Africa’s most Appalling Tyranny Tumbles! As direct and logical consequence of Dictator Meles Zenawi’s atrocious deeds in Ogaden, a great number of Ogadeni youth joined recently the military branch of the ONLF, the Ogaden National Liberation Front. They were left with no choice.

Their houses burnt by the Amhara and Tigray tribal soldiers; their sisters raped in the streets of towns by the criminal thugs sent to keep the ‘order’ in Ogaden by Washington’s interlocutor, the notorious Tyrant Zenawi; their grandfathers mercilessly killed by the Abyssinian death squads because simply they were Somalis.

With thousands of animals deliberately massacred, cultivated lands destroyed, trees ruined, with provisions stopped out of Ogaden, with UN delegates prevented from visiting most of the towns and the villages of the province of Martyrs, NGOs and Humanitarian Organizations forced to leave the area, Ogaden has become the worst possible Hell a human mind can imagine.

With the purpose of ruthlessly eliminating as many Ogadenis as they can, with secret target to kick the majority of them out of their ancestral land, and with an overt policy to disfigure the vast province through a horrid ethnic cleansing, Meles Zenawi methodically and systematically attempted for many long months one of the most inhuman deeds in the History of the Black Continent.

Somalia’s Noble Past galvanizes the Ogadeni Soul

In these tragic moments, Somalia’s Great and Noble Past gave to the most desperate Ogadeni the Unique Vigor and the Adamant Determination needed to envision that the Darkness will go, the Abyssinian Curse will be exorcised, and Radiant Days of Light will come again.

And as the stars never ceased to sparkle over the Blessed Land of Ogaden and the Intrepid Soul of the oppressed Ogadenis, flickering memories illuminated the minds and the spirits of every distressed Somali of Ogaden. These memories bring us a while back, when before 500 years a great and noble king of the Somali state Adal fought and won over the Darkness and the Hatred. The great exploits of Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim, as brilliantly exposed in the Futuh al Habasha of Sihab ad-Din Ahmed, are able to bring tears in the Somali eyes and commotion in the Somali hearts.

Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim was loved by the Somalis, acclaimed by the Persians, celebrated by the Turks, and admired by the Portuguese, his own enemies. Thanks to the scrupulous descriptions of Castanhoso:

“While his camp was being pitched, the king of Zeila [Imam Ahmad] ascended a hill with several horse and some foot to examine us: he halted on the top with three hundred horse and three large banners, two white with red moons, and one red with a white moon, which always accompanied him, and [by] which he was recognized”.

Equally admired today by any person who sides with the Oppressed and fights for Freedom are the valiant fighters of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). Their great efforts and heroic deeds are all an Ogadeni can possibly count on today; if Ogaden will become a free and independent country, this will be mainly due to the determined fight of the ONLF.

The brave fighters of the ONLF have already liberated a sizeable part of Ogaden where the criminal Abyssinian thugs and tribal soldiers of tyrant Zenawi have no access. Young Ogadenis flock in these superb mountainous peripheries of Ogadni Freedom to get some sort of military training and then start fighting.

Wardheer, the African Stalingrad

The last days, a precipitation of clashes and ambushes, and regular battles gave a good lesson to Africa’s most loathsome dictator. The Abyssinian occupying forces lost more than 250 thugs in the enduring battles, and they were confronted with a great number of wounded. Worse for the Abyssinian invader, 12 military vehicles were destroyed, and 13 officers have been killed.

Wardheer, the place of the tyrannized and oppressed, became thus the African Stalingrad for the cruel and inhuman terrorist Meles Zenawi, and a High Place of the Ogadeni National History.

The Abyssinian regime launched counter-offensives, involving no less than 1500 soldiers, that were all repulsed. As battles are expected to continue, the Amhara and Tigray Abyssinian occupying forces may soon realize the heavy price they will pay from now on for Ogaden’s illegal annexation and occupation.

