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Oromo Talents in the Habesha Political Clubs

ARTICLE UPDATED BY THE AUTHOR – July 12, 2013

By Fayyis Oromia*

The Oromo nationalists seem to be legitimately so quick to accuse and judge certain fellow Oromo individuals, who seem to work with the Abyssinians, as being politically on the wrong side and to be possibly guilty of commission. We sometimes denounce such fellow Oromo as being collaborators, betrayers of our objective and even paint them as criminals, who did atrocities against the Oromo nation. Then, all who are denounced like this usually be denied the recognition regarding their talents, which we would have respected irrespective of the fact to whom 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 act correctly 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. 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 nationals, who only played their game in the 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 at least to recognize their ability and talent. Let’s look at the soccer professional as a good metaphor. I personally know two national players in Germany, who are originally from Poland, their names being Klose and Podolski. Few years back (I don’t remember whether it was in European or World competition), German national club played against Poland, and it was Podolski who made his historic goal to make Germany a winner against Poland. After that, there was a discussion among Polish politicians on the question: who is wrong for the fact that this talented man from Poland could play for Germany instead of for his mother- or fatherland? Was it the fault of the player? Was it the fault of Polish 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 loss for Poland.

Who ever did the fault, the fact was that the talented Polish citizens played against Poland for the advantage of Germany. This is a classical example to be used to explain the reason for condemning the talented Oromo individuals who played a political game in the club of the Habesha against the Oromo. It is fact, which we can not deny, that these Oromo individuals were/are talented, but they played/are still playing in the wrong club. So, the above mentioned politically talented Oromo and a lot of others in history also played for the Habesha against the 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 in the wrong political club? The temporary financial gain or some other life advantages? 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, for some did not 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 Habesha today? Is it, maybe, for they are the mentally enslaved part of the 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 the Habesha political club instead of the Oromo club? Mind you, there were/are also a lot of Oromo talents serving Habesha club in other fields like language, arts and sport.

I think the politics of the empire in the last 300 years, till the Woyane took power in 1991, was seemingly under the domination of some Oromo, including the Amharinya-speaking Oromo. The main crime or mistake these Oromo elites did seem to be their action of promoting and using Amharinya as a national language, neglecting or even oppressing Afan Oromo. Why did they do that? Maybe, was it similar to the action of the German royal family, which used to speak French rather than the German language, giving more value to a foreign language in order to show their own status of power or “better human quality” in comparison to the ordinary citizens? I do have my own thesis: some Oromo groups 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 Afan Oromo; then, it was given a moral upper-hand being the language of both the clergy and the royalty; the Oromo elite, who accepted the religion and such royalty, revered Amharinya at the cost of Afan Oromo. Many Amaarinya-speaking Oromo seem to be the products of such process; being the carriers of this moral upper-hand, Amharinya-speaking Oromo groups started to feel superior to others and then tried to “civilize” their Afan 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 (both Amharinya-speakers and Afan Oromo-speakers) being led by Minilik II and Gobana Daacee did the invasion. They promoted Amharinya and Orthodox religion at the cost of Afan Oromo and Waaqeffannaa. Simply put, they promoted Amhara club. Amharas and Tigreans, being the semetized nations of the Kush peoples, are then called to be Habesha (Abyssinians). Language rather than biological heritage being the main part of a national identity, this made the above mentioned Oromo nationals in history to be considered as those who played in the wrong political club (for the Habesha against the 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, Tigrean nation and Oromo nation). Accordingly, not only in history, we also see today that there are a lot of talented Oromo playing in the Habesha political club against Oromo’s national interest. Nowadays, the Habesha forces fighting against the right of the Oromo to self-determination are divided into two: the Amhara domination forces and the Tigrean hegemonist forces. Related to this, we also see a lot of talented Oromo politicians playing their political game in either the Amhara club or the Tigrean club.

