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Mugabe Comes Out of Dictator's -- and Racist's -- Closet

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"Once again we want to make it clear to the British and Americans that we are no one's subjects and will never be," said Mugabe."This country shall not again come under the rule and control of the white man, direct or indirect. Never, ever. The British rule has gone, gone forever. The white man is gone, never, ever will this country be ruled by a white man again."

This blogger is not alone in branding Mugabe a racist. Other black critics of Mugabe have long accused him of having racist attitude towards white people. John Sentamu, a Ugandan-born Anglican archbishop of York in Britain, calls Mugabe "the worst kind of racist dictator," for having "targeted the whites for their apparent riches."

Almost thirty years after ending white-minority rule in the former Rhodesia, Mugabe now accuses Britain of promoting white imperialism and regularly accuses opposition figures to his government of being allies of white imperialism.

Mugabe has even cited white European influence as an excuse for his brutally violent campaign against homosexuals in Zimbabwe, accusing gay and lesbian Zimbabweans of being "afflicted with a white man's disease," arguing that prior to the British colonization of the former Rhodesia, Zimbabweans did not engage in homosexual acts.

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It's Time to Treat Mugabe the Same as S. Africa's Old Apartheid Regime

There can be no doubt by now that after 28 years in power, the 84-year-old Mugabe doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks about him -- not the international community, not his African neighbors, certainly not the opposition MDC, certainly not the majority of the Zimbabwean people -- who are suffering not only from brutal oppression from his dictatorship, but also from the near-total collapse of their country's economy -- nor even reformers within his own ZANU-PF party.

"Only God can remove me from office!" Mugabe boldly declared at a ZANU-PF campaign rally prior to Friday's runoff.

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Oh, really? At 84 years of age, Mugabe -- who, incidentally, was raised a Roman Catholic -- would be wise to avoid invoking God. The Creator could remove the dictator from the scene at any time and a lot sooner than he thinks. Just ask Tim Russert.

And even if God doesn't remove Mugabe any time soon, the international community could starve Mugabe out by imposing a total international economic, diplomatic, cultural and sports boycott of Zimbabwe -- similar to that imposed in the 1970s against South Africa.

Imagine Zimbabwe's athletes banned from the Olympics, its diplomats ordered to go home, its products embargoed from foreign ports and foreign goods (other than vital food and medical supplies) embargoed from export to the beleaguered country?

As far as this blogger is concerned, there is little difference between the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe and the former apartheid regime in South Africa. The former is just as brutally racist as the latter.

Just as it was a sustained international economic boycott that eventually brought an end to apartheid in South Africa, the time is now past due for the world to treat the Mugabe regime the same way.

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