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Ear to the Ground

Mugabe Turns a Deaf Ear to Critics

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Posted on Jun 26, 2008
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Robert Mugabe has been condemned by everyone from Nelson Mandela to the queen of England over his conduct in Zimbabwe’s runoff election, but he plans to go ahead with the contest even though the opposition has dropped out.


New York Times:

On Wednesday, officials from Swaziland, Angola and Tanzania—the so-called troika empowered to speak for the Southern African Development Community, a regional bloc of 14 nations—called on Zimbabwe to put off the voting because the current crisis would undermine its legitimacy.

Among the most damning voices raised in criticism was that of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, who, at a dinner in London, condemned a “tragic failure of leadership in Zimbabwe.” He did not identify the object of his criticism by name.

Taking a different tack, Queen Elizabeth II stripped Robert Mugabe, the country’s president for nearly 30 years, of his honorary knighthood as a “mark of revulsion” at the human rights abuses and “abject disregard” for democracy over which he is presiding, the British Foreign Office said Wednesday.

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By Davy de Verteuil, June 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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This media campaign will never move my convictions. It is simple the Europeans and Americans wants to steal more land. They struck a deal with Mugabe to vacate and return the land to its people, they renege now they blaming him after that news got stale they talk about elections. What the hell- the EU & US dare talk about freedom democracy and Tyranny- who are the fools here? look at Somalia; they were on the verge of peace when the US and Britain violently disrupted it arming starving Ethiopia to open a new war. Iraq Afghanistan Bolivia- fool your modernized citizens not us who are constantly under the barrel of your guns.

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By Thomas Billis, June 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

Mugabe has learned well.After waqrching the 2000 elections in the United States and Hillary claiming victory in Michigan when she was running unopposed has led Mugabe into more creative thinking about elections.Mugabe has said"if Hillary can run opposed in Michigan and claim victory what is the difference here.“Mugabe claims he is running American style politics.Get elected blame everything on some outside inflluence and bury civil rights.George W Bush must be so proud.I guess it it is just some more evidence of what George W Bush’s legacy will look like.

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By JMCSwan, June 26, 2008 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

My opinion, not necessarily correct:

President Mugabe reminds me of the cab driver, Max, in Collateral; with a few exceptions.

Primarily in Collateral, Max’s dream—the reason he’s driving a cab, is to start a fancy limousine company, for the stars. I don’t think President Gabriel Mugabe’s dream, in terms of his current conduct as President, is to convert Zimbabwe to a paradise to parking lot, version of Africa. I imagine President Mugabe’s dreams when he first came to power,  may have been allot different than they are today.

In that sense, he probably agrees more with Vincent, in terms of Vincent’s views about lives in soul-destroying cities.

Perhaps President Mugabe thinks Africa would be a real nice place, if it’s population security was similar to the Siberian ‘virgin land’ outback, with enlightened hunter gatherers, and nomad villages or towns; something like that. Perhaps he even wishes it was something like the “Dr. Livingstone, we presume,” days?

I don’t think many of the people of Zimbabwe, or Africa, really listen to what he says. I wonder if he doesn’t think most of the people of Zimbabwe are just slave and cannon-fodder breeding factories. And I wonder how many other African ‘quiet diplomacy’ or ‘hiding in their Houton mansions’ ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ (sic) leaders think the same, yet, unlike Mugabe are not nearly as honest about their opinions.

Reminds me of one soldier in Afghanistan describing NATO forces attempts to encourage and enlighten Afghani villagers, and to build trust; and how difficult it was. Yet, the NATO soldier didn’t seem like he had given up hope, he simply appeared aware of the enormity of the task.

Face-to-face, in person, I’ve come across Muslims with a sense of honour, and African Americans, but unfortunately, as yet, can’t say the same for black Africans. However, I’d imagine, it would be possible to have a franker conversation with Robert Mugabe, than Nelson Mandela. Put differently, in my opinion, Nelson Mandela is much more attached to his moral status-quo personality on the ‘liberal’ world stage, and yet, I imagine, agrees with Mugabe on various issues, which many of his liberal supporters are unaware of. I could be wrong.

Mr. Mandela certainly deserves the recognition of his sacrifices, and I imagine, once confronted with the mass ignorance, and attachment by black Africans to their culture of ‘children as slave breeding cattle fodder’ reality; he realised the futility of the educational chore.

He once apparently informed Francisco the clown (a clown who used humour to spread the message of Christianity), that he had been deeply saddened, about the direction his fellow South African ‘struggle and liberation brothers’ had taken; subsequent to ‘liberation’ from apartheid. I don’t know if he ever informed his fellow ANC ‘liberation struggle brothers’ of his honest opinions about their behaviour. He certainly didn’t inform the South African public, or use his 46664 Bono concerts to inform his liberal Hollywood entourage of these opinions; which makes you wonder whether what the opinions he informed Francisco of, were his honest opinions.

The opinions of Queen Elizabeth to Mugabe, as her honest opinions, in my opinion, carry much more weight; than those of Mandela to Mugabe. I would imagine Mugabe’s honest unpolitically correct response to the Queen would be something to the effect of those by ‘Green Dragoons, Col. William Tavington’ to Continental Army Colonel Harry Burwell, that his guerrila tactics on his people, are simply a means for him to create for him a kind of ‘African estate’, kind of thing.  I could be wrong.

As for Gabriel Mugabe’s honest response to Nelson Mandela, I imagine he’s simply ‘pot calling the kettle black’ smiling, keeping that to himself, possibly wondering ‘how long will it take for the white liberals to wake up about the real Nelson Mandela?’ But I could be wrong.

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By rage, June 26, 2008 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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Hey, what goes around, comes around. He owes his sceptor to the fickle mob. I hope George W. Mugabe’s running off Morgan Tsvangirai hasn’t lured the mob fueled bully into any false sense of security or permanance. Despotic dictators come and go. Just ask the Last King of Scotland.

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By jackpine savage, June 26, 2008 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

Oh look, it’s a brutal dictator oppressing his people.  From out of nowhere, like a bald eagle, comes Super America to right the wrongs and establish freedom and democracy in every corner of the world!

What?  America is turning a blind eye?  No Marines?  No talking head cycles spent wringing hands and gnashing teeth about the evil one in Zimbabwe?

A brand new pair of underoos does not a superhero make.

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