June 30th 1936
During the slave trade and colonialism, Ethiopia was the only country that survived the European onslaught and scramble for Africa. Thanks to the likes of Theodore II, Yohannes IV, Menilek II, Queen Zawditu I and the most recent of all, H.I.M. Haile Selassie I.
Today marks the 80th anniversary since H.I.M. addressed the League Of Nations (founded in 1920, sixteen years earlier), concerning the invasion of the then Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, on Ethiopia. This day is significant because, H.I.M’s plea and cries for help fell on deaf ears, within the confines of the L.O.N’s conference chamber. None of the delegates and country representatives saw the ramifications that was to lie ahead, meaning, the beginning of World War II. In less than four months of H.I.M’s confrontation with the L.O.N, Ethiopia was placed under attack by a well equipped Italian army. Haile Selassie and his loyal countrymen were left to fend for themselves. There was not one so called European ally that foresaw the consequences in not aiding a country that they had already deemed as unimportant in the whole scheme of things.
With the magical words of H.I.M, quote: “What answer do I take back to my people” and “It is us today, it will be you tomorrow!” the League Of Nations who went on to be haunted by such prophecy, fragmented almost immediately after the event.
Steel Pulse presents to you in honour of H.I.M’s effort for Humanitarian Unity, a song titled, NATIONS OF THE WORLD. A Fresh off the Press: preview of the soon to be released brand new Steel Pulse album.
Do Enjoy… It will be limited exposure.
– David Hinds