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Saturday, June 25, 2005

A Mandate from Mandela

Roger asked (during the Friday Night Free For All at Silent Running) what effective response might the world make in stopping Rabid Roberts Rhodesian Renovations. As Robert Mugabe proceeds to demolish what passes for homes in Zimbabwe, killing women and children (and other types of people) the world looks on in abject apathy. Gee, do we play cricket at home or away? Decisions decisions.

We cannot count on the UN. The UN Human Rights Commission is currently busy looking into the air conditioning at Gitmo. In a world of limited resources, they have to make difficult choices; the well being of 520 captured terrorists come well before the plight of an estimated 200,000 innocents. Their record for action in Rwanda wasn't great, but we can count on them to use their vast resources to clean up the bodies afterwards.

The UK apparently are hamstrung by the EU conventions. The fact the France and Holland are bailing out seems to make little difference. The US got so much flack for the last despot who was in the habit of killing in the hundreds of thousands, that you'd think they are a little cautious about getting rid of another. The mainstream peaceniks have made it clear that Dictators and Despots are to be tolerated, and Republicanism is to be blamed for all else.

So who does that leave to save the day? Andrew Ian Dodge, commenting at Silent Running, suggested Mandela. Now, that's not a bad idea. So what is Mandela up to nowadays? What does he think of this? Well, given that he's been invited to Mugabe's 10th Wedding Anniversary party coming up in August, it remains to be seen if he regretfully declines, strongly declines or shows up with some South African Commandos and stages a coup.

Between Mandela and Desmond Tutu, we can only hope they generate the voodoo that Tutu can do to get through the political poo to renew Zimbabwe's hopes that the world will actually listen and respond BEFORE rather than AFTER.

The first casualties have been recorded. People are dying. No hurry.

Posted by ZenTiger | 6/25/2005 03:52:00 PM

6 Comments:

Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yes. Pretty cynical but right on the button.

6/25/2005 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Glad I could stir some debate again. I have posted a link to a video on my blog that would interest anyone interested in lions, hunting, Africa, safaris, or hunters getting charged by wounded lions. I have never seen anything like it and recommend it to all and sundry.

6/25/2005 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger Lagwolf said...

They would be having a fit if Mugabe were white but since he is black...not a peep.

6/26/2005 06:13:00 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Zimbabwe is knackered. Mandela is an obvious polictical force, but I think he's past it and not really interested. Forget the UN, the EU or any other entity reasonably near by. Like the rest of Africa, the world ain't much interested because there is nothing to be gained by helping out. Cynical I know, but we have seen the theatres of Rawanda, Ivory Coast, Angola et el. Zimbabwe will be sadly no different.

That is why I truely think that Asia and Australisia must take an interest in what is going on in the next continent to the left.

6/26/2005 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

How many Africans must die before the West intervenes?

6/26/2005 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Roger, by the 'West' I assume you mean Britain or the USA, as they are the only two powerful countries with a proven track record of 'interfering' in situations like Zimbabwe. Unfortunately the USA is rather tied up right now, and doesn't have any political interest in Zimbabwe to justify risking military lives. Drawing Islamist terrorists to Iraq is much more important for them.

That leaves only the UK with political interests and military capability. Unfortunately their entire armoured expeditionary force is serving in Iraq.

Expect more of this as turkeys like Mugabe (e.g. developing situation in Venezuela) take advantage of their total power.

In fact now would be an ideal time for idiots in Fiji or Tonga (etc) to cause trouble - Australia is the only country in our part of the world willing to threaten idiots with military force, and they are building up their military to contain Indonesia and confront regional terrorism.

Meanwhile New Zealand is pottering around buying underarmed shortrange patrol boats useful for arresting miscreant whalers. Hmmm.

6/26/2005 10:39:00 PM  

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