Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Men of Straw


"Hagos, I said, "things are so different in Axum since you expelled the government troops. I can't quite put my finger on it, but the atmosphere's completely changed."

"It is because no one is afraid any more," the TPLF official replied a moment later.

"Not even of the bombing and the air raids?"

"We fear those things, of course. But they are more of a nuisance than a terror- and we have found a way to avoid them. In the past, when the government was here, we could not avoid the cruelty of the garrisons, the tortures, the random arrests. That was the terror that oppressed us for so long. yet when we confronted it, do you know what happened?"

"No. Not exactly."

"We discovered that it had been spread by men of straw and that freedom had always been within our grasp."
- Graham Hancock, The Sign and the Seal

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