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.
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