I personally think these are talented Oromo playing in wrong clubs; but the difficult question yet to be answered is that, are they automatically guilty for playing in the wrong club? Or, do we need to trace the specific crime they committed against the Oromo people and the Oromo national liberation movement? Should we condemn them as guilty personalities or should we denounce their works? As far as those in history are concerned, I would like to suggest that only the professional and the unbiased historians can look at the political life of these talented Oromo individuals, who played for the Habesha clubs and then tell us whether they were really guilty or not regarding the political life of their own people – the Oromo. Concerning those who are now active in the Habesha clubs, 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 the talented Oromo who politically played their part in the Habesha clubs both in history and in status quo need to be seen as innocent till proven guilty respective to the Oromo’s national rights and regarding the Oromo national liberation movement.

What is the moral of this approach for our future destiny? It shows clearly that Oromo nationals need to know for which political club we have to play and to remember that such political game is not necessarily equivalent to a political crime. Secondly, Oromo should try to comprehend the question, why do only the Oromo talents play in Habesha club and why do we see almost no Habesha playing in the Oromo political club? Here, the answer is that unlike soccer clubs, where only money and advantage do play a big role as sources of motivation, in politics, only either the subconsciously-enslaved mind or the deliberate-betrayers of once own nation can play in the others’ club. This was the fact in almost all political areas of the globe, where collaboration is common, and it is also true in the empire we do live in. There are a lot of enslaved Oromo, Tigrean, Gurage, Wolayita, Sidama, Hadiya, Somali, Afar, Kambata, Harari, etc minds, who played for and who are still playing in the Amhara political club, being falsely designated as “an Ethiopian cause.” There are again nowadays, since 1991, a lot of people from almost all nations, who are playing for the Tigrean aka Woyane club, again being masked as an “Ethiopian club.” But, not surprisingly, we find almost no Habesha or from the other nations, who did serve or who is now serving Oromo political club, because of the fact that none of the nations listed above was enslaved by the Oromo.

Beside mental slavery and the deliberate betrayal, there are some people who have been additionally deceived by the mask (package) called “Ethiopia,” in which different contents can be packed. Oromo nationals in the wrong club think that they do serve only Ethiopia, but in reality they do serve either Amhara club or Tigrean club. Greeks packed all blacks into this name (mask); Jews packed all Kush nations into it; Tigreans try to pack either Axum empire or Woyane government in to the packet; and of course, the Amharas do want to fill the packet with either the old empire, which existed till 1991 or with the identity of being Amhara. So, whenever we hear and read the name Ethiopia, we have to try to discern which content it means. Specially, we have to know that in all the pro-Amhara websites, the name Ethiopia nowadays can be replaced by Amhara nation, and in the pro-Woyane websites, the name Ethiopia means simply the present regime. It is only the Oromo people and our politicians who did not try to use this packet by filling it with Oromo content. Whether such move is beneficial or not, it is recommendable for Oromo 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 the Habesha camp without doing any crime against the Oromo people in contrast to the deliberate betrayers, who did a concrete crime. We should just examine exactly whether they have done a crime against the Oromo national liberation movement or whether they only have been enslaved and served the other camp without committing a specific crime. Yet, we may still ask: isn’t serving the Habesha camps by itself a crime? If we mean they are Oromo talents, who have been programmed since their childhood by the Habesha software, and accordingly, served the Habesha 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 accuse and judge them as such. Otherwise, they are simply only innocent slaves of the Habesha till they are proven guilty of any criminal act against the Oromo national interest. Leaving the history for historians, regarding the future, it is up to every Oromo individual to choose between being a criminal Oromo, an enslaved Oromo or a free and innocent Oromo; may Rabbi/Waaqa help us!

Galatooma!

* Fayyis Oromia can be reached at foromia@yahoo.com.


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  1. Ajaa'iba:

    July 10, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    You are contradicting yourself. At one moment yo have been telling is that Oromia and the Southern were conquered by Menelik a little over 100 years ago. Now you are telling us the Shoa Oromos have been using Amharic since 1270. Tomorrow, I am afraid that you are going to tell us that the 3000 years anecdote.

