As June 20, Eritrean Martyrs’ Day (Eritrea's Memorial Day) quickly approaches, it is fitting that we should contemplate the significance of the legacy of the heroes who paid the ultimate price for our country. Our existence as a people, our precious Eritrean identity is a legacy of these brave sons and daughter, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives. For this reason Martyrs’ Day holds a venerated position in our hearts and minds; we also need to challenge ourselves to realize the values our martyrs left us with: the values of courage, dedication, resilience, selfless-service....
መቐረት ናጽነት ንዓና ንኤርትራውያን ኣዝዩ ክቡር እዩ። ምቁር እዩ። ብዋጋ ዘይትመን ህያብ ስውኣትና እዩ። እቲ ምንታይ ውሑዳት ክንስና፡ ኣብ ታሪኽ ዝኣበስናዮ በደል ዘይብልና ከሎና፡ ሕማቕ ናይ ታሪኽ ኣጋጣሚ ስለዘጋጠመና ግን መግዛእትነት ንምምሓው ልዕሊ ዓቕምና መስዋእትነት ከፊልና። እዚ ትዕድልት’ዚ መሪጽና ዝኣተናዮ ዘይኮነስ፡ ካብ ባርነት ንምግልጋል ሓደ ምዕቡል ወለዶ ክኸፍሎ ዘለዎ ዋጋ ሓርነት ስለዝኾነ ክቡር ዋጋ ክንከፍል ድልዋት ስለዝኾና እዩ።
Ethiopia is an ally of the United States. It does much of the United States's military bidding in Africa, and therefore Ethiopia gets diplomatic cover from the United States if the UN and Eritrea gets beat up at the UN. The Obama administration put sanctions against Eritrea back in 2009 by telling the outrageous lie that Eritrea, which is a half-Christian, half-Muslim country with a government that is totally secular, the lie that Eritrea was supporting al-Shabaab, the Muslim fundamentalists in neighboring Somalia.
For many underdeveloped countries particularly African, Diplomacy means: to be flexible, to acquiesce, compromise, undermine-once-principle and values to accommodate suitors at the expense of long term interests of the nations they claim serve. Eritrea’s firm and principled stances are therefore aberration to the norm and thorn on the sides of those who benefit from the diplomatic acquiescence or submissiveness of countries that sell their souls in order to remain in power for financial or other gains.
Today is May 24; Eritrea's birthday. Today Eritrea is 24 years young. After suffering for a century, shy 6 months, of successive and brutal colonial rules: Italian (1890-1941), British (1941-1952) and Ethiopian (1952-1991) and after 30 years of protracted Armed Struggle for Independence, Eritrea was finally liberated on May 24, 1991 by the Eritrean People's Liberation Army.