The Zimbabwe Disaster: What Did We Expect?
"Robert Mugabe was once a hero," a Washington Post
sobbed about the tyrant of Zimbabwe last week, and
led "his people`s struggle for independence."
In fact Robert Mugabe was never anything but a thug
and killer, leading a terrorist group that murdered
Christian missionaries and their followers.
The Post, of course, thought (or claimed to
think) otherwise, and for its editors and those who
share their beliefs, the man whom the recent editorial
accurately credits with "with transforming his country
from Africa`s breadbasket into a southern Africa basket
case" has turned out to be almost as much of a
heartbreaker as most of its other former heroes from
Lenin to the
When Rhodesians in 1980 were about to vote for one of
several black candidates, Ian Smith, the country`s
outgoing white leader, recommended that they vote for
Mr. Mugabe`s main rival and fellow
as the lesser of two evils.
It so happens in what
passes for "democracy" in southern Africa that Mr.
Mugabe`s tribal following is larger than Mr. Nkomo`s
minority tribe, and black voting followed tribal lines.
Mr. Mugabe won. Mr. Nkomo and his tribe then
suffered far more brutal persecution from the new
democracy Mr. Mugabe constructed than they had ever
endured under white rule, and thanks to the adulatory
stupidity of Western liberals, the terrorist regime was
entrenched in power.
Today, Mr. Mugabe has
farm lands and started rounding up and imprisoning
white farmers who refuse to let armed black mobs drive
them off their land. The
result is the "basket case" that the Post has
rather belatedly discovered and a famine that threatens
not only Zimbabwe itself but several other African
countries that have already managed to destroy their own
agricultural base and depend on food from Zimbabwe to
Future results may well include the outright mass
white farmers and whites in general in Zimbabwe, as
Mr. Mugabe has openly vowed.
Mr. Mugabe`s rationale for seizing the white land is
what the Post calls "the colonial legacy that
allowed fewer than 5,000 white farmers to hold 70
percent of Zimbabwe`s best farmland," a "wrong that
needs to be set right," the paper whines.
But as it turns out, the Zimbabweans who support Mr.
Mugabe and who seized the land and drove off the whites
don`t get much of it. Who does get it? Mainly, Mr.
Mugabe`s cronies – including his wife.
Grace Mugabe, wife of the great liberator himself,
showed up last week at a farm from which the two white
owners had just been evicted. "I`m taking over this
declared, accompanied by the usual gang of courtiers
and armed goons. "We asked her what would happen to us,"
said a black farm worker who apparently had helped
seize the farm. Her ladyship told him to go live by the
river. The 78-year-old white man who legally owns the
farm was dragged off to jail.
Mrs. Mugabe is not the only one to enjoy the fruits
of Zimbabwe`s social justice. The Washington Times,
which reported the story in this country, also named 35
other cronies of Mr. Mugabe who have received formerly
white-owned farmland. The thuggish black
"war veterans" whom Mr. Mugabe encouraged to grab
the land and push out the whites (14 whites have been
murdered in the process) are largely ignored.
But not all. Some "war veterans" (most are too young
to have fought in the war against white rule, but that`s
what they like to call themselves) actually have gotten
white land, and black women to go along with it. The
London Daily Telegraph
reports that "hundreds of girls as young as 12 are
being raped or forcibly kept as concubines in rural
Zimbabwe by President Robert Mugabe`s youth militia."
The paper cites human rights activists who have
documented not only the kidnapping and rape of young
women but also the torture of political dissidents by
Mr. Mugabe`s supporters.
What is happening in Zimbabwe is its transformation
not only into a "basket case" but also into one of those
pure hellholes that were the principal contribution of
communism to world civilization.
Mr. Mugabe of course has always styled himself a
"Marxist," which is why the Washington Post and
its disciples drooled over him so much and for so long
regarded him as a "hero" engaged in "liberation." Part
of Zimbabwe`s trouble today derives precisely from Mr.
Mugabe`s Marxism, but part also comes simply from the
deep racial hatred of whites and lust for racial power
that, much more than a passion for "liberation," drove
so much of the black revolt against white rule in
And no little part of those troubles comes also from
the sheer blindness and foolishness of the Western
liberalism in which newspapers like the Washington
Post are immersed.
August 29, 2002