"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


this'll be nasty

Robert Mugabe's police just unleashed a world of pain on their government. Detaining American and British diplomats (and slashing the tires of their cars) is never a good idea.

Last month my "brother" and I were hanging out on a cafe patio in DC when a Zimbabwean friend of his walked by and stopped to join us. This friend is the child of a Zimbabwean who was a prominent opposition politician from the Ndebele tribe, in contrast to Mugabe, whose family is Shona, which pretty much screwed him over when ZANU split along ethnic lines. We talked about Zimbabwe, his home, and what's happened there. It's just sad. It's easy to forget that this is not just politics, but that what's being destroyed in Zimbabwe are people's homes.


Blogger Tauratinzwe said...

Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980. While a generation has grown up free, Mugabe and his cronies still live in Rhodesia. This is a clear picture of what failure to forgive and clinging to past injuries can do. Not only are Mugabe and company enslaved to their hatred, the rest of the country suffers and is destroyed by it.

Pamberi ne Zimbabwe! Pasi ne Mugabe ne ZANU-PF!

(Forward with Zimbabwe! Down with Mugabe and ZANU-PF!)

One nightmare I continue to have is the recognition that many of the "security" based degredations of individual, civil and human rights by the Bush administration and the Bush gang's failure to submit to the rule of law parallels in many ways the beginnings of Mugabe's rule in Zimbabwe. It is fightening how laws to prevent terrorism can be used as tools of repression.

Thursday, June 05, 2008 12:49:00 PM


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