Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s war against the Tigray region is now approaching its second anniversary. Abiy’s animosity toward the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front does not justify collective punishment against an entire ethnic group: starving Tigray and detaining ethnic Tigrayans in Addis Ababa.
Aggression and Allies in Ethiopia
Abiy’s efforts to crush Tigray militarily not only failed but also reversed Ethiopia’s economic fortunes. While the Biden administration was correct to encourage a negotiated settlement, it is clear that Abiy today approaches diplomacy less as a mechanism to find a solution and more as a delaying tactic to regroup while starving Tigray. Diplomacy only works when both parties are sincere, and Abiy has shown he is not.
Abiy’s chief ally today is Isaias Afwerki, the dictator of Eritrea. Last week, thousands of Eritrean forces poured into Ethiopia in order to attack Tigray, while Eritrea pounded Tigray with heavy guns. Abiy also reportedly imports drones from Iran and Turkey to use against Tigray’s population, hospitals, and aid convoys. That Abiy apparently sides with a foreign power against fellow Ethiopians forfeits whatever legitimacy he has left as a nationalist leader. That he opposes any independent UN or International Criminal Court investigation into the situation in Tigray suggests he has something to hide. Today, Abiy’s lethal combination of megalomania and incompetence endangers Ethiopia more than Tigray’s elected leadership ever did.
The United States has no business intervening in the conflict on the ground, but it does have a vested interest in the outcome. Remaining aloof while Africa’s second most populous state aligns itself with Africa’s most repressive state is a recipe for disaster. To watch Tigrayans starved and slaughtered is immoral. It is also shortsighted. Tigrayans fight for their survival and, like Ukrainians facing the Russian onslaught, have no other option. They will survive; they have far greater motivation than Isaias’ slave soldiers do. Washington will pay the price if Tigrayans sense that the United States, despite all her rhetoric of democracy and human rights, ignored them in their hour of need.
The United States Should Take Action
So what might the United States do?
First, it might airdrop humanitarian supplies to Tigray. This would mean overflying a hostile Eritrea, but there is precedent with Clinton-era support for Darfur and Obama-era support for the Syrian Kurds fighting the Islamic State. If the United States needed temporarily to operate a no-fly zone to protect its air drops, so be it.
Second, the United States might also consider supporting Tigray with both small arms and ammunition as well as counter-drone technology. Should Abiy complain, Biden might simply suggest sincere diplomacy on his part—prefaced with the complete lifting of the humanitarian siege of Tigray—would obviate the need for further unilateral measures.
Third, the United States needs fundamentally to reconsider its Horn of Africa strategy. Abiy’s subservience to Isaias suggests he is a grave and growing danger to the region. Ethiopia deserves democracy. Rather than concentrate diplomacy toward Addis Ababa only, the United States should establish direct diplomatic links with each of Ethiopia’s federal regions and political parties. This would not undermine Ethiopia’s sovereignty but rather celebrate its multicultural nature. Again, there is precedent: As Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan established dictatorial control and transformed the Turkish embassy into an extension of his own political party, Washington quietly allowed Turkey’s other major political parties to open representative offices in order to enable the State Department and Congress to engage directly without having to filter contacts through a foreign dictator.
The ball should be in Abiy’s court: Treat all Ethiopians with dignity regardless of their ethnicity or be the man responsible for the permanent fracturing of a once-great country.
Now a 1945 Contributing Editor, Dr. Michael Rubin is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Dr. Rubin is the author, coauthor, and coeditor of several books exploring diplomacy, Iranian history, Arab culture, Kurdish studies, and Shi’ite politics, including “Seven Pillars: What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East?” (AEI Press, 2019); “Kurdistan Rising” (AEI Press, 2016); “Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes” (Encounter Books, 2014); and “Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos” (Palgrave, 2005).
September 9, 2022 at 5:29 pm
Thanx my brother by helping us at this critical tmie
September 9, 2022 at 5:43 pm
10 sir..for being the voice for the voice less
September 9, 2022 at 5:49 pm
Not only TDF but also OLA.
September 9, 2022 at 6:05 pm
Exactly Mr. Michael rubin totally understand the truth thank you very much for being voice for the voiceless.
September 9, 2022 at 6:14 pm
Are you serious? Do you really believe TPLF stands for the People of Tigray. Why other Nations need to confirm what USA says or wants?
September 9, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Eritrea had joined the war on Tigray. It is sickening to witness treasonous and sellout Ethiopians employing the rapist and wicked army of Isaias Afewarki against their own citizens.
Abel kahsay Weldemichael
September 9, 2022 at 6:31 pm
Well articulated, thank you
September 9, 2022 at 6:33 pm
I Love every thing you write, this what world disable diplomacy including the Biden administration lucking to understand and act. Saving Tigrains from Abiye and Tai-rant Esayas co ordinated ethnic cleansing must be the priority mission for everyone.
September 9, 2022 at 6:41 pm
Dear, Dr. Rubin thank you for speaking the truth the Biden administration gave a blank check to the Abiy govt of Ethiopia ?? through the world bank to starve and bombshell more than 7 million of the Tigray people by using Turkish drones and by the help oof UAE ?? supply chain from Chinese machine guns. The US foreign policies are mistakenly took out of concept or delivery aided the genocider to starve and kill our people for the so called “ for the unit of Ethiopia ?? “ I don’t think it is not fair to babysit a genocidal regime to kill its people by inviting invaders, instead of bringing to justice. Again thank you for standing and being a voice for the voiceless.
September 9, 2022 at 6:45 pm
Thank you. We don’t need your lethal aid. Take it for yourself.
September 9, 2022 at 6:51 pm
September 9, 2022 at 7:03 pm
Totally biased and far away from the reality on the grounds. Unless TPLF totally eliminated from Ethiopia not only Ethiopians but the whole East African continues suffering with its aggression.
September 9, 2022 at 7:09 pm
Thanks for the detailed analysis. Only people like you who property know the real situation had this great suggestions to end ghe conflict.
Tewolde haile berhe
September 9, 2022 at 7:10 pm
If you want your stupidity to set you apart, why come with the US Army and learn as good a lesson as our neighbors, the Somalis, gave you. Don’t you care more for the people of Tigray than I do?
