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.