Friday, March 28, 2008

Dictator du Jour, Robert Mugabe

I just can’t believe that a man responsible for an economy with 100,000 percent inflation would have to stoop to rigging elections. Or that a man who’s re-election slogan is “get behind the fist” would actually have the opposition beaten. I mean, who ya gonna believe, Robert Mugabe or your lyin’ eyes?

Interesting bit in the Guardian:

“For many of those governed by Mugabe, it is more a war of personal survival. The most important election since independence in 1980 is likely to decide whether Zimbabwe descends into final economic collapse - mirroring countries such as Mobutu Sese Seko's Zaire, which fell apart through neglect, corruption and cynicism rather than conflict - or pulls back from the brink.

Desperate voters are grappling with hyperinflation, empty supermarket shelves and worthless money. Eighty percent of the population are unemployed and nearly half chronically malnourished. About 3 million people, a quarter of the population, have left the country in search of work, principally in South Africa.”

Seems to me that if you “official” inlfation rate is 100,000 percent, 80% are unemployed, there’s no food, and a quarter of the population has left, that there’s very little brink to pull back from, other than a Rwanda style-genocide.