September 9, 2022 at 7:20 pm
Mr. Getachew Reda (The author of this article) is regarded as one of Ethiopia’s separatists and warmongers, and he was also involved in the planning of the Amhara genocidal campaigns in Michadera and Wollega. Ethiopia’s government and people made every effort to maintain peace in the country. However, Getachew and his friends decide on the war in order to satisfy their needs. I believe that America is aware of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front’s transgressions. Watching their Tigregna TV programs, which have been beating war drums since their creation, is the only way America can do to get to know them very well. You can support the Tigray People’s Liberation Front if America wants to make HoA a prime location for terrorists like Al Qaeda and others. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front is despised by practically all Ethiopians, with the exception of those in the Tigray region, and Ethiopia, home to more than 120 million people, will soon be under chaos, which I don’t believe America wants. I can promise you this.
September 9, 2022 at 7:27 pm
Thanks Sir, for being voice to the voiceless. #TigrayWillPrevail
September 9, 2022 at 7:33 pm
So biased to tplf and doesn’t bring lasting solution for the problem and rather exacerbate instablity in the enire region.And i have doubt on the intellecual integerty of the writer!!!
September 9, 2022 at 7:37 pm
i have no word to add.you nailed it already. America should has to support TDF for the sake of not only Tigray people but also America’s benefit too. it’s a timly advive for Biden administration. thumb up
September 9, 2022 at 7:38 pm
An administration with a foreign policy in utter disarray can not be trusted to make the correct decision in the best of circumstances let alone the worst of them. Africa is a complex and complicated theater.
Stay out of this event.
September 9, 2022 at 7:40 pm
Thanks so much I really appreciate it Mr. Michael
September 9, 2022 at 7:46 pm
This guy is shamelessly prostituting his stupid pen to the ruthless TPLF terrorists.
The United States has no business whatsoever interfering in the sovereign internal affairs of Ethiopia against the will of the Ethiopian people.
This guy is such a disgusting prostitute.
September 9, 2022 at 7:49 pm
This guy is shamelessly prostituting his stupid pen to the ruthless TPLF terrorists.
The United States has no business whatsoever interfering in the sovereign internal affairs of Ethiopia against the will of the Ethiopian people.
This guy has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.
September 9, 2022 at 7:58 pm
May I ask Who wrote these LIES for you?
And how much were you paid to affix your name as the author?
And, BTW, after the USA drops food, ammo and weapons to the Tigrayans, what do you think will happen to PM Abiy’s Ethiopia Federal Army? Where do you think they will go? After all, they are in their country.
If you care for the people of Tigray and Ethiopia, I suggest you should push for a negotiated settlement of their differences WITHOUT ANY PRECONDITIONS from either side.
The most important fact to realize is that Tigrayans CAN’T SURVIVE in Tigray without THE FOOD AND THE ABUNDANT RESOURCES of Oromia and Amhara regions of Ethiopia since the food aid from WFP and USAID won’t be there forever. Therefore, Tigrayans have to START cooperating and negotiating with their neighbors in order to survive.
IT PAYS TO KNOW WHAT ONE IS WRITNG ABOUT!!
September 9, 2022 at 8:01 pm
So sad that people like Michael Rubin mislead the international community to intervene in Ethiopia in the name of humanitarian intervention. TPLF is an aggressor and should be treated as such. Don’t try to save a terrorist group that was listed as such by the US government in the past. Why do you mislead the US to save a terrorist group? Mr. Rubin, please study history and educate yourself before trying to “enlighten” others.
September 9, 2022 at 8:03 pm
You are clueless about the facts on the ground and honestly do not seem interested to know.
The US shall not engage against Ethiopia & Eritrea a combined of more than 130 million people to support an extreme Marxist Leninist Communist junta, TPLF, that subjugates 6 Million Tigray people through brutal administrations.
No amount of aid will revive TPLF as it is completely rejected by the people of the region for its 27 years of absolute brutal dictatorship that made a mockery of democracy.
Any US interference, in the terms you described, will only extend the bloodshed in the region but does not serve the US national interest whatsoever. It may even allow Russia & China to set a foot on the horn of Africa & Red Sea region.
September 9, 2022 at 8:05 pm
TPLF is a terrorist group, so why should us support them, 2 nd the only legitimate body to do anything inside ?? is Ethiopian government.
TPLF should be eliminated from the horn of africa if peace is needed in the region !
September 9, 2022 at 8:07 pm
Thanks sir for feeling the pain of the Tigray people. Had we the people of Tigray got support from the US and the international community, the country would sleep peacefully. Abyi must go !
September 9, 2022 at 8:08 pm
This was written by someone who has been paid by TPLF. Your dream to destroy the great nation won’t happen. You are ill minded with colonial mind set .
September 10, 2022 at 5:43 pm
Just curious. How much did TPLF pay you to write this garbage?
September 9, 2022 at 8:14 pm
Great observation and valuable suggestions, Ethiopians should support the proposal which the only viable option for lasting peace and humanity.
A shortsighted leader like Abiy has done enough damage to Ethiopia beyond anyone’s imagination.
September 9, 2022 at 8:31 pm
what an absolute lunatic, war mongering dirt bag. arm a terrorist group against democratically elected gov? haven’t you done enough of destabilising a sovereign countries around the world?
September 9, 2022 at 8:36 pm
A sickening, patronising and racist reasoning. But, it is American foreign policy in a nutshell.
September 9, 2022 at 8:39 pm
Considering that the narrative is against TPLF, you deleted my comments. Not America, but God is our weapon!
September 9, 2022 at 8:40 pm
Useless propaganda . Tplf sense start live by war before abay came power also tplf war with ?? and ??
September 9, 2022 at 8:43 pm
My question is how much pay you tplf to wrote this article .
September 9, 2022 at 8:45 pm
Michael Ruben is biased or intentionally fabricated history. The current war is against rebel forces called Tigray people liberation front who ruled Ethiopia with atrocities. The Tigray people also are oppressed by the TPLF. PM ABIY gave them several conciliatory options but they declined it instead started the war 3 times. The only option is to remove TPLF from the area. The Ethiopian people love the Tigray people. We don’t let USA to involve in a sovereign country. They did several mistakes in the past, enough is enough. Resolve African issues by Africans
September 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm
You understand the truth very well. Even the US and the international community could not or did not want to stop the massacre of Tigray. In this 21st century, the world will sit back and watch the people of Tigray disappear by violence without any rescue work.
