We are now trapped between a dying establishment and a new order that is not quite formed.
This interim period is unpredictable, because there is no visible successor, no plan, and of course no legal recourse for election because there is no constitution. Is it going to be chaotic? Will the opposition get their act together and contribute towards orderly transition? Will the military take over? If so who is going to take over? Will there be mass uprising and total disorder that will invite external intervention? Will this lead to the total dismantling of a nations state of Eritrea? Is the future bleak?
The answer is loud No!!! the future is not bleak, in fact it is bright.
Even if we have a short sighted government that does every thing the wrong way to stay in power and at any cost; acts low and irresponsible; lacks the capacity to grasp that change is inevitable and to secure succession would be timely;
and even if those struggling for change are divided into two, the internal and external, all following wrong tactics – even if the external opposition unintentionally helps the regime to continue because it failed to present itself as a better alternative to the people;
Even if the internal opposition is washed in mistrust and narrow interest, sometimes shifting position with small token of presidential favor and corruption.
We shall triumph as a nation because that is one of the unique features we have developed over the years when our very survival is challenged; as we did during the armed liberation struggle; and when we had to stand in defense of our sovereignty; and when we survive under a regime that failed to govern by all measures. It is in our DNA to thrive in trying times. We have proved it again and again.
We shall triumph because we are able to cast aside the existing mental categories and biases, we are able to shift from our current political identity with fixed mind set to open new ideas and common grounds; instead of lecturing to our people we are now listening the voices of our people with fresh ears, and seeing with fresh eyes.
We say this because these are are all budding in our politics. Those in power now realize that the end is on the horizon, the victim knowing this is becoming more magnanimous and accommodating.
Now it’s time to pay attention to the nexus where the internal and external struggle coalesce, where them and us meet, where fragments of social identity bind together, where the last stitches reweave Eritrean diversity as one family, where the people’s power glue the victim and the victor under the umbrella of the rule of law. Because survival of our nation overrides the political interest of the few. It is time to revive our nationalism.
This is a moment of honesty, moment of catharsis, but it also a time of hope and confidence. It is also an exciting time to see the rebirth/recreation of our nation.