Washington Post article: How Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tore Ethiopia?
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s forces have not lost the war he launched a year ago against the rebel ruling party in the northern region of Tigray, although the conflict appears to be spiraling out of control as militias and separatist groups mobilize and join forces against the government.
With this introduction, Harvard University lecturer Christopher Rhodes began his article in the Washington Post (Washington Post), but is of the opinion that even if the fighters loyal to him succeeded in achieving a military victory over the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Abe would forever lose the image of savior and peacemaker.
The writer mentioned that this young leader, who was previously compared to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, is mentioned at the same time among war criminals such as the ousted dictator of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. Within days of launching a military operation to remove the Tigray People’s Liberation Front from power in Tigray in November of last year, Abiy Ahmed was already losing the PR war.
His strategy of imposing a communications and media blackout caught the attention of the international community, and since the information inevitably came out of Tigray, the worst suspicions were confirmed. Reports of massacres and mass rapes were confirmed by Amnesty International within days of the conflict, and continued to be documented in the months since the fighting began.
Abiy Ahmed’s rocket rise in Ethiopia and the excessive praise for him from the international community created an arrogance that proved disastrous for him and Ethiopia as a whole. A year later, the war he waged threatened his political survival and the survival of Ethiopia
Abiy Ahmed’s attempts to rally the country, calling on citizens to take up arms and “bury the Tigray People’s Liberation Front,” are both desperate and dangerous (Facebook even removed the prime minister’s post as inciting violence).
He commented that it took Abi Ahmed less than two years to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and even less time to go from a Nobel laureate to a beleaguered and internationally pariah leader.
The writer noted the success of TPLF leaders’ appeal to the international media, portraying themselves as persecuted freedom fighters in strategic interviews with media outlets such as the BBC and The New York Times.
He added that even if sympathy for the MILF wanes, this is unlikely to translate into support for Abiy Ahmed, who has shown himself as a weak and highly ambitious leader at best, and a double war criminal at worst.
Rhodes added that Abiy Ahmed’s rocket rise in Ethiopia and the excessive praise for him from the international community, to which the writer himself contributed at the time, created an arrogance that proved disastrous for Abi Ahmed and for Ethiopia as a whole. He concluded his article by saying that a year later, the war launched by Abi Ahmed threatened his political survival and the survival of the state of Ethiopia.