The purpose of criticism
We criticize an organization or an individual to help them improve what they are doing wrong. To do that we need to carefully analyze what had been done or said and determine how we are going to give them positive feed back. So far, the things we say about someone or about a group of individuals is based on assumptions that anyone who made a mistake is bad, and those who speak in the name of the TRUTH are good, even when the story teller can be wrong. For example, I have listed to a PALTALK audio Qaasim Sheimo have posted for us and all it trash talking. The man kept says that he trusts Jafar and doesn’t trust those whom he called “Warra Wallagga.”
Over whole, the underling argument this man was making is similar to what the TPLF had been saying about the OLF for years now. So, I wonder why Qasim Sheimo decided to overlook the enemy like argument the man had been engaged in for a long time. This is not the first time Qasim posted this man’s talk. Shouldn’t Qssim draw what implications such outright hate might have on the Oromo liberation struggle?.
If Qasim’s objective is to help the OLF improve it’s mistakes, why don’t he write about the weakness he had observed and recommend what step need to be taken to improve the error? What needs to be understood is that the OLF is a system put together long time a go and it will remain to exist as long as the Oromo people exist.
questioning whether or not this system is functioning properly as intended is one thing, but it is another matter to defame the men who took the responsibility of doing what they can. Simply put, condemning this system at any cost is something that freedom loving Oromo should support. Any system, big or small need to be supported be it is set up by gen. Galchu or by Dwud Ibsa. We have no morale ground to talk about any organization if we contribute nothing to any of them.
For example, we’ve heard everyone claiming to have a role in the recent revolution that engulfed the Tigre colonialism in Oromia and yet, we’ve witnessed that the same men collecting funds in the name of the wounded kids of Oromia and used it or kept it in their personal bank accounts. It is such a rotten and stinky political culture what made us refugees, beggars, prostitutes and worth less than the Arab Dogs. Unless the so called educated speak up against these weird loud speaking ignorant cow herders who end up in western countries by using the Oromo liberation movement as a tool, we will remain in our current worthless social positions.
In the past, I have read on this forum someone writing that Kamal Galchu has multiple wives. My response to such criticism was that it is none of our business because we are not Saudi Arabian sex police men. What we need to be concerned with is wether the system Galchu was in charge is working for all of us. If we feel it isn’t, we can criticize the system so that gen. Galchu will improve it for the sake of all of us.
So, let’s ask ourselves: What is the nature of the story the man in the pal-talk audio was trying to tell and why? What are this man’s qualifications to even analize the issue he was talking about? What are the significance of the matter he was addressing? What are this man’s objectives? How is going to achieve his goal? By finding ways to destory the OLF or by helping them improve their mistakes? After all, he doesn’t sound as an expert on anything for that matter!
For me, I see a huge lack of knowledge, lack of honesty and lack of integrity in what the man in the audio has been saying. All I kept hearing is a pure assumption based on hate. For example, the man keep saying “Warra Wallagga”.. Warra Horroo” etc and I see evil in such thinking because such assumptions are full of biases that affect the validity of his argument.
One thing is clear here. People say things for different reasons. For example, there are those whose brains works based on the programing done to it when they were young. Such men and women call themselves and the rest of us, Ethiopians, warra Shawaa, warraa Wallagga etc. They just can’t refrain from saying these words because their brains are conditioned. These habitual and cowardly animals who are afraid that something will happen to them if they don’t echo the words their masters programmed their brains with. Shawaa, Wallagga, east.. west.. south.. north east words are used by the colonizing forces of Oromia so do their subjects. The same thing is true about those who had to wear what their master wear, look exactly the way their masters look like, sit or stand just like who molded their inferior souls. Any way, let’s evaluate the background facts or issues that led this man speak in such manner before we take a position saying everything this man had been venting is correct!.
The Amhara protest
I also read some people exaggerating the success of the Amhara protest by comparing what the Oromians have done during the protest. To begin with, the Oromo movement had been world wide and there is no spot the protest didn’t reach in Oromia. In Amhara case, it is one Warada that made news and there were no world wide protest. Regarding the gun shooting we’ve seen on our face books etc, we should not forget the fact that Gondar is bordering with Sudan as opposed to land locked Oromia. This is to say that physical Geography has a major impact on limiting gun inflow. Qimanti (Humara) or north has always been the site of conflict because of it’s geographic location and the Habasha culture that promoted conflict. In addition to that, the TPLF has given the Walqaayit & Xagadee people semi autonomy advantage and they never disarmed the north as opposed to what they did in Jalduu, Gindabarat or Caliyaa.
Of course, Oromia has many meandering rivers and hight hills from where we can fight our enemy but several factors that are weakening our ability to be organized need to be solved first. Among these challenges found our tribalism, envy, jealousy and ignorance. More than the TPLF guns, it is ignorance what is destroying our fabric as a society.
