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.