Saturday, January 31, 2009

Zimbabwe's dying

I've been following this obscene crisis for some time now. The abuses of power and the human rights violations are horrendous. The media in this country could care less.

That's the thing that's truly disturbing. Zimbabwe has the potential to be a jewel in southern Africa. Plenty of arable land, enough to feed themselves and enough to help feed their neighbors. It shares one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet in Victoria Falls. A country that could be on top of the world finds itself with massive unemployment, hyper-inflation so severe that the local currency is no longer viable, rampant famine, and a cholera outbreak that is burning out of control.

I could go on and on about why the country got that way, but that's not going to accomplish anything. What we need to do is help. President Obama, to little fanfare, has begun to look into things. I do give him credit for that. The problem is, he is going about it the wrong way. Sanctions via the United Nations is not the answer. Russia and China have too much invested in Robert Mugabe's government to allow anything to happen to cause Mugabe's regime to fall. That's the only way to get Zimbabwe to begin the long road to recovery.

It has to be us. The United Nations is cutting the food rations that are being sent to Zimbabwe. The International Red Cross is threatening to pull out of the country because they are running out of money fighting the cholera outbreak. The African Union can only do so much but are hesitant to go against Mugabe. Zimbabweans in Diaspora from Great Britain are helping, but that can only go so far.

Mugabe must be removed from power. The only way that can be done is physically. Morgan Tsvangirai is trying. He is entering into a power sharing agreement that is very bad for the MDC. Mugabe's Zanu PF will still control a majority of the government, including the army. It's a start, but I'm afraid that as soon as Mr. Tsvangirai becomes a threat to Mugabe, he will be removed and probably killed.

What can we do? Simple. Give to the International Red Cross and plead with them to stay. You can also get letters, phone calls, and e-mails out to your Senators and House members. Let them know that this regime can't be allowed to continue.

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