Mugabe Isolation Increases-Does He Care?

The growing disgust toward Zimbabwean President Mugabe continues to rise, but there is scant evidence this meglomaniac leader is he least concerned. Tomorrow, he will beam with joy at obtaining a victory in the presidential run-off since his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, has withdrawn due to terror tactics employed by the nation’s leader against his own people. South African leader, Nelson Mandela, finally broke his silence and condemned the tragic events in Zimbabwe. “We watch with sadness,” said Mandela, “the continuing tragedy of Darfur, nearer to home, we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country, and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighboring Zimbabwe.” Many observers believe Mandela has hesitated to condemn Mugabe because President Mbeki has refused to take strong action against an old comrade in arms, and Mandela has been careful never to criticize his successor.

Great Britain has been a fierce opponent of Mugabe’s reign of terror, and Queen Elizabeth supported her government’s position by revoking Mugabe’s knighthood. According to the Foreign Office, “the action has been taken as a mark of revulsion at the abuse of human rights and disregard for the democratic process in Zimbabwe over which President Mugabe presides.”

Mugabe does not care what the world thinks since power is the only concern in his mind.