It’s true that a criticism of an individual, group, or organization should be meant to point out the short coming, and then hint the direction that needs to be taken. But, the problem is if the group, individual, or organization that had been criticized for 25 years does not listen, then what? Most of Oromo nationalist that have realized the path Oromo national liberation movement had taken is non-productive and dangerous have been blowing whistle for years. Yet, the shannee faction refused to listen to anyone but Eritrea that happen to be using them as puppet, just like TPLF is using (OPDO) as puppet. It’s this long rooted undiagnosed and untreated disease that makes people vent openly. As educated and somewhat enlightened Oromo nationalist, we need to understand the cause and effect. If one happens to be venting in a way that we think is politically incorrect, then we must pause for a minute, and examine the cause of that frustration. People usually do not vent just for the sake of venting, there is always a reason.
As diverse nation, oromiyaans have different opinion, and views when it comes to Oromo national liberation movement, and we need to celebrate that diversity and open up for constructive dialog instead of fighting over nothing. If an individual vent based on obvious incompetence of the so called “leaderships” then they have a right to air their opinion, and that does not make them TPLF or OPDO. Recognizing the chronic and debilitating disease that Oromo national liberation movement had exhibited in the past 25 years might help us understand the frustration of many oromiyaans. If we can understand that fact, then it would not be hard to figure out why people are politically incorrect at times.
Doing the same think over and over again and expecting different result is simply insanity. Daud Ibssa and Kamal Galachuu had done what they can do, but yet they could not produce anything tangible for Oromo nation. Thus it’s wise and more productive for those men to hand over everything to the new generation and step aside. After all, it’s the new generation (qubee generation) that sacrificing their lives for liberation of oromiyaa empty handed, while the above individuals are living in their comfort zone just like the rest of us. So, if we are true to ourselves and each other, then this is the truth. Those old guards have hijacked Oromo national liberation movement, and had been playing games with it for long time. Especially, the shanne faction had been bent on numerous sabotage and criminal activities for the past 20+ years. This is the reason, why some of us are so frustrated, and could not be politically correct as some wish.
In all honesty, the diaspora oromos need to understand that the future of oromiyaa will not be decided in Eritrea, Wahshington, DC, Saint Paul Minnesota or Sweden. The future of oromiyaa will be decided in oromiyaa by the new generation who are currently suffering in TPLF concentration camps, and bleeding everyday to lift the broken sprit of all oromiyaans. We are sitting here in our comfort zone, and attempt to silence each other or call each other names, while those kids are bleeding right in front of our eye. We do not even realize that we are in state of shame when there is not viable organization or leadership that can at least protect those helpless kids. Knowing that oromiyaans from all walk of life across oromiyaa are united, and the future of oromiyaa is being determined in oromiyaa should not make us worry much just because an individual in the West is venting by mentioning a region of oromiyaa as a spoiler. This type of thing is expected, and will be here to stay with us for long time, especially here in diaspora.
The other interesting point that I would like to raise is that it seems like we have a tendency to excuse ourselves for our short comings. Whether it’s exaggerated or not there is no excuse for oromos to be less armed than the minority Amhara people. Why we always refuse to admit our failure, and always have an excuse? The Amhara might be in close proximity to Sudan, but please understand that oromiyaa is also in close proximity to Somalia, that had been awash with all sort of weapons. It’s us that failed our people by disintegrating our organization and then selling it to the enemy of Oromo nation. We can not run away from our responsibility and try to justify why we did not arm our people when the fact is obvious, and not lack of proximity to Sudan. Both so called leadership, and organizations are in disarray, and anyone who attempt to dispute that is simply disingenuous.
It’s still not too late to arm Oromo people by coming together independent of those who have destroyed Oromo national liberation movement. We do not need to come up with all sort of excuses after excuses when the failure is all ours and no one else. This is collective failure of a nation, and we need to admit that and not attempt to deflect it. The only way we can improve the current state of affair that had failed miserably is by admitting our short coming, and working toward better future in unison by politely asking those who caused this disaster to step aside. Oromo national liberation movement must be led by new generation in oromiyaa. We cannot continue to fool ourselves thinking that our national liberation movement is led from Asmara/Eritrea, DC, Minnesota or Sweden. We should not be continuing to be delusional, and allow the new generation to assume leadership role, and begin the support role immediately.
We can liberate oromiyaa by simply coming together here in diaspora leaving aside our factional, group, and individual ego. That type of ego did not get us anywhere in the past 25 years, and will never get us anywhere for the next 25 years. The only way we can liberate Oromo nation is by buying gun, bullet, and arming our people in well organized and well thought out manner. The responsibility of the diaspora is not leadership, but rather support of financial, and providing ideas. We have many brave men and women who have shown both determination, and willingness to fight for oromiyaa, and we just need to provide them with all necessary, and effective equipment. Stop, baseless, and useless cyber war against each other here in diaspora, and start taking responsibility and most of all, buy (GUN/BULLET) and arm your people. If we fail yet again to arm our people, and continue to deflect our responsibility, then we might as well prepare our people for the worst occupation and slavery that Oromo nation had never seen before.
