Advantages Vic Falls
Mugabe is doing to black people what the west has always done by proxy but refuse to confront that guilt and responsibility. Zim used to be called the bread basket of Africa, its core white farmers mobilizing its cheap black labor to grow huge cash-crops and easily feed the country and those around it. Now it's the basket case of Africa, Mugabe allowed to fester there far too long as he has outlived his usefulness to the west now that the Cold War is long over, the original reason why the British put him in power.
I traveled through Zimbabwe in the 1990s on the way to see the Victoria Falls, and apart from the now perfunctory inflation problems, it was just like any other African country that had rejected its colonial past. Once the white's 'discipline' and commerce is bleed out of these countries they quickly deteriorate. It's starting to happen in South Africa with white farmers having their farms taken away and as we saw in Kenya, tribal law and chaos returns when white government is demolished completely.The reason the white farms are taken away is because the new black African governments promise too much too soon to its black masses and a token farm gesture is all they have left after all else fails to solve the countries crime and poverty. The expression, 'Basket case', comes from Black Africa's failure to grasp commerce and democracy when given a chance. South Africa is that chance and I expect that to go down the pan too. The white Africans didnt ever want to mess up Africa they wanted to make it work the only way it could.
The core problem in Zimbabwe is the population has not been allowed to forget Ian Smith and colonial occupation. Speaking to Zimbabweans when I was there they wanted to see the return of the white farmers ands the discipline and organization they bring. 'At least people had jobs, hope and food and housing back then', the mantra you heard. Zimbabweans are told loyalty is voting against the whites and their colonial history and so have to vote for the odious alternative in Mugabe, who's constant rhetoric about the west being the cause of Africa's problem getting through to enough of the frightened and deliberately impoverished people.
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