It is to be recalled that President Isaias conducted an interview with the local media outlets as regards the ‘21 January 2013 incident.’ Excerpts of the second and final part of the interview follow:
Could you explain about those opportunists in politics, who have resorted to manipulating the Could you explain about those opportunists in politics, who have resorted to manipulating the occurrence in the wake of the incident?
Throughout history, there have been certain bankrupt and socio-culturally despondent carpetbaggers who attempt to pull the wool over others’ eyes. If such a quarter invites you into an encounter, or else, if he defiantly abases you for the sake of his own reputation, it is always good to be well rid of the engagement from the sought after squabble. Indeed, the notion of vigilance has been a deep-rooted culture in our mass media workings and different political agitation programs. In other words, any action against such provocative moves, however regretful it might later be, is tantamount to serving the interests of bankrupt parties. You need to see with composure which way the wind blows. Utmost caution is, nonetheless, imperative towards the disinformation facilities that are put in place everywhere to hype wishful engagements.
It is to be noted that the Government of Eritrea does not have the habit of clearing the air promptly in times of similar incidents or when bad news against it is in the grapevine. Taking the advantage of circumspection for granted, does disregarding in itself not have certain misleading demerits?
In retrospect, a lot of disinformation and psychological warfare has been waged against Eritrea over the past well over ten years. It is not unnatural for mankind to have misgivings about the repeated trumped-up stories. Needless to say, there was no one who was led astray in the past month due to the flat lies. In fact, I would say that such frequent duplicity has resulted in popular wisdom and immunity. With the elapse of time, those temporal lies will only take the wind out of the fabricator’s sails. Involvement in daily, hourly or up-to-the-minute news necessitates extra caution. Indeed, the concerns from compatriots inside the country and abroad solely reflect compassion.
With all the facilities of disinformation in place, what is the lesson we could draw from such an incident?
We have witnessed diaspora Eritreans expressing concerns as a manifestation of their empathy and nationalism. An unusual phenomenon or ploy–be it big or small–or any new trying moment is worth drawing a lesson. However bizarre the incident might seem in the past two decades, it has not only enlightened the general public, but also has culminated in popular immunity.
Although our statements might appear somehow delayed, it is worth emphasizing at this juncture the fact that we shall never be party to such derailed engagements. As campaigns of new experience crop up, they would only end up in strengthening the inheritances bequeathed thus far.