  2. Guddisa Hunde:

    July 10, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    In my humble oppinion Oromo talents in the Habesha political clubs needs to be seen as potential Oromo social capital with the possibility of promoting the Great Gada oromo and Oromumma empowerment and justice to happen slowly but surely. Mind you NO Habesha will ever accept an Oromo or Oromos as equal human beings even if these Oromos are more Habeshas than the Habeshas themselves.

    The main reasons why Habeshas pretend to be ACCEPTING these oromos as equals is only becuase these Oromos are/were being criticised as adversary collaborators by Oromo nationalists. In that way cunning Habesha red necks can also try to use Oromo talents working among them against Oromos so that they may keep their usual exploitation of Oromo human and material resources.

    On the other hand Oromos can also learn a lot from these talented Oromos about the nature and working conditions of the Habesha mental, social and political world views. Additionally Oromos can work hard in developing their unique rich culture, social and economic conditions, political thinkings and practices, national capacity buildings,etc. and FAST advancing the Oromo national rejuvenation and empowerment as to become a strong regional and global positive actor more than ever before.

    If Oromo nationalists and the Oromo people unite , build capacities and become empowered significant national, regional and international actors believe me or not all of these Oromo Talents in the Habesha political clubs will come home even with out being asked to do so just like the parable of the prodigal son. Instead of keep condemning these talents better show them directly and indirectly a better alternative world of morality, justice and equality.

  3. Itti himi dhugaashi:

    July 10, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    How on earth come this dumb creature feels entitled to criticise the likes of Laureat Tsegaye G/Medihin and the talented oromo sports men like the iconic Abebe Bikila and the young Kenenisa Bekele??
    A loser always trying to find a blame at others, on top of it such a idiotic human! If I didn’t see the title you choose for your article, garanteed i wouldn’t have also come to read the garbage destined for a dust bin!

  4. Dallo:

    July 10, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    I don’t think you can compare Abebe Biqilaa, Qananiisaa Baqqalaa to Ras Gobena, and other so called “Galla” criminals. Here, the word “Galla” is used for those people, who may have Oromo blood, but accepted the inferior status the Naftanya system placed on them; and chose to serve and engage in criminal activities, against the Oromo people. Abebe Biqilaa, Qananiisaa are Oromos. They did not accept the inferiority complex the Naftanya tried to enstill in them, nor they massacred their own people as these other “Gallas” did. You can not compare Abebe Biqilaa and the other athletes are victims of the criminals like Ras Gobana, and all those past and current Gobena, who served and are serving the empire to keep Oromos in bondage. Abebe Biqilaa or Qananiisaa, never lifted an arm against the Oromo people, or forced the Oromo people to remain in bondage. If anything, their achievements as sport heroes, brought the plight of the Oromos to light, because they were wrongly labelled as “Ethiopians”, instead of Oromos. Your comparison of the Polish players of the German team, may be logical in the case of Abebe Biqilaa; even though I admire and prefer the Oromo girls that run for Bahrain, Turkey, etc. They are not running for Oromiyaa, but at least, they are not running for the repressive system of Ethiopia that has subjugated the Oromo people for over a century.
    All those that worked for the Abyssinian criminal system are part and parcel of the Abyssinian criminal gangsters. They are criminals because they abated and aided the system to massacre innocent Oromos, burn Oromo villages, enslave free Oromo citizens and sell them into slavery, and numerous other crimes. They are collaborators in the criminal acts and deeds. To me, these people may be Oromos by blood; but they are Abyssinian slaves or “Gallas” in every other aspect. Are you going to tell me that Gen. Jagamaa Kelloo, Gen. Abebe Gemada, Gen. Demisse Bulto, Kalbessa Beekaa (all who fought against Bale Oromo revolts), Merid Nuguse, Mangistu Haile Mariam, Dej. Balcha, and all similar disgraceful individuals are Oromos? My friend the answer is NO! NO! NO! …..NO!. They didn’t call themselves Oromos. They were not proud of being Oromos. They were ashamed of being Oromos. They served and promoted Abyssinian colonialism. They did not do anything good for Oromos and Oromiyaa. They did a lot of Ethiopia, and were proud Ethiopians. The older generation of this disgraceful “Galla” group, boast about their patriotic duty in fighting the Italians! Wow! Italians who liberated the enslaved Oromos from the Abyssinian Naftanya/Malkanya system were their enemies. To me, an Oromo peasant enlisted into the colonial Italian army as a “Banda”, and fought against the Nafxnya system, and these “Gallas” is more patriotic than the one who fought to reinstate the Abyssinian system, and the slavery it brought on the Oromo people. It hurts my feelings, and I lose respect for any Oromo that claims to be “Arbenya.” This includes some of the leaders of Macca Tulama Association that I used to love and admire. I lost respect for some of them, the day I heard they were “Arbanyas,” a disgraceful, and dishonorable duty.
    How can you tell me that people like Dej. Balcha, the third Enderase of Harar (after Ras Mekonnen, and Haile Sellassie), who sold thousands of Harar Oromos into slavery is a misguided, but talented Oromo. No my brother! you are wrong!. Dej. Balcha is not an Oromo. He is a “Galla”, who served the Nafxyna system very well. He may be talented as Gen. Samora, Menelik, Atse Yohannes, or insane Atse Tewodros were.
    In short, all those collaborators, past, present, or future are criminals, because they aided and abated the criminal Abyssinian colonial system. Do not try to come up with illogical definitions, and unfounded statements like, the “Amharic Speaking Oromos.” Menelik is not an Oromo. So is Haile Sellassie, and Mengistu Haile Mariam. They are Amharas at best, or “Gallas” at worst. Where did you get this story of “Amharic speaking Oromos?” Menelik, Ras Mekonnen, or Haile Sellassie are not Amharic speaking Oromos. They are pure Amharas. That is what they believed in, called themselves; and proved by their actions and atrocities they committed against the Oromo people. Those self degrading “Gallas” of the past, present, or future may have Oromo blood in them, but they are not Oromos. They are criminals who collaborated with the Abyssinians against their own people. They are not innocent. Their innocence is as good as a driver of or passenger in a car used by a bank robber; both the bank robber and the collaborator are criminals. This is the reality of internationally accepted legal system Stop making excuses, and create new scenarios and definitions to paint innocence over the hard core criminals. If these people are not criminals, it is hard to justify and hold the system they served as criminal.

