Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Smith and Mugabe

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-11-22

Ian Smith, the Rhodesian apartheid PM, has just died.  While Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) then deserved sanctions, Smith’s enemy and successor, Robert Mugabe has been even more disastrous for the population, although the oppression has been through personal corruption rather than outdated paternalist racism.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

At least, under Smith, the black population were able to eat.

Somehow, I do not think the strength of sanctions now, compared to Smith’s time, is proportional to the severity of the plight of the population.

I must wonder what Mal Fraser, a strong anti-apartheid campaigner when PM, would recommend now.

Why has nothing been done?  No oil, perhaps?  Are the Chinese too interested in the Platinum?

Messy, messy, no easy answers: which is why the humanitarians and intellectual elite should think about how such issues should be addressed.


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