Rundaasa Asheetee Hundee’tiin
Let me say from the outset that every advice you have been giving us is appreciated. As such, you have contributed a lot during our back and forth debates and I hope you will continue doing so as long as your advice is useful to our collective good. This said, I also want to ask you to calculate which part of your ideas would help our nation when the negative and positive sides are considered in total. As you know, adding negative and positive would result in positive only when the positive side is larger than the negative side.
When I come back to “THE PURPOSE OF CRITICISM”, I would like to challenge all of you to honestly answer the following questions.
- Suppose Dawud Ibsa and the remanning Shanee OLF members have left us the same way Gen. Waaqoo, gen. Jaaraa, Helemoo, Adam Jilo, Sisay Ibsa etc have left us. Do you think we will be better off? If your answer is Yes, how?
- Assuming that you may argue that you or other individuals would take the responsibility of leading the Oromo liberation task after the demise of these men. If that is the case;
- A) Why someone didn’t take Sisay Ibsa’s position and move ULFO forward after Sisay’s death?
- B) Why no one ever played Gen. Jarra abba Gadaa’s role after he passed away?
- C) Why no body took general Waaqoo Guutuu’s position and try to do what he did when he was alive?
The reason why I am asking these questions is to make sure that none of us should congratulate one another if and when the Shanee OLF members disappeared, either from natural consequences or by our enemy’s actions. If we agree on this fundamental principle, then we got to learn how to compliment an Oromo, not only for the excellent job one had done but for trying his/her best.
As to the assumptions we make about who did what, I think it is much better to ask why things can possibly go wrong and share those thoughts so that we can learn from those mistakes and improve things. I hope that you will agree with me that our problems are deeper than neither of us can ever contemplate. As you may have noticed, we have had so many political organizations created by those who never pondered the possibility of failure but almost all of them failed. IBSO, GUMII, ULFO, OLF1, OLF2, TOKKUMMAA, FIDO, AWO, JIJIRAMA etc were formed and then died like a fruit fly. In fact, not only these organizations failed but the members of these organizations end up divorcing in a disturbing manners. I know for fact that AWO members end up shooting each other with doubtful glances after Suufaa was sentenced to life in prison by the Tigre rulers.
If we examine why this happens to us so often, the evidence will point out to one single solitary thing: selfishness. All of us place ourselves and our wants and desires above those who took the responsibility of carrying the burden of leadership. The first time I learned that it is so complicated to lead our people was the time I travelled to Australia with Aman Qaamsare. The man whom Aman sent to Finfinnee to accomplish certain task kept calling so often and demanded more and more money and I could hear Aman telling the man that the money he sent him two days ago must be sufficient. The more I listened Aman talking with frustration to the man, I learned that the underlying disease we all are sick with is the same: plain old selfishness. Whether we try to build popularity by bringing someone else down or we demanded more respect, more money, more privilege, Selfishness is the cause of most of the Oromo organizations, be they are Afooshaa, community organizations or religious entities. I am sure you are aware that there are more than ten or so religious organizations in Minnesota or Seattle cities alone that split from one single congregation. My point here is, who can prescribe us the antidote against this insidious social cancer: selflessness. To answer my own question here, if we are willing to look for opportunities, not to be served but to serve, we can surprise and delight one another.
In the interest of complete disclosure, I must admit that our characters are the same though we are not willing to admit it. For example, none of us are willing to accept personal accountability and that obviously affected all aspects of our liberation movement. The quality we need to look in each other ought to be knowing the difference between accountability and responsibility. Responsibility relates to a set of duties or expectations that may be placed upon us by others or by ourselves. Responsibility on the other hand places one in a position to be accountable. In other words, accountability has to do with one’s exercising his own will in making decisions and following a course of conduct. It implies self-initiative and a measure of self-reliance. But it requires more than the ability to act for oneself. It must be guided by a knowledge of true principles. What we are doing however is avoid accountability and responsibility but push it onto someone else. But can you see progress in this type of character?
Any way, the degree to which we attempt to avoid or escape from accountability is what drives us to interfere with others do. Yes, as long as our goal is to increase knowledge and enhance enlightenment, criticizing others can be a good thing. But launching propaganda against an individual or an organization in the pursuit of revenge can not be equated to good work that could broaden the views of the criticized. In other words, explaining our point of view or our political dilemma doesn’t jeopardize anything as long as it is explained with humble and sincere manner. But whenever we try to avoid accountability and push it onto others whom we often blame, we are failing to understand one of the purposes for which we are blaming others.
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