  5. Abdii:

    July 10, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Obbo Fayyis, it is an excellent article. Neftegnas has been using these Oromo talents under the cover of Ethiopian unity. This Fake idea, “Ethiopian unity” has claimed the lives of millions of innocent Oromos. The weyane regime will be the last habesha rule to confuse Oromos. We will never be deceived by Abyssinians anymore.

    I am Oromo first.

  6. Billo:

    July 10, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    How to dilute the Oromo issue? This is what Fayyis Oromia (actually
    Dhukkubsi Oromia) has focused on. He wants to tell us that Oromo and Oromia
    have not been colonized. I don’t know if he is from Mars, his article talks
    about some imaginary Oromos dominating Ethiopia for the last 300 years (someone
    should tell him there was no Ethiopia to dominate for 300 years.) He says, Minilik, Haile Silasei and Mangistu
    are all Oromos speaking Amharic. What a carp!! For him, brutal generals like Habte
    Georgis, Gobana, and Damisse Bulto who massacred Oromos in their thousands are
    just “innocents” who were trying to do well. From all the carp he has written here, I only
    see his/her intention to dilute the Oromo question. He/ she is simply looking
    for ways to bog Oromo down in this useless topic. There is no need for any
    Oromo nationalist to argue whether Minilik, Haile Sillasie, mangistu…were innocents. Our Occupied land and our massacred ancestors
    can speak up from their graves. Go to Anole and Calaqoo, and you will hear and
    smell the atrocities of your Minilik and Gobana… Go to Carcar and Obora and talk
    to the hundreds of children whose fathers were summarily executed by these.

