are those who are of the opinion that an issue has to be
repeated to sink into the general consciousness of people. And
there are those who believe that repeating will either cheapen
or desensitize an issue.
am with those of the first opinion based on the theory of “the
relative maturity of the masses”. The theory stipulates, and
is also proven to be true, that mass consciousness lags behind
any critical socio-political, cultural and economic
developments by ten and in exceptional situations up to twenty
years. So unless the elite of the society update and stimulate
the masses, (of course by repeating and thus simplifying a
complex issue) they will always remain behind and at times
with disastrous consequences. Who among us could possibly
forget the University students’ repeated revolts against Haile
Selassies’s rule. And in every revolt their demands and
purpose were the same.
now we Eritreans are confronted with similar situation and I
don’t doubt that we have to utilize the proven method to
expose it and to find a viable and lasting
first thing first. It is good to know the peculiarity of
dictators, (of course they share a disproportionate amount of
similarity too), not that it matters much, but might provide a
useful clue as to how to confront and defeat
come in many peculiarities. As Fuhrers (Hitler); as Fascists
(Mussolini) as Totalitarians (Stalin); as Absolute Monarchies
(Haile Selassie); as Despots (Idi Amin and Bokassa); as Juntas
(Mengistu); and even as deranged men (Pol Pot and
there is a question of motif. Some dictators embody an
ideology as a motif (Stalin, Castro, Kadafi and Saddam); some
embody tradition (Kings and Queens); some a hideous racism and
domination (Hitler) and there are those whose motif is either
unknown or emanating from psychological disorders (Pol Pot and
then there is the question of form as opposed to content. Some
are hedonists (Saddam with his palaces and Mobutu with his
mansions in south France). Some are exhibitionists (Idi Amin
who demanded to be physically carried on diplomats’ shoulders)
and of course some are traditionalists (like the Monarchs who
flaunt their regalia in public).
what is the peculiarity of our POE?
will start with the irreverent and often comic question of
form. Our POE is not hedonist. He is not exhibitionist and of
course he is not traditionalist. Then what is his
far as I know our POE’s motif is not based on Ideology. Simply
put Isaias has no “fixed” or “defined” ideology: once upon a
time he was a communist; another time he was capitalist; now
vague and none of the times was he ideologically religious or
no distinctive form or fixed Ideology, the only motif that is
remaining that will fit to the peculiarity of the POE will be
a psychological disorder or derangement not with the magnitude
of crime but just like Pol Pot, and not with the pomposity but
just like Idi Amin.
there is one trait that will differentiate him from all modern
dictators and that is our POE is anti education and he hates
educated people. His hatred towards educated people and his
disdain towards educations was only surpassed by the Khamer
Rouge’s leader Pol Pot.
the armed struggle EPLF was lucky in attracting the lion’s
share of University students from inside and outside Eritrea.
But most of them perished without fulfilling their potential
that could have benefited us all. There were certain positions
that were off limits if someone has a university education.
One cannot become a political commissar and of course one
cannot become a military commander. One cannot be trained to
become a unit nurse (in Gedli’s parlance Hakim or Dotore) and
above all one cannot be assigned in Halewa
in rare occasions if one is able to become one (Sebhat,
Petros) it is because they peasantized themselves. If one
proves, despite ones education, that he/she has completed the
transformation (negative metamorphoses) to become “Gebar”,
“Cheguar Danga”, “Harestay” then there is a narrow window of
opportunity of being allocated those off –limit positions.
Otherwise forget it. But that is not it. An educated person in
EPLF was an object of constant jeer, ridicule, derision and
suspicion. And most of them dreamed of quick martyrdom. And of
course they died.
the funny thing was if uneducated or low educated person
showed a trace of upward transformation (positive
metamorphoses) that person’s fate was the same like the
educated people: Eternal damnation.
rest is history.
POE is officially the Chancellor of the UOA but never attended
graduation ceremony. Why should he participate in something
that he abhors?
POE conscripts all high school graduates. Of course why would
he allow them to go the place he abhors?
is transformed into a high school and the POE is a regular
visitor. Why not?