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Zimbabwe seeking help, Mugabe likely seeking a scapegoat

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 9:00 am

So, Justin posted a bit ago about Zimbabwe’s rampant, insane inflation.  I thought I would add a bit to that, as the country’s woes are seemingly without end.

It would seem that Mugabe is now at a point that he must ask for international aid to deal with a cholera epidemic, caused by inept handing of the sewage and water treatment system in his country.  He’s even asking the UK for help, and he freaking hates the UK.  The problem stems from Mugabe years ago taking away the power to manage local water resources from cities that had a mayor who belonged to the MDC (the opposition party to Mugabe’s PF aka Zanu).  He set up the utterly incompetent Zimbabwe National Water Authority, which has, in the spirit of all nationalized systems, failed utterly at its job.

It’s so bad, even an Archbishop is calling for Mugabe to either leave, or be forced out:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa expressed similar sentiments, openly calling for Mr Mugabe’s removal. “If they say to him ’step down’, and he refuses, they must do so militarily,” he said.

The good Archbishop is, by the way, a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

When left-leaning African leaders like Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga call for African nations work together to topple Mugabe, and Archbishops are saying that if he won’t go quietly, send in the tanks, you might start to get the idea that Mugabe was in a rough spot.

You’d be right.

From a Fred Thompson Report on June 11th, 2007:

If there’s a hell on earth, it’s probably Zimbabwe. Life expectancies in the landlocked nation in the South of Africa are the world’s lowest. Reports say women live an average of 35 years; men a bit longer. Four in five people are unemployed. Government printing presses run day and night to produce enough money to keep the military from rebelling, so inflation is at an annual rate of 3,700 percent and rising. Cash loses over ten percent of its value everyday.

It wasn’t always that way. Before Robert Mugabe’s government took power a quarter of a century ago, this land was one of the most prosperous in Africa. Known as the breadbasket of south Africa, it exported food to the rest of the continent. Then Mugabe was elected. He used his office to destroy his own market economy, silence the press, murder his opposition and persecute minority ethnic groups, black and white alike. Zimbabwe was, by any account, the most disastrously managed economy on the planet.

Amazingly, Zimbabwe was tapped by the UN (despite the fact that two UN agencies were estimating 4 million people were in danger of starving to death – one third the country’s population) to lead the UN Commission on Sustainable Development – the commission tasked to promote long-term economic growth.

I mention the above because of what it means regarding the UN and Zimbabwe – namely that the UN will do nothing besides throw money at the country, because Mugabe’s views on sustainable development so closely mirror those of so many members of the UN.  Free Markets caused Zimbabwe’s woes, not socialistic, inept, dictatorial control, that’s what Mugabe claims, and I would be shocked if a majority didn’t agree.

Zimbabwe’s in a rough spot, and the only way to make things better and right is for Mugabe to go the way of the dodo bird.

A shame the UN will likely do all it can to prevent that from happening.


  1. I was gonna quote from the same Fred Thompson report…a country that exported grain now has to import it. Mugabe and his cronies have destroyed a once prosperous country to the point beyond economic collapse. His ideas are being used in Venezuela and they are in the midst of a internal economic destruction of the same magnitude as Zimbabwe. Mugabe and Chavez need to be shown the door by their people…

    Socialization of your economy leads to economic destruction of your country.

    Comment by fmfnavydoc — 12/5/2008 @ 2:43 pm

  2. “…Mugabe and Chavez need to be shown the door by their people…”

    Doors don’t work, they allow them to come back in at a later date, and start the idocy all over again.

    The best end to the regimes of Mugabe, and Chavez, will be found on a rope.

    Comment by Another Drew — 12/6/2008 @ 12:19 pm

  3. fmfnavydoc:

    Socialism can sort of work; Norway and Sweden work.

    Robert Mugabe’s country can never work, because Mugabe’s insane. Ian Smith’s pretty severe judgment errors led to the rise of Government in Crazyvision, which is really too bad. Zimbabwe could have succeeded, and now it’s a complete, unfixable mess.

    BTW, this is another great post, Scott.


    Comment by JRM — 12/6/2008 @ 3:12 pm

  4. Socialism can sort of work; Norway and Sweden work.

    Socialized services, not a socialized economy. They still have private business, and they still have markets they leave largely alone. It’s the only reason they can afford socialized healthcare, and even then I don’t believe it works as well as folks think/claim.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/6/2008 @ 3:34 pm

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