    The is issues are clear (black and white) Oromos need to have their country that have
    been usurped by the Abysinians back. In
    the process of the struggle for independence, we will see thousands of
    renegades who will line up with the Abysinians and wage war against the
    Oromo. We should know that a bullet that
    is shot against the Oromo by a person from the side will equally kill us,
    whether the shooter is Amhara or Oromo by blood. Therefore, Fayyis’s loaded propaganda article
    should not bog us down in this hairsplitting; we would rather debate on things
    that are meaningful to our people, like how we can enhance our struggle for
    independence.

  7. Qaanqee Qubee:

    July 11, 2013 @ 5:53 am

    Don’t be cheated Abdi, this is not a genuine article. It is full of craps. Fayyis is not ‘Oromo first’, rather he is recommending the use of Ethiopian and Ethiopiawinet to achieve our goal of self determination. It is simply what the lost ODFs have been propagating. He talks much about Oromo talents in the Habesha group since he doesn’t have confidence in himself, impliedly means he doesn’t have confidence in Oromummaa. He focuses on the less than 2-3% Oromo talents outside of Oromo camp, by dropping or giving less value and attention to the majority talent in the Oromo camp. Wise people focus on the talent ( the major) at his disposal. We are not concerned about religion that preaches about the moral importance of looking for the one lost sheep, while the rest stand shepherd less. He thinks also that since we can’t achieve our goal with a cause and a name we have now, we need to hide ourselves under the fake Ethiopia mask and continue our struggle. What a weak idea? Weak personalities (both in terms of analytical capability and bravery) focus on minor issues and individuals, they are like microscope that magnify micro level objects to a relatively visible level. It looks like that ODF is waging a counter offensive against the current burning issue in Oromo people that is trying to narrow the gap in the Oromo struggle camp by focusing on Habeshas. They are recognizing that their approach is no more acceptable to Oromo people particularly to Oromo youth that they are starting a new confusing move by pretending as if they are opposing to Habeshas/ Woyanes while they still recommend that using the Ethiopian mask is a feasible way to liberate Oromo.

  8. Qaanqee Qubee:

    July 11, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    How many of such people are out there? How much in percentile? Why do you worry about insignificant number? How do you consider a talent as a talent if it can’t analyze, synthesize, reach to a conclusion and final decision as to what is good or bad for himself and for his/her society? Don’t you think that millions of young Oromos are out there with a determination, wisdom, knowledge and bravery to pay the ultimate price for the achievement of their just cause without worrying about the insignificant minority ‘talent’ in Habesha camp? A talented that can’t scan its surrounding is difficult to consider as talent!

  9. Ganam:

    July 11, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    Your article seems the English version of Dr. Fikre Tolesa’s article. I can see that you lack a knowledge about Oromo history. You lack also a knowledge about Gadaa. If you have known about gadaa you shouldn’t have used the name shoa at all. You can’t speculate on history. The Habeshas have been speculating about Oromo history for so many years and now you repeated it. You can speculate on politics but not on history. I am beginning to doubt your orommumaa. I am sorry to say this but there is a hard edge in your article. I felt it and many oromos felt it too. It is hard to be forgiven or to be forgotten.

  10. Gadaa:

    July 11, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Fayyis Oromia is just one the old guards who wants to sustain his dirty ODF politics by
    dividing Oromos into Wallaga, Showa, Arsi etc… He is trying to play the old
    dirty card his ODF bosses have been playing for the last 30 or so years. It is
    clear that he wrote this article with wicked intention and he should be classified
    as one of those “gallant Oromos” who is playing in Habesha club just to make ODF relevant political groups in
    Oromo Politics. Fayyis Oromia, go to hell with your evil intention! No one
    listen to such old dog’s tricks anymore!

  11. Maccaa:

    July 11, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    Fayyis-Dhukkuba Oromo,

    You know very well that some of us knew whom you are from the day you started to conceal your real identity under your borrowed name “Fayyis” . Amazingly at the present time, you stood naked in the dark and switched the light bulb on your self.

  12. Fayyis:

    July 12, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    Hi ALL,
    There was no intention of criminalizing the Oromo of one region or de-criminalizing the action of those, who were active in Habesha clubs. Here is the new version of the opinion, after removeing the name Shoa and the name of the individuals I mentioned as an example. Just compare and see if it is more palatable. Otherwise don’t try to diagnose my motive, you only make a mistake!

