Thursday 8 February 2007
There are a lot of people around the world perpetrating evil through their stupidity, selfishness, thoughtlessness and malice. But only rarely do we see someone almost single-handedly ruin an entire country without even ignorance as an excuse. Robert Mugabe's doing it. As I recall, Zimbabwe was once doing quite well by African standards, with functioning institutions and a decent economy. Now it's spiraling down into a hellhole quite efficiently thanks to Mr Mugabe ... who blames everything on a mysterious Western plot. It enrages me every time I think about it.
What's even more disturbing, in some ways, is that the South African government continues to befriend him, apparently due to old revolutionary loyalties. This doesn't bode well for South Africa itself.