Butcher Mugabe

24 Jun

Although the opposition MDC candidate Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round of Presidential elections outright in late March, (and more likely than not with 50% plus one, which would have obviated the need for a run-off), that run-off is scheduled to be held on June 27th.

The entire thing appears to have been an opportunity for Mugabe’s ZANU-PF to basically kill or threaten to kill anyone associated with, or planning to vote for, the opposition.

Tsvangirai has dropped out of this complete sham of a race and sought sanctuary in the Dutch embassy. Sokwanele has been keeping track of anti-opposition government violence here. The brutality is medieval, and to make matters worse, Mugabe basically blames the opposition for it all.

Other sub-Saharan African leaders have become more vocal about Mugabe’s brutality, and even the UN Security Council got involved.

“The Security Council condemns the campaign of violence against the political opposition ahead of the second round of the Presidential elections scheduled for 27 June, which has resulted in the killing of scores of opposition activists and other Zimbabweans and the beating and displacement of thousands of people, including many women and children.

“The Security Council further condemns the actions of the Government of Zimbabwe that have denied its political opponents the right to campaign freely, and calls upon the Government of Zimbabwe to stop the violence, to cease political intimidation, to end the restrictions on the right of assembly and to release the political leaders who have been detained. The Council urges the international monitors and observers to remain in Zimbabwe while the crisis continues.

“The Security Council regrets that the campaign of violence and the restrictions on the political opposition have made it impossible for a free and fair election to take place on 27 June. The Council further considers that, to be legitimate, any government of Zimbabwe must take account of the interests of all its citizens. The Council notes that the results of the 29 March 2008 elections must be respected.

“The Security Council expresses its concern over the impact of the situation in Zimbabwe on the wider region. The Council welcomes the recent international efforts, including those of SADC leaders and particularly President Mbeki. The Security Council calls on the Zimbabwean authorities to cooperate fully with all efforts, including through the UN, aimed at finding a peaceful way forward, through dialogue between the parties, that allows a legitimate government to be formed that reflects the will of the Zimbabwean people.

“The Security Council further expresses its concern at the grave humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe and condemns the suspension by the Government of Zimbabwe of the operations of humanitarian organizations, which has directly affected one and a half million people, including half a million children. The Council calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to immediately allow humanitarian organizations to resume their services.

“The Security Council will continue to monitor closely the situation and requests the Secretary-General to report on ongoing regional and international efforts to resolve the crisis.”

Unfortunately, there is probably nothing the Security Council can or will do about this, because it is a wholly internal affair and does not threaten the security of the region or other nations, although an argument could be made that any dramatic increase in refugees from the violence might count.

Oh, and the image above is Mugabe’s his piss-poor full-page campaign ad, which blames the British, and promises Zimbabwe “it’s now time” to enjoy the “gains of independence”. Zimbabwe has been independent for 28 years. It was Africa’s breadbasket. It could be a relatively stable example of democracy like Botswana, but has instead become a mismanaged basket-case with a brutal totalitarian dictator and hyperinflation.

And I second what this HuffPo writer says. The crisis in Zimbabwe is artificial, reversible, and deserves far more attention than it’s currently getting:

What I am asking is whether Barack Obama will use his rapidly growing international credibility and speak out against the terrible cruelties perpetrated by Mugabe and his henchman. Will he put in a discrete call to Mugabe’s chief enabler, South African president Thabo Mbeki and demand that he stop supporting the thug over the border and instruct his U.N. ambassador to stop blocking the subject being brought before the Security Council. I know the candidate is busy but this is a crisis that just won’t wait.

In the interest of bipartisanship I ask the same question of John McCain.

Finally, in the interest of the New World Order, where politicians have less power than they like us to think, I ask Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Bono if they would stop congratulating themselves for a few days and get on a plane to Harare — a city with all modern conveniences — and refuse to leave until a free and fair election can be contested.

5 Responses to “Butcher Mugabe”

  1. hank June 24, 2008 at 8:01 am #

    Well, your’re right about the Sec. Council not being able to do anything. They’re not able to do anything about anything anyway. Any tinpot dictator can give the UN the finger without any repercussions.

    In addition to Gates, Clinton and Bono, perhaps a nice mix of liberals with “Powerful Personalities” like John Kerry, Algore, Barbara Boxer, hell Barbara Streisand for that matter, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, etc etc hollywood ad infinitum.

    Just so long as they don’t bunch up….one grenade could take them all out at once.

  2. LC Scotty June 24, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    Ain’t Marxism grand?

  3. Terry June 24, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    Too bad Simon Mann is locked up……..

  4. Colin June 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm #

    I don’t know that the crisis is artificial, or that easily reversible. Colonialism creates all sorts of responses in people, some of them rational, and some pathological. I think what we’re seeing is the worst of those pathologies being played out on a national scale.

    Expecting people to “get over” colonialism once the colonizer leaves — or even after 28 years — won’t work. Even post-colonial countries that are held up as success stories have their own long-term colonial legacies to deal with. In the US, it wasn’t until WWI that “waving the bloody shirt” against the British became truly out of fashion. In India, the defeat of British colonialism led to the creation of the world’s largest democracy, but it also sparked the growth of hardcore religious nationalism among both Hindus and Muslims, and a pair of nuclear-armed states to match.

    The problem with most commentary about Zimbabwe is that it tries to explain everything in terms of Mugabe being a bad man. That’s a very convenient frame for folks in the West, who generally reject the idea that the misfortune of others has anything to do with them. A more accurate explanation would be that the situation in Zimbabwe is, in part, one of those messy and hard to predict consequences of the powerful interfering in the affairs of the weak. And that explanation would have real implications for how we conduct ourselves in the here and now.

  5. mike hudson June 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    i think it’s so cool that you guys write about barack obama’s pastor, rev. jeremiah wright, and even then use his picture but make up this mugabe character to play him! clever clever clever. it’s like you say one thing, but mean a different thing!

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