ADDIS ABABA - When the late Meles Zenawi seized power in 1991, he plunged himself into destroying the foundation pillars on which Ethiopia was founded. He knew the flag was sacred in the minds of Ethiopians but he vilified the national tricolor as a piece of rug. A few brave souls who were aware of the cynical mission of the enemy stood their ground and confronted him that the Ethiopian 'Sendeq-Alama" was a timeless symbol of a people and country. Hence not for vilification. Despite his clearly destructive campaign, the mercenary remained in power until he died in 2012.