September 9, 2022 at 9:10 pm
Total garbage! Just like all your books, which I consider a complete waste of my time. Stop being a puppet and act as a true scholar…
September 9, 2022 at 9:21 pm
The most reckless suggestion I have heard so far. What do you exactly expect to happen if you arm the rebel group when it is well known that the overwhelming majority of Ethiopians don’t want them back in power? Do you want to transform Ethiopia into another Syria? Are there any sane people left in Washington?
September 9, 2022 at 9:35 pm
Did TPLF pay you to write these LIES?
The only solution is for a negotiated peace settlement WITHOUT ANY PRECONDITIONS from each side.
Tigray can’t survive without the resources of Oromia and Amhara lands.
Therefore, it should NEGOTIATE for peace!
September 9, 2022 at 9:38 pm
Simply TPLF’s propaganda.
September 9, 2022 at 9:44 pm
Thank you !
You are telling the truth and being voice for the voiceless 6+ million ppl.
Thank you very much!
September 9, 2022 at 9:48 pm
thanks mr michael to be a voice for the voiceless people of tigray.
Mohammed M Omar
September 9, 2022 at 9:48 pm
You sound as if you are reading from tplf’s talking points! Arming tplf will be like going against the wishes of 94% of the Ethiopian people! stick to your domestic politics!
September 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm
It sounds like TPLF is speaking through this man. Totally politically motivated and disregarded the truth on the ground. Look, the majority of Ethiopians believe in genuine democracy in which the majority rules and the minority’s rights are respected. No imposition of the minority’s will on the majority under the guise of people’s sufferings. For all sufferings #TPLFISTHECASUE! TPLF believes in superiority and thus they see equality as an oppression/ethnic cleansing. Even though you try hard to twist the truth and misinform your readers, TPLF never come back to power again! NEVER AGAIN!
September 9, 2022 at 9:53 pm
Clear example of how journalism has devolved into useless tribal cannibalism. The Tigrayan people are as much Ethiopian as the rest of the population, this propaganda is designed to make it seem like this war is anything but a political struggle for power, every Ethiopian knows this except our brothers and sisters in Tigray who are paying the price for the ego driven plan by TPLF. This is not a genocide against any ethnicity, since there are native Tigrayans living peacefully in other parts of the country, if the goal was genocide.. how are they still alive and well?
Please I beg you, don’t fuel more destruction to our already weak country, this is not a game thousands are losing their lives for NOTHING.. NOTHING!
Anyone who is reading this, please beg for peace, we are tired of sacrificing our kids everytime these people want power over the country.
We fought Eritrea back in the 90s for a useless peice of land we still don’t use, but we lost 70k+ people just on our side, is it not enough, how many more should we lose? What is the point. Don’t tell me Abiy attacked Tigrayans so we’re fighting for our lives, we both know that is the furthest thing from the truth. As incompetent as Abiy is, he is not filled with the rhetoric that resembles one of the Nazis.
September 9, 2022 at 9:53 pm
Thank you for addressing the reality, expect the mob reaction with so called “sovereignty” while shamelessly invited foreign invaders. The Biden administration should stand with humanity without delay and uphold the USA’s stand for humanity otherwise the Clinton’s regret of Rwanda’s Genocide is happening again in #TigrayGenocide at Biden’s watch.
September 9, 2022 at 9:58 pm
We all Ethiopians do care for ourselves and our people. Tigrians are innocent to this nation. TPLF bandits started and continued the war. Let them finish per their plan as all Ethiopians gave up on the peace request. Your poor analysis can’t make any difference. Per USA’s wish, believe me, you don’t have a square inch of land in East Africa to play with.
September 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm
Imagine writing an article supporting ISIS, this man Michael Rubin has done it. Tigrae liberation front, a well organised terrorists group that has murdered millions should be supported says Michael Rubin!
Your life must be sad Rubin, to wish terror on the people of Ethiopia including the village tigrae. Millions of innocents in Ethiopia suffer everyday, you only the west wish even more unto them, don’t worry a nation that has gone through this much, can handle a depraved human like you .
September 9, 2022 at 10:24 pm
Hi Mr. Michael Rubin,
Thank you for speaking up for Eritreans and Tegaru, and Ethiopians. We are sick and tired of these so-called fake leaders. We Eritreans are powerless against these thugs of Shaebia, aka Fake president Isias and his mafia. I am glad there are people like you helping educate the American and world leaders to help us from these serial killers. Every human being deserves to live in peace, and regardless of our origins, we should all, as human beings, stand for each other. It is a mere chance we are East Africans, and you are American; we are brothers in the spirit. God Bless America for giving all races and tribes to live in a free country. As An Eritrean American, I am proud of people like you that reach out to help all people of the world. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere, this madness got to STOP!
September 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm
Everyone beware. This content is sponsored by the same terrorist group he want US to support.
September 9, 2022 at 11:02 pm
so, it has come to that when TPLF started war against Ethiopia people, genocide many Afar and Amhara people. when finally, they lost the war with elements you provided in the name of Aid, still it is Ethiopia people who begged them for peace become the one to blame. wither you call Abiye or Ethiopian people, Ethiopian people elected Abiy. This is not 1995. We Ethiopian knows better now than before. If you thoroughly want Ethiopian sovereignty just tell TPLF to be peaceful Democratic party not war lord. Not sure when the value of all Ethiopian become equal in the eyes of America.
