Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe
The International Herald Tribune describes the economic crisis in Zimbabwe. "If we were talking about local currency, I would say: Don't worry, in the next 30 minutes we will print money." Problems? Who's talking about problems? Zimpundit describes the crackdown on the hungry.
Despite a High Court order preventing the police from interfering with the MDC rally to launch its Presidential campaign at Zimbabwe grounds in Highfield, Harare, armed riot police sealed off the venue and patrolled the streets of Highfield indiscriminately firing live ammunition, teargas and water cannons in the tranquil environment around Machipisa shopping centre.
When the crowd became agitated, the over 50 000-strong crowd that had turned up for the rally were sent scurrying for cover after armed riot police ordered the shopping center closed, searched people’s homes and indiscriminately assaulted any person seen outside their home. The terror campaign spread to all high density suburbs in Harare where running battles are still being fought between the people and the security forces of an unpopular regime.
Where's the Interational Criminal Court when you need them? Why grandstanding. A Reuters blogger notes that one of the men the ICC has symbolically indicted over Darfur has been promoted to Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, where he now has power over the very people he has persecuted -- as well as supervision over foreign aid.
Not only will a man accused of war crimes by one of the world's top courts likely remain in charge of the fate of the people whose lives he is alleged to have made a misery. To make matters worse, Sudan expert Eric Reeves told Inter Press Service he's concerned the ICC's move could provoke "increased hostility and recklessness on the part of the regime, especially toward international humanitarian agencies" active in Darfur.
That's OK because according to its supporters, the ICC, by filing its phoney suit against the Darfur criminals, has achieved recognition from the United States. Which was probably its real goal in life. In the end there will be one winner: the ICC; and one big loser, the United States. There will be millions of other smaller losers in Zimbabwe, Darfur, the Congo. But we're talking about the greater good, aren't we?