ONLF proves Assistant Secretary Jendayi Fraser wrong and uninformed

The ongoing Ogaden revolution demonstrates perfectly well how wrong Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Jendayi Fraser was, when just 20 days ago, addressing the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (Africa and Global Health Subcommittee Hearing held on October 2, 2007 in the Rayburn House Office Building 2172), she gave a speech entitled “Ethiopia and the State of Democracy: Effects on Human Rights and Humanitarian Conditions in the Ogaden and Somalia”. Assistant Secretary Fraser concluded the following:

“Bottom line: A political solution is needed in the Ogaden that will both end the region’s historic marginalization and restore the commercial trade with Somalia to prevent a humanitarian crisis. The United States will continue to promote respect for human rights and democratic principles in our dialogue with Ethiopia, while serving as a partner in addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations and in seeking to resolve longstanding regional conflicts, and prevent terrorists from establishing a foothold in the Horn and East Africa”.

In the light of the recent events, we feel safe to claim that Assistant Secretary Fraser already understands that the United States will have to get engaged in dialogue with mainly the ONLF and the Ogaden Human Rights Committee, if they truly want to stick to the Principles and the Ideals of the Founding Fathers, if they truly desire to see Freedom, Democracy and National Liberation further diffused in Africa, and if their commitment to human rights and their concern for the humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations are truly real.

We add here the two Military Communiqués released on October 21st and October 25nd by the ONLF, publishing their integral text.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)

Military Communique’ – 22nd of October, 2007

Battles continued for a second day yesterday near Wardheer in Ogaden with TPLF regime casualties rising to over 250 killed and an unconfirmed number wounded.

12 Military vehicles which had been part of a TPLF regime counter offensive and dispatched from Qabri-Dahar were destroyed. Thus far, 13 TPLF regime officers including a Colonel and a Captain have been killed in battles around Wardheer during the last two days. The ONLF has in its possession the military ID’s of many of those officers. ONLF casualties have been light given the scope of the engagements.

The TPLF regime counter-offensive against ONLF forces began at mid-day yesterday 21st October with TPLF regime troops attacking ONLF forces at 5 different locations near Wardheer. The counter-offensive involved nearly 1,500 TPLF regime troops in the

theater.

ONLF forces have repulsed the counter offensive and have now surrounded a large number of TPLF regime troops in the area near Wardheer. These surrounded troops are being urged to surrender with guarantees that they will not be harmed if they do so.

Any surrendering troops who wish to join the armed forces of organizations allied to the ONLF such as the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Sidama Liberation Front (SLF) or Ethiopian Peoples Patriotic Front (EPPF) will be transferred to those organizations.

Battles near Wardheer are expected to continue in the coming days and the ONLF will provide further information as appropriate.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)

Military Operations Command Centre (MOCC)

OGADEN

onlfpress@onlf.org

(http://www.ogaden.com/onlfp231007.htm)

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)

Military Communique – 21st October 2007

At 6am local Ogaden time on October 20th a major ONLF military operation involving nearly one thousand ONLF troops near the town of Caado located 25km northwest of Wardheer resulted in over 140 TPLF regime troops killed with many more wounded. The TPLF regime troops were escorting Abay Tsehaye, a senior TPLF official and close confidant of Melez Zenawi.

Abay Tsehaye and a few senior officers escaped by helicopter after all

land routes out of the area were blocked by ONLF forces.

Thousands of rounds of ammunition and military hardware including

communications equipment were captured by ONLF forces during the

operation.

This operation was a direct response to the burning of Caado village

recently and the continuing abuses against the people of Ogaden by TPLF

regime forces in the Wardheer area.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)

Military Operations Command Center (MOCC)OGADEN

onlfpress@onlf.org

http://www.ijaraonline.com/a34.html

We enthusiastically suggest every reader to visit the following link and sign the Ogaden petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-ethnic-cleansing-ogaden-people-ethiopia.html

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Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis

Orientalist, Historian, Political Scientist, Dr. Megalommatis, 50, is the author of 12 books, dozens of scholarly articles, hundreds of encyclopedia entries, and thousands of articles. He speaks, reads and writes more than 15, modern and ancient, languages.

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