Mugabee brutalised himself to be the winner of a sham election, and is now receiving the revulsion of the world. But we act as though this was a surprise. For years he has subjugated Zimbabwe- my wife long ago became annoyed with me complaining about the use of the phrase “War Veterans” to describe Zanu-PF’s private militia, many of whom were not born when Rhodesia existed. But where was the opposition accross the world 10 years ago?
Not the Right and the Neo-Cons- no profit in caring about Zimbabwe. What about those who support the oppressed, the left/liberal forces of the world? Not a peep. Why? Because Mugabee is black and fought against white minority rule. To too many people in the world this made him fire-proof. To criticise him implied racism. No; to criticise him was to look beyond colour, and call a thug what he was.
In addition too many African leaders are guilty of racism. South Africa- the power of southern Africa is quiet about Mugabee’s facist regime. Why? Because he fought the Colonial power.
Now we reach a point where he thinks he is invincible. I can not see a future for Zimbabwe that does not include a bloody civil war, the usual sequal to a dictator- either as the people rise up, or amoung Zanu PF when Mugabee finally dies.
This should be a wake up call for those who claim to speak for the oppressed. Past triumphs can never excuse present atrocities.