Micheal Rubin is a fake journalist
September 9, 2022 at 11:06 pm
Hey micheal of Rubin I don’t really care if you read this or not but your missing one thing. Your takes on international matters is the most dangerous shit I have ever seen in a long time. It’s even worse than the pentagons and George bush’s government. What justification other than political support does the US have to give weapons to an opposition party in a civil war. Not only does that play dangerously for politics the us government will be hated domestically and abroad. You compared the Kurdish situation to tplf and the BIG DIFFERENCE you dumbass is that the KURDISH ARE FIGHTING REAL TERRORIST THAT THREATENS THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY. DOES ETHIOPIA THREATENS THE NATIONAL SECURITY BUDDY? NOOO. Alright then so thank god our government has more sense than idiotic journalist that feed bullshit to the internet. At the moment Ethiopia is a sovereign nation and the United States has no interest in governmental change unless it’s completely stable. Once the Tplf starts to die out in their little circle. They will be a thing of the past and Ethiopia will continue like nothing happened. So will you please refrain from spreading disgusting political views. This is a civil war situation it has nothing to do with the United States at all.
September 9, 2022 at 11:11 pm
What a trash you are talking? How you consider a direct relationship with regional states without notice of federal government is not against sovereign country? I do not think you guys can save tplf.
September 9, 2022 at 11:26 pm
Delusional. The day the US contemplates what you suggested it will be the day the US looses the entire Africa for once and for all. You have no clue about African politics and Ethiopian’s influence. If the US supports the most brutal terrorist organization called TPLF Ethiopians will rise as one nation. It will also herald the end of neo colonialism in Africa
September 9, 2022 at 11:32 pm
Stupidity at its best! How many $$ TPLF paid for you for such a biased narration?
September 9, 2022 at 11:35 pm
TPLF IS A TERRORIST GROUP. ETHIOPIA IS A SOVEREIGN NATION. Stop interfering in our business. We are Ethiopians. We have a history of 3000 years
September 9, 2022 at 11:40 pm
How much have TPLF paid you to turn your eyes from the real truth and be biased 100%. You should know the money is stolen mainly from the poor people of Tigray. I don’t tell you there is always two sides of the story and you should’ve learned that by now. #Trash indeed
September 9, 2022 at 11:46 pm
How come someone be as stupid as YOU! Lier
September 10, 2022 at 12:06 am
How much? How much? Tell me how much they paid you? How much they paid you to put lies into your little mind.
September 10, 2022 at 12:06 am
Fake news. Please report fair news based on facts and reality. Ethiopia is a sovereign country that have every right to protect their people from any dangers and terrorist activities like Tigry mafia groups.
September 10, 2022 at 12:08 am
This article is riddled with so much bias and disinformation that I don’t know where to start.
Here are some of the facts the author deliberately omits
1. TPLF was in power for 27 years creating a terror state. It’s party leaders have swindled billions of dollars. Millions were tortured, force fully exiled or brutally killed.
2. The war was started by TPLF unprovoked and barbaric attack on the northern command. It also fired rockets towards Eritrea pulling them to the war.
3. The author tries to conceal the unprecedented number massacres and looting the TPLF or TDF army committed on innocent people in neighboring Amhara and Afar region.
4. TPLF by no reasonable argument was “elected”. While it has a strong base in Tigray built on ethnic supremacy it was never elected in any fair election. On the other hand PM Abiy and his party were legitimately elected in the only fair and free election the country has ever had.
5. With out any tangible proof the author makes a bold claim that PM Abiy and by extension the government and people of Ethiopia want to exterminate Tigraians. That is such a brazen lie taken out of TPLF propaganda playbook. Tigreans are Ethiopians period. In fact PM Abiy has on multiple occasions expressed his commitment to the well-being of Ethiopians love bing in Tigray.
6. Shocking how the author suggests US intervention has resolved any conflict or relief in any of the Regions mentioned. Truth is all of the places are failed states after US I’ll advised intervention and are worse off today than ever before. We Ethiopians have learnt this lesson and will fight before we become another Syria or Libya.
lastly Dr Rubin how could the disintegration of Ethiopia by propping up Ethnic based parties (who offer no real solutions even for the clans they claim to represent) serve US interest? If president Biden were to heed to ur advise then the entire Horn of Africa will untangled in an endless conflict.
If the US is genuinely interested in helping people living in Tigray then stop supporting TPLF and it’s army of murders, thieves and rapists.
September 10, 2022 at 12:14 am
True, The U.S. must act before it’s too late. The Ethiopian government is killing million inocent civilians including children in Tigray by drones obtained from dispotic regimes.
September 10, 2022 at 12:17 am
Ethiopia’s never hate ones but so many enemy’s of Ethiopia hate my country through the last decades till now. Michael you don’t have your business this is my internal affairs. You can write or talk but you can never intervene.
Always first Ethiopia ??????
September 10, 2022 at 12:18 am
Eritrea intervention have had worsens the Situation.
USA’s support is necessary so as to stable great nation Ethiopia and the region.And May have bad consequences.
So, the support should be
1) Blocking Eritrea intervention in internal matter of Ethiopia
3) mechanisms of peaceful resettlement
September 10, 2022 at 12:23 am
Garbage! Why would the US intervene to support a faction which is hated by nearly all Ethiopians?! TPLF should be erased from the face of the earth, and the Tigrians should be given the chance to do whatever they like. TPLF has to go! Forget airdrop, any tacit support for TPLF would united entire Ethiopian against the US or whatever power messing with our sovereignty.
September 10, 2022 at 12:28 am
Written by TPLF. I’ve never read a more childish article
September 10, 2022 at 12:56 am
Stop false information ! you are colonialist . please off hand !
September 10, 2022 at 1:01 am
What an article! What a great idea & strategy. No wonder how many countries u destroyed wz this kind of brilliant ideas. The world is sick & tired of u people. Everyone hates u for a reason & that has consequences but its always too late when tyrants realize their reality. Everything will be out of hands before u know it u evil prats!
No more war
September 10, 2022 at 1:07 am
Nothing but paid propaganda.
Arming the fallen tigrey regime who ruled the country for the last 30 years and committed horrible atrocities against every ethnic group, and they are now asking the world to arm them so they can fight a government of the people.
Never support and arm separatists, because a desperate man is a dangerous man.
September 10, 2022 at 1:18 am
Technically Ethiopia ?? is a failed state under Abiy and Isayas rule, The world should help Tigray by any means including weapons.
Tigrayans proved that they can be trustworthy. Look what happened for the last 27 years when Tigreans were part of The Ethiopian government, they changed the country for good, the economic growth was unbelievable. Plus they were part of the anti terrorism collision against alshabab, Ethiopia was a peaceful even East Africa, but now Abiy ruined everything. Time is running out.
