President Mugabe of Zimbabwe with each passing day is transforming himself into a caricature of every crackpot petty dictator known to the cinema or the literary world. At points, he struts on the stage of power like a second rate Benito Mussolini, and other times, he is a poor version of Joseph Stalin. On his return from the AU meeting, he was greeted by thousands who knew it was better to cheer him than to appear disappointed he was still alive. “I am the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and that is reality he told the crowd.” If the Movement for Democratic Change refuses to accept that reality he warned, there would be no dialogue with its leaders.
Failure on the part of the African Union to take a strong stand and either suspend Mugabe from the organization or to impose sanctions, have made this two-bit petty dictator believe he is immune to any form of opposition. The cowardly AU even refused to appoint an impartial mediator to deal with the Zimbabwe situation even tough opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, denounced President Mbeki of South Africa for his tight friendship with Mugabe.
The recent meeting of African Union leaders represents one of the greatest betrayals of Africans in history. The timid and frightened leaders of African nations welcomed a thug and murderer to their meeting by the name of President Robert Mugabe even as hundreds of people gathered outside the gates of the US embassy in Harare seeking refuge from thugs and bullies who are assaulting anyone who opposes the dictatorial rule of Mugabe. A woman holding a toddler said in a plaintive voice, “I need to go out of this country, I don’t feel safe.” A man who had done polling work for the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) said he was targeted by thugs of the ruling Zanu-PF because he supported the candidacy of Morgan Tsvangirai. A woman told reporters a month ago the Zanu PF people came to her house, accused the family of backing the MDC and burned down the house.
African Union leaders are now urging Mugabe to discuss with Morgan Tsvangirai some sort of agreement, but Tsvangirai knows at this point Mugabe is negotiating from a position of strength after having driven 200,000 people from their homes and obtained a presidential victory in voting which was assured since he was the only candidate still left standing.
The Security Council will issue resolutions, there will be economic sanctions, and bans on travel but the megalomanic Mugabe will cling to power until he is dead because the welfare of Zimbabweans is the last thing on his sick mind.