Selected Speeches Of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I


We have reminded you repeatedly in the past that bravery is the natural characteristic of the Ethiopian people, which they need borrow from nowhere, and that the possession by Ethiopian people of such a sterling quality is widely known. The fact that We have already explained to you Our consideration about you makes it unnecessary to dwell on it at length today.

The harmonious blending of military training with in­herent valour not only spares vain bloodshed but also assures victory without undue effort. A few well disciplined and trained troops, history bears witness, can win a battle against an out-numbering force, even ten times larger. History records that military science enabled Alexander the Great to conquer a large part of the world, often engaging his 30,000 soldiers against the adversary's 600,000. Education and training, as in every walk of life, offers limitless benefits in the military field as well.

Born to struggle in this world, man gradually realizes the miracles of "light" and harnesses this knowledge to be his first instrument of defence against the trials of life, never thereafter preferring to travel in darkness. You boys, to whom We have handed the powerful weapon of "light" must exert your utmost to carry the torch of light, sternly refusing to be returned to darkness. The results of your training, which have been demonstrated just now, are a matter of pride for your Emperor and a source of strength to your country. Whenever We witness such progressive achievement, We feel extremely happy, looking forward to the dawn of the day that will usher in the fulfilment of Our plan for Our people's well-being.

There is no person in this world who is free from life's responsibility. This responsibility enjoins one to discharge the duty towards the country, serving and dying for it. No one, whether he is a soldier or a civilian, can afford to be a coward and can escape this responsibility. Fortun­ately, there is no need at present for the employment of Our armed forces, either here in Our territory or abroad. But when your services are called for, the military force We referred to now will be a guarantee for liberty and indepen­dence. May God help you to fulfil the pledge you have given to your Emperor and to your country.

We view with satisfaction the services of the Commander of the Imperial Body Guard, Brigadier General Mulugueta Bully, in efficiently carrying out Our directives, and of the instructors for their devotion to the task of training.

May 25, 1950.

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