September 10, 2022 at 1:24 am
Thank you Dr. Rubin for truth and voice for the voiceless. The white house should take action before the fully shelled Genocide on Tigray.
September 10, 2022 at 1:42 am
“Rather than concentrate diplomacy toward Addis Ababa only, the United States should establish direct diplomatic links with each of Ethiopia’s federal regions and political parties. This would not undermine Ethiopia’s sovereignty but rather celebrate its multicultural nature.”
This is a clear white peopel’s arrogance.
September 10, 2022 at 1:45 am
Wow what a fantastic analysis i think Dr. Ruben you understood the true color(mindset) of Abiy that he thinks he is fooling the world by his predictable tricks, but the only means to bring him to peace talk and stop the suffer of Tigrayan ppl is to support TPLF as it is stated in the analysis.
JIl JIla-Jil JIlanfo
September 10, 2022 at 1:59 am
Where did he get his PhD from? Is he expressing his wishes and sentiment or he is simply using the forum as a social media site? W a fatuous appeal!
September 10, 2022 at 2:12 am
Man it is good to stick to the truth and stands for it. Lies never win truth as if they seem first. We Ethiopians know the ground facts from primary data. Advice far from contextual realities will never help Ethiopia and also make USA winner.
September 10, 2022 at 2:14 am
Biased information TPLF is the cause for the war and make the tigrian people as a hostage. Disarm TPLF for the stability of Horn of Africa.
September 10, 2022 at 2:44 am
Biased and blind…you have undermined the majority Ethiopians view and current perception… We have suffered from TPLF rule for the last 30 years and the majority of Ethiopian do not need the return of TPLF…we know US is not fool and support TPLF ignoring all Ethiopians….if it does… It will result in other loss….any ways am sorry to see you siding with TPLF, what Ethiopians elected HPR has recognized as terrorist.
September 10, 2022 at 3:00 am
Hahaha, you are trying to get paid for the last time before the evil tplf goes to it’s own grave. Game over now and shut your mouth please. Your expertise is way less than a professional and worth nothing. The blood that was shed on this war is also up on your hand and you will be judged with your masters. I’m glad to see you as a slave for tplf tho!
September 10, 2022 at 3:10 am
You seem to either miss the facts on the ground or blatantly ignore them. There is so much receipt for disaster to not just a state within Ethiopia but the whole nation and potentially the Horn of Africa and by extension the Red Sea corridor in what you are proposing. Such bravado chatter from afar is what got the TPLF so pampered and our people in a never ending nightmare. Please be more responsible, this is not a game, it’s peoples lives.
September 10, 2022 at 3:18 am
Michael Rubin is another trashy white TPLF who sold his soul for money stolen from the poor people of Ethiopia by the TPLF. He is on a retainer from the terrorists (TPLF), so he churns out garbage every time he gets a chance. Other trashy white TPLF include Alex de Waal, Kjetil Tronvoll, and a few other imbeciles in the Biden admin. The TPLF are not long for this world as they are getting pounded on every front of the war they started.
September 10, 2022 at 3:30 am
Are you sure you are a doctor? I don’t think so. May be now a days people can buy their degree from non-indexed private university. The way you try to give POTUS administration some advice is really laughable. Thanks for making me smile, because I didn’t smile the whole morning.
September 10, 2022 at 3:51 am
The time is now, not tomorrow to save the lives of Tigreans. Thank you sir for being the voice of the voiceless. At the meantime, the political advantage of great America is ensured by supporting the powerful regions in Ethiopia.
September 10, 2022 at 3:53 am
The writer is the epitome of an intellectually dishonest professional. First, the #DeadEndTPLF doesn’t represent the people of #Tigray and it’s an organization designated as a terror group by both #Ethiopia and the #US … So, you are calling for supporting political, military, and financial help to such a group so that they continue to sacrifice Ethiopians living the Tigray Region and sustain a brutal conflict that only benefits #DeadEndTPLF. The good thing is the government of #PMAbiy and #Ethiopians will finish #TPLF and free our citizens in #Tigray as part of our New Year celebration tomorrow. Enjoy and see you on the battlefield for freedom.
September 10, 2022 at 3:55 am
To Michael Rubin and TPLF supporters: what did the people of Tigray benefit from 27 years of political power in Ethiopia? Didn’t the group multiply all the positive gains by zero? It’s you and TPLF responsible for starvation and death of Tigray people. We all know that Rubin and other TPLF supporters getting money that stolen from poor Ethiopian people and they aren’t working to the save poor Tigrians but for their benefits.
September 10, 2022 at 4:15 am
Behind many current unresolved and intractable conflicts – whether it is in Ukraine, Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, or Libya the USA is involved directly or indirectly. As a historically independent and anti-colonial state and people, Ethiopians and their leaders will not allow this to happen. The US’s meddling neither will happen nor achieve anything if it happens. Yet such propaganda can only contribute to elongating instability and making ordinary people in Tigray more vulnerable.
September 10, 2022 at 4:21 am
Thank you ? ❤much love from our country Tigray
September 10, 2022 at 4:33 am
You will never succeed. We won’t allow this colonialism and the world will not allow. Stop this stupidity. Ethiopia is more than Tigray regional state.
September 10, 2022 at 4:58 am
You ashamed the academic and intellectual world, it’s shame you called yourself Dr. have you done your analytics before you write your garbage? or how much you have need paid to write this garbage? I got it you are salesperson for US weapons manufacturing industry. I think the sales went down and you want to clear the Wearhouse isn’t it ?
I know what you done against Iraqi and you want Ethiopia to be collapse and dismembered but it will never ever happen.
September 10, 2022 at 4:59 am
Well articulated Sir. Thank you.
Abiy will never be ready for peace. He is using starvation as weapon.
The US government should take an immediate action.
September 10, 2022 at 5:04 am
You know nothing about ?? and what TPLF did on the entire country for the last 27 years. We know what the wests thinking about ??. You guys want African nations to fail supporting rebels and terrorists. We know what you did in Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Vietnam,…
Please leave us alone and don’t interfere in internal affairs. You are beating a war drum. As a Tigrian individual I hate the way you write about ??.
