Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Kosovo Debunks the Myth of Globalization & Single Super-Power as Impediments to Independence

“The United States has today formally recognized Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state. We congratulate the people of Kosovo on this historic occasion.” (U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Washington DC, Feb. 18, 2008)

If there was any credence left to the notion that the era of globalization and a single-super-power has made the aspiration of a national community to an independent state impossible, then Kosovo drove the last nail in its coffin on Feb. 17, 2008.

On that date, in the era of globalization and with the blessing of non other than the “single super power” – the USA – Kosovo declared its sovereignty and independence from Serbia. The same USA, which we are told is twisting the arms of some so-called Oromo leaders to drop the idea of an independent state of Oromia has accepted, supported and justified the formation of the state of Kosovo.

In supporting Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, the US secretary of state goes on to say “In light of the conflicts of the 1990s, independence is the only viable option to promote stability in the region.” There is no mistaking what Dr. Rice is saying here. She is saying that if you are determined to achieve independence and fight for yourselves, and by so doing you disturb regional peace, then USA would have no choice but to accept your will in the interest of regional stability. This much should be clear from her statement even to the careless reader.

What is the lesson for Oromos?

An independent state of Oromia is feasible. If any Oromo reader fails to recognize this right away, it is perhaps because s/he has been demoralized by recent turn of events in the Oromo struggle. Never mind the defeatists’ “globalization and single super-power” mantra. Other nations have gained independence in the era of “globalization” with the blessing of the “single super-power,” Kosovo being a recent example. Why can’t Oromia? Forget the sellouts and the traitors. Kosovars had their share of those as well. Oromos have a choice. The fatalistic view that Oromos have no real choices to make except to remain in Ethiopia with the hope of gaining self-rule has appeared in different forms at times in history. It is rearing its ugly head once again. Oromos have a choice between rejecting this discredited defeatist view and struggling for sovereignty of their people and independence of their land or accept that view and languish in that “prison of nations” called Abyssinia, re-named Ethiopia in 1929.

There is no doubt that the world, including the “single super-power,” will eventually accept and live with an independent state of Oromia just as it accepted and lived with the states Eritrea, Kosovo, East Timor, Montenegro, etc … However, this will not happen until Oromos reject the defeatist view being disseminated by some so-called Oromo leaders and demand forcefully what is rightfully theirs – a sovereign and independent state of Oromia.

Have your say.


Anonymous said...

Well said brother! Unless and until the Oromo reject the Eritrean government lap dogs such as Frew (Dawud) and Yohanis (Lencho) Letas there will not be independence. These are bitamtuus working NOT for the Oromo but their othe clients such As Eritrea and USA. They are on a leash like a dog. They cannot advocate any thing against the interests of their clients. Your own article (Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows: Isaias Afeworki Pandering to CUDP?) is ample evidence for what I am saying here.


Anonymous said...

Yes Kosovo became independent not because USA wanted it but the Kosovars wanted independence. Do we have enough evidence to suggest the oromo mass wants independence or are we equating the wishes of the oromo elites with that of the oromo mass?
I think we need to continue nation building and bring oromos of diverse regions and religions under some common institutions, which would be the foundation of the Oromo people and future independent Oromiyaa.
BTW, Kosovo has functioning institutions in place.
The other issue is the way our revered leaders conduct their affairs and the affairs of oromos and we need to demand more or else let the once at the power helms do their job, even if we are subjected to some cruelity.
I know this is excentric view but I know some would feel the same.


Anonymous said...

Bravo!! Kosovo bagaa kanaan si ga'e. Nuti ilmaan Oromoo Walaaboomuu Kosovo kan irraa waan hedduu barachuu ni dandeenya, barannee jirraas, haa ta'u iyyuu malee warri Oromoo afaan fajjessan, jaarraa 21ffaa keessa, wa'e "globalization" yoo ta'e malee wa'e "independence" dubbachuun hin barbaachisu, kun kan yeroo itti darbeedha jechuun qabsoo Oromoon geggeessa jiru, fashaleessu barbaadan, "Democracy Ethiopia" malee Walabummaa Oromiyaa hin barbaachisu warri jedhan kan irraa maal baratu laata, kun hin galaafi laata, sammuun isaani fudhachu ni danda'a laata, moo Abashoomani ilmaan Oromoo Abashoomsuu barbaadu.

Safuun kan isaaniti, kun kan isiniif hin gallee isintti hidhan iyyuu isiniif hin galu.


Anonymous said...

Globalization is as old as a hill. Forget those detractors and keep focused on independence. The Oromo question is a question of independence or nothing. La lua continua.

Viva la Oromia!

Anonymous said...

Forgive me for a late comment.
To Anonymous who asked " Do we have enough evidence to suggest the oromo mass wants independence or are we equating the wishes of the oromo elites with that of the oromo mass?"

Oromo masses never consider themselves Ethiopians. If you go to the country side You can hardly find any one who pronounce the word Ethiopia properly let alone consider himself/herself ethiopian. In contrary, it is some Oromo elites who advocate for ethiopianism not the Oromo masses.
There is no evidence that the Oromo masses want to live in Ethiopian Empire but there are many evidences that suggest the Oromo masses want the independent state of Oromia. I suggest you recall the speeches, the claps, the songs, the reaction to Oromo flag during the early 90 meetings held in different part of Oromia, to name a few.

Anonymous said...

Well done
This experience at the UW should be encouraging to the entire Oromo student and community. This drama highlighted the ignorance and hostility our people face daily back home and I will not let that happen in the U.S.A and you can count on that…..Ever Year inshAllah Oromo student will be part of any cultural events held at the UW that is God given right or perhaps American given right. Don't we all love America!!!PS



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