Mugabe’s Friends

When you are a vicious dictator known for fixing elections by intimidating and torturing opponents and any of their supporters, while still managing to have time to drive your country further and further into economic ruin, it’s always nice to know you have friends. In the case of Robert Mugabe, it is China and Russia.

As befits a non-democratic institution, the United Nations is run by a council of fifteen countries, five of which are permanent members, each with veto power, because of the nine votes required to pass any resolution, five of them must come from the five permanent members. That’s why when it comes to severe human rights abuses verging on genocide, Russia and China are always there to keep the world at bay. The two foxes always guarding the global hen house.

After all, China has had to lock down the population of entire cities whenever the Olympic torch has passed through, just to avoid the embarrassment of protesters. And of course most of those protesters are protesting about the Chinese takeover of Tibet, something the United Nations did nothing about because the Communist government of China was not the recognised government of China in the UN at the time.

It wasn’t just Russia and China that voted against sanctions for the Mugabe regime. There was Libya. Yes, the chief perpetrator of terrorism in north Africa is also a member of the Security Council. Now isn’t that comforting? Gee, I can’t imagine why Libya would be against international sanctions applied to a rogue government.

Another vote against sanctions came from Vietnam. No bastion of human rights there. Just this week they only allowed a state-sanctioned Buddhist group to organise the funeral services for Thich Huyen Quang, the leader of a dissident Buddhist group which promotes human rights and religious freedom. He spend many years under house arrest.

So there you have it. This is the body created to maintain world peace and stability. Thanks to the UN, Robert Mugabe will continue to maintain his oppression of the majority of Zimbabweans.

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4 Responses to “Mugabe’s Friends”

  1. Human-Rights » Vietnamese leader’s visit sparks protest in Houston Says:

    […] Mugabe’s FriendsAnother vote against sanctions came from Vietnam. No bastion of human rights there. Just this week they only allowed a state-sanctioned Buddhist group to organise the funeral services for Thich Huyen Quang, the leader of a dissident … […]

  2. John of Indiana Says:

    Mugabe recently said “Only GOD can remove me from office” and there he sits, still in office.
    At the best, God just doesn’t care. at the worst…

    Yes, His ways are very mysterious, aren’t they?

  3. sol Says:

    John,

    Mugabe’s acknowledgement that God will have to remove him from office does not make his regime or the situation in Zimbabwe any different from the general question or reasoning concerning why there is suffering in the world.

    God’s ways are especially mysterious when we assume that He looks at things in the same short-term frame of reference with which we are encumbered. We also have a tendency to assume that chief purpose of a loving God is to step in an fix the consequences of all the mistakes that anyone makes.

  4. dovesandpomegranates Says:

    No, not mysterious a bit, all God is doing is giving the bastard enough rope to hang himself with.


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