"Inspector Clay's dead -- murdered -- and no one is responsible"
Austin Bay writes about the man-made catastrophe in Zimbabwe at the Strategy Page. Zimbabwe is a perfect example of one of those tragedies that "just happen". Every bad thing in Chile might be the fault of capitalism; every misdeed in 1950s Cuba can be laid at the feet of US imperialism; and hurricanes in America are provably caused by Halliburton. But in socialist wrecks -- and every single socialist country on earth is a wreck without exception -- things "just happen".
Occasionally some noises are made about how Robert Mugabe, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong Il and even Fidel Castro have "betrayed the revolution". They made some deviationist, commandist or personalist error -- leftist literature is full of istic errors -- and ruined what was otherwise destined to become paradise on earth. Nobody ever argues that the revolution itself has been at fault; and that far from having "betrayed the revolution" these men have actually fulfilled its purposes. So things "just happen"; the horrors that have descended on Zimbabwe, North Korea and Cuba are likened to natural disasters in the way Hurricane Katrina never could have become. It becomes the "humanitarian duty" of the world, most particularly the US taxpayer, to bail them out. Any suggestion to let socialism lie in its own bed is met with indignation at the vileness of "using food as a weapon".
Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry. Or if you prefer another movie, like Plan 9 From Outer Space, we can rewrite a classic line and say with absolute conviction that "Inspector Clay's dead -- murdered -- and no one is responsible."