[Marxism] Zimbabwe

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 21 15:20:02 MST 2007

Louis wants me to believe that this article 
(http://socialismandliberation.org/mag/index.php?aid=402) is an "idiotic" 
article. Considering that the bulk of my almost non-existent information about 
Zimbabwe comes from watching the hardly unbiased BBC and the rest of the 
corporate press, I don't delude myself into thinking that I have much of a clue 
about what's happening there.

I do, however, based on my far more extensive knowledge of Cuba (as well as Iraq 
and Iran), know something about sanctions. The PSL article, among other things, 
has this to say on the subject of the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe:

"The U.S. and British government are following a well-rehearsed destabilization 
script. Their campaign is remarkably similar to what was used in Iraq, Haiti, 
Panama, Nicaragua and wherever else the imperialists have sought to destabilize 
governments in preparation for their overthrow and replacement with puppet regimes."

That certainly doesn't sound "idiotic" to me.

For comparison I decided to consult the literature of the ISO just to see what 
they had to say on the subject. In this article 
(http://www.socialistworker.org/2002-1/396/396_08_Zimbabwe.shtml), one of the 
first they published on the subject, I read language which could well have been 
written by Lincoln Diaz-Balart about Cuba: "Now, precisely when Mugabe is facing 
the most significant challenge to his rule since he was elected president in 
1980, the sanctions imposed by the EU and U.S. will be used by Mugabe to claim 
that he is standing up to Western imperialism." So, since they thought Mugabe 
would use the sanctions as an "excuse," just as we always hear about Cuba, did 
they call for an end to the sanctions to take away that excuse? No, they did not.

By 2007, the story hasn't changed. From this article 
(http://www.socialistworker.org/2007-1/624/624_12_Zimbabwe.shtml): "The ZANU-PF 
heavyweights, including a former army chief, are stung by international 
sanctions against the businesses they control--as well as embarrassing bans on 
travel to the U.S. and Europe." A very clear indication that not only aren't 
they opposed to imperialism conducting economic warfare against a former colony, 
they in fact applaud it. Likewise here 
(http://www.socialistworker.org/2007-1/615/615_10_Bond.shtml), where they tell 
us that "The grassroots movement in Zimbabwe is calling for smart sanctions 
against Robert Mugabe." No doubt they could find some "grassroots movement" in 
Cuba supporting the blockade of that country as well.

Which side are you on, boys? Which side are you on?

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