I enjoyed your last response.
The thing about GERD is, it's something most Ethiopians will be proud of. It doesn't look good for Eritrean Government to oppose it. I have no doubt most Eritreans would choose to support it.
For god sake, Sudan is standing with Ethiopia for building that monster of a Power.
Off course, the chauvinists don't want to be equals with us; so they want to deny our national right to develop our resources; they don't want the perception of Ethiopia/Ethiopians being in charge of the Nile even though it benefits them as well.
Let me tell you something, when we went to see the "Mystery of the Nile" documentary about 10 years ago, in the IMAX theater, met the makers of the documentary, signing books, can't tell you how proud we were.
Even though I new Ethiopia is the source and have visited lake Tana, the documentary was still exciting.
What was most amazing is, at the end of the documentary 100s of people in the theater looked as if some thing hit them, when they realized that the source of the Nile was Ethiopia. You can just read the reactions in the deafening silence of the audience when that was announced in the documentary.
Off course I was looking around so uplifted, carrying my head high in the air & eventually going forward to get my book signed. That was one exciting experience as an Ethiopian in this country for me. I am sure all red blooded Ethiopians would feel the same way. I like my children and their children to feel that same way when GERD finished. Meles will be remembered forever just for putting a corner stone to create that exhilarating feeling in our life time alone; that Ethiopian Renaissance indeed!
Please don't be mocking the GERD; that is my problem with you and Prof. Al. Most Ethiopian intellectuals in the opposition support GERD even though they have differences with EPRDF probably for a good reason.
After GERD is finished Ethiopians not only generate millions as income to fight poverty but, will have the largest lake with fish, tourism & what have you. The perception of Ethiopia will change for ever; that has multiplier effect in other areas. Off course Sudan shall be an Oasis & Egypt will have sustainable source of water. Ethiopia as a regional power and a middle income country shall take care of the source on her own, by making it green more than ever for generations to come.
Think about it, the Egyptians using our left over run, harnessed the power of the Nile by building the Aswan High Dam. This massive structure, almost 4 kilometers long, provides enough electricity to power half of Egypt. It also increased the cultivable land of Egypt by 30%.
GERD will do much, much better than Aswan Dam. Envision that!
Nice talking with you as always!
Dawi the Tigrawi
Looking how conflicted & pained Prof. Bereket is today, a man who HIM raised as his own, that served under HIM Admn. and Isaias's administration later on, shows the delima of Eritreans towards Ethiopia. You can't live with Ethiopia and can't live without Ethiopia & vise versa for that matter.
When you start seeing Eritreans through the clouded prism of Professor Bereket Habte Selassie's identity crisis emanating from having children from an Ethiopian wife, you're committing the cardinal sin of painting Eritrea, a country of more than 7 million people, with a broad brush and branding them as if their lives are still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. As far as the Eritreans are concerned, they have moved on with their lives keeping their heads up high, never succumbing to the urge for vengeance, nor falling victims to past historical injustices.
The aging professor, who's now in the seventh and final stage of Alzheimer's disease, and with his one leg in the grave and the other on a banana peel, he has openly declared war on Eritrea to give his half-Eritrean & half-Ethiopian children one national identity before he kicks the bucket. His children, who are US citizens, consider their father's hallucinations to be directly related to his advanced stage of Alzheimer's disease, but how do you explain that to the weyane sewer flies swarming his face to feed on his tears and mucus? As the saying goes: ያረጀ አንበሳ የወያኔ መጫወቻ ይሆናል።
I have a theory (mind you this is only a theory,) and my theory is that .. about 10 years ago, President Isaias Afewerki was holding a cabinet level meeting to discuss on what to do with the incessant barking of the Weyane regime. The cabinet members offered different suggestions, from taking direct military measures, to clandestine operations....etc.
Today Eritrea is opposed to one of our tickets out of poverty, the GERD, siding with Egyptian chauvinists!
Then the President stood up from his chair and said, "we are done with the weyane! They are as dead as a door nail! They're not worth a drop of Eritrean blood. Its time to feed their corpses to the Egyptian dogs!"
When a cabinet member asked the President on how they would go about that, he explained, "let's start building dams-- hundreds of small to mid size dams across this great country of ours, and when the green-eyed weyane see that, not to be outdone, they will one-up the competition by building a MONSTER dam along the Nile River which is guaranteed to ignite anger in Egypt and the Arab world, triggering a massive military response, the likes of which the world has never seen before."
Sure enough, a few years later the cabinet members started watching the tiny seed President Isaias had planted in weyane's mind started to grow to fruition, and they couldn't contain their laughter when in 2011 Meles Zenawi announced the plan to build the monster dam.
In a sense, someone with a higher IQ has planted the seed of GERD in your small mind and made you to believe that it was your own idea. So the GERD can be said its your Tigray's Frankenstein monster-- which means that you gave life to an idea that someone had planted in your mind without knowing that the monster you have created will eventually spell your own demise. IQ matters.