Tuesday, May 17

Politburo Knows Best VIII - Occam and Damocles

When you have two competing theories which make exactly the same predictions, [an overwhelming EPRDF victory in election 2005] the one that is simpler is the better.

William of Occam (paraphrased)

Occam's Razor is a principle attributed to a 14th century logician and Franciscan friar. Given all of the evidence, the litany of dysfunctions and deficits of Ethiopian 'democracy' can only be explained by the absence of actual democracy. A love affair of eternal political loyalty between all of the ruled and the Politburo that is based on little more than being better than the Dergue, is far less likely.

Sadly, the main audience for the pretense in the West assumes that some folks like Zimbabweans deserve to experience real democracy Western power is used to penalize Mugabe & Co. for dictatorship that is apparently just fine for Ethiopians to live with.

If we go, we shall slam the door on an empty house.

Lenin's vision of a post - Bolshevik Russia

The Ethiopian opposition is following the same trend to create havoc and hatred [as the Rwandan Genocide] ... It is a dangerous policy that leads the nation to violence and bloodshed.

Meles's vision of a post - Politburo Ethiopia

The open and implied apocalyptic threats of the visions above is not coincidental. In Ethiopia the threat of ethnic bloodletting is an immediate one because tribal divide and rule has been the main instrument of Politburo will to power as expressed through manipulated tribal enmity and a system of feudal bantustans. Convenient accusations and natural assumptions of universal corruption are just convenient and natural excuses for ongoing brutality to remain in power at all costs.

[The last posts in this series, #7 and #8, are under construction. Sorry, they are entirely too long in general and take a corresponding amount of time to pull together that is not always available. We post incomplete posts in the hope that they will goad one of more of us into finishing them]

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