How relevant is the OLF today?
Rundaasaa Asheetee Hundee
After some political opportunists declared that the OLF has been damaged beyond repair and came to consensus that this organization was fading, its influence actually increased, outgrowing the enemy’s effort to suffocate it and proven itself the most powerful and enduring force in the history of the Oromo liberation movement.
There has been a veritable support for the OLF because its ideology is not something that can decline with a passage of time. Hence, albite an attempt by the political opportunists to over shadow its achievements, the OLF was able to twist the arms of the Tigre colonists and freed thousands of Oromo political prisoners and continued to influence the political direction of empire Ethiopia producing circumstances that presented new opportunities for the immemorial longing groups who are so quick to claim victory even when it is scored by the OLF.
After surviving so many splits and internal divisions that produced several fragmented groupings, the OLF is able to re-build social capital across Oromia starting from Walloo to southern, western, central and eastern Oromia territories during a very difficult time when dishonesty was surging in the minds of the political opportunists whose minds are stricken with tribal rivalry and political opportunism.
Mean time, this political opportunist whose morality continue to decline with every changing political situation talked so much about Ethiopia in order to curb the conscience of the Oromo people using the media outlet they controlled. By doing so, they created confusion in the minds of those who already were in a state of flux and stood on the margins of the Oromo society.
Since the Oromo movement for liberation gained momentum, these opportunists started expressing themselves differently in private and public settings. In private setting, they often dismissed OLF’s accomplishments but publicly, they played with words. By doing so, they made sure that their supporters whose attitudes are driven with localist mindset remained loyal to them.
As they shifted their opinion based on the ensuing political situation to capture people’s attentions, they made it virtually impossible for their staunchest supporters not to be able to understand their deceptive schemes in their quest for higher position in a society. By doing so, they enjoyed the praise from their religious and localist supporters who truly felt that these men are participating in something vast and consequential enough that its effects are producing civic defiance against the Tigre government.
Although they have hard time to recognize the independence of Oromia, these new Ethio breeds acted as if the are always at odds with the Tigrean colonists. However, they always believed that the encounter between Oromia and Ethiopia will provide economic opportunities for them even when the Oromians are killed on daily bases.
As they clamor for attention magnified by the instantaneous media they control, they tried to push Oromia and Ethiopia together, their heart longing with a sense of teeming plurality of choices and possibilities that a united Ethiopia presents to them. For them, the Habasha world-views interact and collide with their inferiority complex born out of lack of Oromummaa. As a result, not Oromo based political ideology but their personal political preferences became a guide in dealing with their identity crisis. In this flux, they felt connected to the rotten empire more than they are to the objective for which the OLF was formed. For this very reason, they continually engaged in a competition of choices of embattled option.
This is how they misread and underestimated the nationalistic impulse of the Oromo youth so that they could feel like the rotten empire is part of who they are and it won’t go away. They said that it is better to bid for power within the political culture built by the Abyssinians instead of trying to oust Ethiopianism out of the Oromo minds. Devotion to the Oromo freedom, trust in the Oromo people and bravery to which the wings of the Oromo heroes have spread have flown out of these weak souls because fear and inferiority are so deeply planted in their hearts. Virtually therefore, these inferior men failed to maintain moral life without the aid of Ethiopianism. This is because their moral basis are derived from empire Ethiopia’s philosophy, custom and political tradition.
The truth however is that Oromummaa has vast array of positive values that can be introduced to modern societies of today, be its secular views or its religious tradition that can explain life beyond human realm.
So far, the OLF has survived from the wars and from the enemy conspiracy and worth to uphold and honor every ideal it has been promoting since its inception in 1974. Regardless of what the opportunists say or do today, the OLF has tremendous capacity to lift the dignity of all people inside empire Ethiopia, even when it seeks meaning and purpose in Oromummaa, which must remain not only relevant but an essential part of what it means to be human.
Rundaasaa Asheetee Hunde