^^ Habte, this must be one of those things that go along with people calling themselves after the Ethiopian Historical tradition of calling their royal princes’ Ras’ we are now encountering plenty of self proclaimed’ prince/ Ras john doe” running around claiming some kind of connection to Ethiopia. by the same token here you are calling yourself ‘ the history Nazi’ while referring to your supposed Exacting knowledge of Ethiopia’s history, well I must say to that kind of grandiose delusion, “ you wish!” Only recently your Ethiopian history knowledge and your apologetics for not ruffling the feathers of Islam said “Ethiopia has ALWAYS maintained good relationships not just with her domestic Muslims, but the Muslim world in general.” now when that goes debunked and your ‘tiraz neteq eweqet/ a knowledge based on solely A single page that ignores the context found from the entirety of volumes of books that pertain to the full story / exposed , you are now all of a sudden doing a 180 turn and saying the Ethiopian Church was a crusading Church attacking the peaceful islamists who letter on had to fight back in an all out war under the leadership of ‘Gragn Mohammed” the purpose of this new twist in your analysis making it and its ideology equal to/ similar to that of the ideology of Islamic invasion of the non Muslim therefore once again asking us to not ruffle the feathers of Islam. After all with this argument you want us to conclude that, Christianity is the same in the essence of its ideology as Islam. Now the church and the Monarchs are different, although the Church and State were closely tied the monarchs like the system of monarchy are flowed. Even so the ideology of the Church and the Ideology of Islam are quite different, but since you want us to dwell in the other stuff and not on the real essence of the ideology let’s talk about the political history of the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia and its territorial disputes.
Now first of all the Adal regions that were the territory of Ethiopia, when the Muslim traders started to infiltrate Ethiopia and settle they started to form a Muslim sultanate, that was rapidly expanding by the aide of the Turks and Arabs who were the main traders and political powers in the region and these started to claim land and territory of the Christian Kingdom whose head quarters were in shewa . the adal sultanates not only wanted to continue to expand but also wanted the main strong government overtaken thus they helped every war lord they found to be in opposition to the Crown, they used the Islamic religion when they can and when that was not effective, they bought allegiances with money and promise of future lordship of the region the warlords coveted when the Christian kingdom was abolished. Like any Kingdom of that time securing its territory at went hand in hand with securing the ideology it followed, it also means coming in direct conflict with the sultanate’s ideology. Just like the different pagan ideologies have been conflicting with the Christian kingdom, the back and forth war of asserting territory and the right to rule was the paramount importance to the kingdom.
Second if you see the edict of war by the Christian Emperors when it comes to fighting not only Muslims but Christians that will seek to claim land away from them and overthrow their ‘God’ given right to rule over their own land , they declared war calling the enemy ‘the enemy of God’ Christian Ethiopia’s wars have always had these three motivators at heart “Defense of Faith, Family and Country”. The expanding adal sultanate with its raids and the raids it funded, that managed to capture land here and there from the Ethiopian kingdom was a direct initiator of the war. The kingdom had no interest in capturing the land that was not historically it’s to claim, thus had every historical right to defend its territory from the expanding adal sultanates, who not only were they expanding on their own but aiding the rebellion of other warlords that seek to have their own regional leadership in the kingdom, therefore the Christian kingdom was increasingly coming to a perilous situation.
Crusade in the Middle East ….. Why was it necessary in the first place? Wasn’t it because those Muslims have waged war and took Christian territory? That Christians were forced to defend themselves with the constantly aggressive ideology that was moving the swipe all under its Islamic banner? Now what happened during the war and after was a sad, however it does not change the fact that the whole idea of the Crusade was initiated as self defense. That part of history must never be forgotten by the shadow of what later tragedies that followed.
You calling the war between Ethiopian Kingdom and the Adal sultanates as the action of a crusading Ethiopian Church just based on the usual banner of war in defense of territory that was theirs to defend and stopping the rebel aiding sultanates from supporting the enemies of the kingdom, your historical analysis that is out of context of historical time and reasoning of the time, leads me to believe you either are woefully ignorant of historical realities of those times, or simply once more want to run to the defense of the islamists at all costs including distortion of historical realities and the real motives behind historical actions. Either way it’s a shame.
Islam has one motive that motivates it; convert the world into the one umaha of Mohamed. The rest is cattle. What happened under Gragn was what was feared will happen in the Christian Kingdom the growing treat of the sultanates was felt long before the war as I have mentioned before, the attempt to stop it before the full blown aggression of the Islamist come to be a reality, was not successful. The eminent war was long expected by the Christian kingdom to come from the sultanates. They already had to defend themselves from the Turks in the north, the Turks and the Arabs were also aiding the Afar/ Adal sultanates on the south .However the lack of standing army made it impossible to guard territories as they are done now, back then the army is made out of militias under the kingdom who are mobilized only after the edict of war was declared.
As to the songs being sung by force in that article you mentioned gave me a good belly laugh, songs are always being sung before during and after every war in Ethiopia , depicting the event and the heroes etc. in this Ethiopia’s history is no different than the rest of the world. The historical chroniclers of the kingdom ofc had the tradition of documenting what was said and sung about the event in their chronicles. Just like in the bile we find what the women of Israel sung about their victory over the philistines by the hand of David and about his heroics. The Ethiopian King had no need to force anyone to sing for him, the victory was enough motivator to move the poets and vocalists to do their art that will seek to outshine one another in the Kingdom. This is still the tradition in Ethiopia, recording events in songs and poems.
Now Monarchy is neither fair governance, nor is it representative, it is inherently flowed, oppressive even. The Lord Himself warns Israel of this nature of having a king, a monarchy however history is set in motion. The Christian version of the Monarchy had both served and hurt the Church because of the nature of ‘the monarchy’ as a system of governance that holds the power of governing. Still when we give historical analysis it has to be done with the context of all events in that particular time, and the pervalent understanding and standards of political , social , cultural,and religious issues of the time.
Habte, I am very tired of you claiming to know of Ethiopian history, and in so far as it is used aide you to send your personal distortion of it, in defending the un-defendable. In comparing the incomparable. Stop doing this back flips you do with your historical data, you in fact claim to support a Monarchy, which I find incredibly ironic, with your claim of pacifism. But that’s up to you to dream about. I laugh when I hear the self appointed ‘ princes/ras’ who have named themselves as prince so and so loll Ras John doe, and they tell me about my history and my future reinvented and recast in their image and likeness. This is how deep those people monarchical dreams/ fantasies go. Ethiopians will tolerate such fantasy as long as it remains contained to the self agrandeosing individual’s wildest dreams.
I thank you very much for accusing My Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church as a Crusading Church, with the meaning of Crusaid being equal to jihadist ideology , I was not aware that the Church had such ambitions, now we will make sure we re-write history to fit your description of it. As we must have forgotten that part of our history was it not for you to remind us of it. But on the other hand if we do listen to every tall tales that are told by interest groups then the meaning of our very lives will merely be ‘a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing!’
I have a busy schedule coming up , I have nothing further to say to you. except perhaps to say that I am nauseated by the stink of this BS that has put on the fragance of detached historical analysis and christian piety chasing its tail to cover for Islam's inherent ideological agenda. personaly I have heard enough of your oppinion. you are entitled to keep it, just do not pretend to be an Ethiopian when you are not, do not pretend to know the history of Ethiopia when you obviously do not, find another appologetics for what you seek to do.