“Mugabe’s Presence Hijacks European-African Meeting” NY Times, Dec. 9, ’07.
A Theater of the Absurd, Europeans speak out for democracy in Africa.
A freaky, preposterous, ridiculously self-righteous pretence of concern for the suffering in Zimbabwe from white prime ministers of European nations that had for centuries killed, enslaved, plundered, and exploited Africans mercilessly and still bilk the continent through their domination of powerful unscrupulous international financial and trade organizations.
80-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who is seen by millions of Africans as a liberator, continues to be condemned by white EU leaders who continue a choking financial embargo against Zimbabwe. These celebrity politician grandchildren of the masters of Africa’s murderous military occupation are silent about their cruel punishing of Zimbabwe over many years with strict and severe EU and US economic sanctions.
German chancellor Angela Merkel, “The whole European Union has the same view of what is happening there.” Somebody pinch this reader, did she actually add with a straight face, “Zimbabwe concerns all of us, in Europe and in Africa,” and manage to swallow afterward. Merkel is fully aware of the intended suffering caused by great Germany’s economic war on little Zimbabwe.
The prime minister of that historic paragon of democratic virtue, Great Britain, Gordon Brown’s ‘Holier than thou’ refusal to attend after his failing to block the attendance of President Robert Mugabe was BBC’s top story.
The NY Times wrote, “Mr. Mugabe was invited when southern African nations made it clear that they would not attend the meeting were he excluded.
In 2003, a similar standoff prevented a summit meeting from taking place, but such is the concern over China’s growing economic influence in Africa that all but a handful of European leaders agreed to override their objections and sit down with Zimbabwe’s president.
“After criticism of Zimbabwe from other European leaders, African countries appeared to close ranks around Mr. Mugabe. Senegal’s president, Abdoulaye Wade, said that the comments about Mr. Mugabe were “not true,” and that Mrs. Merkel was misinformed.” Wade accused Europe of trying to impose a “straitjacket” on Africa.”
What is rarely mentioned in Western media (naturally unrelentingly Capitalist in slant), is the frustration of the people of Zimbabwe and other former colonies, that white ‘owners’ of most of the best land so many decades after colonial liberation still refuse to negotiate and accept a fairer distribution of the land. Most incredibly not withstanding that the African governments have in large allowed the whites to keep titles to so much land stolen under imperial colonialism – and that Mugabe’s government had for years protected white ownership from squatters and demands of squatters rights, always in the name of continued stable production and benefit for all Zimbabweans, while European investors threatened punitive action if the status quo be changed in any meaningful way.
The tight net of connections and relationships between European financial grip and profits and local whites goes unreported in all this sanctimonious criticism of Mungabe for civil rights abuses and praise for an opportunistic opposition allied with, and supported by big media and money from abroad. Mugabe's party routed its opponents in parliamentary elections. Mugabe government is fighting overwhelming outside interest interference and economic destabilization moves against Zimbabwe government, not the least of which is quite openly from the United States.
Its not only Africa, but the whole third world that wants out from under first world control and its program for freedom for foreign investor profits, supported by faked democracy through investor control of a ‘free’ press, not to mention covert support for government undermining violence and currency manipulation.
It’s not malicious in intent, simply the mindless requirement that capital have growth and profit from the work or lack of work of subjected human beings everywhere.