President Robert Mugabe, who has presided over the destruction of his nation’s economy during the past two decades, waved the flag of colonialism to excuse away his own brutality and incompetence. He was pleased that the European Union-African Union meeting next week will allow him to attend event though Great Britain has indicated it will not be present if the pseudo-dictator is allowed to attend. Twenty years ago Zimbabwe was considered among the most prosperous nations in Africa, but under his tutelage it now has an 80% unemployment rate and inflation that has reached 8000%. Mugabe claimed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s denunciation of his actions as president was merely a reflection of “our former colonisers” to make decisions concerning Zimbabwe. He ignored the brutal campaign being conducted in his own country to deny food for those who oppose his regime or the beatings and torture of political opponents. The president warned political foes they must campaign “in an atmosphere of peace” because he would crush any violence.
There are too many examples of thuggish African leaders who brutalize their own people and justify behavior on grounds all problems are the cause of having once been a colony. Waving the bloody flag of colonization will not bring food to people nor will it provide jobs. Gordon Brown wants the African Union to take action and protect the people of Zimbabwe, but they prefer hiding from reality.