September 10, 2022 at 5:14 am
I wonder how much the stupid Robin is paid to write about matters he doesn’t understand.
He can fuck his for hire pen before someone catches him with his red pen. I wish he understands the blood shade behind the TPLF terrerist group he’s supporting.
September 10, 2022 at 5:17 am
September 10, 2022 at 5:19 am
you came to the stage with Narrow minded view ! And if you are getting paid on this, come on man, come up with some at least something conventional ?
September 10, 2022 at 5:20 am
Untimely and not constructive on actual reality on ground. TPLF needs to be removed regardless
September 10, 2022 at 5:40 am
How much did they pay you for honorarium?
Or you are just attention seeker!
I could not believe until I realized on wikipedia that you are attention seeking controversial person similar to Zelensky , Blinken….
September 10, 2022 at 5:43 am
I can imagine hw much TPLF paid you for the article.
September 10, 2022 at 5:49 am
Does America Support International criminals???? TPLF is an international terrorist group like the well-known rebels ISIS, ALKAYDA, and AL SHABAB. Now it is a risk for over 200 million people in Ethiopia, the people of Eritrea, and south Sudan. If the Ethiopian government requests any aid from America, the US government should support the Ethiopian government to finish this war. Over five billion people living in the world will be disappointed by this unwanted and discriminatory post. Please work to strengthen the relationship between USA and Ethiopia. Don’t ruin it.
Please Don’t ruin the world with your evil thinking and shameful lobbyist work.
We are all homo sapiens living in this universe.
September 10, 2022 at 6:00 am
Don’t delete my comment. The stupid people that allow you to write this trash op ed need to see how we despise your existance and how a generation of young people with full haterd for white will rise up. You are our real enemy that always tries to divide us along ethnic lines.
September 10, 2022 at 6:37 am
Do you invite the rest 106 million people to war against TPLF or I do not understand your wish on East Africa. You know Ethiopian people do not even want to hear the name TPLF.
September 10, 2022 at 7:10 am
Have never seen anything rubbish like this article that recommends the US to establish diplomatic link with regional governments which is diametrically against the Ethiopia constitution and claims that such an act would not undermine sovereignty of Ethiopia!!
September 10, 2022 at 7:27 am
Poor analysis, may be paid by TPLF with looted money!
September 10, 2022 at 7:39 am
The contributing editor of this article could be an expert in Arab, Kurdish … politics, but definitely has no clue about Ethiopian history and politics. Someone who recommends that his country ‘should establish direct diplomatic links with each of Ethiopia’s federal regions and political parties’ definitely has some luck of understanding of basic international politics and diplomacy. may be it could help him reflect if he read back the article again for himself.
September 10, 2022 at 7:41 am
We Ethiopians are all Abiy – probably most Tigrians too. Do you know that #TPLF is labeled as terrorist group by US? Still it is in its terrorist database. TPLF is also labeled as terrorist by Ethiopians. So what your are saying is US to support terrorist, is that right? You will swallow your words soon. You will support TPLF if it survives this round of attack, irrespective of any support you plan. History tells this is Ethiopia and it’s people are brave to deal with enemies.
We, Ethiopians, are good enough for our people in Tigray – we will set them free from TPLF hostage and rebuild it again. Just hand off Ethiopia – warmongers.
September 10, 2022 at 7:50 am
This is a devious plan that helps no one. It will only prolong the suffering of the Ethiopian people including the Tigreans.
AEI has shamelessly fomented all the most destructive US interventionist wars in the World. Millions have died in this war. You lust for the death of millions more in our area.
Ethiopians will solve our problems in our own way. We have done it in the past. We don’t need the advice of an “expert” who promotes discord and chaos everywhere.
September 10, 2022 at 8:20 am
A paid writer with junk of biased story. You have no clue about the war, probably this piece of sht is written by Getachew Reda.
September 10, 2022 at 8:22 am
You must be one of the paid media journalists by TPLF group. We Ethiopians all know that TPLF the cause for the war and instability in Ethiopia. So we stand together to with stand not only TPLF but also the whole western countries who work day and night to dismantle African nations if they consider they are at the right truck to help themselves. How Damn you are. Bullshit
September 10, 2022 at 8:25 am
Wow, thanks for wasting my 5 min reading trash
September 10, 2022 at 8:43 am
Thanks.Tigray has been fought for survival.
September 10, 2022 at 8:58 am
How much does Rubin get paid by the TPLF for this ?
TPLF latest action..to steal large amounts of fuel set aside for aid trucks so they can use it for war puposes.
TPLF Aim….to regain power in Ethiopisa they held for 27 years but lost in 2018.
TPLF main achievement. After they ran Tigrai for nearly 40 years, half the population of Tigrai dependent on food aid.
Power seeking traitors who have done almost nothing for the ordinary rural people of Tigrai, as they have been too busy stealing money, such as that intended for GERD generators and doubling of sugar production, to bolster the bank accounts of their leaders.
September 10, 2022 at 9:19 am
The American government and its agents will pay the price by going down to hell to destroy the country they don’t like. They deceive the world with fake news. They deploy bribed intellectuals and celebrities at every opportunity. You are also a member of this plan. But I can tell you for sure that you will not succeed in Ethiopia.
September 10, 2022 at 9:29 am
I wouldn’t expect such a hatred from a Gang leader let alone from a person who claim to have a PhD. Who in his right mind advice the US government to arm a rebel group to fuel up more bloodshed in a sovereign country? You are definitely a psychopath who love to see Ethiopians killing each other. I am ashamed to the editorial who publish this for public consumption. You are all nuts. I even feel bad to respond to this …
September 10, 2022 at 9:58 am
Mr. Rubin said nothing about the evil deeds of the TPLF. For this reason, I believe he is not the one who wrote it. He just received it from the TPLF propagandists and posted it. Probably after he got paid.
