I will try to pose my views and questions in simple and plain english,and I shall be grateful for clear, simple and plain answer. Please no answers such as " It depends on what the meaning of is is".
Aboy Heruy, it is a good sign that you contemplated of doing some soul-searching.Self-reflection is necessary, because humans are all very much like onions,surrounded by coats of hypocrisy and deceit,masks and artifices. At the centre of these is the core of character. I hope your self-reflection will put the right values back on actions and deeds to enable you to discover the real self.
You were a leading figure in the radical wing of the ELF during the 1970's. In 1971,you were elected vice-chairman of the revolutionary-council and when the civil war decision endorsed at ELF's 1st national congress on the grounds that the the Eritrean field can not bare more than one organisation, you participated in the decision to annihilate the EPLF. (The "POWER" factor,The "EPLF MUST BE DESTROYED" factor). Between 1970 and 1975, you remained outside Eritrea most of the time, that it was hard to categorise you as a "Tegadaly", that is, in the real sense of the word. The consequence was that real authority devolved into the hands of Abdella Idriss and other extrimist elements of the ELF.
In the mid 1970's, you were demoted from the Revolutionary Council leadership position for a) criticiszing the ELF for preserving close relationship with Baath Iraq b) for lack of democracy and c) For spurning the marriage of convienence with the pan-arab-islamist Osman Saleh Sabbe and trying to broker "Smur-Gnbar" with the EPLF.
The result was that hundrets of the new young Christian recruits who rejected the ELF-Revolutionary Council- Sabbe power axis were mercilessly and callosuly executed by the ELF. While thousands of Christian fighters fled to Ala to join the EPLF, you broke away from the ELF , left with many others to Sudan,without reconciling your differences with the EPLF. (The "LOSS OF POWER" factor). In the Sudan you referred to yourselves as Eritrean democratic movement (EDM) and as their leader ,you accepted support from Baath Iraq, the very regime, that was your bone of contention while you served at the helm of the ELF leadership. ( The "MONEY" factor).
In the late 80's, your new movement joined forces with the anti -EPLF elements of Saghem with a view to sabotage and weaken the EPLF ( BAck to the " EPLF MUST BE DESTROYED" factor). After 1990, the EPLF, the front whom you accused of being too sectarian and whose destruction you sought from the very beginning , stretched its hand and welcomed you back home as a member of the Eritrean parliament to take part in its nation-building. (The "POWER" factor)
In 1994, only a year after Eritrea emerged as a state, you were relieved of your position in the Eritrean parliament due to whatever reasons and you opted to leave the country (The "LOSS of POWER factor").
In 2001-2004, you re-appeared in the Eritrean political landscape as the head of the ENA ( The "POWER" factor ) and vowed to over-throw the GoE by any means necessary,including armed struggle ( Back to The "EPLF must be destroyed" Factor)
Finally, in my view, the bottom-line of your latest statement is Financial hardship. ( The "MONEY" factor)
To summerise:Your quest for the Eritrean struggle is marred by STRUGGLE FOR POWER, PERSONAL FINANCIAL REWARD, AND SHIFTING POSITIONS WITHOUT CONSISTENT PRINCIPLE.
1) Given this background and the aforementioned factors, give me a good reason of why should I place my trust on you and take you seriously?
2) You left Eritrea in 1994, with all its post-war challenges and hardships. No amount of rational arguement would support the view that it is Eritrea you had in heart when the fact is that you left a new-born country in its infancy without rendering your expertise and services. In this case, what is your function ?
3) Your political career spans over 3+ decades. Please list for us any record of visible success that you think contributed to the growth and well being of Eritrea and Eritreans.
4) How do you think Eritrean history will remember you ? a) As a Traitor b) Semi-Traitor c) Opportunist d ) Hero e) None . Please give a reason for your choice.
5) How could you dine and wine with the fundamentalist from the Eritrean Islamic Jihad ? what was your reaction,when they sent a young boy to his ceratin death to plant bombs in Barentu,near the town of your birth?
6) Since you are a public figure, do you mind telling us what you do for living? Any 9-5 jobs? How do you secure your pension-plans?
Last but not least
7) In your biography you said" Since 1994, I pursue a life style without alcohol and tobacco". Why do you mention this? b) Did such lifestyle overshadow and hamper your past political carrier? If yes, don't you think you owe an apology to the Eritrean people and our fallen brothers and sisters for attempting to drink away the country that was brought about by paying the highest price?
PS: It is actually the duty of the servant to reach out to those whom s/he wishes to serve than the other way round. Thank you Meskerem for your efforts.