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He beat colonialism, was run over by fascism, but managed to turn defeat into victory and gain freedom for Ethiopia. Haile Selassie was brave, wily, but lived too long so the Empire died before the man.
Ethiopia picked a different course and is hard to see (from this distance) that they chose wisely. By the end, the Emperor was failing, but surely in a very few years a new Emperor would have mounted the throne. The Empire was flawed, as all Empires are, but are any of the nations that once made up this vital, powerful land better off than they would have been if historical trends had continued?
Man - Time - Men - Man - Word
He had been a great man and by the time lesser men assassinated him was still a man: more than could be said of most of those who replaced him. A two word refutation of racism once was: Halie Selassie.
What leader of Ethiopia is as he was? The Constitution of 1995 is a recipe for impotence at best and fratricide at worst. The worst often happens. The Emperor made many errors, but they were in pursuit of greatness for Ethiopians.
Minister - Ethiopia - Abiy - Ahmed - Leader
The present prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, was a promising leader, but perhaps would be better off if prime minster to a monarch as prime ministers should be. The anchor of the constitutional monarch is helping Britain survive Brexit: Elizabeth II graciously stands above politics, the center that is holding. If Ethiopia had been patient, Ahmed could rule while some gracious monarch reigned.
The last Emperor did not have limited power, of course, and that was an error. He need autocracy to keep up the racist autocrats of Europe, but he outlived that time. Could Ethiopians have found a way to transition to constitutional monarchy allowing the earnest book-smart to function under the...
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