September 10, 2022 at 10:04 am
The US has understandably acted in self interest right from the inception of this conflict back when Trump was in charge. It’s behaviour since the beginning shows it has a favourite in this war. As awful and politically unsalvageable as he is , the US ignored and tolerated the untold miseries he has been inflicting on Ethiopia in general and Tigray in particular as your thorough discussion above demonstrates. What amazes many Ethiopians including myself is how you Americans still find a barbaric petty little budding despot like Abiy tolerable enough to still give him a chance to rehabilitate him. Abiy had no legitimacy to start with. He fraudulently installed himself as Ethiopia’s next prime minister. He still hasn’t got a mandate from all federal states of Ethiopia. Elections weren’t held in all parts of the country. He certainly has no legal mandate from Tigray. Nonetheless , the US has time and again failed to use to its maximum what leverage it has over Abiy. In fact a year ago, Ambassadpr Feltman negotiated the return from the gates of Addis of Tigray’s resistance army – the TDF.
Still , the suggestion in this article are a minimum necessary steps to bring Ethiopia back from the brink of collapse. Tigray does not need American boots on the ground. It has proven that time and time again. But it needs weapons ; it needs no fly zones to protect civilian mass causalities which Abiy and his Eritrean accomplice are intentionally causing; it needs humanitarian supplies to save its vulnerable populstion.
The US must ditch Abiy NOW.
September 10, 2022 at 10:11 am
You can try your best to save tplf from death. Don’t forget that we will burn any plane in the air, even American ones. Ethiopia has no shoulders to carry modern slavery. America is going to hell. We are Ethiopians!
September 10, 2022 at 10:19 am
Yo! Hahahahahahaha! When u think u are stronger, u proudly say, “There is no war; it has ended with the victory being to TPLF!” When our impactful, strong and Hero defense forces defend our country and enter into Tigray, u say, “Please help us????!” What is this??? Now it is done; the end to TPLF, not to Tigray people, has come!!! TPLF is the monster and a danger not only for Ethiopia but also for the whole of Africa! But we are watching which person, which Leaders (Biden or Putin or Erdigan), and which celebrities are really caring for Africa and which ones want Africa to be fragmented. This adversity will pass, teaching Ethiopian people who is our enemy and who is our lover. One day, they will pay, and our lover will be rewarded either from Ethiopian people or from GOD!
September 10, 2022 at 10:22 am
A lot of idiotic arguments by Abiy Ahmed’s minions , gullible Ethiopians who local critical faculty , many shabia-loving Eritrean hatemongers , and outright boneheads who it seems only understand what garbage comes out of AbiyAhmed sponsored media.
The TPLF is NEVER a terror group. Just because that label was repeated by PP doesn’t make it terrorist. The TPLF led Ethiopia for 27 years. It led the government. Never mind its recognition as a legitimate entity internationally but just look how it’s professional army behaves in combat treating captured enemy soldiers with humanity. Despite the propaganda we have all seen how its resistance army treated with respect and dignity civilian populations in Amhara and Afar offering medical assistance to those it could help , facilitating food distribution , providing security in areas under its control as well guarding key cultural and economic installations. Most notably , the TDF even allowed civilians to carry guns in self defence so long as they did not fire them at its combatants.
So with all this evidence , that a lot of dim witted Ethiopians and Eritreans would still think repeating the terrorist label would get traction really speaks for the stupidity of such people.
Fact is the TPLF is not terror group but a legitimate political party that is even legitimately governing and defending Tigray in its hour of need.
September 10, 2022 at 10:43 am
Mr. Rubin, Didn’t you consider the fact that TPLF fired rockets on Eritrea at the beginning of the conflict and this aggression on Eritrea was a deliberate act to draw Eritrea in and widen the conflict. TPLF pulled Eritrea into the conflict. Sadam Hussien fired rockets at Israel at the beginning of the operation to liberate Kuwait. Do you see the parallels? TPLF and Eritrea have been mortal enemies for over 30 years, the war between the two didn’t begin today as you portrayed it. Next time you give ideas to the US to intervene, please consult regional scholars who understand the nuances of the region. I doubt it if senior editors review what should be published or not published there.
September 10, 2022 at 11:10 am
The only tool to diffuse the conflict in Ethiopia right now is for TPLF to digest the reality and liberate their people from the alarming situation. TPLF is known in the region and nobody will trust them. 30 yrs they know what they unleashed to innocent civilians and they crossed redline in violation of Human rights. Accept to be led and normal life like any other citizen period.
September 10, 2022 at 12:03 pm
This article is beyond what an intellectual article should be, I get the fact that it is an interest based narrative but by far the furthest thing from the truth! unfortunately while opinions like such are pushed to create a version to justify the selfish and inhumane group known as TPLF, where this group is a collective of former power hungry thugs that would not have it anyway other than staying in power at all cost, even at the cost of their own people/tribe’s suffering. Mind you the TPLF did not do anything to progress these same people they are misleading and forcing them to their death. This is beyond disappointing and history will judge you all for this misleading information.
September 10, 2022 at 12:23 pm
You need to have completely different approach when you Write about politics and fiction which you lack. This rather nonsensical fiction you scribbled will not save your enablers rather ignite more fire unless of course that was your intention! Either way Ethiopia will continue despite all the wrong narratives and drawbacks but good luck for the unforeseen feature of yours!
September 10, 2022 at 12:25 pm
I think you definitely got some money from #TPLFTerroristGroup and you are the puppet of TPLF, Lobby is the modern version of corruption.
you know we #Ethiopian always keeps our sovereignty together. That’s it
September 10, 2022 at 1:54 pm
Lol. That is not an advise, rather a recipe for disaster for the US. Ethiopians are well aware of the intentions of some in the US who have vested interest to pursue rent seeking strategy. Although misled by interest groups, Mr. Biden wouldn’t dare to declare no fly zone, or air-dropping aid-cum arms.If that happens then, it would ve a goodbye to the US in the horn and ….
TPLF can’t survive its moral and physical depletion it had inflicted on itself &Tigrayan and Ethiopian pppl
September 10, 2022 at 3:20 pm
People in a Africa ought to get their act together,and get away from this backwards tribal nationalism,and come together as a whole,they have a opportunity to unite with the most powerful force outside Africa,the African American community in America,who liberated themselves from the bond of oppression to become a driving force in America
September 10, 2022 at 4:25 pm
Really? How trash article ? How much tplf paid you to write this nonsense paragraph?
