Murder, Mayhem, Massacre – Come to Sunny Zimbabwe! UN Hails Mugabe
I tend to recoil each time I see the name of Robert Mugabe in the news. He’s a wicked old man, who has managed to destroy what was once wonderful Rhodesia. Zimbabwe today is a hell-hole.
The saddest book I’ve read in recent years was When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin ( Little, Brown & Company) I’ve mnetioned it before, but lest you think I’m using a ‘rightwing’ source, rest assured, Godwin is clearly a liberal, and I offer you a clip from the NYT review, an equally non-conservative source..
Mr. Godwin creates an indelible picture of life in that besieged and battered land. In telling the story of his parents — who after World War II moved from England to Rhodesia — he gives us a searing account of what has happened to Zimbabwe in the last 30-odd years, as bright post-revolution dreams of a multiracial society gave way to bloody racial hatred and strife, and the ordinary chores of daily life — going food shopping, buying gas — turned into a dangerous run through a gantlet of car hijackers and thugs.
Mr. Godwin recounts how people calling themselves “war vets,” ex-combatants from the war of independence, began arriving on white-owned farms and refused to leave, and how these “wovits” — most of whom weren’t really war vets, he says, but a ragtag collection of Mugabe supporters and unemployed youths — terrorized farmers with AK-47’s and machetes. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/18/books/18book.html?pagewanted=all
But now the United Nations, in its infinite lack of wisdom, has designated Mugabe as a “leader for tourism” by the UN’s World Tourism Organisation. UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai was on hand at the Victoria Falls on Tuesday to hail the octogenarian fiend.