Accommodating cultural differences and commonalities

05-Jun-2017 05:55

Alas, his “historic cache of goods” confined itself to the contemporary sensibility, one that looks back in time only to the fifties; perhaps, considering EMDHR being the sponsor, both the presenter and the host could’ve had their young audiences with contemporary sensibilities in mind.Thusly, they chose to resort to the contemporary narrative than delving deep to the beginning of how and whence the Arabic and Tigrinya languages found of languages that deserve their own specific historical narrative, albeit that will be left for our learned men and women to grapple and educate us similar to what’s being done here with the two languages at hand.Some examples follow and many more others can be cited.The issue here is not whether the Eritrean people, like many other peoples in modern history, have been subjected to “international injustices” – for they indeed have, and history is their witness.Obsessed with dreams of reversing Eritrea’s independence, these elements openly advocate for the country’s re-occupation and/or dismemberment.But, it is also true that this well-founded public concern has been exacerbated to the level of paranoia by a regime adept at manipulating and exploiting the public’s sense of insecurity.

Truth is, along with “the bad and the ugly”, Eritrea’s interaction with the rest of the world has also carried “the good” aspects with it – a fact which only devious minds are apt to deny.

As a result, it is incapable of dealing with present-day issues or addressing contemporary challenges without harkening back to memories and experiences of the 1980s and 70s or, worse, of the 50s.

The concept of “supremacy of the law” is alien to the tyrannical instincts of the regime’s leaders.

Neither is it kind to those who bark and snarl from their corner of isolation at their real or imagined enemies.

No individual, group, organization or nation can hope to survive, much less excel, short of making their peace with the world in which we live – yes, with all its deficiencies and the injustices it periodically metes out to one or another segment of its inhabitants.And in the process, it has inflicted incalculable damage on the country’s political and socio-economic well-being.There is a lesson to be learned by the conformist elites and pseudo-intellectuals who, through their advocacy and apologetic activism, are engaged in the futile task of trying to prop up a rogue, dying regime: The world is unsympathetic to those who retreat into a corner and brood over their real or perceived victimhood.Lacking in legal perspective, political wisdom and diplomatic skills, the regime possesses neither the foresight to avoid run-ins with international law nor the flexibility to extricate itself from the legal, political and military entanglements it often creates for itself.