September 10, 2022 at 5:19 pm
you seem to have a complete understanding of the situation in Ethiopia. Abiy, the nobel peace prize winner, has 7 million people under siege. He has turned off electricity, telephone communication, internet, banks, schools and colleges. people in Tigray are unable to get their own money from banks, because Abiy refuses to open any banks in Tigray. The EU and The US seems to be reluctant to do anything useful. food prices have gone up more than 3 times of their usual prices, children and the elderly can’t find food and the pensioners have not been able to get their money from the government. Hospitals and factories have been destroyed by the Eritrean and Ethiopian army directed to do so by the prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy ahmed. Abiy should be forced out of power if He has no plans to open this siege that is destined to starve the entire Tigray population. Sanctions are needed now more than ever. It is the only way to deal with a dictator bent on starving his own population while He professes to believe and pray to ‘Jesus’. Abiy has put 7 million Tigrayans in a cage while other people in Ethiopia have their normal life. Shame on the United state for seeing this problem and doing nothing to help.
TPLF Yeken jib
September 10, 2022 at 5:44 pm
The author of this article Getachew Reda is one of the most wanted terrorist by Ethiopian Justice system. I am not sure how much you the so called “Doctor” Michael Rubin got paid by tplf to associate your name with the above article. If you are intereseted, I have an article which details all facts about the real tplf and its evil agenda. Let me know how much is your expectation in terms of pay and we will have a deal. I promise can pay you way better than the terrorist group could. On a different topic, due to the fact that your government frozen and withholding $9Billion,
the fund that belongs to the people of Afghanistan, everyday in Afghanistan hundreds of children are dying of malnutrition and starvation created by your government.
September 10, 2022 at 6:21 pm
As an Ethiopian living inside the country and having the information what’s really happening in the country, I came to realize that the current living generations, nationwide, in Ethiopia are becoming more aware about how media and propaganda is run by the few. I could say this past two years have been a media literacy class for the whole country.
This living generations have been traumatized with all the killings by terrorist groups, the dis/misinformations by their “used to be adored” western countries. They almost have seen it all.
I believe hard times create strong people and Ethiopians are really becoming stronger and united. Once this storm passes, the whole country will shine for everyone to see.
September 10, 2022 at 7:14 pm
Michael Rubin wants to endanger the American and Israeli interest in the Horn of Africa.
He sounds like an anti-semite.
September 11, 2022 at 4:25 am
Very professional assessment.
September 11, 2022 at 9:00 am
This is full of crap! Written by a TPLF under a white man name thinking it will give it weight! Banda!!!
September 12, 2022 at 1:28 am
I am quite sure this gentleman has been paid a huge $$ from what TPLF stole from Ethiopian taxpayers. The feasible solution is solution pushing TPLF to stop the fighting, leaving the regions they occupied and disarming their illegal fights because Tigray is part of Ethiopia and Ethiopian Defence Forces have all the right to protect the sovereignty of Ethiopia including Tigry, and share the country’s resources like any other people. The other proposed solutions that consider Tigray as an independent state exacerbate the problem and pose a problem with Ethiopia’s territorial integrity. So TPLF, stop fighting, disarm and the Ethiopian people will coordinate to help the Tigray people with the utmost effort possible. We, Ethiopia do not have a problem with the people of Tigray at all. Our problem is with less than 100 TPLF criminals.
September 12, 2022 at 3:26 am
Your suggestion to arme a rebel group is a call to commit a crime.
Secondly where have you been durring the last 30 years when Ethiopia is experiencing dictatorship and minority rule under the TPLF regime.
Believe me this war has nothing to do with democracy or any other ideology, it is about ethnique supremacy.
Some tigryan mostly elite are refusing that people like Abiy from different ethnique background rule Ethiopia.
They refuse to be part of Ethiopia unless they rule the country. Meanwhile you have to note that others ethnique GROUP have accepted TPLF led government for 30 years.
Don’t mislead US government about the underlying reason of this senseless war.
True democracy mean alternating power between different ethnique group and region, unfortunately TPLF is not ready for this compromise.
You are calling US government to support a political movement hwo is refusing to admit the elementary basic rule of democracy.
we don’t need you arming rebel group in Ethiopia, but we need all militia disarmed.
Lots of innocent civilian are killed by militia every day in Ethiopia.
USA should help Ethiopia disarming all ethnique based militia including TPLF.
We want peace in our region not War,periode.
Civil society for peace shall initiate legal action against you and people like you for openly calling to arm rebel group and militia within a sovereign state. The situation in Ethiopia has nothing to do with Ukraine where a foreign force has invaded a sovereign country.
September 13, 2022 at 7:44 am
I learnt from your writing how much the European and Americans try to interfere in the internal issues of sovereign countries and stand against the terrorist’s group once you believe benefited from such kind of conflict. You are not rational in every corner of the world conflicts sponsored by your government and using as a weapons’ the card of democracy and humanity.
September 13, 2022 at 10:05 am
Your article is completely out of reality. I don’t call the TDF – the correct name is TPLF. TPLF is a sworn enemy of Eritrea and Ethiopia. This bandit organization is working day and night to satisfy the Western appetite for the creation of grand Tigray to make the Horn of Africa a playground. Eritrea and Ethiopia are destined to live in harmony once this napoleon complex stooge is eliminated once from the face of Ethiopia.
September 13, 2022 at 5:54 pm
It appears ignorance or arrogance is the source of this article. Betrayal, deception, and lying are the hallmarks of TPLF. For over 20 yrs, TPLF has lied about Eritrea, and the world has allowed this travesty to happen for a sinister purpose. It’s time to call a spade a spade and reject the TPLF Terrorist Group. Western ‘blind eyes’ and double standards have enabled TPLF’s belligerence for almost three decades. The people of the Horn of Africa demand peace, and the West must stop its interference and enable TPLF the terrorist. Attempts by Westerns & other cohorts to beautify & resuscitate terrorist TPLF are futile. Peace will not achieve in the Horn of Africa thru an attempt to create a perpetual war in the Horn of Africa in general and in Eritrea and Ethiopia in particular. Disarming and peacifying TPLF is the ONLY WAY to achieve peace!!!