Sunday, June 22, 2008

'The bullet has replaced the ballot'

Zimbabwe's president (and Absolute Supreme Dictator For Life) Robert Mugabe has bullied his way to election victory-by-default with opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai's withdrawal from the presidential run-off election.
Morgan Tsvangirai pulled of Zimbabwe's presidential run-off election today, complaining that a campaign of violence by Robert Mugabe and his supporters made a free and fair vote impossible.

Mr Tsvangirai announced the decision at a press conference in Harare after a meeting this morning of the national executive of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

“We in the MDC cannot ask them to cast their vote on the 27th when that vote would cost them their lives,” he said. “We will no longer participate in the violent illegitimate sham of an election process."

The opposition leader said that President Mugabe had “declared war by saying that the bullet has replaced the ballot".
Mugabe has to cling to power out of self-preservation. If the MDC ever came to power, he'd surely face a trial and ultimate execution.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There goes the neighborhood?

Anonymous said...

I am not a violent person. But it would not be a bad thing if someone were to put a bullet into Mugabe's head.

I don't think he'll leave otherwise, until he dies of old age.

Joel said...

True. I think a military intervention into Zimbabwe by the United Kingdom would be a good idea. Half these countries can't run themselves properly anyway, and people were probably better off under British rule (sorry to all you independence fighters out there).

AC/W Joel
Royal Australian Air Force

googleads said...

Why should taxpayers in the U.K. have to pay to fix this problem? Didn't Zimbabwe want independence? You didn't take them to raise, let them be all they can be. An imperialist intervention would be seen just as that, even though we all know *wink wink* they'd be better off under British rule. I tend to think society produces its best, no more, no less. Zimbabwe had to want this condition through a sustained condition of apathy. America would have never seized its independence if no one had the gumption to actually fire a bullet at the British, and whatever political condition you engineer in Zimbabwe now will similarly fail once you leave. So the question really is this : are you prepared to adopt these people and expend British time, blood and treasure to give them something they won't claim for themselves?