September 23, 2004


Mugabe attacks Bush and Blair at UN General Assembly (Anne Penketh, New Zealand Herald, September 24th, 2004)

Robert Mugabe added a new dimension to his criticism of Britain yesterday when he accused the US president and British prime minister of establishing a new "political-cum-religious" doctrine: "there is one political god, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair is his prophet."

The Zimbabwe president's comment, in a speech to the UN General Assembly, was wildly applauded by delegates from developing countries who share his fear of the effects of the global dominance of the United States and its western allies.

"The UN charter remains the only most sacred document and proponent of the relations of our nations. Anything else is political heresy," he protested, after accusing the US and Britain of tearing up the UN charter to rain "bombs and hellfire on innocent Iraqis purportedly in the name of democracy."

The Zimbabwean president complained that his country had been subjected to "unprovoked, declared and undeclared sanctions, imposed by Britain and its allies who are bent on bringing down our legitimately elected government."
Zimbabwe is organising elections in March next year but there are fears that, like the last presidential poll which re-elected Mr Mugabe, they will not be free and fair.

"Mr Tony Blair, the British prime minister, has arrogantly and unashamedly announced in his parliament that his government was working with Zimbabwe's opposition party to bring about regime change. Once again, the lawless nature of this man who, along with his Washington master, believes he is God-ordained to rule our world, has shown itself," the president went on.

Mr Mugabe was also applauded when he departed from his prepared speech to say: "We do not need any lessons from the Netherlands and its imperialist allies of the European Union" on organising the elections.

Meanwhile, responding pragmatically and firmly to the threats posed by terrorists and tyrants, France called for new taxes to cure world poverty, Canada wants a new supranational code that would pretty much abolish national sovereignty and Spain proposed something called an “alliance of civilizations”, the purpose of which is “to deepen political, cultural and education relations between those who represent the so-called Western world and, in this historic moment, the area of Arab and Muslim countries." Mugabe got the most applause.

Posted by Peter Burnet at September 23, 2004 8:52 PM

Withdraw now.

Posted by: brian at September 23, 2004 9:11 PM

But not before instructing John Danforth to shoot Mugabe on the floor.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 23, 2004 9:27 PM

Just about everything you need to know about the UN, barring the wide-spread corruption, is contained in this post.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 23, 2004 9:48 PM

Couldn't Mugabe's plane mysteriously disappear over the ocean on his way home? Please?

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 23, 2004 10:12 PM

Oh good grief! What a fine example of life imitating a farce.

Although I agree in principle with the sentiment to withdraw it would in all likelihood be an enormous mistake. As long as this abomination exists it will be used as a source of mischief by those who would destroy civilization as we know it. The only thing that keeps it in check at all is the fact that the U.S. has a permanent veto on the UNSC. So until such time that an alternate organization can be formed to replace it it is probably best to have it where we can keep an eye on it.

Posted by: MB at September 23, 2004 10:26 PM

Jerry Springer audiences have more dignity and common sense than the U.N. General Assmebly (and since Jerry's a Democrat, the two groups would fit perfectly together).

Posted by: John at September 23, 2004 11:00 PM

No, this is very clever by Mugabe. He recognizes that no one but the US and Britain can stop the US and Britain. Therefore, he sharply criticizes Bush and Blair in the most public forum he can really get -- the UN.

IF and when Bush and Blair turn their attention to Mugabe and his little corner of the socialist workers paradise, he can claim -- and have domestic leftist supporters of his -- that this is a personal revenge.

It might be his only hope.

Posted by: AML at September 24, 2004 11:01 AM