April 2, 2005

THEOCONS CLAMATIS IN DESERTO:

Zimbabwe Regime Claims Win Amid Charges: Parliamentary vote favors Mugabe's party, but the opposition alleges pervasive fraud. Rice adds U.S. voice to the chorus of criticism. (Robyn Dixon, April 2, 2005, LA Times)

Ruling party officials claimed a crushing victory Friday in parliamentary elections, but opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai condemned what he called massive fraud and called on Zimbabweans to defend their rights.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change appeared to have lost seats from the 57 it won in 2000. But criticism of the election here and in the West underscored the view that its losses were due to fraud by the regime of President Robert Mugabe.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who earlier this year included Zimbabwe on a list of "outposts of tyranny," said Friday that the vote was neither free nor fair.

"The independent press was muzzled, freedom of assembly was constrained, food was used as a weapon to sway hungry voters, and millions of Zimbabweans who have been forced by the nation's economic collapse to emigrate were disenfranchised," Rice said in a statement.


Where are the Democrats, black leaders, and all the rest who should be denouncing Mugabe?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 2, 2005 8:18 AM
Comments

Waiting for France and the UN to take the lead.

Posted by: Peter B at April 2, 2005 8:57 AM

Maybe because Zimbabwe is their model for a democratic state? They certainly seem to like Cuba and were fighting on the side of communism in Central America.

Posted by: Randall Voth at April 2, 2005 9:40 AM

Zimbabwe like Rwanda throws a monkey wrench into their worldview. Mugabe shows that Black leaders can be evil tyrants just as thuggish as any White one. He even has the toothbrush moustache in case you don't get the point. They are silent on Zimbabwe because they can't spin it into some means of blaming Whitey for what happened.

We hear about Rwanda now, it seems, incessantly because the true believers in the impossibility of Blacks doing anything wrong have created a mythology that the Belgians created the problems between Tutsis and Hutu. Of course, the fact that they spoke different languages, trace their heritages from different parts of Africa, made their livings in different and competing ways for several centuries before the 'Evil White Devil' ever showed up are far less important than the 44 years the bargain-basement Belgian military ruled the place.

Posted by: bart at April 3, 2005 7:20 PM

Where are the Democrats and the "prominent" black leaders? Off in a corner, trying to figure out exactly how Mugabe does it, so they can apply the same lessons here.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 4, 2005 12:48 AM
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