Do you suppose Robert Mugabe imported a shipload of ammunition, including three million rounds of 7.62 x 39 not to use it? The Daily Mail reports:
A huge cargo of Chinese guns and ammunition sits marooned aboard a ship off South Africa. It would have been used to arm the tyrant Robert Mugabe's thugs in Zimbabwe.
But dockers in South African port of Durban won't unload the 77 tons of mortars, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons. ... These include nearly 3million rounds of ammunition for small arms and AK-47s, about 3,500 mortars and mortar launchers, as well as 1,500 rockets for rocket-propelled grenades.
Congratulations to the dockworkers for doing what governments can't nerve themselves to do. Unfortunately, they can only delay the inevitable. However, I am given to understand that things happen in Africa without any apparent cause. If I recall aright, when I was in equatorial Africa, a Congolese Navy ship sank in harbor without definite culpability. Bridges fall down. Airplanes fall out of the sky. Vehicles mysteriously run themselves into trees. And nobody knows why.
Maybe a ship full of Chinese ammunition can develop leaks. It could happen. But it probably won't. Back in 1987, a popular African politician called Robert Mugabe wrote an article in Foreign Affairs calling for US action against the "apartheid" regime in South Africa.
Racial discrimination against black Africans was an evil in itself. But one would be mistaken to think that the revulsion towards apartheid was motivated entirely by benevolent feelings towards black Africans. There was also a component of "anti-colonialism" in it. For as long as the white man was the target, the international commmunity found it it easy to rise up in indignation against it. Now that Robert Mugabe is embarked upon the destruction of his people, no act of resistance is too small as to lie within the power of international do-gooders. Robert Mugabe will eventually buy 3 million rounds from China and China will get away with selling it to him. Nobody will care because it can't be spun to fit the domestic political agenda of the Western left.
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