Now is the time to come to our sense. Our people are suffering under an oppressive yoke of TPLF. It is time to be effective and get rid of this fascist regime. We need to empower Oromo people against this brutal oppressor. One way of empowering Oromo liberation camp is by stopping the propaganda each of our organizations do against each other.
What is propaganda in essence and where and when should we use it? Wikipedia defines it as follows: propaganda is a communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda. Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist. Propaganda is generally an appeal to emotion, not intellect. It shares techniques of witt advertising and public relations, each of which can be thought of as propaganda that promotes a commercial product or shapes the perception of an organization, person or brand. I think, this is the positive aspect of propaganda, just selling one’s own agenda and attacking one’s enemy. The negative one being what is done against one’s rival (not enemy) by exagerating its weak side!
So what is the purpose of the propaganda our different organizations do against their rivals? Whose cause does it promote? It is encouraging to observe that many of Oromo organizations came to the agreement not to make propaganda on each other. But specially the current propaganda going on between some factions of the OLF is disgusting to say the least. That is why I am in principle against any abhorrent propaganda they are doing against each other. Instead of blabbering the negative criticism against their rivals, they need to show us the better way of doing business. Oromo people support them not by looking at their best performance of propaganda against the other faction, but by seeing their best way of leading us in the liberation movement. It is pitty to see an OLF forged against OLF as if we need an opposition against rebel parties. Are we naives not to observe the damage we are doing against the Oromo liberation movement or are we the victim of our smart foes riding us like their horses and made us doing their bidding? First was OLF against OLF, then AWO against OLF, then ODF against OLF and now KWO against OLF! What a shame on us genuine Oromo and what a pride for the fake ones who claim to be Oromo, but working against Oromo cause in a very sublte way! Oromo, please wake up, watch and walk! Let’s stop the destructive propaganda against each other and let’s start the very constructive fighting against our arch enemy – the TPLF. I think, the positive propaganda defined here is to propagate ones own merit in an exagerated form, not necessarily to denigerate the fellow Oromo rival fighting for the same goal against the same enemy!
What is fighting (war) in essence. Again here is how it is defined in wikipedia: War is a reciprocated, armed conflict, between two or more non-congruous entities, aimed at reorganising a subjectively designed, geo-politically desired result. It is the continuation of political intercourse, carried on with other means. War is an interaction in which two or more opposing forces have a struggle of wills. The term is also used as a metaphor for non-military conflict, such as in the example of Class war.
So what is the “geo-politically desired result” of the Oromo and who is our main enemy, who is trying to hinder us from achieving this result? When we look at war as the “struggle of wills”, can we identify what Oromo’s will and what the will of our enemy is? Do all our political organizations persue to realize the same will of Oromo or do they have different wills in mind? When we look at the different OLF factions doing their abhorrent propaganda against each other, we just start to think: do they really have different wills of the Oromo in mind? What makes them so aggrressiv against each other, rather than focusing on the main Oromo enemy? Do they think to benefit the Oromo by such propagnada on each other instead of fighting against the enemy?
I personally assure them that Oromo community is fade up of their bickering. What Oromo want to see from them now is far sightedness and wisdom. Even if they can not be united, they can respect each other and continue their contribution to the liberation movement in their chosen way. The more propaganda they do against their fellow Oromo organization, the more respect they lose from the Oromo public. We have started to register that one faction is now consciously doing very little propaganda and we commend this. The media of the other faction is still full of propaganda on its rival instead of concentrating on fighting against TPLF. If it continues like this, I am sure it simply loses support of the Oromo slowly. So I would like to adivice all factions to stop their nonsense propaganda on each other and be smart freedom fighters strong in attacking mainly our arch enemy – TPLF.
I hope this idea is noble and should be respected by all factions fighting for Oromo liberation! Unfortunately both factions of the OLF still active in propaganda have still a lot to learn. Let me give them certain further suggestions:
– to KWO group: stop crying about the “booddessaa group” and show us that you are dureessaa; stop crying about “reactionary oldies” and show us that you are young progressive; stop about the “divisive Shane” and show us that you are the integrating forces…..etc. In general before crying about the negative side of your rival Shane, show us your positivie side regarding that negative aspect you do criticize on your rival.
– to Shane group: stop singing about “gosummaa of Miciirama” and show us your Oromummaa; stop talking about “hand of the enemy behind Miciirama” and show us your own purity; stop talking about the “wickedness of Miciirama” and show us your side of goodness….etc. In general do your best to be the most accepted and respected OLF rather than crying about the “fake OLF”, which you tell us not to accept.
I think this is an idea, which we all Oromo need to accept and practice. Let’s Stop propaghanda on our fellow Oromo and start now to intensifry our war against TPLF. Otherwise, to be successfull in propaganda against our enemy, we need to empower Oromo liberation block, that meanse we have to strive to give confidence and power, so that Oromo people can do itself the job of liberation. We have to approach celebrating Irreechaa (Irreessaa, Irreensa) always thinking at the two meanings of the word. Irreessaa can be defined as both thanksgiving and empowering. Let’s daily celebrate in both senses: give thanks to our Waaqa and empower our nation – Oromo. We can do the second one in two ways: come together before Waaqa and commit our selves to unity for freedom and avoid all possible things which contribute to our division and our weakening like the propaganda we do against each other. I hope, Irreessaa of this year will be the time of empowering Oromo to do efficient war to achieve our goal.
Last, but not least, the Oromo are very aware that TPLF cadres are doing their major role in cyber world being camouflaged as either faction of the OLF to insult, curse and vilify the other faction in forums, in paltalks and in different websites. They usually change their tactic and method. Now recently they statrted a new devide of Oromo they do use: Qubee (new) generation Vs “Oldies” or old generation. They tell us to be from the new generation having the right and the new idea to fight against the “oldies (the reactionaries, ineffectives, non-visionaries”…etc). Fortunately, we can discern their hidden motive and we are ready to deal with such mad dogs, but the propaganda we do hear from medias of the OLF factions can not be attributed to TPLF cadres, rather only to the mistake of our liberation promoters. So, again my appeal to the OLF factions and other Oromo organizations is: please stop propaganda on fellow Oromo and intensify the fighting against our archenemy – TPLF!