A moral appeal to end hostilities

There will probably be no winners in a warfare fueled by a failure of political management.

It’s a ethical outrage and a tragic irony that Ethiopia is at warfare with itself while actively engaged in peace-making elsewhere within the near-abroad.
So as to add to the irony, the general public watched the extraordinary build-up with indifference solely to really feel perturbed because the nation dipped right into a fratricidal bloodshed of a daunting scale, unfamiliar to the current era of enlisted women and men.
From right here on, not even the wisest pundits can predict what the raging battle has in retailer for this nation of nationalities, as soon as at warfare towards poverty, the one enemy with which no compromise is feasible.
What is definite, nonetheless, is that, within the absence of compromise, this nation is in for a seismic humanitarian disaster far past its meager shock-absorbing capability.
On this hour of peril, the ethical crucial, because it have been, is to mobilize public opinion and leverage mediation, quite than bickering over which facet deliberate and instigated the bloody battle.
As “reality is the primary casualty of warfare”, it’s for an neutral inquiry panel to kind out the claims and counterclaims and determine the responsible social gathering that was most chargeable for the debacle.
Within the meantime, it should be stated with righteous indignation that either side bear duty for a as a lot baiting on a untimely foreclosures of peaceable dialogue  and escalating the battle thereafter.
If nothing else, the haste with which both sides upped the ante goes to point out the ethical failings of the previous allies within the now defunct EPRDF coalition. But when decency nonetheless issues, the one prudent plan of action is to face down and start peace talks with out preconditions.
That stated, it stays to name upon spiritual leaders, peace advocates, and different influential public figures to deliver their mixed ethical weight and dealer cessation of hostilities as a prelude to complete peace talks.
There isn’t any disgrace in extending an olive department if the choice is worse than the momentary flack one should take for daring the other facet to reciprocate in form.
Absolutely if either side lack the ethical braveness to budge, the human toll of the tragic battle is certain to bulge and severely diminish the prospect of a post-conflict reconciliation.
On this hour of peril, saner voices with reputed pedigree additionally bear duty to encourage dialogue and remind the war-mongers that, by its very nature, the type of battle Ethiopia is in hardly ever lends itself to a navy resolution.
If proof is required, suffice to recall the case of Yugoslavia, the place zealous pursuit of a unilateral settlement shortly degenerated into senseless ethnic cleaning and broke aside the republics into EU-dependent mini-states in a single day.
This isn’t to recommend that Ethiopia is doomed to go the best way of Yugoslavia, however as an alternative to attract consideration to the opportunity of a no much less calamity ought to, by some consequential mishap, the battle spill over to different areas with a latest historical past of violent flare-ups.
To finish on a constructive observe, one can’t however hope that, sooner quite than later, everybody, not least these in cost, will notice that there might be no victory to rejoice after the fratricidal slaughter—however solely a vigil to carry for the useless and injured from a warfare waged in useless.

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Primary picture: Ethiopian refugees cross the border into Hamdayet, Sudan, leaving the Tekezze River within the background; UNHCR/Hazim Elhag.

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