded that very few soldiers from Tigrai or Semien came to invade Oromia, but mainly the "gallant" Oromo individuals of Shoa (both Amharinya speakers and Afaan Oromo speakers) being led by Minilik Caalaa and Gobana Daacee did the invasion! They promoted Amharinya and Orthodox religion at the cost of Afaan Oromo and Waaqeffannaa. Simply put they promoted Amhara club. Amhara and Tegaru being the semetized nations of Kush peoples are then called to be Abesha (Abyssinians). Language rather than biological heritage being the main part of national identity, this made the above mentioned Oromo individuals in history to be considered that they played in a wrong political club (played for Abesha against Oromo).
Now we can see that based on the different languages they do speak (not necessarily based on their biological origin), there is a development of different national groups (e.g. Amhara nation, Tegaru nation and Oromo nation). Accordingly, not only in history, we also see today that there are a lot of talented Oromo individuals playing in Abesha political club against Oromo's national interest. Nowadays Abesha forces fighting against the right of Oromo to self-determination are devided in to two: Amhara forces and Tegaru forces. Related to this, we also see a lot of talented Oromo politicians playing their political game in either Amhara club or Tegaru club. There are some playing for Amhara club, for e.g. people like Birtukan Midhagsaa, Fikire Tolosa, Shekspear Fayyisa, Alemayehu G/Mariyam, Assefa Seifu, Andargachew Tsige....etc. Those playing in Tegaru club include people like the current Ethiopian president Girma, Junedin Sado, Girma Birru, Shifarra Jarso, Kedir Muktar....etc.
I personally think these all are talented Oromo individuals in a wrong club. But the question to be answered is that, are they automatically guilty for playing in a wrong club? Or we need to trace the specific crime they did against Oromo people and Oromo liberation movement? Should we condemn them as persons or should we denounce their works? As far as those in history are concerned, I would like to suggest that only the professional and unbiased hitorians can look at the political life of these talented Oromo individuals who played for Abesha club and then tell us wether they were really guilty or not regarding the political life of their own people Oromo. Concerning those who are now active in Abesha club, we can currently record the crimes they may do against their people and we can bring it to judgement in due time. But as a principle we just need to accept that in general talented Oromos who politically played their part in Abesha clubs both in history and in status quo need to be seen as innocent till proven guilty in relation to Oromo's right and regarding Oromo liberation movement.
What is the moral of this approach for our future destiny? It shows clearly that Oromo individuals need to know for which political club to play and for us all to know that political game is not necessarily equivalent to political crime. Secondly we as Oromo should try to comprehend the question, why do only Oromo talents play in Abesha club and why do we see almost no Abesha talent playing in Oromo political club? Here the answer is that unlike soccer clubs where only money and advantage plays a big role as a source of motivation, in politics only either the subconsiously enslaved mind or the deliberate betrayer of once own nation can play in others' club. This was the fact in almost all world's political areas, where collaboration is common and it is also true in the empire we do live in. There are a lot of enslaved Oromo minds, some Tegaru minds, many Gurage, Wolayita, Sidama, Hadiya, Somali, Afar, Kambata, Harari...etc minds who played for and who are still playing in Amhara political club, being falsely designated as "Ethiopian cause". There are again nowadays since 1991 a lot of people from almost all nations who are playing for Tegaru aka Weyane club, again being coverd as "Ethiopian club". But, not surprisingly, we find almost no Abesha or other nations who did serve or who is now serving Oromo political club, for none of the nations listed above was enslaved by Oromo.
Besides mental slavery and the deliberate betrayal, there are some people who have been additionally decieved by the packet (package) called "Ethiopia" in which different contents can be packed. They think that they serve only Ethiopia, but in reality they do serve either Amhara club or Tegaru club. Greeks packed all blacks in to the packet, Jews packed all Kush nations in to it, Tegarus try to pack either Axum empire or Weyane govenment in to the packet and of course Amharas do want to fill the packet with either old empire till 1991 or with Amhara nation. So when ever we hear and read the name Ethiopia, we have to try to discern which content it meanse. Specially we have to know that in all pro Amhara websites, the name Ethiopia nowadays can be replaced by Amhara nation and in pro Weyane websites, the name Ethiopia meanse simply Weyane regime. It is only Oromo people and our politicians who didn't try to use this packet, filling it with Oromo content. Whether such move is beneficial or not, it is recommendable for our politicians to consider the option of testing and using it.
Anyways, our modern approach towards our Oromo collaborators should be to identify and know the enslaved, but talented part of our body (Oromo) who just served Abesha camp without doing any crime against Oromo people in contrast to the deliberate betrayers who did concrete crime. We should just examine exactly whether they have done a crime against Oromo liberation movement or wether they only have been enslaved and served the other camp with out commiting concrete crime. Yet we may still ask: isn't serving the enemy camp by its self a crime? If we mean they are Oromo talents who have been programmed since their chilhood by Abesha soft ware and accordingly served Abesha cause, as far as I am concerned they are not necessarily criminals, but surely they were and/or are slaves. If we mean they are criminals, we need to give a convincing evidence for the fact that they did any specific crime to judge them as such. Otherwise they are simply only innocent slaves of Abesha till they are proven guilty of any criminal act against Oromo national interest. Leaving the history for historians, regarding the future, it is up to every Oromo individual to choose between being criminal Oromo, enslaved Oromo or free and innocent Oromo!
Waaqayyoo bless Oromia!!