Sunday, March 06, 2005

The leopard can't change his spots, but can an appeaser?

South African President Thabo Mbeki has further discredited himself on the Zimbabwe situation by stating that this month's parliamentary elections in the country would be free and fair.

"Things like the independent electoral commission, things like access to the public media, things like the absence of violence and intimidation, those matters have been addressed," Mr Mbeki said on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the main opposition MDC party was "stunned" to hear of Mbeki's comments. "He [Mbeki] probably knows things that those of us who are on the ground do not know," he tartly commented.

The spokesman noted that although state media were running paid MDC ads, state media news coverage was given exclusively to the ruling ZANU-PF party. He added that those who attacked MDC activists usually went unpunished, while opposition rallies were rarely authorised and Zanu-PF was allowed to campaign freely.

Given the long history of thuggery (when not outright massacres, like in the early 1980s) as state policy of the Mugabe regime and given Mugabe's open contempt for international, even African, standards of basic decency, it's very hard to believe that Bob and his mafia have suddenly bought into the

Unlike most other African leaders, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has rejected the ostrich approach with regard to the crisis created by Mugabe. Though I'm sure he'd be derided as a stooge of Tony Blair by Bob and his apologists.

Had Mbeki not had a long history of appeasing the Mugabe regime, then perhaps his conclusions of "progress" in Zimbabwe might be taken seriously.


At 7:16 AM, Blogger TheMalau said...

Thabo Mbeki is "a une contradiction pres" (don't know how to say that in english). I guess the best translation could be he is not at his first conradiction, especially on Zimbabwe. One has to understand that there is som lebel of camaraderie between these former white-domination fighters that are hard to break, without one of the parties losing face. I believe that is why Pres. Mbeki keeps on attempting his "quiet diplomacy". I think he does count on other countries to pressure Mugabe, so he doesn't have to do it... he gets to be the good cop, if you se what I mean.


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