    ———-Oromo Talents in the Habesha Political Clubs———-

    The Oromo nationalists seem to be legitimately so quick to accuse and judge certain fellow Oromo individuals, who seem to work with the Abyssinians, as being politically on the wrong side and to be possibly guilty of commision. We sometimes denounce such fellow Oromo as being collaborators, betrayers of our objective and even paint them as criminals, who did atrocities against the Oromo nation. Then, all who are denounced like this usually be denied the recognition regarding their talents, which we would have respected irrespective of the fact to whom 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 act correctly 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. 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 nationals, 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 at least to recognize their ability and talent. Let’s look at the soccer profis as a good metaphor. I personally 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 his mother- or fatherland? 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 the Habesha against the Oromo. It is fact, which we can not deny, that these Oromo individuasls were/are talented, but they played/are still playing in a wrong club. So the above mentioned politically talented Oromo and a lot of others in history also played for the Habesha against the 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 in the wrong political club? The temporary financial gain or some other life advantages? 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, 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 Habesha today? Is it may be for they are the mentally enslaved part of the 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 the Habesha political club instead of the Oromo club? Mind you, there were/are also a lot of Oromo talents serving Habesha club in other fields like language, art and sport.

    I think the politics of the empire in the last 300 years, till the Woyane took power in 1991, was seemingly under the domination of some Oromo including the Amharinya speaking Oromo. 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 action of the German royal family, who used to speak French rather than German language, giving more value to a foreign language in order to show their own status of power or “better human quality” in comparision to the ordinary citizens? I do have my own thesis: some Oromo groups 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 the clergy and the royality; the Oromo elite, who accepted the religion and such royality revered Amharinya at the cost of Afaan Oromo; Many Amaarinya speaking Oromo seem to be the products of such process; 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 (both Amharinya speakers and Afaan Oromo speakers) being led by Minilik II 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. Amharas and Tigreans being the semetized nations of the Kush peoples are then called to be Habesha (Abyssinians). Language rather than biological heritage being the main part of a national identity, this made the above mentioned Oromo nationals in history to be considered as those who played in a wrong political club (for the Habesha against the 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, Tigrean nation and Oromo nation). Accordingly, not only in history, we also see today that there are a lot of talented Oromo playing in the Habesha political club against Oromo’s national interest. Nowadays the Habesha forces fighting against the right of the Oromo to self-determination are devided in to two: the Amhara domination forces and the Tigrean hegemonist forces. Related to this, we also see a lot of talented Oromo politicians playing their political game in either the Amhara club or the Tigrean club.

    I personally think these are talented Oromo playing in wrong clubs; but the difficult question yet to be answered is that, are they automatically guilty for playing in a wrong club? Or, do we need to trace the specific crime they commited against the Oromo people and the Oromo national liberation movement? Should we condemn them as guilty personalities or should we denounce their works? As far as those in history are concerned, I would like to suggest that only the professional and the unbiased hitorians can look at the political life of these talented Oromo individuals, who played for the Habesha clubs 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 the Habesha clubs, 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 the talented Oromo who politically played their part in the Habesha clubs both in history and in status quo need to be seen as innocent till proven guilty respective to the Oromo’s national rights and regarding the Oromo national liberation movement.

    What is the moral of this approach for our future destiny? It shows clearly that Oromo nationals need to know for which political club we have to play and to remember that such political game is not necessarily equivalent to a political crime. Secondly, Oromo should try to comprehend the question, why do only the Oromo talents play in Habesha club and why do we see almost no Habesha playing in the Oromo political club? Here, the answer is that unlike soccer clubs, where only money and advantage do play a big role as sources of motivation, in politics only either the subconsiously enslaved mind or the deliberate betrayers of once own nation can play in the others’ club. This was the fact in almost all political areas of the globe, where collaboration is common and it is also true in the empire we do live in. There are a lot of enslaved Oromo, Tigrean, Gurage, Wolayita, Sidama, Hadiya, Somali, Afar, Kambata, Harari…etc minds, who played for and who are still playing in the Amhara political club, being falsely designated as “an Ethiopian cause”. There are again nowadays, since 1991, a lot of people from almost all nations, who are playing for the Tigrean aka Woyane club, again being masked as an “Ethiopian club”. But, not surprisingly, we find almost no Habesha or from the other nations, who did serve or who is now serving Oromo political club, because of the fact that none of the nations listed above was enslaved by the Oromo.

