Robert Mugabe was brought up a Catholic and taught by the Jesuits. Sadly, he is now one of the bloodiest despots on the face of the earth. He has reduced Zimbwabe to a poverty-stricken, fear-ridden country where bullets and blood are the daily fare.

He has forced the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, to flee to the Dutch embassy and refuse to take part in Friday’s election for fear of numerous deaths. Mr. Tsvangirai has asked the United Nations to send in a peace force. The leaders of the International community are now calling tomorrow’s elections a sham although the dictator has refused their call to postpone them. On Wednesday, as a sign of her « revulsion » the Queen stripped Mugabe of his honorary knighthood.

What keeps Mugabe in power are the military and a handful of cronies. Mr. Mugabe bought their loyalty with land and other largesse. Only very personal punishments – freezing their foreign bank accounts and denying visas – will bring them to their senses.

The United States, Canada, Europe and especially other Afican governments must all make clear that if the runoff election scheduled for tomorrow is not delayed — so that Mr. Tsvangirai can campaign without the threat of violence — they will no longer recognize Mr. Mugabe or his government and will use all their powers to punish and isolate them.

Do you agree that every effort should be made to remove Mugabe?

Am off today with my friend, Jim, to motor to Unity, New Hampshire, for the first joint campaign appearance of Obama with Hillary. Should be fun. Back late Friday. Have a great weekend.



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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Neil writes: « Do you agree that every effort should be made to remove Mugabe? »

    Sounds like « Do you agree that every effort should be made to remove Saddam? »

    « Every effort » includes invasion by outside forces, such as the Western nations (Britain, France, Germany, United States, etc.)

    National sovereignty was violated when Iraq was invaded in 2003 and this would be the case if Zimbabwe was to be invaded by Western troops under a concerted effort to remove Mugabe.

    For those that opposed the invasion of Iraq and would support « every effort » to remove Mugabe, why are the circumstances different?

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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Although Mugabe is a disgrace to humanity, I must agree with Tony. Should the Africans decide to intervene, that could be another matter. Western nations have wreaked havoc enough as it is. Colonialism should be way past us, or is it?

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    littlepatti Says:

    The world should not recognize the Mugabe government as legitimate.
    Any aid or trade to that country should be stopped.
    While it is true that hundreds of people died in the name of democracy, that may be the price to pay for freedom. The people need to rise up and fight for their own country if they want changes. They almost did it! Other countries have done it. Iraq should have done it. Afghanistan should have done it.
    I do not agree to an over throw of any government by outside forces under any circumstances.

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    tmaccaro Says:

    The real question should be that if Robert Mugabe is still a practicing Catholic, why haven’t the African Bishops threaten him with excommunication and demand that he refrain from receving Holy Communion like the U.S. Bishops are doing with Pro-Choice Catholic public officials?

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    Very good question. The Zimbabwi bishop who was most outspoken against Mugabe was found in flagrante delicto with a woman and has faded from the scene. So far as I can make out the rest of the bishops have been very timid.
    Thanks for your comment.

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    Ray Says:

    What keeps Mugabe in power are the military and a handful of cronies. Mr. Mugabe bought their loyalty with land and other largesse.

    That could be said of the Labour government in the UK at the moment, but with regards to business and so called national security.

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    Margaret Murphy Says:

    Whilst I am not advocating violence,the world has stood by while this murdering dictator has brought a people and their country to its knees.Evil persists so long as good men do nothing.Which is the greater evil?

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