[Marxism] Stating obvious, SADC says Zimbabwe vote not will of people
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jun 30 07:17:07 MDT 2008
Jscotlive at aol.com wrote:
> For the past year, culminating in his controversial swearing in as
> of Zimbabwe yet again on Sunday June 29, Robert Mugabe has worn the mantle
> of international pariah. In this he joins a long list of other heads of state
> who’ve fallen foul of the ‘international community’ - the likes of the now
> departed Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein, and the currently still living
> Kim Jung Il, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Palestinian
> people in their entirety; in short any regime, nation or leader who dares
> offer resistance to the world order as determined by plutocrats in Washington
Since when has Mugabe offered resistance to the world order? Some
analysis of the Zimbabwean economy is necessary to back up such an
> Mugabe has held power in Zimbabwe since the nation gained its ‘independence’
> from the former white supremacist, apartheid state of Rhodesia in 1980, but
> it's only been in the last few years or so that he's been vilified and
> calumniated in Washington DC and major European capitals. Charges of imprisonment
> without trial, torture, voter intimidation and even the control of scarce
> food supplies to starve his opponents and their supporters into submission have
> been made against Mugabe and his regime.
So what are you saying? That the Western media is lying when it accuses
Mugabe of these things?
> Even on the left, voices have been raised to the point of crescendo in
> condemnation and vilification of the Mugabe regime, as they were against Milosevic
> in the former Yugoslavia, before its breakup, and as they were against
> Saddam Hussein in Iraq in advance of a war and occupation which, to date, has
> accounted for countless thousands of Iraqi lives, has ushered in material poverty
> of an extreme previously unheard of in that country, and has completely
> destroyed any vestige of infrastructure or civil society.
We should be able to operate on two levels when it comes to the likes of
a Saddam Hussein or a Robert Mugabe. We should oppose imperialist
sanctions, invasions, etc. but we have to make clear that Mugabe is an
anti-working class thug.
> But, as in the case of the aforementioned regimes, is Robert Mugabe's crime
> that he refuses to allow fair elections and rules with an iron fist? Or is it
> in truth that, with a series of controversial land expropriations, he dared
> to attempt the redistribution of wealth from a privileged elite (in
> Zimbabwe's case a white elite) to millions of landless peasants, many of whom fought
> in the country's protracted and righteous struggle for independence and the
> overthrow of the previous neo-colonial state of Rhodesia, in which, as with
> South Africa, racism was institutionalized and enshrined in the country’s
> constitution and legal code?
I think we really need to get beneath the "land reform" claims of
Mugabe. To begin with, there is hunger in Zimbabwe today while those
nationalized farms are being used by Mugabe's cronies to produce for the
export market, just as they were when they were owned by whites. Also,
when you carry out such reforms, you are obligated to ensure their
success. Stalin's seizure of Kulak land set Soviet agriculture back for
> This effectively
> blocked the nascent Zimbawean government’s ability to institute measures of
> social or economic justice in a nation in which over 70 percent of the most arable
> land was owned by the white minority, a transplanted ascendancy much like
> the Loyalist ascendancy which existed, and still exists, in the Six Counties in
> the North of Ireland, and the Zionist ascendancy in the occupied territories
> of Palestine.
This assumes that Mugabe was bent on land reform, like Fidel Castro in
1959. This is not true. If he were, he would have found ways back in the
1980s to expropriate the wealthy white farmers. His more recent moves
were a cynical attempt to consolidate a voting bloc in the countryside,
now that the Zimbabwean people were getting sick of ZANU-PF rule.
> However, lest anyone be under the impression that the alternative offered by
> the opposition be an improvement on the current state of affairs, let the
> words of the MDC's economic spokesman, Eddie Cross, spoken in advance of
> Zimbabwe's 2000 parliamentary elections, leave them under no illusion.
Nobody has any illusions in the MDC. However, we don't support Mugabe
just because the West prefers the MDC. We have our own yardstick based
on Marxist principles.
> Mugabe, responding to the threat posed by this new opposition back in 2000,
> unleashed the expropriations and confiscations that have so attracted the
> fury of governments and free market demagogues in the West. His motivation for
> doing so undoubtedly had its roots in opportunism, being nothing less than a
> desperate measure designed to maintain and solidify his grasp on power.
> However, that in no way diminishes the justice of such expropriations, which in a
> very real sense have involved the expropriating of the expropriators.
Again, it is not sufficient to expropriate the expropriators.
In Hungry Zimbabwe, Pet Food as a Priority;
Exports Stressed Despite Shortages For Basic Needs
BYLINE: Craig Timberg; Washington Post Foreign Service
DATELINE: NORTON, Zimbabwe
Meals come only once a day for Helen Goremusandu, 67, and the six
children she is raising. With prices for the most basic food products
increasingly beyond her reach, that daily meal often consists of nothing
more than boiled pumpkin leaves, washed down with water.
About a mile away, a Zimbabwean government grain mill is churning out a
new product: Doggy's Delight. Announced by its creators in January, the
high-protein pet food is aimed at the lucrative export market, one of
the dwindling sources of foreign exchange in a collapsing economy.
The shift away from making food for humans -- or for pigs, chickens and
other animals that humans might eat -- is just one of the more striking
distortions in an economy ravaged by government price controls,
hyperinflation and a severe food crisis. The World Food Program
estimates that 4.1 million Zimbabweans, about one-third of the
population, will need food aid this year.
Goremusandu is struggling to raise five grandchildren and one
great-grandchild on her monthly salary of 1.8 million Zimbabwean dollars
for part-time cleaning work -- worth about 30 cents in U.S. currency at
black-market rates. The finely ground cornmeal used in sadza, the boiled
white mush that is the nation's staple food, costs 12 million Zimbabwean
dollars for an 11-pound bag.
"People are hungry," said Goremusandu, a widow with deep-set eyes and
large, calloused hands. "They should not be prioritizing making dog food
when people are hungry."
> Indeed the entire history of Africa is written in the architectural splendor
> of European capitals, monuments and palaces paid for in the blood of
> millions of African men, women and children, either forced to work extracting the
> wealth of the most resource rich continent on the planet, or sold into slavery,
> at the behest of that breed of savage gentlemen colonizer whose exploits
> throughout the African continent have accounted for more innocent lives than
> Hitler and Genghis Khan combined.
I resent this typically Eurocentric attack on Genghis Khan. Shame on you.
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