The first phase in the farce that is known as an “election” in Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe has drawn to a close. President Mugabe who obtained 43.2% of the vote in a March election in which is opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai obtained 47% of the vote, was able to secure an 85.5% of the vote on Friday even though the same percent of people voted as did in March. Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya hit the nail on the head be describing the sham election as a “shame and embarrassment for Africa” and urged the deployment of troops from the African Union to assist the people of Zimbabwe. Another shame was failure on the part of South African president Mbeki to make the slightest effort to assist forces of democracy in Zimbabwe because he did not wish to embarrass his old friend, Robert Mugabe.
The Bush administration is discussing the possibility of sanctions issued by the Security Council but there is a strong chance such action would be vetoed by China. We of this blog call on all American athletes to boycott the Olympics if China vetoes efforts to help the people of Zimbabwe. Let’s send a message to China it must begin behaving in a responsible manner when the rights of oppressed people are at stake. How can one be a Marxist based society and not care about human oppression?
Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi LIvni asked the government of China to join in the Israel-US attempt to isolate Iran through imposition of sanctions on its government. A spokesperson for the Foreign Minister,, LIu Jianchao offered a negative response to the request. “China has always believed that unbridled use of sanctions should be discouraged in dealing with international issues. We believe a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomacy to be the best option that would serve the common interests of the international community best.”
Cuba has been confronted with sanctions from the United States government for half of century and that policy has not led to regime change in that country. In modern times, there are so many unofficial ways in which nations can circumvent sanctions, that such an approach to dealing with conflict invariably leads to failure. President Bush and Israel simply will not confront the realities of our global world. Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola are sold openly in Iran, and one can find numerous examples of American manufactured goods being used. Most probably, American companies set up phony front companies in other nations, sell the products to their phony subsidiary and get around sanctions. Israel would be better served by seeking the cooperation of China to work with Iran on the nuclear issue.
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