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Mugabe Thugs Seek Immunity Before Power Ends

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has dodged and twisted around in order to avoid accepting a sharing of power agreement with the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC). Mugabe is surrounded by thugs and thieves who have used the government in order to enrich themselves so the prospect of honest government officials frightens them since they might be forced to stand trial. There are reports some of Mugabe’s senior aides have undertaken secret negotiations with South African mediators in order to receive immunity for any past actions. Sources in Zimbabwe say a senior general and a chief of the Central Intelligence Organization have visited South Africa to receive assurances from President Mbeki they would not be prosecuted in case there is a power sharing government arrangement.

It is expected if there were prosecutions if the MDC gained power in government, Mugabe most likely, due to his age, would escape prosecution, but his senior aides would be in a more precarious position. Throughout his reign of terror, Mugabe has relied on senior military and police officials to carry out his illegal activities.

American Soldiers Coming Home From Iraq!

iraq and US officials are close to finalizing an agreement under which virtually all American forces would be out of Iraq by June, 2009. Under the proposed plan, the US by the end of 2008 would turn over parts of Baghdad’s Green Zone to Iraqi forces and would leave all Iraqi cities by mid point in 2009. Some US personnel would remain for a few more years but by 2013 all would be out of the country. The acceptance by President Bush of a timetable which he has fought tooth and nail to avoid represents a dramatic change of view on the part of the administration. The Iraqi government insists on a timetable and will not back down on this point.

However, a source of conflict still revolves around the issue of whether US troops would have immunity against being prosecuted in Iraq courts. The American government appears adamant they will not give in on this point. Iraqi officials are willing to grant immunity for anything event that happens during a combat mission or takes place on a military base, but insist Iraqi law should be the one followed in all other situations. Secretary of State Rice has had some angry conversations with Iraqi officials on the issue of immunity.

The proposed agreement represents good and bad news for John McCain. He urged the surge, but he also has opposed establishing a timetable and challenged his opponent Barack Obama with being naive for supporting such action.