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Friday, November 25, 2005

Democracy denied

Zimbabwean Pundit explains a country ruled by events bigger than Robert Mugabe:

"...It is not that we don't care about democracy or having the right politicians in place or any other high sounding question you may want to throw at us. No, our nonchalance is evidence only that we care about other things more than we care about politics and governance. We care more about living to see tomorrow. It is all about survival now. Such is the result of how simple and unsophisticated a society [Mugabe's] ZANU-PF has made us."

International pressure on Mugabe must increase, but then, Western moral legitimacy has never been lower.


Blogger Pete's Blog said...

I think regardless of the "moral standing" of the West Mugababe's atrocities are only redeemed "morally" speaking by his third worldliness and his race.

He gets away with it while the inordinantly African influenced UN does nothing effective to stop him.

A bit like Mao's merry career - as he wasn't of the "West" blame on him should be qualified. Funny, his poster is still hanging high in Tianmin Square.

Yes this is all racist - as that term only applies to "Western" attitudes.

Friday, November 25, 2005 11:07:00 pm  
Blogger Mannie said...

The trouble is, Mugabe started ruling Zimbabwe 25 years ago with such promise. It has taken him 25 years to reduce a once-thriving vibrant economy to dust -while increasing his own wealth in a typical dictator manner.
The African country which could exert most influence on Mugabe economically and politically is of course Thabo Mbeki, president of South Africa, but Mbeki's record on human rights is not world's best practice. His stance on HIV/AIDS has left 25% of his population infected and only after being dragged shouting and screaming through the courts in South Africa has he managed to permit certain drugs for HIV/AIDS to become available in that country.
In the mean time, Mugabe has a country also racked by HIV/AIDS and with little chance of any of its citizens being able to obtain drugs - even generic ones because they can't feed themselves, let alone get medication.
The rich countries only want to bleed Africa dry, so genocides like Rwanda, Darfur and others continue apace while Blair and Bush mouth platitudes about what needs to be done to save Africa from poverty and disaster.
Those countries won't interfere in Zimbabwe so Mugabe continues to ruin the place - another tragedy being played out while the world watches and waits.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:43:00 pm  
Blogger Sokwanele said...

South Africa does have a key role to play in achieving a solution to the Zimbabwean problem and Thabo Mbeki has been attributed the role as 'point man'. However, the South African government has revealed itself to be a very partial participant in the process, favouring mugabe's party over the opposition movement and repeatedly tunring a blind eye to overwhelming evidence of human rights violations in our country. This was very clearly seen in the March elections earlier this year which were hopelessly rigged and undemocratic even long before polling day. But South Africa ruled them free and fair and tried to stifle dissenting voices in their observer ranks.

I'm not sure that increasing international pressure on mugabe will yield real results; he is now accountable for too many human rights crimes and losing power will bring personal accountability for both him and his henchmen as while as a huge loss of wealth. But perhaps international pressure on South Africa will help, with more outspoken criticism of South Africa's dubious dealings..?

Thursday, December 01, 2005 1:10:00 am  

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