    Beside mental slavery and the deliberate betrayal, there are some people who have been additionally decieved by the mask (package) called “Ethiopia”, in which different contents can be packed. Oromo nationals in a wrong club think that they do serve only Ethiopia, but in reality they do serve either Amhara club or Tigrean club. Greeks packed all blacks in to this name (mask), Jews packed all Kush nations in to it, Tigreans try to pack either Axum empire or Woyane govenment in to the packet and of course the Amharas do want to fill the packet with either the old empire, which existed till 1991 or with the identity of being Amhara. So whenever we hear and read the name Ethiopia, we have to try to discern which content it means. Specially we have to know that in all the pro-Amhara websites, the name Ethiopia nowadays can be replaced by Amhara nation and in the pro-Woyane websites, the name Ethiopia means simply the present regime. It is only the Oromo people and our politicians who didn’t try to use this packet by filling it with Oromo content. Whether such move is beneficial or not, it is recommendable for Oromo 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 the Habesha camp without doing any crime against the Oromo people in contrast to the deliberate betrayers, who did a concrete crime. We should just examine exactly whether they have done a crime against the Oromo national liberation movement or wether they only have been enslaved and served the other camp without commiting a specific crime. Yet we may still ask: isn’t serving the Habesha camps by itself a crime? If we mean they are Oromo talents, who have been programmed since their chilhood by the Habesha soft-ware and accordingly served the Habesha 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 accuse and judge them as such. Otherwise they are simply only innocent slaves of the Habesha till they are proven guilty of any criminal act against the Oromo national interest. Leaving the history for historians, regarding the future, it is up to every Oromo individual to choose between being a criminal Oromo, an enslaved Oromo or a free and innocent Oromo; may Rabbi/Waaqa help us!

    Galatooma!

  13. Fayyis:

    July 12, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Is this Oromummaa par excelence? Why should you try to discredit someone’s work? You know that the currently ongoing campaign of Ethiopiawinet (Ethiopian nationalism) to dilute Oromummaa (Oromo nationalism) is a futile excercise. If the territorial integrity of the empire is to be kept intact, then the Oromo people now need to move on and struggle to realize the following five important virtues:

    – Afaan Oromo to be the primary working language of the federal government

    – Democracy to be the future rule of the political game in the federation/union

    – Odaa to be the centeral part of the flag of the republic, replacing the present Ambasha

    – Freedom from any sort of national domination, after removing the hegemonist Woyane

    – Great Oromia (land of the braves) to be the name of the future true federation, replacing Ethiopia (the derogtory name given to us from the Greeks)

    Only the fulfillment of these five parameters can be the garantee for the future multinational federation of the country. If the other nations including the Abyssnians fail to accept this demand, the push for an independent republic of the Core Oromia is inevitable. It is up to them to choose an integrative Great Oromia in order to avoid the disintegration of the empire, which will be caused by an eventual independent Core Oromia.

  14. Fact:

    July 12, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

    Fayyis I do like most of your article I always eager to read, however, some time you take wrong argument. If you real going to give Oromumma to some this gang habasha band play beg roll to dismantle from face of earth for century. I do not no which society you are taking about to empower and which strougle you try to permute in Oromo camp.

  15. Fayyis:

    July 13, 2013 @ 12:50 am

    Dear Editor,
    thanks for publishing the new version! The first one raised unnecessary misunderstnding for I was not so carefull not to mention one region and not to give as examples the prominent Oromo from mainly this same region! The fact that some people understood as if I made a collective criminalization or a collective de-criminalization is an interestng aspect. How could differnt people have such diametrically opposite understanding of the same article?

  16. Hirmii:

    July 13, 2013 @ 2:37 am

    Here is “Fayyis Oromia” again. For long, he had been throwing distorted, fabricated and malicious articles on this website. He is the agent of those who says: ” xor kafataw, waree yefataw”. That is why he consistently indulge in distortions and fabrications. The distortions and fabrication are not unintentional. They are deliberate, premeditated and on purpose. On legitimate Oromo national question, he pampers his pages with illusions and phrase-mongering; while at the same time promoting the same Abyssinian theology. Obviously, he is an alien agent working for his principals within us on the Oromo cause under disguise. To scrutinize these, one can revisit his hotch-potch articles in the archive of this same website. In those toxics, I recall his phrases such as “Menilek Caalaa”, “Theory Y” and many other baseless hocus-pocus ideas.

    In similar vein, in this article, Fayyis Oromia, jots down some irrational hallucinations. Look at the metaphor he uses; at the “ability and talent” he reiterate here and there ; at some of the personalities he tries to oromize even without writing their full names; and look at his preach of dominance of Oromo in the empire and filling Ethiopia with Oromo content. To Fayyis (Dhukkubs), the role soccer professionals such as Klose and Podolski played are good examples that express Teferi M. Guddisaa and Mengistu H. Ayaana’s deeds. Thsis is wanten distortion, construction of falsehood, and if taken literally, absurdity of the highest kind. Further, what is the ”ability and talent” of “Mengistu H. Ayaana”? Ability and talent to kill? And, how on earth does Fayyis advice us to recognize and appreciate this ability? More and above all, how does he dare to oromize “Mengistu, ….”? Has he checked through the DNA test the claim of the Amhara during the reign of the man? As the Amharas had given us the bigest fly (‘yegaalaa zinb”), Fayyis try to associate a born killer to the humane Oromo people.

  17. Gaaddisaa:

    July 13, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    You are one of those sick soles who is bent on spreading falsehood and fairy-tales under the façade of Oromo nationalism. Let me make one issue clear for you. While the rest of Oromo clan was busy killing each other, Central Oromians were fighting the
    Abyssinian incursion since time immemorial. The gallant fathers and forefathers
    of central Oromia and Wollo fought and served as a fence for Oromo people. With
    the fall of central Oromia, the entire Oromo territory has crumbled and incorporated into Abyssinian Empire in less than 20 years. We fought for several centuries and defended oromia, yet we have not taken credit for that. Other tribes have not fought for a day (Western Oromia, including Wallagga, Ilu Abba Bora and Jimma), while others have fought for few years. These groups present itself as if it has been defending the territory
    for ages. The truth is the majority of Oromo did not fight the Abyssinians and those
    who tried crumbled in about 4 years. Yet these are the ones who make loud
    noises.

    So the psychotic Fayyis harre who is presently suffering from verbal diarrhoea, we Central Oromians know how to fight the enemy and silence its voice if necessary, so you better shut up and do not instigate us; we can fight with our ulee and disarm your guns, you incessantly bigmouthed bastard. We are the proud and heroic sons and daughters
    of central Oromia who know how to fight. We leave the talk for you, a
    specialty that you have inherited from your fathers and forefathers.

  18. Gadaa:

    July 17, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    Are you a nut? How on earth Ethiopians will let you do all these things on expense of their own identity? Why we have to impose our own nationalism on non-Oromo peoples? Do you not have mind to understand this can only be achieved if Oromo nationalism turns to be dominant which implies the existence of another rounds of national domination in that country? Is this really what we Oromos want to achieve at the end: to be another Oppressors? Go to hell with your delusional thinking?

  19. Maccaa:

    July 18, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    Dear all,

    The classical illustration of insanity is repeating the same scenario with the expectation of different result. There will be no different result. But as for you, yes there is, because you are insane!!!!!!!!!!. Who ever believes in your hallucination will be intoxicated with the same non reality based, day dreaming concepts.

    May WAQAYYO INNII GARAA GURRACHAA help you and your types as well.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maccaa